September

13/09/2017

 

Week beginning Sept 25th. Hamish McFarlane & party.

 

The first couple of days of the week the river was 4 inches down to 3 inches and the beat was not fished, Hamish’s fishing was restricted this week as he was suffering from a back problem and i know myself how debilitating that can be. On Thursday the water level went up to 1ft 1inch Alf Gamblin and Stephen Urquhart fished it was very quiet some fish were seen in the afternoon.

On Friday 29th. the water level was down to 8 inch and dropping Allan Donaldson and Graham Grant fished the morning very few fish were seen, Allan managed to hook and land a 4lb grilse in the Lairds cast, this is where i saw one of the few fish i saw showing and i possibly caught the one that was showing!  I was glad to round of the season landing a fish at Cornhill all be it small and well below the quallity of last weeks Salmon on the Tyne, but as they say they all count as one in the game book.

Sat30th. Water down to 5 inch today i fished with Colin More till Mid Day and that brought Cornhill’s and my season to an end. An update of season catches at Cornhill will follow.

Total 1 Grilse.

 

 

Week beginning Sept 18th.

 

The beat was not fished at all this week, and i did not fish it as I was down south fishing the River Tyne at Bywell. subsequently the week ended blank.

 

Week beginning Sept.11th

 

Monday11th. The beat was not fished today as it was supposed to be let to Derrick Blake but as no one appeared on the river all day i phoned the factors at 17.00hrs and was told it was in fact not let. The river was 10 inch and went up to 3ft 5 inch before dropping back to 2 ft 10 inch.

Tuesday 12th.The beat was not fished today the river started out at 2 ft 2 inch going up to 2ft 10inch before settling back to 2ft4 inch.

Wed 13th. The water level today at 09.oohrs was 11 inch it stayed pretty steady all day dropping only 1 inch before going up half an inch. Graham Grant caught a 5lb grilse in the Clump pool. Allan Donaldson landed a 5lb grilse and a 4lb grilse both from the March pool, Allan also caught a 3lb grilse in the McGregor pool, and very briefly had a hold of a grilse in the Lairds cast.

Thur 14th The river went up over night and was registering 1 ft 10 inch on the gauge at 09.00hrs it only dropped about 1 inch by 14.00hrs reasonable for fishing but the river naturally should have dropped quite a bit more and was due to rise again which unsettles the fish and puts them off as in my opinion they certainly know if a rise is coming Allan Donaldson landed a 4lb grilse in the March pool early on in the day it was then very quiet there after.

 Friday 15th Water level today 2 ft 4 inch the beat was very lightly fished in morning nothing was touched and very little seen.

 

Sat 16th. The water level today was 1ft 1 inch dropping back to 1 foot, Colin More landed a 5 lb grilse in the March pool. and Allan Donaldson  landed a 6 lb grilse in the Upper March pool, the afternoon was quiet we packed in at 17.00hrs interestingly again a rise in the water was coming on in early evening and would probably hit Cornhill again at approx 18.00hrsthe periods between red dots is when we caught or pulled fish and saw most activity. The period after the very large peak rise in water around 03.00hrs in morning at Cornhill probably just unsettled the fish and moved them up or down river the water was quite coloured and this period was very quiet with no fish seen at all (as seen on water data chart )

Total 7 grilse

 

 

Week beginning Sept 4th. Douglas Chalmers and Party.

 

Mon 4th. The water level today was 2 inch and the beat was not fished.

Tuesday  The water level bumped up a little and quickly dropped back again  for the first part of the week until Friday 8th. We had better water conditions today with the river up to 10.5 inch on the gauge, The beat was covered completely we saw very few fish and some were very very small grilse around 2lbs! I thought it can’t get much worse than it has been in recent weeks but it is.

Sat 9th.  The river today was running at 8.5 inch we must have had some over night rain as the river would have naturally have dropped more again a few fish were seen the beat was fished till lunchtime  and Douglas did move a fish to the fly in the McKenzie pool but that was as close as we got and the week ended blank.

August

14/08/2017

 

Week beginning Aug28th. Graeme McPherson & party.

 

Mon 28th. Today saw the highest water level of the week we started out at 7.5 inch. but it ran off fairly quickly, Graeme McPherson made the most of it and landed a 5 lb grilse in the Lairds cast.The prospects for the rest of the week water level wise did not look good and subsequently the river continued to fall down to 4 inch by Wednesday.

The week ended with the gauge showing 2 inch on Friday and Saturday, The beat was very lightly fished with no fishing done after Wednesday. very few fish were seen another very disappointing week.

 

Week beginning Aug 21st. Orr Ewing & party.

 

We had a couple of significant lifts in the water level this week in midweek the river was up to 2 ft 10 inch it had been much bigger over night around the 5 foot mark. the river was up again on the Friday& Saturday, During the week two grilse were hooked briefly and lost in Clump and McKenzie pools and the week ended as another disappointing blank week.

 

 

Week beginning August 14th.

 

Mon 14th. This week started off with the water level sitting at 4 inch. the beat was fished for a couple of hours at most with absolutely nothing seen or touched.

Tue 15th. The water level went up 4 inches overnight to 8 inches it fell back to  6.and a half inches by 16.30 hrs. Allan Donaldson managed to land two grilse at 4lbs and 3lbs in the Raven pool, and another 4lb grilse in the March pool, Allan also lost a grilse in the Lairds cast, & Raven pools and pulled another grilse in the Raven pool. All this activity happened in the late morning prior to this nothing was seen or touched and likewise after approx 12.45hrs nothing was touched in fact all i saw in the afternoon was one grilse, during the activity this morning there were a few grilse showing and as a small bunch of grilse moved through the beat.

Wed 16th. The river today was showing 5 inch on the gauge. Allan very briefly played a grilse in the McGregor pool before it threw the hook the beat was only fished for a couple of hours.

