Monthly Archives: March 2013

Take a friend fishing at Easter

Where better to take a friend to start fishing ?

Try Trout fishing in Deeside                              

Trout fishing is available throughout the Dee valley from a variety of stocked fisheries located near the main river stem and these provide fishing virtually all year round. These fish typically weigh from 1lb to 10lbs with the occasional larger specimen. Anglers visit the Dee from throughout the UK and abroad, primarily to cast a line for Atlantic salmon and sea trout, for which the river is justifiably world famous. However, facilities are also needed to help develop the talents of younger local and visiting anglers, as well as people wishing to try it out to see if they like it.

Trout fisheries allow families and groups to visit and everyone can have a go at catching the stocked fish. These often include brown, rainbow, blue and golden trout. Some of the fisheries even have tagged fish that entitle you to a cash prize if you are fortunate enough to catch one.

Such fisheries can also be a real godsend when the river is in spate and too high to fish safely, or alternatively, during the late summer when the water levels may very occasionally drop well below normal summer lows making it difficult to catch a wild salmon, (unless of course you are out in the hours of darkness).

If you are wondering what to do on your visit to Deeside the trout fisheries are definitely worth considering. You and your family are sure to receive helpful assistance and instruction which might just result in a catch! Many a fisherman has started his lifelong love affair with fishing by visiting a trout fishery.

The moment a trout grabs the fly or bait and swims away, causing a pull on the rod and a rush of line from the reel, this magic moment is so tremendously exciting for the first time fisher; and you are doing a great job if you can encourage newcomers to the sport by helping them with encouragement to land their first fish. There really is something magical about watching the justifiably proud youngster with their first ever fish and it’s a moment they will never ever forget.

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Rod Availability in April

There is a good range of fishing available through April on the FishDee website. Catches have been supressed somewhat during February with the weather conditions being the main factor. The long term forecast sees the Jetsream expected to head north during April allowing the weather to improve and water temperatures to rise. April could see excellent catches as Feb, March and April fish run the river.

Week of                            Water Beat                                 Species                            Rent/Day                                 Mon                                                            Tue                                                            Wed                                                            Thu                                                            Fri                                                            Sat                                                            Sun                                                            Notes                           
1 Apr 13             Dee            Kingcausie as st £30                            3                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            –             
1 Apr 13             Dee            Altries and Lower Drum as st £40                            5                            5                            5                            5                            5                            –                            –            CE
1 Apr 13             Dee            Park South as st £129 +  vat                             –                            –                            –                            –                            –                            2                            –             
1 Apr 13             Dee            Knappach as st £55 +  vat                             –                            1                            –                            –                            –                            –                            –             
1 Apr 13             Dee            Lower Woodend as st £60                            2                            2                            –                            –                            –                            –                            –            Min 1d2r
1 Apr 13             Dee            Waterside and Ferrar as st £49 +  vat                             –                            –                            2                            –                            –                            –                            –            Min 1d2r
1 Apr 13             Dee            Morven as st £50                            2                            2                            1                            2                            2                            –                            –             
1 Apr 13             Dee            Crathie as st £55 +  vat                             –                            1                            3                            1                            –                            –                            –             

8 Apr 13             Dee            Kingcausie as st £30                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            –             
8 Apr 13             Dee            Altries and Lower Drum as st £40                            3                            3                            3                            6                            6                            6                            –            CE
8 Apr 13             Dee            Middle Drum as st £50                            2                            4                            4                            3                            4                            –                            –             
8 Apr 13             Dee            Park as st £129 +  vat                             1                            4                            4                            1                            –                            –                            –             
8 Apr 13             Dee            Park South as st £129 +  vat                             1                            1                            1                            –                            1                            –                            –             
8 Apr 13             Dee            Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365                            1                            1                            –                            –                            –                            –                            –             
8 Apr 13             Dee            Kincardine as st £185                            –                            –                            –                            1                            1                            1                            –            WS+20%
8 Apr 13             Dee            Morven as st £50                            2                            2                            1                            –                            2                            1                            –             
8 Apr 13             Dee            Crathie as st £65 +  vat                             –                            –                            –                            –                            1                            –                            –             

