Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beautiful banks at Birkhall

Beautiful banks at Birkhall

Lovely imageS sent in by angler Charles Jeffery who advised ‘ Just back from three days on Birkhall. The water was up and down like a fiddler’s elbow, but managed a wee 6lb fish from the Polvier on Monday.
The scenery was terrific and catching fish was almost secondary.(Almost).’

 

Location

Upper Dee, between Crathie and Ballater

Summary

Five year average: 31 salmon/grilse 3 miles right bank fishing, 15 pools Maximum rods 2 1 ghillie, 2 huts Price range: £40 to £92 per rod/day +vat

Description

Birkhall is a lightly fished two rod beat on a magnificent stretch of the River Dee on Balmoral Estates. The beat is fished from the right bank from April until July each year, unless required by the Royal Family.

There are 15 pools on the three mile beat and the services of a ghillie are shared between the two rods on the beat. There are classic fly-fishing pools and due to the fast flowing nature of the River Dee and the variety of pools, the beat can be fished at all water heights. The fishing experience is enhanced by the breathtaking scenery.

The beat is normally let on a weekly basis but during some periods it may be possible to rent on a part- week basis.

Self-catering cottages are often available under separate arrangements through the Balmoral Estates Office.

 

Catch Statistics

Salmon & Grilse

Year ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 Average ’12
Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Mar 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 0
Apr 5 3 1 0 2 2.2 3
May 13 8 14 8 7 10.0 8
Jun 16 9 19 12 3 11.8 4
Jul 4 7 0 2 2 3.0 0
Aug 8 1 2 2 0 2.6 0
Sep 3 0 0 2 1 1.2 0
Oct 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
Total 50 28 36 26 15 31.0 15

 

How to Book

Please take the availability link below and check that the days you want are available. Then follow the instructions at the bottom of that page.

Availability

Date of listing: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 06:54:00 GMT

To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of’ link at the start of the relevant line

  • Click on the Species link for an explanation of the species abbreviations
  • Click on the Notes links (where applicable) for an explanation of the abbreviated notes
Week of Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
9 Jul 12 as st £62  +  vat 2 2 2 1 1 1 Min 3dH1r

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Lower Crathes and West Durris-a fabulous fishing beat

Lower Crathes and West Durris

Lower Dee below Banchory beside Crathes Bridge

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Summary

Five year average: 411 salmon/grilse and 55 sea trout 1.75 miles left bank and 2.5 miles right bank fishing, 12 pools 2 ghillies spring/autumn, 1 summer. Aug/Sep Ghillie by arrangement only 1 hut, 1 boat Maximum rods 4 reducing to 3 and then 2 in the summer months and revert back to 4 in the autumn.

More Images from the beat http://www.lax-a.net/laxa-photo-gallery.html and also a report with images here http://www.speyghillie.co.uk/forum/Blah.pl?m-1296837469/

Description

The Lower Crathes/West Durris beat is arguably the top River Dee beat and provides predominantly double bank fishing on the Lower Dee below Banchory. Lower Crathes comprises the left bank from two thirds of a mile above Durris Bridge to one mile below with the West Durris beat occupying the right bank, from one and a half miles above the bridge to one mile below.

All pools are readily fished from the bank or are easily waded. The Upper Bridge and Birkenbaud are sometimes fished from a boat at the Ghillies discretion. Different pools favour differing heights of water and wind directions, with fishable water available throughout the season. Rods rotate between combinations of pools each half day to give all equal opportunity.

One fishing hut on the Lower Crathes side serves the beat. The hut has a wood burning stove, W.C. and telephone. Additionally there are three shelters for the use of fishers and the hut, shelters and fishing’s as a whole are easily accessible by car.

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Head Ghillie Robert Harper and Malcolm Tocher with a 25lb plus salmon at Lower Crathes

Key Points

The beat is one of the most productive on the Dee year in and year out and produces a good number of big fish each season. The beat can fish in virtually all heights of water, unlike other Dee beats and this ensures that visitors are able to fish without losing virtually any fishing time due to water conditions.

