What is the expression about March, in like a lamb out like a lion? The end of the month is going to be colder than the start if that is what it means. I am getting a little sick of the equinoxial gales, which have made fishing so unpleasant this week. The forecast is for some cold nights and some warmer days so I would expect to see a diurnal effect on the water levels. The forecast is fine for the start and the end of the week but with some showers of rain mid week. The tides are building all week. The fish ought to be spread throughout the system by now and I am assured that this week will be the week that Grantown gets its first of the season!
Catches. The river below Delfur is still relatively quiet both in the numbers of anglers and salmon. Delfur continued to pick away but the high water and strong winds were not really that favourable. Grant Morrison was lucky enough to land this fine fish on Wednesday. John Veitch came across from the Lochy and was also lucky in Sourden; John should learn it is Chocolate Cockers that appear in the Delfur photographs. ( He has corrected me apparently it was skill rather than luck)
Rothes had another successful week and the Gordon Group finished their let with twenty –four fish. Peter Austin was kind enough to send me this photograph of his fish held by Mike Ewan.The beat above finished with close to ten for the week. Derek Wiseman sent me these two photographs of the fish he caught this week, The larger was estimated at eighteen pounds and the other at fourteen.
And Paul Hainey had this fish also from the Cobble Pot estimated at 15 lbs.
Dougie Ross kindly sent me this picture of Ryan Clarke in the Boat Pool at Craigellachie.
Wester Elchies also had a couple of fish Stuart Fullarton had this one from the Brock and I landed the other from the tail of the Rhynd.
I understand that the river was only lightly fished above Carron but I heard of another fish from Tulchan on Tuesday and another from Castle Grant later in the week.