The water rose to about five feet over summer level last Sunday night and forgot to go back down; the week for the majority of anglers was a wash out as predicted the colour of the river was poor, but hopefully all the slime will have been cleaned off the stones. Coupled with the high water was a strong westerly wind which blew the newly sown fields all over the place, in cinematic terms Water World meets Laurence of Arabia.
The tides are building this coming week and this coupled with the dropping water should bring some fish into the river. Looking at the river today it has the dark peaty look, so it might take a day or so for the fish to come on the take.
Catches: Not surprisingly catches have been poor, but only the very keen or perhaps foolhardy would have fished at the start of the week. The Gordon Castle beats recorded a respectable six fish for the week mostly on Friday and Saturday. The Cameron team again had a hard week at Delfur and as usual in these circumstances team Captain Neil produced a twenty pound plus fish from Sourden.
Rothes also managed just one fish on Friday. Wester Elchies were of the mark early in the week when Kevin James fishing with the Gordon Group had a fish on Tuesday morning. I understand that Delagyle also had a fish later in the week. Aberlour Association had about half a dozen fish on Friday and Saturday their first of the season. Phones also had their first fish of the season from Craigneisch on Friday. I also heard Ballindalloch had a fish on Saturday. Upstream Grantown had a couple the heaviest of these was a 12.5 pounder landed from the Long Pool by local member, Darren Grant. I would think that they will have an excellent week to come.