Thur.17th. The river level was 4.5 inch, the beat was not fished today.

Fri 18th. The water level was 4 inch the beat was fished for an hour or so and nothing was seen.

Sat 19th.  The heavy rain forecast for yesterday never materialised however the river was up 4 inches today to 8 inches and there was heavy rain in the early hours of saturday  morning which saw the river slowly rising to 11 inch, by 14.30 it had steadied and was dropping slightly. It was a very disappointing day with the water up on a slow rise only four grilse were seen all day Alan Donaldson did manage to land a small 3lb grilse in the McGregor pool.   I can only assume very few grilse have been coming in to the river for quite a number of weeks and those that are coming in are very very reluctant to show and particularly loathe to take.  One very common grilse trait still very much in evidence is their ability to throw the hook at some stage during the fight.  its been a very strange and poor season with i think a number of quite complex factors.

 

TOTAL   4 Grilse.

 

 

Week beginning  August 7th. Stephen Gilchrist & Ian Colquhoun.

 

 

 Mon 7th. The water level was 6 inch today and the week started out very quietly with few fish seen and nothing moved or touched.

Tue 8th. We had 6 inch on the gauge and again very quiet with just the odd grilse seen.

Wed 9th. The river went up to 1ft 2 inch and dropped back to 1ft and steadied this is the highest the river reached all week and during this period Stephen Gilchrist landed a 7 lb salmon in the McKenzie pool. and Ian Colquhoun landed a 9lb Salmon in the Clump pool, three other grilse were played and lost and exactly the same as last week when i was fishing Friday and Saturday the activity just stopped like flipping a switch.

Thur 10th. 7 inch on the marker today Stephen Gilchrist played a grilse in Little falls unfortunately it threw the hook, Ian Colquhoun had exactly the same outcome in the Lairds cast after hooking and playing a grilse for a few minutes. Allan Donaldson also had the same experience briefly hooking a small grilse in McGregor pool before it almost on cue threw the hook and was gone.

Fri 11th. river down again to 5.5 inch, Another very quiet day with little to motivate the two  experienced expert rods  fishing.

Sat 12th. The water level was 7 inch at 10.00 dropping back to 6 inch in late afternoon, Stephen and Ian decided to end their week early and the beat was not fished during the day. Stephen gave me a cast in late afternoon early evening i managed to rise a grilse to the fly in the Little falls  other than that it was desperately quiet i saw nothing at all, even the grilse that came to the fly in Little falls was a lethargic kind of rise and he would not come again.

Salmon 1. Grilse1.  TOTAL 2

 

July

23/07/2017

Week beginning July 31st.

 

The first couple of days of the week was fished from time to time by James Speirs son of  the Cornhill beat owners and James’s brother in law it was not heavily fished at all.

Friday 4th. The river was sitting at 2ft 1 inch at 9.00 hrs 20 minutes later it was up 10 inches to 2 ft 11 inch a quick rise i decided to wait till it peaked probably late afternoon. i came back at 17.00 hrs it had peaked at approx 3ft 3 inch and had been on the drop for about an hour and was showing 3 ft and dropping i saw some grilse showing in the Gledfield pool which is the  first real movement of grilse i have seen so far this summer! I managed to land a couple of sea liced grilse at 5lb and 4 lb and lose another one almost at the net, and pull three others all in Gledfield pool all the activity was in about an hour and a half.

Saturday 5th. The water level today was 1ft 7 inch at 09.15hrs  Allan Donaldson landed a 3lb Grilse in the McKenzie pool and a 1.5 lb sea trout. Allan landed a couple of 5 lb Grilse in the Lairds cast and lost a grilse in the March pool and pulled three other Grilse in the March pool typical grilse behaviour before all went quiet just like the Gledfield pool last night, just like flipping a switch still at least their was a small movement of grilse into and through the beat. It will  be interesting to see what the next week brings.

Total for week.        5 Grilse & a Sea trout

 

 

Week Beginning  July 24th. John West & George Probert and party.

 

It is getting pretty monotonous but another week of virtually the same desperately low conditions. On Monday the river started out at 1″ inch mid week it hit zero 0″ for a couple of days in mid week the river bumped up to 2.5 inch and finished off the week sitting on 0″ inches. I will be brief as their is nothing at all to report except that John West was in good form and upbeat considering the desperate conditions on the river, and George Probert is on the mend after his recent operation George would have been unable to fish this year and i called in to see George in Dingwall he was in good form and is hoping to have a cast before the season is over.

 

Week beginning July 17th.

 

Another week of desperate conditions with one small lift in water levels with east winds which were dominant over the week only add to making fishing  conditions more difficult as if the were not challenging enough also the east wind never brings serious rain unless it is very prolonged, not like rain from the west the week ended with the gauge showing 1.5 inch.

 

Week beginning July 10th James England & party.

 

More of the same another desperately dry week with one short lived lift in the water midweek with the added factor its not just rain we need its fish there seems to be a distinct lack of grilse, the few little lifts in water we get seems to bring in practically no grilse the ground is so dry that localised torrential downpours will put river up anything from 4 to 9 inch it will almost immediately drop back to bare bones.

 

Week beginning July 3rd Peter Hodgson & party.

 

Another week of very low water conditions with overhead mostly bright and warm with the added disadvantage of a stiff east wind at times.

June

11/06/2017

Week beginning June 26th. Miss Pilling & party.

 

Monday 26th.  Again the water level was low and basically it stayed low even with frequent showers of rain  a lot of the time the rain was coming in east not as good as rain from the west for the Carron.  On Thursday night and the early hours of Friday the rain became heavier and more steady the river went up quickly and by 09.00hrs the river was at 2ft 4 inch approx by 13.00hrs it was falling the river was back down around 8 inch on Saturday one sea trout of 2lbs was the catch for the week.

 

 

Week beginning July 19th.  Mark Shirley & party.