The Head Ghillie Robert Harper has been employed by Dunecht Estate for 36 years and is one of the most highly thought of Ghillies in Scotland. He has extensive knowledge of the beat and where and when fish are most likely to be caught; he also has considerable experience about salmon fishing in other countries. Robert has been a member of the River Dee Board for a number of years and contributes significantly to helping preserve the River Dee for generations to come.

At Lower Crathes and West Durris dreams can come true:

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Jamie Hammond with 22lb & 24lb Springers caught in evening and following morning

The fishing is available through the FishDee website that attracts over 2 million visitors a year and the beat is owned by Dunecht Estates and leased to Lax-A in Iceland who have secured the fishing rights on a long term agreement. Additional seasonal Ghillie Charles Booth is also on the beat and has worked there for a number of years.

Robert Harper Head Ghillie

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Book fishing here

Availability

Date of listing: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 06:53:47 GMT

To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of’ link at the start of the relevant line

  • Click on the Species link for an explanation of the species abbreviations
  • Click on the Notes links (where applicable) for an explanation of the abbreviated notes
Week of Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
3 Sep 12 as st £365 4 2 2  
10 Sep 12 as st £365 2 1 2 2  
17 Sep 12 as st £365 1 1 1 4 4 3  
1 Oct 12 as st £365 3 3 3  
8 Oct 12 as st £365 1 1 1 1 1  

A double line between weeks denotes one or more ‘missing’ weeks where no fishings are available.
If no rods are shown to let, please try again another day, as there may be some to let by then

 

Weekly Fishing Report

Recent Catches

Last week was shaping up to be a really productive week – perhaps one of the best for the season, but the heavens opened and we had a big coloured river on Friday and Saturday that slowed down the action somewhat in areas of the catchment. It wasn’t a total washout though as FishDee beats reported a creditable 177 salmon and 118 sea trout. There was some good sport encountered at times and the Ghillies I have been speaking to this morning have been very positive about recent sport and the current prospects. It appears that there were good runs of new salmon and grilse coming in last week before the big lift in river levels, which should encourage another good run of new salmon to run the river. At this time of year if we get water we can get good runs of fish and anglers fishing this week could do very well. In terms of salmon catches the Ballogie beats reported 31 salmon with many lost, Dess reported 15 salmon with many lost, Park and Lower Crathes and West Durris both reported 11 salmon and grilse and many other beats did well.

On the sea trout front, conditions at night were not ideal as the air temperatures during the evenings were on the cool side. That said FishDee beats saw Kincardine report 16 sea trout, Dess 15 sea trout and Park 11. Anglers were catching sea trout as a by catch when fishing for salmon during the day. If we get warmer evenings this week then conditions may be ideal for anglers wishing to have a crack for sea trout with lighter tackle at dusk. I visited the lovely Lower Woodend beat on Saturday morning for a cast and the river looked in really good order until it started to rise.

Robin Kemp with his best salmon ever at Ballogie
I have chatted with some of the river Ghillies this morning who were very upbeat. Eoin Smith at Dess remarked ‘We caught a good number of fish and lost quite a few too, mostly sea liced fish to boot. We had 10 salmon and 5 grilse. George Chan from Chester did well and had a good number to his rod. Ian Wilson from the Borders Gun Room did well with salmon and sea trout and I expect him to do well this week. Ian’s the inventor of the popular Posh Tosh fly and this did the trick for him when the river rose on Friday night.’ The pools have stocks of fresh and river fish and new fish are arriving regularly.

Robert Harper at Lower Crathes advised ‘A good first half of the week with steady river levels; alas a big rise in river levels towards the end of the week coloured the river somewhat and fish went off the take a bit. We had a decent week with salmon, grilse and sea trout. Successful anglers were shipbroker Gordon Dickinson and John and Anthea Fielding. Cascades and Shipbroker Shrimp flies did the business for us. I would like to see the river levels drop slowly throughout the week and we should fish well.’ It looks likely that we should see decent fishing conditions until at least Thursday evening when heavy rain is suggested.