15 Apr 13             Dee            Ardoe and Murtle as st £30                            5                            5                            5                            5                            5                            5                            –            Min 3d3r
15 Apr 13             Dee            Kingcausie as st £30                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            –             
15 Apr 13             Dee            Park as st £129 +  vat                             1                            1                            –                            –                            1                            –                            –             
15 Apr 13             Dee            Park South as st £129 +  vat                             –                            1                            2                            3                            2                            1                            –             
15 Apr 13             Dee            Knappach as st £55 +  vat                             1                            2                            2                            2                            –                            –                            –             
15 Apr 13             River Dee            Upper Blackhall as st £110                            1                            1                            –                            –                            –                            –                            –             
15 Apr 13             Dee            Sluie as st £55 +  vat                             –                            2                            –                            –                            1                            1                            –             
15 Apr 13             Dee            Morven as st £50                            2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            –                            –             

22 Apr 13             Dee            Kingcausie as st £30                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            4                            –             
22 Apr 13             Dee            Altries and Lower Drum as st £40                            6                            6                            6                            3                            3                            3                            –            CE
22 Apr 13             Dee            Middle Drum as st £50                            4                            4                            4                            2                            3                            3                            –             
22 Apr 13             Dee            Park South as st £129 +  vat                             4                            3                            4                            1                            1                            1                            –             
22 Apr 13             Dee            Aboyne Water as st £150                            1                            1                            1                            –                            –                            –                            –             
22 Apr 13             Dee            Birkhall as st £102 +  vat                             2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            –            Min 2dT1r
22 Apr 13             Dee            Morven as st £50                            2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            –             
22 Apr 13             Dee            Balmoral as st £95 +  vat                             2                            2                            3                            3                            3                            3                            –            Min 2dT1r
22 Apr 13             Dee            Crathie as st £90 +  vat                             1                            1                            1                            –                            –                            –                            –             

29 Apr 13             Dee            Ardoe and Murtle as st £30                            2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            –            Min 2d1r
29 Apr 13             Dee            Kingcausie as st £30                            4                            4                            3                            4                            4                            4                            –             
29 Apr 13             Dee            Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                            6                            1                            1                            1                            1                            1                            –             
29 Apr 13             Dee            Park as st £127 +  vat                             –                            –                            –                            5                            2                            1                            –             
29 Apr 13             Dee            Park South as st £127 +  vat                             –                            –                            –                            2                            2                            1                            –             
29 Apr 13             Dee            Knappach as st £55 +  vat                             2                            2                            2                            2                            2                            –                            –             
29 Apr 13             Dee            Mar Lodge Estate as st

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 25th March 2013

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 25th March 2013

Recent Catches

Fishing last week on Deeside reminded me of the Battle of the Bulge-not weight loss, but the heroic efforts of dedicated people fighting the good cause in terribly cold winter weather. FishDee beats have reported 42 salmon and 2 sea trout for the week with Lower Crathes seeing a superb return of 14 salmon for the anglers fishing there, more of this later. There were a number of good sized fish reported in the catch with the biggest reported at 20lbs from Park. Catches were distributed between Middle Drum and Deecastle.

I received an e-mail from Dr Tom Charles with news of their recent visit to Lower Crathes advising ‘Dear Ken, Myself, and friends John Heaton, John Bull and Christian Dealer fished LC&WDurris for the first 3 days of the week of March 18th. We were met by somewhat different conditions to those this time last year! We were fantastically well looked after by the wondrous Charlie Booth; and in Roberts’s absence Malcolm Tocher. We managed 6 fish (1, pending verification with scales going to the scientists) over the 3 days. John Heaton took the best of them at 14lb adding a 10lb fish on a size 6 double tied by his kids! Christian Dealer took a 10lb fish on a Kelt-Slayer tube in lower Bridge pool to allay the concerns of his earlier ‘Frankenfish’ who’s scales are presently under scrutiny. On Wednesday I myself took a 10lb fish followed 45mins later by a 32″ fish in Greenbank on a bottle tube monkey tied by my own fair hand and fished slow on a sink2 shooting head. This was masterfully landed by Charlie on both occasions. Sadly the final member of our Party Mr Bull was unable to join in with a fish, although he did teach us about the finer art of Scotch consumption. Many thanks to Robert Harper in his absence for keeping such a fine beat, and his 2 able accomplices for their tireless attendance. My best wishes and thanks for your excellent river reports, Tom Charles.

