Week Commencing 1st April.

It remained cold on Speyside with the wind refusing to move much out of the East or North east, not really ideal fishing weather. This morning there was three inches of snow at Carron but most of it has melted now. It could be pleasant if you managed to find as sheltered spot when the sun was out. The forecast for the coming week remains very much the same, a bit of sunshine at the start of the week, rain mid week and sunshine again to finish the week off. How much rain is probably determined by how quickly the high pressure is pushed out of the way by the lows pushing in from the Atlantic? And this will of course determine whether the river rises much or not, any rise could well mean a bit of turbidity due to the large amount of algae which has built up on the rocks. The tides are building all week and hopefully this with a little fresh water will encourage more fish to run the river.
Catches: Again the Gordon Castle beats fished well, with eighteen fish landed. Ian Gordon’s party had a few including these two, Herman Zwizler from Germany with a 12 pounder from the Lower Slabs and Paul Davidson with his 23lb fish from the Birks.

Herman Zwizler Lower Slabs

Herman Zwizler Lower Slabs

Paul Davidson Birks

Paul Davidson Birks

 

I was lucky enough to get invited to fish Beats 1 & 2 by David Barker, Jonny Grey being unable to attend waiting for his wife to give birth, and even luckier to land my first of the season from Ewe Pool I hope the second does not take another eight weeks!

 

My First of the Season.

My First of the Season.

Further upstream Delfur managed five including these three.

Bernard Hammicks Broom

Bernard Hammicks Broom

Mark Melville

Mark Melville

Jeoff Hatton Beaufort

Jeoff Hatton Beaufort

At Rothes a new party of Scandinavian fishermen enjoyed their week of luxury accommodation and fishing, honours were even with 2 fish each to Norway and Sweden. Pelle Klippinge landed this one from Bluestone under the watchful eye of Aaron Ewan who pointed out the lie then netted the fish finishing off with the photos.

Pelle  Klippinge Bluestone

Pelle Klippinge Bluestone

On the Beat above Norwegian Einar Mathiesen had the biggest of the week at 21lbs from Jock’s Tail. Norwegians were also successfully fishing Lower Wester Elchies. On Wester Elchies though lightly fished two were landed. Grantown had the second of the season when Jim Davis had a twelve pound fish from Craggan Sands duly released.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Chris at 3:56 pm

    Nice fish that;s for sure, but I wonder how many are being returned this time of year?

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 6:39 pm

      Chris, the board have asked for all fish to be returned, and certainly on the beats I have fished everything that can go back, has gone back. I have seen 1 bleeder since the season started.

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