It has been another productive week on Speyside with a few more beats getting their 2011 season underway. The weather has been pleasantly mild with the nights being cold enough to keep the snow melt in check. The forecast appears to be settled for the next few days with a possibility of rain on Thursday. I would expect the river to remain steady with about a foot on the gauge. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water this week.
I heard yesterday that the Brae beats have already had a few fish. Blair Banks tells me he has had two from his beat with at least another lost and I hear that Ian Tennant had the first towards the end of last week apparently this is the earliest fish have been caught since 2005. He sent me this picture of Richard Mapleford returning his fish.
Delfur had a four fish including this one on Saturday again from Holland Bush. This fish was caught by Andrew Elcock and it was his first ever salmon, a great way to start.
Rothes started the week well with Bill Goodlad getting another fish from Creachie but the rest of the week was disappointing.
Dougie Ross took advantage of a quiet day to catch Craigellachie’s first of the season. Wester Elchies managed three with Moira McColgan getting her first salmon from the Brock. I hear that Delagyle had another couple.
Upstream Ian Boathwick got Carron’s season underway with a fish from the Bothy.
On Saturday Mike Woodhouse caught Laggan’s first. I have not heard of any fish from further upstream but will be delighted to be proved wrong.