The Franc N Snaelda does the business on the Dee again
Sean Stanton at Ballogie commented ‘We had a good first half, a little quiet spell and then a strong finish to the week with 5 salmon on Saturday at Carlogie. Lots of new sea liced salmon and grilse coming forward which are perfectly shaped and in good condition. The Weir party, who were fishing Ballogie and Carlogie had a good week however we lost as many fish as we caught. Ian Jardine had 9 for his week and also lost 9, with 5 lost on Thursday morning at Ballogie. If temperatures rise as forecast we could do really well in the evenings when fishing for sea trout. We have a good team fishing this week and I expect them to do very well.’ Based on Ghillies feedback anglers fishing this week could enjoy some excellent sport. For those pondering a flying visit, then please do as conditions appear to be as good as you could ask for at this time of year.

Please ensure all visiting anglers sign the Gyrodactylus salaris declaration forms and follow Ghillies instructions closely. Bio-Security is vitally important to the river, ensuring all visitors are vigilant in ensuring we take necessary precautions and don’t see this devastating parasite wiping out our stocks of salmon. If you are not offered one to sign then I would urge you to please ask for one to be provided to you prior to commencing fishing. The new FishDee blog will have reports through the week as I hear of them so please keep me informed of any news. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd

Beat catches reported (week ending 23rd June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 3, Park 11, Lower Crathes and W Durris 11, Invery 3, Lower Blackhall 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 4, Middle Blackhall 3, Cairnton 4, Woodend 2, Commonty 4, Sluie 1, Ballogie 8, Borrowston 5, Kincardine 8, Carlogie 18, Dess 15, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 9, Aboyne Castle 7, Craigendinnie 6, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 4, Deecastle 5, Headinch and Cambus O’May 8, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 7, Abergeldie 4, Crathie 10, Mar Lodge 2, Heughhead 1.
Total: 177 Largest: Park & Birse 22lbs

SEA TROUT: Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 11, Lower Crathes and W Durris 6, Invery 9, Lower Blackhall 2, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 2, Woodend 6, Ballogie 4, Borrowston 1, Kincardine 16, Carlogie 8, Dess 15, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 8, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 3, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Crathie 4, Heughhead 1.
Total: 118 Largest: Kincardine & Carlogie & Birse & Waterside and Ferrar & Crathie 4lbs

Prospects

Good river levels allied to a reasonable weather forecast suggest potentially a very good week, time will tell as anglers tackle a falling river with new runs of fish coming forward. The river gauges are currently sitting at 1 foot 1 inch at Mar Lodge and 2 ft 10 inches at Park-ideal for the time of year. The maritime influence sees tides dropping back from 4.0 metres to 3.6 metres on Thursday and then starting to build again. The Met Office is forecasting a mostly overcast week with air temperature maxima perhaps reaching 20 degrees Celsius tomorrow with light winds through the week. There may be the odd isolated shower until Thursday PM when heavy rain is forecast and then brighter and showery conditions on Friday. It is too early to say how much rain will fall on the catchment on Thursday; hopefully it will not be too much to affect river levels drastically. There is good rod availability for anglers pondering a flying visit to Deeside this week.

The pools are at a good fishing height with lots of availability and new fish coming forward

Anglers will be advised to consult their Ghillie during their stay this week to ensure they give themselves the best opportunity of encountering good sport. With positive feedback this morning I hope anglers heed the counsel provided by their Ghillie who will advise the tactics to utilise on their chosen beat. As we have passed the summer solstice daylight hours are at their longest and anglers need to use their time wisely and don’t burn the candle at both ends. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie to call on then perhaps you will fish with a sink tip combination whether speyline or shooting head. Fly choice could include Crathie fly, Franc n snaelda, Cascade, Calvin’s shrimp and silver stoats tail. Anglers fishing dusk and into the darkness could get good sport from sea trout with flies such as Stoats Tail, Dark Mackerel, Teal blue and silver and monkey. If you need to stock up on flies you can visit Somers in Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil Post Office, Strachan’s of Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater where you will find a good selection of Dee flies.

