Week Commencing 28th August 2017.

Last weeks forecast was mainly correct, there were couple of showers but nothing to get excited about. The river has dropped back to around summer level. Next week we return to the mixed forecast, there will be some rain on Monday, and Tuesday morning then Wednesday will be sunnier. With perhaps a little more rain before the weekend. The tides are building again all week.

 

Catches.

Ian Tennant tells me they finished the week at Gordon Castle with around thirty fish landed.

Gordon Castle.

I hear Orton had a better week than of late finishing in the twenties.

Delfur were again into double figures, thanks to Mark and Grant for the pictures.

Toni Douetil Delfur.

Grace Douetil Delfur.

Abbi Douetil Delfur

Jamie Hardy Delfur.

I believe Rothes finished just short of double figures.

 

The middle river had a new lease of life, Wester Elchies had seven Sam tells me this was the best week since June.

 

Kinermony landed a monster from the Boat Pool, it was measured at 41” it would have been a lovely fish to land in June!

Something big and ugly in the Boat Pool.

Nick Plum 41″ salmon Kinermony.

 

Both Carron and Laggan were close to double figures, the Tullis party had eight the best pictured below.

Joe Tallis Carron.

 

Laggan should have had at least a dozen but Friday was a day of missed opportunities with four lost. Grant Morrison on a busman’s holiday had this fine clean sea trout one evening.

Sea trout Laggan

Grantown again was quiet but a few fish were landed the best a 15lb fish from Lower Bend.

 

Kinchurdy continue to fish well. Don Griffin and Brian Taylor had 3 days, Don said, great few days a few fish and Bobby made our trip one of the best.

Brian Taylor Kinchurdy.

 

Kevin Shanks sent me a photograph as well and says, I am just back from another great week at Kinchurdy, I managed seven sea trout to 5lbs and a 10lb salmon. As usual a great beat to fish and great help from Gillie Bobby Hall.

Kevin Shanks Kinchurdy.

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Week Commencing August 21st 2017.

Next week the forecast is for no rain, none at all, well I wait to see if that is correct. Temperatures are slightly above average for late summer peaking around the mid teens. Tides it will be Friday till the tides start to build again.

 

Catches. Things are pretty slow.

Gordon Castle finished in the low thirties, thanks to Ian Tennant and his team for the updates and pictures.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

 

Delfur again crept into double figures. Mark sent me these two photographs, different fish caught by the same angler on the same beat in a week, one lovely and fresh still with sea-lice the other has been in a while.

Fresh Fish.

Coloured Cock fish

Sean Howe visiting from Seattle had his first salmon and sea trout. Joanna Howe had a salmon and a grilse, many thanks to Grant for his pictures.

Sean Howe first Salmon Broom Delfur.

Sean Howe first sea trout 3lb

Joanna Howe Collie Delfur

Joanna Howe Broom Delfur

 

The rest of the river picked away, with most beats ending up with a couple of fish.

 

 

 

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Week Commencing 14th August 2017.

Last weeks forecast was incorrect as far as the heaviest rain fell at the start of the week, pushing up the river on Tuesday. The rise last night was quite small and is already dropping away. Next weeks forecast is back to changeable, there will be a little rain mid week, and some periods of sunshine. The tides are building till Thursday then there will no new water for a week.

 

Catches,

Gordon Castle had over seventy for the week from their beats. Ian Tennant tells me they were mainly older fish.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Orton had a better week than of late, getting close to mid teens.

Orton.

Orton.

 

Delfur were again into double figures. Thanks to Grant for the picture.

Mrs Constantine’s fish Delfur.

 

Rothes finished just shy of twenty. Mike tells me the majority were coloured.

The middle river was pretty quiet the rise in water brought a few fish on but not many. Aberlour Angling Club had five as did most of the beats round and about.

Grantown had a few more anglers out and not surprisingly a few more salmon were landed finishing the week with at least eight reported, the best 19lb from Tarric Mor.

Kinchurdy continue to catch both salmon and sea trout.

Pictured below is French guest with his first ever salmon of 6lb safely returned.

French guest and Gillie Kinchurdy.

Kinchurdy Sea trout

The Delfur Swallows have come on quickly and are about ready to fledge.

