Well it is another warm and sunny spring day on Speyside, the temperature today was over 22c great for catching up with the laundry and gardening. If it stays like this we will be on Floating lines and size 8 Munroe’s before the week is out! Seriously, water temperature is getting towards the magic 50f a few more days like this and it might be worth setting up two rods, an intermediate for mornings and nights and a floater for the middle of the day. The water level is around the foot mark but the river seems to be dropping a few inches a day, and there is no significant rain forecast till at least Wednesday night. The tides are still building till Tuesday but then there will be no new water for the rest of the week.
Last week could be described as reasonable; Dave Duncan tells me the Brae is now up around the thirty mark and still lightly fished. Icelandic writer Roy Arris had four including a seventeen pounder from Ian Stronach’s beat
Delfur had another good week with fourteen landed and another few lost including one which both Mark and Grant both saw and estimated to be close to thirty pounds. Rothes had eight, including this one caught by Steven Beaumont in Burnmouth.
Kinermony had their best week of the season with four fish, Dave Gordon started the week with this one from the Rhynd. Graham Ritchie eventually got his Spey season underway on Saturday.
Across the water Wester Elchies had two when I last spoke to Sam. Carron had a slow start to the week but finished the week strongly with four on the last three days, it is now officially a better season than last year, Chairman, Alan Williams got his season under way in April rather than June of last year!
Knockando have had a few fish and Sandy Smith at Phones has got his season properly underway with four last week to his Swedish guests. I hear that Ballindalloch had around half a dozen but have heard nothing from the Avon. Lionel Main tells me they had a good week at Castle Grant with around fifteen fish, all sealiced and at least three around the twenty pound mark, he also says they are still catching kelts.
Grantown had three but they have been relatively lightly fished, which surprises me as it must be one of the best priced association waters in the country.
Ornithological news, both the swallows and the sandpipers have now safely arrived back on Speyside.