River height : 4in-2ft 6
Water temp : 52-54 deg F
Air Pressure : 996-1006Hpa
Weather : rain-lots, clouds-mostly, sun-infrequent
Water – low and coloured to medium and clearing
As the title states, this was a week of fluctuations. The river never settled and was up ands down like a yoyo…..but at least we had some needed rain on the west side of the catchment……more on that below.
The highs and lows were that of the anglers. Stories of fish on and off, hard fighting battles ending in tears and fish just falling off after, what seemed, the perfect take. Lots of opportunities but still a very respectable result with 20 salmon landed to 20lbs – with the majority being double figure fish. (No grilse arrived as yet) Obviously the frustrating part of the week was the number of fish lost (again) Last time I tallied this up it was 16. This is not pulls and line straightening, this is fish on and played. I know it’s part and parcel of our sport, but our numbers are high!
It’s therefore quite ridiculous to think that our river management decisions (centrally/politically) are based on actual catch figures while a much more accurate assessment would be based on number of fish connected with. As you can see below, the difference is rather significant.
Fish landed todate – 101 – Fish lost todate – 82
Anyway, back to the action – Jesse James and party, who are new to the river, had an eventful week. They connected with many salmon but Saturday was their lucky day with 4 double figure fish……. although they’d already had a 20lber on the bank at the start of the week. The Shilling and Hurrell parties had 5 each and seatrout up to 4lbs.
Here’s Jess with a lovely fish from Beat 2 on Saturday night – he deserved this one!!!!
One (of 3) for Simon Geary – again from Beat 2.
On the club beats more fish were caught including this lovely 16lber for Rab Lees….
Back to the rain in the catchment and why the the west side run off is very important. Over the last 2 weeks the Hydro output (from Loch Lochy in the west) has been low – with Loch levels down below normal. On the East side (Spean and Roy)we’ve had rain. The result is water that is coloured and more acidic and very little dilution from the Hydro- which is clearer water from Loch Lochy. Spean and Roy salmon don’t mind this….its their water., Lochy salmon don’t like these river conditions and thus may not run and if they do are extremely hard to tempt to a fly. So – Hydro water is very important to catching fish and this was reflected in the catches at the end of this week when the output was increased.
Prospects – Ive got to say good. River is still over 2ft and falling and weather looks favourable. Tides are building. The good signs are there!!!!
PS. Please can I have some nice fish photos (with anglers in them as well as fish)