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?
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.
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
Jack Campbell with Rory Delfur
Marina Gibson’s fish Delfur
Rory nets another fish.
Henry Mountain Delfur
Georgiana Baker 1st Salmon Two Stones Delfur
Obligatory Chocolate cocker shot
A late evening fish
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Another week goes by, still the river remains low and there is no rain in the forecast for next week. Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid twenties towards the end of the week. The tides are building all week. I would suggest the parties that are prepared to be anti-social will catch more fish; the afternoons will not be productive.
Catches: I thought the Spey was looking poor till I looked at some of the other rivers and the Spey is looking quite good in comparison! Gordon Castle got close to forty, the week started well but slowed a little. Willie Mair was kind enough to send me a couple of pictures.
Willie Mair’s fish Beat 2
Another for Willie.
Delfur were into the twenties Mark, Rory and Mr Henry Mountain were kind enough to supply me with the usual selection of photographs. As can be seen there are a number of residents starting to be tempted.
Mark Melville Delfur
Sir Edward Mountain Delfur
Nathalie Mountain Delfur
Henry Mountain Hollenbush
Mrs Mills Mountain Otter.
Mills again Collie
Davie Macintosh Broom
Rory Paterson with Bill Govett’s fish Collie.
Wester Elchies had a better week than of late with six landed rather than the usual five. I was lucky enough to be assisting Carol Simmonds when she expertly played this fish in Pol Shuan, making netting it very easy.
Carol Simmonds Pol Shuan Wester Elchies
Carron I hear had a couple both caught late in the evening.
Again Grantown are crying out for water to help the salmon anglers but I understand the seatrout anglers are not complaing too much.
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Another week where we have had rain and the river rises a little but soon falls back, the ground is very dry and we really have not had a good soaking since last year. I see there is about half an inch of rain forecast for Monday but the rest of the week is going to be hot and sunny so I think any rise will be again very short lived. The tides peak tomorrow Monday and there will be no new water till next week.
Catches: There were a few! Gordon Castle had around a dozen, Delfur were into the mid-teens thanks again to Mark and Grant for the photographs it brightens up a pretty dull report.
Mr Nicky Mountain Beaufort Delfur.
Lady Whitbread Sourden.
Lady Whitbread’s fish Beaufort.
Rothes averaged a fish a day, Mike tells me “its hard going”. Craigellachie and Wester Elchies were about the same. Carron had their best week of the season almost getting to double figures, when I spoke to Ian Borthwick he told me they had five on Tuesday and was hoping to make double figures by Saturday evening. Grantown are continuing to catch plenty of seatrout but as usual are needing a good lift in the water height to help the salmon fishing.
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The North Atlantic Salmon Conservatiion Organisation (NASCO) held its 31st Annual General Meeting recently in France. Some of the papers from the meeting are now available online. Of intererst are what appears to be contrasting views regarding the status of Altantic salmon stocks presented in the General Meeting press release see here and the notes from a presentation by the Scottish Government given at the meeting. Notes from that presentation can be seen here
One report talks about low salmon abundance; critically low levels in some areas, and the impact of high levels of marine mortality. The other talks about the increasing numbers of salmon returning to Scottish rivers in recent years. It will be interesting to read how the status of stocks across the range of Atlantic salmon are reported in future years.
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