Week Commencing 15th May 2017.

The weather forecast last week was wrong; the rain that kept being forecast never arrived. A commercial fisherman once told me that the North East of Scotland never gets any decent rain till the easterly wind goes, he must have known much more than the professionals. We did get rain on Saturday, just as the Gordon Castle Highland Games opened their gates the heavens also opened, perhaps Angus could organise his Highland Games earlier next year! Saturday’s rain has pushed up the river; it has gone from depressingly low to low! Next week starts much the same as this week with the continuing easterly air stream, but from mid-week the temperatures shoot up and there is supposed to be some heavy rain at the weekend, promises, promises. The tides are building all week, hopefully the fresh water and the building tides will bring in some new fish and re-distribute the older ones.

 

Catches, again I am surprised just how good the catches are considering the conditions.

Gordon Castle finished with almost twenty, thanks again to Ian Tennant and his team for keeping me supplied with pictures.

Oystein Hveding Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Stephen Slattery Gordon Castle

Stephen Slattery, again  Gordon Castle

I was pleased to receive a report from Orton, David Wood wrote, ” I understand that Orton were comfortably into double figures of sea liced fish for the week. The beat was fished by a combination of the Haggas’ Party from Lincolnshire and local rods. The Haggas’ party who had some elderly and less mobile rods were very grateful for the hard work of gillies Kevin Greenhill and Richard Hold who spent a lot of time in the boat with them to maximise their enjoyment of their fishing and their chances of catching a wonderful Spey springer. The rods reported that they had a very interesting week with Kevin and Richard. It was also great to hear how helpful our local Spey anglers were to the Lincolnshire rods. Much time was spent on the river bank swapping tales and our local anglers, especially Jimmy Jack and Ron Fraser were very helpful in giving the Lincolnshire team successful flies”. I also had some photographs from David and Stuart Yates.

Stuart Yates Orton

Stuart again

David Wood Orton.

Delfur finished with sixteen, starting and ending the week well. I am grateful to Mark Melville and his guests for his photographs.

Anne Cameron Delfur, Anne’s 100th fish.

John Grant Delfur

Allan Rennie Delfur

Ali Pearson Delfur.

Things were a little quieter the further upstream you traveled.

Craigellachie had three thanks to Dougie Ross for the picture.

Graeme Salisbury Craigellachie.

I hear Aberlour had a couple but have no details.

Wester Elchies finished with six; Jonathon Muir was the main man!

Jonathan Muir Wester Elchies

Jonathan Again

and again

Alan Brown Wester Elchies.

You just cannot get a decent photographer when you need one!

I hear both Carron and Laggan had four a piece.

Grantown surprisingly continued to fish reasonably well, Mr. Philip Casy landed a 17 lbs. fish from the Lurg, on Friday. On Saturday, he landed a 10 lbs. sea trout from the same pool. The sea trout fishing continues to improve many thanks to John Gray and Jimmy Mitchel for the information and photo.

John Gray Sea trout Grantown

Kinchurdy had two salmon and at least eight sea trout.

Kinchurdy Sea trout.

 

My blue tit is still sitting on her seven eggs; her husband keeps popping in with a caterpillar for her, always in and out in a flash difficult to get a picture. It must be a pretty boring job; perhaps I should install Satellite TV for her next year. Hopefully by next week the eggs will have started to hatch and the parents will be busy feeding them.

 

 

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Week Commencing 15th August 2016.

Before I start my usual report can I just say how sad I was to hear of the sudden death of Willie Bremner, universally known as “Wink”. Wink recently retired as the Gillie on the Macalllan Beat and will be fondly remembered by those who fished there or over the water at Craigellachie. Condolences to the Bremner family.

 

Last week’s forecast was accurate as far as it went, what it didn’t say was that the start of the week would be hot, bright, cloudless, not conditions that salmon anglers look forward to. Towards the end of the week overhead conditions did improve a little, but the river continued to carry a peaty blackness. This coming week is forecast to be much better for anglers. Monday and Tuesday will be overcast with a little light rain. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are forecast to be wetter, with Saturday having a decent amount of rain. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water all week.

Catches predictably with the above weather conditions, catches have not been brilliant.

Gordon Castle continues to catch fish, and finished the week just short of sixty.

Delfur had a slightly quieter week landing around twenty-five.

Carron had six.

I had better apologise for getting the Laggan catch wrong last week and am grateful to Lloyd Garvie for sending me the correct information. Lloyd wrote that

Scott Garvie had 7 fish for his week with a 15lb lifetime best followed by a 19lb fish the following day. I should also mention that as well as Scott’s 7, Rob Doig, Grant Doig and Gordon Wilson also scored and we finished with 10 for the week.

He also sent me the picture below.

Scott Garvie Laggan

Scott Garvie Laggan

The river above has been pretty quiet with anglers enjoying the sun rather than flogging the water.

