Week Commencing 18th April 2011

It has been a sad week on Speyside, on Thursday afternoon the body of an angler was seen on Brae One, smart boat work by the Brae Gillies retrieved the unfortunate angler but it was too late to revive him. At this moment no more details are available as his name is being withheld till his family has been notified. I understand he was fishing with his son at Orton.

The weather was again very unseasonable more June than April; the river is remaining quite high considering how dry it has been of late, I hope that the snow melt keeps us going till we get some rain. There might be a few showers over the next few days but nothing worth talking about, but at least it will be cooler than last week. The tides start to build again from Wednesday.

Catches, Delfur managed seven; Mark tells me it was hard going with the fish appearing to be running quickly. On a positive note he saw a number of smolts migrating, the first of the year.

Rothes started the week well with 6 on Monday and Tuesday but the bright weather slowed everything down and they finished the week with ten. Wester Elchies had two with Mr David Sadowski getting this one from Delagyle Pool on Saturday lunchtime.

Upstream Carron managed two also and Mrs Ruth Hosker caught this one in the Carron Pool early on Saturday morning. Ruth landed the fish all by herself and took this quick photo beore safely returning the fish.

Lower Pitcroy was the place to be on the Knockando beats with Jon Veitch’s party landing eight including this nineteen pounder landed by Allan Ferguson.

I hear that Ballindalloch had a couple and the beats above had a reasonable week. Grantown  managed eight since I last reported , five last Saturday. This takes the season’s total to thirteen exactly equal to the same week last year.
Could I remind everyone to take great care when fishing in the river.

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