The Helmsdale is still fishing quite well although as the season progresses a wider range of tactics are required to be successful. There is a good stock of fish in the river now but tempting them onto the hook a challenge. Sporadic pods of fresh fish are still showing up, mainly grilse. The river scored around 70 - 80 fish off for the week including about 10 from the Association water.
Mick Buttery got off to a fast start Monday in Roaries & Sewerage pools landing 3 fresh grilse on a home tied Frances conehead and Werner Steiner had a fine 10lbs fresh run fish from the Style pool on a Cascade gold double. Visitors caught most of the fish over the week and all were pretty fresh. Check out the website for loads of great new flies too...http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/
The Helmsdale had another consistent week with around 100 fish off. Sport was patchy with a mix of fresh and stale fish, fresh grilse are still entering the system. The highlight was a clonking 26.5 pounder caught by Mr John Pette (pic below). Frances and Temple Dogs are catching well along with Alistair tubes and coneheads. I am also getting lots of UK feedback regarding our SuperSnaelda tubes which seem to be fishing great everywhere. As the autumn approaches there are no better tubes fished on sinking tips, when these aggressive looking flies are presented right down in front of fish they can barely resist having a snap at them!
RS SuperSnaelda red & gold is as good as it gets for fishing deep late in the season - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-super-snaelda-red-gold.html
Fishing was steady on the river last week with nothing spectacular to report. Fresh fish were still entering the system but seemed in a real hurry through the lower river for some reason. The beats picked away with around 60. John (Hardy) Sutherland had 6 up to 16lbs with 3 in an hour on Red Brae 3 above but generally you had to really work for your fish.
The Association water gave up around 12 - 15 fish or so after a fast start on Monday morning for William Jappy who nailed 3 grilse and lost 2 before breakfast and a rapid 2ft rise. The spate did nothing to boost catches really and by midweek the water was back down to around 8". Experienced Welsh internationalist Gavin Perry and Neil Thomas had all the conditions to deal with and by the end of the week...Read more
The beats produced a rather hard fought 55 fish for the week although a good head of fish is scattered through the system. Reasonably numbers of fish are still arriving and the Association water gave up around 15, 6 of which fell to the charms of Adam Macdonald fishing our Baby tds (4) and 2 on an Alistair on the dropper. The fish are good quality and one of Adams solid fish is displayed below with Baby TD firmly attached. Regular visitor Ian Stoddart also had a couple of grilse one evaning on an Alistair Special tube.
Well done to Evan Orr (13) who had a pristine grilse...Read more