Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fishing Opportunity at the stunning Dinnet Beat

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A late opportunity has arisen for two rods to fish at this beautiful fishing beat in September.

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Proprietor Edward Humphrey has released two rods from 24th to 27th September for anglers to come and fish this hallowed beat. Dinnet has arguably some of the nicest fly fishing pools on the River Dee and attracts a host of global anglers who wish to come and fish this prestigeous beat. The scenery is second to none and the pools are fabulous to fly fish for salmon. At this time of year a small red Frances fly can provoke some furious takes from salmon lying in the pool tails.

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Anglers should contact proprietor Edward Humphrey by e-mail to secure this rare availability with rods at £70 plus vat per day.Contact him by writing to edward@dinnet-estate.co.uk

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Anglers Retreat-The Old Toll House, Kincardine O’Neil

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The Old Toll House-Kincardine O’Neil, Aberdeenshire

Look no further for a warm and comfortable homely B&B in the heart of Royal Deeside.
Located in Kincardine O’Neil, the oldest village in Royal Deeside and in close proximity to Dess, Kincardine, Borrowstone, Ballogie, Carlogie, Commonty and Sluie fishing beats. We offer modern facilities including an ensuite bedroom with galley kitchen,toaster,microwave,fridge and kettle etc with own exterior access door. We offer free internet Wifi,and facilities to dry wet fishing clothes. Competitive rates inclusive of a hearty cooked breakfast: at times to suit the angler’s timetable.Packed lunches and suppers can be arranged at an extra cost. The Old Toll House provides modern superior quality accommodation, decorated to the highest standard with quality furnishings, LED colour TV, tea & coffee making facilities, hair drier and shaving point and of course excellent central heating.

Rates:Double Room available from only £30.00 Per Person per night with a hearty cooked breakfast.
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Contact Irene Ross at :
The Old Toll House
Kincardine O’Neil
Aberdeenshire
Scotland
Tel  (+ 44) 13398 84413

e-mail thetollhouse@talktalk.net

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Web Cameras

On the River Dee catchment there are currently two web cameras providing web streaming allowing readers to see the current conditions of the river in the locations of the two cameras. There is a web camera situated beside the Falls of Feugh which provides a view of the water fall. I visited the site on Saturday to show friends salmon and sea trout making their way up through the waterfall to the upper part of the River Feugh tributary-the largest tributary of the River Dee. We saw many fish jumping the falls and saw many making their way up through the torrent to migrate upstream. Fascinating viewing from the viewing gallery located just beside the waterfall. You can access the webcam through this link . You may see fish jumping when you look in as seen in the picture I took of a fish jumping the falls in the image below.

The other web camera is located beside the iconic Potarch Bridge beside the Potarch hotel. On the south bank where the camera is located lies the Ballogie beat and on the north bank lies the Borrowstone beat. This is a very scenic spot for the location of the camera and it attracts a terific volume of viewers. You can access the on-line streaming from this camera through this link.  maintenance can be tricky when we get a large snowfall as you will see in this photograph.

We plan to install an underwater web camera to provide live streaming from the River Dee which will hopefully allow viewers the opportunity to watch salmon, grilse and sea trout migrating upriver throughout the year. We have had plans stymied twice this year to have the camera installed by a diver and the weather forecast looks not too promising for an installation on Wednesday. The crew have to undertake a 900 mile return journey to travel to Deeside and fingers crossed it will be third time lucky this year if we get the camera installed this week. This promises to provide compelling underwater viewing for visitors to the web sites where it will be accessable.

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 30th July

Recent Catches

Another good week of catches for anglers on Deeside with FishDee beats reporting great sport. Some Ghillies advised they have more fish to put on the catches, but at 247 salmon and grilse, and 46 sea trout everyone seems mighty pleased with the good catches being sustained with new runs coming forward off every high tide. Jim Paton at Upper Drum and Lower Durris reports ‘The beat had 36 salmon and grilse for the week, with some real crackers being landed. Dave Wakefield had a fabulous 24lber and Peter Brown had salmon of 22lbs and 20 lbs. The grilse are in excellent condition this year; nice plump specimens. Results were really first class during the first half of the week with the Lower Durris shrimp fly scoring heavily. The fly was designed by George West and has an olive green coloured hackle and tail with silver body; a really great fly.’ That confirms there are some really good quality summer salmon entering the river now in good numbers. All in all we can say that July is turning out to be a tremendously productive one with sustained runs of really first class fish which will see the month produce well over 1,000 salmon and grilse.

