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(Last updated: Wednesday 5th September)
The week of May 21 (between zero and 10 in) produced eight for the Miles, Braithwaite and Carver party with three (best 16 lb in South Ferry) to Mr P Miles, three (best 13 lb in South Ferry) to Mr V Leadbetter and a brace (better 14 lb in South Ferry) to Mr S Braithwaite.
The week of May 28 (2 in max) was restricted to one – 10 lb in Stones to Ninian Sanders.
In the week of June 4 (6 in max) four were recorded with three (a brace, better 11 lb in Silver, to G Eliohe and one at 12 lb in Ferry to S Denell) for the Lovat party and a 10 lb salmon in Silver to Allan Hancock.
Six were logged in the week of June 11 (9 in max). The Chisholm, Calder, Roska, Craig and Smith party took five with three (best 12 lb in Stones) to Mr I Chisholm and one each to Mr G Calder (10 lb in Silver Run) and Mr A Smith (3 lb in Glide). T Wilson (Lovat party) netted a 9 lb salmon in the Glide.
The week of June 18 (5 in max) saw some improvement with 14 in the book. The Wright party had four – three (best 10 lb in the Glide) to Philip Odling and a grilse in the Glide to Tony Smith. The Wightman, Taylor, Sanderson and McAleer party netted three – a brace (better 8 lb in Groam) to Mr A Wightman and a grilse in the New to Mr M Taylor. FishPal rods banked seven – three (best 12 lb in New) to S Tuke, a brace (better 9 lb in the Glide) to M Wilson, one at 9 lb in Charlie's to T Waring and one at 5 lb in the Glide to T Wilson.
The week of June 25 produced eight. The Tournberg party landed one – 4 lb to S Bartlett in Island Run. The Holt party had six with three (best 12 lb in Groam) to Mr P Sheldon and one each to Mr D Richardson (10 lb in Silver Run), Mr J Lawson (8 lb in Minister) and Mr T Watson (5 lb in the Glide). The Holmes, Dalton, Key and Hurdle party recorded one – 7 lb in Cruives to M Wilson.
The week of July 2 yielded seven (plus 17 sea-trout to 2 lb 8 oz). The Cooke and Noble party caught four (plus seven sea-trout, averaging 1lb 8 oz) with a brace (better 10 lb in the Glide) to Olly Blackhouse and one apiece to Bill Pauli (4 lb in Fly) and Mitch Menage (4 lb in the Glide). The Lees-Jones party netted a brace – 5 lb in Silver to T Lees-Jones and 12 lb in Fly to J Stott. The Gray, Villar and Lee party banked one – 3 lb in the Glide to Mr J Lee.
Catches improved in the week of July 9 with 24 in the book. The Geeson and Jarvis party landed 12 with eight (best 10 lb in Old Jetty) to Robert Geeson and a brace each to Mr R MacDonald and Mr R Savage. The Barron and Snell party had six grilse – a brace each to P Snell and P Timmis and one each to Mr McLennan and Mrs McLennan. The Dalton, Hurdle and Key party tempted six with a brace to Mike Hurdle and one each to Philip Dalton, Simon Key, Mrs Deidre Dalton and Richard Dalton.
The week of July 16 was similarly successful with 28 (almost all grilse) in the book with five (one apiece to Mr H Grafzu Ortenburg, Mr G Henckeld, Mrs S Henckeld, Mrs A Kozak and Mr D Stewart) for the
Duerckheim party, 12 (five to Barry Welham, a brace to Justin Oldham, Christopher Lloyd and Victoria Gaunt and one to Pippa Flack) for the Lloyd and Welham party and 11 (four to N Weir, five to I Jardine, one to
S Gillespie and one to J Maxwell) for the Bailey and Martin party. – ANDREW GRAHAM-STEWART.
LATE MAY and June were a continuing struggle. The water level was restricted to compensation, save for some brief overnight rises. June featured extended periods of warm sunshine, mitigated to some extent by
cool nights, but inevitably the water temperature was unusually high for early summer.
Catches on the Lower Beauly were very much dominated by salmon. Sporadically small pods of grilse were seen running. The system's early grilse tend to be destined for the Farrar and they migrate up through the lower river in short order.
ON THE Lower Beauly catches certainly improved during July but the numbers, clearly reflecting the hot/dry conditions, were way below what has long been the norm for prime grilse time. The river ran consistently at compensation level except for occasional very brief and minor (4 or 5 in) rises in the evening. By late July the water temperature was up to 67F and fish often appeared stressed; at times fresh-run grilse were observed moving back downstream. Sea-trout were scarce and reluctant to move above the tidal stretch.
– ANDREW GRAHAM-STEWART.