It has been another warm week on Speyside, today temperatures soared to 22c in April! The leaves are already coming out and the valley is looking very “green”. The unseasonably warm weather has its draw backs and the river started high on Monday, got higher on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. This coupled with strong gusty winds made fishing particularly testing. Hopefully the majority of the snow has now melted and the river should settle down to a sensible level. The tides are building all week with a high of 4 meters on Saturday. Water temperature was around the 50 f mark on Saturday, it might not be long before the floating lines come out!
I have not heard much from the Brae Beats but understand a visiting Norwegian had a couple of fish. I hear Orton is fishing well, with sealiced fish being caught most days. Conditions did not suit Delfur but team leader Neil Cameron played a captains innings to save a blank week.
At Rothes the senior party of Charlie Herd’s week had four with Gordon Davidson having two; this was four more than the “youngsters” managed at the end of the week.
Dougie Ross, Craigellachie, sent me this picture of Ian Stuart with his fish from the Boat Pool.
I hear Aberlour Town Water had half a dozen. Wester Elchies had a good start and end to the week, with a fish on Monday then the second on Saturday, Rory Campbell showed his elders on how it ought to be done.
Carron had three but Laggan could only manage one on Wednesday. Saturday should have been a good day at Phones but both Dave Sadowski and Graham Richie both contrived to lose fish from the Station and Craigneish respectively. I also heard a party of Swedes had at least one fish from Lower Pitcroy. Lionel Main from Castle Grant tells me they had five from his beat, all good fish and all covered in sealice, the warm water must be encouraging them to keep their heads down and go. Grantown had at least two fish from the Long Pool, eight and nine pounds and there are rumours of a third from Inverallen, it could be a good time to visit Grantown.