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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 29th July

LAST WEEK

A glorious summer week on Deeside started with the joyous news about the birth of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first son, and third in line to the throne. The glorious weather coinciding with the school holidays has seen lots of local children taking the opportunity to have a swim in the river during the heat of the day. Anglers and Ghillies no doubt were doing rain dances all week and their prayers were answered with a day of continuous rainfall on Sunday 28th July. Not only does this raise their spirits it also raises river levels, which is good news as it will encourage a run of summer salmon and grilse into the river where many fish have been waiting to run. This welcome rainfall will also see a lowering of water temperatures which were getting really too warm for salmon to co-operate with fishermen at 20 degrees Celsius plus. As fishing weeks go, last week saw anglers fishing in vain for scant reward during daylight hours and any realistic opportunities for sport happened during the wee small hours. FishDee beats reported 27 salmon and 28 sea trout for the week. Catches should pick up significantly this week, not only on the Dee, but also on the Feugh where anglers and proprietors have waited patiently for a lift in water levels to encourage fish to ascend the Falls of Feugh. The Heughhead beat should see some sport this week and let’s hope they do well.


Ade Bristow with a nice sea liced salmon at Lower Crathes

News of fish catches has been as rare as finding a taking fish however I managed to chat with Gavin Brown, Junction Beat Boatman on the River Tweed, who enjoyed a busman’s holiday to the Dee and managed to catch 3 salmon at Dess on a tiny fly. Gavin really enjoyed his time fishing the Dee and thought it a pretty river and joy to fish. I received an e-mail from Ade Bristow commenting ‘Hi Ken, I thought you might appreciate these images of my first Salmon caught on the Dee, in the company of seasoned rod Gordon Dickinson and the inimitable Robert Harper, on the beautiful Lower Crathes and West Durris Beat. It was my first trip in search of a salmon (w/c 8th July) and I had low expectations against a backdrop of rising temperatures and a rapidly falling gauge. Therefore I was thrilled with my three salmon for the week, including the two fresh, sea liced fish in the attached photographs. All fish fell to a sparsely dressed size 14 Silver Stoat. I can’t express my gratitude deeply enough to Gordon, Chas and Robert. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hope to return again when the river is carrying more water and the pools have regained their full character. Best regards. Ade Bristow.’ I also was very saddened to hear the news about a tragic accident in Russia where it’s reported a helicopter turned over killing two anglers and a highly respected guide Alex Tus, who had disembarked from the helicopter. Retired top corporate lawyer Rupert Beaumont and fine art dealer Mark Robertson, I’m informed were anglers who fished the River Dee at Lower Crathes and will be sadly missed; sincere condolences to the families of the anglers and guide.

I just received a phone call from Ian Murray from Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld, who many have commented has a sixth sense about all things! Ian had thought I might need some copy for this week’s report and was right of course. Ian advised ‘Well it’s been a tough week for anglers but we got 6 salmon and a sea trout from Monaltrie/Lower Invercauld and a salmon from Glen Muick, which is good going considering the conditions. We have had fresh fish creeping through daily and we caught these fish on small silver stoat’s tail flies using light tackle and great stealth.

At this time of year with warmer air temperatures by 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.

SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 4, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes 1, Upper Blackhall 1, Ballogie 1, Dess 3, Birse 4, Aboyne Water 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 6, Crathie 1, Heughhead 1, Total 27
SEA TROUT: Park 4, Ballogie 3, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 1, Dess 4, Birse 7, Aboyne Castle 1, Dinnet 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Crathie 1, Mar Lodge Estate 1, Total 28

PROSPECTS

During the dog days of summer it’s difficult to write a prospects column with any degree of confidence about good sport unless a change in weather is on the horizon. Well thankfully writing this week’s prospects column is a pleasure as there has been a significant change in the weather with virtually a solid 12 hour rainfall yesterday culminating in a rise in river levels overnight.

