2nd June 2019
This overdue report is late, as simply, along with most other beats, we had our poorest ever season in 2018....and this following one of our best.
Again, in 2019 there has been nothing to report. The river had been running reasonably high, all spring, and this together with warm open weather, did not suit the lower beats, with only a handful or two of fish caught until the end of April.
In contrast, the beats further up the river have mostly been doing very well - some very well. In fact the total spring catch for the Spey is bound to be up from recent years.
On the lower beats, lots of fish have been seen steaming through, and in fact one beat caught only 1 out of 8 offers.
Yet again, all these lower beats have suffered from the catch 22 situation.....no fish being caught, so very few anglers having a go, which in turn means few fish. For example, our beat has had only 19 rod days booked and fished for the first 10 weeks of the season.
One surprise catch was a rainbow trout weighing several pounds, and full of eggs.
Things are certainly looking better now. The river has dropped, and is now at a better height for the lower beats, and this, together with more rods on the water from now on, should see an improvement in catches.
One salmon of 9lbs was caught and returned today, and the angler lost another.
Fingers crossed for the rest of the season.
12th June 2019
More rods on the water now - but not enough - and catches have improved, with all the lower beats doing reasonably well for June, despite the up and down river levels.
Our beat is catching a few fish, despite the height of the water being a little higher than we would like.
Many fish in the double figures. We've had 2 this week so far - 11 and 13 lbs.
The river has again fallen, and is steady at the moment, but it is raining, and more rain is forecast.
Having said that, there is always somewhere on our beat that fishes well, regardless of the water level....eg - the west bank of the Cumberland fishes well in higher water.
1st July 2019
River has been dropping slowly, but reasonably steady for this last week - perfect height for our beat.
Salmon now being caught more regularly by both members and visitors. Several nice fish last week - mostly in double figures. Best for season so far is 20lbs and 16lbs for last week.
No sign of grilse yet, but soon hopefully.
Although we are nearly fully booked from now on, we still have a small number of rod days for this month only.
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