As part of the assessment team for the Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors I travel to Loch Leven twice a year to jointly assess with the Scotish Anglers National Association, potential new instructors trying to gain their Scottish Game Angling Instructors Certificate and this year was no exception, which I might add, coincided nicely with the heavy rain we were expecting in the Eden valley which would raise river levels again and ruin the fishing for another few days. That said, apart from some strong winds, we got some nice conditions at Loch Leven and when the sun was out it was tempting to go fishing on the Loch, although it was deceiving and besides we had to work instead. Never mind, that's life! and we did get to see some good new instructors coming through the ranks.
When we returned the Eden, true to form it had begun to rise and by yesterday it was chocolate brown ruining the chances of any Salmon fishing and even more important spoiling what should be the start of the good trout fishing, although I have a sneaky feeling that it could be a bit later this year unless things warm up a bit soon.
Today saw the river continuing to run high keeping us all away, but at least the weather is better and hopefully if the forecasters have got it wrong for later in the week we might be able to fish at the weekend with the possibility of a Spring Salmon or a trout or two on the higher reaches where the water will clear first. Watch this space!