Weekly Fishing Reports 2020 | 2021 | 2022

2022

WEEK 27
Week 26, there was heavy rain over the weekend but no change to the river until mid week. I removed two dead fish from the river on Monday. As the week progressed the wind varied considerably in direction and strength, predominantly south and west. Wednesday saw the river rise to 6 inches. During the Wednesday evening Chris Clark managed a grilse from the Corner Pool and Adrian Winchester caught another in the Byre Pool. Thursday saw an easterly airflow and the river drop to 5 inches. The end of the week saw the wind in the south west or west and the river drop off and go quiet.
WEEK 25
A bright start with a westerly airflow but it became overcast. Richard Packard went up to beat 4 and had some interest in a muddler and hitch flies but no contact was made. The week progressed and the sputh westerly wind increased putting a good wave on beat 1. It remained very warm and clammy although overcast. Towards the end of the week there was some rain but no more action was recorded.
WEEK 24
The week began with the river about 3 inches and 65/18⁰. The week started bright and warm with a warm southerly or westerly breeze. On Wednesday the wind went north westerly and it was a bit cooler with some rain. On Thursday the river rose to 3 inches allowing fresh fish into the river. On Friday the river rose to 4 inches and was carrying a bit of colour but it soon cleared. The river temperature was down to 60/16⁰. Saturday saw Richard Packard swap beats and get a 31/2 lb grilse from the Falls Pool. Throughout the week fish were seen in the bay, so with the rise some made the effort to enter the river
WEEK 23
Saw the river rise to 5 inches following rain over the weekend. The week was windy with some strong winds predominantly from the south and west although there was a peruod from the east. Overheads were a mixture between bright and overcast. Ken Derwent had a 3lb grulse from Graham's on Monday and saw grilse negotiating the falls the same evening. Two dead fish were seen drifting down the river and out to sea.
WEEK 22
The early part of the week, the days began warm and overcast but brightened as the day progressed. The light breeze came from a southerly direction. The week progressed it became more overcast with the threat of thunder and lightning. There were a few showers, some quite heavy but they only lasted a few minutes and soon dried up. The river is just touching the bottom of the marker in the Sea Pool and the temperature is about 65/19⁰. Monday was a bad day, removed a further 32 dead fish from the river, on Tuesday 2 and on Friday another 1.
WEEK 21
The week started bright, with temperatures in the mid twenties and a light south westerly breeze. The week progressed the weather cooled, quite dramatically and the wind increased going north westerly. The air temperature dropped 10⁰ by mid week, temperatures then rose again. There was some light rain during the week ut not enought to affect the river. The river is about 2 inches on the bothy gauge. During the week fresh fish were seen in the bay in a range of weights from small grilse to reasonably sized salmon. Fresh fish mainly grilse were seen in the lower pools on the river. However our Anglers failed to connect as they switched off as soon as they entered the river. On Monday I removed 1 dead fish and on Thursday another dead fish out of the river, i was informed of a couple of others that I failed to find. There were a number of very ill looking fish about. Friday was a terrible day, I removed 38 dead fish from the river, ranging from small grilse to good sized salmon.
WEEK 20
A week of north westerly winds of varying strength. On Monday the wind was exceptionally strong and there was some rain. After a wet weekend this promised some effect on the river but nothing happened other than a slight rise, half an inch, mid week. The weather was generally warm and the days alternated between bright and cloudy. Fish were seen in the river, some of the old residents and some fresher fish. The anglers were met by some fish showing in the bay, a mixture of grilse and salmon. Some were seen to enter the river but non were caught.
WEEK 19
Another week with the threat of rain but the little that did arrive did nothing to the river. The wind was varied both in strength and direction wich made casting difficult at times but put a good wave on beat 1. Some of our anglers made their way to beats 3 and 4 without success but there was no success on beats 1 and 2 either. The river has been warm and steady at about 3 inches.
WEEK 18
Again strong to gale force winds all weekend but the start of the week saw light south west breezes, initially bright then overcast. The rest of the week was bright with light winds until Saturday when the wind became strong. The river gradually dropped to under 3 inches but remained in the 60/16⁰ area. Another bad week with a number of dead fish being removed. Our anglers gave beats 1 and 2 some regular attention with less being given to beats 3 and 4. I have been talking about coming out early or staying late and this proved fruitful for two anglers. About 6am on Wednesday, Adrian Winchester, a new rod owner, caught a 3lb grilse from the Falls Pool. About 9pm on Friday Kevin Warner, fishing Adrians rod, caught a 3lb grilse from the Byre Pool. Both fish were caught on micro goldbodied Willie Gunn tubes, summer dressed and returned. Another angler was out late on Monday evening/night and saw fish jumping on beat 1, some quite large. On Thursday my wife took the dogs for a walk and saw a large fish jump on beat 1, near the old bridge. There do seem to be some fish about albeit they are proving hard to get. There was a good mayfly hatch this week so the trout were quite active.
WEEK 17
The week began cooler, with lighter winds than there were over the weekend, from the north. It is overcast with rain heavy at times but pushing through quickly. The week progressed and the wind went into the west or southwest. It became warmer and close or muggy. The wind varied in strength during the week and the weather brightened . On Tuesday fresh fish were seen in the Sea Pool and in Wednesday anglers saw a few fresh fish. On Thursday I saw a small shoal of fish making up from the Corner Pool there were a mixture of fresh and diseased fish. It was the worst week of the year for disease. We had a visit from the Fish Health Inspectorate and they witnessed the issues. We were unable to get any samples but l do feel that taking more samples will not help as there have been samples taken before and there have not been any conclusions reached. The river started the week and finished it at 3 inches. The water is still warm.
