It was another mixed week on Speyside, some beats preformed well whilst others returned to the doldrums of previous weeks. For a change we have not had rain this weekend, unlike a lot of other rivers the Spey is remaining above summer level with the continued snow melt keeping the river topped up. The forecast predicts some heavy rain for the middle of the week and hopefully this will keep the river freshened up and encourages more fish to run. The tides are the smallest this week but they are building as the week progresses.
I received an email from Jan Sjåstad, who had just returned home to Norway after an enjoyable week on the Spey, Jan wrote, Thanks for some good fishing days at Spey, once again. Especially thanks to Aaron, a bright and entertaining young guide that netted the fish that was bigger than the net. He also included these photographs of Aaron Ewen and a fish estimated at twenty pounds that Jan landed at Rothes. Aaron is Mike Ewen’s grandson and spends his Saturdays helping out on the beat.
I understand that Gordon Castle managed a few fish this week. Upstream Delfur had their best week of the season with twenty two landed and another large fish lost on Monday. Rothes for some reason did not fish as well as previous weeks but were just short of double figures. Craigellachie managed eleven. Wester Elchies had eight. Carron had a poor week with only three landed, but Andrew Toft seems to be lucky at Carron this year, not only did he get the first of the season but he managed this one on his second day at Carron.
Across the water Laggan managed half a dozen. I hear Ballindalloch got into double figures. Whilst above the Avon I heard there was a fish estimated at around thirty pounds landed, that will be a nice tie for someone! Grantown were again in double figures with around three times as many seatrout reported.