Week ending 20th July

With far from ideal conditions for much of the week and all four beats never being fully fished, a total of 12 fish landed for the week was pretty respectable. There was two or three times as many as that hooked and lost, as is the way with fresh running grilse. It was good to see that all four beats produced fish this week.

Andrew Shaw scored an early double with a fresh 5lbs grilse from Jetty on Beat One and a 7lbs summer salmon from Fank on Beat 3. Meanwhile down on the tidal Tailrace Chris Cairns broke his season duck with a sea-liced grilse of 4lbs.

Christian Collett landed a beauty of 5lbs from Middle Camisky, and the same pool produced another fresh grilse for Jamie Greene (Jamie is an MSP and sits on the REC Committee – it was a flying one day visit in his busy schedule so it was great he managed to land his first Lochy salmon).

As the week progressed heavy rain put up the Roy which turned the Lochy dark brown – never good conditions on the lower river. Nevertheless there were still fish to be caught and Michael Mann’s party had 2 in one day from Beat One – a sea-liced 5 pounder from Croy and a slightly coloured 12lbs salmon from the same pool.

Matheus Vetch, fishing a day rod with angling guide Andy Burton had a lovely fish of 6lbs from Croy Pool (Andy offers single days guided fishing on the Lochy see www.highlandangling.co.uk for details). Local rods also took other fish – Ian Lamont had a fish of 5lbs from Mackillop’s Pot having lost several as well; Billy Neil landed a six pounder from Garrabouie Stream; and I took grilse from the Cat Pool and the tail of Garrabouie Stream.

With some more heavy rain forecast for next week at times it is not really what we need as the river is already too high but hopefully it will continue to encourage further fish into the system.

A delighted Jamie Greene MSP with his fresh grilse from Middle Camisky
Matheus Vetch with his fresh grilse from Croy
Christian Collett holds his fresh grilse from Middle Camisky under watchful eye of ghillie Billy Neil

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