It does not seem long since I was writing about the leaves appearing on the trees and the swallows appearing back on the river, today the swallows seem to have left and the lawn has a smattering of yellow leaves lying there.
The week started with the river around the two foot mark with the appearance of Irish Stout, black with a white head, by Tuesday it was more the colour of a good Speyside malt and by the weekend more like a cheap Russian Vodka. The latter part of the week conditions were difficult bright sunshine and few clouds. The forecast for next week predicts sunshine at the start of the week, clouding over and becoming wet with heavy rain on Thursday. The tides are building all week and hopefully this should encourage a few more fish to run.
Catches. Delfur were around the sixty mark with the start of the week being best. Rothes had a reasonable with Mrs. Liza O Brien’s party landing twenty-four. The Gordon Angling Group had their last week of the season on the Spey at Easter Elchies the week started well with eleven till Wednesday but slowed towards the weekend with only a handful more.
Upstream Craigellachie followed a similar pattern getting into double figures by Wednesday then just a handful more to finish the week. Wester Elchies followed the trend with fourteen by Wednesday and only one more the rest of the week. Carron had twelve for the week whilst across the water Laggan managed five but I understand most of these were “first” fish.
Again 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 and once again can I ask if anyone has any information or pictures please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org