Monthly Archives: May 2013

FishDee Beats weekly audio report

Here is the weekly audio news report from FishDee beats available to download for those with reading difficulties and overseas visitors.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vq8kt4iaijvjp6j/2013%20May%2027%2015%3A26%3A04.wav

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Fishing Report with a few lovely pictures

Recent Catches

The last few days of the spring period saw more snow falling in the mountains and the river temperature, which was starting to rise, stopped in its tracks mid week. You can see imagery of the weather encountered on the Gairn when the River Office team were out tree planting last week at River Dee News By Saturday, what a contrast, our weather provided a glimpse of what we all would like to see this summer; nice clear skies and mild air temperatures where people can enjoy their sport on the riverbank. FishDee beats have so far reported 128 salmon to 21lbs and a couple of sea trout for the week with some late returns for evening fish on Saturday perhaps to be added. At long last the middle Dee beats were starting to get some sport with Carlogie reporting 14, Ballogie and Lower Crathes 11 each and Crathes and Upper Blackhall 9 apiece. The largest fish of the week was a 21lb salmon landed by Altries Ghillie Kevin Fleming at Crathes which was described by Crathes Ghillie Brian Sim as a lovely fish. I was also delighted to hear that Lower Durris and Upper Drum Ghillie Jim Paton had a nice fish at Inchmarlo; his first ever from the Inchmarlo side. His son Terry Paton, Ghillie at Inchmarlo, forwarded an image of Jim and his fish and said he was delighted.

Floating Bank, Crathes Castle Beat

I have some news from Crathes provided by regular Dee visitor Charles Jeffrey who advised ‘Crathes was terrific with nine fish for our three days with Brian. The fish were evenly spread at two each until John Laurie had a 16 lber out of the Burn Pool late on Saturday, before the gungy water got down to him. I’ve never seen so many fish in May with 90% of them spanking fresh. I’d a wee 5lb fish on Friday covered in long lice, followed five minutes later with a 12lber, both from the Pantoch. It was a co-incidence to have Colin Reid, ex Head Ghillie from Gordon Castle and Brae 5 on the other side when catching both fish. I used to take a week up there each spring, but because there were no fish, did not take the week this year and of course they’ve had a terrific spring. Brian was in great form and we had many laughs as usual. We’re due up on Birkhall on 24th June and then a week at Crathes from 5th August. Cannae wait.’

Jock Rae at Dess-a lovely pool to fish at this height

Well it was nice to receive this news from Charles about Crathes and I was fortunate to visit the beat on Saturday with another regular Dee visitor Graeme Arthur, who kindly invited me for a cast. There were good numbers of fish showing in some of the pools and I was pleased to catch one of guard and get my first salmon from Crathes during the afternoon. Brian Sim spent a lot of time with me and I was most grateful for his sound advice. We had been fishing the top of the water with small flies and then a big monkey and nothing was doing. Brian said put fast sink tip on and fish a small fly a bit deeper due to the brightness, and within half a dozen casts of starting using his sound advice a fish co-operated at Kashentroch. I was also pleased to get the chance to get out of the office for an afternoon cast on Friday as a guest of Dess proprietor Jeremy Clayton, and lightning struck twice for me. On the same Friday last year I had a day with Jeremy and caught a nice fish and this year I was really thrilled to get a lovely fresh 12 b salmon at Jock Rae. Many thanks to Mr & Mrs Clayton and Ghillie Eoin Smith.

Looking down Jetties to Hollies at Dess

Philip Black was on one of his regular trips to the Dee at the end of last week and was successful at Lower Invercauld beat and also at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo. Philip commented ‘Hi Ken a couple of pictures of my 2 fish I caught for my day on Monaltrie and lower Invercauld. It’s the first time I’ve fished this beat but it won’t be my last; an absolute stunning piece of water. It’s also the first time I’ve met Ian Murray, what a gentleman, couldn’t be more helpful and made it a great day for me. I also had a braw wee fish from the Roe Pot, Little Blackhall. It was hard going on Saturday as conditions weren’t great so this was a welcome wee fish.’ Philip and his brother Tony are regular fishers on the Dee and generally do very well.

