With conditions still on the low side it looked like last week was going to be hard going, sport was indeed very patchy for some and non existent for others. Almost 30 fish were reported including 3 off the Association water from the usual suspects. The highlight was a 22 pounder on 3 above to Borrobol rods who finished with 7 for the week. Heavy rain on Friday/Saturday filled the lower catchment and raised levels to over 1ft. This spoiled most of Saturday but may have encouraged some good sport on the upper beats late on.
The week ahead should be good if the run gathers pace and the Association water will fish nicely.
In what should probably have been the best week of season going by the condition of the river, the fishing was an epic fail. Mid April with 1ft 3 on the gauge on Monday morning is as good as it gets but the whole river blanked. Cloudy water due to the rise could have been reason for a poor Monday but things did not really improve for the rest of the week, a lack of fish was obvious. Averaging less than 1.5 fish per day is frankly dire for the time of year.
I was in Glasgow for a few days last week and took the chance to call in at the mega store Glasgow Angling Centre, impressive but a very clinical arrangement. I did however see lots of my Fulling Mill fly designs selling well and as usual, the Rs SuperSnaelda...Read more
Around 15 fish were reported from the Helmsdale last week. Achentoul rods topped the chart with 5 as fish were caught right through the system from the Marrel pool beat 1 below to beat 5 above, RS TD coneheads fished on floating lines were catching the fish along with the odd one on a Cascade double hook. Fish will certainly be in the loch now and it is well worth a cast, unfortunately this water will probably not see a fly until June even though beat 6 is the only beat which currently has a 3 rod option - if anyone wants the spare rod fished, give me a call!! It would be fitting if the same 3 rod option was offered on all the beats as there is so much fishing available when the fish are known to have ascended the Kildonan falls. The argument for resting water is a non starter when fish are constantly running hard, you will pick them up anywhere and often second time down a pool.
RS Willie Dog