Greenbanks-A lovely salmon pool to swim a fly at Park

Robert Harper was able to provide some news from the productive Lower Crathes and West Durris beat. Robert advised’ Malcolm Tocher had the beat for the week and enjoyed a really good weeks sport, with a good strong start to the week. Monday would have been really spectacular but sadly we lost quite a few fish. We had to work a bit harder during the week but we finished strongly. We had some really cracking salmon and grilse and one or two residents that came on. Successful flies again were small cascades and red Frances. Malcolm had 7 nice fish for his week and Mr James had 8 during his visit to the beat.’ My friend Stuart Buchan fished there on Monday night and had 2 salmon and lost another two salmon, including one estimated to be around 20lbs. The beat has had a really good month with over 80 salmon and grilse so far for rods; hopefully sport will continue strongly for the weeks ahead with good catch levels being sustained.

Stephen Hadden with a nice summer salmon at Park

I received an e-mail from Orazio Gatti advising he had spectacular sport on the Dee with 4 anglers sharing 61 salmon for 4 days. Orazio had 29 to his own rod which is a personal best for him from the Dee. He is a very talented fisherman of course and is a regular visitor to the River Dee with his friends. Stephen Hadden from Fraserburgh dropped me an e-mail advising ‘I recently had my first experience fishing the river Dee. I was at Park on the 21st of July and within 1 1/2 hrs fishing I landed this 14lb sea liced cracker. I then proceeded to lose another 3 fish. Needless to say I had a great day out and will most definitely be back fishing the Dee.’ The picture received shows a delighted Stephen with a fine looking salmon.

The Durris Stream at Park

River Office staff managed some success last week with River Operations Manager Ed Third enjoying good sport on Saturday at Aboyne Castle. Edwin kindly advised ‘Ken, Please find attached pictures of the fish I got on Saturday morning, one at 11:30 in Minarloch and the next at 12:30 in Lady Grace, 1st one about 10lb, second a bit bigger, maybe 11lb, both very fresh. Pictures are not great because they were taken from my phone and I was on my own, without a net and didn’t want to faff about with the fish too much. Really thankful to Edward and Alec for the kind offer of fishing. Regards Edwin’ I understand River Dee Chairman Ian Scott enjoyed some good sport at Park where he had 3 fish to his own rod for his day and enjoyed further success at Aboyne Castle. I received an invitation to fish at Park on Friday and had a nice sea liced grilse and lost two other fish during the morning. Park has been fishing tremendously well in July with 137 salmon and grilse reported so far. I must try and find out if the final total for July will be a record month for the beat.

Beat catches reported(week ending 28th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 3, Middle Drum 4, Tilbouries 7, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 31, Park 34, Lower Crathes and W Durris 23, Crathes 19, Invery 7, Lower Blackhall 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 2, Middle Blackhall 5, Cairnton 19, Woodend 3, Commonty 2, Sluie 5, Ballogie 2, Borrowston 6, Kincardine 4, Carlogie 8, Dess 9, Birse 12, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 6, Craigendinnie 8, Waterside and Ferrar 4, Dinnet 5, Deecastle 5, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Crathie 1, Heughhead 4.
Total: 247 Largest: Upper Drum and Lower Durris 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Culter 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 9, Park 5, Lower Crathes and W Durris 2, Invery 1, Lower Blackhall 1, Woodend 5, Sluie 1, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 1, Dess 4, Birse 2, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 2, Deecastle 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Heughhead 1.
Total: 46 Largest: Dinnet & Deecastle 4lbs

Prospects

With tides building during the week and regular rain showers, with heavy downpours possible, the river should fish well. Weather forecasters are predicting frequent showers and perhaps prolonged rain on Wednesday and Saturday. Hopefully we won’t get a flood as we hope to install an underwater web camera mid week. The maritime influence sees tides building from 3.9 metres to 4.5 metres. The river height is good for the time of year with the Sepa gauges reading between 9 inches at Mar Lodge to 1 foot 5 inches at Park. This should encourage good runs of new fish off the high tides. Air temperature maxima should be around 18 degrees Celsius with some night time lows of only 5 degrees Celsius. There are much bigger numbers of fish building in the lower beats now and they should continue to fish very well.

