It was a very changeable week on Speyside, heavy rain in the catchment caused the river levels to change on a daily basis. These changes seem to make the salmon keener to take and most beats had some memorable days. There is less rain forecast for the coming week and on the tidal front there is no new water till the end of the week. With the overcast conditions fishing should be reasonable.
Can I take this opportunity as we approach the last month of the season to remind 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.
Catches. Delfur had over fifty fish for the week with two days into the mid-teens. Mark tells me they were a proper mixture with some fresh grilse, some summer salmon and a few large coloured salmon, with a few damaged by the seals.
Rothes I understand were around the thirty mark with another large salmon over twenty pounds. Craigellachie had over fifteen fish with Saturday being the best day of the week. Wester Elchies had thirteen by tea-time on Saturday so the final total might be a little higher. Carron also finished around the mid-teens. Laggan had their best week of the season with the new owners, the Spence party getting close to thirty. Again I get very little information from further up the river, if anyone has any information or pictures please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org