 

This was basically another week of low water conditions the week started out with the water gauge showing 4 inch it ended the week sitting on 1.5 inches. One salmon was moved to the fly by Mark Shirley on the Tuesday.

 

 

Week beginning June 12th.

 

Mon 12th. The river level started out at 11.5 inches, by the late afternoon the water level was up to 1ft 6 inch.  Graham Grant had the only fish of the day landing a 5lb Grilse in the Raven pool the grilse was carrying long tailed sea lice.

Tue 13th. The water level today was 1ft 3 inch, Allan Donaldson landed a 6lb sea liced grilse in the McKenzie stream, Allan also caught a 10lb salmon in the Gledfield run, that was landed in the Raven pool, it jumped several times and unfortunately wrapped the nylon around its self and had a hitch knot at its gills so it was not at all easy to get it in and it took off down the fast water into the Raven pool where it was landed.

Wed14th. The river today was running at  1ft 2 inch. Allan Donaldson landed a couple of Grilse a 6lb grilse in the Upper March pool, & a 4lb Grilse in the Gledfield run, both grilse were covered in long tailed sea lice by 17.00hrs the river was down to 10.5 inch.

Thur 15th. The water level was down a good bit overnight to 8 inches and with only showers forecast i expect the river to drop further. Allan Donaldson landed a 3lb grilse, as they say small but beautifully formed carrying long tailed sea lice.

Fri 16th. The water level 5 inch.

Sat 17th. The water level 5 inch.

Over the last two weeks it has been very noticeable how few fish have been showing as they move through the Cornhill beat obviously a nice run of fish has entered the river and fortunately we have done relatively well

Total for the week 6.     1 Salmon /  5 Grilse.

 

 

 

Week beginning June 5th. 

 

Tue 6th. Yesterday the river level was sitting on zero however steady rain from the early hours of this morning that lasted all day was destined to put the river up the river did not properly start to rise till around 18.00hrs around mid day there was a very slight rise starting around 2 inches always a good time as the salmon will sense the rise coming and whether it will be a significant one. Allan Donaldson landed a 9lb salmon in the the Little falls it took a small hitch fly the bonus was it was an absolutely super take.

Wed 7th. The river was approx 6ft in the early hours of the morning, at 9.00hrs the river was at a fishable 3ft 6inch. Allan Donaldson landed a 6lb grilse in the March pool, a 7lb salmon in the Gledfield pool, and a 9lb salmon in the McKenzie stream. all three were covered in long tailed sea lice two to others were lost.

Thur 8th. At 9.00hrs. the river level was 1ft. and produced four salmon Bob Townend caught a 9lb salmon in the McGregor pool. Allan Donaldson caught a 5lb grilse in the Whirl pool, a 5lb grilse in the Raven pool. and a 6lb grilse in the McKenzie pool. several other salmon / grilse were moved to the fly which was quite encouraging that the big water from yesterday did not take all the fish up river after the 5 weeks of low water. All three of Allans salmon today were caught on a Collie dog.

Fri 9th. Unfortunately the river was back up to a big river, normally you are always grateful for water but having caught and moved fish in so many different pools yesterday i would have preferred if the river had not risen. At 9.00hrs the river height was 4ft. Graham grant was fishing with me today and Graham almost got us off to a good start by hooking and playing a salmon in the Gledfield pool unfortunately the  salmon threw the hook a after a few minutes, just minutes later Allan Donaldson had a similar experience this one was a really heavy looking salmon, Allan did land an 8lb salmon in the Gledfield pool.

Sat 10th. The river level today was 1ft 2 inch. Colin More hooked and played a salmon in the McKenzie pool i was with Colin at the time it was a strong fish and looked to be a decent fish when it threw the hook very frustrating but we have been losing fish, I was delighted when Colin did land a lovely fish in the Lairds cast, it weighed in at 11lbs and again sea liced, Allan Donaldson lost a salmon in the March pool, before Allan landed one a sea liced 7lb salmon in the Raven pool. It was a good enough week for 5 days as we did not fish the monday with several fish lost and a lot of salmon pulled.

 

Total.   11 for week.    8 Salmon & 3 grilse 

May

07/05/2017

Week beginning May 29th. Ruaraidh McMillan & party

 

Another week of low water levels basically zero however the river did go up briefly on Wednesday morning by 2.5 inches and Michael Munro took advantage to extract one of the residents in the Whirl pool it weighed in at 7 lbs was played and returned.

 

 

Week beginning May 22nd. Graham McPhearson & party.

 

Another week of continued low water with the gauge sitting at zero one salmon was briefly hooked and lost on Monday morning again one of the residents in the Whirl pool providing a little excitement, A few days were extremely hot particularly the Wednesday and Thursday which were cloudless with blazing sun.

Graham left early before the end of the week to go to the Scottish cup final to support his team Aberdeen unfortunately for Graham Aberdeen lost to Celtic. The week ended  with the water gauge going just under zero.

 

 

Week beginning May 15th. John Betts  party.

 

A continuation of the low water of last week basically around 1 inch and down to zero at the end of the week overhead conditions a little more overcast three of the residents were tempted out of the Whirl pool Wednesday Thursday and Friday at 6lbs, 5.5lbs, & 5.5lbs a couple to Duncan Betts and a 5.5 pounder to John Betts.

 

Week beginning May 8th. Mrs Milne & party.

 

Again over the week we continued with a lack of rain one salmon was briefly hooked in Whirl pool, and the odd fish was seen in the Whirl pool with bigger tides the highest tide is less than a mile from the bottom of the beat.

 

 

Week beginning  May 1st. Jonty Goodchild & party.

 

Mon 1st. We started out this week with the river level showing 7 inch on the gauge and dropping by late afternoon it was down an inch to 6 inch. One Salmon was landed today Julian Carr landed a 7lb sea liced salmon in the McGregor pool.