WEEK 16
Week began with the river at 4 inches and with midweek rain, finished the week at 3 inches. The weather was mixed with very light to very strong winds predominantly from the south but there were several blasts from a northerly or easterly direction. There was a mixture or sunshine and overcast conditions through out the week. It was a warm week, when the sun came out it was very warm. Richard Hornsby confirmed my ideas about late and early fishing. On Monday evening/night saw a lot of activity throughout beats 1 and 2, with some fish acting like 'polaris missiles', he did not catch any though. On Wednesday morning he hooked a fish, early on, in the Falls Pool, unfortunately it was foul hooked. While playing the fish he was aware of other fish reacting to the commotion. We still need more rain though.
WEEK 15
Gain there was heavy rain overnight the weekend and saw the river between 5 and 6 inches. The river rise slowly during the day ending at nearer 11 inches. During the week the river fell away initially but mid week the was a littlest rain and the week finished with the river at 8 inches. The wind was initially in the north, went south east, then back into the north, it varied in speed between almost non existent and strong. The week started with overcast dull conditions but about half way through the week the sun came out and forgot to go away. Initially on Monday and Tuesday fish were seen moving with the odd reaction to the fly. On Tuesday, George MacKenzie lost a fish on the Falls Pool when his hook straightened. On Friday evening, Michael Wigan,fishing for Ruth Dugeon, saw a number of fish on beat 2 and succeeded in moving a few but no contact made. Fish were seen in the bay and more fish were seen moving in the river. It would appear that late and early could be the answer.
WEEK 14
the weekend saw some heavy rain and the river was looking good at 10". There were five anglers anticipating a good week. The week was cold with a cool northerly wind keeping the air temperature down and gradually pulling the river temperature back a bit. There was a slight rise in the river mid week too. Fish were seen in the bay and throughout beats 1 and 2 early in the week but as the week progressed they became less obvious. With the higher water some of the anglers gave beats 3 and 4 a look but didn't see anything. Three otters were seen in beat 3. The anglers put in a hard week especially on beats 1 and 2 but were not rewarded for their efforts. The nearest to any action were fish splashing at the lines of some of the anglers
WEEK 13
The week started overcast, with moderate to fresh easterly winds. About lunch time rain arrived but again more of an annoyance. Tuesday saw a light to strong variable wind from the south or south east. The river rose about half and inch or just over, bringing it back up to 4 inches. The sun broke through and the air temperature rose. Wednesday saw a bright very warm day, with strong southerly winds. Thursday was very warm with a fresh to strong southerly wind. Friday was similar and a seal was spotted in the bay. The only action of the week was on Monday, when John Fraser saw a fish turn in the locality of his fly. On Friday a fish moved near to the fly of Alan Cormie's friend Steven. Four anglers put in a hard week fishing hard without success. The other local anglers fished when they though conditions were favourable, again without success. Sunday saw some heavy more prolonged showers with light winds so fingers crossed.
WEEK 12
The weekend was hot with little or no wind but Monday started about 10⁰ cooler. The wind was in the south and it was pleasantly warm as opposed to hot. Fish were seen entering the Sea Pool despite the low conditions. The wind went into the west but never settled all week continually increasing and decreasing. There was rain but it was blown through quickly and didn't make much difference to the river. There were also some prolonged bright spells during the week as well as the annoying rain. The river remains about the same height and temperature. The river was only fish by one angler for three days.
WEEK 11
The week saw the wind go between the south, east and north and vary between nil and strong. There were prolonged bright spells, cloudy spells and periods of heavy misty rain. The river is still about 4 inches and warm. There were no anglers this week.
WEEK 10
The week started with cool northerly winds keeping the temperature down, there were showers during the week which kept the river fresh but not enough to raise it. Mid week the wind changed direction and the bite went out of the air. The car thermometer only said it was a couple of degrees warmer but with the change in wind it felt a good bit warmer. The wind was light all week though. Two anglers arrived on Monday and left on Wednesday allocating their rods to another two anglers, who fished on. Although they tried hard no fish were caught.
WEEK 9
A mixed week but still no meaningful rain. The weather was generally bright with wind of varying strength from the south or west. Later in the week the winds went round into the north or northeast. Some of the mornings were cool with mist but generally the sun broke through giving bright conditions. Clive Hooker was rewarded with a 10lb fish from the Rock Pool on the Saturday. There were two rods fishing all week, although one left midweek and another arrived. There are definately signs of spring and the Ospreys have been seen in the river Thurso area.
WEEK 8
Monday was mild with a southeasterly breeze and overcast. The river was about 20 inches at the Sea Pool. The week progressed and the wind remained in the east or south east, making it the feel cool. It remained overcast and the river decreased although there was a slight rise midweek due to overnight rain. Wednesday night into Thursday saw an overnight frost. Saturday saw the river in the 9 inch region. Monday saw the most action, although not until the afternoon. The Jappy brothers, fishing for Tiffany Fraser, showed the way Alastair had two from the Sea Pool weighing 8 and 14lbs, William had another from the Sea Pool at 10lbs. Tuesday saw Alastair pull further away from his twin with two fish, one in the Byre Pool and one in the Rock Pool, both about 10lbs. The action was again in the afternoon. Wednesday saw William pull on back with a fish off the Falls Pool about 10lbs. Thursday saw Tiffany Fraser and her daughter fishing, with the Jappy brothers as ghillies. Friday saw the Jappy brothers fishing and Alastair getting his lead back with an 11lb fish from the Falls Pool. Saturday saw Tiffany and her daughter fishing and although a couple of offers were forthcoming no contact was made.
WEEK 7
Monday started after heavy weekend rain, the river running at a foot and dirty, winter has returned. Tuesday was a better day, with the river dropping and clearing, Mike Shepley had a short contact near the hut but that was all. The rain came on again and the wind went into the north. On Wednesday there was a mixture of rain turning to snow, with wicked showers. The river began to rise again. Thursday it was only with difficulty that the river could be approached, Sea Pool running at 30 inches, up to the bottom of the bridge at Brogie and dirty. Friday saw the river starting to drop and clearing but Saturday was the better day. Still nothing presenting itself.
Weeks 1 through to 6, 2022
Have seen no anglers on the river and any relevant information has been recorded under the Superintendent's blog, just weather reports so far. There are a full complement of rods week 7 but winter returns so we will see what happens.