What anglers like Ade Bristow love to catch-sea liced River Dee salmon

The Sepa gauges are sitting this morning at 5 inches and steady at Mar Lodge and 1ft 7 inches at Park and rising, with the River Feugh seeing a 2.5 foot rise in water level which will encourage salmon and sea trout to ascend the Falls of Feugh, providing visitors to the viewing platform with excitement as fish battle their way up through the torrent. The weather forecasters are also suggesting there could be more rain today, tomorrow and on Thursday, which if it materialises will set us up nicely for a good weeks sport. Air temperature maxima will perhaps reach 20 degrees Celsius plus however water temperatures will have dropped back quite a bit which should encourage more fish activity and get them on the move. Tides are dropping back from 3.9 metres to 3.5 metres before rising at the weekend to 3.7 metres as Spring tides build again. There is plenty of rod availability on the FishDee website and conditions being what they are I would encourage people to book fishing as their chances of good sport have improved significantly.

With fresh fish anticipated to be on the move this week it’s important to heed the wise counsel from your Ghillie about where to fish and what flies to use. Chances are there will be a bit of turbidity in the water and anglers may well be fishing with bigger flies than last week perhaps sizes 8-12. Popular flies to use this week will include Cascade, Park Shrimp, Flamethrower, Calvin’s Shrimp or any other that is flashy and bright. Anglers will in all probability be fishing with floating lines with sink tips or poly leaders. There may well be some bigger summer salmon coming forward so don’t fish with terminal tackle that is too light; nothing worse than losing a good fish because your leader material is too weak. Some anglers will also fish a sunray shadow or monkey stripped squarely across the pool encouraging salmon to aggressively pursue and snap at the fly. Pot bellied pig tube flies fished a bit down in the water may also be productive during the week.

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 the Kincardine O’Neil Post office for a super range of sandwiches and fishing flies. 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 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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Fishing Hotels on Deeside

When anglers come to Deeside to fish it is important to find a destination that provides you with the accommodation that suits your requirements. There are over 20 hotels who advertise on the FishDee website who look after visiting anglers. FishDee works with the accommodation providers and we try to get the service tailored to meet fisherman’s requirements provided they know it is fishermen that are coming to stay. We have an online survey looking to gather information to feedback to accommodation providers to see if we can provide better value for fishermen and good consistent levels of business for our advertisers. The survey can be accessed here and has some 6 questions looking for feedback http://www.surveymonkey.com/MySurvey_EditorFull.aspx?sm=csETS2DQXtP5eMmPAw_2FYjfzwz4jxpPljpLPPmknPQik_3D

What we have managed to do with quite a number of hotels is obtain fisherman’s rates for groups of 3 or more anglers staying for 3 or more nights for bed and breakfast. Some of the highly acclaimed award winning hotels are willing to do this for as little as £60-£70 per night for an angler having a double room ! That’s very reasonable value for money however you choose to look at it-City centre prices in Aberdeen can be very high with a hotel this year offering a room on latebookings.com for £995 for one night. During the shoulder periods of spring and autumn we need to help these local hotel businesses to stay open where there are not a lot of mainstream tourists coming to Deeside. If you have time please take the survey which will help us feedback information to our advertisers. Its win -win for all of us if we work together.

Mar Lodge Adventure

Aberdeenshire pupils experience adventure in the Cairngorms

Schools week 1

Secondary school pupils from across Aberdeenshire participated with five days of adventure in the Cairngorms. Around 30 students are taking part in this year’s Cairngorms Outdoor Adventure programme, which ran from Monday 24 June until Friday 28 June. The annual programme is a partnership between Aberdeenshire Active Schools, Cairngorms National Park, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the River Dee Trust, John Muir Trust and Tiso. The secondary school pupils from Banchory, Mackie and Mearns academies took part in the event, based at Mar Lodge Estate.

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They got involved in a wide range of activities to raise their understanding of issues around environment, ecology, land management and conservation. Activities included mountain biking, gorge walking, conservation work with NTS staff, stalking, midnight stake outs and learning to fly fish the River Dee. The activities were designed in such a way that, all participants achieved their John Muir Trust Awards by the end of the week. The Cairngorms Outdoor Adventure programme is aimed at exposing students to the landscape of the Cairngorms National Park and to develop their understanding of the people who live and work in the area and the organisations which manage it.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning & Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “In Aberdeenshire we have some of the most beautiful and diverse countryside in Scotland but it is easy to forget about the huge amount of conservation and management work that goes in to the area. “This is a fantastic opportunity for school pupils to learn more about the countryside and the people who make it what it is, while taking part in some fun and exciting activities.”

