I was away for the weekend so not the best report....A quick update of around 15 fish off the Association water and 85 approx off the river as a whole. Reasonable grilse run but not giving the big weeks of the past. The river is running at around 8" after a top up so sport should be good this coming week, maybe it is yet to peak, watch this space!
My daughter April and I had some fun on lochs and had a good bag of brownies plus a couple of plump ones for the barbi! Can you spot the location?
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The Helmsdale had another reasonable week with around 70 - 80 fish off with over a dozen from the Association water. The grilse are definitely running now but not in huge numbers. If you are lucky enough to meet a pod the sport can be fast and furious. The quality of fish are generally good with a little red vent showing up and a few 2 lbs fish but on the whole they are in plump condition.
Brian Maskel grassed a couple early in the week on Cascade Pigs when the water was dropping and starting to look good, Mick Buttery had 2 from Horseback on Willie gun TDs and I managed to keep my eye in by landing a lovely fat 5 pounder from Roaries pool midweek on one of our deadly Helmsdale shrimp doubles fished on the dropper. John Sweetman...Read more
The Helmsdale had a better week and a sprinkling of grilse arrived to get the summer run under way. Once again unsettled water levels made fishing unpredictable and difficult as heavy rain lashed down sporadically over the catchment but incredibly around 80 fish were recorded. Many were coloured but a good percentage were sizeable fresh summer salmon and grilse. Pods of quality grilse showed up from time to time everywhere and were in great shape going against the recent trend of red vent and skinny fish. 10 year old Harry Hemsley made sure he got in on the action this week fishing Torrish rods when he grassed a gleaming fresh 6 pounder. Clay bank beat 5 was the pool and the fly used was an Alistair conehead.
It may be summer but it did not feel like it on the river as far as the fishing was concerned. All rods struggled to find fish in a taking mood. Conditions were not the best but good water levels certainly made the river look very fishy indeed. A good spate on the Sunday set the river up as good as one could expect for the week ahead but things remained a little unsettled and thundery. A few grilse were indeed caught and spotted but they were very few and far between.
Achentoul rods bumped into a pod on beat 6 Tuesday and landed 2, lost 3, they were well conditioned fish of 3 & 4 lbs. The rest of the week remained rather uneventful and no fish to my knowledge were caught on the Association water. However, Saturday produced a few and took the tally up to around 35 for the week. It's quite unseasonable right now with a clear gap between the last of the...Read more