So often success or otherwise on the Lochy is down to the right mix of water. And throughout most of the last fortnight the bulk of the (generally high) water was coming through the turbines from Loch Lochy. This is the Lochy salmon’s least favoured type of water. Only when some fresh rain came down briefly from the Spean did it liven things up. In short, the rods had a pretty hard time of it.
Nevertheless there were some successes and these mostly fell to those who got down pretty deep to the fish. Sid Ingles had a couple of grilse in Garrabouie Stream on Beat 2 one day and Billy Neil had a ten pounder from Upper Camisky and a slightly smaller fish from Blackcairn Flats.
Steve Kingsley, fishing with Steve Wellard’s party, did particularly well landing fish of 12lbs (Croy), 10lbs (Garrabouie Stream) and 6lbs (Graveyard). The biggest of these fish was a fin clipped 2sw salmon from our hatchery smolt programme. Host Steve Wellard also had a cracking 13lbs hen fish from Camisky. Steve’s party also landed an encouraging number of fat and healthy sea trout with fish up to 2.5lbs. The party were all on heavy sink tips and small flies of subtle darkish hues.
Jon Gibb took a couple of grilse on Garrabouie Flats one evening in a brief flurry of activity, and Charlie Spencer’s team took a bright 10 pounder from Croy, but easily heaviest fish of the week fell to Billy Neil with a stunning 20lbs cock fish from Mucomir Pool.
With the latest Covid advice beginning to play havoc again with people’s travel plans, I suspect that fishing effort might now be severely depressed for the last 2 weeks of the season. This will be particularly frustrating if we get some fresh water from the Spean which should switch the fish back on again.