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 18th September 2017.

I was saddened to learn that Joe Brandie from the Fiddichside Inn passed away early this morning. Joe had been the Landlord in the Fiddichside Inn since taking over from his wife Dorothy. I am sure visiting anglers as well as the locals who visited the Fiddichside will sadly miss Joe.

 

Again the forecast was reasonably accurate, and the rain mid week pushed up the river again it peaked early Friday morning around the five-foot mark. Next week is forecast to be mainly dry and sunny, though todays rain at the top of the catchment might give a small rise on Monday. It is forecast to be quite wet on Friday perhaps finishing the season with a small spate.

 

Catches.

Gordon Castle finished with forty-four. Thanks to Ian tenant and his team for the updates and photos.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Emily Newbald Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Alex Robertson Quarry Gordon Castle.

Orton were close to double figures.

Orton

 

Delfur Eric Wardle having dropped down from Rothes ended up with another week in the twenties.

Eric Wardle Delfur 25lb.

 

Rothes were lightly fished but ended with half a dozen, Andy Burton had this beast from Creakie.

Andy Burton Rothes.

 

The rest of the river continued to pick away.

Aberlour Angling club had around seven salmon and a handful of sea trout. Pictured below to visiting anglers, Harry Boyle and Mick Cartlidge.

Mick Cartlidge Aberlour.

Harry Boyle Aberlour.

Grantown ended with around twenty salmon reported and there are still a few big sea trout being landed.

Kinchurdy were close to double figures of salmon. Many thanks to Edwin Whyte for the pictures.

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy.

 

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SFB September Briefing & Pacific Salmon Update

The latest Spey Fishery Board Briefing for September 2017 has now been published and also includes an update on the Pacific Pink Salmon. The Briefing is available to download and read here.  In this month’s issue you will read about the following topics:

  • Pink Salmon Update
  • Juvenile Monitoring 2017
  • Spring Catch Results
  • Fochabers Burn

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Week Commencing 5th September 2016

Last week’s forecast was not particularly accurate it seemed to forget the gale force winds which made fishing difficult and the rain promised for the weekend arrived a day or so early pushing the river up on Saturday making conditions more difficult than they were earlier in the week. At the start of the week it was warm and bright, never ideal conditions.

Avon Water Levels

Avon Water Levels

Aberlour river levels

Aberlour river levels

This coming week’s forecast is for bright and sunny at the start and end of the week with some warm humid conditions in the middle of the week and perhaps some heavier rain overnight. The tides are building all week.

Catches, as one would expect with the above weather conditions the fishing could not be described as easy! There is an odd fresh fish coming into the river but the majority are residents some coming into the full spawning livery.

Gordon Castle had another week into the thirties.

Delfur finished close to twenty. Mark as usual managed to find me a photograph.

Howard Masson delfur

Howard Mason delfur

Craigellachie continued to pick away.

Wester Elchies had four.

Carron also had four, as usual the Chesmore girls, out fished their men, this year having a clean sweep. Many thanks to Ruth and Rebecca for the pictures.

Ian Borthwick with Ruth Hosker's fish Carron

Ian Borthwick with Ruth Hosker’s fish(Nee Chesmore) Carron.

Ruth Hosker Carron.

Ruth Hosker Carron.

Rebecca Chesmore Carron

Rebecca Chesmore Carron

The lift in river levels helped Grantown and I predict there will be a few more catches yet to be reported. Many thanks to Jimmy for the picture of local member Cosimo Imperiale playing a spirited fish in The Lurg on Saturday morning.

Cosimo Imperiale Lurg Grantown

Cosimo Imperiale Lurg Grantown

Kinchurdy also had a few salmon and sea trout finishing with four sea trout and a couple of salmon, Dot Potter with the biggest.

Dot Potter Kinchurdy

Dot Potter Kinchurdy

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Week Commencing 12th September 2016

Well the weather forecast was reasonably accurate; the timings might have been slightly out, but not too much. Next week is pretty similar some days warm and sunny, the next cloudy and overcast. Temperatures remain around the mid teens with no sign of overnight frost! The tides peak overnight and there will be no new water all week.

Catches: The River has the end of season look about it, there are plenty of fish in all the pools, but they are hard to tempt into taking a fly.

Gordon Castle managed to stay in the mid thirties. Delfur had a relatively poor week failing to get into double figures, Mark tells me the fish were very dour.

Mike Weaver Delfur

Mike Weaver Delfur

Eric Waddle’s party managed nine from Rothes.

Arndilly were around the same finished with seven. Thanks to Charlie Harman for his pictures.

Charles Harman's fish Arndilly

Charles Harman’s fish Arndilly.

Not so fresh this time

Not so fresh this time

Craigellachie had three. Carron a couple.

Grantown got into double figures, the high water helping. The best was estimated at 23lbs  caught on a fly by John Davies from Tarric Mor.

Kinchurdy kept picking away and I am grateful for the pictures.

David Jones Kinchurdy

David Jones Kinchurdy.

Jimmy Jack, Norman Pool Kinchurdy

Jimmy Jack, Norman Pool Kinchurdy.