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Teachers also gathered at Mar Lodge on Wednesday (26 June) for a CPD (continuing professional development) outdoor learning day. Workshops ran throughout the day by the River Dee Trust, Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service, teachers from Aboyne and Banchory schools, the John Muir Trust and outdoor expert Willow Lohr. Other organisations, including Active Aberdeenshire, Duke of Edinburgh, Education Scotland, Ocean Youth Trust, Police Scotland, Outward Bound and Scottish Natural Heritage hosted stalls at the event.

Heavy Rain Forecast-Fish will be running-book fishing

Much needed rainfall is forecast to arrive on Deeside today and continue for some period of time. This will perhaps lead to significantly increased water levels in the river and bring the summer run of fish into the river. Last year saw tremendous catches of summer salmon which continued a pattern established for a number of years. The great news for anglers looking to get salmon and grilse is there are a great amount of rods available throughout August into September.
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Salmon are running

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  • Click on the Species link for an explanation of the species abbreviations
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                                Week of Water Beat                                 Species                                 Rent/Day                                 Mon                                 Tue                                 Wed                                 Thu                                 Fri                                 Sat                                 Sun                                 Notes
29 Jul 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 3                 4                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £60                 –                 4                 4                 4                 2                 4                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 –                 2                 3                 3                 –                 –                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Park South as st £129 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 1                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Knappach as st £55 +  vat                 2                 2                 –                 –                 2                 2                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Dess as st £90                 2                 3                 3                 1                 –                 1                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Headinch and Cambus O’May as st £44 +  vat                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 1                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
29 Jul 13             Dee Mar Estate as st £35 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – GX
29 Jul 13             Dee Mar Lodge Estate as st £54 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
29 Jul 13             Feugh Heughhead as st wt £35 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

5 Aug 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £75                 –                 –                 –                 2                 2                 2                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £60                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Culter as st £210                 3                 3                 3                 –                 –                 –                 – Min 3d1r HI NOLB
5 Aug 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £60                 –                 3                 3                 3                 2                 2                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Park South as st £129 +  vat                 –                 –                 2                 2                 –                 4                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Knappach as st £55 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Woodend as st £75                 1                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –                 – GX
5 Aug 13             Dee Craigendinnie st £83                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 1                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Waterside and Ferrar as st £62 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –                 – GX
5 Aug 13             Dee Dinnet as st £70 +  vat                 –                 –                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Deecastle as st £70 +  vat                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –                 2                 – GX
5 Aug 13             Dee Headinch and Cambus O’May as st £56 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 1                 1                 1                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
5 Aug 13             Dee Mar Estate as st £35 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – GX
5 Aug 13             Dee Mar Lodge Estate as st £54 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
5 Aug 13             Feugh Heughhead as st wt £35 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

12 Aug 13             Dee Blairs as st £55                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £60                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Culter as st £210                 3                 3                 3                 –                 –                 –                 – Min 3d1r HI NOLB
12 Aug 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 1                 –                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Knappach as st £55 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo as st £80                 4                 3                 3                 5                 –                 –                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Middle Blackhall as st £70                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Woodend as st £75                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – GX
12 Aug 13             Dee Kincardine as st £90                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d1r WS+20%
12 Aug 13             Dee Dess as st £120                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Birse as st £83                 –                 –                 –                 4                 3                 3                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Craigendinnie as st £83                 2                 –                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Waterside and Ferrar as st £63 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –                 –                 – GX
12 Aug 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –
12 Aug 13             Dee Mar Estate as st £35 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – GX
12 Aug 13             Feugh Heughhead as st wt £35 +  vat                 4                 –                 –                 4                 4                 4                 –

