Week ending 5th October

Another hard week on the river with the fish really in ‘end of season/pre-spawning’ mode. A lack of any fresh water through the week did not help the situation but it now definitely feels that it will take a hard frost to bring the bigger residents out of their deep summer lies and switch on their aggression again. With only one week of the season left though we may be rapidly running out of time for a late season flurry.

Well done to everyone who persevered in the tough conditions though, especially to some of our newly visiting parties – I hope that fishing the beautiful Lochy pools will have wetted your appetite to come back next season when the fish are a bit more switched on.

There were some catches in the week and Guy Rasch led the charge with 2 grilse landed in the first half of the week – both were around the 4lbs mark with one from Garrabouie Stream and one from Croy Pool. The Garrabouie Stream is certainly holding reasonable numbers of fish (even though they are not always showing) and DJ Gillies had a 4lbs grilse there one day quickly followed by losing 2 more in quick succession later that afternoon. Not unusually for the time of year, the few fish that are coming up to take the fly are doing so without any real commitment. There were many more fish plucked and lost during the week.

Best fish of the week fell to local rod Ross McCubbin of the Spean Bridge Angling Club – an 11lbs salmon, again from the Garrabouie Stream. The club were giving it a really good shot this week on their allocated club week on the private beats. Chris Foster landed a fine 8lbs salmon Lucky Cast and, finally, Andy Burton landed a 4lbs grilse in Upper Camisky – and the marvellous photo of him and his ‘ghillie’, club member James Porter, takes pride of place this week in our rogues gallery below!