Grantown and Kinchurdy continued to fish well on Monday on the back of last weeks rise. Chris Boyle sent me the photographs of two salmon estimated at 8&11.

Chris Boyle's fish Kinchurdy.

Chris Boyle’s fish Kinchurdy.

Another of Chris Boyle's fish Kinchurdy.

Another of Chris Boyle’s fish Kinchurdy.

 

 

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Week Commencing 15th June 2015

Sadly former Craigellachie gillie Peter Wolstencroft lost his battle with lung cancer at the early age of 60. His funeral, last Tuesday was well attended by family friends and fishers. Although Peter had not been on the river for the last 8 years his dry sense of humour and his own style of gillying will I am sure be missed by many that he introduced to salmon fishing on the Spey.

 

Today, mid summer’s day has been wet, over an inch of rain has fallen in the Aberlour area and already the Avon and Aberlour SEPA gauges are showing a rise. It is hard to predict how much the rise will be. Last week the weather was as predicted overcast, some showers and sunny spells, a right mixture. The coming week is much the same, temperatures struggling to reach much above mid teens, overcast with some rain. Just to cheer everyone up the nights have started to draw in, what ever happened to summer? It must have been those three sunny days in April! The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till the following week. Hopefully the freshet at the start of the week will encourage the fish to continue to run.

Catches, again I am pleased to be able to report that most beats caught fish from Kinchurdy to the sea.

The Gordon Castle Beats had around 35 fish.

Delfur were even better with over 50 fish landed. As usual I am grateful to Mark Melville and Rory Paterson  for the use of their photographs.

Twa Stanes, Delfur

Twa Stanes, Delfur

Nigel Hawkins Delfur

Nigel Hawkins Delfur

Edward Hamilton-Ely Delfur

Edward Hamilton-Ely Delfur

 

Cocker with grilse

Cocker with grilse

Chris Rothwell Delfur

Chris Rothwell Delfur

Chris Rothwell again

Chris Rothwell again

Nicola Rothwell Delfur

Nicky Waterworth Delfur

Ali Cuthbert Delfur

Ali Cuthbert Delfur

Rothes had another good week with twenty-five landed, Mike Ewan was saying he would like to see a rise in the river height; his rain dancing must be effective!

I hear the beats below Craigellachie also were close to fifty fish.

Craigellachie had a good week with sixteen landed, I am grateful to Dougie Ross, Mike Broadey and team for the pictures.

Tom Robinson Broom Isle, Craigellachie

Tom Robinson Broom Isle, Craigellachie

Nigel Arthur Grilse, Craigellachie

Nigel Arthur Grilse, Craigellachie

Nigel Arthur, Slabs, Craigellachie

Nigel Arthur, Slabs, Craigellachie

Jonathon Askwith Boat Pool Craigellachie

Jonathon Askwith Boat Pool Craigellachie

Ian Henderson Craigellachie

Ian Henderson Craigellachie

Ian Henderson, Tunnel, Craigellachie

Ian Henderson, Tunnel, Craigellachie

Upstream Aberlour Angling Association continue to catch fish and todays rise will help the start of next week.

Kinermony and Delagyle both caught fish, Kinermony having at least 8 by tea time on Monday and finishing the week with 15.

Simon Martin had his second week of the season and did even better than last time with 16 landed. Ian Borthwick was kind enough to send me his photo.

Simon Martin Carron.

Simon Martin Carron.

Grantown Angling Association had around a dozen salmon but at least 50 seatrout most around the 4-pound mark with some better specimens also recorded. Kinchurdy also had more seatrout than salmon but traditionally the June tenants are more interested in seatrout than salmon!

I received this picture showing a canoeist leaving the river not from one of the recognised landing spots! Not sure I would class this as responsible access, if he cannot avoid a tree what chance a wading angler?

Whoops, Responsible Access?

Whoops, Responsible Access?

 

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Week Commencing 15th September 2014

Well another week finished, the season is dragging itself to a close. The weather forecast for the coming week is for a settled week with some rain on Thursday night, which might liven the river up towards the weekend. The tides are building all week but weather there are any more fish is questionable. Surely this season should quieten anyone calling for a season extension, the last thing I need is to have to write more weekly reports!

Catches: I am sure there were some. The Gordon Castle Beats made it into double figures. Delfur managed about half a dozen. Rory was kind enough to send me this picture of a hen fish Tom Mellon landed; when it first came in I thought someone had caught a carp!

Tom Mellor's salmon Delfur

Tom Mellor’s salmon Delfur

At Rothes, Eric Wardle’s party finished in the mid teens with almost as many lost. Eric said they fished hard and it was nice to see the pools full of fish including a few decent sized ones.

The beat above finished with 5, Charles Harman sent me a couple of pictures. Kitty Campbell landed her first salmon but he was not around to get a photograph.

Charles Harman's salmon.

Charles Harman’s salmon.

Keith and Dan better together!

Dan Russel with Keith McLaren

Up stream things were pretty quiet but most beats managed a couple of fish.

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