2021

week 33
Tuesday saw Richard Monaghan catch a 7lb hen in the Falls Pool, on a shrimp and Tony Haslam get a 4lb fish from The Pots on beat 4, using a Munro Killer. Wednesday saw Tony Haslam bank a 6lb fish from the run in to Brogie using a Munro Killer. Michael Adams lost a fish in the Falls Pool in Tuesday as well. The week started off with a river height of 11 inches which slowly fell away. The week started bright with a southerly wind, which died away and there was the occasional light shower. Tuesday saw another bright day but there were some showers with a northerly breeze. The river dropped slightly to between 9 and 10 inches and this was the day of most action. There was some rain later which seemed to put the river up a bit on Wednesday and another fish was tempted. Fish were seen negotiating the falls, including one in the region of 15lbs. Thursday saw a bright morning but it began raining about lunchtime and the river began to rise and got quite dirty. The river rose to 18 inches. Friday saw a little action in the lower reaches of beat 1, with fish coming up to the hitch but not taking. There was more rain and the river remained steady at 16 inches. Saturday saw another bright day with some very nasty showers keeping the river about the same height.
week 32
The week started with rain and the river at 5 inches and 14⁰. The air temperature was in the mid teens with a wind that affected parts of beat 1. By lunch time the river was at 8 inches. The river carried a good bit of colour and there was debris coming down the river. On Tuesday the river was at 11 inches, the temperature was 10ⁿ and beginning to drop. Three fish were caught, Michael Wycherly 8lbs Marsh Pool on a GP variant, Martin Harrison 3lbs Lower Style, very close to where Michael hooked his, David Wycherly also banked a 41/2lb grilse from the Rock Pool. All fish were returned safely. A fish was lost in Humpy Bridge, the first re order action above the falls. Wednesday saw a bright day with occasional showers with the wind in the north west. There were numerous fish seen negotiating the falls some of a reasonable size and mostly coloured. There was no more action until Saturday when Martin Harrison managed a 3lb grilse from the Byre Pool, again returned safely. The river continued to drop to finish about 6 inches but rain over the weekend restored some water with the river at 11 inches at the start of week 33
week 31
The week started with the river having reached 4 inches over the weekend but was down a bit on Monday. It fluctuated between three and five inches during the week as there was frequent overnight rain. Thwind was dredominantly from the south and began the week light but built to gale force during the week. It was not cold though. Anglers saw fish in beats 1 and 2. On Tuesday Barry Griffin had a pull in the Falls Pool and on Thursday Peter Hatherell had a pull and boil in the Sea Pool, he also had a couple of follows. It would appear that the fish are a bit more interested than they have been all summer.
week 30
The week started with the river having reached the dizzy heights of 5 inches on Sunday. The week started at 4 inches but the weather was warm and dry with light southerly winds. It remained this way until Wednesday lunch time when the clouds began to build and in the evening and overnight we had some rain. The winds varied between south and east. On Thursday the river remained about the same however the wind was all over the place. The weather was warm again, to the extent that two ladies from the hotel we t for a dip on the Falls Pool. The day progressed and became overcast and there was some more rain on Friday the river was up about an inch and it was overcast, the wind is reasonably strong and from the south, still quite warm though. Saturday saw a warm bright start to the day but the clouds build and there was some heavy rain overnight and the following day. On Sunday evening the river was up to 4 inches. Still no fish wanting to get caught despite the efforts of anglers
week 29
The start of the week, initially Monday morning started cloudy but it brightened up. The wind was light all week and the first three days were very warm and bright with temperatures in the mid twenties. Thursday saw the weather change, the temperature dropped nearly ten degrees, it clouded over and became damp with mizzle. Friday saw the mizzle develop into drizzle which continued persistently until there was some standing water. Some tourists were at the river mouth watching some large fish trying to enter the river on the high spring tides. Saturday saw a day of heavy continuous rain and by Sunday afternoon the river was at five inches and running with colour. Fresh grilse were seen on beat 1 as well as a few older knarly fish, none were caught despite serious efforts.
week 28
Most of the week was overcast, with varying amounts of wind which remained stubornly between northwest and east. Tuesday and Wednesday were brighter and warmer although Wednesday clouded over later. It was generally a cool week with temperatures in the low to mid teens. Fish were seen in the lower areas of beat one, including fresh grilse and some old residents but none were in the mood. The main excitement was a fish jumping over their line, later a grilse played with a young anglers fly but again no contact.
week 27
Another week of mixed weather varying between bright conditions with light southerly winds and cool northerly winds and overcast conditions with mizzley rain. The air temperature varied between mid teens and low twenties The river is back down to zero with the temperature fluctuating in the mid teens. Another frustrating week
week 26
Another mixed week starting with light winds and bright conditions. The river was about an inch after the recent localised showers. The week progressed to driech weather with stronger winds in the middle of the week, as the river slowly dropped away. The temperature remained in the mid teens. The sunny conditions returned towards the end of the week and the wind dropped off.
week 25
Another unsettled week, with some heavy rain on Wednesday. Again this rain was quite localised with some rivers rising considerably and others hardly at all. The rivers in Caithness only had slight rises of an inch or so. None of these rivers are fishing to there best. There were a number of mortalities this week and a few fish are showing signs of the disease.
week 24
An unsettled week which was generally damp but there were heavier localised bursts of rain with thunder and lightening. For example the Berridale had a spate while the Langwell did not. Both rivers share a river mouth but form on different sides of the same hill. It was the same with the Borgie an the Naver, the Naver rose the Borgie did not. We unfortunately were in the did not category. There is still some signs of disease in the ri er with some mortalities. However healthy fish have been seen moving although not energetically, due to low oxygen levels and high temperatures. The NEFS carried out some electrofishing and the numbers still have to be crunched.
