I seem to have been off line for a few weeks recently, seemed to have been pre-occupied with work fishing and coaching.
Glasgow International Piping Festival has taken priority of late leading to a very successful launch this week of Piping Live! This is the 2010 web site http://www.pipinglive.co.uk/ the press coverage was great with front page of the Scotsman.
Fishing has been a bit slow but I have done some days salmon fishing on the Tay and Spey. The results have been zero fish to me but I have enjoyed the days.
The Tay was 8th May at Glendelvine above Caputh Bridge. It’s a great beat with some beautiful fly water the level was low at about 8 inches the water temperature was 48 degrees but the air was a lot less. Cold North Easterly, that cold that I was wearing mittens to fish with a bright sky, no cloud. That’s the fisherman excuses done with, make of them what you may but not a fish was spied all day. I had taken with me a trout rod in case there was a hatch of olives but even these failed to materialise.
Monday 10th May saw me on the Grantown Water of the Spey http://www.speyfishing-grantown.co.uk/thefishing.htm
I had never fished here before but was a guest of Douglas Goodwin http://www.petruscreative.com/ . The river here was great with some lovely water and runs. Met the gillie who said the season was proving to be very late due to the cold winter the daffodils were still flowering which was a surprise. We fished a series of pools just above the new road bridge, the water was at 44 degrees and again the air temperature was low with the mittens on again only this time we had snow showers. No fish caught but we did at least see some.
We stayed at the Achiestown Hotel http://www.archiestownhotel.co.uk/ this is owned and ruin by Jane and Allan Hunter it was a great place to stay although some 20 odd miles further north. But we did get the opportunity to salivate as we drove past Tulcan Lodge, Knockando, Carron and Laggan, Craigellachie, Aberlour and Macallan I know they sound like distilleries, which they are, but it was the river that we coveted. Supreme beats on middle Spey which just made you want to fish them. Sadly the Spey is fished on a weekly basis so unless you want to stay a week the fishing is difficult to get and even if you were prepared to stay it would be dead man’s shoes. A tip though Aberlour Association is prime middle Spey and quality fishing they are not keen on day tickets you can only buy on the day, a week’s ticket though is only £150 and you can buy this in advance so if you are going for 2 or 3 days it makes sense to get a week. jhttp://www.speyside.moray.org/Aberlour/aberlourangling/ABERLOURANGLINGHOME.htm