It has been a mixed week on Speyside, the river levels have been changeable with the mild temperatures leading to some snow melt and rises in the river levels and as usual this has suited some beats more than others. Frosty nights have helped keep the rises under some control. Looking at the River Levels page the diurnal effect can plainly be seen.
Some of the beats above Craigellachie have now had their first fish of the season. On Wednesday MacAllan Beat had one from the Green Bank. Kinermony also got underway with a fish from the Boat Pool, over the water John Steele had Wester Elchies first fish. I hear that Delagyle had another following on the one on opening day. I have not heard of any fish above Wester Elchies/ Delagyle but know that the fishing effort is not great.
Back downstream I understand Orton have now had five fresh fish. The high water did not suit Delfur but the dropping levels should suit next week. Rothes had a good week with three fish for the Gordon Angling Group and their guests. On Wednesday Michael Ritchie had a sealiced salmon from Town Road.
Then on Thursday Bob Hughes got one from Creachie and Bill Goodlad another from Junction.
The weather for next week is to be warm and dry with frosts at night. This should keep the river at a nice fishing height for early March and hopefully the building tides will encourage a few more fish to run.