Angler gets his wading boots disinfected prior to fishing at Park

With prospects looking great for the week ahead it is important for anglers to capitalise on the potential for good sport on your chosen beat. As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies are very knowledgeable and helpful and can help in no small way to increase your catch. They will advise on fly choice, presentation, where to concentrate on fishing and at what depth. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie you would be advised to fish with a full floater with or without a sink tip and leader of perhaps 8 foot plus. Fly choice, sizes 12 and 14, could include the following popular Dee flies; Crathie fly, Park shrimp, Cascade variants, Red or Black Frances, Tosh and Snaelda. 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 at good prices. You can also purchase the 2012 Dalmore Dee Dram fundraising whisky from Strachan’s of Aboyne who have just received a new delivery. They have excellent offers to help clear the remaining 2011 Dee Dram stock with bottles going for under £35.00.

Ghillie Charlie Yates returning a nice sea liced Grilse

There are a lot of visitors in Deeside at present and we sometimes can have an isolated incident of people fishing without permission. I would urge anyone noticing any suspicious activity to contact the River Office on 013398 80411 which is manned 24 hours per day to deal with such incidents. Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will only take a minimal period to carry out. 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

Salmon Fishing at Mar Lodge Estate

Salmon Fishing at Mar Lodge Estate

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Seasons

The Salmon season on Mar Lodge starts on the 1st of February and ends on the 30th of September.  Since Mar Lodge is located at the upper most part of the River Dee system, it is usually the end of April, beginning of May before Salmon are seen in any numbers on the Lower River beat.  At the end of June, salmon can be found throughout the Mar Lodge waters. If you love fishing in wild unspoilt countryside then Mar Lodge is worthy of a vist. You can walk for miles fishing pools as mother nature created them in virtual solitude where you may see Red Deer, Golden Eagles and a host of other stunning flora and fauna.

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Catch and Release

All salmonids (Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout) must be returned to the river as part of the Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board Conservation Code.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  Barbs must be removed from all hooks before fishing takes place. 

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Access

Mar Lodge Estate is 3 miles west of Braemar.  The entrance to the estate is sign posted by Victoria Bridge.  The lower river beat from Victoria Bridge downstream is accessible by foot only.  Vehicles can be parked alongside estate roads, but care must be taken not to hinder other estate traffic.   Access to the upper river beats pools is via a rough track on the North Bank of the river, vehicles are allowed up this track, but extreme care should be taken if doing so.  

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Visiting angler Lars Tekildsen enjoyed a productive day at Mar Lodge

Tackle required

At Mar Lodge we operate a fly only policy, spinning and bait fishing are strictly forbidden.  The Mar Lodge beats (upper and lower) can be fished comfortably with a 12 or 13 foot double handed rod.  A double handed rod is preferable in the early and late phases of the season in higher flows.  However, during the summer months when there is fish present in the upper river, and the water is low; a 10 foot single handed rod will allow you to fish the pools with ease. 

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Floating lines are often used throughout the season, however an intermediate or slow sinking maybe favourable during the cold of the early season and when the river is in spate.    

Leader strength will ultimately depend on the condition of the water and the time of season, so take 15lb to 10lb monofilament breaking strain leaders.

Wading may allow better access and casting for some of the lower river pools, however, waders are not important and the majority of the river can be fished without any need for wading.  If you do decide to wade in the river it is advised that you have a wading stick and some form of floatation vest/buoyancy aid.

During the summer months midges can ruin a good day’s fishing! So be prepared with repellent and midge net. These are available from the Countrywear shop in Ballater.

