Weekly Fishing Report-18th June
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 email@example.com with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid Â© 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.