Week Commencing 17th July 2017

Again the forecast was reasonably accurate but perhaps I under-estimated how warm it was to be at the start of the week. Next week will again be changeable, starting the week sunny, with some rain mid week and overcast towards the weekend. It will be interesting to see whether today’s rain pushes up the river.

The tides continue to build till mid week, then there will be no new water till next week.

 

There was another Pink Salmon caught at Gordon Castle this week, again I suggest you follow the advice here,  http://www.speyfisheryboard.com/look-pacific-pink-salmon/

 

I received this interesting picture this week, I was asked what I thought the salmon had encountered. Looking at the picture it is clear it is not the usual seal damage, I believe the marks are too far apart to be a dolphin, so have come to the conclusion that this fish had a close encounter with an orca. I will be happy to be corrected.

Close Encounter with?

 

Atlantic Salmon Catches.

The Lower River continues to fish well. Tony Smith again was successful on the Fochabers Association water.

Tony Smith Fochabers.

Gordon Castle finished the week with around twenty fish, thanks to Ian Tennant for the picture.

Geordie Gordon Lennox.

Orton had around ten fish.

Orton

Delfur Mark tells me they ended up with over twenty for the week, and sent me these pictures.

Nathalie Mountain Delfur.

Charlotte Horn Delfur

Rothes, though lightly fish still finished with double figures.

Craigellachie, Wester Elchies Carron and Laggan all finished with a handful each.

Last week I hear that John Corrister from the Isle Of Man had a 22lb fish from Aberlour, this week , John continued his success this time with a grilse.

Grantown surprisingly was lightly fished and the catches reflect this.

Kinchurdy continued their excellent season with the sea trout landing over 60 this week.

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Week Commencing 31st July 2017.

It has been an easy summer for weather forecasting, there will be a little of everything with may be more of this or that some days. Thursday forecast heavy rain pushed the river up and it is dropping away nicely and clearing. Next week’s forecast will be pretty similar to every other week, Thursday being the driest and Friday being the wettest.

The tides peak on Tuesday evening.

 

Catches.

The Fochabers’ Angling Club continue to catch fish, many thanks to regular Tony Smith for a couple of pictures of his fish this week.

Tony Smith’s fish Fochabers.

Tony Smith’s fish Fochabers.

Gordon Castle. Ian Tennant tells me they finished the week with close to thirty salmon, Monday and Saturday were the best days of the week. Thanks to Ian and his team for the photographs.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle.

Orton David Wood was back at Orton and sent me his usual summery of the week.

Orton did not quite make double figures for the week. Unusually, Cairnty, one of Orton’s most reliable performers did not produce a fish. The smallest of the week was David Wood’s grilse on Monday of a little over 2 lbs. Host

William Haggas left it until late on Saturday afternoon to catch his only salmon of the week, 9lbs in House Pool. 12 year old Daisy Hall landed her first ever salmon, 6lbs in the Willows.

Thanks David for the report and photos.

William Haggas Orton

Daisy Hall 1st fish Orton.

Richard Hold Orton

Delfur just made it into double figures. Mark tells me it was hard going but Saturday’s rise stirred a few up to take.

Tom Mountain Delfur.

Rothes had half a dozen

 

The rest of the river was pretty quiet, hopefully the rise should bring a few more fish on the take.

 

Confession time I received this picture from Kinchurdy but after saving the picture I inadvertently deleted the message with the ladies name! Fat fingers and failing eyesight are my only excuses!

Kinchurdy

 

Mark sent me this picture of the second brood of swallows at Delfur, hopefully there are plenty of insects about to get them fit for their long flight south in a couple of months.

Second brood of Delfur Swallows.

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Week Commencing 17th July 2017

Again the forecast was reasonably accurate but perhaps I under-estimated how warm it was to be at the start of the week. Next week will again be changeable, starting the week sunny, with some rain mid week and overcast towards the weekend. It will be interesting to see whether today’s rain pushes up the river.

The tides continue to build till mid week, then there will be no new water till next week.

 

There was another Pink Salmon caught at Gordon Castle this week, again I suggest you follow the advice here,  http://www.speyfisheryboard.com/look-pacific-pink-salmon/

 

I received this interesting picture this week, I was asked what I thought the salmon had encountered. Looking at the picture it is clear it is not the usual seal damage, I believe the marks are too far apart to be a dolphin, so have come to the conclusion that this fish had a close encounter with an orca. I will be happy to be corrected.

