Daily Archives: July 30, 2012

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


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

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