It has been a better week on Speyside, the week started well with the river running about the two foot height but dropping nicely, unfortunately the end of the week saw some persistent rain and the river rose on Friday and again on Saturday. As I type this report it is sitting around the three foot mark and dropping, the turbidity is improving. Following the high tides of this weekend there will be no new water all week. There is rain forecast for later in the week and coupled with the snowmelt I would expect the river to stay on the high side. Ornithological news, I was delighted to see the sand martins back on Speyside on March 30th this year. Although I have not seen them myself I hear the Osprey has also returned.
I hear the Brae beats although still lightly fished have had over twenty salmon, the catch per unit effort must be around the best on the river and I believe the daily prices are very reasonable! Alex Robertson from Portsoy took advantage last week and started his season with this fish from Beat 2.
Just upstream local angler Tony Smith had another from Orton and sent me this picture.
I had the great pleasure to have a week at Delfur, and we managed seven for the week, we were going well until the rise in water on Friday effectively stopped us catching. Top rod was Swedish author Pelle Klippinge and he gave me this photo.
Upstream at Rothes they too lost a couple of days when the water rose and coloured up. Lee Henshaw took to salmon fishing with a vengeance and landed this twenty four pounder as his first salmon, what a start!
Wester Elchies had three when I last spoke to Sam mid week. Laggan had one on Monday I am confident this information is correct as I was talking to one of the party on Saturday. Over the water I believe Carron also managed one.
Lionel Main from Castle Grant telephoned me with some news from the upper part of the river. He told me that his beat had five and the other two beats around the same. Two of the fish caught were into the high teens and were covered in sealice so they are not hanging about. He also said they had caught nearly twice the number of kelts compared with the same time last year, which came as a bit of a surprise as the kelts have been noticeable by their absence in the lower river.
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