Close Encounter with?

 

Atlantic Salmon Catches.

The Lower River continues to fish well. Tony Smith again was successful on the Fochabers Association water.

Tony Smith Fochabers.

Gordon Castle finished the week with around twenty fish, thanks to Ian Tennant for the picture.

Geordie Gordon Lennox.

Orton had around ten fish.

Orton

Delfur Mark tells me they ended up with over twenty for the week, and sent me these pictures.

Nathalie Mountain Delfur.

Charlotte Horn Delfur

Rothes, though lightly fish still finished with double figures.

Craigellachie, Wester Elchies Carron and Laggan all finished with a handful each.

Last week I hear that John Corrister from the Isle Of Man had a 22lb fish from Aberlour, this week , John continued his success this time with a grilse.

Grantown surprisingly was lightly fished and the catches reflect this.

Kinchurdy continued their excellent season with the sea trout landing over 60 this week.

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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

Kinchurdy

Kinchurdy

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Week Commencing 3rd July 2017.

 

Writing weather forecasts when it is to be changeable is pretty easy, difficult to get wrong. Next week remains changeable, some rain on Monday evening into Tuesday morning with possibly the sunniest on Wednesday. Thursday may be breezy.

The tides peak around midnight on Monday and there will be no new water till next week.

 

Catches. Again it was quite a quiet week, most beats caught fish but not in huge numbers. There are some grilse in the catches but not in any great numbers.

 

Gordon Castle finished in the high thirties, Ian Tennant thought to slow rise on Saturday morning put the fish off with only two landed for the day. Thanks to Ian and his team for the photographs.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Jan Ridgen Gordon Castle.

Orton, David Wood reported, Orton finished the week in double figures after a slow start. Highlight of the week was the Engagement of Will Haggas and wildlife artist Clare Shaw on Wednesday. Catches were evenly spread between the Haggas party from Lincolnshire (successful rods Andrew Read, 8 and 12lbs, Will Haggas 4, and 8lbs and Jenny Baxter, 9lbs) and the other party from Lancashire.

Thanks to David for the pictures.

Will Haggas, Clare Short, gillie Richard Hold and a salmon!

Will Haggas Orton.

Andrew Read Orton.

Orton.

Orton.

 

Delfur finished in the high teens. Again just one picture this week.

Maher Altajir, Delfur.

 

Rothes had a handful.

 

I was pleased to receive a photograph from Easter Elchies owner Mr. Willie Robertson, of his grandson James aged 7 with his first salmon, he out fished some of his granddad’s friends.

James Robertson Easter Elchies.

 

Craigellachie had half a dozen as did Wester Elchies, the low water did not suit Aberlour Angling Club but they still managed a couple. I hear Carron had eight.

 

My Grantown correspondent is on holiday again but before leaving he told me that they were heading towards twenty for the week, the best in the 20lb class. Sea trout are again being caught with at least two over 5lb.

 

Kinchurdy continues to fish well, this week fifty sea trout were landed along with 4 salmon and a grilse.

 

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SFB July Briefing published

The latest Spey Fishery Board and Spey Foundation Briefing for July 2017 has now been published and is available to download and read here.  In this month’s issue you will read about the following topics:

  • Spey Join Armadale Salmon Tracking Project
  • Catch & Release Guidelines for Anglers
  • Willow Spiling demonstration site – River Spey at Aviemore

 

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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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SFB Briefing – July 2016

The latest Spey Fishery Board and Spey Foundation Briefing for July 2016 has now been published and is available to download and read here.  In this month’s issue you will read about the following topics:

  • 2016 Smolt Trapping Season results
  • Education – Salmon in the Classroom 2016
  • Conservation Limits
  • Spey Catchment Initiative update

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Week Commencing 27th July 2015

Another week of a little of everything, sun, rain clouds. The river rose a little but carried a lot of colour, which seemed to put the fish off. The coming week is more of the same, Monday will be the brightest and Tuesday the wettest but nothing really startling. Temperatures might just reach the seasonable normal. The tides peak on Tuesday.

Catches: Gordon Castle continued to catch fish again finishing around the fifty mark. Delfur also finished close to fifty. I am not convinced I would describe 5 rods as plenty of anglers but I see others do! Mark and Rory as usual were kind enough to send me some pictures.

