Week Commencing 18th July 2016

Last weeks forecast was accurate as far as it went but it failed to mention Tuesday would be really hot, bringing in thunder storms on Wednesday which then made the river virtually unfishable on Thursday. This week the forecast is to follow this summer’s pattern, some rain everyday with some sunshine most days. The tides have peaked this weekend and there will be no new water this coming week.

Catches, what was effectively a three and a bit day week, Monday was a bit muggy, Tuesday was too hot to be a good fishing day and Thursday the river was really too high and coloured.

Main river at Aberlour

Main river at Aberlour

Avon water height

Avon water height

Dulnain water height

Dulnain water height.

Turbidity at Hollenbush Delfur.

Turbidity at Hollenbush Delfur.

Gordon Castle beat’s catches were slightly down on previous weeks but as I have mentioned there were at least a couple of days lost.

I was pleased to receive an email from David Pearce who told me he has been trying to encourage his family into salmon fishing. For the last few years they have been having a family holiday at Gordon Castle, he and his sons fish whilst his wife paints. David sent me some pictures of the family’s success this year.

David Pearce Gordon Castle

David Pearce Gordon Castle

Tom Pearce Gordon Castle

Tom Pearce Gordon Castle.

Alex Pearce Gordon Castle

Alex Pearce Gordon Castle.

Delfur finished in the mid twenties. Many thanks to Mark for his pictures.

Hermann Diehl's fish

Hermann Diehl’s fish.

Mark with another of herman's fish

Mark with another of Hermann’s fish

Delfur Grilse

Delfur Grilse

Rothes Mike Ewan said they finished with twenty-one for the week, but eleven of these were caught on Saturday.

Craigellachie started the week well with four but could not keep this up.

Aberlour angling Club continued their good season with both locals and visitors getting fish.

Wester Elchies had a better week with five landed.

Carron continued the excellent season and recorded their two hundredth fish at least five weeks earlier than last year. Again this week they finished the week in the mid teens. Thanks to Team Borthwick for the pictures.

Neil Borthwick Carron

Neil Borthwick Carron

Neil again

Neil again.

Ian Borthwick Carron

Ian Borthwick Carron

News is hard to get further upstream; my Grantown correspondent is fishing in Ireland. From what I can gather at least half a dozen salmon were landed with at least double that with seatrout.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

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