News Dee anglers want to hear
Chris Paus with a salmon landed at Park 1st August-18 salmon were landed
Well this season has been very difficult for a variety of reasons however there is no hiding from the fact salmon runs have been noticeably down on the last few years. That’s nature I guess and we have to accept with wild animals there are years of abundance locally and years where there is not an abundance. The Dee, so far this year, like many other salmon rivers has not been as productive as we would all have wished for. The last few weeks have been difficult for anglers with the lowest river levels since 2003 and very warm air and water temperatures.
So now the good news which we have all been hoping for. The summer run of salmon has arrived in decent numbers now and there has been a big push of new fish coming into the river and running on the top of mini spates and a lowering of water temperatures. Last week saw FishDee beats produce 27 salmon and so far this week there will be more than 150 salmon landed throughout the catchment – (will we exceed 250 for the week ?)-That underlines how productive the Dee can be when fish are running. Two Italian anglers at Lower Crathes have had a bonanza this week with 11 salmon between them yesterday. Park which is an exceptional summer beat when salmon arrive has seen days of 18 and 13 this week. The good piece of news is that lower Dee beats such as Altries, Tilbouries, Culter are now seeing fish on their beats and catching them. This run is also salmon by and large with reports of grilse numbers in small quantities compared to salmon. There have been a number of fish over 20lbs hooked and landed and more lost. The big summer fish are coming in now.
So this is a call to anglers who are looking to catch fish-now’s the time to get booking your days on the FishDee website. There is a great amount of availability on the website where you can book fishing online. The River Dee can be truly exceptional at times when conditions are right and fish are there in numbers. Hopefully we shall see numbers continue to build considerably between now and the end of the season. I expect river conditions for the remainder of the fishing season will be far more favourable for anglers and catches will be more in line with what we have seen in the past and would wish for. Book fishing now before the season is over.