Another disappointing week on Speyside, but the rest of the country is no different.
The spring has finally arrived the Larch and Birch trees and in leaf, and I saw my first mallard family this week. I just wish mallard ducks were better mothers, I find it so stressful watching the poor little ducks crossing the river and the last one getting detached from the rest of the family and having to run across the water to catch up, but I suppose it is easy meals for every carnivore on the river. The swifts have also arrived making all the summer visitors back now. The weather forecast does not look very spring like with rain for the first half of the week and temperatures struggling to reach double figures. The tides have peaked today and there will be no new water all weak.
Catches: The Gordon Castle beats continued to fish well with fourteen for week. Delfur had a better week with close to twenty landed, including this one on Monday morning.
Rothes started the week well with five by Wednesday night but disappointingly did not land any more. I fished the beat below Craigellachie this week and although saw plenty of fish they seemed reluctant to take; Alex Robertson landed this one from Upper Dips.
Kinermony continued to pick away with almost half a dozen landed, it should have been more but gillie Jock Royan was determined to practice some long distance catch and release. Across the water Wester Elchies could only manage two including this one from the Delagyle Pool.
Delagyle had another good week with a party of Swedes land a dozen or so, I am promised some pictures for next week. Carron was fished by a party of Norwegians who managed five for the week. They also fished at Phones and had a fish of fourteen pounds. Grantown had at least three I have heard about including this sealiced fish for Jerry Gallienne, having taken a fly in Lower Bend, it must have been running hard as it was sealiced.