week 23
Another generally damp week with the mist and mizzle rolling in and out for most of the week. Anglers saw more movement in the fish this week as the river temperature dropped to 15⁰. The damp conditions were enough to get the anglers wet but only rose the river hald an inch. Some fish were seen sneaking into the Sea Pool and a number of fish were seen between the Sea Pool and the high water mark. Unfortunately the disease has reared its ugly head again, with a number being seen and a number of dead fish being removed. One angler watched a fish moving up the river, alter course to avoid his fly then resume its original course.
week 22
The week was generally damp, with strong winds at the beginning and end of the week but very little in between. The wind started in the north but went southerly at the end of the week. Anglers are still putting good shifts but are not being rewarded, the river is still very low and very warm altgough it did de rise during the week with the cover damp conditions. Most days were misty and mizzley, damp and annoying with not much to rise the river.
week 21
The week started misty and overcast but it didn't last. About lunch time on Monday the sun broke through and the temperature rose. There were bright blue skys, bright sunshine and light winds which did not stay in the same direction for too long. On Friday the wind began to pick up there was some cloud cover and the temperature came down a few degrees. On Saturday the wind was strong to gale force and overcast. There were fish seen jumping in the bay and some were seen attempting to get into the river on the tide. Some were making it as far as the Sea Pool weir and a few making the effort to get into the Sea Pool. The river is very low and rain is desperately needed
week 20
The week started mizzley with the wind in the north. On Wednesday evening there was some heavy rain but it didnt last. In the morning you couldn't tell it had been raining. The weather was a mixture of warm and cool. Towards the end of the week the weather brightened up and warmed up. Fish were seen in the bay and on the high tide attempting to get into the river. The anglers made a valiant effort but no success was recorded mr Sinclair did move a fish on beat 1 but no contact occurred.
week 19
Another warm week with mainly bright conditions, with the wind stuck stubbornly in the north. There were a few light showers which may have freshened the river slightlybut nothing else. Fish have been putting on a spectacular display on the in coming tide. Saturday saw a southerly light breeze, which went north then back south and during the afternoon increased in strength. Again there were a few showers but nothing of any consequence. The weather for this week is more unsettled.
week 18
Another warm week with mainly bright conditions, with the wind stuck stubbornly in the north. There were a few light showers which may have freshened the river slightlybut nothing else. Fish have been putting on a spectacular display on the in coming tide. Saturday saw a southerly light breeze, which went north then back south and during the afternoon increased in strength. Again there were a few showers but nothing of any consequence. The weather for this week is more unsettled.
week 17
Another warm week with mainly bright conditions, with the wind stuck stubbornly in the north. There were a few light showers which may have freshened the river slightlybut nothing else. Fish have been putting on a spectacular display on the in coming tide. Saturday saw a southerly light breeze, which went north then back south and during the afternoon increased in strength. Again there were a few showers but nothing of any consequence. The weather for this week is more unsettled.
week 16
It has been another hot week although there was some rain, heavy at times, it was not enough to give the rise needed to bring the fish on. It is the same on all rivers in the north at present, the fish are just not responding, even fresh fish in the river. The mayfly have started but like everything else this year, late. The river held about 2" all week, so our visiting scientist managed to get their samples in two days and were happy with the quality of the fish. Initial inspection states that the fish appear healthly but samples have been sent to the laboratory which will hopefully back up the initial findings. On their third day they obtained two diseased fish for sampling and analyses. Hopefully this will prove that the disease is not passed on to juvenile fish, that the disease is the same as it was and that the fish must be picking.up the issues at sea which allow the freshwater issues to develope. This will be a starting point.
week 15
It has been a hot week with temperatures varying quite dramatically depending.on if it was bright or not. The wind has flitted about between a north to northeasterly direction and south east. The river has drained away as the week progressed and there is no real sign of rain in the forecast. There are a few fish showing signs of the disease and I have removed two dead fish. The Fish Health Inspectorate are up next week to sample our juvenile stock, a sample area has been identified further up the river. They may take a diseased fish or two for sampling as well. They are up for three days. Anglers have ventured out but without success this week but conditions have been far from favourable.
week 14
The week started cold and wet with the wind stuck in the north or north east. The rain wasnt particularly heavy but it was persistent with the result that the river went from between 5 and 6 inches to over 18 on Tuesday. The river then fell away nicely throughout the week. The weather was cool at the beginning of the week and after the rain gradually got warmer and brighter going from high single figures to mid to high teens in temperature and again as the week progressed the wind decreased. The week was kicked off with S. Nixon landing a 9lbs fish on Monday. This was flowed by A. MacKay with another 9lbs fish on Tuesday, S. Nixon with a 10lb fish on Wednesday, D. Martin with a 9lbs fish on Thirsday, Adrian Winchester with a fish of 12lb the same day and Another of 9lbs on Saturday. All fish came from the Falls Pool and were taken on a variety of flies, from a cascade size 10, orange cone head, Willie Gunn 3/4", and a black and orange cone head 1". This brings our total up to 12,
week 13
The week started feeling warmer but winter returned as the week progressed getting close to frost laterly. The wind was varied from light to strong but always from a north or north easterly direction. There was some rain and the river finished the week at 8", having started the week at 6". On Tuesday Graeme Robertson lost a fish on beat to but on Friday Alan Cormie managed better. Having had a couple of offers and losing a fish he hooked and landed a 9lbs fresh fish in the Sea Pool, no sea lice though. Tommy MacKay, the same day caught a 9lbs fish in Two Walls. Unfortunately four fish were seen with fungus on them none of these fish were seen out of the water. This coincides with fish being seen on other rivers in the area. The Fish Health Inspectorate have been informed and hopefully we will get some investigations and or results this year.
week 12
The last week of beats 1 and 2 only. The river is at between 9 and 10 inches and 10⁰, the weather is warmer with winds initially out of the south. During the week the river rose to 13 inches, however the wind moved back to the north east or north as the week progressed and it got cooler. Fish were seen through out the lower two beats. Fish were seen running the falls quite frequently during the week. There was little action during the week with a half hearted pluck at the fly in the Sea Pool and a long distance release in the Falls Pool. It would appear that the fish are intent on running.
