Week Commencing 21st May.

Last weeks weather forecast was fairly accurate, I hope this weeks is totally wrong as they are predicting hot sunny weather for the start of the week, temperatures reaching low twenties, this is Speyside, not Spain. On the bright side there might be a little rain on overnight Wednesday night Thursday morning. Not ideal salmon fishing conditions. Tides are building till Thursday.


Last week I said I had yet to see a swift this season, on Monday I saw two, then on Tuesday the sky was full of them. My House Martins still have not arrived, but Tony Smith tells me his have just turned up in Elgin so there is hope yet. My Blue tits have started hatching I happened to see the first chick hatch on Saturday night, just as the male bird had popped in with a caterpillar. They are ugly little brutes.

1st hatching between the parents.

Ugly pink beasts.


Catches, the river picked up a bit last week.

Ian Tennant tells me Gordon Castle had six salmon and six seatrout last week.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Delfur had a few, thanks to Mark for the pictures.

Neil Cameron Delfur.

Lewis Grant Delfur.

Rothes had a better week than of late with eight landed, 4 sea-liced and and four slightly older fish, Mike tells me.

Arndilly had five, Ewan, tells me it was fun week with a fish for Richard, and George Hollinbery, Sarah Clarke and Philip Wilbraham.

I had a day with the Gordon Group at Upper Arndilly, luckily on Tuesday when overheads were good, Kevin James and I were both lucky enough to get a fish apiece.

11lb Upper Arndilly.

Aberlour Angling club had a fish for George Aitken.

George Aitken Aberlour.

Carron had a better week with three landed, thanks to Ian Borthwick for the pictures.

Wayne Coomber Carron.

Tom Chantler Carron.

Andrew Whelan Carron

Grantown or should that be the Davies family had four, dad Nigel had three on Friday then on Saturday his son Steven (12) had his first salmon, all from the Dulnain mouth pool.The sea trout catches are starting to build.

Steven Davies 1st fish Grantown.

Abernethy, Stuart  Voce tells me

Monday two seatrout for me at 6lb and 5lb.

Tuesday one for Carl Mac Gilvray at 6lb.

Thursday one salmon for Johnnie Gordon at 6lb.

Nothing from the night fishers.


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Week Commencing August 21st 2017.

Next week the forecast is for no rain, none at all, well I wait to see if that is correct. Temperatures are slightly above average for late summer peaking around the mid teens. Tides it will be Friday till the tides start to build again.


Catches. Things are pretty slow.

Gordon Castle finished in the low thirties, thanks to Ian Tennant and his team for the updates and pictures.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle


Delfur again crept into double figures. Mark sent me these two photographs, different fish caught by the same angler on the same beat in a week, one lovely and fresh still with sea-lice the other has been in a while.

Fresh Fish.

Coloured Cock fish

Sean Howe visiting from Seattle had his first salmon and sea trout. Joanna Howe had a salmon and a grilse, many thanks to Grant for his pictures.

Sean Howe first Salmon Broom Delfur.

Sean Howe first sea trout 3lb

Joanna Howe Collie Delfur

Joanna Howe Broom Delfur


The rest of the river picked away, with most beats ending up with a couple of fish.




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