The featured picture is the only fish you’ll see in my latest page. How sad you might think but there you are- we can’t change the weather yet! It was just one of those weeks where we had the bad news from Head Ghillie Lionel Main first thing Monday morning:
Water level 2 in below summer level!
Water temperature below 40 F or 4.2 C!
Wind gale force at times!
No sign whatsoever of a rise in the barometer!
After all this interesting and uplifting news, it was time for a real up-lift. I was offered a J&B which I sneered at and told the „capo“ I only drink single malt. That left me with another nickname for the week! Our „capo“ is Bob Sutherland, Butcher in Buckie. For the last 20 years I have been a member of the Buckie Angling Group as we formidably call ourselves. It took me about half the time to try and understand the Doric language most of the members speak. To give you an idea hear for yourself although there is some Lowland Scots from handsome Ghillie Simon as well:
Would have liked you to taste more- but was afraid of getting yet another nick-name. If you would like to know more about Doric please contact Bob and try to get a weeks fishing with Buckie Angling Group.
I got somehow distracted here, back to more serious matters: Fishing! Reluctantly after enough reenforcement by some wee drams we decided to get into our gear and have our rods set up. Albeit the wind was still gusty, we went to our allocated strech of the River Spey. As you can imagine at temperatures of 4.2 C it was not very cosy. So glad to be back in the hut where Lionel prepared food:
As I said earlier I shall feed you with some food ideas here they are. Although it got better by the day. By Saturday we had a giant barbecue!
Back in the water after lunch, wind still very strong. It really looks funny if you try to wade around some stones in the river and at the same time the wind is trying to unbalance you- for someone not used to this sight it looks like dancing in the river! I am sure some of the canoeists thought so from looking at the smug grins on their faces, or perhaps the grins were due to them not seeing any fish on the bank! Anyway this day ended with no fish caught.
Same week on way to Beat 2 Castle Grant River Spey donning my „tea-cosy“: My old friend George filmed, you can tell! Roads are bumpy and his hands shaky….
We tried hard during all week but the prospects were just not good. No rain to give us more water and encourage fish to come up river. You might begin to wonder now why go fishing at all? Any Fishermen/women will tell you that there is a lot more to fishing than catching fish! Nature, the elements, camaraderie, the banter in the hut- to name just a few. And of course there is always the chance to get a fish interested in your fly, you never know. Compared to a game of golf to land a fish is like getting a „hole in one“. So to all golfers out there who pitifully smile at us: how many times did you get a „hole in one“?
See below how hard some of us tried…..
Unfortunately I could not go fishing on Thursday and Friday because I had to attend Lands Tribunal at Sheriff Court in Elgin. No fish were caught on either of these days, so I did not miss much!.
Saturday was the day of mourning of the passing away of one of our group. Michael was a great character, for me the scientific angler „per se“, and he will be missed by all who knew him. He was the one who told the juiciest jokes, we called him „the dipper“ because whenever he cast his line his head would dip…. Nicole will be fishing for him in September and she will be made very welcome.
I would like to finish this page with a picture gallery giving some ideas of the reality of the hard life of a fisherman: