River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 9th September
As autumn approaches farmers are finishing their harvest of arable crops, leaves are just beginning to change colour as daylight hours shorten and air & water temperatures fall. Well it’s been another challenging week for anglers who make the best of current low water conditions and fish stoically in the hope of catching a salmon before the fishing season closes. FishDee beats report 77 salmon to 22lbs and 11 sea trout for the week. Park reported 13 salmon, Ardoe and Murtle 10 salmon, with Birse reporting 9 salmon. We did have a bit of rain on Saturday but not enough to encourage fish to run the river in good numbers. If we get a decent heavy, prolonged rainfall the results will improve significantly as water temperatures drop, fish instinctively know they want to get to their spawning grounds by late autumn.
I received an e-mail from Lawrence Hunt who was fishing at Park South on Saturday where he had some success. Lawrence commented ‘Hi Ken, Hope you are well. I went to Park South today with my son, Joshua. Expectations were low with no real water to speak of for months now, so we were delighted when a nice fish took a size 15 Editor in Greenbanks (not a fly I’ve often used in September!). Joshua had a good tussle with the fish, which was duly landed without fuss. We were well looked after by Bert, who was very considerate to allocate pools suitable for a 6 year old to be at, and a great day was had by all. Off to do a rain dance now. All the best, Lawrence.’ I also spoke to Stuart Buchan who had a day’s fishing at Park South and also had success with a 5lb fish at Bulwarks on the smallest fly he could find in his fly box. I spoke with Keith Cromar, head Ghillie at Park who was pleased to report a few fish landed this morning and a few lost as the river temperature has fallen to 53 degrees Fahrenheit overnight. He reported a mixed bag of fish last week with a mixture of coloured and fresh fish with the biggest landed 39.5 inches at the Long Pool. He cited the drop in water temperatures as the catalyst for the fish becoming a bit more co-operative. Michael Bittner, who was fishing at Morven commented saying ‘ lost a salmon and a sea trout, the hook hold failing on both occasions. Water levels the lowest I’ve seen in the times I have fished the Dee.’
Joshua Hunt with a salmon he enjoyed having a lively tussle with at Park
I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Spanish angler Miguel Aguilar which I am sure will interest River Dee Anglers. Miguel commented ‘Hello Ken, This is Miguel Aguilar from Spain. We were in contact 4 years ago when I published an article about Dee in a Spanish fishing magazine. Flymage.net has just published a new article about Dee, a Black and white photographic essay, mostly focused on Lower Crathes. Go to the weblink this link I’m sure you will like it. Best, Miguel.’ I had a look at this article which is a very enjoyable read with some great photography. Its articles like this that emanate from around the world that helps show how highly regarded the River Dee is as a top global angling destination.
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SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 10, Culter 6, Altries and Lower Drum 4, Tilbouries 4, Park 13, Lower Crathes and W Durris 3, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 1, Commonty 1, Kincardine 4, Dess 3, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 1, Dinnet 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Morven 1, Crathie 4, Total 77
SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 5, Park 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 1, Total 11
The BBC weather forecaster this morning advised viewers that air temperatures in rural parts of Scotland got below zero degrees Celsius overnight and it was noticeably cooler this morning. Weather forecasters are suggesting we will continue to see temperatures cooling down through the week and there should be some rain showers, but not any significant rainfall forecast. The maritime influence sees tides falling through the week from 4.4 metres to 3.7 metres. We really need a good flood to get the river in good heart for the remaining weeks of the fishing season. River levels are currently 3 inches at Mar Lodge and 7 inches at Park and minus 2 inches at Heughhead on the Feugh. The river is currently carrying a bit of sediment and weed following a small rise on Saturday morning. When this settles I’m sure anglers will have some sport however anglers will have to work hard for their success.
Anglers fishing the river during an autumn week for the last few years will have been used to seeing the river with higher water levels. Well this year fish will be more condensed because of lower flows and as a result they will have seen all the usual popular flies for the autumn passing overhead. At this time of year red becomes a much more popular colour in the dressing of flies given a swim in the river. 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. Anglers may enjoy success with Red Frances flies, Flamethrowers, Calvin’s shrimp, Crathie fly, Silver Stoats tail and perhaps a totally different tactic-a well sunk tube fly. Visiting anglers know to make the most of their holiday and many of the bars, hotels and restaurants will be delighted to receive visiting anglers.
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. Our accommodation providers have been working hard to ensure anglers are being well looked after. An on-line survey, currently hosted on FishDee for anglers to participate in has been providing excellent feedback from anglers. This is so helpful in ensuring hoteliers know their business model suits visiting angler’s needs-there are some helpful suggestions from the survey which will help enterprising managers source more visiting anglers by taking on-board their suggestions. Over 97 % of anglers are reporting they are receiving good service at the hotels they are residing in throughout Deeside.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.