River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 12th August
The week started reasonably with fish being caught throughout the catchment and we were hopeful that there would be some significant heavy showers throughout the week that would keep the river levels topped up nicely. Alas rain showers did occur frequently during the afternoons anglers were fishing however the volume of precipitation was not enough to keep the river levels topped up. As the river levels fell so did the catches with Friday and Saturday seeing just over 10 salmon reported each day. FishDee beats have reported 136 salmon and 29 sea trout for the week as I write with Park reporting 25, Altries and Lower Crathes 9 apiece and Dess 8. The largest fish reported was 21lbs from Aboyne Water. The week ahead sees weather forecasters all suggesting rain showers and heavy ones at that, however some are suggesting there may be some thunder and lightning on Thursday. If that materialises hopefully we will get a very much needed lift in river levels.
Correspondence has come this week from Michael Jensen from Denmark advising ‘Just wish to report my catch of a coloured 10lbs cock fish Saturday 10th Aug, on the Deecastle water. The fish took a “Hitched” slim dressed tube of app. 1.5”. We saw a little activity in the morning and midday hours with a few fresh grilse jumping, but in the afternoon it all went dead. Another few very coloured fish showed interest to the “Hitched” tube but no further takes!’ There was also correspondence from Nick Drake who enjoyed success at Park commenting’ Hi Ken yes a great week very lucky with the water, no secret just a healthy dose of persistence and a generous amount of fortune, I did lose another eight fish so it could have been better! Best Nick’. Now mentioning Park, I visited the beat on Friday afternoon for a cast as a guest of Graeme Arthur who had a few days fishing with Richard Thomas. I was delighted to meet up with Bill Stephen and Edwin Whyte from Fraserburgh who are excellent anglers. Alas sport was really quite slow in the afternoon albeit a torrential rain shower stirred things up. Just after it had finished Graeme managed to catch a small fresh salmon from the Long Pool. Edwin was unlucky having hooked 3 fish only to see them come unattached. He was using a self tied shrimp fly which has been very successful for him; last year he had over 60 salmon on this fly. I hooked many parr on my small fly and seemed to hook them every other cast.
A first ever fish for Edward Gledson at Abergeldie
I would also like to extend congratulations to Edward Gledson who was out for an evening’s cast at Abergeldie with father Richard Gledson. Richard had been in the River Office during the week and had said he was going to catch a fish that evening. He wrote the next day advising ‘Ken, I joked yesterday about sending you details of the fish I would catch last night. Sadly I did not catch a thing, but as you can see from the attached photo my son Edward managed to catch his first ever salmon in the Coynach pool on Abergeldie. I was fishing Dalraddie further up the river and got a call from Edward saying he had hooked a fish. What great excitement! the fish was released after a couple of photographs – we reckon it was about 3-4 lbs but you are probably a better judge than me. Richard’. Well it’s always pleasing to hear of young anglers fishing the Dee and catching their first salmon and I am sure Richard was over the moon when sharing that special moment on the river bank with Edward. Another candidate for the inaugural Callum Mackenzie cup.
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Beat catches reported
SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 5, Kingcausie 5, Culter 3, Altries and Lower Drum 9, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 7, Park 25, Lower Crathes and W Durris 9, Crathes 1, Tilquhillie 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Upper Blackhall 2, Cairnton 2, Woodend 2, Commonty 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 7, Borrowston 1, Kincardine 5, Carlogie 4, Dess 8, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 6, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 4, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Abergeldie 2, Crathie 4, Total 136
SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 2, Kingcausie 1, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Park 3, Crathes 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Cairnton 1, Kincardine 1, Dess 2, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 2, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Crathie 2, Total 29
A well known river watcher was telling me on Saturday that he is seeing good numbers of salmon entering the river on the high tides however where they are running to is anyone’s guess. The River levels are lower than we have been used to over the last few years at this time and hopefully we will get much needed lift in river levels to freshen things up this week. Our chairman had been fishing on a neighbouring river and they had a 1 foot rise during the week which saw him getting some reasonable sport; he wore a big grin in the office this morning. I suspect there are more fish in the bottom beats with not a lot of angling effort going on. This may changes this week as anglers capitalise on the fishing availability on FishDee and fish the lower beats.
The week ahead sees weather forecasters suggesting sunshine and afternoon showers for the week ahead again with an air temperature maxima of 18 degrees Celsius and overnight lows getting down to perhaps 5 degrees Celsius. River levels have dropped back slightly with potential for rises in river levels if localised thundershowers occur. The Sepa gauge data has been problematic this weekend due to them upgrading to a new server. They are currently between 3 inches at Mar Lodge and 7 inches at Park. Tides will be falling during the week from 4.1 metres to 3.7 metres. Listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie and fish the spots they recommend diligently. Last week saw a good number of fish caught on small gold hooked red Frances flies, sizes 12-16, as red will become a colour that more salmon switch onto over the next few weeks heading into autumn. No doubt, Cascades, Park Shrimps, Stoats Tail flies will catch fish this week and really make an effort to tie a half hitch to your fly, which alters the presentation to the fish and does seem to make them interested when they see it. 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 good level of rod availability on FishDee if you are considering a visit for a few days then please remember to look at the good range of accommodation on offer in the where to stay section on the FishDee website. Remember to ask for Fisherman’s rates if you are coming in a group of 3 or more anglers for stays of 3 days or more. There is a quick online survey about hotel accommodation provision on the FishDee daily catches page and the feedback from this indicates that anglers are being very well looked after and getting excellent value for money so take advantage of what’s on offer and come and fish the Dee.
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 remember to 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.