Some of Ballogie Estates Head Ghillie Sean Stantons deadly flies

There is a good selection of accommodations for visiting anglers on FishDee and we are pleased to welcome the Old Toll House in Kincardine O’Neil to FishDee. Irene Ross is mine host and welcomes visiting anglers to middle Deeside. Her website can be accessed here The old Toll House At this time of year anglers need flexibility in the times of fishing effort, with a good place to relax in between hours on the river bank. Please look at the good selection of accommodation providers who specialise in catering for visiting anglers and will make your stay both pleasant and comfortable at www.fishdee.co.uk
As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd

Good runs of new fish and there’s current availability

Well the feedback from Ghillies is that there are good runs of new salmon and grilse entering the river. Good numbers of fish being hooked and landed and good numbers hooked and lost. One unlucky angler hooked and lost 5 salmon last Thursday, the next day he hooked and landed 4 salmon. A good lift in river levels on Friday/ Saturday has again encouraged a good run of new fish to come forward.

Lower Woodend on Saturday 22nd June-a super pool at a good height to fly fish

There is availability on some super beats this week which provide a great opportunity for anglers to catch fresh fish-BOOK NOW whilst conditions are ideal

June Rods

Date of listing: Monday 25th June 2012 at 10:49 am

To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of‘ link at the start of the relevant line

Click on the Beat/Fishery link to go to the detail page for that water
Click on the Species link for an explanation of the species abbreviations
Click on the Notes links (where applicable) for an explanation of the abbreviated notes
If you wish, you may sort this list by clicking on any of the bold blue column headings

Week of Water Beat/Fishery Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
Jun 25th Dee Kingcausie as st £50 5 5 5 5 5 5 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £45 6 6 6 6 6 6 n/a CE
Jun 25th Dee Park as st £123 

+ vat

3 3 3 2 4 2 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Park South as st £123 

+ vat

3 3 3 5 5 4 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Knappach as st £55 

+ vat

2 2 2 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Crathes as st £78 

+ vat

3 3 1 1 4 1 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo as st £65 5 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Middle Blackhall as st £75 3 3 3 n/a LE
Jun 25th Dee Sluie as st £45 

+ vat

2 2 1 2 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Mar Estate as st £35 

+ vat

2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a  
Jun 25th Dee Mar Lodge as st £45 

+ vat

1 1 1 1 1 n/a  
Jun 25th Feugh Heughhead as st wt £30 

+ vat

3 4 4 4 n/a  
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If no rods are listed, June will have passed. Rods for next June will appear here later
To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of‘ link at the start of the relevant line

Web Camera Installation

Looking at an installation for the underwater web camera this Friday but the forecast predicts heavy rain which may prevent a safe dive. http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=uk7dayx7%3Bpage%3D4%3Bct%3D1962%7EBanchory%3Bsess%3D#forecast

This isnt the first time we haven’t been able to have the installation done in the last couple of months….so be patient. We cannot take any chances with the Divers safety and a fast flowing river carries debris, often unseen which could be extremely hazardous to a Diver concentrating in securing an underwater camera to bedrock. The type of camera being used is a Hemispheric one and you can find live footage of one of this type on the internet.

Finzean Estate Nets Prestigeous Award

 

    

DEESIDE’S FARM SHOP & TEAROOM

 

 LIFE WITH STYLE AWARDS 2012

We were thrilled to win trend magazine’s 2012 Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire best coffee shops & cafés category of their “LIFE WITH STYLE” awards. With over 400 people attending the glitzy dinner award ceremony at the Marcliffe hotel last Thursday, it was quite an evening with the lovely Sarah Mack hosting.

