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Cairngorm Lodges

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Cairngorm Lodges are the ideal self catering location for a fishing holiday or short break on the River Dee. The lodges are a a brand new development of 5 luxury self catering forest lodges set in their own individual Scots Pine woodland plots in the heart of Royal Deeside. The forest lodges are architect designed and generously spaced apart so that each lodge enjoys its own interaction with the local wildlife – your nearest neighbour is likely to be a red squirrel.

There still remains a good amount of super quality fishing available until the middle of October on the River Dee and and there every reason to suspect that runs of salmon will continue to build through to the end of season. There have been excellent salmon catches recently.

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The lodges are located 4 miles north of the village of Dinnet in the heart of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park. They are a 10 minute drive from the river bank and ideally located for the Upper and Middle beats of the River Dee. Dogs are welcome. Each sleeps 4 in two bedrooms and are available for short breaks for anglers. All are pet friendly and designed by a local architect. All are equipped with a wood burning stove which functionally powers the central heating system, but equally provides an inviting and cosy environment.

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 The only immediate neighbours you will have will be the local wildlife – red squirrels are a daily sighting by the lodges! The forest lodges come with your own pine forest, crystal clear spawning stream and walks in the woodland estate of Blelack. September and October are a perfect time for a fishing break on the River Dee. Autumn paints our landscape with an intoxicating profusion of colours, so activate your senses against the panoramic backdrop of some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and salmon fishing! Click here to find out more about Cairngorm Lodges

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 20th August

Recent Catches

Having just arrived back in the UK after a trip to Barcelona I was informed by some river contacts that things had been a bit Messi last week on the river. At times sport was out of this world and at other times the river was dark and seemingly dispirited, with salmon seemingly as difficult to capture as a refugee at a London Embassy! The culprit was the great British weather which as always can be quite unreliable. I wrote last week hoping that we would get a rise of river levels towards the end of the week to set us up nicely for this coming week. Inclement conditions saw the river levels rising on 4 separate days during the last week; never ideal for great salmon fishing.

FishDee beats have reported as I write 181 salmon to 20lbs and 30 sea trout to 8lbs-the largest reported from the river this season. Park reported 29 salmon, Carlogie 16, Heughhead on the Feugh 15; a super week with Cairnton and Ballogie 14 each. Catches were again a mixture of nice summer salmon and grilse. I received an e-mail from Alex and Kathleen Brown at Heughhead on the River Feugh which I wanted to share, as it highlights what a great resource the FishDee website is for those that use it. Alex and Kathleen advised ‘Good Morning Ken, just a quick word about a new customer we had fishing on Saturday. Graham Bruce, from Fife, booked through FishPal on Friday afternoon and travelled up on Saturday with his friend John, and after a late start as the river was still quite high after Friday morning’s rain, they managed to catch (and release) a total of 7 salmon between them, ranging from 2 small grilse to a 10lb fish which is the biggest we have had off the beat this season. That took the beat’s total for the week up to 15 salmon and 5 sea trout, obviously helped by large spates on Tuesday and Thursday and that smaller one on Friday/Saturday. This was by far our best week since we started managing the beat. Hope things are well with you, Alex & Kath’ I am sure John and Graham travelled back to Fife thoroughly delighted by their visit to this nice fishing beat.

