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The Malloch Trophy Presentation 2013

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The beautiful Malloch Trophy was presented to angler Jim Reid at the House of Bruar recently for landing the largest salmon in Scotland last year.

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Here is the story about the capture of Jims fabulous 43 lb cock salmon from Bemersyde on Tweed which he sent to me.

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The action: The fish was hooked  at around 9:30am on a Gold Bodied Willie Gunn tube fly, in a pool known as the Top Corbies, which is at the start of a fast flowing stretch of water. It took Jim and  Ghillie Ian Farr some time to realise how big the fish was as even smaller fish can put up a good account of themselves in the streamy water. After a while, the fish decided to head back towards Berwick, and tore off 150 yards down the river into another pool known as “The Dish”. Ian had to quickly steer the boat down the river to catch up with it. Jim said “At this point, an enormous tail appeared out of the water and expletives were uttered as we realised what we had a hold of!” The fish continued down the river to another pool, The Copper Beech, where Jim was finally able to steer it into Ian’s net. All in all it had taken 40 minutes to land. Jim said” This was by far the biggest salmon I have ever caught. It was an amazing experience and I can’t thank Ian enough for his skill, encouragement and moral support. There was no way I was going to land that fish if he hadn’t been there!”

Here are a selection of images taken from the presentation night at the House of Bruar :

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The Savills Malloch Trophy

Savills is proud to sponsor the most prestigious and historic trophy in the Scottish angling world, The Savills Malloch Challenge Trophy.

Reinstated at the start of the 2009 fishing season after an absence of 10 years, the Malloch Trophy has regained its place as the premier Scottish angling trophy.

First awarded in 1979 (for a 43lb fish caught on the Tweed by Lady Burnett), the trophy is named after Perth-based manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle, Mallochs of Perth. It is awarded for catching the heaviest salmon of the season on any Scottish river.

The Tay Foundation reinstated the trophy in 2009 and the last four years have seen winners on the rivers Tweed, Nith, Spey and Lochy. As part of the Tay Foundation’s promotion of conservation, the fish must be caught on a fly and released alive back into the river.

The Winner will have their name, the details of the river and size of fish engraved on The Savills Malloch Trophy. The Trophy is displayed throughout the year at House of Bruar.

If you want to enter this year’s competition, download a Savills Malloch Trophy 2013 entry form.

Prizes:

  • The Winner will receive a replica Malloch Trophy and a £250 House of Bruar gift voucher.
  • The Ghillie (if it is a ‘ghillied fish’) will receive the Savills Malloch Medal.
  • The Beat on which the fish is caught will receive a Savills Malloch Certificate.
  • There will be a formal presentation of the Savills Malloch Trophy and the Malloch Medal at a place and date to be agreed by Savills and the committee.

 

Previous Winners:

2012 – Jim Reid, 43lb salmon in the River Tweed

2011 – Sam Valentine, 34.5lb salmon in the River Nith   

2010 – Huston McCollough, 36lb salmon in the River Spey

2009 – Sandy Walker, 32 lb salmon in the River Lochy                                                                

Entry criteria:

  • 1. Entry form: The Savills Malloch Trophy entry form must be duly completed and signed as required and returned to the TDSFB offices as soon as possible and no later that one month after capture.
  • 2. The fish must be caught on a fly and must be returned safely to the water. Full details including fishing tackle used (rod, reel, line, leader and fly) should be recorded as should the date, place and time of capture.
  • 2. Witness/Photograph: The capture must be verified by a minimum of one independent witness and wherever possible with accompanying photographic evidence.
  • 2. Weight: Ideally the salmon should be carefully weighed in either a weigh-net or with scale and net, the weight of the net being deducted. The weigh-net or scales should be available for independent testing if required. Alternatively Sturdey’s formula will be used to assess the weight of the fish in the event that the fish cannot be weighed.
  • 3. Measurement: An accurate measurement of the length (from nose to fork of tail) and girth (around the body just forward of the dorsal fin) should be taken with a tape measure. These measurements must be verified by the independent witness/es
  • 4. All entries will be considered by the Savills Malloch Challenge Trophy committee.
  • 5. The Savills Malloch Challenge Trophy Committee’s decision in all matters is final and no correspondence will entered into subsequent to the award being made.

Entry form for 2013 salmon here

 

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Top beat for catches on the Dee this year-find out more

With 239 salmon so far and 20 sea trout this beat has been delivering great sport at times for anglers.
Fabulous fly water and a great team of Ghillies.