 Recommended Salmon Fly Patterns

This is by no means a definitive list; in fact it is just a starting point!  Popular fly choices on the River Dee are the Ally Shrimp, Park Shrimp in sizes (8-14) these have taken more than their fair share of fish on the Dee, as too has the Monkey Fly and Crathie fly.  Weighted tube flies like Willie Gunn and Tosh are a must for early and late season, in 1-3 inch tubes.  The same flies are productive in the Upper River.  Other River Dee favourites in summer are Silver Stoats tail, Blue Charm, Sheila, Logie and of course the Mar Lodge.  For low flow conditions and ease of casting with single handed rod smaller sizes (12-14) are required.  Please remember to fish with barbless hooks or remove barbs prior to fishing (this aids that quick return of the fish to the water).

Mar Lodge Estate Salmon Pools

Mar Lodge- upper river Salmon Pools (Numbers correlate to the pool post number and map number provided to anglers)

  1. Clachan Garbh: A number of shallow runs which centre on a prominent rock, where fish rest behind.
  2. Little Dubrach:  A narrow trench on the far side of the river leading into a reasonably deep calm stretch of the river.
  3. Dubrach:  A shingle bank that divides the river into two, creating a narrow shallow moderate flowing pool.
  4. Bulwark: A shallow fast flowing pool.
  5. Dalvorar:  The most productive pool on the upper beat.  In the centre a dominant rock can be seen.  The fish are often seen lying behind this.  However fish can be caught throughout the pool.
  6. Princess:  A long pool with a number of submerged rocks that form lies for fish.  Moderate to slow flowing.
  7. Yelt:  Reasonably long deep narrow trench along the far bank.
  8. Rockies:  A rocky outcrop which has two prominent runs separated by several large boulders.
  9. Birch Tree:  Fast flowing with a strong run through the middle with a scattering of rocks at the bottom of the pool that form lies for the fish to rest.
  10. The Little Birch Tree:  A number of small runs that flow from the post which flow into the main pool.

 

Mar Lodge- lower river salmon pools (All of the following pools can only be fished from the Mar Lodge side/ North Bank)

  1. The Flat Pool:  A large deep productive pool which holds fish before they run up past the Linn of Dee.  Particularly good before and after a spate when the water is coloured.
  2. Pool Bhuie:  A fast narrow entry into a deep trench like pool.
  3. Canadian Camp:  A quick run in over slabs of rock into a small deep pool.
  4. The Muir:  A short trench like pool.  Quite fast flowing in the first half, tapering off through the second part of the pool.
  5. Lower Bulwark: A narrow deep trench which the fish run through.
  6. Suspension:  Sited beside a derelict suspension bridge; is fast and easily fished corner pool.  Proven to be very productive throughout the season.
  7. Stuffers:  Fast run into a medium sized pool; it is situated on the bend of the river.  It has deep trench which continues past a gauging station and leads in to the Victoria Bridge Pool.
  8. Victoria Bridge:  A long wide deep pool.  The fish often lie deep down in this pool during the early season.
  9. Power House: A good narrow fast running pool that holds fish mainly near the far bank, and is productive throughout the season.
  10. Craggan: Located at a tip of a shingle island; this is a deep pool with a fast run in.
  11. Auchlair: A small flat pool that is productive early on in the season.
  12.  Alt Dearg: A fast running reasonable sized pool
  13. Quioch:  A long flat pool which has a good run in it.

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Mar Lodge Estate Rods: available to let

Week of Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
Jul 23rd as st £55 

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Jul 30th as st £55 

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Aug 6th as st £55 

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Aug 13th as st £55 

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Aug 20th as st £55 

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Aug 27th as st £55 

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Sep 3rd as st £55 

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Sep 10th as st £55 

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Sep 17th as st £55 

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Sep 24th as st £55 

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Balmoral 50 pounder: the verdict article from Henry Giles

Here is an article about Nick James great fish captured at Balmoral reported by Henry Giles.

http://www.fishandfly.com/index.php?news=3192

Balmoral ’50-pounder’: the verdict

By Henry Giles 22/07/2012 08:15:00
 
Royal Deeside: The Dee at Balmoral (Photo: FishDee).
Royal Deeside: The Dee at Balmoral (Photo: FishDee).

