Week Commencing 14th May 2018 – An encouraging start

Water Height – 8-1ft

Water Temp – 50deg F

Our first tenants of 2018 arrived to blue skies and sunny conditions……Spring had finally arrived in Lochaber!

These conditions are usually seen as detrimental to catching fish, but this is not always the case.   Fresh,  sea-liced salmon are not so fussy when it comes to overhead conditions and almost all our May fish are straight from the sea. The key to success is keeping the fly in the water and finding a fresh run salmon in a likely resting spot.

The start of the week passed with a few sightings of running fish but only one hooked and lost.  As the river levels dropped below the 1ft mark the salmon started to hold a bit longer in the pools (As expected) and it was our man Ron Powell from the Oregon-USA that got the first one in the book – a lovely 12lber from Larch Tree on Beat 4. He quickly added another but this one was double the size of the first. A cracking 39in Lochy springer.  (Unfortunately his phone camera would not work, so no trophy shot for Ron!!) Not settling for just the two, he then hooked another (in the same pool) but unfortunately this one didn’t stick.  However not a bad mornings work for Ron. All 3 were hooked on one of his Steelhead intruder flies……and in bright sunshine!!  Well done Ron.   A couple more were lost on beat 4 that morning and then the fish moved on!  Surprising nothing was seen above on Beat 3 in the afternoon.

Friday produced another fish (an 8lber-small for this time of year) for Michael Mann on Beat 1 and another lost on Beat 2. Saturday was quieter with no fish seen and just 1 other lost on Beat 1.   It would seem we are awaiting the next batch of fish to come in!

Next week sees the tides dropping back but there maybe some rain in the catchment on Monday??  From Thursday it looks to be turning much warmer. Spring to summer in the space of a week!   With current water levels, salmon should move through slowly, giving the anglers some chance on intercepting.