Well it has been another difficult week on Speyside, the runs of fish in March and early April seem to have faltered and although there are still some fish coming in not nearly enough as I had hoped.
The weather for the next few days is decidedly summer like with temperatures in the mid to high teens, there is no rain forecast till the weekend. Most Scots will be taken advantage of this weather, as it might be the only summer we get, I remember a similar spell around 2 years ago. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till Thursday night.
Tactics in weather like this at this time of year are difficult, I see little or no point in thrashing the relatively low water all afternoon with the sun streaming straight down stream into the salmon’s eyes but with the clear skies temperature inversion can make the evening chilly. Perhaps a long lunch followed by a quick nap and starting again around four o -clock is the best for anglers if not the most social.
I saw my first sandpipers and also my first Mallard family, which is almost 3 weeks earlier than I am used to, this mild spring must have confused a pair of Mallards.
Mark Melville sent me this photograph of a successful trout angler at Delfur!
As I suggested earlier the catches have not been spectacular! The Gordon Castle Beats had a handful of fish. Rothes managed five all sea liced Mike tells me. Craigellachie managed one as did Wester Elchies. Carron had three, as did Laggan. Neil Borthwick was kind enough to send me this photograph of his first of the season.
I had the pleasure of fishing at Phones this week and Sandy told of a lucky angler who had a twenty pounder on Tuesday, his first ever salmon.
Alex Robertson and Derek Wiseman were at Castle Grant and sent me these photographs.
Although very lightly fished Grantown managed a fish, I just cannot understand why more people are not fishing what is arguably the best Association Water in Britain.