A fisherman catches a huge salmon, but there is no witness and no photograph and only a rough measurement taken of the fish’s length against a rod. Coverage of the capture of ‘the Balmoral 50-pounder’ caught this June has since appeared in magazines from the Field to Trout and Salmon and the capture has been well documented and discussed on our own Fly Forums. But how does such a catch go down in the history books? And what was the final verdict of a man who lives and breathes the River Dee, Ken Reid, Fisheries Development Officer of The Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board?

First, the facts as we know them and as reported in the press: Nick James was fishing the Balmoral beat on the River Dee in early June this year. Mr James, Chairman of the Wye & Usk Foundation and an experienced angler with, previously, fish in the twenties of pounds to his credit, was fishing Scholbach Pool on the evening of June 6 as a member of the Woodward party.
 
The fish took his size 14 Cascade double as it started its swing across the pool from where it landed beside the pool’s main feature, a rock. His line went tight and a big fish jumped, then ran upstream. It is not a very big pool and the fish made a number of circuits and tried to leave the pool a couple of times. Nick’s adjusted his disc as the fish veered between shallow and deeper water.  Eventually the fish tired and Nick was able to beach the salmon.
 
Nick said he was astonished at how big the fish was. Nick’s camera was in the car so he couldn’t take a picture and no one was on hand to retrieve the camera for him, or witness the catch. Nick had earlier landed a 7 lb salmon. Nick put his rod down beside the fish and marked on the rod blank the precise length of the fish as it lay in the shallows. The next morning they measured the rod length to the mark Nick made on the blank and Balmoral gillie, John saw it measured 50 inches and they checked the weight chart. Nick had guessed the fish would have been 35 lbs plus-a great fish. They now realised ‘how big that length would make the fish he landed’. After the encounter Nick was unable to fish on and left the river to report the event to his colleagues who were ‘astonished and delighted’.So there it is, nearly two months on.
We talked to Ken Reid, Fisheries Development Officer of The Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board who also made the important qualification to Fish and Fly that the measurement of 50inches was from snout to tip of tail so ‘you would have to deduct a number of inches from the length’ [the correct way to measure a fish being from the tip of nose to fork of tail]. So here is a potential difficulty with the evidence we have: we have to deduct an unknown number of inches from a length measured on a rod, the only objective evidence we have. I asked Ken about reports of scale samples taken but he had no knowledge of such samples. Ken made a final appraisal to Fish and Fly on what was clearly a significant salmon: “We can only congratulate Mr James on his remarkable achievement in landing such a significant fish. We may have as much as 50,000 fish running the River Dee every year and there is probably a very small percentage of these very large fish, over 40lbs.”
 
So here is a fish that is likely to have been over 40lb. And you only have to look at the picture of Arni Baldursson’s 30lb plus salmon caught from the Sela in Iceland and featured today on our News page to see what a magnificent fish this must have been.So our congratulations to Nick James on his Balmoral Jubilee salmon.

Prime August fishing at Park has become available

Park estate has 3 rods per day that have become available week commencing 13th August for 6 days. The beat is fishing it’s socks off at the moment and may set an all time beat record for the month of July. Go to beat http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Dee/Park/?dom=Pal to secure rods online.
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The Durris Stream-a delightful stream to swing a fly over
 
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Lochy Porter with a nice Park salmon
 
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Visiting Tay Ghillie Cohn O’Dea with a super summer salmon at Park
 
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Bernard Bimboes from France with a sea liced summer salmon at Park

The Best Week’s Catches Of The Season

LAST WEEK

It was the best weeks fishing for the season for FishDee beats with 311 salmon and grilse reported and 64 sea trout. With eight more fishing days until the end of the month it is hoped that the month will finish with a flourish and returns for the month will exceed 1,000 salmon and grilse. Prospects look very reasonable with the Lower Beats starting to catch good numbers of salmon and grilse. Earlier in the season salmon had rocketed through the lower beats to the middle and Upper River and it is pleasing to hear of good catches on lower beats. I have spoken to a number of lower beat Ghillies today who were all really upbeat about recent catches. There are good sized summer salmon and very well conditioned grilse being reported.

