Keith Macdonald 1957-2012.
Before I start my usual weekly ramblings I would like to take a minute to reflect on the death of Mr Keith Macdonald, Arndilly gillie who died early last Sunday morning at the young age of fifty four. Big Keith as he was affectionately known by the guests at Arndilly will be missed by his family, friends and everyone on the river.
As I suggested last week winter arrived last week on Speyside. On Tuesday morning everyone awoke to around six inches of snow, the majority of it has now melted and as you would expect the river was high for a day or so. I would expect the river to remain on the high side for the next week as rain is forecast for the next few days with around half an inch (13mm) on Wednesday alone. The tides peaked this weekend so there will be no new water all week. Hopefully these high tides and high water will encourage some more fish to run.
The Gordon Castle beats continue to catch fish with at least nine for the week. Even the high water on Saturday could not stop Roy Arris landing a sea-liced fish from Beat three. I understand Orton are still catching fish but have no details.
Neil Cameron’s party had a mixed week at Delfur with four fish landed, team leader Neil managed three of them including one at 21lbs. John Grant was the only other successful angler. Wester Elchies managed at least one fish at 16lbs but Sam tells me at least two more of the same size or bigger were lost.
I hear that Ballindalloch are catching the odd fish as are the beats above the Avon. At long last Grantown have got their season underway with visiting angler James Chalmers landing and returning a 9lb fish from the Long Pool. I am sure there will be a few more caught next week. I also heard that Abernethy have had their second of the season but have no more details.