About ready to fledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week Commencing 7th August 2017.

It is going to be a wet week, with some precipitation everyday. It will be the end of the week till the amount of rainfall is significant. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water this week.

 

Catches.

Gordon Castle finished the week with almost forty landed. Ian Tennant tells me it was a mixture of fresh fish and old stagers.

Orton finished just short of double figures.

 

Delfur had a twenty fish week. Thanks to Mark and Grant for the photographs it is nice to see the younger generation enjoying themselves on the river.

Emma Mountain

 

Emma and her gillie Archie

Rory Mountain

 

 

Rory Again

Rothes, Mike tells me he pools are stuffed with fish and it just needs a wee spate to turn them on. They finished with ten for the week.

 

Although a quiet week at Wester Elchies Bob Kuperman showed all the so-called experts how it ought to be done with his first fish from the Brock. Bob has only had 3 days salmon fishing before this.

Bob Kuperman Wester Elchies

There were just three from Grantown the best a 16 lb fish from Tarric Mor, as someone said, there were more fish seen than anglers.

John Gray had this 5lb sea trout last night.

John Gray’s sea trout Grantown

Kinchurdy continued to fish well for seatrout and I hear that they are still catching some “specimen” fish this week some at 9lb, 5lb. Last week I received a couple of pictures after the report went in so I have saved them for this week.

 

The second brood of swallows continue to grow, I hope this wet week does not hold them back too much.

Growing well, feed me, feed me.

 

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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 1st August 2016.

Last week’s forecast was pretty accurate and the rainfall on Tuesday into Wednesday was enough to push the river up. As usual this season there was a lot of peaty water, which put the salmon off the take. Next week’s forecast follows the usual trend but this coming week the heaviest rain will be on Thursday and Friday morning and again if accurate the river will rise. The tides have peaked and there will no new water this coming week. The noticeable feature of this weekend’s weather was the strength of the winds, not unusually high for winter but strong enough when the trees are in leaf. There was a tree down on the Craigellachie to Dufftown road in Craigellachie and getting to the beats might be a little awkward till the gillies get the chain saws going.

A tree across the road.

A tree across the road.

Catches. The bottom beats on the river continue to fish well. Gordon Castle finished just short of eighty, considering Wednesday and Thursday were a bit of a washout, pretty good going. Saturday was the best day of the week which augurs well for this coming week.

Delfur had a good family week with lots of first “fish landed” Thanks to Mark, Rory and Grant for the photographs. They finished the week into the twenties, and again Saturday was the best day.

Freddie Denison-Smith Delfur

Freddie Denison-Smith Delfur

James Garwood Delfur

James Garwood Delfur

Ed Taylor Delfur

Ed Taylor Delfur

Ned Salvin Delfur

Ned Salvin Delfur. All the above “1st fish”

Rory Mountain Delfur

Rory Mountain Delfur

Ned Salvin Delfur

Ned Salvin Delfur.

Ellie mountain Delfur

Ellie mountain Delfur.

Puffin, Archie and Emma Mountain Delfur.

Puffin, Archie and Emma Mountain Delfur.

Rothes were about the same, Mike tells me the majority landed were salmon with just a handful of grilse. He said the total would have been better except for the loss of a day and a half to coloured peaty water.

Easter Elchies reported thirty this week.

Craigellachie finished into double figures and it is now the best years catch since 2011. Hopefully the catches will continue so they can pass the 2008 total.

Wester Elchies had a few fish and I was pleased to get a few pictures. Mike Addison and Huw Jones from Wales had a nice three days. Huw Jones had his first Spey fish, not a bad couple to open your Spey account.

Huw Jones Wester Elchies

Huw Jones Wester Elchies

Huw Jones Wester Elchies

Huw Jones Wester Elchies.

Neal Strachan also had a great day at Wester Elchies, on Wednesday he was disappointed to lose his first ever salmon but minutes later he hooked and successfully landed, and returned this fish.

Neil Strachan Wester Elchies

Neil Strachan Wester Elchies

Carron had a quieter week than of late but still passed last years total with almost two months to go. Laggan had a better week with at least four landed on Thursday.

