Last week’s forecast was fairly accurate and the snowmelt pushed the river up but not enough to spoil the fishing. The river dropped away nicely all week and is now sitting close to summer level.
The forecast for the coming week is nothing like summer! Monday will be showery, with rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, some showers wintery. Temperatures will struggle to reach 5C. The long-term forecast for Friday is suggesting minus 6 but personally I cannot see that happening. Even so it might be time to look out the winter woollies. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water this week.
Catches: Again I am pleased to report catches from Grantown to the sea.
The Gordon Castle Beats started the week slowly but finished just short of double figures with equally as many lost. I am grateful to Angus Gordon Lennox for finding me the picture from Beat 1.
Orton had around 7 and thanks to Stuart Yates for the photo.
Delfur had 9 for the week, everyone had a fish on Thursday, skilful gillieing , I feel.
Rothes finished with 5 but it could have been so much better if not so many had been lost. Alan Leigh pictured at Junction and Bluestone.
Whilst shopping at the Butchers in Aberlour I hear Arndilly had a good week!
Easter Elchies, report this week, and landed 11.
Craigellachie had a couple.
I think Aberlour Angling Club had a couple as well.
Kinermony landed 7, thanks to Davie Brand for his pictures.
Wester Elchies finished with half a dozen, Spey newbies Henrik Larsen and friends from Denmark landed a couple of them.
Upstream, more Scandinavians at Carron, they had a couple, Kristoffer Vassdal, and Endre Grande were the successful anglers.
Ballindalloch had this fish at 27lbs from the March Pool. It was caught by Mr Terse Harangen on a Posh Tosh.
Castle Grant continued to fish well, this time a Finnish party on Beat 3 had 6 of the seven fish. Bryan Herbert had the other on Tuesday.
Castle Grant 2 had this one on Monday.
Grantown again lightly fished but had 3 the largest 12lb from Dulnain Mouth. Darren Grant pictured with this one from the Long Pool.
I hear Kinchurdy had a couple.