Crathes Castle

This is a great beat with one of the most highly talented Ghillies you will find.

The River Dee-A video film

This film was shot last June and gives a flavour of the River Dee.

River Dee Weekly Audio Report compiled 24th June

Audio download of River Dee weekly fishing report for people with reading difficulties and overseas visitors

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 24th June

LAST WEEK

The summer equinox has heralded a significant change with weather systems bringing much needed rain to the catchment-hopefully some Ghillies were singing in the rain this weekend! FishDee beats picked away last    week in very low water conditions with 86 salmon reported to 20lbs and a decent catch of sea trout with 81 reported from FishDee beats. In terms of salmon Dess reported 9, Lower Crathes 8, Park, Ballogie and Monaltrie    & Lower Invercauld 6 apiece. The sea trout catch was by far the best of the season with Lower Crathes producing 11, Dess 8 and Ballogie 7. In the prevailing very low water conditions anglers have done well to    record these catches and so pleasing to hear of sea trout being caught in reasonable numbers. They have been quite scarce so far this season.

Invery & Tilquhillie Ghillie Karl Revel sent me an e-mail with news from the beats commenting ‘Dear Ken, The attached pic is Thomas Johnson-Smith from Kent who caught this 10lb fish on Monday 17th in The Killing    Hatch using a size 14 Red Frances. He also caught 2 sea trout. Thomas was delighted with his success on his first visit to the Dee and says he’s looking forward to a return visit very soon. Ian Murray Jnr caught a    lovely 3lb+ sea trout on Tuesday and late on Friday night/Saturday morning Neil Stephenson landed a 5lb grilse and 3 sea trout. Tight lines! Karl’ that’s pleasing news to read. Neil Stephenson is a talented and    thoughtful angler who will catch fish when others can’t.

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Thomas Johnson-Smith from Kent who caught this 10lb fish on Monday 17th at Invery using a size 14 Red Frances. He also caught 2 sea trout.

I chatted with Eoin Smith, Dess Estate Ghillie advised he had a great team of anglers from Tweedside fishing last week who are very talented anglers and know how to catch salmon and sea trout. Their success was down    to sheer persistence with fish coming to half inch black flies. He also advised they had landed a Grilse this morning covered in sea lice which is encouraging news. I also spoke with Robert Harper, Head Ghillie at    Lower Crathes this morning. Robert advised that he had Gordon Dickinson fishing with regulars John and Anthea Fielding who caught 8 salmon and 12 sea trout for their week. Anthea landed a lovely salmon of at least    20lbs and Gordon had a nice 16lber. Given the conditions the anglers fished hard and got their rewards using flies between size 12 and 16. The sea trout were all in excellent order and were nice and fresh.

There is a new award for young anglers; The Callum Mackenzie Cup. The Cup has been provided by Ballogie Estate with the support of the Mackenzie Family. There has been an entry submitted already for Meriel Fisher who    I reported last week had a lovely salmon whilst fishing with mum and dad at Lower Crathes.The award for the most notable capture will be to the youngster whose angling success has been selected as the most notable    fish by the Callum Mackenzie Award Committee and will be made annually at the River Dee opening ceremony. Rules-Fisher must be under 18 years of age at time of catch for any species of fish within the Dee catchment,    including Rivers Cowie and Carron or one of the many trout fisheries in the district. Entries should include a short story about the capture of the fish, Picture, date and location of capture. Witness details to    confirm catch. Submissions will receive publicity through the local press and FishDee website. All entries to the Callum Mackenzie Committee should be sent by e‐mail to  info@riverdee.org  or by mail to River Dee Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA

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 could be another exciting week for anglers and    hopefully we shall get some more good news to report next week. Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd

Beat Catches Reported

SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 1, Park 7, Lower Crathes and W Durris 8, Crathes 3, Invery 2, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 2, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 2, Commonty 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 6, Carlogie 1, Dess 9, Birse 4, Aboyne Water 3, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 5, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 3, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 6, Birkhall 2, Balmoral 2, Crathie 4,  Total 87

SEA TROUT: Tilbouries 3, Park 7, Lower Crathes and W Durris 11, Crathes 4, Invery 5, Tilquhillie 4, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 1, Upper Blackhall 2, Cairnton 2, Woodend 3, Sluie 1, Ballogie 7, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 5, Dess 8, Birse 4, Aboyne Water 4, Aboyne Castle 2, Craigendinnie 3, Waterside and Ferrar 4, Deecastle 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1,  Total 86