Philip black with a small fish at the Roe Pot

Finally as part of the Inaugural Banchory River Festival there will be an opportunity for people who have always wanted to try fishing to come and spend a few hours learning to fish at the Raemoir Trout Fishery, Raemoir Road, Banchory on Saturday 8th June. This is a free to attend IntroDee session for parents with children commencing from 10.30 am. People who would like to attend just need to send an e-mail to info@riverdee.org to advise how many are attending or call the River Office on 013398 80411 to register.  News of catches, with or without images are always welcome so please drop a line to ken@riverdee.org so I can share this news in the weekly report and FishDee blog. It should be a reasonable week for anglers and hopefully we shall get some good news to report next week. Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Anglers & Ghillies in high spirits at Dinnet/Deecastle

Beat Catches

SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 2, Park 5, Lower Crathes and W Durris 11, Crathes 9, Invery 3, Tilquhillie 1, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 6, Middle Blackhall 1, Upper Blackhall 9, Cairnton 2, Woodend 1, Commonty 3, Sluie 2, Ballogie 11, Borrowston 1, Kincardine 8, Carlogie 14, Dess 7, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 2, Craigendinnie 3, Waterside and Ferrar 6, Dinnet 7, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Abergeldie 1, Total 128
SEA TROUT: Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Deecastle 1, Total 2

Prospects

The weather forecast shows a cool start to the week with a return to milder weather for the second half of the week. Air temperature maxima will be 15 degrees Celsius. There will be some precipitation today and tomorrow but hopefully not enough to affect water levels. The Sepa gauges are showing 1 ft 1 inch at Mar Lodge and steady and Park is reading 1ft 7 inches and steady; ideal river heights for fishing. The water temps are approaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit and will be around this temperature all week. Winds are going to be light and variable with the odd few hours here and there where they may become moderate. The maritime influence sees Tides starting the week at 4.4 metres before falling back mid week to 3.6 metres. Again it’s reasonably good salmon fishing weather but not great for sea trout fishing in the evening.

Ron Irvin with a nice fish at Dinnet

Your beat Ghillies will advise you on the tactics you should utilise but perseverance will be necessary. Anglers are still catching fish on flies fished well down but other fish are coming to small flies fished on floating lines. The migration of fish from the Lower Beats to the middle beats seems to be gathering momentum and hopefully fish will run to the upper beats too. As always heed the Ghillies wise counsel as they will give you the advice you need of where taking fish may be encountered on their beats given the water levels you encounter on your visit. If you don’t have a Ghillie to obtain advice from then you may wish to consider the following flies as worth a go with. The Park Shrimp, Silver Stoats tail, Black Flamethrower or Orange Flamethrower, Ally’s Shrimp, Tosh and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good option if fish are seen and suspected to be running through your pool.

Jim Paton with a salmon at Inchmarlo

If you find you have the wrong flies with you for your fishing trip or run out, then pay a visit to some of our super retailers; George Strachan’s store in Aboyne have increased their selection of fishing equipment and River Dee flies tied by the Ballogie Estates Head Ghillie Sean Stanton, at very attractive prices too. The Orvis store in Banchory also has a vast selection of flies to choose from and equipment to hire. The Countrywear shop in Ballater is a favourite destination for visiting anglers, where Norman Clements is always delighted to meet visiting anglers. They have a good selection of fishing equipment available and provide good service and value. I would like to add Kincardine O’Neil Post Office supplies nice sandwiches and a great selection of River Dee flies too.

Looking over the river from Floating Bank, Crathes to Tilquhillie

Finally an important thing for you to remember when you arrive on your chosen beat. All anglers and Ghillies are being asked to ensure anglers have their waders and any landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing, even when they are fishing different River Dee beats during their week on the river. It’s a condition of the River Dee Conservation code and must be strictly adhered to; all beats have supplies to ensure this is carried out prior to entering 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. We also want to prevent the transfer of the highly problematic ranunculus from the lower part of the river to the upper part. Please write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Hatchery Briefing Note

Hatchery Briefing Note
The Board has a long history of catching up broodstock, stripping them and holding the resulting progeny in various hatcheries and incubators. The fish have historically been stocked out at all stages from eyed eggs to Parr throughout various reaches of the catchment. This briefing note sets out why the Dee Board no longer operates the Dinnet Hatchery.

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/FileLibrary/Content/Publications/Dee%20Hatchery%20Open%20Session%2020%2005%2010.pdf

Planning for the future

Riparian tree planting is underway     Thursday 23rd May 2013 16:34:53

Riparian tree planting is underway

Up on the Gairn, approaching what should be mid-summer, we are hit by a wintry blast of snow and wind. On the plus side, our programme of riparian enhancement has begun, with the first tree enclosures now in place along the bankside of the River Gairn tributary.

Each fenced enclosure is small (approx. 5 x 5m) with about 20 native trees planted in each.

