Another week of unfavourable overhead conditions comes and goes, bright brassy blue skies gave us warm days but cold nights and fish that showed plenty of interest but never fully committed to taking the fly. There are definitely larger numbers of grilse arriving each day and these little silver torpedoes are pushing right up to the head of the system although the bulk seem to now be concentrated from beat 9 downwards.
Gary Hendry got the week started before breakfast with the first grilse of the season from beat 9. John Wood some how managed to winkle out 3 for his week and Alan Cormie had a fresh grilse from loch Beg on the dap. Ian Adams had our largest of the week, a 15 pounder from the old womans on beat 11.
And finally a couple of firsts, Merlin Unwin had his first Thurso salmon from beat 2 on Saturday and last but not least Phillip Pledger under the ever diligent eye of his friend and ghillie David Risbridger managed to catch his first Thurso salmon from the quarry pool on beat 4 weighing in at 5 pounds.
So what to expect for the new week ahead, well weather patterns look settled although there is a chance of rain on Wednesday evening through to Thursday lunch time but a rise in levels would be helpful as numbers are now gathering in the estuary. The tail end of the week gives us the largest tides in a month which will definitely help to pull fish in.
Again please be aware of the road from Westerdale to loch More is in a poor state of repair but is passable with care.
Tight lines next week