Well last week’s forecast was not very accurate, the start of the week was overcast, misty and drizzly, and Wednesday was probably one of the brightest days rather than the dullest. Last Sunday’s storms had quite an effect on the river, the Avon rose quickly and this plus other local burns pushed up the main river. The turbidity seemed to be worse as you headed down the river and it certainly put the fish off. By Monday evening it started to clear around Carron area so much so Laggan had a couple in the evening.
This week’s forecast for what it is worth is to be dry, bright, and sunny for the first half of the week followed by overcast conditions for the second half, and possibly some rain towards the weekend. The tides peak on Tuesday morning then there will be no new water till the following week.
The Norwegian Salmon season opened on Wednesday can I ask that all anglers who have been over for the opening ensure that all precautions have been taken to make sure that Gyrodactylus salaris is not brought into the Spey. All equipment associated with angling and water sports should be thoroughly cleaned and treated to kill the parasite by either:
Drying at a minimum temperature of at least 20C for at least 2 days
Heating for at least 1 hour at temperatures of above 60C
Deep freezing for at least 1 day
Immersion in a solution* suitable for killing the parasite for a minimum of 10 minutes Virkon Aquatic (1),Wescodyne (1), sodium chloride (3), and sodium hydroxide (0.2).
Turning up on the beat on Monday morning expecting the gillie to give your tackle a quick spray, is neither sensible nor effective.
Catches: As I said earlier Monday below the Avon was pretty much a write off, so most of the catches are for a 5-day week.
Gordon Castle finished the week with close to twenty. I am very pleased that Jennifer in the Estate Office could find time to send me some photographs of their happy anglers.
Delfur had another good week finishing again in the thirties. Again as always thanks to Mark for his photographs.
Rothes, Mr. and Mrs. J Blaydon had a great week finishing on thirty-six, on Thursday they had somewhat of a red-letter day landing seventeen, Amongst all these fish there were three first fish, Catrina and her mother Jane both had their first fish from Town Road within half an hour of each other.
I understand Arndilly were also in the thirty bracket, so over one hundred fish from three beats which makes a mockery of the FishPal Catch figures showing 95 for the river.
This week Easter Elchies report and show close to twenty.
Craigellachie continue their good spell, with sixteen landed, thanks to Dougie Ross for the use of his pictures.
Kinermony was fished by Peter Kyte and party, Peter tells me they finished with six, Ian Pawley was the top rod with four. I hear that Delagyle had somewhere in the mid teens but have no more details.
Mr. Jimmy Jack and friends fished Carron and finished the week with eleven, I have been promised some pictures. I believe Laggan had a similar number.
I hear the Knockando beats fished well with the Home beat landing at least ten one day.
As usual my information dries up till I get to Grantown. Jimmy Mitchell tells me that they had a good week, with around twenty-three landed with at leat three in the mid-teens. The seatrout fishing continues to improve with a few decent fish over the 5lb mark.
Again I am very grateful to Bobby Hall for his updates and photographs from Kinchurdy. It is good to hear they are catching both salmon and seatrout.