The weather forecast last week was pretty accurate, certainly more winter than summer. There were some unpleasant showers on Monday it was cold with the hail and blustery north wind. The river certainly showed the diurnal effect, more noticeable on the smaller Avon.
This weeks forecast is warmer, but so it should be after all today is the First of May. Monday will be wet; this coupled with some snowmelt could well push the river up. Temperatures are predicted to reach the low teens most afternoons. The wind will become more westerly, moderate at times. The tides are building all week.
I saw my first brood of mallards on Saturday, and the dippers I watched nest building earlier in the year are feeding the fledglings. Can I just remind dog owners to keep their dogs under control as there are many ground nesting birds close to the river bank, this week I saw two oystercatchers’ nests and a couple of pheasants’ nests.
Catches: Again the catches are reasonably well distributed from above Grantown to the sea. It is nice to see a few seatrout being caught, judging by the cold nights I assume most are being picked up whilst fishing for salmon.
Gordon Castle had a handful.
I hear Orton started the week well with seven on Monday but have no more news.
Delfur had a great week, finishing with twenty-one. Graham Ritchie was top rod landing 5 salmon and a 9lb seatrout. Willie Mair, Liza O Brien, Dave Sadowski and Charles Harman also got their seasons underway.
Both Rothes and Arndilly had seven apiece.
Craigellachie had a good week with six landed, many thanks to Dougie Ross for his photographs.
Kinermony had 4 including a first fish for Evie Dixon.
Wester Elchies had five most of them towards the weekend.
Alan Williams’ party had 4 at Carron and a couple at Phones.
Information further upstream is a little sketchy but I hear Tulchan is still fishing well.
Grantown remained cold and at times a blizzard blew, but George Oliver persevered and was rewarded with a 15lb fish from Pol Clach.
Kinchurdy had a mixture of salmon and seatrout, Brian Perry enjoyed his three days and added his thanks to Bobby Hall for looking after him so well.