Sorry about the late and sketchy report this week, but I have just returned from a hard week on the Laerdal. The Laerdal was cold and running a bit cloudy in what is usually a very clear river. Alfred Lord Tennyson was obviously not a salmon fisherman otherwise he would never have suggested it was better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, I can tell you from bitter experience to have lost four fish all in the twenty pound bracket, the last just a my feet, is not something I would ever like to go through again. To misquote another famous writer, a gaff a gaff my kingdom for a gaff, obviously King Richard lived before catch and release.
Bit a mixed week on the Spey, with a cold wind most days but others bright and sunny. The river started high and gradually fell away. The forecast for the coming week is for some more rain showers and temperatures still struggling to reach mid teens. The tides are building to Thursday.
Catches, the week started well with plenty of fish up and down the river. I understand Gordon Castle had a few fish including a fish of 29lb from Beat 4.
Delfur Mark was kind enough to send me a few photos from Delfur.
Alan Williams had his usual party on Rothes and Carron, I was expecting some photographs but they are yet to appear. I hear they finished with a dozen at Rothes and eight at Carron.
Aberlour Angling Association had a great start to the week with around a dozen on Monday morning.
Kinermony also had a great week with 15 landed. Wester Elchies were again into double figures and I heard a report Delagyle finished the week with close to twenty.
My reports from the top of the river are more sketchy than usual it is amazing how I quickly loose touch being away just one week.
Bobby Hall was kind enough to send me some pictures.