Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
0 0 0 1 0 13 12
0 3 0 4 4 5 31
2 3 3 5 4 2 85
0 0 0 1 1 2 1 167
  5     1    
Monthly Total 2  11 4 11 11 21 295
Cumulative Total 2  13 17 28 39 60 355

Week numbers are in green and fish caught numbers are in black in the above table.


I would like to thank everyone who fished this season it was a very difficult year and I hope 2019 is a lot better for you.



24th-29th September

What a week to finish the season on we had just shy of half the season’s total this week at 167 fish. We had a blistering start to the week with 110 fish for Monday and Tuesday alone. The fishing was prolific with a good number of fish around the 20lbs mark. All parties had a great weeks fishing and I must say it has helped remarkably to give us a very respectable total of 355 salmon and grilse for the season. I would hope that we will have a few more fish to add when the estuary permits come in.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank every angler who has fished this season it has been a very difficult season with horrendous conditions at times. The river has been as low as I have seen it in the 20 years I have been working on the river and I hope I do not see another season as low.

Willie Grant

River Superintendent

17th-22nd September

No this is how the season should have gone with good steady rises of water this week the fishing was the best it has been all season. The tally for the week was 85 fish with all guests having success even in the challenging wind and heavy showers. We had a bit of everything this week weather wise from hail and sleet showers with a gales of wind to brief spells of lighter wind and sunshine. Fish have run the system now and are spreading around the river getting into position for spawning later next month. Prospects for this week look good and fingers crossed for a final flurry of activity for the last week of the season.

10th-15th September

Finally a little bit of relief to the drought condition’s, with showers and cooler nights this week it has helped the fishing immensely and taken the fish back onto the take. With over a third of the season total being caught this week we had a very respectable 31 fish giving the most productive week of the season so far and many thanks to all the party’s who fished this week in the blustery condition’s. Prospects for this week look better than they have been for most of the season with the river running at 7 inches tonight a bit coloured but it should clear by the morning. Fingers crossed for a good weeks fishing.

3rd-8th September

It has been a better week with 12 entries in the book taking the season total to 72 fish. The little drop of rain this week and the cooler condition’s have helped greatly this week to get the fish back on the take. All I can hope for is a little more rain with the big tides this week to help fish into the river.

27th August- 1st September

Another hard week I’m afraid saved by Nomi Miller with a fish from Weedies  on Tuesday. The total for August reflected the hard condition’s with 21 fish and a season total of 60 fish. I hope September can be a bit better fingers crossed for rain as we badly need the drought that we have been suffering since the spring to break to allow fish into the system for spawning time.

20-25th August

No real change in conditions this week again the fish were reluctant to come on the take, but Ken Debney  and Malcolm Cheape persevered and with a good wind and some heavy showers on Friday they managed to get a fish each.  This was the total for the week, hopefully we will get some meaningful rain very soon.

13th-18th August

Weather condition’s were poor again this week and with the river remaining low the fish were reluctant to take. We ended the week with another five entries in the book. All we can hope for is some welcome rain, sooner rather than later to liven things up.

6th-11th August

This week was the best of the season so far with 13 entries in the book giving us a season total of 52 fish. The fish that were in the system spread through the system with the thunderstorm and drop of water at the end of last week giving us a bit better fishing. Also this week as the big tide made up a fresh influx of fish making a dash for the river and have now settled into the system. With the fresh fish in the river I would hope that we will get a few this coming week.

30th July-4th August

Some more encouraging signs this week with a thunderstorm Friday evening in the knockfin heights it gave the river a welcome rise. The river rose to 15 inches on lodge beat at the top of the river and by morning it had settled to 5 inches over the river. It was very dirty but when it cleared a little fish started to run the system and although the fish were not looking at the fly it gave them a chance to spread them around the system. Prospects are looking better for next week.

23rd-28th July

The week was not a blank Ian King had the only success this week with 2 fish on Wednesday, with a little freshet of water and a little bit of cloud cover he managed to winkle two grilse out. The condition’s were very poor for most of the week and all I can say is I hope that things change for the better very soon.

16th-21st July

The month is flying in and with no real let up in the condition’s just a small amount of rain this week which gave the fish a little relief for a day or so. We ended the week with another four entries in the book. Let’s hope this unprecedented spell of weather ends sooner rather than later.

9th-14th July

The week has been a little bit kinder to us with a few showers giving a little fresh it of water to the river combined with the big tides gave a little welcome relief. With the tides have come a number of fresh fish entering the lower river and with the better overhead conditions we had a very respectable 4 fish. What we need now is a good downpour of rain to clean the river and allow fish to access the river freely.

2nd-7th July

Not the best weather for fishing I’m afraid the drought has continued again this week, it has been many weeks since we have had any reasonable precipitation and I can only hope that we get some very soon. The river is possibly as low as I can remember. It has been the longest sustained dry spell since 2003 with us if not longer. A few fish in the estuary which is a good sign, at the moment they are better there. I am afraid this week was blank.  It looks a bit cooler at the start of this week with fingers crossed a few showers.

25th-30th June

It has been a very difficult time for both people and fish with the drought condition’s continuing and with no real change in sight as the jet stream has stagnated. It has been  possibly the driest spell of weather since at least 2003 possibly a lot longer. The week wasn’t a blank we had one fish. The encouraging thing this week was that a reasonable number of grilse and salmon have been seen in the estuary and along the coast. We desperately need a good downpour  to allow the fish access to the river.