week 11
A week of wintry weather with over night frost, north to north east strong winds, rain sleet and hail. The river began the week at about 3" and 10⁰, following the rain it rose to about 9 inches before stopping off.the temperature of the river dropped to 8⁰. Ian Cowie started the week by losing a fish in the Rock Pool, other fish were seen on beat 1 and beat 2. Mike Shepley rose a fish by the foundation of the old Bridge, Sea Pool. Mike Shepley lost two other fish in the same area during the week and lost another. This is the most action we have had but non converted to a fish on the bank. More rain came and by Saturday night the river was at 12" but the weather was bitterly cold
week 10
Another cool week with the winds in the north and keeping the air temperature down. The wind was su h that the were good ripples on the lower beat. The river was fairly stable only rising half an inch with the early week rain. This brought the river temperature down a couple of degrees but with the high tides it would be assumed that fish still entered the river. The anglers did not see anything until Wednesday however but they proved to be uncooperative. The river temperature gradually rose back to 12⁰. The nights are still cold with frequent frosts but this lifts quickly when the sun starts to rise. Unfortunately another week with little to report.
week 9
The week started with a southerly light wind and very bright conditions, with air temperatures reaching over 15⁰. The river began the week at nearly 6" and finished at just under 4". There were quite severe overnight frosts so the river temperature was variable rising to about 12⁰ during the day and dropping off at night. There was one day when the cloud came over but the air temperature dropped off. The wind went round to the north and remained light but had a sharpness to it that made the days feel cooler than they were.There are a number of smolts starting to show. I did some fishing last week but only had one very half hearted offer in the Long Pool. Other than that there was no action.
week 8
The days have been predominantly bright and at the start of the week very frosty over night so it kept the river temperature down. The wind was stubornly staying in the north but as the week progressed the temperatures gradually rose to around 15⁰. The river began the week at 15", rose to 16" and ran off as the week progressed ending the week at 8". The river temperature rose as the week progressed as well ending the week about 9⁰. Alastair Jappy caught a 10lb fish in the Sea Pool on Monday. During the rest of the week Alastair Jappy had an offer in the Byre Pool, Tiffany Fraser lost a fish in Falls Pool on Saturday and had a previous offer on Tuesday. There appears to be a few more fish on the move. Tiffany Fraser saw fish negotiating the falls
week 7
Winter is back with avengance, there is frost, snow, hail and storm force winds to start the week. Although the winds decreased slightly during the week but remained quite strong. There was wind generated surf on beat 1 and casting could have been an issue. The river temperature dropped to about 3⁰. On Wednesday 7th April, Ruth Dudgeon's persistence paid off with a 101/2lb (10.5) hen fish off the Falls Pool. Thursday say a day of thawing with frequent wintery showers and strong winds. Peter Daniels lost a fish I the Falls Pool. The river began to rise again and carry a bit of colour. The river continued to rise during Friday and Saturday. Nothing else was reported.
WEEK 6

The wind has been in the northwest to northeast for most of the week, varying in strength from a breeze to strong. On Tuesday morning the wind was initially in the southwest. The tides at the beginning of the week were big, with waves making their way into the Sea Pool. On Monday a fish was seen in the Sea Pool but that is as far as it went. The river varied between 7⁰ and 10⁰ C (44 - 50⁰F). On monday night the rain came and on Tuesady the river was at 6" and rising on Wednesday the river was at 2' and coloured. Thursday saw the river at 18" and clearing. Things were looking promising but that was all. Friday saw the river at 14" and running nicely. Saturday 3rd April saw the river at 12" running clear and favourable. On Saturday afternoon a nice 10lb hen fish was caught and returned in the Falls Pool, a bar of silver but no sea lice. She swam away strongly so a good fish for spawning. Hopefully we will start to see more, however the weather forecast for the next few days is horrendous with winter returning. Tight lines to all those who venture out.
WEEK 5
The wind has been in the southwest for most of the week, which started off quite mild. However as the week progressed it became cooler with some wintry showers on Thursday and Friday with the wind varying between southwest and northwest. The river has dropped and is now holding at 5" and running clear. I have had a few casts this week without success. With this cooler weather the water temperature may drop back a bit. However the tides are getting bigger so hopefully next week the elusive fish will be caught. The first owner is in next week so all being well he will catch.
Week beginning 14th March

Week beginning 14th March, Monday was a blustery day with winds from the northwest and damp conditions. The river was at 12" and running well. Two local anglers ventured out but despite their best efforts did not connect with anything. Tuesday saw similar conditions but with heavier showers, the river rose to around 30" and became very dirty, a day for a few wee jobs somewhere sheltered. Wednesday was a similar day but without the rain. The river was down to 22" but still carrying some colour but clearing. I tried my hand but did not see anything. Thursday was a damp day with similar conditions, the river was down to 17". Two local anglers ventured out but failed to connect. However this gave me a chance to catch up with Adrian Winchester and present him with a bottle for catching the first fish (socially distanced of course).Friday saw a day of light winds with misty damp conditions. The river was at 13" and running much more clear. Two local anglers came out for a short time but failed to connect with anything although they did report seeing trout starting to move and show. There has been a notable hatch in areas along the river. The birds are showing signs of the birds beginning to settle and pair off. It is the first day of astronomical spring and the days are getting longer.
13th March 2021

Congratulations Adrian Winchester 1st fish, Falls Pool 8lbs returned safely to continue its journey
Week starting 8th March 2021
The forecast rain came on Sunday with avengance. The river rose to over 2'6" on Monday and was very coloured. It dropped away abit on Tuesday and began to clear nicely. Then more rain came and the river did not get a chance to settle. This has settled in for the week with the river rising and falling regularly. The wind has been cutting from the west or northwest strong to gale force at times, occasionally chuck and duck casting. A high pressure is due in next week so things should settle down, with big tides.
