Well that’s March already, the 1st day of Spring according to the meteorological, or climatological calendar, I never realized just how many 1st days of Spring there actually are! Over the last week the number of feathered visitors or returnees has increased dramatically. I have seen quite large flocks of lapwings flying up river and the parcel of Oystercatchers on the Long Pool at Arndilly is building nicely, how true the stories of the salmon following the Oystercatchers are we will never know, but it always brings me hope. The forecast for the coming week is to start in mid single figure temperatures with some heavy sleety showers on Tuesday but the temperatures are predicted to reach the mid teens by the weekend, with the possibility of more snow melt. The tides are building again all week.
Catches, Dave Duncan was kind enough to send me a photograph of Ian Tennant’s fish from Brae 3 last week, a great looking fish.
Delfur was quiet for most of the week till Saturday when three were taken. Donald Morrison managed two to his own rod. Donald accepted a late invitation on Thursday when Ness Castle gillie Gordon Armstrong decided he would rather go shopping with his wife Clare! (All right it was her birthday but BIG MISTAKE; it must be great to have such a loving husband, Clare). I managed to get my February fish but I felt I was cutting it a little fine.
Rothes also had a slower than usual week till Michael Glass caught another fish from Creechy on Friday. Arndilly continued to pick away with another couple of fish. Upstream I gather the Aberlour Angling Club had their first for the season on Saturday. Wester Elchies, although very lightly fished, also got off the mark with a sea liced fish from the Delagyle Pool in front of the hut. The warm high-ish water suits the middle river beats to a T, please contact the estate offices for availability.
I have heard of no fish from further upstream.