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Keith Webster with a fabulous 18lb salmon from Lower Crathes-they dont get much better than this !

Lower Crathes is a fabulous fishing beat which is well loved by its loyal band of anglers who return year on year. For those who are relatively new to the beat and eager to learn how to maximise their opportunities for sport. The beat Ghillies do a superb job of teaching them about the nuances of the pools. One newish angler is Keith Webster, originally from Wick, who fishes annually in Russia and throughout Scotland. Keith turned up at my house on Friday beaming from ear to ear and eager to show me images of a superbly conditioned 18lb salmon he had landed on the beat. Robert Harper had taken Keith to a bit of water that hadn’t been fished for a few days. Keith informed me he hooked 4 fish for his day and only managed to land one; what a prized specimen it was! He assured me that he would not have enjoyed this success without the helpful advice from Robert Harper. I would encourage anglers to visit the beat as it’s a truly wonderful beat to fish with a great team of Ghillies.

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More success for Dr Tom Charles Party at Lower Crathes.

Neil Mitchell enjoyed success at Park with his first ever spring salmon and has sent me an image of his capture. Neil advised ‘Just started fishing for salmon on the fly at the end of last year and only been out twice on the Tay and once on the tweed, and was always fishing on the right bank. I fished at Park on the left bank today, and with some help from Keith Cromar, the estates Head Ghillie I managed to start putting out a nice line which resulted in my first Springer and two kelts. Sadly I also lost two fish, however I had an amazing day and can’t wait to get back up to Park. Congratulations to you Neil and tight lines for the rest of the season. I fished on Saturday at Invery and have never experienced colder and more brutal conditions for fly fishing anywhere in the world. Ice crystals formed on your finger tips as you stripped line in prior to casting and the fly line froze to the rod rings throughout the day. The old trick of sticking the rod into the water to unfreeze the rod rings didn’t work as the water temp was only 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Ghillie Karl Revel worked heroically throughout the day keeping all anglers spirits up. Beat owner Lawrence Ross, a perfect gentleman, came to meet all the visiting anglers at lunchtime and made the lunch break very enjoyable.

The River Dee Trust has launched a spring raffle where tickets are on sale in fishing huts, Orvis in Banchory, the Tor Na Coille Hotel and Potarch Hotel, with some very nice prizes to be won. Raffle tickets can also be purchased through the River Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, tel 013398 80411. 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

Beat catches reported SALMON & GRILSE: Middle Drum 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 4, Lower Crathes and W Durris 14, Crathes 3, Invery 1, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 3, Middle Blackhall 1, Sluie 1, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 3, Dess 1, Birse 1, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 3, Total 42 SEA TROUT: Invery 1, Cairnton 1, Total 2

Prospects

Weather conditions are a factor that affects sport. Last year river levels dropped dramatically due to unseasonable high temperatures. This year river levels have dropped significantly due to unseasonably cold weather conditions. The BBC’S popular weather reporter Carol Kirkwood informed the nation this morning that the big blocking area of high pressure centred over northern Europe is responsible for drawing in cold air from the continent in a clockwise direction. This high pressure system shows no sign of shifting and this week will see a continuation of cold wintery weather. Air temperature maxima will perhaps reach 4 degrees Celsius with overnight frosts throughout the week ahead. There will be some precipitation, but not of any serious consequence. Winds will be predominately light and from a north or easterly direction. River levels should not fluctuate much during the week, perhaps dropping slightly day by day throughout the week. The maritime influence sees spring tides building from 3.9 metres to 4.4 metres before dropping back to 4.1 metres on Sunday. This should see new fish come forward into the river and hopefully the arrival of a decent run of multi sea winter fish to over 20lbs. Whether there are enough anglers prepared to fish the lower beats ad stick at it is another matter. There are some superb spring salmon entering the river and they are worth pitting your wits against them. Success is never guaranteed and long spells of inactivity may occur but if and when a Springer arrives on your beat then you may just get a very welcome surprise as you battle it out with a supremely strong salmon.