Rory getting artistic!

Rory getting artistic!

Rory with close up mode working!

Rory with close up mode working!

Mark with Oliver Burge's fish

Mark with Oliver Burge’s fish

John Braithwaite Delfur

John Braithwaite Delfur

Rothes had twenty-four for the week and Mike tells me it was the first week when grilse outnumbered the salmon. Mark reckoned he was close to 50%.

As I predicted last week Craigellachie had a good week and I was surprised to see they still had some availability. Having finished with almost twenty for the week I am amazed to see there is still availability for next week.

I hear Kinermony had a productive week but have no details.

Wester Elchies was lightly fished but still managed eleven; those who took advantage of the availability were rewarded.

Laggan had a great week; Phil Burton had six to his own rod on Monday. They finished with around twenty, the best being an eighteen-pound fish from Pol Dornie.

Phil Burton Laggan

Phil Burton Laggan

Over the water things were a little quieter at Carron. I was forced to try and get a photograph myself. These “selfies” are not that easy and when the camera eventually fired up I had the look of a startled rabbit, marginally better than the feet and fish shot I hope?

Selfie or startled rabbit!

Selfie or startled rabbit!

Brian Shaw, head biologist, had a day at Castle Grant and managed a salmon and a grilse, he was kind enough to send me a picture of his fish going back. Brian tells me he was pleased to see plenty of fish in the pools.

Rogie, Castle Grant

Rogie, Castle Grant

Grantown, my well-travelled correspondent has returned and tells me that there are still plenty of sea trout being taken, the best this week around the 8lb mark! I also hear rather disappointingly that visitor numbers are low, but I suppose on the flip side this means there is plenty of room in the pools; every cloud has a silver lining. I am a little baffled why visitor numbers are down the catches this year are respectable 218 so far with two months left. This compares well with last year, perhaps not a year to dwell too long on but around thirty fish better than 2013, 50 better than 2012 and a few more than 2011.

 

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Week Commencing 28th July 2014

You can tell when the fishing gets slow when the weekly report reads more like the Births Deaths and Marriages of the local paper; good news this week. Lisa and Blair Banks announced the arrival of their daughter, Emily Catherine Banks on Friday 1st August at 16.22. A very healthy nine pound twelve ounces! Congratulations to the Banks’ family.

Whilst out this morning checking on the river height and walking the dogs I came across this vehicle “parked” beside Carron Bridge. I wonder just what sets this canoeist apart from the rest of the population so he can park in front of a No Parking Sign, perhaps I misunderstood and the council spent all this money so canoeists did not have to walk after they had come down the river!

Ignorant, illiterate or just irresponsible?

Ignorant, illiterate or just irresponsible?

Anyway at long last we were promised rain and it actually arrived, the river is up and is coloured but I am sure anglers will be happy to lose some or all of Monday to clean up the river and get rid of the slime and weed. The forecast for the coming week is mainly dry and sunny except for Wednesday when there will be another spell of heavy rain. Tides there is no new water till Wednesday then the tides start to build again.

The turbidity is not looking good for Monday morning.

The turbidity is not looking good for Monday morning.

Catches, again the Spey continues to hold its own of course it is disappointing but I would rather be on the Spey than just about any other river in Scotland.

Gordon Castle picked away. Delfur continued to fish reasonably well; without going into details another few and they would have out fished the entire Tweed on Fish Tweed. Mark, Grant and Rory continue to supply me with photographs, perhaps that is Delfur’s secret, salmon like to appear on the Internet! The rest of the river continued to catch small numbers of fish most beats recording twos or threes.Rothes started the week and finished with a flourish but the middle is probably best forgotten. I see Grantown were continuing to catch decent sized seatrout, hopefully this rise of water should increase their salmon count.

Tom Mountain with Grant Delfur

Tom Mountain with Grant Delfur

Jack Campbell with Rory Delfur

Jack Campbell with Rory Delfur

Marina Gibson's fish Delfur

Marina Gibson’s fish Delfur

Rory nets another fish.

Rory nets another fish.

Henry Mountain Delfur

Henry Mountain Delfur

Georgiana Baker 1st Salmon Two Stones Delfur

Georgiana Baker 1st Salmon Two Stones Delfur

Obligatory Chocolate cocker shot

Obligatory Chocolate cocker shot

A late evening fish

A late evening fish

 

 

 

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