Tue 2nd. The river was down again to 5 inch and the likely hood was that we were heading for a very low river by the end of the week with no rain forecast and with the overhead conditions to become much sunnier. However we were a bit overcast today the haze did not burn off till early afternoon and Jonathon Spavin made the most of it and caught a 6lb sea liced salmon in the Gledfield pool, followed shortly afterwards by Tiff Dilks who landed an 8lb sea liced salmon in the Raven pool. one other salmon was moved to the fly by Jonathon in Little Falls pool.

Wed 3rd. The River dropped every day from now on with the overhead conditions being predominantly sunny with bright blue skies and with a couple of days not a cloud in sight, had it not been for a fairly steady east wind from a breeze to quite stiff it would have been extremely warm.

Thur 4th. Water level 4 inch and very bright and sunny

Fri 5th.  Water level 3 inch and very bright and sunny

Sat 6th.  Water level reached 2.5 inches. we did very well getting 3 salmon  i think i am correct in saying they were the only three off the river this week, It was disappointing for the lads but by all accounts they enjoyed good food good wine and we certainly had some good laughs.

 

April

11/04/2017

Week beginning April 24th. Ann Cleverly.

 

Mon 24th. We started off the week with the river running at 1foot 2 inches and strong bitterly cold winds and frequent snow and sleet showers, not a lot of pleasure in being out in such conditions but we of course did give it a go and as luck would have it we ended up at the bottom of the beat when it turned to blizzard conditions which persisted for about an hour and a half,  we had the welcome shelter of the Gledfield hut remarkably a salmon moved to the fly in a heavy sleet shower in the afternoon.

Tue 25. Much improved conditions today but still very cold and now that we could see the mountains at the top of the glen they had a good covering of snow, So we would have water for the rest of the week one salmon was lost in the McKenzie pool, and that was the activity for the day.

Wed 26th. The water level today was 1 foot 3 inch and slowly rising Allan Donaldson landed a 9 lb salmon in the March pool on a Kyley the salmon was carrying long tailed sea lice. The river continued to rise and Allan caught another 8 pounder in the McGregor pool, this one also sea liced another salmon was briefly hooked and lost in Gledfield pool.

Thur 27th. The water level today was 1foot 9 inch and rising to 2ft 4inch by 17.00hrs  Allan Donaldson landed a 9lb salmon in the Clump pool and in the afternoon caught an 9lb salmon in the Gledfield pool, the highlight of the day or should i say week was the 9lb sea liced salmon Ann Cleverly caught in the Raven pool Ann made down to the Raven pool every day of the week before and after lunch no mean feat for an 83 year old all be it a sprightly one at that, Ann drives up from Yorkshire and stays at our house for her weeks fishing. She refers to herself as a tough old bird I would agree with that.

Fri 28th. The river was running at 1ft and half an inch rising to 1ft 3 and a half inch The only fish of the day was the 8lb salmon Allan Donaldson landed in the McGregor pool, several salmon were seen in McGregor around this time they were clearly seen to be running fish, one other salmon was very briefly on and off again in Raven pool.

Sat 29th. The river level today started out at 1foot 5 inch and dropped back to 1 ft 1 inch, Very quiet  today nothing caught or touched and only three salmon seen all day. A good enough week to pick up Six out of fish that were clearly running and moving through the beat particularly Wednesday Thursday and Friday. 5 salmon were caught on Kyleys & 1 caught on a Collie dog.  3 salmon were lost and a couple of others pulled.

Total  6 Salmon

 

 

Week beginning  Mon 17th. Hamish McFarlane & party.

 

 

Mon 17th. The week started out with the water level at 1foot 3 inch one salmon was landed today John McGennis landing an 8lb salmon in the Clump pool,

Tue 18th. The river level today was 10 inch and dropping salmon were seen in quite a few pools but were loathe to take.

Wed 19th. It was pretty quiet on the sporting front although salmon were seen in most pools

Thur 20th. Again fish showing at times but not terribly keen to co operate.

Fri 21st. I was fishing today with Hamish i went over early to the river 07.45 and the river was running at 8 inch  i managed to tempt a 7lb salmon in the Little falls pool on a Collie dog, as i landed the salmon the river was noticeably rising by the time i got back up to the hut it was up 9 inch to 1foot 5inch within 25 minutes it was 2 foot 4 inch  it continued to rise and was soon up to approx 4foot 3 inch. nothing was touched or caught during the high water.

Sat22nd The big water of yesterday appeared to move the fish as it really was a pretty quiet day.

Although it was Hamish’s week Hamish did not wet a line all week as just prior to coming up he had a nasty accident and very badly injured his rib cage and it was pretty uncomfortable for him. As it happens he did not miss much on the sporting front as it was a pretty  disappointing week, Although the crack was good and the lunch time barbecues excellent thanks to John McGennis  “Salmon bothy masterchef ”

 

 

Week beginning April 10th. Colin Campbell & party.

 

Mon 10th. We had good water all week the river never went below 1ft 3 inch on the Cornhill gauge we had a big surge in water height over night Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday as it occurred  overnight we did not lose any fishing

Wed 12th. Peter Crawford landed a 7lb salmon in the Clump pool.

Sat 14th. Malcolm Strang Steel landed a 7 pounder in the McGregor pool, onne other salmon was lost.

Total 2 Salmon

 

 

Week beginning April 3rd Alison Galloway & party.

 

Mon 3rd. The river levels dropped from Monday onwards the week started out at 7 inch by Saturday the water level was 3.5 inch.

Wed 5th. Ian Galloway had the only fish of the week Ian landed a 10lb salmon in the Little falls pool. a salmon was very briefly hooked on the Monday in the McKenzie pool.

March 2017

26/02/2017

Week beginning March 27th. Peter Rea & party.

