Week Commencing May 30th 2016

Well last week’s forecast was not very accurate, the start of the week was overcast, misty and drizzly, and Wednesday was probably one of the brightest days rather than the dullest. Last Sunday’s storms had quite an effect on the river, the Avon rose quickly and this plus other local burns pushed up the main river. The turbidity seemed to be worse as you headed down the river and it certainly put the fish off. By Monday evening it started to clear around Carron area so much so Laggan had a couple in the evening.

Avon Sunday night.

Avon Sunday night.

Boat o Brig Sunday night

Boat o Brig Sunday night

This week’s forecast for what it is worth is to be dry, bright, and sunny for the first half of the week followed by overcast conditions for the second half, and possibly some rain towards the weekend. The tides peak on Tuesday morning then there will be no new water till the following week.

The Norwegian Salmon season opened on Wednesday can I ask that all anglers who have been over for the opening ensure that all precautions have been taken to make sure that Gyrodactylus salaris is not brought into the Spey. All equipment associated with angling and water sports should be thoroughly cleaned and treated to kill the parasite by either:

Drying at a minimum temperature of at least 20C for at least 2 days
Heating for at least 1 hour at temperatures of above 60C
Deep freezing for at least 1 day
Immersion in a solution* suitable for killing the parasite for a minimum of 10 minutes Virkon Aquatic (1),Wescodyne (1), sodium chloride (3), and sodium hydroxide (0.2).

Turning up on the beat on Monday morning expecting the gillie to give your tackle a quick spray, is neither sensible nor effective.

Catches: As I said earlier Monday below the Avon was pretty much a write off, so most of the catches are for a 5-day week.
Gordon Castle finished the week with close to twenty. I am very pleased that Jennifer in the Estate Office could find time to send me some photographs of their happy anglers.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Caught by Trevor Malloch on Beat 3

Caught by Trevor Malloch on Beat 3

Delfur had another good week finishing again in the thirties. Again as always thanks to Mark for his photographs.

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie's fish Delfur.

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie’s fish Delfur.

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie Delfur

Peter Pleydell-Bouverie Delfur

Mr Heller Delfur

Mr Heller Delfur

Timmy Pleydell-Bouverie, Delfur

Timmy Pleydell-Bouverie, Delfur

Rothes, Mr. and Mrs. J Blaydon had a great week finishing on thirty-six, on Thursday they had somewhat of a red-letter day landing seventeen, Amongst all these fish there were three first fish, Catrina and her mother Jane both had their first fish from Town Road within half an hour of each other.

Catrina Till Rothes

Catrina Till Rothes

Jane Till Rothes

Jane Till Rothes

Will Elphinstone Rothes

Will Elphinstone Rothes.

Ronnie Munro- Ferguson Rothes

Ronnie Munro- Ferguson Rothes

I understand Arndilly were also in the thirty bracket, so over one hundred fish from three beats which makes a mockery of the FishPal Catch figures showing 95 for the river.

This week Easter Elchies report and show close to twenty.

Craigellachie continue their good spell, with sixteen landed, thanks to Dougie Ross for the use of his pictures.

Tony Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Tony Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Jonathan Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Jonathan Ellerbeck Craigellachie

Henry Taylor Craigellachie

Henry Taylor Craigellachie

GordonSmit, with Richard Taylor's fish Craigellachie

Gordon Smith, with Richard Taylor’s fish Craigellachie

Kinermony was fished by Peter Kyte and party, Peter tells me they finished with six, Ian Pawley was the top rod with four. I hear that Delagyle had somewhere in the mid teens but have no more details.

Peter Kyte Kinermony

Peter Kyte Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Ian Pawley Kinermony

Mr. Jimmy Jack and friends fished Carron and finished the week with eleven, I have been promised some pictures. I believe Laggan had a similar number.

I hear the Knockando beats fished well with the Home beat landing at least ten one day.
As usual my information dries up till I get to Grantown. Jimmy Mitchell tells me that they had a good week, with around twenty-three landed with at leat three in the mid-teens. The seatrout fishing continues to improve with a few decent fish over the 5lb mark.

Again I am very grateful to Bobby Hall for his updates and photographs from Kinchurdy. It is good to hear they are catching both salmon and seatrout.

Steve Hill Kinchurdy

Steve Hill Kinchurdy

Julia Mossman, Kinchurdy

Julia Mossman, Kinchurdy

Bill Neave Kinchurdy

Bill Neave Kinchurdy

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Week Commencing 30th March.

The forecast was pretty accurate for last week, a little bit of everything. Tuesday was unpleasant for man and beast.

On Tuesday there was some snow!

On Tuesday there was some snow!

When the sun did make an appearance there were a few hatches of March Browns and the trout were waiting! The Chiffchaff has made it back after its winter away. I have not seen any hirundine yet but it should not be long before the Sand Martins, usually the first to arrive, turn up.

The forecast for the coming week is for some more settled weather with temperatures reaching the mid teens. There is no rain of any significance forecast this week but the warm weather will certainly keep the river up with some snowmelt. The tides will not peak till midweek.

Catches: I understand the lower river is still pretty quiet, but with the water temperature reaching 40f this is not really surprising. I hear Orton had at least of couple of fish but have no more details. Delfur started the week slowly but things picked up towards the end of the week, as usual I am grateful to Mark for his supply of photographs.

Mark Camacho Delfur

Mark Camacho Delfur

Mark Camacho Again Delfur

Mark Camacho Again Delfur

Jack Melville Delfur

Jack Melville Delfur

I was looking after my party of Vikings at Rothes. As usual they fished hard and finished the week with eleven, just two short of last years total. Hans had promised his workmates that the moustache would go if he landed a Spey salmon, a close look at these photos would show he was as good as his word.

Hans Stenrud Before!

Hans Stenrud Before!

Hans Stenrud After!

Hans Stenrud After!

 

Per Westmurland's fish Rothes

Per Westmurland’s fish Rothes

Craigellachie was quite lightly fished but when anglers turned up they were rewarded. Terry Geddes with his fish from the Garden Pool.

Terry Geddes Craigellachie

Terry Geddes Craigellachie

There were a few fish about at Kinermony, at least eight were hooked but amazingly they were all lost.

Carron eventually got their season underway, salmon at Carron appear a little like buses, none for ages then two turn up at once. The first was caught in the tail of the Stream, within half an hour Neil Borthwick had the second from The Bothy.

Carron's 1st fish

Carron’s 1st fish

I hear that the Ballindalloch estate beats are continuing to catch fish from both their beats. News in patchy from further up the river but I did hear of a few fish from the estates above the Avon.

 

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