To end the week without a fish in the book was not what we expected after last week's brace. The wind blew hard from the southeast for most of the week which is not our most favourable direction with Monday and Saturday the best fishing days.
Air temperatures have finally risen closer to the average for March with double figures most days and with this water temperatures have also lifted significantly into the mid-40s Fahrenheit and with the river running at around 10 inches on the Halkirk gauge this means it is full-floating line fishing with increased chances of seeing fish moving to the fly. There were a few sightings of fresh fish and one was lost in loch Beg.
Next week looks dry but that persistent east in the wind is looking likely to hang around for the most part. It was nice to see oystercatchers moving inland in preparation for breeding as well as the hen harriers on the upper beats which is a sure sign of spring, soon the geese that wintered in Caithness will start their annual migration north and it will not be to long before another well known fisher will arrive, the osprey.
Tight lines next week.