 

Mon 27th. The river dropped away very quickly over the weekend and we started this week with the river running at 5 inches it was very overcast with a light east wind a few fish were seen showing.

Tue 28th. The water level down to 4.5 inch very similar conditions but colder with a pretty sharp wind at times.

Wed 29th. River down again 4 inches on the gauge. Peter limiting his fishing each day as he was suffering a bit of a back problem having done well to get back to the river last year following a bad leg break, access to Cornhill beat being limited to the top and bottom of beat so a fair walk up and down is involved.

Thur 30th.  The rain last night and overnight put the river up about 3.5 inches to 7.5 inch. We had practically had all seasons in one day every thing but snow cold overcast with a steady east wind frequent light showers during which it was very cold just before mid day the wind went into the south and it became extremely warm and sunny  lasting a couple of hours, Allan Donaldson landed an 8lb salmon in the Little Falls pool on a Collie dog,

Fri 31st.  The water level today was 6 inch, Allan Donaldson landed a 7lb salmon again this one was in the Little falls pool and again on the Collie dog. Allan also briefly had a hold of a good sized Salmon in the Whirl pool, nothing exceptional but approx 12lb  noticeable as in the last fortnight their seems to have been a run of smaller fish in the 7 to 8 lb class some of the salmon showing appear even smaller.

Sat April 1st. The river up to 1 foot 2 inch due to some overnight rain Allan Donaldson just after starting hooked and played salmon for approx 30 seconds in the McKenzie pool again a smaller fish that showed as it threw the hook and was gone frustrating but that’s fishing, Allan did manage to land an 8lb salmon in the McGregor pool.

                                                                         Total 3 Salmon

 

 

Week beginning  March 20th.

 

Mon 20th. The river level was at 1foot 4 inch at 09.30 hrs. i could not get on to the river till 12.30 hrs by then the river was up 6 inches and running at 1foot 10 inch. I hooked a salmon in the Gledfield pool at approx 13.00hrs and played it for about 2 minutes before it threw the hook You cannot help thinking that could be my chance for the day gone but shortly after i landed an 8lb salmon in the Gledfield pool I then went down to the Raven pool and landed a 7lb salmon and followed up with an 8lb Salmon all three were carrying a few long tailed sea lice all three caught in just over an hour, a superb afternoons fishing.

Tue 21st Expectations were very high when i started out today after yesterdays catch the river was running at 1 foot. overcast with very light wind. The day ended completely blank nothing seen touched or caught, not quite the result i had hoped for at the start of the day i suppose after the superday yesterday the often used saying “That’s Fishing” surely applies.

 Wed 22nd. The day started out with the river running at 1foot1 inch it was mainly overcast with some bright spells with a bitingly cold wind that fortunately did not blow to often. It was again very quiet the only slight bit of action was in early afternoon when Allan Donaldson pulled a salmon in the McKenzie pool to say i pulled a salmon is an understatement, It is at times hard to believe how a salmon can pull a fly so hard and not get hooked ! i gave it an hours rest went round and had a coffee with Callum came back and tried him again to no avail.             

 

 

Thur 23rd. The river is running at 11.5 inches mainly due to some snow melt coming away, Allan Donaldson pulled a salmon in the McGregor pool and that was all the activity for the day.

 

Fri 24th. The water level today started out at 10 .5 inches it again was bright and mostly sunny a light east wind nothing was seen or touched Graham Grant fished today

Sat 25th. The beat was not fished today

  Total 3 Salmon

 

 

Week beginning March 13th.

 

It ended up as a disappointing blank week over the first four days we had reasonable water with every conceivable combination of weather conditions some pretty dire, nothing at all was touched or seen.

Fri 17th.The water level was 7 inches  by mid afternoon the water level went up to 9 inch Graham Grant fished Thursday & Friday Allan Donaldson managed to move a salmon to the fly in the Whirl pool, i also saw a salmon show in the Whirl pool this is the first salmon i have seen this season.

Sat 18th.  The river was running at 1foot 1 inch going up to 1 foot 3 inch in mid afternoon Colin More fished today with me  it was the best fishing day of the week but we still ended blank, one salmon showed in the Gledfield pool, but nothing at all was touched.

 

Week beginning March 6th.

 

Mon 6th. The river today was running at 1ft 1inch. In the afternoon Allan Donaldson moved a salmon to the fly in the McKenzie pool it came really positively causing a bow wave and as it turned on the fly its back showed leaving a fair swell in the water unfortunately it would not come back to the fly immediately or when i tried him an hour later.

Tue 7th. The water level today was 1ft 2 inch. we had frequent heavy showers interspersed with frequent bright spells. First thing in the morning Allan Donaldson landed a lovely 9lb salmon in the Clump pool the sea lice was just off the fish.

Wed 8th. The water level today started out at 1ft 7 inch at 0930 hrs and slowly rising it was a pretty wild day constant rain and a very blustery predominantly west wind later in the day the wind strengthened an blew from all directions. By 15.00 hrs the river was running at 3ft 8 inch i was delighted to hear when Callum Beattie shouted across the Gledfield pool to tell me he that before lunch he caught an 11 pounder in the Bridge pool Callums first salmon of the season. Allan Donaldson lost a salmon in the Gledfield pool and then pulled another salmon then third time lucky finally connected with a salmon that stayed on and was landed all in quite quick succession and all in Gledfield pool. The salmon was carrying a few sea lice and weighed in at 9lb the salmon fought extremely well due to the big water.

Thur 9th.The river started out this morning running at bang on 2 feet. early morning  Allan Donaldson landed an 8lb Salmon in the Raven pool it was not carrying sea lice they were just off, So far the Raven is fishing very well this is the third salmon i have managed to land in the pool so far this season. Two of the salmon were not carrying lice and one was carrying a few they were almost off, the Raven pool lying approx 1 mile above a high tide shows these salmon are only traveling the mile in about 3days the approx time sea lice will stay on salmon at this time of the season. this can be good for our beat as they are creeping through and not running to hard this can and will change at any time soon as salmon when running hard will equate roughly to walking speed meaning salmon could leave the tide and leave the upper limit of our beat in about 45 minutes !

