CATCHES ON the Lower Beauly were consistent and encouraging while water levels held up during the first three weeks of May. In the first week (between 8 in and 14 in) the RBFS party landed ten – all bar one on the Falls beat. On the scoresheet were S. Brook with a brace (better 14 lb in the Glide), D. Eccleston with three (best 12 lb in Island Run), R. Baker with a brace (better 12 lb in North Run), C. Fell (16 lb in Stones), P. Walker and R. Guy. The second week (between 1 ft and zero) produced 14 – all on the Falls beat. The Bramall, Waters and Hockley party had three: a brace (better 12 lb in Ferry North) to R. Bramall and one (10 lb in Stones) to T. Hockley. The Mariner, Harris and Forman party picked up 11, with four in the Ferry on a Jamie’s Fancy (best 14 lb) to N. Forman, four (best 12 lb and including three in a day) to R. Forman and one apiece to M. Harris, N. Gardiner and S. Mariner. The third week (between zero and 6 in) yielded 11, with the Home beat also now featuring. The Zissler party caught seven, with a brace each to P. Zissler, P. Birch (better 14 lb in Old Jetty) and J. White (better 12 lb in the Ferry) and one to R. Peat. The Fitchew and Villar party banked four – one each to M. Holme (14 lb in the Ferry), T. Villar (15 lb in the Ferry), S. Nunn and S. Bedford (18 lb in Old Jetty). By the fourth week the water was restricted to minimal compensation level and just one fish was recorded – 12 lb in the Glide to J. Walden. At the start of the week of May 29 John Macpherson landed a 12 lb salmon in Silver. By now all the hydro lochs feeding the system were severely depleted and it was going to take sustained heavy rainfall to replenish them. – ANDREW GRAHAM-STEWART.