On Friday it was the meteorological start of spring, certainly the days are getting longer and it is only three weeks are so to the Spring Equinox. The river remained low all week but I noticed today it has risen about a foot or so, probably a mixture of milder weather and a small amount of rain. I think the rise in river level will help the fishing and encourage the fish to move again. The river temperature also rose a couple of degrees. The tides peaked last Wednesday and there will be no new water all week.
Catches; as with most other rivers catches have been a little disappointing but as it is only the first week of March I am not too concerned. The Gordon Castle beats had another fish on Friday, this time from Beat Five. I have heard nothing new from Orton. Delfur had a few fish and I have received some photos of the new gillie Rory Paterson who has been kept busy looking after Don Milne and John Grant in Sourden.
The final photo is a bit of a quiz, which gillie has netted the fish? There are some definite clues for the Delfur regulars.
Further upstream the beat above Rothes has been picking up some more fish. The beats below Craigellachie have also had their first fish of the season from Upper Dips. Tony Smith had the first fish of the season at Wester Elchies from the Boat Pool. I also heard that I missed Laggan’s first fish of the season from the Bothy. My Grantown correspondent tells me they are enjoying the fine weather and catching plenty of kelts but nothing fresh to report.