Fri 10th. The river level today was 1ft 9inch dropping to 1ft 5 inch at 13.00hrs I fished today with Hamish McFarlane nothing was seen or touched.

Sat 11th. The beat was not fished.               3 Salmon caught for week

 

 

Week beginning February 27th.

Mon 27th. The river level today was 1foot 6 inch. we had snow over night down to river level with a good covering on the mountains, Allan Donaldson almost added another salmon to the Cornhill beat tally Allan played a fresh salmon of about 8 or 9 lbs in Lairds cast and almost landed it if someone had been with me i would have got it netted Lairds cast is not an easy place to get fish out of, If it had been well hooked would have got it but the hook just pulled out about fourth time trying to manouvre its head on to little rock ledge. The salmon was sea liced, Close but no cigar.

Thur 2nd March The beat was fished from time to time over the rest of the week with incredibly changeable weather, today was absolutely baltic !! very strong ice’y wind with black skuds.

Fri 3rd. The river level today 1ft 3 inch very bright and very little wind a big change from yesterday

Sat 4th. the river started out at 1 foot at 09.30 hrs it had been raining  since the early hours of the morning and the river began to rise pretty quickly around 13.00hrs it was bitterly cold with steady heavy rain. At 14.30 it was 2ft3 inch and rising very quickly.

 

 

Week beginning February 20th

Delighted to land a lovely fresh  8lb Salmon today February 21st.which turns out to be the first salmon of 2017 off any of the Kyle rivers. 

Mon 20th. The River was well up today the first real rise in water in about 5 weeks it was up to approx 3 ft 9 inch by 16.00hrs

Tues 21st. I went over to fish for a couple of hours today to see how i felt after recovering from the flu, the river was up at a good height dropping back from the big water yesterday, Today it was 1ft5 inch at 11.00 hrs it stayed steady then dropped back an inch to 1 ft 4 inch at mid day. I ended up down at the Raven pool at 13.15hrs and was absolutely delighted to land a lovely fresh  8lb Salmon which turns out to be the first salmon of 2017 off any of the Kyle rivers. It was spanking fresh with the sea lice not long off. After landing the salmon its amazing how much better i felt walking back up from the Raven pool than i had done walking down to it !

Friday 24th. I fished Cornhill beat today Friday 24th February the water level was showing 1ft 1inch at 11.00hrs I ended up at the bottom of the beat at 13.00hrs at the Raven pool again scene of Tuesdays success.  Approx 8 yards lower down the pool from where i got the first springer on Tuesday i connected again same type of take and after quite a battle it was a real strong salmon, i was delighted to land a real cracking springer of 14lbs superbly shaped deep shoulders and  unlike the first one this one was carrying a few sea lice.

Sat 25th. I had a cast to day and was out on the river with Colin More it was a big river 3ft 4 inch when we started but it continued to rise reaching approx 4ft 6 by early afternoon and rising mainly due to snow melt not long after starting Colin pulled a fish in Gledfield pool and shortly after i managed to pull one also in Gledfield pool a little lower down the pool who knows what they were ? all i can say is it is more than the likely they could have been springers as there appears to be a few springers about and not many Kelts at all this season.

This season certainly has got off to a better start than last season once we got some water so fingers crossed and hope it will continue.

September

29/09/2016

Week beginning  September 26th Hamish McFarlane. & party.

 

Mon 26th. The final week of the season started with a very familiar sight the water gauge showing a very low water level on Monday morning it showed  2 inches no fishing was done.

Tue 27th. Today the level was 2 inches, once again the beat was not fished.

Wed 28th. Very heavy rain last night and into the early hours saw the river level up at 1foot 6 inch at 09.30 hrs however it dropped back fairly quickly to 1foot 1 inch before it slowed slightly, Allan Donaldson landed a 7 lb salmon in the McKenzie stream. Allan also had a salmon on and almost immediately off again in the March pool.

Thur 29th. Heavy rain overnight saw the river up around the 5 and a half to 6 ft quite ironic that after so much low water it was big water that put an end to the fishing today Alf Gamblin came through from Inverness as a guest of Hamish but had very very limited fishing before the water rose quickly.

Fri 30th. The river was running at 1foot 6 inch at 09.30 it was a really nice fishing day with a good bit of sun and a steady west wind. I was fishing with Hamish today and he got things off the mark with a 7lb salmon in the McKenzie pool. Allan Donaldson landed an 8lb salmon in the March pool and followed up with a 4lb grilse in the Lairds cast, Allan briefly had a salmon on in the Raven pool. Just glad we had a few fish before the season ended and it did not end the way it was certainly looking to be heading on a very very low point river wise and fishing wise all in all a a season that i am glad to see the back of.

I will update and put report up soon of what was a very disappointing and uneventful season

Total 4.  3 salmon 1 grilse

 

Week beginning 5th September. Douglas Chalmers & party.

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Week beginning 12th September Derick Blake & party.

This week ended Blank

Week beginning September 19th.

This week ended blank.

Sorry for being brief but the fishing has been absolutely non existent as worryingly i fear the fish have been. Only one week of the season to go Thank goodness !

August

08/08/2016

 

Week beginning August 29th Graeme McPherson & party.

 

Again absolutely nothing to report the river started out at 1 inch and dropped to zero on the gauge for three days the lowest it has been all season in fact it did not reach 0 ” last season, we ended the week on 1inch. In fact Graeme and Ernie did not wet a line on the river during their stay it was very disappointing. There appears to be no build up of fish in the estuary at Bonar bridge and this is a bit worrying as the river has been low now for over three and a half weeks.