19 Aug 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £100                 1                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –                 – Min 2d1r
19 Aug 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £60                 4                 4                 4                 4                 3                 –                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Culter as st £210                 4                 4                 4                 3                 3                 3                 – Min 3d1r HI NOLB
19 Aug 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £65                 4                 4                 –                 –                 –                 2                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 6                 5                 6                 6                 –                 –                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Park South as st £129 +  vat                 3                 –                 1                 2                 5                 3                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Knappach as st £55 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo as st £80                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 1                 – LE
19 Aug 13             Dee Upper Blackhall as st £85                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 – Min 3d3r LE
19 Aug 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 1                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Kincardine as st £90                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 – Min 3d1r WS+20%
19 Aug 13             Dee Dess as st £120                 2                 –                 –                 2                 2                 2                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Birse as st £83                 –                 –                 –                 4                 2                 –                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Waterside and Ferrar as st £63 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –                 –                 – GX
19 Aug 13             Dee Headinch and Cambus O’May as st £47 +  vat                 1                 1                 3                 1                 2                 –                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
19 Aug 13             Dee Mar Estate as st £35 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – GX
19 Aug 13             Dee Mar Lodge Estate as st £54 +  vat                 –                 –                 2                 –                 2                 2                 –
19 Aug 13             Feugh Heughhead as st wt £35 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

26 Aug 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £100                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 2d3r
26 Aug 13             Dee Blairs as st £55                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £60                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 3                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Culter as st £210                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 3d1r HI NOLB
26 Aug 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 –                 –                 1                 –                 1                 –                 –
26 Aug 13 Dee Park South as st £129 +  vat                 –                 3                 3                 2                 –                 1                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Knappach as st £55 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo as st £80                 5                 5                 5                 5                 5                 5                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Upper Blackhall as st £90                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 – Min 3d3r LE
26 Aug 13             Dee Commonty as st £105 +  vat                 –                 1                 1                 –                 –                 –                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Dess as st £120                 –                 –                 2                 1                 1                 1                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Birse as st £100                 –                 –                 –                 4                 3                 4                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
26 Aug 13             Dee Mar Estate as st £35 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – GX
26 Aug 13             Dee Mar Lodge Estate as st £54 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
26 Aug 13             Feugh Heughhead as st wt £35 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

Compiled on Monday 22nd July-Rain is coming !

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 22nd July

Last Week
Having just returned from the wilds of Alaska pursuing sport with the Pacific species of Salmonids it was interesting to observe that their rivers were suffering from similar problems to our River Dee-a distinct lack of water due to a warm dry spell of weather-thankfully fishing was productive! With the Sepa river level gauges reading between 1 inch at Mar Lodge and 3 inches at Park angling hasn’t been a productive pastime over the last few weeks. There is light at the end of the tunnel with weather forecasters predicting rain for the latter part of this week continuing into next week. Let’s hope every cloud has a silver lining for anglers coming to fish over the next few weeks with the elusive salmon entering the river in good numbers on the back of a hoped for healthy rise in river levels. FishDee beats have reported 13 salmon and 18 sea trout for the week so far with the largest reported at Dinnet of 18lbs.

Regular River Dee angler and now Deeside resident Phillip Wood came into the River Office with scales to be read of a 9lb salmon he landed at Balmoral. Phillip advised he got this salmon during the heat of the day and lost 2 others. He also lost another fish at Aboyne Castle but redeemed his good fortune with a 6lb fish at Waterside and Ferrar. He advised that Waterside Ghillie Davie Goodfellow was invited for a cast in the evening and had a grilse and a sea trout. I hear Deeside Ghillie Cleeve Cowie also had success. Glentanar Estates Ghillie Colin Espie visited the office and advised that Mike Stevenson and River Dee chairman Ian Scott enjoyed success with fish at Red Brae on Deecastle. Mary Elise Burnett e-mailed me from the United States of America advising ‘Trip of a lifetime…Cork Burnett from Rochester, Minnesota, USA, catching his first Atlantic salmon in the River Dee with Bert from Park; can’t wait for a repeat!’ The image supplied shows a delighted Mr Burnett with his first salmon. Anglers are kindly requested to unhook and release their salmon in the river during the high current water temperatures and forego any stress caused to their catch by taking photographs.


