Monthly Archives: November 2012

Salmo The Leaper

As its the close season now and anglers are perhaps idly awaiting the forthcoming salmon fishing season then perhaps some readers of the blog may enjoy watching this old classic made by my old friend the late Hugh Falkus for the BBC world about us series.

 

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February fish at Park

Here’s a clip of a fish being landed at Park in Februry 201o. The river is running about 6 feet above normal levels in this clip.

Glorious Glentanar

Highland scenery and wildlife. http://www.glentanar.co.uk/ Activities such as walking, cycling and salmon fishing that can be enjoyed during a holiday in Glen Tanar’s luxurious holiday cottage accommodation. The dramatic ballroom and chapel are also perfect for a romantic wedding.

Hope you enjoyed the above corporate film which provides a nice visual perspective about Glentanar.

 

Stand Up For Wild Salmon

Our friends from the Salmon and Trout Association visited us today for a chat about their ongoing work in Scotland. As ever it was nice to catch up with Paul Knight, Hugh Campbell Adamson and Andrew Graham Stewart who were most enthusiastic about their ongoing work to help wild salmon stocks in Scotland against on-going threats. I wonder if any readers here have seen their new website Stand Up For Wild salmon ? Go and check it out-it’s very good; even better why not join them as a member-I have.

Current campaigns include:

Pictures By Chris Sharp Art

River Dee Tracking

The River Dee Trust Radio Tracking Programme

The River Dee Trust carried out a radio tagging and tracking programme through the winters of 2008/2010. This programme was a project to monitor the impact of salmon angling on late running fish into the River Dee which enabled vital scientific research to be carried out with a view to advising the DDSFB about the feasibility of an extension to the salmon fishing season. In the last year of the research some 60 salmon were radio tagged and their movements tracked.

Three local primary schools participated with the project and allowed River Dee Trust Biologist Lorraine Hawkins to visit the schools and make presentations to the school children about the migration movements of salmon in the River Dee. Each of the radio tagged salmon were named after one of the local school children and a website was set up to allow the schools, children and parents to monitor the movements of the salmon during their spawning runs. Each of the children were presented with a Christmas present on behalf of the Trust to thank them for making the project so appealing to a wide audience of eager followers. The website with all the information about the important research and migration movements of the salmon on Google maps can be found here.

Latest availability released.

Latest Fishing

This page only lists fishing added to our database yesterday.
To see all our available fishing please go to our online booking page.

In this list, days with all or part new rods are shown in bold and, for added information, days in the same week with only old rods are shown in plain text.

Week of Beat/Fishery Country Water Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
11 Feb 13 Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo Scotland Dee as st £85 3 3 3 3 3 3 Min 6d3r LE
11 Feb 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £85+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r
18 Feb 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £219 1 1 1 2  
18 Feb 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £85+vat 4 4 4 4 1 Min 4d4r
25 Feb 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 1 3 1 1 1  
4 Mar 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 1 1 2 1 2 2  
4 Mar 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £138+vat 2 2 2 Min 3d2r
11 Mar 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £138+vat 4 4 4 Min 3d4r
18 Mar 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 1 1 1  
25 Mar 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 2 2 1  
1 Apr 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £138+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r
1 Apr 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 1 1 1  
29 Apr 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £116+vat 1 1 1 1 1 1  
6 May 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 1 1 1 1  
20 May 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £106+vat 4 Min 1d4r
20 May 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 2 2 2 2 2 2  
27 May 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £106+vat 2 2 2 Min 3d2r
3 Jun 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £80+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r
10 Jun 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £80+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r
17 Jun 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £80+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r
24 Jun 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £80+vat 4 4 2 2 4 4 Min 2d2r
24 Jun 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £217 1 1 1 1 1 1  
1 Jul 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £69+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r
1 Jul 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £270 2 2 2  
8 Jul 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £69+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r NOLB
19 Aug 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £69+vat 1 1 1 Min 3d1r
26 Aug 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £69+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r NOLB
2 Sep 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 4 4 4  
9 Sep 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £90+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r NOLB
9 Sep 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 3 3 3 4 2 2  
23 Sep 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £90+vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 Min 6d4r NOLB
7 Oct 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 3 3 3 1  
7 Oct 13 Crathes Scotland Dee as st £90+vat 4 4 4 Min 3d4r
14 Oct 13 Lower Crathes and W Durris Scotland Dee as st £365 3 1  
Book online by clicking on the relevant week start date in the first column

Biosecurity in 2013

The River Dee conservation code for 2013 stipulates that all anglers on arrival to the River Dee must have their waders and landing nets disinfected prior to fishing the river. This is to prevent unwanted pathogens and non native species, disease and other nasties which can affect the wellbeing and future health of the River Dee. Fishing beats have had disinfection kits and virkon tablets ditributed where a half percent solution will be sprayed onto waders and any landing nets prior to fishing. This has been trialled at Park, Crathes and Lower Crathes beats and has been well received by anglers fishing these beats. The process can be carried out quickly by Ghillies whilst anglers are perhaps getting equipment out of the car, having coffee or reading over beat health and safety briefings. In other countries there is normally a charge to have this done however this will be provided at beats at no cost to the angler. See this information film provided. http://youtu.be/3Xbbgt9EC68

We would urge all anglers to please support this important and neccessary step in helping protect our river and its inhabitants. A lot of work has gone in to restore fish stocks and we have some way to go to restore the river to it’s former glories. Please put personal bias aside and help us by ensuring you have your boots and net disinfected prior to fishing. If you are fishing a beat without a Ghillie you will be advised on where the disinfectant spray is to allow you to very quickly spray your wading boots and any landing net. It’s quick, efficient and really neccessary, so please help us keep the nasties out by spending a couple of minutes doing this little bit of good practise. This measure was recommended by Marine Scotland and passed by the Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board to be implemented across the whole River Dee catchment from 2013.