 

Week beginning August 22nd. Mr Orr Ewing & party.

 

Another dry week with some fairly warm temperatures the water level was 1.5 inch on Monday 22nd  and was showing just half an inch today Sunday 28th . This is the lowest the river has been this season, No fishing was done this week and the week ended blank.

 

Week beginning August 15th. Mr Jackowski & party.

 

Another week of low water conditions getting lower as the week progressed, one small grilse of 3lbs was caught on Monday morning. The river started out on Monday 15th at 3.5 inch and by Saturday 20th  the water gauge was sitting at 1.5 inches.

 

Week beginning August 8th.Stephen Gilchrist & party.

 

Mon 8th. We started out this morning with the river running at 4 foot 9 inch it had been approx 6 ft in the early hours of the morning due once again to torrential down pours something that has been pretty frequent this season.

Wed 10th. We had to wait till today to get on the score sheet the river was down to 8 inch pretty remarkable when two days ago it was registering 6 feet ! Stephen Gilchrist landing a 5 lb grilse got us off the mark.

Thur 11th  The river was back up to 3 foot 9 inch today

Fri 12th. Alan MacKenzie landed a 5lb grilse appropriately in the McKenzie pool. the river level today was a very good 1ft 10 inch and dropping

 

Sat 13th. The river started out today at 2 foot 10 inch on the gauge dropping to 1foot 10 inch at 18. 00 hrs, Stephen Gilchrist landed a couple of Salmon at 12.5 lbs from McKenzie pool and10lb from Wall pool, Allan Donaldson landed a 6 pounder in the McKenzie stream.

Total 5  Again a number of fish briefly hooked and played We had really good water this week and an experienced team on the beat, it was disappointing as it has been for the vast majority of this season.

 

Week beginning 1st August Alladale estate

 

We had a party down of from Alladale Lodge, They were all beginners mainly Russians they all tried hard and had it been last year when the salmon were taking more freely they may have had a success, However the nearest we came was two salmon moved to the fly, One in the Clump pool and one in the Lairds cast.

 The week ended Blank.

July

16/07/2016

 

Week beginning 25th July Hamish Ogilvie & party.

 

Monday 25th. produced the only fish of the week the water level was 6 inches Stephen Ogilvie was the successful Rod landing a 6 lb grilse in the Clump pool. Another disappointing week.

 

Week beginning July 18th John West & George Probert.

 

Mon 18th. The week started off with the water level at 2 foot 4 inch it dropped back to 1foot 8 inch at 13.30 hrs one salmon was lost today this was to be a big feature for the rest of this week.

Tue 19th. The water level was 10 inch John West landed a 7lb salmon in the Raven pool and followed up with a 5 lb Grilse in the Little Falls pool. Allan Donaldson landed a couple of Grilse at 5lbs, and 3lbs, both from Lairds cast.

Wed 20th. The river level was showing 8 inches at 09.00 hrs but was destined to rise due to thunder storms and torrential rain in the early hours of the morning the river began to rise at 09.30 hrs and was up to 2 foot at 13.30 hrs  the river continued to rise and was showing 3 foot 2 inch at 18.00 hrs George Probert caught a 10 lb salmon in the Lairds cast, and a 7 lb salmon in the Little falls pool. Allan Donaldson caught a 5 lb Grilse in the Gledfield pool.

Thur 21st.  The water level this morning was 1 foot 6 inch it dropped back to 1 foot 2 inch at 16.00hrs. George Probert hooked a very big salmon in the Gledfield pool it was reluctant to move at all after a while it did move steadily nearer the tail of the pool and after 10 minutes it threw the hook and came off.  Allan Donaldson landed a 5lb grilse in the Gledfield Run, and followed up with a 4lb grilse in the March pool.

Fri 22nd. Water level 8 inch, John West landed a 4lb grilse in the Raven pool.

Sat 23rd. Water level 6 inch George Probert landed an 8lb salmon in the Raven pool.

Amazingly 12 Salmon / Grilse were lost over the course of the week i had experience of this and its been a long time since i have seen so many salmon / Grilse being lost.

Total 11

 

 

Week beginning  July 11th. James England & party.

 

water running between 4 inch and 11inch over the week

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Week beginning July 4th. Mr Hodgson & party.

 

Pretty good water at times and  river levels up and down a lot over the week, with grilse moving through the beat.

The week ended blank

June

12/06/2016

Week beginning June 27th. Miss Pilling & party.

 

Quite good water over the week considering how dry it has been recently, We had from 8 inch to 5 and a half inches it mostly hovered around 6 or 7 inches for most of the week, The week ended Blank.

 

Week beginning June 20th.

River down to 2 inches on gauge.

This week ended blank.

 

Week beginning June 13th. Dorothea Kirkwood & party.

 

Mon 13th. This week started out with the river level once again sitting on zero

Tue 14th.  Heavy overnight rain put the river up to 4 foot 5 inch at 09.00hrs the river was a little coloured due to the remnants of last weeks landslip but it was perfectly fishable nothing was caught or hooked and nothing at all seen.

Wed 15th. We had a bit of sport today the river was down to 1ft 2 inch,  Ronald Graham caught a 5 lb grilse in the Lairds cast, Ronald Gardiner landed a couple Ronald caught a 9lb salmon in the Raven pool which was tagged before it was released and followed up with a 9lb salmon in the Clump pool, Ian Brooks landed an 8lb salmon in the Raven pool two other salmon were briefly hooked.

Thur 16th. The river was 9 inch and dropping slowly two salmon were pulled.

Fri 17th. The river was up to 10 inches but dropping quite quickly, One salmon was briefly hooked in the Little Falls pool.

Sat 18th. The river today was showing 5.5 inch on the gauge it was the warmest day of the week and the beat continued to be very quiet over the week it has been pretty quiet and not many salmon were seen I personally only saw two salmon all week.