Park had an excellent week with anglers catching 52 salmon and grilse. I spoke to Ghillies Keith Cromar and Bert Webster who advised ‘We caught really good quality salmon and grilse last week with a good number of fish over 15lbs with the largest 22lbs. Small lightly dressed flies seem to do the trick with 12’s and 14’s very successful. The Park shrimp did very well along with cascade, silver stoat and Willie Gunn Flamethrower. The ever enthusiastic Majors, Simon Poett and Mike Dunning put their extensive knowledge of the beat to good use and had great sport. Duncan White had 6 to 22lbs on his trip. George Buchan, a day rod from Fourdon had 6 for his day. Best day of the week saw 21 landed between North and South banks with quite a lot of fish hooked and lost nover and above. Considering there was not a full complement of rods fishing this was a good result with a lot more fish caught than were being seen. Conditions are looking really ideal now for anglers here with levels dropping to a height that encourages fish to stop at Park.’

Jim Coates who had a 5 salmon and a sea trout for his day at Ballogie

Robert Harper at Lower Crathes advised ‘The Fielding party had an excellent week with 25 salmon and grilse to 20lbs. They had an excellent first half of the week with 19 for the first 3 days before the river rose significantly and sport quietened down. Anthea Fielding had an excellent 20lb salmon on Saturday to round of an excellent week.’ I also chatted with Brian Sim at the lovely Crathes beat who commented ‘We had a good week with 23 nice salmon and grilse to 16lbs. Mr Vincente Gonzalez had a fantastic weeks fishing with 14 fish for the week on small size 14 Cascades fished on a variety of sink tips off a floating line to suit water heights. We have had 3 already this morning which is a super start to the week.’ Eoin Smith at Dess advised ‘We had a good week with 13 salmon being caught by the Somerville party. Ross Somerville had 3 fish on Monday which set us up nicely for the week.’

I received an e-mail from Dave Hartley commenting about his recent trip to the pretty Aboyne Castle beat. Dave commented ‘Two of us had 3 days on Aboyne Castle last week. Ghillie Alec Coutts put me straight on to the fish and we had a superb 14lber in the first hour, thanks to my red-headed Norham Butcher fly. The river was at a good full height and the fish weren’t showing, but we knew they were there. Later in the day my pal had a respectable smaller fish so we felt the pressure was off. Next day we fished hard under Alec’s guidance, but despite tweaks and pulls we failed to score. That night there was a lot of rain and the river was quite high but Alec was able to guide us to the only really fishable place at that height. Again, a few pulls but nothing on the bank. Late in the day, as the river was dropping he moved us to another pool which was coming into play – again, pulls and ‘releasing at distance’ as we call it, all good fun. Two friends arrived to fish the second part of the week, and as always, we missed the best water and it was going to be good for them. (should have been here last week etc.). I heard later they had 3 excellent fish (1 better than mine), and as is good form, released a few ‘at distance’. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable time thanks to Alec’s invaluable help and guidance, and look forward to a return visit.’ Alec is a very popular and knowledgeable Ghillie who offers great advice to visiting anglers.

Super summer salmon like these are running in excellent numbers

Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will only take a minimal period to carry out. The new FishDee blog will have news through the week 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.

Beat Catches Reported:Week ending 14:02 on Mon 16th Jul 2012
SALMON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 5, Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 24, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 10, Park 52, Lower Crathes and W Durris 25, Knappach 2, Crathes 23, Invery 17, Lower Blackhall 6, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 12, Middle Blackhall 6, Cairnton 11, Lower Woodend 4, Commonty 10, Sluie 6, Ballogie 13, Borrowston 1, Kincardine 10, Carlogie 12, Dess 13, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 5, Aboyne Castle 7, Craigendinnie 2, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 5, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Crathie 9, Mar Lodge Estate 2, Heughhead 2, Total 311
SEA TROUT: Culter 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 3, Park 1, Crathes 3, Lower Blackhall 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Lower Woodend 3, Commonty 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 2, Kincardine 12, Carlogie 1, Dess 6, Birse 7, Aboyne Castle 6, Craigendinnie 3, Waterside and Ferrar 5, Deecastle 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Crathie 2, Heughhead 1, Total 64