I received an e-mail from Mr John Walne about a recent trip to Birse. Mr Walne commented ‘Should have emailed you weeks ago but things kept getting in the way. Thought I would just let you know how very much I enjoyed 3 days on Birse back in July. It`s many years since I last fished the Dee (Tweed is nearer home) but 25years ago I caught my best ever salmon (25lb Springer) on the Bruach Pool at Dinnet, so for old times’ sake I decided to treat myself to a trip down memory lane.  I hadn`t fished Birse before and arrived (12th July) as it was starting to fine off after heavy rain on the 10th.  First morning – a very nice 12lb fish from Irrigation Pool; Doug Murray netted it for me, he`s a great character.  Second morning a 7lb fish from Trees Pool and third morning a nice sea trout from Red Rock and in the afternoon lost a cracking fish on Belwade Pool. The river was improving steadily and if I remember right the total bag that week was 26 salmon and about 12 sea trout. Doug Murray was most helpful and friendly, especially on the first day as I was the only rod to score, and he keeps the hut so well stocked and immaculate. By coincidence I booked B&B at Dinnet House so there was much reminiscing about times past – Marcus and Sabrina Humphrey rooted out their old 1987 record book to confirm the date of my prize catch and Marcus even took me down and invited me to wet a line on Bruach Pool – what wonderful hospitality. Having reconnected with your lovely river I hope to return next season – trouble is I`m getting a bit long in the tooth and at 77, three full days solid fishing is becoming more of a challenge so must find someone to share a rod.  I`m only a lad compared to Doug at 83! I see from your fishing reports you like to hear how visiting rods get on so here`s one who went away very happy. Best wishes, John Walne, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.’ As so many people remark that their week at Birse is made so special with Doug Murray holding court. It was also pleasing to see that Birse reported the capture of an 8lb sea trout by Mr Gibson.

Mr Albert Sutherland from Fraserburgh dropped me a line advising about a productive trip to Park where he caught 4 salmon.’ My First fish 15lb 11.20 main hut down to pylons beat 4, on home tied size 10 gold Willie Gunn. Three others of 5lb, 10lb, and 20lb all taken between 5 and 7 pm on the same home tied Gold Willie Gunn tied the night before! I was fishing on my first visit to Park with my friend Stephen Hadden who got one at 14lb. ( I took his photo that is on your web page) 6 rods North bank produced 7 fish total and 2 on the South bank. Big thanks to Keith the Gillie who was so helpful and more or less promised the fish.’ As always heed the wise advice from your knowledgeable Ghillie. River Dee Trust director Jim Coates reported he had a grilse, a sea trout and a cracking 15lb sea liced salmon at Ballogie which made a bit of a mess of his Park Shrimp. Jim advises ‘What a great little hook to hang on to such a strong fish. It’s worth paying for good quality flies.’

Albert Sutherland with a fine Dee summer salmon

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

Beat Catches Reported
(Week ending 18th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 1, Altries and Lower Drum 3, Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 8, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 7, Park 29, Lower Crathes and W Durris 12, Crathes 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Cairnton 14, Woodend 3, Commonty 4, Sluie 9, Ballogie 14, Borrowston 2, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 16, Dess 3, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 2, Craigendinnie 7, Dinnet 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Crathie 6, Mar Lodge Estate 1, Heughhead 15.
Total: 181 Largest: Dess 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Park 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 2, Sluie 2, Borrowston 2, Carlogie 4, Dess 2, Birse 3, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Crathie 1, Heughhead 5.
Total: 30 Largest: Birse 8lbs

Prospects

Conditions on the river could be unsettled at times with forecasters suggesting a strong possibility of some heavy thunder showers and persistent rain through the forthcoming week. Air temperature maxima will be around 20 degrees Celsius and dropping back during the course of the week to cooler more seasonable conditions. Winds may light and variable with the chance of blustery conditions at times. The maritime influence sees tides dropping back from 4 .5 metres to 3.6 metres. The river is at a good fishing height today with the Sepa gauges running between 7 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 ft 4 inches at Park. Fresh fish will be coming off every tide and making their way into the river with good summer fish being reported and smaller grilse.
As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies know their beat intimately and will help in no small way to increase your catch if you heed their advice. 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 in low water conditions. Flies with a touch of red are starting to produce catches with river fish responding to more autumnal coloured flies. If the river rises don’t be wary about fishing a small tube fly, cone head, pot bellied pig or a Dee Monkey.

A cracking summer fish at Culter with Ghillie Mads Pedersen reporting great opportunities for sport are available at the beat

Fly choice, sizes 10 to 14 will do nicely in lower flows, which could include the following popular Dee flies; Park shrimp, Cascade variants including the Ness C, black Frances, the yellow or orange Ally’s shrimp and Duncan Egan’s Flamethrower range. 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.

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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