With yet another week of high water, peaking at an astonishing 8 feet on Saturday night, fishing was far from easy these last few days. Coupled with this were clear signs that the numbers of fresh fish coming into the river were beginning to diminish.
Nevertheless there was sport to be had and those that persisted once again did well. Local rod Chris Cairns continued his good season and fished hard for the first few days of the week. He was duly rewarded with 4 cracking fish – 2 grilse from Lucky Cast on Beat 4 on a rising river, and 8lbs summer salmon from Beech Tree a little further downstream and finally a lovely 12lb hen fish from the Jetty on Beat 1 (one of the few rods that managed to wade over to fish this pool this week due to the constantly high water).
Anne Shaw’s party on the rotating private beats found some fish in the challenging conditions with Lochy regular Sir Robert Clerk landing a couple of grilse – one of these was in Loy Mouth, not normally a high water pool but it just goes to show it is always worth a cast. A simple and sparsely tied dark fly did the damage on both occasions. But biggest fish of the week was netted by John Shaw on his annual visit from Finland – a lovely 14lbs hen fish which he took on a Sunray Shadow in Upper Camisky under the watchful eye of ghillie Billy Neil.
Other local rods added to their season’s tally with Brian Tolimie landing a 7lbs fish in Blackcairn Flats and DJ Gillies winkling a 5lbs grilse out of Lucky Cast. I have also heard reports of good catches being made on the Spean beats upstream by local club members.