 We would not be who we are without the enormous dedication of our wonderful staff who put so much into the farm shop and so this really is a team trophy. Naturally, there would be no farm shop without our customers andwe are so grateful to everyone who makes the trip to come and see us and keep us busy. Basically, a great big thank you to everyone.

 Catriona and Kate

Grilse are arriving-and a film crew too….

In common with other east coast rivers there are numbers of Grilse now running the River Dee. This is welcome news as runs had appeared to be coming later. The conditions are pretty good for allowing these mercurial fish to migrate upriver and in the process stir up other lying fish. With sea trout numbers building it is really a good prospect to consider coming to fish the River Dee and it’s tributary the River Feugh. There is good availability listed on the FishDee website for June here http://fishpal.calligrafix.com/view_item.aspx?custom=SearchResults&dom=Dee&uniq=21.4.856 and for July http://fishpal.calligrafix.com/view_item.aspx?custom=SearchResults&dom=Dee&uniq=23.41.394 

I have solid plans to get a number of beat films produced during July with a great film crew which will allow us  to embed the short films onto the FishDee website. This will really add value to the FishDee website allowing potential customers the opportunity to see how some of the River Dee beats look and see anglers fishing as well as finding out quite a bit of information about these beats

Weekly Fishing Report-18th June

Recent Catches

It was a steady week on Deeside with catches well distributed throughout the catchment with salmon landed between Altries and Mar Lodge. FishDee beats have reported 220 salmon and 88 sea trout for the week with Ballogie/Carlogie reporting 29 salmon, Dinnet and Deecastle reported 20 with Park reporting 18. It was pleasing to see some of the lower beats starting to get some decent catches with Upper Drum and Lower Durris reporting 14 and Tilbouries getting into double figures. Feedback suggests there are salmon and grilse running the river in reasonable numbers and prospects look favourable. Sea trout fishing was quite reasonable with Invery reporting a dozen, Kincardine and Park both reported 9 and a number of other beats reported around half a dozen.

I received correspondence from Euan Reid at Dinnet advising ‘Hello Ken. This week’s report from Dinnet and Deecastle is a good one! This time last year we had a big head of fish in all the pools but they had been with us for quite some time. This time we have fewer resident fish but we have a steady run of fresh fish entering the beat and it is these that are being caught, some still with sea lice. For me, this is the best type of salmon fishing, with success coming from covering as much water as possible as delicately as you can; with the expectation of a pull in every pool from a fresh fish. Notable fish this week were many but I’ll select a few- Barry Hannigan 18lb from Ministers, Jeff Featherstone 16lb plus 2 sea trout on a very difficult day for him personally. Jamie Adamson caught a 16lb fish from the Dinnet side of Logie using a very small black conehead and size 20 double! Mike Noble had 6 salmon, Phillip Taylor 4, including a wild 16lb fish from Bruich, and Geoff Stainton caught his first Dee salmon from between the goalposts in the Glide on Deecastle. Unfortunately there was one angler who failed to score, Dick ‘fishless’ Bradshaw who will no doubt be top scorer next year.’ I do wish Dick success on his return to Dinnet as sometimes fishing can see one talented angler being frustrated when everyone else is getting sport.

I was delighted to meet Invery Ghillie Karl Revel this morning who provided an in depth report as always. Karl advised ‘As many will know the Invery beat has recently been sold and will now be split, with the upper double bank section remaining as Invery and the lower single bank section being renamed Tilquhillie. The new owners will co-operate closely and will at times operate the two beats in tandem. On Friday Peter Hutchison, back home in Echt, having recently qualified as a doctor, enjoyed a memorable first days salmon fishing. In the morning he adapted quickly to Speycasting with a double handed rod. This in itself pleased him greatly and in the afternoon he put his newly learned skills to good use when he was fortunate enough to catch and release two sea liced salmon of 12 and 13 lbs on a size 12 Munro Killer variant in the Killing Hatch pool. Describing his experience as ‘one of the best days of my life,’ he added ‘I don’t know if I’m trembling because I’m cold or because I’m so excited.’ Everyone who has caught their first salmon will know the answer to that question. Peter was congratulated by Eddie Sinclair; a regular Dee fisherman who had earlier landed a beautiful 20 lb sea liced fish in Tilquhillie’s Floating Bank pool using a self designed size 11 Posh Tosh variant. Eddie and I did caution Peter not to expect success on every trip to the river but we were sure that on this day he was paying little heed to our words of wisdom’ Congratulations to Peter and hopefully the first of many memorable salmon fishing adventures.