The aim is to establish areas of wooded buffer strips to create dappled shade, improve the nutrient status of the watercourse and help stabilise banks. All of this will have knock-on benefits for biodiversity, in particular the freshwater pearl mussel, Atlantic salmon and otter. The three species for which the River Dee is a notified Special Area of Conservation.

This is the start of things to come (the tree planting, not the weather hopefully!), as 70 km of river bank will be planted in the next 3.5 years.

Now, could someone please tell the snow that we don’t want to see it again until December!

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The Gairn on 23rd May!

This work is being done as part of the EU LIFE project, Pearls in Peril.

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Want to learn to fish ?

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Come and learn to fish on Saturday 8th June. The IntroDee introduction to fishing event is being hosted at Raemoir Trout Fishery commencing at 10.30 am as part of the Banchory River Festival. This event is free and anyone who has often wondered what its like to try fishing, so you should come along and have some fun. It would help the organisers, the River Dee Trust and Raemoir fishery if you would register your interest by dropping an e-mail to adrian@riverdee.org so we can make sure everyone is accommodated. Thanks Ken Reid.

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Photo Contest

Banchory River Festival photo competition is coming to a conclusion in the next few days.

There is still time to upload photos onto the Facebook page to enter.

There are a number of prizes and the winner will be picked on Sunday

Prizes presented by Provost Jill Webster.

You have to be in it to win it….

https://www.facebook.com/groups/152508608250440/?hc_location=stream

Countryside Alliance Message

Are you sick of ending every mobile conversation with “Hello, hello, are you still there?”. Then turn phone signal detective this summer to help us to lobby for better rural mobile phone services. We all pay the same to run our mobile phones, regardless of where we live. But rural businesses and individuals tell us they have a far poorer service.

Now we are searching for proof to ensure people living in the countryside are not forgotten by mobile phone companies and benefit from the Government’s £150m mobile phone infrastructure project. All you have to do is download an app onto your smartphone or tablet which tests the strength of your signal and automatically records the result. Just go to the iTunes app store or Google Play and download the free RootMetrics app.

Then please test the signal while you are out and about, as well as at home, in order to rapidly improve the information on the map of rural reception that we are compiling. We recommend you test for signal only and leave it on continuously – it will not eat up your data. Click here for more technical details.

We need you to keep on testing over the summer and beyond, to ensure the data is as comprehensive as possible. The results will be combined with readings from others in your area to create a map showing which mobile operator is best in your part of the country. We will be putting the coverage map to communications companies as well as Parliamentarians, so your help is vital if we are to show the extent of bad coverage in the countryside. I have said before that it is possible to get better coverage in Helmand Province than in rural Dorset and for the sake of our families and rural businesses we need to do all we can to ensure their lot improves.
For further information on how to use the app and to see results so far please visit www.rootmetrics.com/uk/

 

Barney White-Spunner

Executive Chairman

 

 

Salmon and Sea Trout Opportunities on the Heughhead beat on the Feugh

Heughhead

Location

Just off B974, Banchory and Strachan road

Summary

1 mile left bank 10 pools, 1 Ghillie (by arrangement), 1 hut, WC Maximum rods: 4 Price range: From £12 to £35 rod/day (+VAT); Weekly and part day (4 hours) tickets may be available on request, please contact Fishery Manager for availability.

All Species fishing available including brown trout, with day rods for salmon angling having priority.

Dusk to dawn tickets available for Sea Trout fishing.

Children fish free with a fee paying responsible adult.

Strictly catch and release. Life jackets available on request.

Description

Heughhead Fishing’s

Creating a unique fishing experience on Royal Deeside; Heughhead Fishing’s has all the facilities you would expect from a top quality beat. Surrounded by rich, beautiful countryside and offering a wide range of amenities including accommodation, leisure, sports facilities and popular tourist trails. Fishing is available on this 1 mile beat from late May until the end of the season (currently 15 October).

The River Feugh

The River Feugh is the most important tributary of the River Dee and is well known for the salmon leaping at the Falls of Feugh, well worth a visit. The Feugh begins high in the Forest of Birse, to the south of Aboyne, and flows through some of the most scenic areas in Aberdeenshire before joining the River Dee at Banchory.

The Feugh is a spate river and fishes best after a rise of water where must anglers comply with the beat regulations, available on request.

Heughhead Fishing’s is situated 2 miles upstream from the Falls of Feugh. This is an ideal river for beginners to learn to fish for salmon and trout with no necessity for long casts. The intimate pools offer a challenge requiring stealth and finesse when the river is low and clear. Children accompanied by responsible supervisory adults’ fish for free. The river banks are well maintained and have access to all the pools.