PROSPECTS

Last week saw the best week’s sport of the fishing season and perhaps it would have been even better had we not had a big rise in river levels again on Wednesday that curtailed catches significantly on the Thursday and Friday. The cool wet weather conditions that have prevailed look set to change with less rainfall and warmer temperatures forecast for the week ahead. Air temperature maxima should be around 20 degrees Celsius with any winds being light. By and large there should be broken cloud most days with a bit of sunshine, which allied to decent river levels at present, indicate that this week should be productive for anglers out fishing the river. The maritime influence shows tides dropping through the week from 4.3 metres to 3.7 metres. Good water heights should ensure more salmon and grilse forward into the river. There have been really good runs of new fish recently and these will hopefully continue over the next few weeks. There is good availability between now and the end of the fishing season so if you can manage to come to fish I would urge you to do so as the river is in good form, with lots of superbly conditioned fish.

Cracking summer fish at Crathes

With prospects looking great for the week ahead it is important for anglers to capitalise on the potential for good sport on your chosen beat. As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies are very knowledgeable and helpful and can help in no small way to increase your catch. They will advise on fly choice, presentation, where to concentrate on fishing and at what depth. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie you would be advised to fish with a full floater with or without a sink tip and leader of perhaps 8 foot plus. Fly choice, sizes 12 and 14, could include the following popular Dee flies; Crathie fly, Park shrimp, Cascade, Red or Black Frances, Tosh and as Eoin Smith from Dess recommends this week, any black fly that’s half an inch in length –stoats tail should suffice! 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 at good prices.

Malcolm Tocher is back at Lower Crathes this week hoping to land another big Dee salmon like this one

There are a lot of visitors in Deeside at present and we sometimes can have an isolated incident of people fishing without permission. I would urge anyone noticing any suspicious activity to contact the River Office on 013398 80411 which is manned 24 hours per day to deal with such incidents. Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will only take a minimal period to carry out. 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

Culter Fishing Beat offers exciting opportunities for late summer sport

The Culter Fishing Beat

 The Beat Description

The Culter beat is directly upstream of the Maryculter Bridge and is over 1.7 kms long offering a wide variety of pools to fish. The beat has both banks throughout it’s length which ensures the water can be covered effectively irrespective of the wind direction. There is also a drying room and rod box beside the hotel. The beat has been historically lightly fished by a fishing syndicate but was recently purchased in association by the Maryculter House Hotel. Fly-fishing is encouraged at all times and beat Ghillie Mads Pedersen is able to provide first class tuition and advice for novice anglers. The Ghillie is experienced in his field and has fished extensively all around the world for salmon.

A fine salmon caught and released at Culter from Peters Pot

Due to the length of the fishing season the beat offers a wide variety of opportunities to suit all budgets. In the spring with cold water, fresh run spring salmon will be found in the pools. In the summer there are opportunities to catch running salmon, grilse and sea trout with night fishing possible. The beat has some super fly fishing pools including the very productive Peter’s Pot, Greenbank, High Bank and Camphill. Given suitable conditions the beat has the potential to produce salmon catches in the region of 300 per season. With fishing from both River banks and reasonable wading to cover the lies, the beat will suit the mobile fly fisher with access to the pools from both sides of the river. In late summer the pools fill up dramatically with very large numbers of fresh fish which will spawn in the lower river later in the year.

  

The wonderful Maryculter House Hotel, which is officially rated 4 star, has 40 comfortable bedrooms with en-suite facilities, Poachers Bar and Carvery has a fine selection of malts and bar suppers are available until 9pm. Fine dining in the Priory Restaurant is also on offer. Fishing must be booked with accommodation at the Maryculter House Hotel, which is a long established privately owned and popular hotel on the River Dee located just above the beat. There will be reduced rates for 3 or 6 day packages with the hotel, and golf can also be included on the nearby Deeside and Peterculter golf courses.

Culter  Culter

Summary

1.7 km of double bank fishing offering a variety
of pools to fish, 7 named pools.
• Fly Fishing for up to 6 rods.
Packages:
• 4 night stay with full Scottish breakfast
and picnic lunch + 3 days fishing.
Facilities:
• Hut with toilet facility, Rod box, Drying room, etc are available.
Accommodation:
• Staying at Maryculter House Hotel, a 4 star luxury privately
owned on the banks of the River Dee,
located 200 metres from the beat.
Evening Meals:
• Are available within our two restaurants
for Fine Dining or Bar Suppers.
Transport:
• From Aberdeen Airport available on request.

