(Last updated: Monday 17th April)
Challenging conditions persist on Deeside. The river is low and we need a spate to reinvigorate catches, anglers and ghillies. Looking at the forecast, air temperatures appear warmer (14c/57f) than we have experienced up to now, which may help. Despite the sunshine, there has been a cold edge to the wind, which I don't like at all. The wind has been an ongoing irritant. It will start the week coming from the north west and swing south and west as the week progresses.
The full floater and small hairwing, down to size 12 (possibly smaller) will be a good approach. The Crathie and Silver Stoat are always popular choices in low clear water. Other favourites might include the Hairy Mary and Munro. Micro Frances coneheads fished deep, could well make the difference. Small, lightly dressed Monkeys, stripped across a pool may provide an effective alternative strategy.
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.