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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 15 th April


Anglers fished hard in low water conditions to make the best of it with FishDee beats reporting 109 salmon and 4 sea trout for last week. Brian Sim must have been delighted with his team of anglers who had a very decent 23 for their week. He had mentioned last Monday that things were looking promising so it was pleasing to see them do so well. Park reported 14, with 5 from the north bank and 9 from the south bank. Lower Crathes has picked away all season and they had 11 for their week. The Invery beats had 9 salmon for the week with Borrowston reporting 8 salmon. Crathie had their first fish of the season with 3 being landed which will have pleased Ghillie Archie Hay.

I spoke to some of the Ghillies this morning following the large rise in river levels following yesterday morning’s heavy rain, mild wind and warm temperatures. I asked Keith Cromar at Park what he thought the water temperature was today and he replied somewhat wryly ‘Do you want the water temperature taken inside my hut or outside? The river level inside my fishing hut is 10 inches and falling!’ I had a super function to attend last night at the Glen Lui Hotel where I spoke to a large group of visiting anglers from Scandinavia. As I drove to the office this morning after staying overnight in Ballater I noticed the river has burst its banks below Ballater and was into a number of fields. It will hopefully bring a good run of new fish into the middle and upper beats where anglers and ghillies have been waiting patiently for a change in fishing conditions.

Stewart Lang with a salmon at Inchmarlo

Phillipe Koehler from France was back on Deeside recently and advised ‘Hi Ken, Hope you are well. My friend Bernard and I were on the Dee last week where we both catch our first Springer on the Dee! They were 9 and 12 lbs and in very good condition, 1 was sea liced. We want to thank Kevin (Altries), Bert (Park) and Willie (Tilbouries).’ I spoke to Sean Stanton at Ballogie who advised that Peter Lonsdale had 4 fish at Carlogie last week between 8 to 12 lbs. I was delighted to meet up with Alan Morrison, Dr Phil Fairchild and Dr Paul Brown who had a few days fishing at Borrowston and Kincardine. They were enjoying their trip and reported some nice salmon and a fine sea trout.
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. The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board would like to advise that details about the bursary scheme to encourage young people to become ghillies are now on their website www.riverdee.org.uk 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
MON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Middle Drum 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 4, Park 14, Lower Crathes and W Durris 11, Knappach 3, Crathes 23, Invery 5, Tilquhillie 4, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Upper Blackhall 1, Woodend 1, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 1, Sluie 4, Ballogie 1, Borrowston 8, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 5, Dess 2, Birse 1, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Crathie 3, Total 109
SEA TROUT: Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Invery 1, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 1, Total 4


The weather has taken a dramatic turn for the better with current air temperatures at 15 degrees Celsius with the river getting a good flush of rain and snow melt. The Sepa river height gauges are sitting at 4 ft 5 inches at Mar Lodge and 9 ft 3 inches at Park. This welcome lift in river levels will hopefully encourage a good migration of new fish into the river, and see more fish running from the lower beats to the middle and upper beats. We could do with river levels dropping back now however there is another weather system due to arrive mid week so chances are we will have high river levels for at least the part of the week. Air temperature maxima are forecast to be around 14 degrees with variable winds which will be strong at times. The maritime influence shows tides dropping back from 3.8 metres to 3.2 metres. The river temperature will currently be around 5 or 6 degrees and should rise during the week to perhaps 8 degrees Celsius.

Stewart Lang with a nice springer at Inchmarlo

Fishing prospects today are really out of the question for safety reasons as the river is in a high spate condition. Providing we don’t get a lot more snow melt today perhaps the river will be fishable from tomorrow. When the river drops significantly and the water clears then sport could be excellent, but it all depends on what size of run of new fish come into the system. There are a lot of anglers today who will be doing a whole host of other activities to keep themselves amused.

The Ghillies will be as eager as anglers to see what comes on the back of this high water and they will be keen to fish the high water lies on their beats. Heed the advice they give you as they know from experience what tactics to utilise given the prevailing river conditions. If you don’t have a Ghillie to help you, then ensure you fish with big flies, and fish deep. Fly choice will include Gold Bodied Willie Gunn, Ally’s Shrimp, Dee Monkey and bright Pot bellied pigs will also do well. Flies can be purchased locally at Somers in Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil Post Office, George Strachan’s store in Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater.

I would encourage anglers who are thinking about fishing to book availability now through FishDee because sport should really pick up now. The hotels in Deeside provide excellent value and there are Fishermans rates for groups of anglers. 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. It could be a great week-Tight Lines! Copyright FishDee

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