- The Trend – MSW salmon survival at sea seems to be fairing better than the Grilse so there’s no reason to think that this trend won’t continue.
- Smolt survival from 2016 – The 2017 Grilse returns, although not spectacular, we’re an massive improvement on the 2016 numbers, leading to the conclusion that the survival rate was much better for these smolts than the 2015 smolt run. On this basis, the 2018 MSW salmon returns should be much improved also……. and will hopefully improve over the next 2-3 years.
A typical MSWsalmon from the Lochy – they don’t come much better in Scotland!! I have availability when these big fish are running. See latest dates below :
May 7th and 28th
June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
July 2nd, 9th and 30th
Email me @ John.Veitch@riverlochy.co.uk
There’s never been a better time to secure a prime week on the River Lochy.
Last season’s disappointment = next season’s opportunity.
If you wish to inquire please get in touch with me ASAP.
Week comm 7th May – 4 rods/week
Week comm 11th June – 4 rods/week or 3 days
Week comm 18th June – 4 rods/3days
Week comm 25th June – 4 rods/week or 3 days
Week comm 2nd – 4rods/week or 3 days
Week comm 9th – 4/rods/week or 3 days
Week comm 23rd – 4 rods/week or 3 days
Week comm 20th – 4 rods/week or 3 days
Week comm 27th – 4 rods/week or 3 days
Priority is always give for parties taking 4 rods for a full week or 3 days but other options are available.
Well, I’d love to start my weekly reports with photos of bright silver Lochy springers and happy fishermen, however I’m afraid it was the hillwalkers, golfers and tourists who were feeling much happier than the anglers this past week.
The conditions were as poor as they could be – bright sun everyday, north east winds and low water……very frustrating for our opening week! Even when the sun dipped in the evenings, the air temp plummeted and was then colder than the water temp (55deg F) I can’t recall the first week in May with such low levels and cloudless skies!!
Beat 4 with Ben Nevis glowing in the background
Fish were seen at the start of the week, so we know they were there, but as the week progressed the conditions deteriorated and the fish disappeared.
On a brighter note, the river is full of migrating smolts, more than I’ve seen for a very longtime, so lets hope we se some rain soon to get them flushed out.
Anyway, it wasn’t all bad news last week……
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed the team from Fishpal to present John MacIsaac (2016 Malloch Trophy winner) with this prestigious trophy. Tom Buchanan (winner in 2015) was kind enough to come up and present the trophy to John. John also won a Mackenzie DTX Rod, a box of flies from CaledoniaFly Company and £250 of Fishpal vouchers. Well done JMac!!
It was also great to see Lochy Ghillie Joe McGinty presented with his certificate in recognition of his efforts helping John successfully land, weigh and measure his magnificent fish. Well done Joe…good team effort!
Here’s Anne Woodcock (Fishpal) and Tom Buchanan with John MacIsaac….and Joe with his certificate.
It was also nice to see Marshall (my black cocker) receiving his prize for assisting Joe and John on the day. Happy dog!!
I’d just like to say a big thanks to Fishpal and Anne Woodcock for all their good work regarding this trophy and event. A big thanks to all those who donated prizes……Scott Mackenzie and Malcolm Anderson ….and a huge thanks who all those who attended and made John Mac’s day a special one.
Now, back to fishing and prospects.
The forecast is saying the wind is changing next week and we could get some cloud cover- this will be most welcome. The tides are building so I fully expect fish to run into the river, despite the low levels. Attention to tide times and fishing early morning and late evenings may provide the best chance.
I still have some rods in June – primetime for big Lochy springers!
The link/report below provides a short summary of our 2016 season.
What’s in store for next year? If only I had a crystal ball!
Predicting something that is so heavily reliant on nature is extremely difficult. We can look at historical data and trends, we can also look at what is happening across the country on other rivers…..but ultimately the best we can do is guess.
2016 was a good year for MSWsalmon and a poor one for Grilse gabapentin dosage. 2017 may see the same trend continue or deliver the compete opposite?
A downturn can still have a positive outcome…….it can provide an opportunity (bit like the stock-market). You get in on a low point and see what happens. Sometimes it pays off, sometime not.
Therefore, for those who look for opportunities, I have some availability in the latter half of the 2017 season (which historically used to be very productive)
I have weeks/half weeks available in September and October.
Please contact asap if interested.
Due to a late cancellation the week commencing 10th October 2016 has become available. This can be a great time to encounter some of the large salmon the become very territorial and aggressive as they near spawning time.
I can offer split week if requested.
Please contact asap if interested.