Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox and it certainly feels a bit more spring like, it will not be long before the daffodils on the riverbank are in flower. The weather forecast last week was fairly accurate. There was some snowmelt early in the week, but the river settled down and is currently running at about 18” and is remarkably clear. The water temperature rose sharply and this as I predicted has spread the fish throughout the system. New fish entering the system seem to be running hard and sea-liced fish are being taken above Craigellachie.
Next week the forecast looks pretty similar, remaining settled. There will be a little more wind, which may speed up the snowmelt a little. There is some rain forecast towards the weekend but that far ahead things could easily change. The tides are building towards midweek.
Catches, I have only heard of one fish caught below Boat O Brig. Delfur was also fairly quiet but regular Neil Cameron got his season underway on Tuesday.
The Gordon Group finished their 5-week let at Rothes on Saturday. The final week three fish were landed, 2 by Michael Ritchie and the other by Don Milne. The total this year was just over half last years total and slightly down on their average.
Arndilly also landed three but must have lost about four times as many, whether this is down to running fish not taking well or some other reason is pure speculation.
Rumour has it that Easter Elchies and Upper Arndilly had around half a dozen, mostly from the right bank, but I have no details.
I am pleased to hear that both Craigellachie and Macallan both got their 2016 season started. Dougie Ross was kind enough to send me this picture.
Kinermony, was the beat to be on this week! On Monday Kevin Arthur got the season underway with a 6lb fish from the Boat Pool. On Tuesday Bruce Cameron had his and the beats second. The fish just kept coming; three were landed on Friday and another two on Saturday taking the total to nine.
Over the water Wester Elchies got off to a start on Tuesday with three landed, one from each the Brock, the Rhynd and the Boat Pool. Another 3 were landed taking their total for the week to 6.
Upstream Carron also got their season started; Ian Borthwick had the first from Dalmunach. Neil, his son had the second on Thursday from Above Bridge.
Laggan also had a couple, with Laggan Gillie Mike Murdoch getting one after 5 casts on Friday.
Upstream I hear Knockando had a fish from the Phones Beat.
Ballindalloch, Tulchan, and Castle Grant all had fish this week. I predicted there would be a fish from the Grantown Area last week and was proved correct, I am prepared to stick my neck out and predict Grantown Association Water will have their first before Easter.