Week ending 19th September 2010

It was another difficult week on Speyside, the river appears to have developed yo-yo tendencies and this appears to unsettle the fish.  On Wednesday the river was high with some turbidity but even so there were some fish caught.

This week’s weather forecast is for heavy rain for the first half of the week with some lighter rain later, not ideal when the river is already at three feet with a fair bit of colour. Keats described Autumn as being the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” and these images reminded me that the Autumnal equinox is only a couple of days away but on the bright side the usual gales do not seem to be forecast.. The tides are building all week but whether there are many more fish ready to run the river is debateable.

Catches, Quentin Ballantyne sent me this picture of a fresh fish he was lucky enough to land from Brae five last week.

Delfur had another good week with forty landed including six “first fish”; Mark tells me it was a mixture of fresh fish and some that had been around a while.

I understand Rothes had a reasonable week although I have no numbers for this week. Immediately upstream the regular  party finished the week with thirty which is the second best total since they started taking the fishing, interestingly 6 were bright fresh fish all taken on Saturday.

Craigellachie had another good week and should easily pass three hundred for the season, on of the best seasons for a few years, Wednesday was the best day of the week. Wester Elchies though lightly fished managed six, and Mr. Akira Egami from Ichinomiya City, Japan was pleased to land his first Spey Salmon. Further upstream things are pretty quiet with the salmon settling down for the spawning season to come.

Running the risk of boring everyone can I again ask anglers to return all coloured fish, large red cock fish do not make good smoked salmon and are much better returned to the river to spawn and once again, ( I know I go on but there are only two weeks to go), can I ask if anyone has any information or pictures please get in touch with me at malcolm@speygillie.co.uk

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