Avon, I was pleased to receive an Email from Ken Davies, “Malcolm I fished the Avon on Monday on beat one , had three salmon two at
10lbs one 12lbs , also hooked a big fish that just ran up the river , could not hold it and my nylon broke on a stone.”

Ken Davies Avon

Ken Davies Avon.

Ken Davies Again Avon

Ken Davies Again Avon

And Again Ken Davies Avon

And Again Ken Davies Avon.

 

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Week Commencing 14th September 2015

Another predominately dry week, it is strange it has taken till almost the end of the season for us to have an almost settled fortnight. There is some rain forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning hopefully it will give the fish a bit of a shake up before the season ends. Tides, there will be no new water till Wednesday then the tides will begin to build again.

Catches: The Gordon Castle Beats slowed slightly this week, but let’s not get too excited they still caught close to fifty fish.

Delfur, Mark tells me that the fish are not keen on taking but hopefully the forecast freshet might persuade them to show a little more interest this coming week. Even so around 20 fish were landed including a couple of first fish. As usual Mark and Grant have generously sent me some pictures to brighten up my report.

Rosie Atkinson 1st fish.Delfur

Rosie Atkinson 1st fish.Delfur

Lara Macpherson Delfur

Lara Macpherson Delfur

Charles Macpherson Delfur

Charles Macpherson Delfur

Grant Morrison Delfur

Grant Morrison’s 21lber  Delfur

Eric Wardle’s party had a good week at Rothes with everyone eventually landing something, the total was close to thirty. Eric had the biggest of the week from Creaky. Margaret Gregg was delighted to land her first Spey Salmon. Thanks to Robbie Stronach for the photographs.

Eric Wardle 20lb Creaky Rothes

Eric Wardle 20lb Creaky Rothes

Mary Gregg Jamieson Rothes.

Mary Gregg Jamieson Rothes.

It is nice to get some information and a few pictures from Arndilly. Many thanks to Charles Harman for sending me his pictures. I understand they finished the week with around twenty, including some fresh ones.

Suzy Harvey Arndilly

Suzy Harvey Arndilly

Charles Harman Arndilly

Charles Harman’s fish Arndilly

Charlie Harman Arndilly

Another from Charlie Harman Arndilly

Craigellachie continued with about a fish a day.

Wester Elchies had eight taking the season total to around 240 well over twice last years total.

Carron finished with half a dozen.

Grantown had at least seventeen salmon landed, including two estimated at 16lbs. I am grateful to Jimmy Mitchel for this picture of Cosimo Imperiale and his fish from from Tarric Mor.

Cosimo Imperiale Tarric Mor Grantown

Cosimo Imperiale Tarric Mor Grantown

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SFB Briefing for September

The Spey Fishery Board/Spey Foundation Briefing for September is now available to read here.  In this edition you will find information on the following topics:

  • Salmon & Grilse Catches for February – June 2015
  • Wild Fisheries Reform – Including Kill Licences and Carcass Tagging
  • Fish Pass Installation by Speyburn Distillery
  • Scottish Mink Initiative
  • 2015 Fin-clipping and Stocking
  • Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership
  • Dates for the Diary – Including the Spey Fishery Board Annual Public Meeting to be held on 20th October

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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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Week commencing 8th September 2014

Another week passed, not long to go now. Autumn can be a beautiful time of the year.

Sunset

Sunset

The river started around the two foot six mark and fell away all week finishing around six inches. The forecast is for some more settled weather with perhaps some heavy rain before the weekend but as usual it is hard to predict what Friday might bring. Temperatures remain quite high for September. The tides have peaked last week and there will be no new water till after the weekend.

Catches: The Gordon Castle beats again landed over fifty salmon for the week a mixture of older coloured fish with some sea liced fish as well. Delfur started the week with a rush but things slowed as the week progressed; they finished around the mid twenties. As usual Mark and the boys have been generous with their photographs’.

Charles MacPherson Delfur

Charles MacPherson Delfur

Charles again

Charles again

And again

And again

Another of the ten Charles caught Monday & Tuesday.

Another of the ten Charles caught Monday & Tuesday.

Lee Landale's first fish

Lee Landale’s first fish

George Bullard Twa Stanes Delfur

George Bullard Twa Stanes Delfur

Further upstream there are still fish to be caught. Craigellachie had a handful. Wester Elchies again lightly fished but still managed seven. Both Carron and Laggan were around the double figure mark. Team Boathwick landing the majority at Carron. I have a few interesting pictures from Ian and Neil. The red marks on the first fish are caused by Caligus Elongatus, which are the other smaller sea lice. The theory is that there was a large infestation of Caligus, possibly brought in by mackerel. The time of the year is right so it seems a plausible explanation. Other rivers are seeing fish with similar marks.

Red spots caused by Caligus Elongatus obviously!

Red spots caused by Caligus Elongatus obviously!

Perhaps not of Spey Origin

Perhaps not of Spey Origin

Ugly Beast

Ugly Beast!

Sandy Smith tells me that Buckie angler George Alexander had a fish estimated at twenty pounds from the Pouch but unfortunately the photographs were not too clear.

Grantown struggled a bit with the low water but still managed a handful of fish the best being a fish of around fourteen pounds from the Lurg.

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