Well the 2015 spring salmon season is under way here on the Upper River Dee. Visiting rods from Sweden fished with us for the week and all enjoyed their time here. Opening day conditions were favourable with a river at 1’11” and steady at a cool temperature of 34 degrees (2 degrees celsius). We managed to lure a couple of springers on the Monday, one for returning rod Martin Riesberg from Pol Bar a lovely 10lber, and another for Seffan Wemberg from the lower Boat pool of 9lb on the south bank.
From Tuesday and onwards for the week we experienced some really windy conditions with westerly winds blowing relentlessly during the day and gusting up to 55 mph. Catches slowed down for the main part of the week although we did continue to catch kelts and a few baggots. It’s difficult to know whether there are very few fish here or fish were put down by the cold air temperatures and continual squalling winds over the water. In my experience often stong gusting winds can put fish down and reduce the taking mood, along with preventing us to mend a fly line effectively.
The river continued to drop until Friday where we saw a significant rise in water on mainly snow melt. At 2’10” the Boat Pool began to fish well and visiting swedish angler Jan Christersson landed a cracking 15lb springer, the first from the Dinnet bank for 2015.
Although only finishing with 3 springers, rods were kept interested with around 25 kelts and three baggots and sport was had by all. Saturday saw another large rising river that continued to rise all day and peaked just below 5′. With an increase of water temperature to 40 degrees lets hope this flush of warmer water will bring some fresh fish up into the river.