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.
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.
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.
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.
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.