Grantown had a better week with almost ten fish reported. The high water encourage fish to take on some of the upper beats.

 

 

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Week Commencing 17th August 2015.

Weather forecasting appears to be a tricky art, yesterday there was very heavy rain forecast with some even sticking yellow weather warning triangles on the map. Today was warm and sunny. The rain is now forecast to arrive Monday afternoon and continuing till Thursday. We will just have to wait and see.

Tides are at least predictable and will start to build again on Wednesday.

The rain on Tuesday last week pushed the river up, this seemed to suit some beats but not others.

Catches: The Gordon Castle beats continue to fish well with over seventy salmon and grilse landed. Things were a little quieter this week at Delfur. Mark tells me they finished in the mid twenties, there were plenty of fish showing but the warm muggy weather at the end of the week seemed to put them off. There was a similar story at Rothes, Mike tells me they landed fourteen mostly grilse.

Craigellachie were a little quieter than of late with half a dozen landed.

Wester Elchies went one better. Sam tells me the rods on Kinermony side  had a great week with at least six landed on Monday.

Henry Spence’s party had no concerns on that score as they had both Carron and Laggan for the week. Tim Clark was  kind enough to send me his photos.

Ben Nicholls Gas Pool Carron and Laggan

Ben Nicholls Gas Pool Carron and Laggan

Max, Ian's new pup, oh and a fish!

Max, Ian’s new pup, oh and a fish!

Grantown were quite quiet on the fisherman and fish fronts possibly the lack of the former has an effect on the latter. I hear some grilse have turned up so hopefully a few more anglers might venture out.

Some of the photos shown this week actually belong to last week but I was away fishing the Lochy and the connection to the World Wide Web was a little slow unless you banged the router really hard to awaken the sleeping hamster.

Emma Mountain with a 4lb grilse Delfur

Emma Mountain with a 4lb grilse Delfur

Emma Mountain Delfur

Emma Mountain Delfur

Archie Mountain grilse Delfur

Archie Mountain grilse Delfur

Archie Mountain Delfur

Archie Mountain Delfur

Thanks Grant!

Thanks Grant!

Russel Dilks 14lb Pol Clach. Grantown

Russel Dilks 14lb Pol Clach. Grantown

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Week Commencing 4th August 2014.

The river rose as predicted but was not as coloured as I feared. The rise was fairly short lived but it seemed to move the fish about and bring some more on the take. The forecast for the coming week is wet, tonight there is supposed to be over an inch of rain and the rain continues most of the week all be it less severe. My forecast suggests the winds will be light though other suggest we will get the tail of Hurricane Bertha (sounds like a Beatrix Potter Book) The BBC forecast suggests a yellow warning for rain fall but again winds to be relatively light. The tides continue to build till Wednesday but no new water after that. I will continue to check the tree branches first thing in the morning, if they are blowing about, it’s windy anything else is mere speculation.

Whilst fishing at Wester Elchies I landed this coloured grilse showing signs of the Anasakis Nemotode or red vent syndrome. I was reminded that I had not issued a warning about it this year but on more thought I hoped most anglers were returning all their fish in this year of shortage. But just in case there are some desperate people out there, remember to either cook the fish or to freeze it, do not eat it raw as in sushi and if smoking to freeze it first.

Anasakis Nemotode

Anasakis Nemotode

Catches, I think the river as a whole probably landed around 200 salmon and grilse making it the best river in Scotland. The Gordon Castle beats landed close to fifty fish, a mixture of salmon and grilse the largest was estimated at over 30lbs. Delfur continued to fish well with over forty caught and as usual I am grateful to Mark, Grant and Rory for taking the time and trouble to send me photographs. Most consistent angler was Rory Mountain who had fish every day.

Rory Mountain with the Cocker Pack.

Rory Mountain with the Cocker Pack.

Rory Mountain Collie Delfur

Rory Mountain Collie Delfur

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Nice seatrout.

Guess Who again! But he did catch a fish everyday

Guess Who again! But he did catch a fish everyday

John Ward 1st salmon.Delfur

John Ward 1st salmon.Delfur

Jack Melville Delfur "His biggest so far."

Jack Melville Delfur “His biggest so far.”