Cork Burnett from USA with his first ever Atlantic Salmon at Park

At this time of year with warmer air temperatures by 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.
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 (Week ending 20th July) SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 1, Park 1, Crathes 1, Carlogie 1, Dess 1, Craigendinnie 1, Dinnet 2, Deecastle 2, Balmoral 1, Crathie 2. Total: 13 Largest: Dinnet 18lbs SEA TROUT: Park 3, Crathes 1, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 1, Dess 4, Dinnet 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Birkhall 1, Crathie 3. Total: 18 Largest: Dess & Crathie 3lbs

PROSPECTS

The current spell of warm dry weather isn’t predicted to last according to weather forecasters with much needed rain forecast later in the week. Hopefully there will be a good amount of rain to refresh and replenish water levels and encourage fish to come forward into the river for the eager Ghillies and anglers. The maritime influence sees spring tides during the week with tides at 4.3 metres rising to 4.6 metres before dropping back to 4.0 metres at the weekend. River levels are very low with the Sepa gauges running at 1 inch at Mar Lodge and 3 inches at Park. Air temperature maxima may reach 20 degrees this week with overnight lows above 10 degrees.


River Dee Chairman Ian Scott with a nice salmon netted by Mrs Jenny Clayton

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 try in sizes 12-16. The ever dependable Tosh, Silver Stoats tail, Black or Red Frances, cascade, Crathie fly and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good fall back for salmon and sea trout when retrieved quickly as it swings across the pool. Full floaters are very much the order of the day now with a 13 foot double handed rods and 8/9 weight lines more than sufficient with leaders of 10ft plus in length, as stealth is required and very quiet careful wading. With the river running low anglers may work their flies to induce a take from a salmon or sea trout. Another option well worth trying is to fish with hitched flies. In low water the hitched fly can produce takes when conventional methods fail. You can read about fishing the hitched fly here you can see footage of this at this link

Hitching the fly – YouTube

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 the Kincardine O’Neil Post office for a super range of sandwiches and fishing flies. With the warm to hot weather forecast for the week ahead perhaps anglers may want to visit local attractions during the afternoon such as our many wonderful golf courses, Lochnagar distillery, Deeside activity Park and perhaps some sightseeing in the upper valley. With the school holidays upon us it’s an ideal time to take youngsters out to try their hand at fishing. Tullich fishery at Ballater, Raemoir fishery and Mill of Strachan at Banchory are delightful venues to take youngsters fishing where they offer fly fishing ponds and bait fishing ponds.

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

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

Here is the weekly River Dee audio fishing report compiled Monday 8th July….

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report Compiled Mon 8th July

High summer finally arrived last week with the local schools breaking up for the summer and everyone seemingly following Wimbledon with interest hoping for a famous win, which was finally delivered yesterday with Andy Murray winning the men’s singles final. Well temperatures rose steadily through the week and river levels dropped with angling effort dwindling through the heat of the day as did the catch returns. FishDee beats reported 92 salmon and 55 sea trout which is a reasonable return given the current prevailing weather and river conditions. Some of the lower beats produced catches with Tilbouries and Ardoe & Murtle sharing just short of a dozen fish indicating new fish creeping forward into the river. Park reported 16 salmon and 5 sea trout with 9 salmon on Tuesday, Crathie reported 11 salmon. River Dee Trust and DDSFB chairman Ian Scott was in true grand slam form last week with success at Park and at Dess. Ian caught a salmon, grilse, sea trout and brown trout at Park and then followed this up with a hat trick of 3 salmon at Dess.

I chatted with Keith Cromar at Park this morning who informed me that visiting anglers Peter Rae and John Hackney had some good sport with 16lbers which wouldn’t have looked out of place as spring fish. They also had success with hitched flies which can be deadly in low summer levels. Neil Fraser from Aboyne had a lovely 10lb fish from the House Pool. There are new fish creeping forward and hopefully they will continue to get some results with anglers favouring small stoat’s tail flies and perhaps hitched micro tubes. I met Karl Simmons and Mark Bird at Lower Crathes where they enjoyed some good sport. It was tough going but they are wily anglers and managed to temp salmon to their well presented flies.

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Mark Bird with a nice salmon at Lower Crathes

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.

SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 6, Tilbouries 5, Park 16, Lower Crathes and W Durris 6, Crathes 2, Tilquhillie 2, Invery 5, Middle Blackhall 3, Cairnton 3, Commonty 1, Ballogie 7, Carlogie 2, Dess 5, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Deecastle 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Abergeldie 2, Crathie 11, Total 92

SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 3, Altries and Lower Drum 4, Tilbouries 1, Park 5, Lower Crathes and W Durris 4, Knappach 1, Crathes 1, Tilquhillie 3, Invery 5, Commonty 1, Carlogie 2, Dess 5, Birse 5, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 4, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Deecastle 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Total 55

We expect a proper summer week on Deeside with warm air temperatures, long spells of sunshine and perhaps the odd sharp shower of rain. The last few summers have been relatively wet however we do seem to be in for a week of high air temperatures which will probable see angling effort confined to day break and dusk. It’s looking promising for night time fishers who are looking for sport from salmon and sea trout. Salmon during the daylight hours will be sitting in any deep water they can find and in the necks of pools where there is more of a flow with the river down to its bones now. If you can manage to fish anti social hours you are more likely to get success. The maritime influence sees spring tides during the week with tides at 4.1 metres dropping back to 3.7 metres. River levels are low with the Sepa gauges running at 4 inches at Mar Lodge and 7 inches at Park. Air temperature maxima may reach 27 degrees this week with overnight lows above 10 degrees.

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 try in sizes 12-16. The ever dependable Tosh, Silver Stoats tail, Black or Red Frances, gold Willie Gunn, Crathie fly and of course the Sunray Shadow is always a good fall back for salmon and sea trout when retrieved quickly as it swings across the pool. Full floaters are the order of the day now with a 13foot double handed rods and 8/9 weight lines more than sufficient with leaders of 10ft plus in length as stealth is required. With the river running low anglers will need to wade quietly and work their flies. Another option well worth trying is to fish with hitched flies. In low water the hitched fly can produce takes when conventional methods fail. You can read about fishing the hitched fly here this link you can see footage of this at this link this link
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 the Kincardine O’Neil Post office for a super range of sandwiches and fishing flies. With the warm to hot weather forecast for the week ahead perhaps anglers may want to visit local attractions during the afternoon such as our many wonderful golf courses, Lochnagar distillery, Deeside activity Park and perhaps some sightseeing in the upper valley. With the school holidays upon us it’s an ideal time to take youngsters out to try their hand at fishing. Tullich fishery at Ballater, Raemoir fishery and Mill of Strachan at Banchory are delightful venues to take youngsters fishing where they offer fly fishing ponds and bait fishing ponds.

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.

Quick survey for anglers who stay in hotels

Attached is a quick survey which will help us compile information about the service levels from hotels in Deeside to visiting anglers. This  will give us accurate feedback about the value, service, quality of dining and any other needs you have that are or are not being met. We meet our advertisers from time to time and it helps if we can provide an overview to them about anglers experiences when staying in hotels in Deeside. All responses are confidential.

One of the biggest annual events on Deeside

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On Saturday 3rd August the public will turn out in large numbers in support of the Aboyne Highland Games. These games have been held since 1867 and are known as the home of Traditional Highland Games. These popular games can attract up to 10,000 visitors creating a superb atmosphere.

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Come to Royal Deeside and witness a true re-enactment of traditional Highland Games.  There’s something for all members of the family.  For the kids a really authentic fun fair just like the one Mum and Dad used to enjoy – and probably still do!  An opportunity to try their hand at the athletic events, running, high jump, long jump, hop step and leap and probably the biggest hoot of the lot, the hilarious Aboyne Games Junior Sack Race.

For the “grown-ups” a feast of arena events (over 90 in total) varying from the formidable “heavies” tossing the caber, throwing the heavy hammers and putting the shot.  Pipers and Dancers abound with the added attraction of at least 5 pipe bands filling the Glen with the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums.

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Come and watch the fast and furious athletic and track events, marvel at the stamina of the hill race competitors ascending and descending the rigorous fungle 6 mile hill in less than 45 minutes.

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Take a leisurely stroll through the many aisles or quality trade stands, food and craft stalls.

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Visit the unique fiddle competition hosted by Deeside legendary fiddle champion – Paul Anderson, or simply while away an hour in our open air bar or restaurant facility. They have masses of grandstand seating and parking, both absolutely FREE. There is truly something for everyone, put together especially for you by a dedicated team of local volunteers who all hope you will come and enjoy the fruits of their labours and return home happy.

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