It has been a mixed week on the river, Monday and Tuesday were relatively grue free and anglers were able to cover the pools with perhaps the odd clearing of the rings. Under foot conditions were still difficult and felt soled boots could prove “interesting”.
Wednesday proved impossible with wall to wall grue, Thursday proved only a little better with the lower river becoming fishable by late afternoon. B y Friday temperatures had soared to 5C and the river was grue free and starting to rise. Cold overnight temperatures are keeping the rise in check and looking at the forecast this, hopefully should continue next week.
On the downside the Lower River below Rothes is becoming unfishable with a lot of sediment coming in from the Rothes burn and at the pipe drain at the top of the Long Pool. If this is coming from the flood alleviation scheme hopefully the contractors will be able to control this sediment before the fishing on Lower Rothes and Delfur is ruined again.
On the catch front the river was quiet, Delfur got off the mark with Michael Ritchie from Fraserburgh getting a 14lber from Sourden and Anne Cameron bettered him on Tuesday with a 17lber from Beaufort, both returned. Upstream from Rothes Stuart McKay from Craigellachie had three to his rod, again all returned.