Well the opening week has been very enjoyable here on Deeside. It has been a very interesting week and myself and colin have learned lots about the beat and the changes in the pools. Hearing feedback from the fisherman on how they thought pools have fished and searching many new holes for a springer has been the challenge of the week.
Bjorn and his Springer from Sandy Bay
River Temperatures remained low between 1-3 degrees celsius, and the river levels also remained fairly low throughout the week. On opening day returning rod Ross Gowl hooked and landed the first springer for Deecastle in Red Brae, a fine specimen that weighed in at 13lbs. Bjorn Sahlquist caught Deecastles second springer from Sandy Bay on the following day.
We spent many hours throughout the week peering into the deep deep hole at the tail of 29 pool, estimated to be around 12′ deep and searching with polaroids to try and see any fish lying up. I am sure we will take some springers from this spot very soon.
Another strong fish, expected to be a good springer was lost in Red Brae on Saturday after a good hard battle that lasted a few minutes, along with another suspected springer lost in Crawnee.
With milder temperatures forecast next week I am hoping to see some snow melting and the river to rise a wee bit which could encourage some fresh fish into the system.
Reasonably low river levels
Presenting a fly into Sandy Bay from the Dinnet Bank
Exploring the changes in Lower Slachd
Beautiful light in Dinnet
Bjorn and Sorren