River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 11th February

Recent Catches

The first full weeks fishing on the River Dee saw
anglers enjoying mixed fortunes. If you were in the right place at the right
time there were some nice fresh run salmon to be caught. FishDee beats have
reported 69 salmon to 20lbs last week with Park landing 11, Ballogie beats 10,
Crathes and Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had 6 each. The water is still very
cold and anglers were, as is typical for the time of year, having to put in a
lot of hours searching for the elusive Silver Spring run salmon, in at times
tough weather conditions. There were anglers who enjoyed some good sport. I had
a call from Graeme Arthur who was fishing with his friend Richard Thomas, who
had a very enjoyable week at Crathes where Graeme took 5 new salmon to his own
rod during his week. He was fishing a long line with a Dee Monkey fished deep
and slow and had sport every day with kelts, baggots and fresh salmon. Many of
the visiting anglers were toasting their success in The Stag in Banchory where
the Dalmore is on at a very good price for the month. It’s pleasing to see so
many of the visiting anglers getting out and about and supporting the local
hotels, bars and restaurants where they are being very well looked

Nick Evans with a fine 17 lb Springer at Park

I met up
with Sean McGarry on Saturday who had an enjoyable visit to Park where he landed
3 Springers and has sent me an e-mail with the attached images. ‘Hi Ken, it was
nice to see you again today. Here are the pictures of the fish I caught over the
last three days.’ I also saw Nick Evans on Saturday, who also enjoyed some sport
at Park. Nick has very kindly dropped me an e-mail with images of a fine 17lb
salmon landed in Castleton. ‘Hi Ken, I have attached 2 images of my fish, taken
from the North Bank of Castleton pool – 17lbs of very fit fish ! It was taken on
a free-swinging hook Park Shrimp variant.’ I was also delighted to receive an
email from Dean Hilton who landed a lovely fresh run 20lb salmon, this biggest
of the week at Dess.’ Dear Ken, Please find attached photo of 20lb Springer
taken on Dess on the 6th Feb. The third year on the trot the Dess beat has
rewarded us with wonderful sport under the watchful eye of Eoin Smith. My nephew
Mark Swindlehurst also managed one at 10lb on the 5th.’ The lovely Dess beat is
a big fish beat and has a great variety of lovely fly water to fish. Duncan Egan
enjoyed some good sport at Ballogie and advised ‘Hi Ken, Just back from Ballogie
thought I would send a pic of the fish I caught. I had the one in the pic plus
lost another Springer plus 5 kelts – action all day. The deadly fly was a black
and yellow monkey fished of a Triple D hover, sink 1, sink3 with the river at
3ft and 36f.’ The Ballogie Ghillies Sean and Ian were delighted with the start
to their season where Tom and Jean Marshall have fishing for the first few weeks
of the season and have some really talented anglers up to fish the

Dean Hilton’s 20lber at Dess

Upper Blackhall beat have agreed
to join FishDee this season and I was pleased to hear that Simon Mitchell had
two spring fish on opening day when we met just over a week ago. This lovely
beat is opposite Cairnton and Woodend and fishes 3 rods through its one and
three quarter mile length. I’m delighted to announce that there are 3 rods
available each day for the next week at a very attractive £50 per day. Anglers
looking to fish Upper Blackhall during the next fortnight should contact Ghillie
Raymond Sinclair on 01330 822183 to book fishing.

Sean McGarry one of 3 at Park on a flying visit

would like to make anglers aware that there is one important change to the River
Dee conservation code in 2013 sees the introduction of tighter Biosecurity
protocols which ask all anglers fishing the river to have their wading boots and
landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant on arrival at their beat.
Disinfection equipment has been supplied to all fishing beats and this process,
which was trialled last year on beats, will cause a very minimal disruption to
anglers. Please write with any news of catches or anecdotes to ken@riverdee.org so I can share this news in
the weekly report and FishDee blog. Copyright FishDee

GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 1, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park
11, Lower Crathes and W Durris 9, Knappach 3, Crathes 6, Invery 2, Lower
Blackhall and Kinneskie 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 6, Middle Blackhall 2,
Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 1, Commonty 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 7, Borrowston 1,
Kincardine 2, Carlogie 1, Dess 3, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 1, Dinnet 1, Total


The river is very clear and cold and running
at a nice fishing height. The Sepa gauges are showing heights of 1 foot 6 inches
at Woodend and 2 foot at Park and running steady. The maritime influence shows
high tides in Aberdeen of 4.6 metres dropping back through the course of the
week to 3.5 metres. There is enough water for new fish to come forward but the
sea will be warmer than the river so fish are never in much of a hurry to come
forward. There will hopefully be little runs of new fish coming forward so it
pays to persevere and not spend too much time over lunch. The weather forecast
is suggesting a cool start to the week with temperatures rising in the latter
part of the week. It should be cool and cloudy with snow showers on Tuesday and
Wednesday and brightening up from Thursday. Winds shall predominantly be light
and variable with air temperature maxima around 6 degrees later in the week.
There will be overnight frosts in the early part of the week.
I met some
visiting anglers in the British Legion during the week and one of the gentlemen
hooked and played a very big fish at Invery before it came unstuck. Spring run
salmon are typically two or three sea winter fish and there can be some big fish
coming forward. Anglers need to ensure that their leaders are short and strong
and check that their knots are tied well. Anglers will be fishing with
Intermediate or sinking lines. Another popular option at this time of year is
the Skagit lines which are short shooting heads that are great at helping
turnover big heavy flies. Graeme Arthur used a Skagit set up to good effect at
Crathes where he was fishing a very long cast deep and slow and covering a lot
of water. On the business end, tube flies are very popular and patterns such as
Black/Yellow, Gold Bodied Willie Gunn, Dee Monkey, and Park Shrimp should
provide opportunities of sport from Springers where they are located. There will
be Kelts (last season’s salmon which have spawned) and it is important that
anglers return these fish carefully to the river as some will make it back to
sea and return again to spawn.

Sean McGarry 2 of 3 on a flying visit to Park

As always
there is a great amount of fishing availability on the FishDee website during
February. The weather looks ideal for angling this week so if anglers can manage
a visit to the river then please do so. A 3 day break at this time of year can
be rewarding with some of the local hotels doing special Fishermans rates for 3
days stays or more. There is good value to be found at the Tor Na Coille Hotel,
Banchory Lodge, Raemoir House Hotel, Burnett Arms, British Legion and Douglas
Hotel, all located in Banchory. It has been most enjoyable getting out and about
in the evening meeting groups of anglers who have all commented really
favourably at how well they are being looked after by Ghillies on the river and
also the local bars, restaurants and hotels. It is also pleasing to hear how
supportive anglers are about the tighter Biosecurity protocols put in place this
year. All anglers are being asked to have their waders and any landing nets
sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing. It’s a quick
procedure that will help the river and prevent ingress of unwanted pathogens and
non native species entering the watercourse.

Sean McGarry 3 of 3 on a flying visit to Park


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