Week starting 1st March
This week starting 1st March sees the highest tides of the year so far but the river is quite low. Hopefully there will be so.e fish entering the system. The week ends with the wind having gone round the compass, with a few days when it was in the east, today it was north westerly, this has reduced the air temperature and the water temperature. The river is down to 4" but there is some rain forecast next week.
Week starting 11 February 2021
The season opened on 11 February 2021 with Victoria doing the toast and 8 year old Robyn Speirs casting the first fly on the only piece of the river where there was any unfrozen water. The rest of the week was written off. The next week saw heavy rain and high winds so the river did not stay static going up and down regularly. Since then the weather has settled to some unseasonably high temperatures light winds and bright skies. The river temperature has gone up.

2020

WEEK 16
Saw a mixed bag of weather starting with temperatures in the mid twenties with strong winds which dripped away to nothing. The river was running at about 2 inches and there were signs of a recurrence of the disease, with a number of fish showing signs and a few mortalities. About midweek the weather cooled quite dramatically with strong winds and hail showers, the air temperature dropped about 15 degrees. There were some strong winds and the heavens opened, with the river running at over two feet by the weekend. The water temperature also dropped from by about 5 degrees centigrade. Mr. House made a valiant effort but failed to bank any fish. During the week he reported he saw a otters on eight occasions.
Week 17- 8/6/20
Started with bright sunshine and blue sky's with light winds. Depending on which marker was used the river height varied between 21 inches and 3 feet. Mr. Peter MacGregor​​ managed to bank the first fish of the season a grilse of 3lbs from the Rock Pool. There were another four anglers out, who between them lost a further two fish.
9/6/20
Two fish were banked on Tuesday both about 9lbs, from the Falls Pool by Mr. Jamie MacGregor​​ and Gordon Haggart. One of these fish was a bleeder and kept. The weather was overcast with a the occasional light shower. The river had dropped to about 16 inches, the water temperature was 11 degrees/54 Fahrenheit. There were a number of fish seen running. With the additional water any diseased fish were not so obvious.
10/6/20
Red Robertson banked a 3lb fish in the Falls Pool on 10/6/20. The river was running at a foot with a water temperature of 11 degrees. Peter MacGregor caught a 5lb fish in the Sea Pool. David Bell caught a diseased fish about 6pm on the Sea Pool. This fish was was chapped and returned to the sea. The weather was overcast with a light wind gradually strengthening from the south east.
11th June
No fish were caught on the 11th June
12th June
Peter MacGregor​​ caught 10lbs fish from the Falls Pool on 12th June. The weather was overcast with very light drizzly rain occasionally hand light easterly winds.
13th June
13th June the weather was overcast and very warm. The river was running between 7 and 8 inches but no fish were tempted
week 17
A total of 7 fish were caught over week 17, ranging from 10lbs to 3lbs. Peter MacGregor​​ had most of the action, plus a trout of over 1lb. The river was in good order and dropping nicely.
WEEK 18
15/6/20 A fish estimated in the mid teens was lost in the Falls Pool early on, dropper trouble for John Blake. The weather started misty but the sun broke through and the temperature rose to the low twenties. The river is running about 6" with a temperature of about 14 degrees. The anglers were out early, missed the hot bright part of the day and came out again during the evening. Nothing further was tempted. With the water dropping there are more signs of diseased fish below the falls.
16/6/20
16/6/20 Saw the day start overcast with light winds from SSE, The sun broke through and the temperature rose. The river was running about 5" at a temperature of 15 degrees. Fresh fish were seen in the lower reaches of the river but none were tempted. Large numbers of trout were rising to the hatch, some looked to be a reasonable size.
17/6/20
17/6/20 A similar day with the sun breaking through about 2pm, temperatures went from teens of degrees to the low twenties, the wind was light from a northerly direction. The river was down to about 4" with a temperature of 15 degrees. The disease is starting to be more obvious again, last week when the river was higher the diseased fish were not as obvious. There have been a couple of dead fish seen but these have shown signs of predation
18/6/20
18/6/20 Another day of very bright conditions, high temperatures and light winds from the North East. The river has holding about 4" with the temperature of 16 degrees. James May, the Gamekeeper at Shurrery, reported fresh fish being reported in the loch. The first fish definitely caused by the disease was seen in the river. This was reported to Alan Youngson CSFB and the Fish Health Inspectorate and photographs were forwarded.
19/6/20
19/6/20 Weather overcast, air temperature about 17 degrees, with light winds from the south east. The river was a hopefull 4" with a temperature of 16 degrees. Fish were seen entering the Sea Pool but none were tempted. I found a total of 7 further fish dead, all showing signs of the disease. I also found a dead trout that had fungus on it but no other signs of the disease. hopefully a natural occurrance, unrelated to the problem with the salmon.
20/6/20
20/6/20 Weather high cloud but bright, temperatures in the high teens with light to moderate winds from the North West. The river is running about 3" and 16 degrees. No further dead fish were seen but there are a number of sick fish in the river. Fish were seen in the area between The Leans and Sea Pools which did not appear to have signs of the disease.im and Sue Hawes, Alexander Jappy, Mike Potts, Issac Potts, Tom Slaney and Aaron MacKenzie all tried hard to get some action at various times of the day, unfortunately with out success. John Blake was the only one to connect.
WEEK 19
Saw a week starting with thundery showers, which dropped the water temperature to 14 degrees and rise to 4". The river has remained between 3&4" all week but the temperature rose to 18 degrees. The weather during the week has been a mixture regularly starting with misty conditions, then bright with some light showers and air temperatures up to 24 degrees. The wind was from a variety of directions varying between light and fresh. The bright conditions were not ideal for fishing. There were grilse seen in the bay and coming into the river, a promising sight. Fresh fish were seen in the leans area. The week ended with more thundery showers and SE winds, misty with bright spells.
WEEK 20
The river rose to 6" at the beginning of the week falling back as the week progressed. The water temperature varied between 14 and 17 degrees. The winds varied from non existent to moderate/fresh and went right round the compass during the week, the overheads have ranged from overcast to bright sunshine. An angler had hold of a grilse but just long enough for the weight to be felt. Nothing further was reported. There are shoals of grilse splashing about in the bay and some have been seen in the lower pools of the river. The river rose on Sunday to about 1', there is further rain forecast so hopefully the river should hold a decent height this week.
