Week Ending 23rd May 2010

As usual it has not been an easy week on Speyside; the fish are just not there in any numbers. Some beats are picking away but then others are struggling. The water levels stayed up most of the week with the warm weather increasing the snow melt in the Cairngorms.

On Friday night there were several heavy thunder showers and the Avon rose very quickly and was very coloured the main river became unfishable on Saturday because of the turbidity. Dirty River

Whilst working on the river on Thursday I came across an oystercatcher nesting in a tree, something that I have never seen before. I am not sure she decided on this unusual site for her nest because of the floods or the heavy snow this year!

The new tenants at Delfur had a very difficult time but managed to avoid a blank week, perhaps when they get to know the beat better they will be able to catch a few more. The fish seemed to be stopping at Rothes this week and they managed to get into double figures for the first time this year. Craigellachie managed six including this one from Champrach.

Dougie Ross was very disappointed with Mike Broadley’s decision to curtail his fishing trip to return home to celebrate his wedding anniversary; Dougie expects more commitment from his fishers in this difficult season! Wester Elchies managed 6 whilst across the river Kinermony had at least 2. Carron and Laggan had three apiece, including this one that Ian Gardner caught on Friday evening.

I hear that the beats above the Avon have been quite productive and one of them is probably the top beat on the river with over fifteen fish landed. I was pleased to hear of a 27lb fish caught and released on the Grantown Association water by visiting angler Mr. Philip Butcher. And I believe they have had around half a dozen for the week.

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