18th-23rd June

As with many rivers we have been struggling with the drought condition’s we have experienced for the last couple of months. Overhead condition’s were a bit better this week and it allowed fishers a bit more of a chance to catch fish. The total for the week was a bit better with 5 entries which was excellent due to the conditions.


I would like to make guests aware of a incident that happened on a neighbouring river, a set of rod carriers and a rod was stolen of a parked vehicle please take every precaution. The items stolen have been reported to Police Scotland. The rod was a Orvis Access 11 and the reel was a Vision and a Hardy Spey line LH wind.

11th-16th June

A bit more sign of fish entering the system this week after a small freshet and with excellent big tides a number of fish were seen pushing up from the estuary into beat four. The river still remains low at minus 5 inches, but overhead condition’s have been better as well with a nice breeze to keep the dreaded midge away as well. The total for this week was 4 fish 3 salmon and a grilse with many more fish coming to the fly for a look. I would like to think that when we get a decent drop of water it will take a good number of fish into the system. FINGERS CROSSED FOR DECENT RAIN

4th -9th June

Another very hard week with the weather condition’s remaining extremely poor, in my 20 years on the river it is as low as I can remember. Even with the poor condition’s we didn’t have a blank we ended the week with a single entry in the book. I hope the rain forecast for this week materialises and it takes a fresh run of fish into the system.

28th May- 2nd June

I am having some difficulty with the table above the site is not letting me enter data, I will update the table as soon as I can.


The week remained very hot and dry with no let up in the weather, the tempetures during the week at many stages was mid to high twenties and the thunderstorms that were forecast never materialised. The catches to the end of May proved light on recent years and all we can hope is that we get a change in weather.

The only fish landed this week was the first grilse of the season 3lbs and in Primrose run  ( possibly one of the few shaded areas ) The total for the season at the moment stands at 17 fish.


21st-26th May

A very welcome day of rain on Monday gave the river a nice rise in water taking us to nearly a foot on the gauge. With a few fresh fish seen in the estuary Monday evening and Tuesday hopes were renewed for the spring run of fish to start. The weather turned bright and sunny and alas we ended the week with three entries in the book which was disappointing for us all. The guests fished hard when the water was good and even with early starts the fish were uncooperative, let’s hope for better conditions. On the plus side we had a few good sea trout in the estuary and the Forsinard Fly Fishers club trout lochs were a savour for the week.

14th-19th May

The weather has proved very difficult this week with bright sunshine and mainly light winds. Even with early starts and evening fishing the fish were elusive and it was a blank week. On a positive note the hill lochs were a saviour and some lovely trout were caught up to nearly 3lbs.

Fingers crossed for rain

7th-12th May

I’m afraid it was a very hard week’s fishing with zero entries in the book, weather condition’s were very poor for fishing. I hope this coming week brings a few fish on the rising spring tide.

30th April-5th May

It was a bit better this week with 5 entries in the book but as with all rivers all over Scotland the fishing remains slow. I hope that the fish arrive on the cost very shortly and in good numbers. I hope that it is just a knock on affect of the cool winter and fingers crossed it will all come good shortly.

23rd-28th April

I am afraid that it was a blank week which was disappointing as we were fully tenanted. Condition’s were very difficult with blazing sunshine an very low water. A small rise at the weekend due to a thunder plump of rain at the top of the river, I hope this improves the fishing this week.


16th-21st April

It was a fair week of weather and with no surprise the river continued to fall away as the week progressed. The tally for the week was another three fish fresh but none were sea liced, the encouraging thing was there was a few fish on the tide and entering the system. The numbers were not big but every little helps as they say. It is raining at the moment and I hope it continues as we need a lift in water to help us this coming week. On the plus side it was settled and I managed to get all the fry out to the river from the hatchery this week, so I am delighted to report that the hatchery was a great success this season again.

9th-14th April

With good water and decent enough fishing condition’s at the start of the week gave us a better week’s fishing with 3 entries in the book. The fish do not appear to be on the coast in any big numbers at the moment but fingers crossed they will come soon. As well as the three fish landed another two were lost at the net which was a shame but that’s fishing.

I hope that this weeks big tide takes a fresh run of fish into the system.

2nd-7th April

The week was not much different than most of the winter cold and wet with gales of wind at times, but alas I’m afraid that even with the river nearly fully tenanted with good fishers the fish did not want to make an appearance. We are no different at the moment than many river’s in the country, I hope that we just need the weather to warm up a little and fingers crossed this will take a fresh run of fish to the coast and into the system.

26th-31st March

It was a difficult week with the river unsettled and a cold Ely wind at times that held the fishing back so I’m afraid we have nothing to report this week. I hope this coming week is better.

19th-24th March

Well things have come good at last as the weather improved a little this week turning a bit milder we had a good few days. Early in the week a nice fish was lost in corner pool and another in Ashills and a big fish seen in Forsil that came to the fly but turned away. The second fish was caught on Saturday in Sandy Brae with another two fish lost in Smegil. So after long cold start things are looking up and let’s hope that they continue and the weather is kind to us this week.


Opening day went well even with the cool spell of weather we had around 20 angler’s brave the cold condition’s. The catch was poor with only one kelt being caught on beat 4 with the water tempetures at only one degree I was not surprised. After a cast it was back to the Netstore for a bowl of homemade soup tea, coffee and a bit of cake and scones. And a wee dram if anybody wasn’t driving and wished a wee warmer.

Fingers crossed for a good season to come tight lines to all.

23/03/2018 First Fish

The first fish of the season was successfully landed this morning, It was caught by Alan Macleod in Forsil and was 7lbs no sea lice. With the weather warming up a little it has stirred up the fish with another couple lost this week so far.