WEEK 21
Saw the wind mainly from a north or northwesterly direction. Making the week feel quite cool. The weather was a mixture of very bright conditions and overcast conditions. There was rain over the weekend at the beginning of the week and more rain on the Monday night. The river was 14" on Monday rising to 17" on Tuesday. There were a number of offers and a couple of lost fish on Monday. Tuesday saw Michael Wycherley catch a 4lb grilse in the Falls Pool and lost another. The week progressed and the river dropped. 'Red' Robertson caught a 3lb grilse in the Falls Spool on Wednesday. Friday saw Mike Shepley catch a 9/10lb fish from the Byre Pool. Mrs. Anderson caught a grilse in the Sea Pool on Saturday. All fish were safely returned. By Saturday the river had dropped to 7". There is little rain forecast during the next week. All anglers made a valiant effort but something was not in their favour.
WEEK 22
There was a little rain at the weekend which saw the river start the week at 5" and a temperature of 14 degrees. During the week the river fell to just over 3"with a temperature of nearly 17 degrees. The weather has been generally quite bright with moderate westerly or northwesterly winds there has been the odd shower and periods of cloud. The air temperature has varied between a cool 14 degrees and a hot 22 degrees, George Grant had hold of a fish briefly in the Falls Pool on Monday and this turned out to be the only action for the week. Fish have been seen in the bay and entering the lower stretches of the river, disturbing some big old residents on the way through beat 1. Another hard week with anglers being frustrated.
WEEK 23
There has been a mixed bag of weather this week, with the wind varying from the north west to the south east or east, there have been periods of bright weather followed by cloudy overcast conditions. The promise of rain amounted to short sharp showers which did not effect the river too much. The river temperature hovered between 16 and 18 degrees and ran about 3". The air temperature varied between 14 and 21 degrees with a humid threatening atmosphere. Fish were evident in the beats 1 & 2 as well as in the bay. There were some larger fish seen in the bay as the week progressed. With the assistance of Scottish Water and SEPA, I arranged a release from the dam at Shurrery on fish health grounds due to the numbers in the lower stretches. The result was that the river rose to 6" on Friday, fish entered the river and were seen negotiating the falls. There is now less evidence of grilse in the lower stretches but heavier residents were moved by anglers who persevered and unfortunately were not rewarded for there efforts.
WEEK 24
It was a week of mixed weather some being more like October, we had light winds and gales, dull overcast to very bright, light winds to gales. The temperature varied between 11 degrees and the low twenties. The river started the week at 4" went up to 5" then ran off to 3", the temperature was 16 degrees falling to 13 degrees then climbing back to 16 degrees. On Tuesday 28th July, Mark Newton and 'Red' Robertson braved the autumnal conditions and were rewarded with a fish each. Mark's a 9lb fish caught backing up on the Sea Pool and 'Red's' from the Falls Pool. Other anglers also tried their hardest but were rewarded.
WEEK 25
The work started well on Monday, with 'Red' Robertson catching 4 fish in the Falls Pool and Darren Tait catching a fish in the Byre Pool. All these fish were in the 5lbs range with 'Red' getting the largest at 6lbs. Adrian Winchester rose a fish in the teens of pounds in the Leans area but did not make contact. On Wednesday Ardrian Winchester and Darren Tait both lost fish in the Falls Pool and Adrian rose a fish in the Byre Pool. On Friday Lana Richardson rose two fish in the Leans area but failed to connect. There was a little rain on Tuesday but it was not enough to do the river any good. Otherwise the week has been bright and warm with temperatures reaching the low twenties. The river started the week between 3 and 4 inches and a temperature of 16 degrees fell a bit but finished at between 17 and 18 degrees. The water level is now under 3 inches. There are still fish showing in the bay so bring on the rain. We were due to.have a visit from the Fish Health Inspectorate on Thursday to carry out more tests on some of the fish in the river. However with the problems in Aberdeen this was postponed to a future unknown date.
WEEK 26
The river has varied between 14 and 18 degrees being nearer the warmer temperature most of the week. The lowering of temperature was due to a very short period of thunder rain during the week. The river is low and with the high temperatures the fish are being less active. The rain forecast did not arrive and the river is still very low, however fish were seen to struggle into the Sea Pool during the.week. Anglers have been out most days but have faced challenging conditions and failed to make contact despite their best efforts.
WEEK 27
The river has varied between 14 and 18 degrees being nearer the warmer temperature most of the week. The lowering of temperature was due to a very short period of thunder rain during the week. The river is low and with the high temperatures the fish are being less active. The rain forecast did not arrive and the river is still very low, however fish were seen to struggle into the Sea Pool during the.week. Anglers have been out most days but have faced challenging conditions and failed to make contact despite their best efforts.
WEEK 28
The river has not changed, still between one and two inches, it started the week at 17 degrees and decreased to 14 degrees. The wind started in the south, went south easterly, north easterly, easterly then northerly. We had some rain, ranging from mizzle to showers which were not enough to effect the river. The fish are still moving about lethargically in the pools. Work was completed on the mouth of the river, which is now confined to the west side of the beech. The electrofishing was carried out this week and initial impressions show our numbers have not improved. There are still fish showing in the bay so as with every week bring on the rain.
WEEK 29
Much more of the same, although there have been some very heavy showers they were not enough to assist our cause. The weather has been a mixture with strong winds and calm conditions, bright then showery. Fresh fish were seen in the river by our anglers but not succumbed to temptation. Electrofishing was carried out above Loch Shurrery, the results were not as good as they should be for some reason.
WEEK 30
Much more of the same, although there have been some very heavy showers they were not enough to assist our cause. The weather has been a mixture with strong winds and calm conditions, bright then showery. Fresh fish were seen in the river by our anglers but not succumbed to temptation. Electrofishing was carried out above Loch Shurrery, the results were not as good as they should be for some reason.
