The Helmsdale keeps plugging away with another 45 fish reported last week. Hopes were high at the start of the week as a double dose of fresh water arrived but it was soon to disappear. The river crept up by only a few inches and by midweek it was almost back to normal, tropical weather hit with temps almost hitting 30 degreees and sport fell away. Ian Muir had a decent week with 12 for his party, 10 of which he caught himself, the best at 19lbs (below) from the Short pool beat 5. A couple of grilse have been spotted and the sea-trout should be arriving very soon.
Surprisingly enough the Association water did not produce many, Alistair Jappy added another couple to his tally using Baby Tds and Jim Forsyth also had one. The bulk of a strong spring/early summer run is in the system now and its a waiting game for the grilse and sea-trout to kick in and join them for the next phase of the season.
21/5/17 The last week saw around 35 fish off the river, Conditions were not great with sunshine and loew water the main feature but the river has risen over the weekend. Heavy rain on Saturday fed the catchement sufficient enough to add just around 4ins which will freshen things up a little, the week ahead should be better.
The Association water would have expected to fish better but only 3 fish were caught and all to the rod of Alistair Jappy on Saturday.
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latest update is a great week for the Association water with around a dozen off last week. William & Alistair Jappy are never far away from the action and had 2 & 3 fish respectively and Jim Forsyth also had a good week picking up 3. The low water is helping the Association water and the usual favourites are all catching, Coneheads, Baby Tds and Alistairs. Further afield our flies are still catching on the Spey, Johnny Gray and his team managed at least a dozen from the Bray & Rothes beats in very tough brigh conditions on Monkeys and Cascades.
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