This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 25th June)

Catches. Before I start can I just remind everyone that the water temperatures will be high next week so take great care in handling fish, even foregoing photographs to keep the fish in the water.
Fochabers Angling Club. Andrew Milne wrote,On Tuesday, visiting angler Nigel Downs had 2 from the Groynes, one of 7 and the other 12 lbs. On Thursday, I had one of 11.5lbs from Braehead. On Friday, Robbie Morrison got one of 7lbs in the Upper Pot
Gordon Castle, Ian Tennant tells me they landed eighteen with plenty more lost.
Delfur. Mark says they finished with double figures
Rothes, I hear Rothes also finished into double figures with Jonny Bladon being the top rod.
Craigellachie finished with a few thanks
Carron had a couple of Salmon and some seatrout, Laggan were similar.
Ballindalloch Alexander Marr had a fin clipped sea liced grilse on Monday. No argument that this one came from the Tommore Burn.

Grantown Jimmy tells me,
Yet another week with difficult conditions. Near gale force winds on Monday and Tuesday, combined with our present water shortage, did not help.
Mid-summer’s morning started with a fresh dusting of snow on the hill tops and a small rise in the river level. This was just what was required as three of this week’s four salmon were landed on this day. The largest of these was a 15 pounder.
Decent sea-trout still abound with good sized fish of up to 7 lbs landed during last week.
This week™s weather forecast suggests that there will be more excellent nocturnal sea-trout fishing to be enjoyed.
Finally, just to make other beats aware; we have suffered a case of fairly serious Pearl Mussel poaching on our waters. You can read more about this matter on the BBC News website, here- this page

And Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Association Stuart Voce tells me,
The thunder arrived with some well anticipated rain but it went up the west coast! However despite the river only coming up 3inches the fish did their bit over the rocks and boulders and made an appearance. Fishers responded and 12 salmon and 17 seatrout were recorded for the week. Best salmon was 16lb for our member Sam McCully.
Of the 17 seatrout 3 were 7lb!, good breeding stock for the future. Very few reported were small. Just a reminder all seatrout over 3lb be returned please. Hopefully we see another 3inches soon!

Beat catches reported
(week ending 14th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Gordon Brae 14.
Total: 14 Largest: Gordon Brae 14lbs
SEA TROUT: Gordon Brae 1, Grantown Association 4, Kinchurdy 17.
Total: 22 Largest: Kinchurdy 6lbs
TROUT: None reported


Season so far

As in all of Scotland a slow start to the season.

If you have time it is worth reading the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee: report on the environmental impacts of salmon farming.