Another week finished with abnormally warm conditions brought about by the Foehn effect! This happens when strong southwesterly winds bringing in moisture from the Atlantic are pushed up and over the Cairngorm Mountains removing the moisture and warming the air by several degrees, hence the temperatures in the mid teens, rain fall and snow melt making the river big and unfishable. The forecast for the coming week is temperatures back to low single figures but with some more heavy rain towards the weekend. The start of the week will be windy with gale-force winds over Monday night Tuesday morning. I cannot see the river being fishable tomorrow; it is sitting around the five-foot mark and carrying a fair amount of turbidity. The tides peak this weekend and there will be no new water all week.
Catches: The River has fished reasonably well as we are only in the first week of March. Delfur managed three, with Alex Robertson, Neil Cameron and Willie Laing all getting their names in the book, the latter was particularly special as it was his first ever salmon.
Monday was a special day at Rothes when Gordon Group member Mel McDonald caught four fish in a day, the first two from Jamesons in the morning and the second two from the Junction Pool right bank in the afternoon. Bill Lasseter also managed a couple and Tony Smith again caught a fish this week. Many thanks to Tony Smith for sending me this photograph of Robbie Stronach with his fish.
Arndilly had at least six with the pick of the fish falling to local taxi owner Willie McDougall getting two fish estimated at seventeen pounds and twenty. As I suggested last week the middle river proved productive, though lightly fished. Craigellachie had a couple. Kinermony had their first from the Tail of Pol Shuan. Delagyle also had a couple and I managed one from Wester Elchies. I have heard of nothing fresh further up but I will not be surprised if this high water takes a few fish up to Grantown.