Week Commencing 26th February 2018

It was a wintery week but not that startling for late February into March in Scotland. Fishing was curtailed as the temperatures fell causing rod rings to freeze and the river suffered from some grue. If next weeks forecast is to be believed there could be a spate the following week, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.


The wintery conditions, although frustrating for anglers, were picturesque but the wildlife found conditions more troublesome, it is not that common to see bramblings at the bird table. The oystercatchers might be wondering why they left the coast now.

A snowy Hollenbush.

Grue Beaufort Delfur.

Scandinavian visitors mingling with the locals.

Oystercatchers Delfur.


Temperatures this coming week will be around 4C daytime; the clear bright conditions on Thursday will cause night-time temperatures to plummet to minus 5C. I would expect the low-lying snow to melt and this will cause a rise in the river. If Saturday’s temperatures reach the predicted double figures the rise the following week might be more substantial. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till next week. A significant rise in river levels will help the upper beats in the Grantown area to expect their first fresh fish.


Catches, surprisingly there were some, the title of “week commencing” is a little misleading as in reality the river was only fishable at the start and the end of the week.

Rothes continued to set the pace, Mel McDonald had a sealiced fish from Creachie on Monday and Graham Ritchie had one from Junction on Saturday.

Mel McDonald’s fish Rothes.

Head gillie Mike Ewen with Graham Ritchie’s fish Rothes.

Wester Elchies had another fish on Monday when Andrew Ewen had a 23 ½ lb fish from the Boat Pool.

Andrew Ewen Wester Elchies.


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