THE January weather is still holding fair for anglers at Delgatie Castle Trout Fishery and although the temperature has dropped marginally, the fish activity is still at a good level and the water is yielding some good catches.
There is a remarkable amount of surface activity by the fish although anglers are fishing much deeper with the majority of fish being caught on lures and buzzers. It is possible that wet flies and small nymphs, quickly retrieved, could be attractive to the fish at higher levels in the water column.
The past week has seen good returns from the larger specimens with C. Fraser, Turriff, landing a 9lb and 10lb specimen, E. Hall, Cuminestown, with a 10lb fish and D. Stanford, Peterhead, and A. Simpson, Longside, both netting 7lb plus specimens.
Among the other anglers the best catches were recorded by:
C Fraser, Turriff (22 fish, Pink Blobs, Purple and Orange Fritz); A. Murray, Gardenstown (ten fish, Green/Black Fritz); K. Reid, Gardenstown (eight fish, Buzzers); N. Thomson, Turriff (seven fish, Buzzers/Pink Dancer); L. Davidson, Macduff (seven fish, Nomad); N. Paterson, Turriff (six fish, Bloodworm/Buzzers).
The coming week is forecast to become colder as the week progresses but as yet the fishery has not seen any signs of icing and hopefully the water will remain clear.
For further information, and if relevant, icing conditions, phone Bob on 07980 999 006.