Archie Mountain Otter Delfur with Grant

Archie Mountain Otter Delfur with Grant

Emma Mountain Hollenbush del fur

Emma Mountain Hollenbush Delfur

Rothes had a reasonable week getting towards the mid twenties Penny Buchanan of Mr Dan Drew’s party was kind enough to send me some of her pictures. Again a mixture of old and new, and salmon and grilse.

George Buchanan Rothes

George Buchanan Rothes

Penny Buchanan & Robbie Rothes

Penny Buchanan & Robbie Rothes

Winning team again

Winning team again

George Buchanan with Robbie, Rothes

George Buchanan with Robbie, Rothes

I hear the beat above were also in the forties but as usual have no more information.

We managed six at Wester Elchies with a couple more lost.

Cuilean Wester Elchies

Cuilean Wester Elchies

The beats opposite were about the same. Carron went one better landing seven.

Again as I predicted the high water at Grantown brought some salmon up river and a few were landed on Monday, hopefully this forecast rain will bring some more up this week. The seatrout fishing continues to be good with over 200 landed with at least two approaching double figures.

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Week Commencing 4th August 2014.

The river rose as predicted but was not as coloured as I feared. The rise was fairly short lived but it seemed to move the fish about and bring some more on the take. The forecast for the coming week is wet, tonight there is supposed to be over an inch of rain and the rain continues most of the week all be it less severe. My forecast suggests the winds will be light though other suggest we will get the tail of Hurricane Bertha (sounds like a Beatrix Potter Book) The BBC forecast suggests a yellow warning for rain fall but again winds to be relatively light. The tides continue to build till Wednesday but no new water after that. I will continue to check the tree branches first thing in the morning, if they are blowing about, it’s windy anything else is mere speculation.

Whilst fishing at Wester Elchies I landed this coloured grilse showing signs of the Anasakis Nemotode or red vent syndrome. I was reminded that I had not issued a warning about it this year but on more thought I hoped most anglers were returning all their fish in this year of shortage. But just in case there are some desperate people out there, remember to either cook the fish or to freeze it, do not eat it raw as in sushi and if smoking to freeze it first.

Anasakis Nemotode

Anasakis Nemotode

Catches, I think the river as a whole probably landed around 200 salmon and grilse making it the best river in Scotland. The Gordon Castle beats landed close to fifty fish, a mixture of salmon and grilse the largest was estimated at over 30lbs. Delfur continued to fish well with over forty caught and as usual I am grateful to Mark, Grant and Rory for taking the time and trouble to send me photographs. Most consistent angler was Rory Mountain who had fish every day.

Rory Mountain with the Cocker Pack.

Rory Mountain with the Cocker Pack.

Rory Mountain Collie Delfur

Rory Mountain Collie Delfur

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Nice seatrout.

Guess Who again! But he did catch a fish everyday

Guess Who again! But he did catch a fish everyday

John Ward 1st salmon.Delfur

John Ward 1st salmon.Delfur

Jack Melville Delfur "His biggest so far."

Jack Melville Delfur “His biggest so far.”

Archie Mountain Otter Delfur with Grant

Archie Mountain Otter Delfur with Grant

Emma Mountain Hollenbush del fur

Emma Mountain Hollenbush Delfur

Rothes had a reasonable week getting towards the mid twenties Penny Buchanan of Mr Dan Drew’s party was kind enough to send me some of her pictures. Again a mixture of old and new, and salmon and grilse.

George Buchanan Rothes

George Buchanan Rothes

Penny Buchanan & Robbie Rothes

Penny Buchanan & Robbie Rothes

Winning team again

Winning team again

George Buchanan with Robbie, Rothes

George Buchanan with Robbie, Rothes

I hear the beat above were also in the forties but as usual have no more information.

We managed six at Wester Elchies with a couple more lost.

Cuilean Wester Elchies

Cuilean Wester Elchies

The beats opposite were about the same. Carron went one better landing seven.

Again as I predicted the high water at Grantown brought some salmon up river and a few were landed on Monday, hopefully this forecast rain will bring some more up this week. The seatrout fishing continues to be good with over 200 landed with at least two approaching double figures.

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