Total 4

 

Week beginning June 6th. Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction week.

 

Mon 6th. The water level today was 0″ zero on the gauge, very bright and warm with the saving grace being a stiff east wind without which it would be even warmer, The forecast for the week was no water except for the chance of localised  thunderstorms.

The guests decided to cut their losses and head for home.

Tue 7th. In the afternoon thunderstorms could be heard rumbling away up at the top of the glen the river rose very quickly and was picked up on the S E P A water gauge at Sgodachail on Tuesday evening at 19.00 hrs, It then rose at Cornhill at approx 21.00hrs to around 1ft 6 inch and almost immediately began to drop back, the following morning the river had dropped quickly back to 4 inches and dropping and the water was clear.

In the afternoon at around 15.00 hrs unexspectedly the river coloured up very quickly as we found out later there had been a bad land slide due to the heavy rain this happened on Tuesday afternoon due to the thunderstorms up in Alladale the river only cleared sometime after Thursday midnight which is quite a considerable time by this time river had dropped even more to 2 inches the lack of water and flow after the initial rise was not enough to push the dirty water out of the system. On Friday & Saturday the river was 1inch and dropping.

 

May

09/05/2016

Week beginning May 30th. Ruaraidh Macmillan. & party.

 

Mon 30th.  Water level 3.5 inch down to 1.5 inch by Wednesday.

Thur 2nd.  The river level was down to 1 inch Michael Munro did well to tempt a 13lb salmon in the Whirl pool.

total 1

 

 

Week beginning May 23rd Graeme McPherson & party.

 

Mon 23rd. The river started out today at a very good height of 1 foot 4 inch at 09.00hrs. Brian Reid landed a 6lb Grilse in the Little falls pool three other salmon were hooked and lost.

Thur 26th. Graeme McPherson landed a small sea liced 3lb grilse in the Whirl pool the water level today was 3.5 inch

Fri 27th. the water level dropped another half inch to 3 inches.

The first two grilse came off the beat this week

total 2

 

 

Week beginning May 16th. Duncan Betts & party

 

Mon.16th The river went between 3inch and 7 inch between Monday and Thursday. In the early evening of Thursday the river went up to 1ft 6 inches

Fri 20th. River 1ft 2 inch Duncan Betts landed three salmon all in McGregor pool 7lb, 15lb, & 20lb,

Sat 17th.The river level was 1ft 4 inch Duncan Betts landed a 12lb salmon in the McGregor pool, The river continued to rise reaching 3ft by 18.00hrs two other salmon were lost

total 4

 

 

Week beginning May 9th. Mrs Milne & party.

 

The water levels continued to drop all week from 4 and a half inch on Monday morning and ending the week with just 2 inches on the gauge with very bright conditions prevailing particularly over the first three days of the week, The week ended blank.

 

 

Week beginning May 2nd. Jonty Goodchild & party.

 

Mon 2nd. We had very heavy rain on Sunday which continued overnight and with the the rising air temperatures snow melt contributed to the big river that we had to start off this week, The river was 4 ft 9 inch on the Cornhill gauge the water began to drop back steadilly at 12.00 hrs and was 3 ft 10 inch at 14.00 hrs still a big river Paul Norman caught an 8lb sea liced salmon in the March pool. on a 1.5 inch Kyley.  In the evening Allan Donaldson landed three salmon at 8lb. 10lb. & 11lbs. all from the Gledfield pool and all sea liced on a 1.25 inch Kyley.

Tue 3rd. The river started out at 9.00hrs at 4 ft 6 inch with obviously a lot of snow melt in it, and the river went up to 4 ft 9 inch by 14. 00 hrs before dropping back  Chris Higham had bad luck losing a couple of salmon in Gledfield pool. Allan Donaldson caught an 8lb sea liced salmon in Gledfield on a 1.25 inch Kyley. quite a few salmon were seen in the Gledfield pool just before and just after lunch.

Wed 4th. The water level was 1 ft 6 inch at 9.00hrs and had fell back to 1 ft 3 inch at 14.30.hrs with the blustery wind easing we had very nice conditions unlike last week

Simon Bolton got the day of to a great start landing a 9lb sea liced salmon in the Clump pool. on a 1 inch Kyley this salmon gave a great account of its self with a surging run 40 yards down the pool ending in an impressive somersault before Simon retrieved line on it.  Joe Ingham caught an 8lb sea liced salmon in the Raven pool, on a 1 inch Kyley. Two other salmon were lost.

Thur 5th. We had 1 foot and half an inch on the gauge today Jonathan Spaven  had the only success of the day landing a 9lb sea liced salmon in the Whirl pool this one took a Collie dog and the take completely gob smacked Jonathan who had never expeirenced a good sized salmon clearing the water by about a foot to take his fly.

Fri 6th. The river dropped back dramatically overnight showing 7.5 inch this morning Jonnie Flower landed an 11lbs sea liced salmon in the McGregor pool a real explosive take to the Collie dog followed by a real tussle the added bonus when landed this was   a really beautifully shaped fish. Paul Norman landed a 7lb salmon in the Raven pool this was to be the start of a different run of fish over the later part of the week Paul’s salmon was covered in long tailed sea lice fresh off the morning tide.

Sat 7th. We were down to 6 and a half inch this morning hard to believe just under 5 foot 4 days ago! Paul Brereton caught a 7 lb salmon again carrying long tailed sea lice  in the Little Falls pool this one taken on a Cascade. Shortly after Tim Cross landed a 7 lb salmon in the Raven pool also plastered in long tailed sea lice this one also fell to a Cascade. In  the evening Allan Donaldson landed a 7 lb salmon carrying long tailed sea lice in the McGregor pool this one was taken on a half inch Kyley.

A very good week 13 salmon caught with 6 salmon lost an excellent total for a two rod beat. 9 of the salmon were tagged