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A first ever spring salmon for Neil Mitchell fishing at Park

As I always counsel, it’s very important to listen to your Ghillies advice. Your beat Ghillie will encourage you to persevere in the likely taking lies given the water height on your beat and they will give good advice on presentation speed, fly choice and what depth to fish the fly. More often than not the Ghillie can make the difference and give you the advice you really need to catch the elusive silver fresh run salmon. There will be times this week that you will need to seek warmth and shelter in the fishing huts, if only to lift spirits. Remember your team mate during your stay, the hard working Ghillie that stands for hours on end, day after day, in these harsh winter conditions providing helpful advice and encouragement to anglers, whilst they are no doubt chilled to the bone watching the anglers fishing. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie to call on then you should make sure you have a sinking or intermediate fly line and a choice of sink tips. Short stout leaders of 20lbs breaking strain are advised as they help turnover heavy flies, and are needed in case you encounter a big salmon. Tube Fly choice may include Posh Tosh, Dee Monkey, Park Shrimp, Gold Willie Gunn, Intruder and Francnsnaelda. Anglers may still encounter kelts migrating downstream which need returned carefully to the river as will bright new spring salmon. Please try to ensure your fish is unhooked in the river and any pictures taken quickly when you are returning your salmon to the river.

As always there is fishing availability on the FishDee website during the last days of March. The weather looks slightly better for angling this week and if dedicated salmon anglers can manage a visit to the river then please do so. A 3 day Easter break at this time of year can yield some rewards with some of the local hotels doing some fantastic Fishermans rates for 3 days stays or more for groups of 3 or more anglers. There is great value to be found at local hotels and remember to ask what their fisherman’s rates are when you make your booking. 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. 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. Wrap up well this week as its going to continue to be cold. As I was informed last week there’s no such thing as bad weather, rather it’s the wrong choice of clothing-Tight Lines! Copyright FishDee

Lower Crathes Cracker

Keith Webster on a return visit to Lower Crathes & West Durris, scene of previous success a few weeks ago, captured this fabulous spring salmon on a monkey fly below the bridge on the right hand bank. Keith hooked 4 fish on his vist and managed to land this 18lb salmon after a good fight. Keith is the manufacturer of the new Webster Titanium fishing reels which are replicas of the classic Vom Hoffe fly reels.

Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo-The Film

Delighted to announce and showcase the new beat film produced for Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo-Part of a series of films produced by River Dee proprietors.

Golden Eagles in Deeside

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A selection of images showing a Female Golden Eagle with Chick as it grows over a period of time

Old Brig O’Dee near Braemar

Old Brig O'Dee near Braemar

A nice image shot by Andy Fowler

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

The weekly report has been uploaded and is available to download including recent catches and prospects for the week ahead.

 

 

Struan Hall Aboyne-a great retreat for anglers

 

Superb anglers retreat

 

Struan Hall is a really beautiful home, quietly situated in the village of Aboyne, on Royal Deeside.

A spacious lounge and dining room overlook our front garden.

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We aim to provide each of our guests with real comfort in traditional, relaxed surroundings that benefit from modern facilities.

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All bedrooms benefit from: private bathrooms, central heating, digital TV, Wi-Fi, ipod docking stations, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries, cosy robes and tea/coffee making facilities.

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Home bakes are provided daily.  Special attention is paid to providing a delicious breakfast with all produce sourced locally. Non-Smoking throughout.

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Ample car parking available onsite.Secure rod box on site.

Drying and laundry service available.

Pack lunches available.

Special fisherman’s rates for 2013.

Contact  Judith Anderson, Struan Hall, Ballater Road, Aboyne, AB34 5HY,

emailaddress:     judith@struanhall.co.uk

Tel 01339885599

Mobile 07717146902

 

 

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