It has been a fine week weather wise on the Spey, in fact it was probably a bit bright and sunny for good fishing weather, but I still enjoy the feel of the sun on my back in April. I suggested that it would not be long till the hirundine arrived and I was proved correct, the sand martins were here on Thursday and the swallows on Saturday. Mark Melville also reported seeing the osprey on Saturday morning. I was quite surprised to see two pairs of Sandpipers at Carron, about ten days earlier than usual; in fact they arrived before the sand martins I have been looking for an omen in this but cannot find one!
The forecast for the coming week is totally different, with rain for the first few days perhaps getting a little brighter by Thursday. The tides are building from Monday onwards. I would imagine there will be some sort of lift in the river level, coupled with the building tides could encourage a few more fish to run the river.
Catches: Although not prolific they are not as poor to start a National Television news story. Again disappointingly I have no news from below Boat O Brig. Delfur had around half a dozen and as usual Mark and Grant has sent me a selection of photographs, his close ups are getting very artistic.
Rothes also finished with half a dozen; Mike Euan sent me this photo of Jonathan Ruck Keene’s fish on Tuesday.
Craigellachie had at least one fish.
Wester Elchies had a couple, with Gordon Group, member, Bill Lasseter getting one on Monday and Rory Campbell one later in the week. Over the water Kinermony had contact with a few fish but landed two, Graham Ritchie one from Pol Shuan and Alex Robertson had this fish from the Boat Pool on Saturday afternoon, thanks Alex for the picture.
I believe Delagyle also had about half a dozen but have no details.
Laggan had a couple of fish, as did Carron. Neil Borthwick was again amongst the fish, this weeks one was less camera shy than the one of last week. I was lucky enough to land one with the resident camerawoman in attendance.
Upstream reports are sparse; Grantown was very lightly fish and have nothing positive to report.