I was wrong the snow melt did not cause as many problems as I thought; in fact the river remained fishable all week.
Today as I write this week’s report the temperature is in double figures, and the forecast for the next few days is to remain warm and even the night time temperatures are expected to be around five degrees, I feel we might lose a day or two this week but again I hope I am proved wrong. After the very high tides of the weekend and the perigee there will be no new water this week.
The week started quietly, there was a little turbidity on Monday, probably caused by the local burns discharging the snow melt into the river. By Tuesday the river was clear and with the cold nights the diurnal effect could be plainly seen.
Delfur had a quiet week and the total was not helped when Willie Mair lost this one in Sourden.
Upstream the Gordon Angling group finished their Rothes spell with a good week with six fish in total. Your humble correspondent managed two on Tuesday including this one which Mike Ewan estimated at sixteen pounds.
Craigellachie had another, from Lower Slabs, and just upstream Lower Wester Elchies had their first of the season an eight pound fish. Laggan had another but I have no details other than it came from the Bridge Pool. Ballindalloch started their letting season and both beats have at least one fish. I did hear rumours of a fish from the Avon but I have had no confirmation.I have just been informed that Grantown have had their first of the season, a thirteen pound salmon caught by Mr Stewart from the Lurg Pool, the fish was caught on a fly and duly returned.