Spring will return next week with temperatures reaching the high teens with perhaps the low twenties mid week. There is no rain forecast till the weekend. The tides start to build again from Tuesday. Hopefully the warm weather will encourage a few more fish into the system.
I have yet to see any mallard ducklings on the river, perhaps it is just I have been in the wrong places but it is unusual. I heard my first cuckoo this morning.
There was an interesting story from Orton this week. One of the guests dropped his signet ring into the Willows. It was given to him when he was 18! Richard Whyte came up with his metal detector and wetsuit and with a bit of work had the ring and its owner reunited.
Fochabers Angling Association started to catch fish, thanks to Tony Smith for his picture.
Gordon Castle finished the week with six, thanks to Ian Tennant for keeping me updated.
Delfur were just short of double figures.
Rothes Kevin Smyth tells me they landed six including his 23lb from Jamiesons.
Arndilly, Euan tells me it was a week of two halves, nine by Wednesday night and then only one more. Team leader David Curtis had five including a 24lb sea-liced fish. John Dickinson had three with Debbie Barbor and David Fletcher one a piece.
Aberlour Angling Club with Neil Borthwick and Andy Goodenough amonst the fish again.
Kinermony finished with five with Mark McCalmont getting three.
Wester Elchies also had five including a fish of 23lb, weighed, from Pol McCree for Anntti Saastamoinen.
Carron could only manage one, for Nigel Devine.
Edwin Whyte had another good week at Knockando. On Monday he had a 7lb salmon and sea trout followed by a 18lb fish. American cane rod maker Bob Clay managed a Spey salmon on one of his cane rods.
Castle Grant, Jouni Rauha tells me I have hosted another week a group fishing at the Castle Grant beats 1 and 3. We had bent rods and caught fine springers.
I have no news from further up the river.
If you are fishing the Spey, or even other rivers, please keep an eye out for adult salmon bearing tags. The Spey Fishery Board and Spey Gillies are running a salmon tagging project to:
– Determine the re-capture rate of released salmon
– Provide information on the movements of rod caught salmon
Gillies along the river have been provided with tags, tagging equipment and training. Tagged fish could be recaptured anywhere in the river, even in other rivers, so we are asking all anglers to look out for fish carrying “Floy” tags next to the dorsal fin. Floy tags are vinyl coated, available in different colours and individually numbered.
What are we asking anglers to do if they catch a tagged fish?
-Take a note of the Floy tag colour and number (take good photo if possible)
– Carefully release the fish, with tag still in place
– Contact the Spey Fishery Board by Telephone number on tag or via the contact details below
– Anglers reporting a tagged fish will receive details of the fish including original tagging place and date, as well as any other information available
– A full report on the tagging study will be published at the end of the season, including details of all fish