Got to the river at 1 today. It had just cleared up about an hour before and was looking like a nice day. First thing I noticed was flocks of gulls working a pool which could only mean one thing that a hatch was in progress. Cursing my late arrival I got tackled up as quick as I could and headed to the water.Just as I approached the river side I saw a big splash right where I caught my biggest brownie a few years ago so I dropped to the ground to see what was on the water and if would it rise again. Couldn't see any up-wings but plenty of midge.The fish rose again and it wasn't a trout, well not a brownie anyway. Another similar fish rose seconds later right at my feet.Dont know what they were, bright silver and 2/3 lbs weight? They looked like they were travelling and I saw no more of them.Headed up river looked for signs of fly life and rising fish.Seen a single spinner in the shade of a tree and finally a single BWO.Heard a trout rise but didn't see that one so after a short wait I moved on.The gulls had long since departed the scene btw.After walking a bit further I spotted a rise, covered it and it took the fly straight away. I struck two soon and pricked it but covered the same spot again and it took:grin no mistake this time and after a right acrobatic display netted a lovely brown of about a lb.And that was basically it. Lovely day and I was seeing the occasional BWO so I was hoping against my best judgement of another hatch. It wasn't to be. I walked the whole beat, seen 2 more fish rise in places I couldn't reach and that was that.Met a salmon angler who claimed he had 5 springers up to 12 lbs and a 5lb liced sea trout last week. He also spoke of signal crayfish, pike and grayling that he has seen in the don. He hasn't seen any grayling since the 70's though. Great to be back on the river and that the fish are looking up already. Its gonna be a good start to the season I reckon.
Richard,Fish Don is working, river is in fine shape for trout fishing and much lower than it was for the same time last year (working from memory). There are hatches happening, I nailed four fish Sunday before last on March browns, largest at 2lb and I have seen other fish taking duns whilst I have been salmon fishing, hatches are short lived as you would expect with only a fairly short window. The hatch I fished was good, very good with a lot of flies on the water both LDO's and MB's. The river was not boiling with risers but there were enough trout feeding for me to think it would be worth fishing every day conditions were good and that was nearly two weeks ago. It has been warm up here for some time (much warmer than last year) and things are starting to kick off, forecast is good for the coming week and I reckon chances are good. Try to correlate your notes with the SEPA level, look at the Average level on record figure, that will be just a touch higher than 0" on the Fish Don levels.CheersBen
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