Lower Crathes availability 2013

One of the top River Dee beats has just posted their availability for 2013 on www.fishdee.co.uk

Availability

Date of listing: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:53:00 GMT

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

  • Click on the Species link for an explanation of the species abbreviations
  • Click on the Notes links (where applicable) for an explanation of the abbreviated notes
Week of Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
18 Feb 13 as st £219 1 1 1 2  
25 Feb 13 as st £365 1 3 1 1 1  
4 Mar 13 as st £365 1 1 2 1 2 2  
18 Mar 13 as st £365 1 1 1  
25 Mar 13 as st £365 2 2 2  
1 Apr 13 as st £365 1 1 1 1  
6 May 13 as st £365 1 1 1 1  
20 May 13 as st £365 2 2 2 2 2 2  
24 Jun 13 as st £217 1 1 1 1 1 1  
1 Jul 13 as st £270 2 2 2  
2 Sep 13 as st £365 4 4 4  
9 Sep 13 as st £365 3 3 3 4 2 2  
16 Sep 13 st £365 4 4 4 3 4 4  
7 Oct 13 as st £365 3 3 3 1  
14 Oct 13 as st £365 3 1

Lower Crathes and West Durris

Lower Dee below Banchory beside Crathes Bridge

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Summary

Five year average: 411 salmon/grilse and 55 sea trout 1.75 miles left bank and 2.5 miles right bank fishing, 12 pools 2 ghillies spring/autumn, 1 summer. Aug/Sep Ghillie by arrangement only 1 hut, 1 boat Maximum rods 4 reducing to 3 and then 2 in the summer months and revert back to 4 in the autumn.

More Images from the beat http://www.lax-a.net/laxa-photo-gallery.html and also a report with images here http://www.speyghillie.co.uk/forum/Blah.pl?m-1296837469/

Description

The Lower Crathes/West Durris beat is arguably the top River Dee beat and provides predominantly double bank fishing on the Lower Dee below Banchory. Lower Crathes comprises the left bank from two thirds of a mile above Durris Bridge to one mile below with the West Durris beat occupying the right bank, from one and a half miles above the bridge to one mile below.

All pools are readily fished from the bank or are easily waded. The Upper Bridge and Birkenbaud are sometimes fished from a boat at the Ghillies discretion. Different pools favour differing heights of water and wind directions, with fishable water available throughout the season. Rods rotate between combinations of pools each half day to give all equal opportunity.

One fishing hut on the Lower Crathes side serves the beat. The hut has a wood burning stove, W.C. and telephone. Additionally there are three shelters for the use of fishers and the hut, shelters and fishing’s as a whole are easily accessible by car.

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Head Ghillie Robert Harper and Malcolm Tocher with a 25lb plus salmon at Lower Crathes

Key Points

The beat is one of the most productive on the Dee year in and year out and produces a good number of big fish each season. The beat can fish in virtually all heights of water, unlike other Dee beats and this ensures that visitors are able to fish without losing virtually any fishing time due to water conditions.

The Head Ghillie Robert Harper has been employed by Dunecht Estate for36 yearsand is one of the most highly thought of Ghillies in Scotland. He has extensive knowledge of the beat and where and when fish are most likely to be caught; he also has considerable experience about salmon fishing in other countries. Robert has been a member of the River Dee Board for a number of years and contributes significantly to helping preserve the River Dee for generations to come.

At Lower Crathes and West Durris dreams can come true:

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Jamie Hammond with 22lb & 24lb Springers caught in evening and following morning

The fishing is available through the FishDee website that attracts over 2 million visitors a year and the beat is owned by Dunecht Estates and leased to Lax-A in Iceland who have secured the fishing rights on a long term agreement. Additional seasonal Ghillie Charles Booth is also on the beat and has worked there for a number of years.

Robert Harper Head Ghillie

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Mission Investigate Broadcast in Sweden about River Dee

As some of my Scandinavian friends reported the Swedish TV programme Mission Investigate (Panorama equivalent) were filming on Deeside recently about the parlous state of salmon stocks in Sweden and broadcast the programme nationally last night, with a short section filmed on the River Dee.

At this link to the online programme player you can see the River Dee section which was used in the 59 minute broadcast from 36.16 minutes to 40.00 minutes.

http://www.svtplay.se/video/596413/del-13

There is nice footage and commentary from Ballogie Estates Ghillie Sean Stanton, River Director Mark Bilsby and myself-which will do no harm to our angling tourism prospects whatsoever.

2012 Floating Lines Newsletter from Kincardine beat

Please find a very informative and engaging newsletter provided by Kincardine Estate proprietor Andrew Bradford.

 

Floating Lines Newsletter 2012 November

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