Monthly Archives: September 2012

Cairnton through 200…

I was delighted to catch up with Cairnton Ghillie Brian Brogan the other day who advised that the world famous beat has got through the 200 barrier for salmon & grilse catches this season. This is Cairnton Ghillie Brian Brogan’s first season at the beat having moved to the Dee from many years on the River Tay. There has been a lot of work undertaken on this world famous beat recently and  work is ongoing to makes this historic beat a ‘must go to’ venue for all global salmon anglers. Brian is a very enthusiastic and diligent Ghillie who has done remarkably well in his first season. Well done to all concerned !

Salmon & Grilse
Year ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 Average ’12
February 13 8 13 4 14 10.4 10
March 24 5 7 10 7 10.6 8
April 12 16 7 10 14 11.8 15
May 5 22 18 13 20 15.6 28
June 1 15 25 14 20 15.0 29
July 21 18 29 31 25 24.8 52
August 67 59 32 49 38 49.0 47
September 11 14 21 45 24 23.0 12
October 0 11 15 8 13 9.4
Total 154 168 167 184 175 169.6 201

Autumn flies for the Dee

Here are a selection of autumn tube flies which are very successful on the Dee at this time of the year.

The selection of Autumn flies are tied by renowned fly tier and Ballogie Estates Head Ghillie Sean Stanton, who has a webshop where anglers can purchase these flies Flies can also be obtained locally at George Strachan’s store in Aboyne and Kincardine O’Neil post office. This selection includes Black and Red Frances tubes, a variety of his Franc n Snaelda patterns and some Snaelda tubes.

River Levels

After a prolonged dry spell the country has been battered by the worst September storm for 30 years which saw significant rainfall arrive in the River Dee catchment. You can see how this impacted on the Sepa Website We were fortunate on Deeside that we did not have a huge flood in comparison with other rivers and the river levels are falling back quickly now to a level which will see angling effort produce great results over the next few days all going well.

Interesting live footage from Falls of Feugh

Farsons digital have a web cam on the River Dee tributary the River Feugh which is part of their large network of cameras throughout the UK and Ireland.

Following prolonged rainfall the web cam images are quite dramatic today. To view the site click here

Some great autumn images coming through

Following my request for nice autumn landscape images for FishDee to use as a Masthead for the site. I have received two images from good supporter of the Dee, Mr Normann Kotzurek . The dramatic change in the salmon’s physiology as they approach their spawning period in Late October-January sees them take on autumnal colouration. Pictured above is Normann and pictured below is Kolja Whejle with another nice autumn fish. Many thanks Normann.

Big Fish Capture

Message from Keith Fletcher:
On Thursday 13th on the Ardoe and Myrtle beat one of my party (Andrew Callaghan) hooked and after 25 minutes, landed a fresh fish measuring 45 inches, which acording to the Dee sizing charts equates to a fish of 35lbs.  The catch was witnessed by another member of our party.  Although the beat doesn’t report on the website I thought you might like to know, given this was a large fish by todays standards. Ardoe and Murtle will have rods on FishDee next season.

Help required

I was planning to put a new Masthead and footer image onto the website now that we are coming into autumn. I wonder if anyone has a nice autumn view from the Dee that we could use on the website ? If anyone has nice images of Deeside in the autumn that they could forward to me I would be most grateful. Send to Many thanks ! Ken Reid

Next Years Planning Underway


Planning ahead for next year sees Ken Reid busy at work on the PC in the River Dee Office at Dinnet.

Grant Gibson lands personal best at Craigendinnie

I caught up with George Murray the amiable Ghillie at Craigendinnie for a chat. He advised me that visiting angler Grant Gibson landed a personal best salmon of 24lbs yesterday on the beat. He took the coloured male fish at the Upper Fontie pool on a Dee Monkey fished of a sink tip line to get the fly down. Craigendinnie is a very popular and pretty two rod beat that averages 132 salmon per season. The beat is currently managed by Glen Tanar Estate.

Craigendinnie Ghillie George Murray with a successful lady angler

Fiddler on the hoof….

I was delighted to see Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld were rounding their great season off in a bit of style. Last week they had a red letter day with 13 fish on the 13th September. Ian Murray was kept very busy all day with this amount of action going on at the beat. He commented ‘ Well Ken, The story  is that we had 13 fish on the 13th. Six salmon off Monaltrie, six salmon off  Lower Invercauld and a seatrout. Biggest 15lb, then 14lb and the rest various  sizes below that. A good day on the river.’

Visisting angler Thomas Thore took this wonderful image of Ian Murray entertaining the visitors.

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