(Last updated: Monday 20th March)
It's windy. Really windy. The ghillies have been cursing it as have the rods. It is gusting up to 25mph. Keep your glasses on and hood up- a high-speed hook in the face is no joke. It will be from the west and south-west, perhaps swing north on Thursday.
Water levels are good and if the damn wind would behave we will have good fishing conditions, with a mix of cloud and sunnier spells. Air temperatures will be up to 8c/46f.
Water temperatures have been consistently in the low 40s F/4-6c and the fish will be a bit more active. Floaters and tip will dominate and where we have good water, intermediates and slow sinking lines will be useful. The Monkey will be the most popular fly. But the Willie Gunn and Tosh will continue to work their magic. Think about doubles as well- the usual long tail flies, such as the Cascade will work well.
As ever, listen to your ghillie!
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Iain Wilson with one of several Dee springers he has landed this season.
A lovely fish for Craig McDonald at Ballogie
A cracker of about 18lb for Macaulay Tuck at Upper Blackhall.