The Lairds week has come to an end at Dinnet and catches for May have been up on the previous 4 years . The Beat has been fishing well and we are beginning to get too grips with where the new lies are and learning the optimum heights for the different pools.
The birch trees are now in leaf and the lupins and wild flowers are in bloom, with sand martins, swallows, swifts, and house martins busily zooming around, and oyster catchers nesting it is a time of year thats filled with wildlife and a wonderful time to be on the river bank.
We caught our first salmon on a floating line on the 18th of April where Andrew Markland landed a cracking 7lb springer on a long leader and toucan fly in the evening. Water temperatures have since risen keeping above the 50 degree mark and the beauty of fishing fine long leaders and floating lines has been the norm this month. This time of year is perfect for catching hard fighting springers and watching the takes as the fish are willing to come up to the surface for a fly.
The second week in May was a scorcher and water temperatures rose and bought some good runs of sealiced salmon up to Dinnet. While hot conditions hindered catches during the day, the evening fishing was very good and many fish were caught in the evenings. the week finished with 19 salmon between the party and two sea trout
Last week bought cooler weather and water temps dropped quite considerably, as low as 46 degrees some mornings. The week got to a good start with four salmon caught on the Monday and two on the Tuesday. Then it seamed many salmon were getting caught higher up at cambus, invercauld and Crathie. We finished with 9 for the week and most probably lost the same again.
Today there is a weather front coming in and the river already rose 2′ on Saturday night so I suspect we will be fishing a large river tomorrow, but there is fine weather forecast later in the week and the river could drop nicely and hopefully provide some great sport as May comes to an end.
Johan with a welcomed springer from Red Brae
Roy Willingham with a fresh grilse from the boat pool
Amanda kavanagh enjoying time of the river
Mark Beaty managed to lure this one on a size 14 silver stoat from logie pool.