The conditions are getting tougher on the Helmsdale, barring a damaging flash flood and a small recent rise in the water its been a seriously dry summer so far. The sea trout anglers are scoring and the sport will continue so long as the water is low. Grilse and a sprinkling of salmon are being caught too ofcourse and around 50 were reported last week from the beats. The Association water is in prime time right now with seatrout and salmon fishing largely peaking between now and end July.
Here on Speyside water levels are also low but the fishing is also picking up and seatrout fishing is superb with many fish in the 5 - 12lbs range being reported from Pitcroy, Knocando etc
We are selling loads of small flies and tubes right now due to the low water so have a good look around the site and grab some wee doubles in 12s & 14s along with 1.4" tubes in plastic copper and tungsten which are all working in different depths of water and tactics. One surprise...Read more
Check out these amazing huge pieces of vintage monkey hair - the best we have ever seen...grab some now whan you have the chance right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/luxury-vintage-monkey.html
Storm Hector failed to produce a spate but it did not affect catches too much as the Helmsdale river produced around 45 fish. Grilse have arrived and hopefully the run will extend well into July. Grilse have also arrived on the Brora and most are in very good condition.
During my Brora week, low water dictated the tackle and small flies were a must, the RS SuperSquid micro, UV Alistairs and Baby TDs were very effective as usual. Loop Cross S1 rods in 10ft and 13 were the rods of choice, they are unrivalled for lightness and presentation, 12ft would have been ideal, I feel another purchase...Read more
Check out our deadly Alistair TigerTail like you have never seen it before here - scroll down to the rotating model http://shadowflies.com/tungsten-tubes-uk-stock/3375-alistair-tigertail.html#/size-/wing-3_5 - You can buy them right here in tungsten or copper right down to 1/4", these have never been available before so small - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-alistair-tigertail-pro-choice.html
The Helmsdale struggled to produce last week but it was no surprise under the bright and hot conditions. The river was low and anglers fishing early & late did the most damage. I doubt if there were more than 20 off including the Association water as many rods blanked for the week. But, the river was blessed with 2ft of fresh water on Sunday so hopefully a great week ahead....