Week Commencing 19th March 2018.

This coming week will be another change in the weather, the warm(ish) spell will disappear to be replaced with another cold one. Mid weeks temperatures will struggle to remain positive. There will be some precipitation, but whether it is rain or snow only time will tell. I predict the river will fall away with cold night-time temperatures. The tides are building all week. Hopefully there will be some more fish coming on the new tides.


Although the salmon are slow in returning the birds are already here. Both pied and grey wagtails are pairing up on the riverbank. I had an enjoyable morning at Delfur with the skylark singing away. The lapwings and curlews are pairing up around Aberlour.


Catches. Well there were a few, not as many as I would like.

I hear that Fochabers Angling Association had their first of the season.

Orton had a couple.

Lewis Thom and Richard Orton.

and Richard Maclean had one on Saturday.

Easter Elchies and Upper Arndilly got their seasons underway with one from the former and two from the latter.

Orn with Sandy Scott’s fish Easter Elchies

I hear Macallan had another, and that’s about it.


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Week Commencing 19th June 2017.

Last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate, a mixture between sunshine and showers with a coolish wind thrown in for good measure. Next week will be overcast all week with a little rain, perhaps heavier towards the end of the week. The tides peak tonight and there will be no new water for the rest of the week.


It has been quite a quiet week on the river, although most beats having been catching fish, hopefully it just a lull between the spring and summer runs.

Ian Tennant tells me that the Gordon Castle beats finished in the mid teens.

Thanks to Ian for the pictures.

John Kitchingham Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Delfur also finished in the mid teens, again thanks to Mark for his photographs.

Ali Cuthbert Delfur.

Mike Cuthbert Delfur

Guess what? Rothes finished in the mid teens.

Thanks to Dougie Ross for the use of his pictures.

Ian Henderson Craigellachie

Giles Catchpole Craigellachie

Wester Elchies had a couple. Davy Brand tels me Kinermony managed three and sent me this photo from the Little Turn.

George Pullen Little Turn Kinermony.

Carron finished just short of double figures.

Grantown had five salmon. Sea-trout numbers are good with one at 7lbs and two at 6lbs landed this week.  So far, about 110 sea-trout have been reported this season, including three fish at 10lbs.

Kinchurdy finished with three salmon and thirty-five sea trout with two into double figures.19th June Thanks to Bobby Hall for the pictures.

Sea Trout Kinchurdy

Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

Mark Melville sent me couple of pictures of the Delfur swallows, I had to check with him how many days there were between the photographs, I was amazed when he told me they were only three days apart. The parents must be making a great job of feeding them, and the insects must be very nutritious.


Swallows, three days latter.


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