Week ending 3rd July

It was no great surprise that the drought affecting the whole of Scotland at the moment severely hampered fishing this week. Another week went by without a drop of rain and air temperatures shot up to 26C. With the short and warm late June nights as well, the water temperature started to climb rapidly on top of everything. For the bulk of the week the river was running as low as it ever gets – a very sad looking minus 5 inches!

So it was the tidal Tailrace beat that saw the lion’s share of any action this week as grilse numbers started to build but fish were reluctant to enter the river that really was little more than a warm trickle.

Inverlochy club members had some sport down there and Paul Machugh landed a fresh salmon of 12lbs and two tide-liced grilse of 5lbs apiece. Chris Cairns also added to his season tally with a couple of fresh grilse of around 5lbs each.

But ‘fish of the week’ prize definitely goes to Peggy Crossman who managed to defy all odds and land a lovely fresh MSW of around 14lbs while fishing Middle Camisky on Beat 3. It just goes to show that persistence pays even when everyone else is giving up. Well done Peggy!

I hope to have more to report next week as rain is promised, the tides are building and the grilse are beginning to show up in better numbers.

Inverlochy Club member Chris Cairns with one of his 2 grilse for the week

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