Week Commencing 3rd March 2014.

The week started well but the constantly changing water levels seemed to unsettle the fish. The weather forecast for the coming week is more May than March; temperatures mid week are forecast to be in the mid teens with sunshine! I feel that the river will stay relatively high with some snowmelt. The river is presently sitting around the three and a half foot mark so unless there is a sharp frost, tomorrow might be difficult on some beats. The tides are building all week.

Catches. I understand that the Gordon Castle beats had their first fish of the season a ten-pound fish from Beat 2. I also heard that Orton had a couple as well on Monday, but I have no more details. Delfur managed two as well on Monday.

Davie Macintosh with a seal damaged fish from Sourden.

Davie Macintosh

Mark Melville was on hand to net this fine fish for Graham Ritchie later in the day.

Mark Melville Delfur

On Tuesday Graham Ritchie was among the fish again at Rothes and landed this fish from the Long Pool, Graham did well to land this fish on his own, as it is a difficult bank to bring a fish in.

Graham Ritchie's fish Rothes

I managed this little fish late in the day from Burnmouth.

Small Fish from Burnmouth.

Upstream Willie Roy had a decent week, with seven fish landed, Willie played a captain’s innings landing four to his own rod. I heard the beats below Craigellachie also had a couple of fish this week. At Craigellachie Stevie Grant landed this nine-pound fish from the Garden Pool on Saturday, thanks to Dougie Ross for the photograph.

Stevie Grant Craigellachie

Wester Elchies had three for the week Jock Maclennan  was kind enough to send me a picture of his friend Craig Wyness’ fish from Pol  Brock.

Craig Wyness’ fish Wester Elchies

I am sure the catches at both Craigellachie and Wester Elchies would improve if more anglers were to fish. Upstream fishing effort has been low and surprise surprise few fish have been caught, this relatively warm high water must be taking the fish throughout the catchment.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

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