It has been a much more wintery week than of late, both Wednesday and Thursday were very windy and the strong downstream wind made casting difficult and unpleasant. Saturday brought the return of the snow.
This afternoon as I write this it is still snowing, horrible wet stuff. I am not at all sure what the coming week will bring it really depends how quickly all the snow melts. The river level looks stable this afternoon. The forecast is for more rain but with a frost at night so hopefully the thaw will be slow. The tides are building all week with the biggest tide on Saturday.
I received news from Dave Duncan at Gordon Castle and he tells me there have been five fish from the Brae Beats even though they are only being lightly fished. He also sent me a picture of Ian Tennant releasing Richard Maplethorp’s fish estimated at 16lb from his beat.
Delfur had a reasonable week again with three fish; Liza O Brien had this one on Monday from Beaufort.
Christian Ward-Thomas had this one from Broom.
Upstream the Gordon Angling group had three from Rothes, members Kevin James and Tony Smith had fish on Tuesday and Wednesday and Guest Michael Ritchie had this fish on Saturday.
I hear that the Aberlour Angling Association have had their first fish of the season. Across the River Wester Elchies got another on Thursday when current world Speycasting Champion Andrew Toft caught an 8lber from the Brock. I have also heard of a fish from Castle Grant but I have no more information.