Last week temperatures remained low and the wicked east wind which has blown for all the season continued to make some pools seem dead. Out of the wind in the sunshine it could be quite pleasant and I noticed some huge March Brown hatches, by the end of the week the trout were starting to feed ravenously.
The Osprey who has been back a number of weeks was joined by the Sand Martins that by my reckoning are about a fortnight late, the daffodils are almost out and the willows are in bud. Today the temperature rose by at least 10 c, coupled with some rain and a strong southerly wind; the snow is melting fast and the river is big and dirty, I fear there will not be much fishing tomorrow though hopefully the rest of the week will be good. The tides have peaked today and there will be no new water all week.
Catches: Continue to be patchy; the Gordon Castle Beats are still doing well, with twenty five for the week. Again I have no report from Orton. At Delfur my party had an enjoyable week, eventually just getting into double figures a selection of photos showing the good looking fish and the gillies!
Upstream things were tougher; Rothes started well but quickly fell away. I heard that Delagyle had a fish. Carron had five, with co owner Jimmy Jack landing three. Upstream Knockando had their first on their first let week. I heard the beats above the Avon had half a dozen. Grantown continued to pick away with a 12 pounder caught by local member, John Mallin, in Tarric Mor yesterday afternoon. I predict that this rise in the water will have a few more caught at Grantown.