We took 5 fish for the week, with the smallest at 10lbs. The quality of fish we have taken this March has been excellent, it is just a pity we did not have more of them. We finished March with 10 fish, with an average weight of 14 lbs.
The last week of March gave us some challenging conditions with a mixture of sleet, snow and strong winds from the east for many days. We did have a couple of quite pleasant days that reminded us that it was spring. The rain and snow gave us a couple of decent lifts in the river and the loch is full. The water is cold and for most of the week it was around 38F which has slowed the fish down and we have seen more fish caught on the lower beats that the upper beats.
There is no doubt that the numbers of early fish are down on last year and this does seem to be a theme over a number of rivers. We have had the coldest winter for some time and for at least a week in March the river was iced up in many parts. Looking back over the records over the last 10 years we have had worse and better catches, so I don't think we can draw any great conclusions.
We now look forward to April, the loch is full and the river looks in great shape for next week.
The picture is looking down to Loch Beg in mid-March, taken by Geordie Doull
Tight lines to you all.