PROSPECTS

The weather forecast from the Met Office advises that the first few days of the week will be cool however it will warm up towards the weekend. There will be some outbreaks of rain at the beginning of the week and    perhaps on Friday. Air temperature maxima may reach 20 degrees Celsius with overnight lows of 4 degrees curtailing night time sport in the early part of the week. That shouldn’t be too much of a problem now as the    river has risen significantly overnight with the Sepa gauges reading 2ft 2 inches at Mar Lodge and falling and 3 foot 3 inches at Park and rising. This much needed spate is perfectly timed coinciding with high spring    tides this week of 4.5 metres before dropping back to 3.6 metres at the weekend. The jet stream is to the south of the country however will progress further north during the week allowing air pressure to build. All    things being equal we could have a super week for anglers this week if there are good numbers of fish offshore waiting to run the river. Conditions are ideal for a good run of fish to come forward into the river.    There is availability on the FishDee website so my advice to people who have a bit free time is to stick the rods into the car and come fishing for a few days. You may get some superb sport anywhere on the River Dee    and some fish may ascend the falls of Feugh and get their season really going.

Always heed the advice offered from your beat Ghillie as they know best about what tactics and flies to use to give you a chance of some sport. If you don’t have a Ghillie to obtain advice from then you may wish to    consider the following flies this week as worth a go with. Tosh, Silver Stoats tail, Black or Red Frances, Cascade, Flamethrower, Kinermony Killer and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good fall back for salmon    and sea trout. Full floaters are the order of the day now with a 13-15 foot double handed rods and 9-10 weight lines are more than sufficient with leaders of 5-8 ft in length. If you need more flies or other equipment    please visit Somers of Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Strachan’s of Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater. Another must visit place at lunchtime is Kincardine O’Neil Post office for a super range of sandwiches and fishing  flies.
Popular places to dine out are the Boat Inn Aboyne, Franco’s in Banchory, Derbar Indian Restaurant in Banchory, with the Milton of Crathes providing super food,Tor Na Coille Hotel, Raemoir House Hotel and of course    the Banchory Lodge Hotel all in Banchory. The Glen Lui and Darroch Learg in Ballater offer superb meals too.

At this time of year with warmer air temperatures day and night please report any suspicious activity you find on your beat. Opportunist rod and line poachers can turn up at this time of the year so it’s important you    contact the River Office, 013398 80411 any time of the day if you see anyone acting suspiciously on your chosen beat.

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.

Want your permanent footprint on the history of the Dee ?

Climate change is a reality that is with us now and does have an impact on our River Dee. In the upper tributaries on hot summer days the water temperature in the summertime is reaching the upper limits for survival for juvenile fish now, and forecasts predict that water temperatures will rise a few more degrees over the next 50 years causing harm to our wild species that inhabit the Dee. We want to help the juvenile salmon and freshwater mussels in the River Dee, where the upper and middle Dee sees the progeny of spring fish being born; we need your help !

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Global warming causes extreme weather patterns which cause floods which subsequently leads to damage to river banks and river bed

Many years ago native riparian woodland was removed for sheep farming and when this tradition died out many years ago native woodlands were never replaced. As a result of this river banks are far more prone to erosion during flood conditions which leads to a widening and shallowing of the river which is affected by climate change with temps recorded in excess of 20 degrees Celsius on hot days. The erosion has also led to the loss of a significant portion of the freshwater mussels which, like salmo, rely on clean cool water; what’s good for the mussel is also good for the salmon. We plan to plant up to 750,000 trees over the next few years in the upper and middle catchment to provide shading, increased leaf litter, more invertebrates and improved bank stability. By doing this we will improve the river conditions for juvenile salmon and freshwater pearl mussels. The lifecycle of the two species are interlinked with the mussel releasing its spawn which attaches to the gills of salmon. The salmon swims upstream and the spawn of the mussel drops of the gills some time later and starts a new colony of mussels.

