It has been a wonderful week on Speyside, Inverness Caledonian Thistle have beaten Celtic in the semi final of the Scottish Cup! The weather was fine most of the week; although the rain in the west pushed the river up on Wednesday afternoon bringing a little turbidity. The river fell back the rest of the week and now sits at just over a foot. The tides peak early this week. The forecast for the coming week is for the fine settled weather to remain till the end of the week then some really heavy rain is forecast for the weekend, we will wait and see.
Catches: I hear there was a fish at Gordon Castle and that a few have been caught at Orton but I have no real details. Delfur had three on Tuesday afternoon and as usual Mark was kind enough to send me this picture of Robert Speakman.
Mike Euan tells me they only landed a couple but lost about twice as many.
Craigellachie had their best week of the season with three landed.
Wester Elchies landed five with as many lost. Neill Sproull sent me this picture from the Boat Pool.
The Norwegian party that were supposed to be fishing at Carron decided not to come, and I was delighted to be asked to fish for them. Although lightly fished we finished with four. There must have been a few fish about as Alan Williams managed to catch one from the Bridge Pool.
I hear that the Knockando beats also had some success but have no details. Chris Davies fished at Castle Grant last week and was kind enough to send me these photos when he returned home. Chris a regular on the Spey said, “With only three days on the river, I always wish we could have spent more time at Castle Grant, fabulous fishing and wonderful scenery. It seems like all of nature is coming alive; amongst many others, we saw golden eye ducks, crossbills, red shanks, curlews and a red squirrel and all in the company of Lionel Main, who as you can see from the picture has an uncanny knack of being on hand to help land a salmon – a perfect time in the Spey Valley!”
Grantown also had a fish with local member Willie Laird landing an eight pound fish from the Long Pool on Thursday. Willie has also landed three early sea-trout in the past couple of weeks.
Can I just finish with a plea for the price of salmon flies to be reduced; this poor pensioner had to risk his life to rescue his.