The strange spring continues temperatures continue in the high teens for the start of the week, perhaps getting a little cooler towards the end of the week. The river is already down to summer level and the water temperature is much higher than normal. There have been reports of fungus affecting some salmon on neighbouring rivers and I would ask anglers to take great care when handling any salmon they may catch. The ASFB have produced a leaflet with useful advice.
The tides peaked earlier this week and there is no new water all week.
Catches, Ian Tennant has been keeping me informed of the catches from the Gordon Castle beats. All beats seem to be fishing well and although still not heavily fished are still catching two or three fish a day. With the water levels continuing to fall I would expect the excellent start to continue. Delfur had a quieter week with three fish caught, all were sealiced. Rothes had a hard week with David Turtle catching the only fish of the week from Whin Bush which shows just how low the water has gone. Geoff Harris returned to Kinermony on Thursday and landed this fish from the Little Turn showing that he has not forgotten where the fish hide in these conditions.
Over the water Wester Elchies managed two both from Delene. Sam Bremner with a fish that he estimated at 16lbs.
Carron eventually got their season under way when new comer Ian Buick landed his first ever salmon from the Stream, at seventeen pounds it was not a bad way to start his salmon fishing career. I hear that Ballindalloch also started their season with a fish on Monday. The beats above the Avon have also started catching. Disappointingly there are still no fish reported from Grantown.