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How can you help? Provide native trees and get your staff to come and spend a day planting with us

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We are reaching out to companies who have green policies and Community Social Responsibility projects to come and help us. We want help to obtain native trees and to plant them. We can set up tree enclosures in Deeside that can be named after the companies who have supplied and /or planted them and have any information displayed there for the company who are assisting us with this hugely important work to our landscape. Its a great project which will have far reaching benefits for Deeside, the community, economy and of course our native wildlife which is under ever increasing threat. If you are interested in adding your companies footprint to Deeside then there’s no better way than having your footprint round the base of trees you have planted. If you are interested in helping out please write in the first instance to ken@riverdee.org

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The natural River Dee at Dinnet. Image supplied by Crawford Little

 

Lets Tackle Cancer visit the River Dee

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Munro Reid(LTC), Greig Thomson (Salmo Int), Paul Young, auction winners Jim Twaddle &Mike Dench

Let’s Tackle Cancer; an online charity fund raising auction visited the River Dee this week to fish Crathes Castle thanks to a kind donation from actor and TV presenter Paul Young, the Leys estate, Tor Na Coille Hotel and Greig Thomson from Salmo International.

Munro Reid (Let’s tackle cancer organiser) explained, Let’s Tackle Cancer has been running now for over 2 years selling angling related donations to raise money for three cancer charities, Marie Curie, Cancer research and Macmillan nurses.

Over the past two years the response has been amazing. So far we have raised over £24,000 for the charities and we hope to keep this rising throughout the year.

Donations have varied from signed DVD’s and flies from Oliver Edwards, salmon flies from Davie McPhail to guided salmon fishing lots like this one on the Dee with Paul Young.

This donation was kindly put together by Greig Thomson from Salmo International who contacted the Tor Na Coille and Leys estate who both kindly donated hotel accommodation and fishing for this event.

Paul Young who has been like an ambassador for LTC over the past two years kindly offered two days of his own time to host the fishing party who won the auction earlier in the year.

A few words from Paul Young

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The event went very well with the two winners coming from as far as Manchester and Glasgow to fish the Dee.Conditions were tough with the low water this week and the bright sunshine was not helping any. One fish around 8lbs was caught by Munro Reid on a black and orange Sunray skated across the surface. Even though the conditions were tough the days fishing was a great success due to the good company and of course the lovely River Dee.

If you would like to know more about the charity please visit the http://www.letstacklecancer.co.uk website or email the charity organiser Munro Reid at munro@riverclydefishing.com.

Follow this link to visit the lets tackle cancer auction site to view the latest lots up for grabs: http://www.flyforums.co.uk/lets-tackle-cancer/

Donations large and small are very much appreciated.

Dee Catchment Outreach Officer

 

Dee Catchment Outreach Officer

Delivering education, encouraging river-based activities and raising awareness on the River Dee

Post: This post, based on Deeside with the River Dee Trust (RDT) and working for both the RDT and the Dee Catchment Partnership (DCP), will deliver education and awareness raising of the river and its issues and promote an interest in and responsible use of the river.

The post will continue until end of March 2016. The initial salary is £22,000 with annual review thereafter.

Further information on the post is available from the RDT website http://www.riverdee.org.uk or email info@riverdee.org.

Location: The post will be based at the RDT River Office at Mill of Dinnet close to Aboyne in the heart of Aberdeenshire. However work will be undertaken throughout the catchment and will involve a mixture of indoor and outdoor work.

Us: The post holder will be employed by the RDT and will work for the RDT two days per week and for the DCP three days per week. The RDT is a charitable River Trust whose remit includes the provision of scientific and education services to fisheries and the wider community in the River Dee area, leading to environmental protection and improvement of the associated rivers and riparian habitats. Further information at http://www.riverdee.org.uk. The DCP is a voluntary association of catchment stakeholders, including the RDT, who work together to secure the preservation, protection and restoration of the water environment and to educate the public in the management of water and the River Dee catchment. Further information at www.theriverdee.org.uk.

You: You are enthusiastic about the water environment and keen to share this enthusiasm with members of the public and all stakeholders of the river. You have an understanding and experience of rivers and catchment related issues. You have excellent communication skills, in multiple media, with which to engage with a wide range of people, including young people, community groups, farmers, land managers, river workers and agencies.

Apply :To apply please send your curriculum vitae along with a covering letter of no more than 600 words that states why you wish to apply for the post and the qualities that you would bring to the role. These should be either emailed to info@riverdee.org or posted to River Dee Trust, River Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA.

The deadline for applications to be received by the River Dee Trust is 5.00 pm on 24th June 2013. Interviews will be held at Dinnet on 2nd July 2013.

