Week ending 13th June 2010

At last it has been a better week on Speyside, I’m bearing in mind that one swallow does not make a summer but I’m the most optimistic I’ve been all season. As usual it has rained this weekend and I hope it will just freshen the river up without causing it to colour up and become unfishable. It was a new moon at the weekend so the tides are the biggest; hopefully this coupled with the rain will encourage even more fish to run.

Catches, I understand that the bottom beats finished the week with a few fish which is really good news both for the gillies and anglers which who have had a hard time this season. Upstream Delfur were again into double figures with Saturday being the best day of the week. Rothes had a wonderful week with eighteen salmon including one over twenty pounds and another over 30!

This fish was caught in the Long Pool by David Williams (Alan Williams’ younger brother) and netted and weighed and released by Robbie Stronach. This is the second fish over twenty-five pounds that David Williams has landed in the last 2 years.  Upstream Craigellachie had a better week with seven fish including one over twenty pounds.  Wester Elchies managed nine and Sam was telling me they were all from the top off the beat with very few fish stopping. Carron had their best week of the season with twelve fish landed. Including the first fish of the season by Spey Board Chairman Mr Alan Williams whose season started on the 11th of June rather than February!

Over the water Laggan went one better with a bakers dozen. Knockando also had a better week with close to twenty coming off all three beats.  I was pleased to hear that Mr Sandy Smith’s heart operation was very successful and hopefully Sandy will be back on his beat in a week or two. Again I’m struggling to get information from further up the main river. I have heard that the Avon has started to fish well this week as well. Anyone with any information or stories please contact me at malcolm@speygillie.co.uk

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