Raw Easterly winds and low water made the going tough on the Helmsdale last week but for those who stuck it out the rewards were there. 14 fish were recorded last count but surprisingly no fish were taken above the falls even though water temps held in the 40s and hit 46 for a short spell midweek. Beat 1 also failed to produce any action apart from a few kelts. Torrish, Borrobol and Badanloch rods all caught 4 fish. Jean, Richard and Jimmy Bain all scored for Torrish rods inRead more
Unsettlerd Conditions lead to a few blank days last week but a few good days also. 5 fish came off Tuesday and the first fish from over the falls was caught by William Jappy on 2 above at 15lbs on Badanloch rods. Thursday produced another 3, 2 of which were to the rod of Kevin Steel amazingly from the Groyne pool beat 6 at 10 & 12lbs. Kevin had a 12 pounder from Beat 2 earlier in the week fishing Badanloch rods along with William. The river was on the rise again on Friday so it was not until Saturday that the river settled once again. Torrish rods had been blank for the whole week until Andy Sutherland once again got amongst the fish. Fishing the foam pool on beat 5, Andy took a 9 pounder on his first run through. He then decided to "back up" the pool and duly hooked a 10 pounder. In the afternoon his form continued when he landed a 14 pounder in the Craggie bend to round off a great day. Another fish came off the Woody pool beat 3 to take the total for the season to 46.
The river shrunk back to almost summer levels last week but fish were still running, 3 fish off on Monday proved this. Kildonan had a thumping 21 pounder in Lower Caen beat 1 taken on a Morangie Conehead. Suisgil grassed a 10 pounder in Kilphedir beat 2 and Pano Constantinedes had his first fish on Craggie bend beat 5 for Achentoul.
Morangie conehead which you can buy online right here.
Pano with his first fish and the Craggie Bend pool in the background
Andrew Thomas with a spanking 13 pounder
The fishing is improving by the week right now on the Helmsdale. Another good week reported 9 springers to bring the tally to 25. Kildonan rods got the week to a fast start with an 8lbs fish from the Vale of Tears before the river went on the rise. From Tuesday it was the Sweetman show on Badanloch rods when Elizabeth S had a lovely 12.5 pounder from Kilphedir pool beat 2. Not to be outdone, Hubby John duly grassed cracking 15 pounder next day from Salscraggie beat 1. The same day another 2 fish were caught on beat 6 and beat 5.
Badanloch ghillie Alex Fraser with a delighted John...Read more
A stat before we get going here - we are now on 14 fish off March 2nd, last year we only had 11 fish off by March 17th....a big improvement. Week 3 is still available too for 2 rods on the full rotation, details on last weeks report.
We also have the long awaited Loop doubles back in stock as tube doubles and down eye for tying on - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/index.php?_a=product&product_id=77
Last week was website upgrade week for the Helmsdale Company, we hope that everything looks cleaner and more modern and that navigation is better. Due to ageing software, it had to be done and we hope the results last well into the future. We have lost a few images in...Read more