The forecast was pretty accurate for last week, a little bit of everything. Tuesday was unpleasant for man and beast.
When the sun did make an appearance there were a few hatches of March Browns and the trout were waiting! The Chiffchaff has made it back after its winter away. I have not seen any hirundine yet but it should not be long before the Sand Martins, usually the first to arrive, turn up.
The forecast for the coming week is for some more settled weather with temperatures reaching the mid teens. There is no rain of any significance forecast this week but the warm weather will certainly keep the river up with some snowmelt. The tides will not peak till midweek.
Catches: I understand the lower river is still pretty quiet, but with the water temperature reaching 40f this is not really surprising. I hear Orton had at least of couple of fish but have no more details. Delfur started the week slowly but things picked up towards the end of the week, as usual I am grateful to Mark for his supply of photographs.
Mark Camacho Delfur
I was looking after my party of Vikings at Rothes. As usual they fished hard and finished the week with eleven, just two short of last years total. Hans had promised his workmates that the moustache would go if he landed a Spey salmon, a close look at these photos would show he was as good as his word.
Craigellachie was quite lightly fished but when anglers turned up they were rewarded. Terry Geddes with his fish from the Garden Pool.
There were a few fish about at Kinermony, at least eight were hooked but amazingly they were all lost.
Carron eventually got their season underway, salmon at Carron appear a little like buses, none for ages then two turn up at once. The first was caught in the tail of the Stream, within half an hour Neil Borthwick had the second from The Bothy.
I hear that the Ballindalloch estate beats are continuing to catch fish from both their beats. News in patchy from further up the river but I did hear of a few fish from the estates above the Avon.