River Dee weekly fishing report 17th June

Recent Catches

River levels have dropped away and it’s time for anglers to use stealth and guile during the long daylight hours of midsummer. FishDee beats have reported 136 salmon and 44 sea trout for the week with perhaps more late additions to be added. The Upper Beats shone this week with Deecastle reporting a dozen salmon, Dinnet and Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie had 10 apiece, Aboyne Water reported 9 with Ballogie & Birse both reporting 8 salmon. I heard Morven beat owner Dr Ewen had a lovely 20lb salmon from Carlogie which was biggest fish for the week. At last Sea Trout fishing picked up with 44 landed from Ardoe to Crathie; Carlogie reported 7 and Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie reported 5. The wily sea trout can be taken by anglers fishing for salmon on big salmon rods however at this time of year anglers using single handed rods and tiny sea trout flies were catching both sea trout and salmon, by day and night.


13 year old Meriel Fisher hooks her first salmon

It has been Ladies Week on the Dee with a number of e-mails and messages relayed informing me of success for lady anglers. I am delighted to hear of all the success and I must start with a wonderful e-mail from proud dad Geoff Fisher who advised, ‘I’m just off the phone to Robert Harper & he suggested I send you a mail re a “Pre- Father’s Day” evenings fishing my daughter took me on last night, courtesy of Mr Hampson, at Lower Crathes & Wester Durris. My daughter, Meriel (13), wife & I travelled over to the Beat, arriving about 8 & having fished the Kelpie moved up to the Mill Pool where, despite Mum taking the net with her (not normally considered good luck!) & much laughter & giggling about stealth wading & being quiet to avoid scaring the fish Meriel successfully caught, landed & safely returned the 8lb hen fish in the pictures. The fish gave a very good account for itself but after much squealing, bashed knuckles & instructions of “keep the rod up” & “keep winding” proud Dad managed to net the fish after its various runs up, down & across the pool. Mum was on hand (just as well she brought the net!!) to take the photo’s & remove the midgy that took a fancy to Meriel’s right ear during the fight! The Fisher “Pre-Father’s Day Evening’s Fishing Party” then moved on to the Bridge Pool, strongly considered the “Hot spot” for the evening & where just below the Hut Meriel managed to hook another fish! This fish, however after screaming downstream, did a very clever thing; it swam straight back at Meriel! Despite all efforts to wind in as fast as her little arms would let her, the fish managed to get some slack in the line & was gone! A truly memorable family evening, in a very special place. A huge thank you to Mr Hampson & my good friend Robert Harper, who is always very keen to encourage the next generation of salmon anglers onto the River’. What a great story and the images are brilliant! Hopefully we can persuade Mr Fisher to enter this for the Callum Mackenzie cup! Beat head Ghillie Robert Harper sent some super images advising ‘Evening Ken, Attached photo’s of Mrs Hampson first ever salmon caught on Tuesday 9lbs and Mr Holford’s first salmon on Saturday 12lbs.’ Another successful lady angler with a super salmon. Congratulations to both for their first fish.


Meriel with her first salmon with proud father Geoff Fisher

Invery & Tilquhillie Ghillie Karl Revel popped in for a coffee and chat yesterday with news from Invery & Tilquhillie commenting ‘ In a week where taking fish were very hard to come by I was delighted on Friday to net a lovely 10lb sea liced salmon for visiting angler Janet Clarke from Bath. She caught her fish in the Killing Hatch using a size 14 green bodied stoat’s tail.’ The pictures supplied are superb. Another successful lady angler was Laura Spaven who was fishing at Aboyne Castle with Ghillie Alex Coutts. Jonathon Spaven wrote advising ‘Ken, Attached is photo of Laura Spaven (23) with an eight pound salmon caught in Tanar Mouth on the Aboyne Castle water last Tuesday 11th June. With her is ghillie Alex Coutts who has helped three generations of the family to catch fish over the last 25 years.’ Hopefully Laura is hooked on fishing.

