Week Commencing 22nd March – Encouraging signs despite the low rod pressure

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The general consensus up and down the river is that the spring run is building and the river has seen a good early run of salmon thus far. This is obviously great news for the anglers who are within the travel boundaries as there’s plenty choice on where to fish – and it would appear that all parts of the river now offer a good chance of encountering a springer.

Last week served up fairly good early spring conditions –

River height – 1ft – 2ft (+/- 2in)
Water Temps – 41-43F or 5-6C
Air temps – 4-10C

A few beats got off to a good start Monday through Wednesday. The weather then started to change – it became colder with snow on the mountains and heavy rain showers at lower levels. Daytime temps dropped by a few degrees and river levels fluctuated with a mix of rain and some daytime snow melt – but it didn’t stop fish being caught –

Catch Summary
Upper River  – 1 fish reported – Tulchan
Middle River – 7 fish reported – Knockando (Phones Beat), Laggan, Wester Elchies (2),  Craigellachie (2)
Lower River – 11 fish reported –  Gordon Castle, Orton, Rothes, Arndilly (6), Upper Arndilly/Easter Elchies
Average size probably around 8-9lb. Biggest fish was 11-12lbs

It’s always an encouraging sign to see spring salmon showing as they enter a pool or migrate upstream. In the colder conditions,  which we have in March, sightings can be few so it’s very heartening to hear that fish are being seen on most beats, most days – this is usually an indication there’s a few about!
Here’s some highlights of the week –

Well done to Damon Harrison – another 2 nice fish in his book
Well done to Damon Harrison – another 2 nice fish in his book

Well done to Damon Harrison – another 2 nice fish in his book

More good news – Arndilly Head Ghillie-Euan Reid informed me that their reach out offer to all NHS staff members has been well received.  As we all know, opportunities to fish this great beat are normally few so if you want the chance to cast a fly over some of the finest pools on Speyside, then get in touch with the Estate – 01985 840176.

Looking ahead to this coming week –

Don’t put away those sunk lines and big monkey flies just yet – Week could start with higher water levels, then turning colder again.  As usual, be prepared for every eventuality.

Availability – 

Fishing opportunities remain good for those who can – so get out there, the salmon are waiting!

Craigellachie tell me they have some rods available on 26-28th April – Call 07767886126

Tightlines to all.

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