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(Last updated: Wednesday 13th September)
Conditions have been mixed recently. We have finally seen a good volume of water coming down the river, though catches have been a little sporadic.
Week 27 saw 17 salmon and with 4 to the Whitbread party, 6 to the Maxwell party and 7 to the Wildgoose party. 31 sea trout were also landed.
Total salmon catch in Week 28 was slightly better at 21, with 16 to the Gilman/Downie/Forrester party, 3 to the Miller party and 2 to the Duerckheim party. 15 sea trout were caught
Last week (29) saw 19 reported: 14 to the Villar/Gough party; 3 to the Bennet/Tervalyan party and 2 to the Fell party. 23 sea trout were reported.
Water levels were too high for fishing on the Upper Beauly for the early half of last week, but conditions did improve later in the week. A total of 3 salmon were landed on Friday and Saturday. This followed a
blank week previously, largely down to very few rods being on the beat.
Fish Count Data up to 13th August 2017 are given below.
Dam 2017 5 year average
Kilmorack 3361 2703
Aigas no data available
Lower Beauly - 2017
Once again an encouraging April / May has been followed by a disappointing start to the summer, as water levels dropped right off. The ghillies report seeing plenty fish, but they kept their heads down for much of June and July. The hydro reservoirs at the head of the system have been very low all year, with SSE citing a very dry winter / spring. Certainly the days of spring snow melt seem a thing of the past. A prolonged wet period is required to fill the system back up.
Recent reports of pink salmon spawning in the Ness are a concern. All anglers should keep an eye out for these fish and know how to identify them (particularly hens). If caught, please kill the fish and hand over to the Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust for analysis.
Upper Beauly - 2017
The Upper Beauly has got off to a strong start this year. we are seeing more fish in the system and some good catches so far; there is plenty scope for continued good catches as we move through the later season.