Week ending 25th May

Brian Tolmie with his perfect 13lbs deep-bellied salmon from the Tailrace

Another bone-dry week meant another slow one. It seemed at times that all around us the rain was falling, with rivers to our East filling with much-needed water but barely a drop fell on Lochaber.

With the river at at minus 4 inches it was verging on a miracle that Henry Anson got us off the mark this week with a fresh run 10lbs fish from Croy Pool, our most upstream pool! It just goes to show that fish will run even in these conditions. A ‘large and glittery’ Sunray Shadow did the damage.

Even the tidal Tailrace Beat seemed quiet considering the low water conditions, but it has been so long since we have had any fresh water that the bulk of our springers are probably still well out in the estuary in deeper water. Nevertheless Inverlochy Angling Club member, Brian Tolmie, landed a stunning and split-fresh fish of 13lbs mid-week. Brian has been fishing hard since the start of the season so it was good to hear that his persistence has been rewarded. Knowing Brian, it will be the first of many for him this season.

Meanwhile upriver, Steve Wellard’s party had a week mainly targeting the trout, both on the river and on the local lochs (Lochaber has some of the most outstanding loch trout fishing in the highlands). Steve reported many good trout caught on all 4 Lochy beats, taken mainly on CDC dry flies. The best was a stunning fish of 3.5lbs from Larch Tree on Beat 4. It was full of smolts!

The forecast is promising rain. We wait. We pray……

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