FishDee Beats weekly fishing report 29th April
I am grateful to Invery beats Ghillie Karl Revel who provided the following report this morning. ‘Dear Ken, We enjoyed a very satisfactory week on Invery/Tilquhillie with 21 salmon being caught and several more hooked and lost. Top rod was Jim Fisher from Pitlochry with 6 salmon. He provided the highlight of the week when he hooked, caught and released a salmon in Greenbank before an audience of very well behaved, interested and excited primary 5C pupils from Hill of Banchory Primary School. They were enjoying their river visit with River Dee Biologist Adrian Hudson and River Dee Trust manager Dr Lorraine Hawkins. Their visit forms part of their curriculum for excellence syllabus supported by the River Dee Trust IntroDee programme. Mr Fisher received a rousing ovation for his success from his young onlookers and from me.’ Well done Jim and delighted to hear of your continued success for your visits to the River Dee.
Brian Sim reported that Lee Philpott had a great weeks sport at Crathes Castle with over 10 salmon for his week. Lee was fishing as part of the Dill Day party. They were getting salmon on Snaelda’s and Monkey flies, with 4 taken on a stripped Sunray Shadow. Robert Harper reported that he was very happy that Lower Crathes had their best spring week for quite a number of years with 45 salmon caught and released. Italian angler Orazio Gatti, a regular visitor to the beat had 15 salmon for his week; Paulo Cesni had 12 with Mr Moscardó landing 7 in three days and Mr Cochis having some sport. Day guest Malcolm Tocher had 3 salmon including fish of 17 and 18 lbs. Robert advised that half of the weekly catch were sea liced salmon and most were caught on black and yellow tube flies fished of intermediate tips as the water temperature was over 44 degrees Fahrenheit. I received an e-mail from Orazio commenting ‘Dear Ken, Yes, finally a good week in April! I will send you some pictures tomorrow. See you in July! I will fish Banchory and Culter. My Best, Orazio’
I received a phone call on Saturday from Jerk Sönnichsen, President of the Danish Fly Fishers Federation who was fishing at Ballogie last week. He tells me he had his 100th River Dee Springer this week and his 107th was a 22lber on Friday. He was interviewed by BBC Landward crew for a broadcast this Friday evening about the River Dee and catch and release. Well done Jerk and I hope readers of this column will tune into the BBC Landward programme on Friday evening.
Some other items of news this week .The directors of River Dee Board & Trust and FishDee respectfully announce the bereavement of Gordon Dawson, Chairman and Factor of the Aboyne Water Fishings Club. His funeral took place on Friday in Melrose. There is a tribute to Mr Dawson which has been provided by Mr Tristan Sillars, which can be accessed at this web link Gordon Dawson-Aboyne Water Fishings Club | FishDee
Orvis of Banchory have details of their free beginners fly fishing courses, which will be held between May and September. For further details contact Orvis of Banchory by visiting their store at 2-8 Bridge St, Banchory AB31 5SX or call telephone number 01330 824319. Copyright FishDee
Beat Catches Reported
SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 4, Park 3, Lower Crathes and W Durris 45, Knappach 1, Crathes 20, Invery 9, Tilquhillie 12, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 18, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 12, Middle Blackhall 4, Upper Blackhall 1, Cairnton 3, Woodend 5, Commonty 1, Ballogie 17, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 11, Dess 1, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 1, Craigendinnie 2, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 3, Deecastle 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Total 185 SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 3, Commonty 1, Ballogie 2, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Total 12
Following on from last week’s much improved sport, prospects for the week ahead look pretty reasonable. The River Dee is running at an ideal fishing height with excellent clarity and a water temperature around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The Sepa gauges are showing river levels at 11 inches at Mar Lodge and 2 foot at Park. The maritime influence sees high tides falling back this week from 4.3 metres in Aberdeen to 3.7 metres. The jet stream is currently lying across the bottom half of the British Isles which sees a northerly airstream influencing our weather just now, but this looks likely that it will change over the next few weeks bringing warmer air temperatures and nice warm southerly breezes. In the meantime we shall see blustery winds at times this week with the odd risk of frost at night in the highland glens. Winds may swing around to a variable south or westerly air stream later in the week. Air temperature maxima are around 12 degrees this week, but it will feel colder due to the strength of the wind. When the wind drops it should feel quite pleasant during sunny spells. There is not any significant rainfall forecast this week but there will be some rain at times and perhaps hill snow at the start of the week. Snow melt will continue to keep the river at a nice fishing height.
A group of visiting anglers fishing the upper Dee beats entertained by Ian Murray of Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie
With lengthening daylight hours anglers may well be starting to fish on into the evenings and perhaps rest the pools for a prolonged lunch hour. Hopefully we shall see fish start to run into the upper beats where Ghillies have been waiting patiently to see runs of new salmon arrive in their beats. Recently the best sport has been around the Banchory area of the River Dee; however the cold water temperatures have to a certain extent held fish back from running to the upper beats I’m told, much to the frustration of Ghillies and anglers alike. Some recent years, have shown when the water is warmer the fish have rocketed through the lower river to the upper river; but not this year. They will run some time and hopefully this week shall see the good numbers of fish in the Banchory area move upstream.
It’s a case of persevering this week and if and when a run of fish comes into your chosen beat, you may perhaps see some action. It’s important to work with your ghillie and heed his wise advice. The Ghillies will be eager to see salmon landed where you can exploit any opportunities for sport. They will advise what flies to use and tactics to employ. At this time of year fish may take a large tube fly and later in the day perhaps a much smaller fly fished off a floating or intermediate line. Vary your tactics of fly presentation and be alert to slight changes in air and water temperature. If you don’t have a Ghillie to help you, perhaps you will fish with big flies first, and fish down a bit; later on in the day perhaps use a plastic or aluminium bodied Sunray shadow fished very square with a figure of eight retrieve, especially if you see fish splashing about. Fly choice will include Black and Yellow variant tube flies, Ally’s Shrimp, Dee Monkey and Pot bellied pigs; later in the day you may perhaps get fish to come to a size 8 or 10 dressed double. 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 really would encourage anglers who are thinking about fishing to book availability now through FishDee because sport should really pick up now given the significant improvement in fishing conditions. The hotels in Deeside provide excellent value and there are Fishermans rates for groups of anglers. All anglers and Ghillies are being asked to ensure all anglers have their waders and any landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing, even when they are fishing different beats during their week on the river. It’s a quick procedure that will help the river and prevent ingress of unwanted pathogens and non native species entering any part of the River Dee watercourse. Finally the Scottish Hotel Hospitality awards were held last night in Glasgow and FishDee are delighted to report that a number of Deeside’s Hotels won quite an impressive haul of awards. Congratulations go to the hard working teams of staff, who look after many of our visiting anglers at Loch Kinord Hotel, Raemoir House Hotel and Tor Na Coille Hotel for their success. We have a great range of accommodation providers so please visit the relevant pages on the FishDee website to find out more. Please write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to email@example.com so I can share this news in the weekly report and FishDee blog. It could be another good week. Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee