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(Last updated: Tuesday 3rd May)
After a warm dry spell of weather, conditions turned significantly cooler this week and on Tuesday afternoon, a bitterly cold wind arrived, bringing flurries of snow to the region. On Thursday, the snow and sleet falls really picked up and the hills across the region were white. It would have taken a brave and hardy soul to be out fishing this week. No catches were recorded and the rivers still lay low.
The river Bladnoch opened on the 11th February with the first week producing many well-mended kelts.
In March, the River Cree opening day fell on a large flood. Although free fishing was available across the lower beats during the first week of the season, no spring fish were hooked. The first recorded spring catch from the Cree came on 22nd March. This was a fine 12lb salmon caught by Roger Thomas from North Wales, fishing a black francis fly upon the Machermore stretch of the lower Cree.
The first week of April brought better conditions and three spring salmon were recorded including the first fresh fish from the Bladnoch - a 10 lb salmon caught by Chris Hockley upon Clugston Estate. Jamie Hyslop added the second Cree springer to the catches with an 8 lb salmon from Linloskin and Richard Bellamy, the third, with a 9 lb salmon from the Minnoch upon Glentrool Estates water.