Week Ending 16th May 2010

The weather on Speyside is still unseasonable, on Sunday night there was snow and frost and it was if anything colder on Monday night.  It is fairly unusual to see blossom on the trees and snow on Ben Rinnes. Snow and Blossom

Towards the end of the week it warmed up a little but in the wind and out of the sun it could still feel more like March than May. The water levels dropped steadily all week and are now sitting at somewhere between 6” and a foot. Water Temperature is still low for May, definitely not full floater conditions.

Catches remain slow. Delfur got into double figures for the first time this season. On Saturday afternoon Huston McCollough a member of Olivier Devictor’s party hooked into a large fish whilst fishing Twa Stanes with Grant Morrison, after a titanic struggle the fish was eventually landed. The fish measured length 46inch and girth 23inch and when weighed in the net was 36lb. The photos do not really do the fish justice.

I have been trying to find out how long since a fish of this size was landed on the Spey but I certainly cannot remember one. As usual I would be grateful for any more information. Upstream Rothes found conditions difficult. Craigellachie had four for the week including this 13lber by Mike Gibson.

After being the best beat on the river last week Kinermony struggled this week. Over the water at Wester Elchies five were landed with as many lost. Carron managed just two which I understand was one better than Laggan. Upstream I hear that one of the Beats above Ballindalloch had seven on Monday morning. Grantown Angling Association is now starting to get regular catches now on a daily basis.

Hopefully the big tides of this weekend will encourage some more fish to run and the weather forecast looks a little bit more settled with temperatures reaching the mid-teens although there is some rain forecast at the start of the week.

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