River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 2nd September
It’s been interesting hearing news from the river this week and hearing of anglers and Ghillies really thinking outside the box when looking for sport in very low water conditions. On Deeside the farmers will be thrilled at how well weather conditions have been for harvesting their crops. Anglers trying to get fish are all praying for some really heavy rain to encourage fish to run the river and attack angler’s flies with purpose. At this time of year it is quite common; given good angling conditions to catch over 70 salmon per day, however last week FishDee beats reported 79 salmon for the week and 11 sea trout. Well anglers have to put up with all sorts of conditions during the fishing year and there are no guarantees when dealing with wild animals that they will co-operate. I am sure the anglers who did have good sport last week will be very pleased with themselves and quite rightly so.
Some of the snippets of news received during the week include a delighted Sean Stanton at Ballogie who had fishing this week. ’That’s my week over at Ballogie; I finished with 10 Salmon/Grilse for my week which is superb considering the conditions. I didn’t use a fly under 1 1/2″ long and all were tied on brass tubes! Most people would have been on micro flies and floating lines but I’m not most people!’ Well I am sure all Ballogie anglers would give credit to Sean for his ingenuity and cunning which helps them catch fish from the beats he manages. Sean is a very talented angler and Ghillie. Flemming Binnerup enjoyed some good sport at Dess recently commenting on Facebook ‘River Dee beat Dess, what a day. Two salmon took the fly without being hooked, lost a good one estimated to 16 pound! Got a nice grilse and closed the day with a salmon. Thanks for the advice, got all the fish in the fast water and my own variant of the monkey fly did the work.’ Well that sounds like Flemming had a very enjoyable day on the river.
A delighted Flemming Binnerup enjoys success at Dess
I also received an e-mail from Greg Stokes who has just finished a week at Craigendinnie with Ghillie George Murray. For Greg it was a case of lightning striking twice for him and I’m delighted to receive this news. Greg advised ‘Hi Ken, I thought you might like to hear of my week on the Dee at Craigendinnie. I was up for the week fishing under the expert guidance of ghillie George Murray. This was my second visit to the beat and the last time I fished it I was lucky enough to land my first 20lb salmon along with another 4 fish for 3 days fishing, though given the tough conditions this season I was feeling like I would be lucky to land anything for the week! Well I got off to a good start on Monday morning with a freshish grilse from Tanar mouth within 10 minutes of starting which certainly took the pressure off! That was it for the day but on Tuesday morning I got off to a good start again hooking a strong fish in Symonds. I was on my own and in an awkward spot to try and land the fish, but at the third attempt I managed to tail it and that’s when I realised it was another big fish, measured at 37 inches, a real solid cock fish around 20lbs so this beat has served me well with larger fish! Apologies for the quality of the photo but as I say I was on my own and wanted to get it back quickly. I managed another grilse and lost another quickly after the same morning. 1 more fish on Thursday took my total to 4 landed and 1 lost for the week, so all in all far better than I was expecting given the very low water and bright sunshine most days. 1 thing I did differently this week was fish a dropper, I’m not sure why I chose to do this but it paid off with 3 of the fish taking the dropper. The cast I fished all week with was a size 13 red Frances on the point and a size 13 silver stoat or size 15 red Frances on the dropper. Many thanks to George for all his help and I’m already looking forward to my week next year.’ Well a bit of thinking out of the box to use a dropper appears to have been the recipe for success at Craigendinnie. Fishing with a dropper in low water conditions is not without risk as one of the flies can easily snag a rock in low water while fighting a feisty salmon. Well done to Greg on his success and successive 20lb salmon in two years is something to really appreciate.
Visitor Paul Hainey had two fish at Park South on Thursday 29th August; one at 6-7 lbs and a grilse of around 3 lbs. The bigger fish was caught on a small cascade and the other on an unknown pattern. Well done Paul. Alex Robertson from Portsoy also had 2 salmon at Park South with an 8lber caught on a Kinermony Killer and a 12lber on a Black Bear Flamethrower. Please remember I need your help to write this weekly column, write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to firstname.lastname@example.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.
Beat catches reported
SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 1, Kingcausie 4, Altries and Lower Drum 6, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 2, Park 11, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes 1, Tilquhillie 1, Middle Blackhall 1, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 5, Commonty 4, Ballogie 11, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 1, Dess 5, Aboyne Water 7, Craigendinnie 4, Deecastle 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 6, Heughhead 1, Total 79
SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 1, Culter 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 1, Tilquhillie 2, Upper Blackhall 1, Ballogie 1, Aboyne Water 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Total 11
Well Autumn has arrived on the first of September and we are enjoying some lovely late summer weather on Deeside with air temperature maxima forecast today to reach 25 degrees Celsius. It’s not too long ago that we were bemoaning the length of the cold winter weather on Deeside. Summer does move on and the next few weeks will see a very noticeable shortening of daylight which usually subsequently impacts on air temperatures. Weather forecasters are suggesting we will see temperatures cooling down through the week and there should be some rain around Wednesday/Thursday. The maritime influence sees tides building through the week from 3.7 metres to 4.4 metres. We really need a good flood to get the river in good heart for the remaining weeks of the fishing season; whether that materialises is in the lap of the gods. River levels are currently 2 inches at Mar Lodge and 4 inches at Park and minus 2 inches at Heughhead on the Feugh.
I wrote last week advising anglers to listen to the advice from their beat Ghillie which it always pays to do so. However I must comment that news reports about anglers success last week indicates success was enjoyed with tube flies fished deep and tiny size 15 flies fished off a dropper. Two extreme ends of the scale here and I can only say its horses for courses. If your fly isn’t in the water it won’t catch a fish and catching fish will not be easy in the near future given the prevailing low water conditions. Visiting anglers know that they can get a year that is a little tougher than others and they know how to make the best of it and enjoy their time on the river, enjoy nice lunches and relaxing on the river bank with other anglers. There’s more to fishing than catching fish.
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. I would like to welcome the Coo Hoose from Aboyne who have just joined the FishDee website. Mine Host Catriona Elson advised me ‘The warm cosy Coo Hoose is stylish and contemporary. It has two bedrooms, accommodating 4 people and is well equipped. After a day on the river this really is the place to stay as it’s a very special cottage in the heart of Aboyne, Royal Deeside. The River Dee is a stone’s throw away and the popular Boat Inn is just 10 minutes walk. All you need to do is come and enjoy some of the best fishing the North East of Scotland has to offer. See our super website www.thecoohoose.co.uk for availability or phone Catriona 07500 832545.’ I really enjoyed visiting the website and I am sure anglers who look in well enjoy visiting the website and of course a very enjoyable stay at the Coo Hoose.
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.