The Beat

Heughhead Fishing’s extends to 1 mile of left bank salmon fishing on the River Feugh where fishing is separated into 2 beats, upper and lower. The upper beat has 5 named pools; Duke, Rothwell’s Run, Burn, Willows and Grilse, The lower beat has four named pools; Stepping Stones, Heughhead, Upper Scolty, Lower Scolty, and Embankment. Species of fish include Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon and Grilse. The brown trout season commences 15th March to the end of September. Sea Trout can be expected from early June onwards and the salmon season runs from April/May until the end of the season. The most productive months for salmon are from July onwards. These are rich waters that serve as important spawning grounds for salmon and sea trout in the Dee system. The purpose built quality fishing lodge provides full facilities whilst retaining character in line with the surrounding environment.

Company Corporate Fishing

Why not enjoy the exclusive fishing rights for up to 4 rods daily or weekly? It’s the ideal setting for a fishing trip with a BBQ. Complete with a comfortable well appointed fishing lodge complete with modern amenities, WC, running water and electricity and a cosy log burning stove at your disposal. For parties of more than 4 rods, fishing would be on a shared basis.

A Ghillie and equipment will be available by request, please contact fishery manager Kath Brown for further details and to discuss your requirements.

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Catch Statistics

Salmon & Grilse
Year ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 Average ’13
March 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
April 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
May 0 0 0 0 1 0.2 0
June 0 0 0 3 3 1.2
July 0 0 0 9 18 5.4
August 0 0 0 21 29 10.0
September 0 0 0 16 3 3.8
October 0 0 0 1 15 3.2
Total 0 0 0 50 69 23.8 0
Sea Trout
Year ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 Average ’13
March 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
April 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
May 0 0 0 0 1 0.2 0
June 0 0 0 6 4 2.0
July 0 0 0 10 3 2.6
August 0 0 0 6 7 2.6
September 0 0 0 4 0 0.8
October 0 0 0 0 1 0.2
Total 0 0 0 26 16 8.4 0

How to Book

Please take the availability link below and check that the days you want are available. Then follow the instructions at the bottom of that page.
Availability / Prices
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Contact Details

Kath Brown Inchgarvie 1 Brighead Place Inverbervie DD10 0PA

Tel: 01561 361848

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

Here is the weekly FishDee beats fishing report compiled on Monday 20th May for those with reading difficulties and visitors from other countries.

FishDee beats weekly fishing report 20th May

LAST WEEK

A better week for FishDee with FishDee beats reporting 160 salmon and 5 sea trout. Some sea liced small fish were running to the upper beats but not in the volumes anglers hope for in the spring. In the last few years the upper beats have had good sport with the lower beats having to wait patiently as fish rocketed through their beats unseen. This year the reverse has happened with fish having a distinct preference for staying in the beats around Banchory. That is where I have received reports from for this week’s report. Invery and Tilquhillie had 24 salmon between both beats and Lower Crathes 15, the Blackhall beats reported 17, Ballogie beats 16 and Crathes Castle 11. It’s not all gloom and doom in the upper river though. An angler is reported to have had two fish of 28 and 25lbs at Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie last Monday; no further details are available.

Here is the report for the week at Invery & Tilquhillie as reported by Ghillies Karl Revel and Jim Turnbull. ‘On Saturday 11th May Graham Ritchie from Fraserburgh was rewarded for purchasing the two rods donated by Invery/Tilquhillie to the Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction where he caught the beats one hundredth salmon of the season. This was one of three fish he caught on the day one a one inch self tied Willie Gunn. This week has continued well with 24 salmon (Invery 12 and Tilquhillie 12) and two sea trout added to our total. Top rod has been Colin Harvey from Worcestershire, a frequent visitor to the Dee over many years. Colin caught 12 salmon to 14 lbs and 2 sea trout. On our best day six salmon were caught from six different pools, the highlight being a first ever salmon, a lovely sea liced six pounder for Mike Salter from Banchory. The others were caught by Colin (2) and by renowned Naver Ghillie Bob McBain. Invery and Tilquhillie beats have produced 125 salmon for the season to date.

