Week Commencing 23rd April 2012

Well it was a week dominated by the weather, it rained, hailed and snowed.

The river peaked on Thursday night at around the eight foot mark.

The river peaked on Thursday night at around the eight foot mark.

Angling was effectively restricted to Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, though some insisted on fishing on Friday when conditions were not really suitable or safe. For those of you that thought the gillies had an easy days were there was no fishing there is always a few unexpected jobs to do following a spate.

There is no more rain forecast till the weekend and forecasters are suggesting Tuesday will be bright and sunny.  The tides are building all week. I hope the rise in the water followed by the building tides will encourage some more fish to run.

Catches, bear in mind that the river was only fished for three days. The Gordon Castle beats continue to catch fish, with around ten fish landed including two of over twenty pounds. I hear Saturday was very lightly fished with a lot of the rods going home. Delfur had a poor week by their standards, although it is never a high water beat. Rothes did slightly better with three for three days. Craigellachie started the week well with fish on Monday and Tuesday.

Wester Elchies followed a similar pattern, two on Monday and two on Saturday. Carron had their best week of the season with Alan Williams’ party landing six fish with almost as many lost. Laggan had three though most of the party called it a day mid week. Upstream at Knockando and Phones the remainder of Alan Williams ‘party managed a couple from each beat.  Amongst the lucky anglers was Tay Board Chairman Bill Jack.

Grantown though lightly fished still managed three all from the Long Pool including a fish estimated at 23lbs which was returned by visiting angler Mr Nelson.

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