River height : 3ft-5ft
Water temp : 51-52 deg F
Air Pressure : 1005-1020Hpa
Weather : Mostly Rain!
Water – High and Clear – Hydro Turbines still down but all gates open!
I don’t even think “donkeys years” would be an adequate enough description of the last time we had so much water in an August week! It just kept raining. Mucomir Dam on Loch Lochy had all 3 gates open (but still the generators were down!!) and so we had excess water all week – which, as I’ve stated before, never makes the fishing very easy. Fortunately we had plenty water coming down both Roy and Spean which is natural spate water…. and this somewhat negates the excess from Loch Lochy.
The fishing was great at times (11 on Monday) but we still have not seen anything like a grilse run!
The weeks total of 25 consisted of 23 salmon with an average weight of 14lb (remarkable for August) and 2 grilse. Less than a handful were sealiced.
The Wellard Party accounted for 17 of this total – up to 20lbs, which is very impressive. The ladies of the party (Jenny and Carol) were certainly the most photogenic.
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Malcolm Anderson (Caledonia Fly Company) had a few days at the bank end of the week and managed this lovely fish from Croy pool.
On the club beats, quite a number of good fish were landed. Most from Mucomir pool but also the Spean.
Prospects : The forecast is for settled weather over the next 3 days and then maybe some further showers later in the week. The river will drop very slowly as the Loch is still full……thus the gates will remain open!! I will be curious to see what’s in the river once the levels get back to something that resembles normal.