It has been a reasonable start to the season. The weather has been mild most days and it has been a pleasure to be out on the river bank again. Wednesday was the only exception to that when a strong wind with driving snow made conditions unpleasant. The mild days coupled with frosty nights affect the river levels and the “diurnal” effect of daytime snow melt can be plainly seen.
The tides are neapish just now and will build as the week progresses. The river temperature is quite low, as anyone wading will have noticed, and this might slow the fish down.
Catches. There has been at least ten fish caught that I have heard about. The Gordon Castle Beats have had at least two fish from Beat 2. Delfur managed three including one on Wednesday; they must be hardy souls fishing in those conditions.
Rothes had four, 50% to the Lasseter family and one by Spey regular Graham Ritchie.
Craigellachie got their season underway with a 8lb fish on Thursday. The first fish of the season was caught at Kinermony by Davie Leith who is somewhat of an expert in catching the first fish of the season.