River height : 3-8inch
Water temp : 54-58 deg F
Air Pressure : 1008-10016Hpa
Weather : mixed weather but prevailing winds still easterly.
I was fishing the other Queen of Rivers last week (Laerdal) so my account of events is all based on feedback from anglers, club members and ghillies…….however good news always travels fast!
Similar to Laerdal it would appear that most of the action was confined to the lower river, which is not unusual given the prolonged dry spell we have experienced.
The best news of the week was most certainly the return of our hatchery fish. I am aware of 7 fin-clipped salmon caught last week up to 15lbs. If anyone has any doubts as to whether hatcheries actually work, this is factual evidence that they do!! How you then maximise these returns is the part of the process which proves to be more challenging, however we are working on that and hopefully we will continue to see positive results.
A total of 12 salmon were landed on Beats 1-4 with Hendrik Larssons party taking half. The biggest was a lovely 19lber from beat 2. David Snead also had a cracking 18lber from Beat 4. Charlie Auld had a brace of 12lbers from Beat 1.
On the club pools Rab Lees had a great morning with 3… all around 11-12lbs. Andy Burton had a memorable day landing 4 salmon up to 15lbs……..3 of which were caught on River Spean!! Other club members also had some good sport.
Hendrik Larsson with a lovely fin clipped fish from the lower beat.
Brian Tolmie with a 13lb finclipped
Chris Cairns 15lb finclipped
Low water – a consistent theme this season so far.
Beautiful colours while fishing graveyard pool on Beat 2.
Prospects : The forecast says RAIN!! I hope they are correct this time. The river does need a freshen up. The tides are building so this should help to push some new fish in.