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(Last updated: Sunday 6th August)
Last week was the best sign yet that the Grilse numbers are building and the river is starting to hold a head of fish. The top pools of the Lochy are now holding residents and this should now steadily work it's way back downriver. We will have a much better idea of what's actually in the pools once the levels drop, however, the last 7 days has seen levels remain above the 2ft mark, so it could be a few days yet before we see reduced flows. August fishing is usually at its best with 9″- 1ft.
In fact if you take a look at this link you will see just how much water we've had this year already! this page
Despite the higher than preferred river levels, our fishing parties worked away well and put in a lot of hours. For some the rewards were good, for others, not so much. A dose of luck always helps in a salmon fishing week.
A total of 17 fish were landed – 1 salmon and 16 grilse. A further 12 were hooked and lost. (I'm sure the total would have been double this if levels were more suitable)
Another point of note is the quality of the Grilse – most are in great condition and of good size – averaging 6lbs……in current times, that's impressive!
The Spean also continued to produce fish with the usual suspects on the scoresheet. The lower river struggled in the higher water but I did hear on an 18lber from the Tailrace.
All in all, it's a much improved situation inter,ms of fish numbers and with the Hydro work due to complete soon, I am looking forward to a more productive Autumn period.
The weather appears to be settling a bit this coming week…and the tides are building. Could the stars align and we get everything going in our favour for once this season???? I hope so!
Alastair Stephen SSE fisheries biologist with his fly caught brown trout 10lb on Friday, 30-5-14 .tagged and released.
Netting a lovely brownie from Loch Arkaig.
Hooked UK in Lochaber shaping up nicely! Loch Arkaig
A lovely brown trout.
Catch the latest Hooked UK coming later this month. This one is not to be missed, stay tuned www.flyfishingchannel.tv
Lochy regular Stephen Wellard, with a cracking 16lb, returned.June 2013.