WEEK 31
I was in Lochaber on Sunday and about 4" of rain had fallen by lunchtime. The road was closed at Laggan and we had to divert by Newtonmore. Once away from the west coast the weather dried up considerably. On travelling north it looked like there had been a little rain in Caithness but certainly not enough. The river did rise slightly this week a hopeful 1" and the water temperature was 14 degrees. On Monday the river has not risen, there was a moderate southwestely wind which hardly touched the river. Mr. Aldrich-Blake cast a a rising grilse in the Falls Pool and inadvertently foul hooked a fish estimated at 8lbs, which was returned safely. Mr. Hatherell adopted at tactic of letting the fish move and when they created a wake he cast in the cover of the wake. Doing this he had a good follow in Marsh Pool. Tuesday saw the river flowing a bit faster but it did not appear to have risen. Mr Griffin hooked a fish described as big and black on a small red Frances, unfortunately it was not landed. Wednesday saw the river rise slightly, the winds were south easterly and bright. Mr Hatherell hooked and lost a fish in Grahams. Thursday saw more of the same weather wise. A fish was disturbed in the Hatchery Pool and other fish were seen in Lower Wood and Humpy Bridge a fish was also disturbed in Stemster Bridge. Friday saw Mr. Griffin lose a fish estimated at 8lbs in Graham's, the high bank causing a problem. A fresh fish was seen in the Falls Pool. Saturday saw a very bright day with slight northerly winds and no action was reported. It would appear that the fish are starting to get a bit stirred up.
WEEK 32
The week started much the same although overcast and cooler the river hadn't changed, the wind was from the west. Michael Wycherly managed a 4lbs grilse from the Byre Pool first thing. There was heavy rain during the night and the day broke with southwestely fresh winds and overcast conditions.Martin Harrison managed two fish from Graham's in the 6lbs region and Michael Wycherly had two in the region of 3lbs from Marsh and Hatchery Pools. Rain again overnight and the river has dropped a couple of degrees. The weather was very bright with a cool northerly breeze which went round to the east later. Martin Harrison managed a fish in the region of 7lbs from Brogie and was broken by another. First frozen windscreen of the year, no wind to speak of although it did pick up a bit from the north later, the river is down to 10 degrees. Chris Cormack managed a 6lbs fish from the Sea Pool. The evening started to freeze then it clouded over and started to rain. The day was overcast with a gale force northerly wind and it stirred up the fish in a big way. The river rose during the day to nearly 3 inches. This resulted in Marrin Harrison getting 6 fish of beat 1 by lunchtime, between 12 and 4lbs between the Sea Pool and the Leans. Michael Wycherly had one from lower Kerwins at 4lbs. After lunch Mike Wycherly had 4 fish off beat 1 between 10 and 5lbs and Martin Harrison had a 5lbs fish off Upper Style. Saturday saw a warmer bright day with a fresh breeze from the north with a touch of east. Chris Cormack managed a 5 lbs fish from Upper Kerwins before lunch and Martin Harrison had a fish from Graham's and another from the Sea Pool, both were about 7lbs. In all there were 21 fish caught this week, one or two were reasonably fresh, five were hen fish and the others were cock fish. it would appear that the fish are getting more active with the drop in temperature. The flies doing the business seem to be size 12 or 14 and more on the drab side and included, Cascade, Tay Raider, Munro Killer, Silver and Blue, Hairy Mary and Curry's Shrimp.
WEEK 33
The week started with the river dropping back off the gauge and a temperature of 10 degrees. There was a southerly breeze and the day started cold but warmed. Michael McClements managed a 5lbs fish from the Falls Pool. Tuesday was very bright with no wind. The rain started on Wednesday and although not too heavy it was persistent there was also a strong wind from a southerly direction. Dick Monahan managed an 8lbs fish from the Leans and Michael McClements lost a fish in the Falls Pool. Thursday had a strong north to northwest wind more rain and the river rose to 4". Friday was a very bright day with a fresh south easterly wind and the river rose to 7". On Saturday the rain started again, it was overcast cool with a northerly strong wind. The river was reading 8" at Crosskirk. Colin Liddell managed a 4lbs grilse from the Byre Pool. One of the fish was reasonably fresh. The fish were caught on an executioner, a cone head shrimp and an inch and a half purple tube. With the rain the fish started to move and a lot of fish were seen in the Falls Pool. The river is now off the gauge at Brogie and it is still raining.
WEEK 34

Last let week of the season, it has not been a season to write home about, between the pandemic, restrictions laid down by Goverment and a long exceptionally dry spell when the river was very low. Claire and Colin Liddell took a video of fish negotiating the falls, in a 90 second clip 10 fish were seen to attempt the climb. Clarence Munro also saw fish attempting the falls. On Friday a diseased fish was netted on Lower Style, the first seen in such a poor condition for a while now. On Monday on arriving for work the river was at 29" and rising, peaking at 33". During the day both Claire and Colin had a wee bit of interest in Lower Kerwins but no serious action. Colin Liddell later caught a nice 10lb hen in the Sea Pool. Tuesday was a non productive day but I saw fish in the Sea Pool. Wednesday saw the river down to 25", there was heavy rain overnight and it appeared to be raining in the catchment area. Reuben Sweeting caught a 4lbs fish in the Falls Pool and lost another. He watched fish climb the falls. Thursday saw the river at 21". Beats 3 and 4 were fished but no sign of the fish that climbed the falls was seen. Mark MacDonald managed a 5lbs grilse from the Falls Pool. Friday saw an air temperature of 8 to 10 degrees but there was a bitter wind chill from the north. It seemed to stir up the fish especially during the morning. Tim Hawes has a 4lbs grilse from the Marsh Pool and John Speirs had 2 at 4lbs from Lower Kerwins and Upper Style. The afternoon was quieter and no fish were caught. Saturday saw the river at 21" and Colin Liddell caught a 4lbs grilse from the Falls Pool.