It's been tough recently on the Helmsdale unless you bumped into a few fresh grilse in the mood to play ball, lots of MSW fish around but most it would seem have been bedded in for a while and have seen it all! Like many rivers in the Highlands the normal strong grilse run has been very poor. Records were broken in May with some incredible sport and records will be broken for the summer due to a lack of it - that's fishing! Who knows what's going to happen next year...
A few fish are still getting caught on the Association water around the tides and this water has good availability right now. Heavy rain is forecast and a rise in the water will kick start sport again.
I have some new flies available on-line now, (below) deadly patterns which were designed recently but could not be offered until stocks were tied up. The new Posh Monkey is a stunning take on the popular Posh Tosh tube ( a huge killer on the Tweed ) we have designed it Monkey style and it is sure to be a...Read more
Big water breathed new life back into the river last week and catches were good throughout the system once things settled down. over 180 fish were caught with most estates bagging between 25 - 35 fish each for the week. Torrish rods had a super start to the week with 24 in 3 days on beats 3, 2 & 1 with the highlight being young Annabel Gouriet catching her first fish on her 10th birthday beat 2, not to be outdone brother Henry went on to shot his first grouse on the 12th - well done! Unfortunately only a small percentage of the weeks catch were sea-liced proving that there were very few grilse in the firth. Some nice fish in the teens of pounds were running however and a few were snared passing through the Association water, around a dozen was the total for this beat.
Annabel proudly shows off her first Helmsdale salmon.
Henry with his first grouse and in the...Read more
Last week provided around 40 - 50 fish for the 12 rods fishing the beats on the river. A few estates had catches in the teens whilst the rest struggled to tempt a handful of fish. For the time of year these catches make dismal reading but it is the same everywhere up here. The Association water pirked up a little towards the end of the week and 8 - 9 fish were landed by locals and visitors.
Today, the Helmsdale river has risen to over 2ft and it looks like more heavy rain is forecast for the rest of the day. I have a feeling that the week ahead is going to be the best week of the summer as long as there are fish in the sea to come in. Most of the country looks to be under a swathe of rain bearing cloud so many rivers will be on the up and bigger flies should work a treat this week. A perfect chance to try some of our deadly feeler tube flies (below) which I have designed to bridge the gap between Iceland's biggest ever killer fly and some of our more...Read more
Reports of good grilse numbers seen on the Association water in the last 24 hours have perked up hopes on the Helmsdale. It's been pretty grim lately everywhere in Scotland. The beats last week managed around 50 - 60 with a sprinkling of grilse but the main event has not happened yet and it's getting very late. However, salmon fishing always seems to deal something totally different than the norm, I have not known the main summer run to peak later than the first week in August, it could happen this season. There is massive availability on the Association water so come for a cast soon and you should see the best of the run. The river is low but fishable on compensation water from the dam.
Get stocked up on Cascades, Silver stoats tails and...Read more