River Dee Weekly Report 3rd June
The River Dee produced the best catches of the season so far with FishDee beats reporting 230 salmon to 25lbs and 17 sea trout. With the inaugural Banchory River Festival taking place this week it was pleasing to hear that the fish seemed to be catching the bug and giving anglers and Ghillies much enjoyment. Water temperatures rose to over 50 degrees Fahrenheit and action was to heat up dramatically compared to the previous week with Invery & Tilquhillie reporting 20 salmon, Carlogie 18, Dess 14; Birse & Ballogie beats reported 13 apiece with Headinch & Cambus O’May, Little Blackhall and Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie reporting 11 each. Little Blackhall also reported 6 sea trout which all in all is encouraging news as sea trout add an extra dimension to the anglers visit to the river. The spring period is now over as of the first of June, and we now look forward to a better summer of sport on the river with the encouraging news that grilse runs have arrived of the west coats of Ireland; they should start arriving in the next fortnight all going well. There are a number of beats that have had over 100 salmon for the season so far with Lower Crathes & West Durris reporting 209, Ballogie/Carlogie 169, Park 165, Invery & Tilquhillie 149 and Crathes 120. Fish last week were running from the lower beats to the middle and upper beats with some good sized fish in the high teens of pounds landed regularly. There are reports of damaged fish being caught and it would be helpful if anglers and Ghillies can send any images of damaged fish to email@example.com
Peter Jones with a salmon at Upper Blackhall
It was pleasing to hear of the continued success at Invery and Tilquhillie where 20 salmon were landed which will have delighted Ghillies Jim Turnbull and Karl Revel, who have provided a report for their week. I received a note through my door on Saturday evening advising ‘The 6 fish landed at Invery included fish of 18lbs to David Craik of Somers Fishing Tackle, 17lbs to Chris Struth and 10lbs to Mike Forbes of Kingennie, who was fishing a day rod purchased through the GWCT Grampian Sporting Auction, held at Lochter on 25th April which raised over £40,000 on the night. Tilquhillie’s 14 fish were caught by John Fyfe, with Gordon Mutch and Steven Moir catching fish of 18lbs. Highlight of the week was a lovely sea liced 6lb fish caught in Floating Bank. This was a first ever salmon for Miro Seifert, a delighted seventy year old angler from Salzburg, Austria. His reaction after his heart rate had returned to near normal? He was to exclaim ‘I’ll be back!’ Well done Miro.
I was thrilled to receive an e-mail from Jonathon Graves with news about Alan Lankshear commenting ‘Alan Lankshear, a regular visitor to Deeside for over 50 years celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday last week. On Thursday he proved that age is no barrier by catching a 10lbs fish from Commonty. A truly remarkable man, Alan still manages a full days fishing albeit at a slightly slower pace than in his earlier years.’ It’s fair to say Alan will have a vast amount of angling tales to regale fellow anglers with in the lunch huts however this Commonty fish will have given him a lot of pleasure. Well done Alan and belated happy birthday wishes from FishDee!
Davie Gibbon, Middle Blackhall Ghillie with Raymond Sinclair, Upper Blackhall Ghillie discussing the mornings sport
I was delighted to be invited to fish on Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo by proprietor David Trembath, a real gentleman. David has very kindly provided some notes for this week’s column advising ‘Great to have you fishing with us and delighted you were successful. I fished the New Fawn last evening and at last I connected with a cracking 10 pounder on a Sunray about 9.30 pm – my first fish by this method – at last I have managed to make it work. Just to confirm my guest, Alistair Ross, had a great day on Tuesday when we had some high coloured water – he had two salmon in the morning and one in the afternoon and a sea trout in the evening. All the salmon were on a Silver Monkey, whatever that is. He was quite pleased with himself! All in all we had a good week with eleven fish plus half a dozen or so sea trout.’ The anglers I met were truly delightful company and all seemed to be enjoying their visit to the river.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to advise how many are attending or call the River Office on 013398 80411 to register. Visiting anglers may appreciate the opportunity to visit Deeside Drinks Emporium in Banchory for a subsidised beer tasting evening this Saturday at 8pm and whisky tasting afternoon on Sunday at 6pm. With respective costs for attending of only £5 and £7.50 this is terrific value for events of this type. Please advise Sandy if you are attending either or both events by calling 01330 822650. This will ensure he can provide sufficient stocks to meet demand for what promises to be great fun River Festival Event. There is a full list of activities taking place through the River Festival weekend at http://www.visitbanchory.com/calenda…-Festival.html . I hope to see many people out and about in Banchory enjoying the festival. News of catches, with or without images are always welcome, so please drop a line to email@example.com so I can share this news in the weekly report and FishDee blog. It could be an 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.
SALMON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 9, Lower Crathes and W Durris 11, Crathes 9, Invery 6, Tilquhillie 14, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 8, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 11, Middle Blackhall 1, Upper Blackhall 4, Cairnton 4, Woodend 4, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 5, Sluie 2, Ballogie 13, Borrowston 9, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 18, Dess 14, Birse 13, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 6, Waterside and Ferrar 7, Dinnet 3, Deecastle 8, Headinch and Cambus O’May 11, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 11, Birkhall 4, Abergeldie 3, Crathie 7, Total 230
SEA TROUT: Park 5, Crathes 2, Tilquhillie 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 6, Ballogie 1, Carlogie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Total 17
The weather forecast from the Met Office advises Sunny spells, warm or very warm in sunshine-That’s pleasing news to read. Today: A bright but perhaps rather cloudy start, although sunny spells will develop. Feeling warm or very warm with light winds, especially towards Aboyne, but cooler near coasts with sea breezes. Mainly dry but isolated sharp showers developing late afternoon. Maximum Temperature 20 °C. Tonight: Any showers dying away with sunny spells into the evening then some clear spells overnight, but patchy mist and fog developing and low cloud will spread into coastal areas. Minimum Temperature 8 °C. Tuesday: Mainly dry and bright, some sunny spells developing with most mist and fog soon clearing, but rather murky around the coast. Feeling warm in sunshine, but isolated heavy afternoon showers. Maximum Temperature 17 °C. Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Mainly dry and bright with sunny spells developing as most low cloud and mist eases back to coasts in mornings. Some showers but a spell of rain on Thursday morning. The Sepa gauges are showing 9 inches at Mar Lodge and steady and Park is reading 1ft 5 inches and steady; ideal river heights for fishing. The water temps are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and will be for the forthcoming week. Winds are going to be light and variable which will make angling a real pleasure. The maritime influence sees Tides starting the week at 3.6 metres before rising mid week to 4.0 metres. It appears to be reasonably good fishing weather for sea trout fishing into the evening if you have some on your beat.
Salmon are on the move
Your beat Ghillies will advise you on the tactics you should utilise but beware of burning the candle at both ends as daylight hours are very long now and the temptation to fish during all day and night may well occur for some anglers. The migration of fish from the Lower Beats to the middle beats seems to be gathering momentum and fish are running 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 in sizes10-12 and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good option if fish are seen and suspected to be running through your pool. The Sunray shadow fished high and fast is very exciting when fish are in the mood where action can be quite explosive from both salmon and sea trout. Full floaters are the order of the day now with a sink tip utilised in afternoons of bright sunlight. Make sure your leader is stout as there are some really good fish running the river.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.