Well it has been a dry week on Speyside, the predicted rain for the middle of the week failed to materialise. Next weeks forecast is much the same. I would suggest that the best of the fishing is going to be morning and evening with the afternoons spent relaxing or sleeping. The river is remaining around summer level with the little snow melt just keeping the flow going, most but not all gillies are preying for rain. The tides are at there largest just now with no more new water all week.
Catches, I had the pleasure to fish with Mr Sadowski’s party at Gordon Castle the beat certainly has suffered in the last 3 spates but Euan has everything tided up and in good order. Euan is one of the few gillies preying for a long dry spell to keep the fish in his beat for as long as possible. Mr Sadowski’s party finished the week with ten with Dave being the top rod with four.
Upstream things were quite difficult at Delfur but a late flurry at the week end brought up the dozen. Rothes did slightly better with fourteen till five o’clock on Saturday night there might have been a couple more later. Craigellachie had a good week by this seasons standards with fifteen. Wester Elchies were just short of the double figures again. Carron were just a little better with ten salmon though some of the younger members of the party fished long into the night.
I understand the beats above the Avon were catching salmon and grilse covered in long tailed sealice which just shows even if you are not seeing fish they are certainly going past. Grantown could do with some rain but are still catching salmon and seatrout.