Peter Hutchison with his first ever salmon at Invery looking delighted

Please ensure all visiting anglers sign the Gyrodactylus salaris declaration forms and follow Ghillies instructions closely. Bio-Security is vitally important to the river, ensuring all visitors are vigilant in ensuring we take necessary precautions and don’t see this devastating parasite wiping out our stocks of salmon. If you are not offered one to sign then I would urge you to please ask for one to be provided to you prior to commencing fishing. The new FishDee blog will have reports through the week as I hear of them so please keep me informed of any news this link As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Beat Catches ReportedWeek ending 12:08 on Mon 11th Jun 2012
SALMON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 2, Middle Drum 2, Tilbouries 10, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 14, Park 18, Lower Crathes and W Durris 6, Knappach 1, Crathes 4, Invery 3, Lower Blackhall 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 5, Cairnton 10, Woodend 3, Commonty 4, Sluie 2, Ballogie 15, Borrowston 5, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 14, Dess 9, Birse 10, Aboyne Water 5, Aboyne Castle 4, Craigendinnie 5, Waterside and Ferrar 12, Dinnet 8, Deecastle 12, Headinch and Cambus O’May 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 13, Birkhall 1, Abergeldie 5, Crathie 4, Mar Lodge 2, Total 220
SEA TROUT: Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 3, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 4, Park 9, Lower Crathes and W Durris 4, Invery 12, Cairnton 1, Woodend 1, Ballogie 4, Kincardine 9, Carlogie 5, Dess 5, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 2, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 7, Deecastle 6, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 7, Birkhall 1, Total 88
TROUT: none reported

Prospects

The Met Office forecast for Aboyne this week advises a continuation of the cool weather that has prevailed recently. Air temperature maxima will struggle to reach 12 degrees Celsius and most days will be rather overcast and dull with perhaps the odd rain shower, there is a risk of increased rainfall towards the weekend. The light winds from the north will continue. The maritime influence shows tides dropping back from 3.8 metres to 3.5 metres mid week and then starting to build again next weekend. The Sepa gauges are reading 6 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 ft 1 inch at Park so levels are reasonable for anglers visiting the river. Night fishing for sea trout will perhaps be slow as air temperatures are really quite low for the time of year. Hopefully the next few weeks will see air temperatures increase.

As I always counsel, please listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie as they can make a difference to your chances of success. Your Ghillie can advise on where the fish are located on the beat you are fishing and advise on the tactics you should employ when fishing your beat. Your Ghillie can make recommendations about what flies to use and please show them your fly box and discuss the best ones to try. If you don’t have a Ghillie to call on for advice then perhaps you will fish with a full floating line or sink tip and a size 13-15 fly on a long leader, and work your fly with perhaps a figure of eight retrieve. The patterns to try may include silver stoats tail, Munro Killer, Crathie fly and black Frances. You may find fish located in the faster streams now where fish like to lie in the well oxygenated flows. At nightfall fish can be on the move and pool tails can fish well as running fish come into a pool. If you don’t have the range of flies you need then you can visit the Orvis shop in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil post office and Strachan’s of Aboyne who all have a decent range of River Dee flies available. The catches last week from Altries to Crathie show a decent distribution of fish throughout the catchment and fish are now running the Feugh with salmon and sea trout being encountered at Heughhead.

