Week Ending April 24th 2010

Well it has not been an easy week on Speyside. Some beats seemed to fish quite well whilst others never saw a fish. The river started the week on a fine height and it gradually dropped off as the week progressed, Saturday saw a rise, perfect conditions. Temperatures dropped rapidly from last weeks high and the frost alarms were going off again in the cars. On Friday there were light flurries of snow.

Catches can be best described as patchy. Delfur had their customary 8 whilst upstream Rothes found the conditions difficult again. Craigellachie got a couple; Wester Elchies had three, including a cracker estimated at 21lbs. Over the water Kinermony had a better week with half a dozen. Delagyle had at least 1. Laggan had there now usual fish but Mike says it is hard work.

Carron, Knockando and Phones were fished by Alan William’s party, slightly diminished in size due to volcanic problems, could only managed one. Colin Yellop bumped in to it from Carron on Monday morning.

Upstream Jon Veitch’s party had a great week with seven from Lower Pitcroy including this fish which erupted to the surface to take a stripped Sunray Shadow. Further up I hear that Ballindalloch managed one and the beats upstream all picked up at least one fish.

The volcano is still causing travel problems, the Northern Constabulary joined in the fun by placing a speed camera van at Ralia catching at least one angler that I met. Hopefully the spring tides and the the warmer weather will encourage more fish to run, up to now April has been more like March!

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