Last week was dominated by April showers, some of them wintery, Ben Rinnes was white again on Friday. Next week will be a little warmer with temperatures shooting up by next weekend. The tides are building till Tuesday then there will be no new water till next week.
I was disappointed to hear of an incident where Alan Williams, Spey Board member was verbally and racially abused by a canoeist at Knockando. The paddler would not give his name and his canoe had no identification. Surely the canoe authorities should insist that the canoeists using the river can be identified and this ought to stop this cowardly abuse.
This week I can report fish from Kinchurdy to the sea.
Gordon Castle had five salmon the biggest 19lb from the Castle Beat.
Delfur had seven. Thanks as usual to Mark Melville for keeping me up to date with photographs.
Rothes had six and a big seatrout. Thanks to Mike Ewan for the pictures.
Arndilly had thirteen for the week. Mr Stephen Lodge had six to his own rod, a 19lb fish for Mr A Buchanan and a 24lb for Mr J Kottler.
Aberlour had seven two for Rob Hay a 20lb fish and he had another Saturday. Bruce Cameron had his first of the season Saturday morning on the fly. Billy Anderson, Ian Morrison, James Christie and Scott Mellis also had fish.
Edwin Whyte sent me this picture of his fish from Delagyle but I have no more details.
Wester Elchies had around half a dozen again.
Both Carron and Laggan had three fish each, the Laggan fish were much less camera shy, thanks to Charlie Herd for organising the pictures.
Knockando had a good start to the week when Neal Drummond had three fish from Big Island, 6, 7, and 18 lb one of his better Spring days. Neal was too concerned to safely return the fish to get a decent picture. I was lucky enough to get a fish from Slioch on Friday.
Grantown continued to catch fish, five this week. John Davies had an 18lb fish from poll an Eilean. Andrew Davie Long Pool
Alan Grant, landed a 12 lbs fish from Poll Clach
Adam Howarth landed a nice 10lbs fish from Saddle Pool. Pictured below.
I was pleased to hear from Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Association who had a good week with at least five fish landed. Johnnie Grant, Stuart Voce, the gillie and his Grandson all catching, the latter two each catching 15lb fish, included the one pictured.
I also heard from Kinchurdy thanks to Bobby Hall pictured with one of two fish caught on Monday.