Week Commencing July 30th – Better Conditions – but where are the Grilse?

Water height : 4″- 2ft+

Water Temp : 57-61F

 

The rainy season has finally returned to Lochaber!

After weeks of dry and at times, very hot weather, it was great to see a weekly forecast that favoured the fishermen and not the hill climbers and tourists.   Water levels went from minus to plus 2ft on the Camisky gauge and further rain in the catchment kept the river topped up throughout the week – albeit it was mainly from the Spean and Roy so water colour and clarity wasn’t perfect…… however it got the salmon moving again!

Iain Lamont was quick to capitalise on the improved conditions and landed 2 lovely fresh fish in the Sluggan pool at the start of the week. 1 @ 6lbs and another @ 12lbs.  (Note the red vent in the Grilse)

Upstream on Beats 1-4, the Wilson party also got off to a great start  landing a cracking fish in the high teens and then went on to add a further 2 fish throughout the week.   However the fishing in general remained rather slow which was surprising after such a prolonged dry period.

 

 

Further fish were landed (and lost) over the latter half of the week but it was becoming apparent that the numbers fresh run Grilse were still on the low-side ??

With river and weather conditions looking favourable over coming days the fishing could be good if the Grilse arrive in larger quantities.

Lets hope they do!