Well that’s the first four weeks of the season passed already. Last week was a good week on the river with fresh fish from Grantown to the sea.
Last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate. Wednesday was unpleasant, with a gusty downstream wind and snow or hail showers, although it produced some of the best catches of the week. This coming week is forecast to be fine at the start of the week becoming colder and wetter towards the end of the week. The tides peak on Tuesday and there will be no new water till the following week.
Whilst out fishing I noticed a Grey Wagtail for the first time this year, I also noticed some Dark olives and thought I saw two or three March Browns sailing majestically down the river on Saturday afternoon. This mild spell seems to have brought things on a lot earlier than usual.
Catches. As I mentioned earlier an excellent week on the river, with a good run of larger, three sea winter, fish.
Gordon Castle, Ian Tennant tells me Ronnie Fraser had a fish from Beat 4.
Ronnie Fraser 7lb Beat 4
Orton continues to catch fish Francie Watt had a fish from Cairnty on Thursday.
Delfur had a great week with eleven landed. Monday was a special day, I got my first of the season, Dicken Fawcett had his first from Delfur and Jan Rigden got his biggest salmon ever and a Delfur badge. The week continued well with Neil Cameron getting his Delfur season underway. Allan Rennie had a 20lb fish from Sourden but the technology department was missing so there was no photograph. Delfur can resemble Games of Thrones at times with heads or parts of heads being cut off right left and centre. Graham Ritchie had a couple on Thursday, Andrew Scott-Kiddie also had a fish as did Brian Shaw and I even managed a second.
Jan Rigden with his magnificent 25lb fish from Delfur
Dicken Fawcitt Delfur.
Neil Cameron Delfur
Graham Ritchie with a really solid fish of 17lb from Delfur
Graham Ritchie with his second of the day from Hollen Bush at Delfur
Jordan Henderson, the new Delfur ghillie with Alistair Scott-Kiddie’s fish
Yours truly and a band of chocolate cockers including a first photoshoot for Hector (on the left) (his posing abilities will hopefully improve as the season progresses)
Rothes also had an excellent week with eight landed. Ross Wood started with two on Tuesday, Tony Smith also had a couple one of which was weighed at 20lbs. Stan Baird had three, five for a day not bad for early March, especially when you consider Wednesday’s weather. Graham Ritchie managed to keep up his excellent record with another on Saturday.
Ross Wood’s fish Rothes
Stan Baird Rothes
Stan Baird with a quality Spey fish
They don’t get much better than this; Head ghillie Mike Ewan with Tony Smith’s 20lber Rothes
I hear Arndilly had three on Tuesday but have no more news.
I was pleased to hear that Craigellachie season got underway with a fresh fish on Saturday afternoon. I knew as soon as some rods were on the water a fish would be caught.
Steven Urquhart Craigellachie
Across the river Macallan also had a fish on Saturday.
The Macallan’s first fish of the season for Craig Wyness, pictured with Robert Mitchell, beat ghillie
Aberlour angling Club had three, Ken Davies had one and Jimmy Seivright the other two.
Ken Davies Aberlour
Kinermony had four I understand, and across the water Wester Elchies had two.
Delagyle two as well both to Veronica Slater. Mondays fish was estimated at 24lbs.
Veronica Slater with a lovely big fish from Delagyle
Laggan had a fish from the Griggle on Friday.
Carron, Ian Borthwick had yet another from Delmunich.
A nice clean fish for Ian Borthwick Carron
I hear Tulchan have had around four fish, certainly one from A and D beat and I believe 2 from C beat but have no more details.
I am pleased to report that visiting angler Stewart Watson had the first fish from Strathspey Angling Association water at Grantown from the Long Pool, unfortunately the electrons were missing from the technology department but river watcher Sean Grant was on hand to witness the event. This is a few weeks earlier than the last few years, a situation replicted on other beats in the middle and upper river.
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