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.
News of catches, with or without images are always welcome, so please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.