River Level – 2-3in
River Temp – 60F
This was not the ideal salmon fishing week! With daytime temps reaching 27C and cloudless skies for most days, Lochaber was more like the Costa Del Sol, than the west coast of Scotland. I can’t honestly remember having sustained weather like this in May ever before. Suffice to say, the fishing upstream on the beats was extremely hard going. With just a couple of inches on the gauge and no night time tides, it was apparent that the salmon decided not to run……and thus we had not a touch on the beats 1-4.
However, down in the estuary beat (Tailrace) the situation was rather different. Fish were seen daily coming in and out on the tide and the club anglers had some welcome action. 3 salmon were landed – a 14lber for Robert Ralston, a 13lber for Chris Cairns…….and a cracking 20lber for Paul McHugh-pictured below. All were sealiced.
So, although our anglers maybe going home feeling slightly deflated, albeit with a nice tan, it is pleasing to know we have a number of fish waiting to run the river when conditions change!
Ironically that change may have happened last night! After some heavy thunder showers up the valley yesterday evening, the river rose to over 1ft during the night so hopefully this may have enticed a few fish to run. We should find on Monday.
The forecast still looks summer-like for the next few days, but less warm than last week…….and maybe an odd thundery shower also.
The tides will be dropping, but high tide will moving to night-time, which may help.
Next weeks anglers should come prepared for low water conditions upstream and fishing early and late!