Week Commencing 12th September 2022

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Good afternoon everyone

Well the season end is fast approaching, maybe not quick enough for some and too quickly for others but again it has been challenging at times.

The autumn weather has taken a bit of a hold here in Moray and on Speyside with the morning definitely feeling that bit chillier and a fair amount of dew on the grass. The temperatures have definitely fallen meaning its close to time for the heating to go on!!

Lets have a look at how the river did last week from the reports I have received.

Fochabers Angling Association finished their week with about half a dozen fish in the book including ones at 17lb and 19lb, not sure if any were fresh or residents making their presence known.

At Gordon Castle/Brae Water, David Buley reports the first part of the week was tricky with the sunshine and clear settled water, fewer fish cooperated. As the week went on the weather turned very Autumnal, the temperature dropped, strong northerly winds, and squals of rain meant the fires were on in the huts. We finished up landing somewhere around the mid 40’s and lost quite a few too. All fish landed were slightly older fish but we did see one or two fresh fellas throughout the week.

Angus Rutherford with his Brae fish
A nice autumn fish
a good fish from the Brae Water
A first fish from Middle Brae
A fine GC fish

Up at Orton, Andy Gunn advises they finished the week with 17 fish for the Mackintosh Party. A noticeable change in the river conditions with it feeling cooler.

Anna Wulf with her first ever fish from the Junction
Julian Taylor with his Cairnty fish
Rick Warren with another from Cairnty
Max Mackintosh with his Cairnty Fish
Ben Mackintosh, Junction
A good tartan fish
another in full autumn splendor

Mark Melville, head ghillie at Delfur reports another good week in the mid twenties. Nice to see a fresh fish on Saturday, the first since August. The 6″ rise on Friday put them off the take but we managed 5 yesterday as it fell away again.

Tom Caswell with an autumn fish
Toby Wheatley with his Delfur fish
Simon Caswell’s fresh fish from Saturday
Simon Caswell with a wee fish
Sam Elkington with a fine fish
Jonny Caswell with a croc
Jill Elkington with a baby croc
Adam Wheatley with a fine autumn fish

Rothes finished with 7 fish in the book last week reports Robbie Stronach with a couple of those making double figures.

At Craigellachie, Dougie Ross reports a couple of fish landed.

Aberlour Angling Club had a quiet week but are hoping for sport in the week ahead as the river was rising with them this morning.

Wester Elchies finished with a couple of fish reports Malcolm Newbould and again there is hope this rise in water will bring the fish back on.

Kinermony had a quiet week too with only one kipper landed according to ghillie David Brand.

Laggan managed a couple but its hard going according to ghillie Mike Murdoch

The week ahead looks a bit more settled and hopefully we will see a few more fish caught following the rise in the river today.

Tight lines to those out and about.

Sandy

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