Archive

29

June

Still quiet.

Ronald Sutherland

Last week was not a memorable week on the Helmsdale. Grilse were practically non existent and some rods only managed to save the blank for their week! Temperatures were below average but the river was running fine on summer level, the missing ingredient was fresh running fish in any numbers. Some stragglers were caught and the Badanloch rods of Ian Muir and Chris Wall probably had the best of it with 8 between them by Friday mainly on our tiny Willie Gunn Conehead TDs.

Locally, one grilse was caught by Phillip Marshall whilst

Read more

22

June

Waiting for the grilse.

Ronald Sutherland

The fishing slowed down last week on par with history. In a week dominated by high pressure the fishing was always going to be a challenge but a few rods did have some success. Beats 3 & 5 fished best and the first fish came off loch Achnamoine, beat 6 above. Astonishingly this water barely sees salmon anglers cast a fly in anger and is generally used as a few hours trout fishing for the kids. I'm all for giving youngsters and beginners the opportunity to fish, it is especially important to keep them interested but in the opinion of many it is high time locals were given the chance to situate a boat on this loch and pay fair rent for the opportunity.

The loch holds salmon from April onwards, as soon as fish are over the falls you have a chance there but it is merely paid lip service as far as serious salmon fishing goes. It is a considerable waste of good fishing which could be enjoyed...

Read more

14

June

Signs of improvement.

Ronald Sutherland

A reasonable week on the Helmsdale began with a respectable score of 5 for the Hamilton Stubber party on beat 3 fishing Badanloch rods. Generally rods were struggling to come across fish and by midweek the river exploded into spate once again. Thunderstorms were menacing and widespread and the fishing suffered. Friday reported some promising scores with around 17 fish off and the week probably ended up scoring in the 40s. The Association water produced 1 fish for local veteran Geordie Sutherland from the Flat pool at 11lbs, given the high water it was always going to be a struggle for this stretch.
Alistairs continue to catch as many fish as any...

Read more

8

June

Where are the fish?

Ronald Sutherland

last week was basically a non event and hardly worth reporting on. After a reasonable start to the week and the arrival of some nice sea-trout, the weather turned unsettled and the fishing was dire. Tuesday saw a slow small rise in the river which put paid to the sea-trout fishing and by Thursday we had another rising river and one of the biggest spates of the season crashing through the whole system. Normally when a big June spate kicks in we catch lots of coloured springers amongst fresh runners, not so this time. On Friday and Saturday the upper beats were settled and perfect but the only event worth noting was the sheer lack of fish. The whole week produced around 20 - 25 fish and one grilse was reported.

The Association water got off to a promising star Monday when Alistair Jappy grassed a cracking 12 pounder from Roaries Rock and yours truly bagged a 3.5 and 2lbs sea-trout at night, more were...

Read more

2

June

Another good week

Ronald Sutherland

Apologies, short report this week, time constraints!

The Helmsdale fished well in the end with around 50 fish reported however, sport was patchy. The Association water was well attended on the visitor front but fish were on the run and not hanging about on the lower river, 2 were caught on the local water.

Ian Muir with a fine example of what was running last week, a cracking 12 pounder landed in Little Rock pool beat 6.

The Naver is also producing now and a snippet from 2 rods fishing the rotation last week shows just how good (when there is water) after landing 23 cracking salmon for the week.

Keith Webster with a typical bar of Read more