Week ending 24th Julu

Another week of piercing blue overhead conditions, sweltering temperatures (up to 30C) and sky-high water temperatures (well above 20C).

Fishing in the main river was frankly pretty much a waste of time in these conditions and it was only the tidal beat with the cooling influence of the Tailrace outflow that offered any chance of sport.

Encouragingly though as tides built through the week there appeared to be some good shoals of grilse and small summer salmon coming in and out with the high tide some days. Finding a taker in these conditions was challenging though.

Neverthless we had 7 fish caught for the week and a good many tale of fish plucking at the fly in the crystal-clear conditions and inevitably coming off at some point in the fight.

Local Inverlochy AC members Chris Cairns and Paul Machugh toook the lion’s share with 2 grilse for Chris and two salmon for Paul (5lbs, 4lbs, 8lbs, 8lbs). And local rod John MacIsaac had a nice 6lb fish from the stream above the Larder Pool, a highly underfished spot.

One of our longest-standing tenants, David Snead, picked a great week for sun-bathing and golf this year but not a good one for fishing very sadly. Neverthless David usuaully finds a taker somewhere whatever the conditions and I was pleased to hear that he had a 4lbs grilse from Rock Pool on Beat One and another four pounder from the Tailrace.

Some rain is forecast for next week and some cooler conditions but we are all thinking here…. we will believe it when we see it!

John McIsaac’s sparkling 6lb fish from above the Larder Pool.
Chris Cairns notching up his growing season tally down at the Tailrace this week

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