River Dee Weekly Fishing Report
I wrote last week about conditions needing to change which might encourage a good run of new fish into the river. Well reports from Aberdeen suggesting fish are moving forward have been borne out by Ardoe and Murtle reporting 16 salmon for the week. FishDee beats reported 88 salmon and 15 sea trout in very low water conditions with the water getting warmer during the week. I hear it rained hard on Saturday but this only put 1 inch onto the Park river level. As I write on Tuesday evening after spending time in the river with visiting biologists doing research it was fascinating to hear of the numbers of salmon they were finding in some of the pools. In one top river pool close to 90 salmon were clearly observed, however above the water nothing stirred suggesting there may be very few fish in the pool. In low warm water getting salmon to respond is extremely difficult and frustrating for anglers and Ghillies alike. It’s the dog days of summer and we expect to get summers like this from time to time. Before long it will be windy, wet and cold and the salmon will get on with the business at hand; starting the next generation of salmon in the autumn.
Correspondence has come this week from Prof Eaton commenting ‘Dear Ken, A fish from Ballogie. We did catch some bigger ones. It has been a difficult season on the Dee! This one comes from Ballogie. It was caught by regular visitor Richard Eaton and is envied by his son Noah; it was caught on a stoat’s tail and was returned safely. Prof Mike Eaton.’ Frank McWilliam advised ‘Thoroughly enjoyed fishing at Birse although no fish caught. We had 2 pulls in Belwade which we believe were sea trout. Our Ghillie was very helpful and tried very hard for us to get a fish.’ Better luck next time Frank.Mr Bomphrey fishing Middle Drum advised’ A most enjoyable two days. A fish or three would have been the icing on the cake.’ Mr Bruce fishing the pretty Morven beat commented ‘We had a wonderful day on the river. We did not see any fish but the location was beautiful.’
Richard and Noah Eaton admiring a juvenile salmon
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Beat catches reported (week ending 24th August) SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 16, Kingcausie 3, Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 3, Park 6, Lower Crathes and W Durris 5, Crathes 2, Tilquhillie 2, Invery 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Cairnton 7, Commonty 5, Sluie 1, Ballogie 3, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 1, Dess 6, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 2, Craigendinnie 3, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Crathie 5. Total: 88 Largest: Carlogie 20lbs SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 6, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Cairnton 1, Ballogie 4, Carlogie 1, Dess 1, Craigendinnie 1. Total: 15 Largest: Ardoe and Murtle & Cairnton & Ballogie & Dess & Craigendinnie 2lbs TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 2. Total: 2.
The week ahead sees weather forecasters suggesting very little precipitation which we really need and an air temperature maxima of 19 degrees Celsius and overnight lows getting down to perhaps 6 degrees Celsius. River levels have are currently at low summer levels. The Sepa gauges are currently between 4 inches at Mar Lodge and 7 inches at Park. Tides will be falling during the week from 3.9 metres to 3.3 metres. It’s going to be another difficult week for anglers however the valley is looking beautiful with the heather in bloom and the landscape a marvellous tapestry of colour. Listen to the sound advice offered by your Ghillie and fish the spots they recommend diligently and stealthily. Cascades, Park Shrimps, Stoats Tail flies and red Frances flies will perhaps catch fish this week and really make an effort to tie a half hitch to your fly and fish it more square than a conventional 45 degree downstream cast. This alters the presentation of the fly to the fish and does seem to make some respond when they see it. Long leaders and small flies are really necessary to help winkle some out. 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.
The King of the rivers returns home to spawn the next generation of salmon in the autumn
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, so take advantage of what’s on offer and come and fish the Dee. Congratulations to Phillip J Fleming and all the team at Tor Na Coille who were awarded their Visit Scotland 4 star rating last week. The Hotel, a popular haunt for anglers has really worked hard to earn this award and they must be justifiably proud to have won this accolade. I am sure many visiting anglers will be delighted to hear this news.
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.