Heavy rain over the weekend put the river up rapidly to 3ft. The spate was short lived though as it all ran off hardened ground in the Roy catchment – the Arkaig loch system was still desperately low after weeks of no rain – and within 48hrs the river was heading back towards zero.
Nevertheless a few fish must have made it into the system on this very brief flood. Eric Vergnory from France had the first success on Monday with a fine fresh fish of 12lbs from Middle Camisky. Later that evening Spean Bridge AC regular, James Porter, netted an 11 pounder in Mucomir Pool.
A cold east wind was blowing for most of the week which probably kept catches lower than they might have been, especially as it also seemed that with the low water any fresh fish had perhaps not pushed as far into the headwaters as they can often do at this time of year. The odd shower gave some very brief rises midweek and fish continued to creep in on the high tides. Club members reported seeing some good numbers of fish some evenings at the top of the tide at Sluggan Pool. Paul McHugh proved the point and took a cracking fish of 16lbs from the Garrrabouie Stream. This was closely followed by another fat sea-liced 16 pounder I was lucky enough to connect with from Big Rock on Beat 4, taken on a small conehead Alastair. Last fish of the week fell to David Jenkins – a fresh 13lb springer taken on the improving Bulls Run.
By Friday night the rain began again in earnest and fell solidly all the next day. The river is currently back up to nearly 2ft and is holding, mainly because the loch system is filling once again which should allow generation to start again at Mucomir. With further heavy showers forecast all next week prospects look encouraging but those that put in the hours should be rewarded as fish will be encouraged to move upstream quickly through the Lochy beats in these conditions at this time of year.