Please ensure all visiting anglers sign the Gyrodactylus salaris declaration forms and follow Ghillies instructions. Bio-Security is vitally important to the river, ensuring all visitors are vigilant in ensuring we take necessary precautions and don’t see this devastating parasite wiping out our stocks of salmon. If you are not offered one to sign then I would urge you to please ask for one to be provided to you prior to commencing fishing. The new FishDee blog will have reports through the week as I hear of them so please keep me informed of any news https://fishdee.wordpress.com/ As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

World Famous John West Salmon Advert

Did you Know ?

To increase their UK market share, in November 2000 John West canned salmon started a marketing campaign revolving around a viral video in which what appears to be a bear fights a fisherman for a fresh salmon. The video soon became a huge Internet sensation, and by 2006 it was reported to be viewed over 300 million times, making it the sixth most viewed video online !The video was filmed on Invercauld Estate, near Balmoral, on the River Dee in the Scottish Highlands.

Directed by Danny Kleinman, created by Paul Silburn and voiced by Tony Clarkin, the video campaign won a number of awards, including:[17]

1.British Television Advertising Awards – “Best Commercial of the Year” (2001)
2.Advertising Creative Circle Awards – “Winner” (2001)
3.Intl. Food & Beverage – (Creative Excellence Awards) “FAB Award” (2001)

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

It is perhaps fitting that the recent wonderful Jubilee weekend culminated with a spectacular event at Balmoral with the reported capture of a 50 inch long salmon. Mr Nick James was fishing the pretty 6 mile beat as part of the Woodward Party. Mr James, an experienced angler, hooked and landed this leviathan after 45 minute struggle and in accordance with the River Dee conservation code returned the fish to the river with the minimum of fuss after measuring the fish at 50 inches. He remarked that the fish was a good deep specimen that had been in the river for perhaps 3 weeks. Fishing on the River Dee was steady at the start of the week however a lift in river levels curtailed sport somewhat over the last 3 days of the week. FishDee beats have reported 122 salmon to 48lbs and 57 sea trout to 5lbs. Waterside and Ferrar reported 12 salmon, Birse, Cairnton and Crathie reported 11 salmon and Park also reached double figures.

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Greig Thompson of Salmo Fishings International fishing at Balmoral

I received correspondence from Edward Humphrey from Dinnet Estate who commented ‘Just to report that Charles Hill’s party fished Dinnet and Dee Castle the week before last and had their best catch for 26 years with 31 salmon and 6 sea trout and they even afforded themselves some time off to play golf! There was no lack of effort for the rest of the week but on Saturday evening the party were still two short of the 2010 total. Charles kindly asked me to fish on Saturday night and I caught a small grilse whilst he landed a 10lb fish in Logie but the prize went to Andrew Markland who caught the 27lb cracker in the Glide to round off an excellent week. Sadly no photos are available of the big fish but it rounded off an excellent week for the Hill part with the majority of the fish being shared equally between Charles, Andrew Markland and his brother Robert.’ I spoke briefly with Birse Ghillie Doug Murray this morning to ask about the 30lb salmon reported from his beat on Saturday. Doug commented ‘Gordon Smith, a keeper at Seafield Estates from Elgin was the angler who landed the 30lb salmon they reported on Saturday. The fish was caught at the Trees Pool and was measured.’ Birse is a big fish beat and I am sure Mr Smith was delighted with his fine capture.

I received a humorous anecdote from Kincardine Estate proprietor Andrew Bradford last week that I wanted to share with readers. Andrew advised ‘I’ve just received the following feedback from a Fishing Tenant on our new hut and on his team’s (of 3 couples) week’s fishing at Kincardine which might amuse you. ‘The new Palace on the Bend is wonderful, and the stove was much appreciated even in early June. A barby would be nice, we might bring our own next year, if that is ok by you; otherwise it only lacks a nubile and willing wench to help pull off our waders, and maybe offer to rub lightly scented oils into our weary shoulders after a long day spent battling with huge salmon. The fishing went pretty well much as usual. The girls occasionally dropped a fly into the water between bouts of gossiping, sleeping, drinking, and puzzling over some of the more purple passages of a book they’d found 50 Shades, or some such twaddle, and they caught 5 salmon and 4 sea trout; the gentlemen applied themselves vigorously, continuously and skilfully, throwing a splendid straight line at least 45 yards on all necessary occasions, and caught 4 salmon and 2 sea trout. Despite the humiliation we would very much appreciate being allowed back next year, please.’

