River Dee Weekly Report 16th September
A much better week for salmon anglers fishing the River Dee with 159 salmon and 14 sea trout reported from FishDee beats. There were some good catches made at Park where the beat reported 41 salmon for the week. Crathes reported 17, Monaltrie & Lower Invercauld had 12 and Crathie were also in double figures. This was a notable week considering the river level was extremely low and real craft was needed to get salmon to respond. There would have been a number of Ghillies feeling really delighted with the increasing catches and if anglers were in the right place at the right time, they could enjoy some great sport.
I was delighted to meet up with Paul Whitehouse who visited the River Office staff at the DDSFB AGM on Wednesday night at the Potarch Hotel. Paul was beaming from ear to ear after landing a 26lb salmon n the Monday. The fish measured 40 inches and gave him a great fight. I was delighted to receive an image of the fish from Daryl Ewer. Paul has had some remarkable success with big fish at Park over the years and this keeps his run of big fish going for another year. River Dee Trust director Jim Coates was also visiting Park for the last 3 days of the week and he reported he had 14 salmon to 15lbs for his visit. Jim was using a 7 weight rod fishing heavy black flies nymph style and had 7 for his day on Saturday. Jim is a very thoughtful angler and will experiment with tactics to find what will make the salmon respond best to his well presented fly.
Paul Whitehouse with a 40 inch long salmon at Park
I caught up with Ian Murray this morning who was pleased to see his catches pick up at Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. Ian advised the slight rise in river levels on Thursday encouraged a bit of activity and fish were on the move. With the water temperature falling back quite a bit fish were coming to bigger flies, with 1 to 1.5 inch coneheads doing the business. Gary MacDonald’s party did well at Monaltrie with Gary catching a 15lber in Mitchells. Ian Gordon’s party at Lower Invercauld also enjoyed some good sport.
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Beat catches reported SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 7, Kingcausie 9, Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 5, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 6, Park 41, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes 17, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 1, Commonty 3, Sluie 1, Ballogie 7, Borrowston 6, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 1, Dess 6, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 4, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 4, Dinnet 3, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 12, Crathie 10, Total 159 SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 4, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 1, Ballogie 2, Birse 2, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Total 14 TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 4, Total 4
The weather forecasters had created a bit of excitement with forecasts of a stormy tempest blowing in from the North Atlantic this weekend however this turned out to be a false dawn and the sun was shining and winds were a lot lighter than predicted and of course there was very little precipitation. There must have been a bit of water in the far western catchment as the river level at Mar Lodge has come up about 6 inches this morning but the other gauges are not showing any significant activity. Last night saw a much cooler night than the last few days and there was a fair grass frost this morning. The SEPA River gauges are currently 7 inches at Mar Lodge and 6 inches at Park with very little chance of there being much precipitation this week according to the Met Office. Air temperatures are dropping back with maxima of around 14 degrees Celsius this week. There may be strong winds at times as we head towards the autumnal equinox. The marine influence sees tides building through the week from 3.9 metres to 4.6 metres which may bring some new fish forward.
There is still a fair amount of fishing availability on the FishDee website so please take every opportunity to come and fish the river and catch a salmon before the season finishes. There are also a good range of accommodations available for anglers to stay in the length of Deeside so please look at the range of accommodation provision on the FishDee website. As the river is running much colder it is prudent to ensure you bring warm clothing with you for your visit. There is nothing more dispiriting for anglers than being very cold on the river bank; it does nothing for the powers of concentration.
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.