Good evening all
Apologies for the lateness of this weeks report but I have spent today with my River Spey Anglers Association Chairman’s hat on at the annual Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair in the RSAA tent.
A very wet start to the day cleared and there was a very good attendance at the event with a few visitors to our tent, including the American gentleman who features in the Gordon Castle section of the report below.
The week gone by certainly saw the temperatures lift but the wind came a cold edge at times and the week ended with a long night of rain last night. I am not going to complain gave the garden a good water and it wil probably generate a lift in the river as we look forwrad to the week ahead.
Enough of my ramblings, lets see how the beats fared over the past 6 days.
It was another quiet week for Fochabers Angling Association according to Andy Milne with nothing added to their seasons tally.
Gordon Castle/Brae Water added to their with with two cracking fish caught on Monday, unfortunately it was quiet for the next few days with just a few fish lost reports David Buley. On Thursday a lovely sea liced fish was landed and then it was a visiting American client who “struck silver” on Saturday landing his first ever Spey salmon. Definitely more fish seen moving through this week so hopefully a more fish begin to hold back over the next few weeks.
Orton had a not too bad week with some good sized fish in the book according to head ghillie Andy Gunn. After a slow start to the week the Waring party had lift off on Thursday morning with Graeme Ellis landing an 8lb fish from The Willows and Coiln Hollis catching a 7lber from Greenbank.
Stuart Waring and his son Daniel both landed fish of 10lb & 11lb from the Willows before lunch on Friday and Paul Still caught a stunning 16lb sea licer from Cooperee before close of play the same day. Stuart Waring then landed a 15lb beauty, again from Cooperee on Saturday afternoon.
Delfur head ghillie Mark Melville reports yet another very quiet week for them with very little seen by way of fish. We managed a fish on Wednesday to Henry Mountain and he also caught a second fish on Saturday evening. It is hoped that the noght of rain last noght will bring a few more fish into the river and we will see them slow down in the lower reaches.
Rothes and Aikenway too had a quiet week with just two fish landed according to Robbie Stronach.
Euan Reid at Arndilly reports that good conditions were had during the week, a bit low for the time of year but ok, overhead conditions were fine and after the early week wind things were fine.
We had a great team of rods, John Mackie and his team supplemented by Fred Duncan and his family so we had a strong team that know the beat from years of experience.
Ralph Green had a 10lb fish in front of the hut on Monday afternoon. Rachael Duncan had our second, a lovely 11lb fish from Reids, netted by Keith doing overtime at 5.45 on Saturday evening.
If, as we are told, Marine Scotland are the problem regarding hatcheries or the permission to operate them, then I feel the Spey Fishery Board needs to be stronger in persuading them that unless we do something very soon we will have nothing left.
Easter Elchies ghillie Orn Sigurhansson reports that they were very pleased to welcome the Burgess-Lumsden fishing party this week at Easter Elchies. Both salmon and sea trout were caught in equal numbers. Water dropped all week, with the gauge at -5 by the end of the week. Patrick Fotheringham on target for all the sea trout. Sea trout ranged 3-4lb in size. Fish of the week with no doubt goes to 87 year old Eddie Bisset, landing a cracking salmon out of Fiddich Mouth. Age is only a number. 5 salmon and 5 sea trout for the week, with as many lost. A really enjoyable week.
Craigellachie had a reasonable week according to Dougie Ross ending the week with 8 salmon 1 seatrout and a big brownie.
However common theme to his report in that not many fish around at all and we were very lucky to bump into a few.
Aberlour Angling Cub report one fish for the week to Neil Borthwick from the Creepie but during the week, Kennt Davies and some other club members entertained 16 pupils from Speyside High school as they wanted to learn how to Spey Cast. A great time wa shad by all and the afternoon did bring out a bit of competition as the pupils tried to out do each other and land the “wool” fly in the hoop. The is what we want to see a great effort in trying to get the next generation into our beloved sport.
Across the river at Wester Elchies, Malcolm Newbould reports four fish for their week, equally decided between the two teams. Dave Sadowski’s team’s fish were both caught by Charlie, pictured. Alan Tulip’s team’s fish were both caught by Alan.
Laggan had a solitary fish according to ghillie Max McKinstrie, a nice 10lb fish to John Robin on Thursday in Macgregors.
Phones at Knockando reported a single fish for their week.
Final report of the week comes from Simon Crozier at Castle Grant where it was a quiet week with a few fish seen on all the beats and seatrout appearing in greater numbers now. Fish were hard to come by, Danny Assolari and his party fished hard all week, Danny had two fish , the best a fine 15lb sea licer from Polchraine, Hetty Findlay and her party fished hard all week with Wilf Macallister catching a fine 8lb fish from Delliefure . A few more fish were seen towards the end of the week but no more were added. We hope for improved sport next week.
A recurring theme from some of the ghillies in this weeks report around the number of fish being seen and caught and their agnst and worry about our iconic fish is fully understandable. We can only but hope that we see the numbers pick up over the coming weeks otherwise the concerns of many about the Atlantic salmon and its plight may start to become an ever more evident discussion point on the riverbank, in the bar after a days fishing or any situation where like minded people meet.
The week ahead sees the temperatures sit in the mid teens, with bits of c loud cover and very little breeze so we will need to wait and see what this, along with the slight rise in the river does to the performance up and down the beats.
The Spey Fishery Board holds its next Quarterly meeting on Friday 26th May, with the open session commencing at 9.30am and if you wish to attend then please contact the Board Office on 01340 810841.
Tight lines to those out and about.