Park-A beat that produces more fish annually than any other River Dee beat
Park is a beat that many anglers return year on year for a variety of reasons – It is thought to be one of the main resting beats for salmon after they enter the river. Like all salmon beats, it has spells of abundance and quiter moments however by and large the beat fishes well from February to mid-October when the season finishes. During the last three years anglers have caught over 2,300 salmon which is nothing to be sniffed at ! It is also a big fish beat with salmon recorded to over 50lbs. The Park Trophy is awarded annually to the angler who catches the biggest verified salmon from the River Dee. When the beat is on song it can offer truly fabulous fishing. I can recall quite a number of days summer salmon fishing there and catching 6 or more salmon including salmon to 33lbs.
A Summer salmon for Bernard Bimboes
The Park Shrimp fly was developed by Ross Macdonald-a talented fly tier. When we discussed in the Park South bothy the qualities of a good salmon fly, Ross went and tied some prototypes based on our discussions. I took the fly for its first freshwater trials at Park and landed 5 salmon between 12-18lbs, all sea liced in one run down the Durris Stream. The following week I decided to see if it would continue to produce encouraging results. In 4 hours fishing I had salmon of 28, 22, 20,15,8 and 4lbs and knew then we were onto a winner. It is fitting that the fly has gone on to be a hugely popular and successful fly where salmon swim and has its roots and birth at Park. See Ross Macdonald’s blog for information about these wonderful flies he ties.
The Park Shrimp Fly
The Durris Stream-A delightful cast
Park is renowned for the quality of its fishing. The river is less than 5 minutes walk from the house and all the pools, bar 2 beats on the south side, are accessible by vehicle. Depending on the height of the water, a considerable quantity of bank fishing is available. Wading is generally easy and certain pools are suitable for older guests and beginners. There are 6 fishing huts on the water, 3 on the north side and 3 on the south side. The pools and streams are a delight to fish the fly with an added benefit of being a beat that can produce good sport in periods of low water and very high water levels-the pools are big enough for fish to lie in the top, middle and tails of pools depending on water conditions. The Ghillies Keith Cromar on the North Bank and Bert Webster/Stuart Cummings on the South Bank have excellent knowledge of salmon fishing and how to winkle fish out at all times of the day. The beat has just put its summer and autumn fishing onto FishDee where you can go online and secure superb fishing there during its fabulously productive weeks. See link to book online http://river.fishpal.com/46620&dom=Dee#
An October salmon at Park Inn
Ghillie Keith Cromar with a happy angler at Park
a summer salmon at Park Park is a big fish beat