Last weeks weather forecast was fairly accurate, I hope this weeks is totally wrong as they are predicting hot sunny weather for the start of the week, temperatures reaching low twenties, this is Speyside, not Spain. On the bright side there might be a little rain on overnight Wednesday night Thursday morning. Not ideal salmon fishing conditions. Tides are building till Thursday.
Last week I said I had yet to see a swift this season, on Monday I saw two, then on Tuesday the sky was full of them. My House Martins still have not arrived, but Tony Smith tells me his have just turned up in Elgin so there is hope yet. My Blue tits have started hatching I happened to see the first chick hatch on Saturday night, just as the male bird had popped in with a caterpillar. They are ugly little brutes.
Catches, the river picked up a bit last week.
Ian Tennant tells me Gordon Castle had six salmon and six seatrout last week.
Delfur had a few, thanks to Mark for the pictures.
Rothes had a better week than of late with eight landed, 4 sea-liced and and four slightly older fish, Mike tells me.
Arndilly had five, Ewan, tells me it was fun week with a fish for Richard, and George Hollinbery, Sarah Clarke and Philip Wilbraham.
I had a day with the Gordon Group at Upper Arndilly, luckily on Tuesday when overheads were good, Kevin James and I were both lucky enough to get a fish apiece.
Aberlour Angling club had a fish for George Aitken.
Carron had a better week with three landed, thanks to Ian Borthwick for the pictures.
Grantown or should that be the Davies family had four, dad Nigel had three on Friday then on Saturday his son Steven (12) had his first salmon, all from the Dulnain mouth pool.The sea trout catches are starting to build.
Abernethy, Stuart Voce tells me
Monday two seatrout for me at 6lb and 5lb.
Tuesday one for Carl Mac Gilvray at 6lb.
Thursday one salmon for Johnnie Gordon at 6lb.
Nothing from the night fishers.