THE CONON was fairly low for most of May, dropping to very low levels towards the end. Low water tends to favour the beats below the junction with the Blackwater. The Brahan beats fished well (considerably better than last year), reporting 12 salmon (one on upper, eight on middle and three on lower) in the week of May 1; 18 salmon (three on upper, 14 on middle and one on lower) in the week of May 8; 28 salmon (nine on upper, 17 on middle and two on lower) in the week of May 15; and 22 salmon (five on upper, 15 on middle and two on lower) in the week of May 22. Notable fish included 13 lb in the Ferry to Mr E. Paterson, 18 lb in Greenbank to Simon Hockley and 17 lb in the Sluggan to Mr D. Mackenzie. On May 26 Mrs N. Crostwaite Eyre celebrated her first-ever salmon – 10 lb in the Russian on a Red Shrimp. Downstream of the dam Upper Fairburn’s tally for the season to June 1 was 34; May was difficult given the lack of water and catches averaged close to three per week. Coul was up nine for the season by June 1. Felicity Lewis had an epic struggle to land a highly animated 16 lb salmon on May 31; it went on “colossal” runs and at one point the gillie gave serious consideration to pursuing it in the boat. – ANDREW GRAHAM-STEWART.