(Last updated: Tuesday 7th May)
Week 10 - A quieter week with only 3 fish caught, in part a result of rods not being fully utilised, but also a reflection of the water heights which fluctuated during each day.
Week - 11 An encouraging week with 11 salmon caught, along with 2 sea trout. Increased rainfall at the end of the week and a full compliment of rods resulted in the beat showing its potential for the time of year.
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Fish Count Data
Data is awaited from SSE.
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Lower Beauly - 2012
The final total catch of salmon for the Lower Beauly was 698, just below the long term average. This total is perhaps despite some quite difficult fishing through much of the season.
The spring run on the Lower Beauly (up to Week 18) yielded a catch of 78 salmon, just slightly below the average (5 year 87, 10 year 83.5). 16 sea trout were also recorded.
The spring was characterised by unusually low water caused by the prolonged easterly airflow. Very little rainfall fell on the western hills at the top of the catchment and the release of water through the dams barely rose above compensation for much of the spring.
Weeks 20-24 were the highlight of the season with some strong runs of fish. A total of 126 fish were caught in Week 22. Thereafter there followed a hard few weeks in late July, early August before catches picked up a little in the last 4 weeks of the season.
The total run of fish, based upon dam counts, appears to be above average, though updated figures are awaited from SSE.
The three largest fish recorded were 19lbs, two from Ferry and one from Old Jetty. Ferry was the most prolific pool with 101 salmon.
Upper Beauly - 2012
The Upper Beauly had a good year. The total salmon catch this year was 90, against the revised ten-year average of 76. The earlier weeks were hard, with most fish running straight through into the Farrar. Despite high water making conditions difficult, the tail end of the season yielded some good catches, with 17 salmon caught in Week 32.
The largest fish recorded were 3 at 15lbs, 2 from Grants and one from Alder Run. Bank pool proved the most productive with 19 fish.
Balmore Beat, River Glass - 2012
Balmore finished an excellent 2012 season on 72 fish with the largest at 18lbs. Nearly all the pools produced good numbers but the Road Pool and Postman's head the counts. It was heartening to see good numbers of fish holding in the beat and we hope this bodes well for 2013.
Fish Count Data for 2012 are given below.
Dam 2012 2011 5 year average
Aigas 3731 2825 4012