It was largely a repeat of the previous week – a lack of significant rainfall kept the river miserably low and most of the sport took place on one pool on the tidal beat.
A cloudburst on the Sunday created a small and very short-lived spate out of the Spean but it was filthy on the Monday after all the dry weather. By the time the water cleared on Tuesday it had dropped back down to bare bones again.
One or two fish were still creeping up and if you could find a stream to carry the fly then there was still a chance if there were fresh fish in front of you. Rab Lees had a grilse from Pollock on Beat 2; Chris Robinson landed a lovely fresh fish of 6lbs from Lundy Mouth; I took one on Upper Camisky; and Martin Wilson had a 5lbs grilse from Middle Camisky. And I was delighted to hear that Anne Shaw – one of the true Lochy stalwarts who’s family have fished the river for many many years – landed a lovely fresh grilse on Big Rock. Anne landed her fish her own as ‘Billy the ghillie’ was looking after her guests further downstream.
Meanwhile fish were gradually building up all week at the tidal Tailrace beat and could be seen splashing regularly in the white water and the large back eddy known locally as ‘the roundabout’. Not that they were easy to tempt. Expectant local and visiting rods covered them all week and very few were actually landed. It may well be that some of them are River Nevis fish, taking a breather there while they wait for the Nevis to fill with water before dropping back downstream. These fish are notoriously bad takers.
William Ringham and Paul Machugh both did manage to landed grilse each. Paul also lost a few through the week as well. But best fish of the week fell to Mark Ward – a lovely fresh salmon of 12lbs.
I would love to say that heavy rain is on the way but sadly the forecast is for more dry and hot weather. I would advise fishing early mornings or late evenings and finding any streamy water. Either that or head down to the Tailrace Pool where the salmon are likely to build further through the week.