Please ensure all visiting anglers sign the Gyrodactylus salaris declaration forms and follow Ghillies instructions. Bio-Security is vitally important to the river, ensuring all visitors are vigilant in ensuring we take necessary precautions and don’t see this devastating parasite wiping out our stocks of salmon. If you are not offered one to sign then I would urge you to please ask for one to be provided to you prior to commencing fishing. The new FishDee blog will have reports through the week as I hear of them so please keep me informed of any news https://fishdee.wordpress.com/ As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Beat catches reported(week ending 9th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 3, Park 10, Lower Crathes and W Durris 5, Crathes 5, Invery 2, Lower Blackhall 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Cairnton 11, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 1, Ballogie 3, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 1, Dess 3, Birse 11, Aboyne Water 6, Aboyne Castle 2, Waterside and Ferrar 12, Dinnet 7, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 5, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 5, Birkhall 1, Balmoral 4, Crathie 11, Heughhead 1.
Total: 122 Largest: Balmoral 48lbs
SEA TROUT: Park 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 3, Invery 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Woodend 1, Lower Woodend 2, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 1, Dess 11, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 4, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 2, Waterside and Ferrar 6, Dinnet 7, Deecastle 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 5, Crathie 1, Heughhead 1.
Total: 57 Largest: Dinnet 5lbs

Prospects

The Met Office forecast for Aboyne this week advises a continuation of the cool weather that has prevailed recently. Air temperature maxima will struggle to reach 12 degrees Celsius and most days will be rather overcast and dull with perhaps the odd rain shower, there is a risk of increased rainfall towards the weekend. The light winds from the north will continue. The maritime influence shows tides dropping back from 3.8 metres to 3.5 metres mid week and then starting to build again next weekend. The Sepa gauges are reading 6 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 ft 1 inch at Park so levels are reasonable for anglers visiting the river. Night fishing for sea trout will perhaps be slow as air temperatures are really quite low for the time of year. Hopefully the next few weeks will see air temperatures increase.

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Greig Thompson playing a fish at Balmoral

As I always counsel please listed to the advice offered by your Ghillie as they can make a difference to your chances of success. Your Ghillie can advise on where the fish are located on the beat you are fishing and advise on the tactics you should employ when fishing your beat. Your Ghillie can make recommendations about what flies to use and please show them your fly box and discuss the best ones to try. If you don’t have a Ghillie to call on for advice then perhaps you will fish with a full floating line or sink tip and a size 13-15 fly on a long leader, and work your fly with perhaps a figure of eight retrieve. The patterns to try may include silver stoats tail, Munro Killer, Crathie fly and black Frances. You may find fish located in the faster streams now where fish like to lie in the well oxygenated flows. At nightfall fish can be on the move and pool tails can fish well as running fish come into a pool. If you don’t have the range of flies you need then you can visit the Orvis shop in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil post office and Strachan’s of Aboyne who all have a decent range of River Dee flies available. The catches last week from Altries to Crathie show a decent distribution of fish throughout the catchment and fish are now running the Feugh with salmon and sea trout being encountered at Heughhead.

Please ensure all visiting anglers sign the Gyrodactylus salaris declaration forms and follow Ghillies instructions. Bio-Security is vitally important to the river, ensuring all visitors are vigilant in ensuring we take necessary precautions and don’t see this devastating parasite wiping out our stocks of salmon. If you are not offered one to sign then I would urge you to please ask for one to be provided to you prior to commencing fishing. The new FishDee blog will have reports through the week as I hear of them so please keep me informed of any news https://fishdee.wordpress.com/ As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

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