Week Commencing 10th July 2017.

Bit of a rushed report this week, I’m away back to Norway to see if the Salmon have arrived yet.

Again the forecast was fairly accurate. The rain early in the week pushed up the river and there was a little turbidity, but nothing too bad. Next week things will change with some sunny and hot weather to start the week, with perhaps some rain mid week and towards the weekend. The tides start to build from Tuesday onwards.


Catches, things are a little quiet but this is not unexpected and the grilse runs are in decline.

Gordon Castle finished with 45 for the week. There was a Pacific Pink salmon caught from the Association water. Thanks to Ian tenant and his team for the pictures and also thanks to Tony Smith.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle.

Tony Smith Fochabers

Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha).

For what to do if you encounter a “pink” see here.

Orton had a quieter week than of late, with around half a dozen. Not even an engagement to write about.

Delfur, were into double figures.

Rothes, ended in the mid teens, with a few more lost.

Craigellachie were close to double figures, the mid week rise seemed to suit.

Jimmy Jack kindly sent me some pictures of his Lower Wester Elchies fishing.

Jimmy Jack Lower Wester Elchies

Jimmy Again

and Again.

Carron were into double figures, Ian Boathwick kindly sent me this picture.

Judy Bragg Carron, her first fish.

Laggan finished with five, Mrs. Anna (Coco) Barker showed her husband how it ought to be done. Giles Bovill fished better in the semi-dark than during the day.

Anna Baker Laggan

Giles Bovill Laggan

Giles Bovill Laggan

Grantown were in double figures for salmon, the best a 15lb fish from Tarric mor. There were close to fifty  sea trout landed landed including a couple over 7lb. There are well over two hundred sea trout landed this season.

Kinchurdy had over 30 sea trout and a couple of salmon.

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy



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Week Commencing 10th April 2017.

Last week’s forecast was fairly accurate but the wind strength again was under estimated. What little rain that fell was quickly soaked up by the dry ground and the thirsty vegetation, little or none made it into the river. Next week is forecast to be pretty similar, light winds, a small amount of rain early in the week with perhaps some more towards the weekend. Temperatures will peak just into double figures with perhaps even a frost some nights. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till next week. What the middle and upper river needs is a day or two of heavy rain to bring the river up.

I was pleased to see the sand pipers at Knockando on Monday; I also spotted swallows and an osprey. My house martins have yet to arrive but they cannot be far away.


Catches, depending on which part of the river you’ve been fishing your opinion on the catches will vary widely. The Lower River continues to fish well but further upstream things are a touch slower, the low water appears to be holding the fish downstream.

I understand the Fochabers Association are catching fish; Ronnie Fraser is doing well, three on Friday including this one estimated at 24lbs.

Ronnie Fraser Fochabers Angling Club

I hear he also had three from the Castle Beat.

Ian tenant tells me they landed nineteen on the Gordon Castle Beats with almost as many lost. He kindly sent me a few pictures.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle.

A party of Scandinavians led by Mattias Helde tenanted Orton. They finished the week with around a dozen. Thanks to Mattias for his pictures. He tells me he is planning two weeks on the Spey next year rather than his usual trip to the Dee!

Cally Orton



Mattias Helde Orton.

Jonas Orton


Delfur had another good week, with about a dozen landed and a few more lost. Thanks to Mark and Grant for taking the time to send me plenty of photographs.

Dan Greenham Delfur

Peter Minter Delfur.

Nigel Boyd Delfur

Nigel Again

Mitch Greenham Delfur.

Joey Essex 1st fish.

Joey Essex Delfur.

Alister Thompson Delfur

Rothes also finished with a dozen around a quarter were in the twenty-pound class. Superb fishing by any standards.

Michael Bell Rothes.

David Casswell’s fish Rothes 19.5lb Rothes.

Helen Ireland Rothes. 21lbs


Craigellachie and Aberlour Angling Club had a fish apiece, and Kinermony had a couple.

Ben Grundy Aberlour Angling Club

Graham Ritchie Kinermony


Mattias’ Scandinavians landed a couple from Wester Elchies.

Jonas Runnberg Wester Elchies.


The Northeast fly Casting Club from the north of England had taken Delagyle for the week along with a number of beats up and down the river. They had three and a large seatrout from Delagyle.

Neil Lobban the organiser tells me ” Over the three day visit we landed 12 salmon and 2 Sea trout. David Robson had three fish to his rod from the Brae Water. Alan Scott landed a 10lb Sea Liced fish from Brae 3. Luke Oldroyd landed a 6 1/2 lb Sea Trout at Delagyle. Jan Robinson caught her first ever Salmon and quickly followed it with her second in a memorable day for her on Brae. Ben Thompson had 2 Salmon and a Sea Trout. Neil Lobban landed 2 salmon from Brae and Delagyle and Paul Brydon and Chris Jones were also amongst the fish with one each from Brae and Delagyle. The largest fish was Paul’s at 11 lbs bearing long tailed lice – most of the fish caught were liced.”

Carron finished with four.


Ian Borthwick Carron.


Laggan had at least a couple, Anthony Slater (8) had his first from Millionaires and Jessica Slater a 14lb fish from the stream thanks to Mike Murdoch for keeping me updated.

Anthony Slater (8) 1st fish Laggan.

Jessica Slater Laggan


The Scandinavians reached as far up the river to Knockando Home Beat Jonas Runnberg had this lovely fish from Craig Steele.

Jonas Runnberg Knockando 24.5 lbs


A team of different Scandinavians had Phones for the first three days and landed a couple. Anders Oberg pictured below.

Anders Oberg Phones


Information from above Knockando is as usual sketchy but I hear Grantown had a couple Both fish were caught in Little Stream, one of 12 lbs and one of 6 lbs.

They are also reporting a couple of sea-trout of up to 5lbs.


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