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(Last updated: Sunday 17th June)
Catches have picked up a little, not before time!
Fochabers Angling Association,
Andrew Milne wrote,
Last week was a good week on the association water considering the conditions.
Monday 11th, visitor Ronnie Fraser had a 10lb salmon from Braehead.
Wednesday 13th, member Ian Carnegie had a 9lb salmon from the Upper Pot.
Friday 15th, visitor Claude Ridoire had a 4lb grilse from the Quarry & yesterday he had a 14lb salmon also from the quarry.
Yesterday, I had a 10.5 lb salmon from Braehead.
All fish were returned as far as I am aware.
Gordon Castle. Ian Tennant tells me they had at least sixteen fish till teatime on Saturday. There were not many showing but most were fresh but no sea lice.
Delfur David Wood wrote,
We had a wonderful week on Speyside at Delfur and were very lucky indeed with the fishing conditions and fish. We ended the week very comfortably into double figures, with Jill Elkington receiving a Delfur badge for we first ever fish and Willie Mair and Mark Aitchison both qualifying for a Delfur badge with 20 pounders. I would just like to comment on the ghillieing team at Delfur. We had a wonderful holiday fishing a truly special beat but the highlight for everyone being the hard work, care and attention given by Mark Melville, Grant Morrison, Davie McIntosh and Jordan Henderson. They are a great team, a real credit to the river and their Estate. It is a privilege to fish with them. I was lucky enough to catch a fin clipped fish from neck of Sourden, last cast before Saturday lunchtime. I understand that this fish will have come from the Tommore Burn project and is the fifth fish to have been caught (or should I say caught and the clipped adipose fin noticed). At nearly 1 percent of the smolts from the Tormore Burn 2 years ago, this will hopefully provide encouragement and additional support for some experimental Smolt raising and releasing. My thanks to Jimmy at the Hatchery and Stevie Brant at Ballindalloch for their hard work on the Tormore Burn Project. Thanks also to the other Ghillies and the proprietors who have supported this very important project. It was Mark Melville's eagle eyes who spotted the clipped fin. I had not noticed it. This just shows the importance of checking the adipose fin to see whether it is clipped or not! Finally, thank you to retired Delfur Ghillie Alan Sheppard who came out of retirement to help look after our party this week.
David's idea of double figures is 31!
Rothes finished with 11.
Upstream seems to have gone quiet apart from Grantown.
Jimmy tells me,
That despite low water despite the low water and generally poor fishing conditions, 5 salmon have been landed this week, the largest weighing-in at 12 lbs. The fish of the week was a sea-trout of 11lbs caught by Andrew Davie on Saturday night, picture attached.
Further sea-trout of 10 lbs, 2 x 8 lbs and several others around 5 & 6 lbs have also been landed this week.
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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.