Summer came to Lochaber this last week with daytime temperatures up to 28 degrees. While water levels started to come down to a good fishable height, days of burning and cloudless sunshine interspersed by some dramatic thunderstorms did little to provide good overhead prospects or a settled and dropping river.
Nevertheless there were some fish to be caught and in spite of the fishing effort being very much on the low side some did make it to the bank. The week started off with a grilse from the Garrabouie Stream for a member of the T’kint party which was sea liced and in great condition. The Cox party then took a fine salmon of 10lbs from Lucky Cast on Beat 4. And then further down the river near the tide local rod Paul MacHugh landed a cracker of 12lbs from the Castle Pool. The grilse are definitely starting to make an appearance and it was great to see that Andy Hind’s lively 6 pounder he landed on Saturday from Croy Pool was fat and really well fed, perhaps a good sign for the sumer runs that should lie ahead.
The river had dropped right down by the weekend but with cooler air temperatures and some frequent showers forecast for the week ahead then hopefully this will encourage further fish into the system and some better fishing conditions.