Mr Farr with a nice fish at Lower Crathes
Comments received from Simon Bragg who caught his first fish recently at Borrowston who advised ‘I was a guest of Bert and Gail Wiegman at Fernybank on Millden Estate. The fly was a Cascade Tube lovingly made by Bill Palmer. I caught the fish at Top Slip. To get the bite was a real surprise and so exciting as I was near mid stream. I had to gradually and slowly walk out of the river whilst letting the fish run and then reel in. Hearing the ‘Zzzzzzzzzz’ as the line pulls out is a great noise. Bill gave me some excellent ‘orders’ so that I didn’t lose the fish. It took a little while after getting on the bank to reel her in, but once landed I had great sense of pleasure and achievement at having caught my first salmon. The River Dee is a super river and one that I look forward to coming back again soon.

Robert Harper wrote with news from Lower Crathes ‘Morning Ken, The first e-mail was of Mr George Farr with a 24lbs fish, later in the day he caught a 20lbs fish, photo attached, also photo of Mrs Farr (aunt) with 12lbs fish on Saturday, Mrs Farr also caught a 20lbs fish sorry no photo. We had some other good fish.’ Another good week at Lower Crathes should see them land their 200th fish for the season. Dinnet and Deecastle saw 7 salmon landed with Marcus Humphrey grabbing the headlines with a lovely sea liced fish, ably netted by son Edward Humphrey. The anglers, who I enjoyed the day with on Saturday at Dinnet / Deecastle, had a lovely holiday and were in high spirits despite the heavy rain on Saturday.

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. Please write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org so I can share this news in the weekly report and FishDee blog. It should be another better week for anglers and hopefully we shall get some good news to report next week. Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Marcus Humphrey with a nice sea liced salmon at Dinnet

SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 3, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 5, Lower Crathes and W Durris 15, Knappach 1, Crathes 11, Invery 12, Tilquhillie 12, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 6, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 6, Upper Blackhall 4, Cairnton 6, Woodend 3, Lower Woodend 6, Commonty 5, Sluie 2, Ballogie 4, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 5, Carlogie 7, Dess 8, Birse 5, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 7, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 3, Deecastle 4, Headinch and Cambus O’May 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Crathie 2, Total 160
SEA TROUT: Crathes 1, Invery 1, Tilquhillie 1, Cairnton 2, Total 5

PROSPECTS

The weather forecast shows a mild start to the week with a return to cooler weather for the second half of the week. There will be some precipitation but hopefully not enough to affect water levels. The Sepa gauges are all falling after heavy rain on Saturday with Ballater showing 2 feet and falling and Park reading 2ft 10 inches and falling. The water temps are approaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit and will be around this temperature all week. Winds are going to be breezy at times and will be predominately from the North West all week. The Jet stream is moving south during the latter part of the week and it looks likely that the cooler weather will continue for some time. Reasonably good salmon fishing weather but not great for sea trout fishing in the evening. The maritime influence sees tides building this week so hopefully we shall see a good run of new fish entering the river.

Your beat Ghillies will advise you on the tactics you should utilise but perseverance will be necessary. Anglers are still catching fish on tube flies fished well down but other fish are coming to small flies fished on floating lines. One was taken on a size 12 double last week at Dinnet from the Ministers Pool. As always heed the Ghillies wise counsel as they will give you the advice you need of where taking fish may be encountered on their beats given the water levels you encounter on your visit. If you don’t have a Ghillie to obtain advice from then you may wish to consider the following flies as worth a go with. The Park Shrimp, Silver Stoats tail, Black Frances, Ally’s Shrimp, Tosh and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good option if fish are seen and suspected to be running through your pool.

Mrs Farr with a salmon on a nice bright day at Lower Crathes

If you find you have the wrong flies with you for your fishing trip or run out, then pay a visit to some of our super retailers; George Strachan’s store in Aboyne have increased their selection of fishing equipment and River Dee flies tied by the Ballogie Estates Head Ghillie Sean Stanton, at very attractive prices too. The Orvis store in Banchory also has a vast selection of flies to choose from and equipment to hire. The Countrywear shop in Ballater is a favourite destination for visiting anglers, where Norman Clements is always delighted to meet visiting anglers. They have a good selection of fishing equipment available and provide good service and value. I would like to add Kincardine O’Neil Post Office supplies nice sandwiches and a great selection of River Dee flies too.

Finally an important thing for you to remember when you arrive on your chosen beat. All anglers and Ghillies are being asked to ensure anglers have their waders and any landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing, even when they are fishing different River Dee beats during their week on the river. It’s a condition of the River Dee Conservation code and must be strictly adhered to; all beats have supplies to ensure this is carried out prior to entering 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. We also want to prevent the transfer of the highly problematic ranunculus from the lower part of the river to the upper part. Please write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org so I can share this news in the weekly report and FishDee blog. It should be a better week for anglers and hopefully we shall get some good news to report next week. Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

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