Week Commencing May 30th 2016

Well last week’s forecast was not very accurate, the start of the week was overcast, misty and drizzly, and Wednesday was probably one of the brightest days rather than the dullest. Last Sunday’s storms had quite an effect on the river, the Avon rose quickly and this plus other local burns pushed up the main river. The turbidity seemed to be worse as you headed down the river and it certainly put the fish off. By Monday evening it started to clear around Carron area so much so Laggan had a couple in the evening.

Avon Sunday night.

Avon Sunday night.

Boat o Brig Sunday night

Boat o Brig Sunday night

This week’s forecast for what it is worth is to be dry, bright, and sunny for the first half of the week followed by overcast conditions for the second half, and possibly some rain towards the weekend. The tides peak on Tuesday morning then there will be no new water till the following week.

The Norwegian Salmon season opened on Wednesday can I ask that all anglers who have been over for the opening ensure that all precautions have been taken to make sure that Gyrodactylus salaris is not brought into the Spey. All equipment associated with angling and water sports should be thoroughly cleaned and treated to kill the parasite by either:

Drying at a minimum temperature of at least 20C for at least 2 days
Heating for at least 1 hour at temperatures of above 60C
Deep freezing for at least 1 day
Immersion in a solution* suitable for killing the parasite for a minimum of 10 minutes Virkon Aquatic (1),Wescodyne (1), sodium chloride (3), and sodium hydroxide (0.2).

Turning up on the beat on Monday morning expecting the gillie to give your tackle a quick spray, is neither sensible nor effective.

Catches: As I said earlier Monday below the Avon was pretty much a write off, so most of the catches are for a 5-day week.
Gordon Castle finished the week with close to twenty. I am very pleased that Jennifer in the Estate Office could find time to send me some photographs of their happy anglers.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Caught by Trevor Malloch on Beat 3

Caught by Trevor Malloch on Beat 3

Delfur had another good week finishing again in the thirties. Again as always thanks to Mark for his photographs.

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie's fish Delfur.

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie’s fish Delfur.

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie Delfur

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie Delfur

Mr Heller Delfur

Mr Heller Delfur

Timmy Pleydell-Bouverie, Delfur

Timmy Pleydell-Bouverie, Delfur

Rothes, Mr. and Mrs. J Blaydon had a great week finishing on thirty-six, on Thursday they had somewhat of a red-letter day landing seventeen, Amongst all these fish there were three first fish, Catrina and her mother Jane both had their first fish from Town Road within half an hour of each other.

Catrina Till Rothes

Catrina Till Rothes

Jane Till Rothes

Jane Till Rothes

Will Elphinstone Rothes

Will Elphinstone Rothes.

Ronnie Munro- Ferguson Rothes

Ronnie Munro- Ferguson Rothes

I understand Arndilly were also in the thirty bracket, so over one hundred fish from three beats which makes a mockery of the FishPal Catch figures showing 95 for the river.

This week Easter Elchies report and show close to twenty.

Craigellachie continue their good spell, with sixteen landed, thanks to Dougie Ross for the use of his pictures.

Tony Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Tony Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Jonathan Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Jonathan Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Henry Taylor Craigellachie

Henry Taylor Craigellachie

GordonSmit, with Richard Taylor's fish Craigellachie

Gordon Smith, with Richard Taylor’s fish Craigellachie

Kinermony was fished by Peter Kyte and party, Peter tells me they finished with six, Ian Pawley was the top rod with four. I hear that Delagyle had somewhere in the mid teens but have no more details.

Peter Kyte Kinermony

Peter Kyte Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Mr. Jimmy Jack and friends fished Carron and finished the week with eleven, I have been promised some pictures. I believe Laggan had a similar number.

I hear the Knockando beats fished well with the Home beat landing at least ten one day.
As usual my information dries up till I get to Grantown. Jimmy Mitchell tells me that they had a good week, with around twenty-three landed with at leat three in the mid-teens. The seatrout fishing continues to improve with a few decent fish over the 5lb mark.

Again I am very grateful to Bobby Hall for his updates and photographs from Kinchurdy. It is good to hear they are catching both salmon and seatrout.

Steve Hill Kinchurdy

Steve Hill Kinchurdy

Julia Mossman, Kinchurdy

Julia Mossman, Kinchurdy

Bill Neave Kinchurdy

Bill Neave Kinchurdy

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Nick Davidson at 4:02 pm

    Hi Malcolm,
    Good reporting, really enjoy your reports.
    Interesting to hear you take on the fishpal numbers which you say made a mockery of the actual catches.
    While this is true, fishpal can only report catches that are reported to them from beats that use them.
    I do wish that all beats would use them as I know of lots of anglers who look on that site for updates on the Spey, as they do for the Dee and Tweed.
    It would make the Spey even more inviting if all beats were reporting their catches, and I’m not sighted as to the reason more beats do not use them. If you are reporting their catches, it’s not exactly a secret, and I’m sure it would benefit the river if all catches were reported on it?
    With Kindest Regards,
    Nick Davidson

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 7:41 pm

      Nick,
      I was hoping someone else would reply to your comment, I am merely a scribe, and do not own a beat or make decisions on who reports what to whom. I try to get as many beats as possible to give me their weekly news, but even this is not easy.
      The problem as I see it is that the FishPal format is a “one size fits all” . The Spey is different from the Tweed and the Dee, most beats still let by the week and the Big 3 still are almost fully let so it is no great benefit to them to put up the catches minute by minute. The Spey, thankfully, is a long way from the population centres so weekly lets make more sense, traveling for 2 days to fish for one makes little sense.
      I think it would be better if the Spey was removed from the Catches page or had a * and an explanation to read the report for a better catch indication of the catches.

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