The Lets Tackle Cancer Charity visited Crathes last week where hosts Greig Thomson and TV celebrity Paul Young entertained successful bidders Jim Twaddle and Mike Dench. LTCC’S Munro Reid advised ‘The event went very well with the two winners coming from as far as Manchester and Glasgow to fish the Dee. Conditions were tough with the low water this week and the bright sunshine was not helping any. One fish around 8lbs was caught by myself on a black and orange Sunray skated across the surface. Even though the conditions were tough the days fishing was a great success due to the good company and of course the lovely river Dee. If you would like to know more about the charity please visit the Lets tackle cancer website or email the charity organiser Munro Reid at munro@riverclydefishing.com.’ Finally I want to report that my brother David Reid, who was salmon fishing, at Ballogie, for the first time in a number of years landed a spanking 18lb salmon on a size 12 lightly dressed Tosh. Following a heart attack last year he was determined to catch a salmon prior to going on his first ever overseas fishing trip in a few weeks time. He was as thrilled as any angler I’ve ever seen following the capture of a lovely salmon. Well done David and thanks to Ghillie Sean Stanton for giving him some tuition and great advice.


Mrs Hampson with a first salmon

Another bit of exciting news is a new award for young anglers; The Callum Mackenzie Cup. The Cup has been provided by Ballogie Estate with the support of the Mackenzie Family. The award for the most notable capture will be to the youngster whose angling success has been selected as the most notable fish by the Callum Mackenzie Award Committee and will be made annually at the River Dee opening ceremony. Rules-Fisher must be under 18 years of age at time of catch for any species of fish within the Dee catchment, including Rivers Cowie and Carron or one of the many trout fisheries in the district. Entries should include a short story about the capture of the fish, Picture, date and location of capture. Witness details to confirm catch. Submissions will receive publicity through the local press and FishDee website. All entries to the Callum Mackenzie Committee should be sent by e‐mail to info@riverdee.org or by mail to River Dee
Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA

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 could be another exciting week for anglers and hopefully we shall get some more good news to report next week. Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Beat catches reported SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 2, Tilbouries 1, Park 3, Lower Crathes and W Durris 4, Crathes 2, Invery 1, Tilquhillie 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 2, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 1, Commonty 1, Sluie 2, Ballogie 8, Borrowston 2, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 4, Dess 7, Birse 8, Aboyne Water 9, Aboyne Castle 4, Craigendinnie 2, Waterside and Ferrar 6, Dinnet 10, Deecastle 12, Headinch and Cambus O’May 6, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 10, Birkhall 1, Abergeldie 2, Balmoral 3, Crathie 12. Total: 136 Largest: Park & Carlogie 20lbs SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 1, Park 3, Lower Crathes and W Durris 5, Invery 1, Tilquhillie 3, Middle Blackhall 1, Upper Blackhall 2, Cairnton 3, Sluie 1, Ballogie 1, Carlogie 7, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 5, Crathie 1. Total: 44 Largest: Ardoe and Murtle & Lower Crathes and W Durris & Middle Blackhall & Upper Blackhall & Cairnton & Waterside and Ferrar & Crathie 3lbs

Prospects

The weather forecast from the Met Office advises that weather shall continue to be warm and bright with increasing cloud cover during the course of week and air temperature maxima of 20 degrees Celsius. There will be the odd shower of rain from time to time and winds will be light and variable. The maritime influence sees high tides starting the week at 3.6 metres before building from mid week to 4.3 metres at the weekend. It appears to be reasonably good fishing weather for sea trout fishing into the evening if you have some on your beat. River levels are down at summer levels with the Sepa gauges showing 6inches at Mar Lodge and 11 inches at Park. Now it is time to fish with longer leaders and light fly lines.


Janet Clarke with a salmon at Invery

Some beats are very busy with their annual tenants coming through the summer months however there is a good amount to availability on the FishDee website and there appear to be decent numbers of fish running the river. If you can manage a visit to the Dee then please make the effort to come as prospects for sport are reasonable just now. Always heed the advice offered from your beat Ghillie as they know best about what tactics and flies to use to give you a chance of some sport. 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. Tosh, Silver Stoats tail, Black or Red Frances, Crathie fly, Dark Mackerel in sizes 12-16 and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good fall back for salmon and sea trout. Full floaters are the order of the day now with a 12-13 foot double handed rods or single handed rods, and 8-9 weight lines are more than sufficient with leaders of 10-12 ft in length.


Mr Holford with a first ever salmon

At this time of year with warmer air temperatures day and night please report any suspicious activity you find on your beat. Opportunist rod and line poachers can turn up at this time of the year so it’s important you contact the River Office, 013398 80411 any time of the day if you see anyone acting suspiciously on your chosen beat.

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.

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