Much as I predicted Monday was a bit of a washout but it was a pleasant day to be on the riverbank. The river levels dropped all week even if the temperatures were more April than February. The forecast for the coming week is for some precipitation Monday and Tuesday with temperatures remaining un-seasonably warm. The tides peak tomorrow so hopefully the warm water and high tides will encourage so more fish to enter the system. The river levels should remain steady slowly falling all week possibly with diurnal effects as the snow melts during the day.
Catches. I have not heard of any fish caught below Boat o Brig but as usual there might have been just no one has bothered to tell me. Neil Cameron had this lovely fish from Hollenbush, Delfur on Wednesday. Neil being a true gentleman endeavoured to catch one just the merest smidgen smaller than Anne’s on opening day.
Rothes managed one as well on Tuesday when Gordon Group President Kevin James landed his first for the season from Junction.
The next beat up has had its best February for a number of years and had seven for this week alone. Graham Ritchie was kind enough to send me this photograph from the Cobble Pot. The fish appears to have recovered from a close encounter with a seal.
Further upstream most beats have caught something if anglers have been out on the water. The beats below Craigellachie had their first of the season this week. Macallan have had two, as has the Aberlour Town Water. I also heard that Kinermony landed the first of the season, but have no more details.
Carron had their second, this time Ian Borthwick was allowed to finish Dalmonach in peace and landed this fish. I must apologise for the poor photographs that I received from Alan Williams, when I complained he informed me he was on the other bank, I simply asked why he did not go over and he replied he was unable to walk on water, something I found totally baffling I thought that ability was a prerequisite for the Spey Board Chairman!
The perils of being a river reporter, I was rudely interrupted in the middle of my tea by an indignant Alan Williams phoning to complain that I had not included the weight of the Carron fish. Apparently it is down in the book as fifteen pounds. I am a little sceptical quite how Alan can be sure as he was literally in the next county when the fish was landed!