(Last Updated: Wednesday 29 March)
Don Report – 29/03/23
The past two weeks have shown an increase in salmon catches, river levels have remained on the high side due to unsettled weather conditions and this has encouraged any arriving fish to push upriver. The lower beats have unfortunately seen levels running too high and coloured at times, as a result several days have been unfishable, but fish were being reported going over the weirs. The best of the sport has been on the middle and upper river where several beats all got their season underway as fish begun to slow up and rest in the pools. Around twenty fish have been reported caught over this period which is reasonable amount considering the low angling effort witnessed on many days. Fresh fish have been landed from Semeil beat on the upper river down to Parkhill and are already well spread throughout the system as we near the end of the month. The fish landed have been typical Don springers in the 6-9lb bracket with a few still carrying sea lice. Its just approaching ‘Daffodil time’ which normally coincides with better runs of fish entering the river.
Brown trout angling began on the 15th for many beats, again the higher water and chilly weather made for less-than-ideal conditions, but sport has been ticking over on some stretches of the river whilst others are still reporting low returns. The better sized fish are being taken on deep fished nymphs due to the cold water which has been of late sitting at 5 or 6degrees. Encouragingly some hatches of March Browns have been seen coming off over the past week, the fish have been slow and reluctant to surface although some activity has been appearing around 2pm. A few days of warmer weather would greatly help to kick start the season.
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