Week Commencing 11th September 2017

Last week’s forecast was accurate, the rain was possibly heavier than anticipated and the river reached close to six feet by the weekend. I’m not sure whether the high water will re-arrange some of the gravel deposited in June’s spate. Next week there is a little rain forecast most days, although Tuesday will probably be the best day of the week. The tides are building again all week.

And the rain came down!

Catches.

The high water obviously suits some beats more than others.

Gordon Castle finished with close to twenty salmon landed.

Orton was lightly fished but the gillies were able to have a go.

 

 

Orton.

Orton

Orton

Delfur were around the double figure mark again, thanks to Mark for the photograph.

Bernard Hammick Delfur

Rothes had an excellent week with Eric Wardle’s party landing twenty, including a day with over six landed. There is still some rods available next week I see.

Arndilly were close to double figures as well. Thanks to Charles Harman for the update and pictures.

Skinny fresh grilse

Nice fresh fish.

Caroline Pratt Arndilly.

Grantown had one of the best week’s of the season with more than thirty-four reported. There were also over fifty sea trout landed. Several of the salmon were in the high teens. James Chambers pictured with an 18lb from the Long Pool.

James Chambers 18lb Long Pool Grantown

Kinchurdy also had a good week. With around twenty salmon landed and a handful of seatrout. Thanks to Bobby Hall for organising the photographs for me.

Again Dot Potter appears in most of the pictures!

Dot Potter Kinchurdy

Dot Potter again

And Dot yet again.

Richard Norman Kinchurdy.

Gillie, busy at lunchtime!

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Week Commencing 11th July 2016

Another report from a foreign country, this one must be full of heathens as they salmon fish on the Sabbeth. I’m not sure it is my Presbyterian upbringing or that I cannot work out how they cut the lawn or iron their shirts but it just seems wrong!

The forecast last week was reasonably accurate, the weekend’s rain pushed up the river on Monday, and there appeared to be quite a bit of Dulnain water in it. This as Spey regulars will know is that the river goes dark and the amount of surface foam increases. This is just the sign that the river is carrying more peat, which in turn means the PH has dropped and this in turn sickens the salmon and they appear unwilling to take. This was very noticeable on most beats.

Dulnain river Level

Dulnain river Level

Next weeks forecast continues this summers unsettled weather, more showers and sunny periods. The tides are building all week.

Catches: As I mentioned above the slug of Dulnain water at the start of the week seemed to put the fish off the take, everyone was reporting seeing plenty of fish but they seemed unwilling to take.

Gordon Castle was perhaps the exception to this, perhaps because the fish are straight in off the tides but they caught fish all week finishing into the mid eighties. There is a good mixture of big fish in the high teens and even into the twenties with some grilse as well.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

 


Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Graham Ritchie Brae 3

Graham Ritchie Brae 3.

Ian Tennant Brae 3

Ian Tennant Brae 3.

Delfur finished in the mid forties though the start of the week was a bit of a struggle. Friday was the best day of the week. again the majority of the catch were salmon with perhaps a dozen grilse.

Camilla Moutain and friend Delfur

Camilla Mountain and friend Delfur

Camilla Mountain Delfur

Camilla Mountain Delfur

Ian Pilkington Delfur

Ian Pilkington Delfur.

Rothes continued their excellent season with just short of forty landed, Mike says at times it was hard going. Again about 25% of the catch were grilse.

Craigellachie had another good week with close to twenty landed. Thursday was the best day of the week.

Aberlour continue their excellent season, visiting angler Stuart Mcbain had these nice fish.

Stuart Mcbain Aberlour

Stuart Mcbain Aberlour

Stuart Mcbain Aberlour

Stuart Mcbain Aberlour

Kinermony had half a dozen again. Many thanks to Davie Brand for his pictures.

Dick Oldfield Kinermony

Dick Oldfield Kinermony

Terry Tyrrel Kinermony

Terry Tyrrel Kinermony

Carron were again into double figures. Michael Trafford, a keen seatrout fisherman, had a Seatrout estimated between 12 or 13 lb on Saturday evening.

Laggan had an enjoyable week, the best fish of the week was by Angus Woodhouse.

Angus Woodhouse's fish 39 inches Laggan.

Angus Woodhouse’s fish 39 inches Laggan.

Grantown continue to catch both salmon and Seatrout, my reporter is now on holiday, but he tells me Seatrout numbers are slightly down but average weights are definitely up!

I think this is the first report I have done wearing waders on a mobile phone, apologies for spelling mistakes but the screen is very little and my eyesight is failing, heaven knows what the bill will be this month.

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