Contact details

Mads K. Pedersen Fishing Manager/Ghillie, Maryculter House Hotel, South Deeside Road, Maryculter Telephone: +44 1224 732124

E-mail: fishing@maryculterhousehotel.com Ghillie: mobile +44 7527 307680

Ghillie: Mads K. Pedersen

Into a nice salmon in the Island Run

Catch Statistics

Salmon & Grilse

Year ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’11 Average ’12
Feb 5 0 0 1 0 1.2 1
Mar 6 0 1 0 0 1.4 1
Apr 3 0 0 1 0 0.8 0
May 0 0 0 1 0 0.2 1
Jun 1 1 2 2 1 1.4 0
Jul 1 1 7 10 3 4.4 0
Aug 18 50 38 54 38 39.6 0
Sep 112 53 78 122 50 83.0 0
Oct 66 42 16 0 73 39.4 0
Total 212 147 142 191 165 171.4 3

July / August Availability

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

Week of Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
23 Jul 12 as st £80 4 4 4 4 4 4  
30 Jul 12 as st £100 4 4 4 4 4 4  
6 Aug 12 as st £100 4 3 3  

September/ October 2012 fishing has not been listed and is available by booking directly with Mads Pedersen. Fishing lets during the last 6 weeks of the season to mid October are sold as packages including accommodation. Price per rod for these packages are £725 for 4 nights accommodation in a twin room with bed and breakfast and packed lunch, and 3 full days fishing.

Useful Links

Fishing Groups

Fishing Breaks

Corporate groups

Email: Contact Fishery

Additional information

September & October fishing is not available without accommodation and anglers must stay at the Maryculter House Hotel for the duration of their fishing let. There are twin rooms reserved for visiting anglers fishing Culter Beat. There will be a supplementary charge for single room accommodation, if any single room is available for the duration of your stay which cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

Tor Na Coille Hotel-a popular anglers retreat

Exclusive Royal Deeside Fishing Break

At the Tor Na Coille Hotel-Banchory

Winners of the 2012 Scottish Boutique Country House Hotel Of The Year Award

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The River Dee is internationally acclaimed for its world class salmon fishing. Stocks have been rising steadily over the last decade and the river typically produces more prized spring salmon than any river in the world. This brings a lot of visiting anglers to Royal Deeside looking for world class fishing and a memorable holiday

At Tor-na-Coille we welcome fishers from all around the world to experience this unique fishing holiday destination. We can store your fishing gear overnight and can set you up for the day with a packed lunch including homemade sandwiches and hot tea, coffee and soup.

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The Tor Na Coille is arguably the most popular anglers hotel on Royal Deeside and sees many happy faces after the anglers day on the river. On returning to the hotel, relax in the lounge next to an open fire and trade your day’s adventures with other fishers.

  

We have a wide selection of beautiful newly refurbished bedrooms for you to choose from and daily rates start from as little as £50.00 per person per night including bed and breakfast.

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Fisher’s Special 2012

            Single           Double
Single Room £50
Classic Double/Twin £55 £80
Deluxe Doubles £80 £100
Master Deluxe Double/Twin £90 £110
Junior Suite £110 £130

Fisher’s Special 2013

            Single             Double
Single £55
Deluxe Doubles £60 £85
Master Deluxe Double/Twin £95 £105
Junior Suite £115 £135

All rates are per room per night and are inclusive of the current VAT. Fisher’s Rates are subject to availabilty.

All rooms can be upgraded to Dinner, Bed and Breakfast with a surcharge of £30.00 per person per night.

   

A wide selection of fine popular single malts awaits you at the bar to finish off your evening after a sumptious dinner.

    

Our enthusiastic dedicated team are on hand to provide a first class service to all visiting anglers and their families.

  

Tripadvisor reviews click here

Tor Na Coille Hotel, Inchmarlo Road, Banchory, Royal Deeside, Scotland AB31 4AB
T: +44 [0] 1330 822242 F:+44 [0] 1330 824012 E: info@tornacoille.com

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