A difficult June and the Scottish Game Fair to look forward too!

As I write this weeks blog we are saying goodbye to a difficult June with at least weather conditions settling down to more “normal” summer like conditions in the week ahead. Last week was a week where sea trout continued to be caught on some rivers in decent numbers but it was a much tougher challenge to find a fresh salmon to connect with.

On the Tay last week we had a river that was down to summer levels and although not quite as warm as it has been it was still mainly bright for the week and few fish were caught. Indeed, although fish are being landed all the way up to the beats at the top of the river most days last week had totals in the single digit category with only 35 salmon reported for the week.

Most Tay pools seem to be holding resident fish but as you will all know, never easy to temp these fish into taking. Floating lines have been the order of the day and stripping a Sunray Shadow seemed to do the trick at times. Again, early morning and later evenings the best time to fish if that’s possible on your beat. We still await that magical fresh run into the river and with forecasts predicting a reasonably settled week fingers crossed that the week ahead will be the week we see these runs starting.

The Dee again faired well compared to most other rivers with some 66 salmon reported and a decent 112 sea trout. The sea trout continued to keep anglers busy and fish caught were typically around the 4lb mark. Fish again were being caught all the way up and down the river and reports are that you really are in with a chance almost anywhere – but we could do with a decent summer run coming in to freshen things up and disturb the resident fish that seem to be in their usual deep pool hot spots. Floating lines all the way and a sink tip will do the trick as will a single handed rod when hunting down those hard fighting sea trout. Flies are small, sparse and a hint of blue seems to add that little bit of magic.

On the Tweed, a very slow week of only 24 salmon and 31 sea trout reported on our FishTweed site. Not a good week with the low water conditions and bright days really not helping. Maybe as we turn our thoughts to July we will see the river start to pick up and get us all the mood for a decent back end.

The Spey had a tough old time of it with few fish reported. Low river levels and warm, sunny and bright conditions more suitable for the sun bathers out there rather than us fisherman.

Good to see fish being caught on the river Borgie and in the far north, north west and the hebrides too. Not huge numbers but as I say, good to see these river picking away and catching fish.

The week ahead looks like being a busy old week with the highlight for me this years Scottish Game Fair at Scone in Perth. I hope the good weather allows for a good turn out at this years event. Always a great place to catch up with so many from the fishing world who equally enjoy coming along to the show.

I am particularly looking forward to the presentation to Shamus Jennings and ghillie Nigel Fell of the Malloch Trophy. If you remember this was for the incredible fish caught on Boleside on the Tweed last year and a deserving winner of the trophy.

I will then also be there to take on the new sponsorship for the year ahead in what will now be the FishPal Malloch Trophy – a real honour to be associated with such a prestigious trophy which as an angler myself, always will be the ultimate prize to be awarded in fishing. A man can dream can’t he?

Hope to see as many of you as possible in Scone and if you are lucky enough to be on a river this week, tight lines as ever!!


Mark Cockburn


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