River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 23/9
A few vital inches of water during the week really helped encourage fish to move upriver and this had the effect that I had hoped when I wrote the media column last week. FishDee beats have reported 349 salmon and 30 sea trout for the week with the biggest reported at Kincardine which was a 25lb salmon. Some of the lower beats really did well with Park reporting 46 salmon, Ardoe & Murtle 36, Altries 33 and Kingcausie 24. I mentioned that Jim Coates did well in last week’s column with 14 fish for his 3 days at Park. Jim made a return to Park on Saturday and managed to catch 11 salmon for his day. He advised ‘Hi Ken I had a productive day at Park, all on the 7 weight rod which was cracking sport, 2 were sea liced and the rest a mixed bag up to 18lbs which went like stink on the light rig. The Ghillie Bert was ecstatic! I had one in the morning and ten in the afternoon. I was fishing the same fly and set up as last week. I was fishing beats one and two on the south bank.’ People who know Jim appreciate he is an angler with supreme skills and very thoughtful about how he sets out to catch fish.
I got a message from Paul Whitehouse who had enjoyed some good sport with a big 25lb salmon at Park recently. Paul commented ‘Hi Ken, It was a funny old week with not much water, we were picking away and I was thrilled with the big fish which you jokingly disputed the weight! I had another couple of fish and we saw sport improve in the latter part of the week with beats like Greenbanks giving sport. Hope all is well.’ James Craig visited Ardoe and Murtle on Saturday and reported one salmon, one sea trout and two brown trout on a red shrimp fly. Malcolm Anderson visited park and reported’ A fantastic 2 days, Keith was his usual upbeat self and looked after us extremely well. I give him eleven out of ten for looking after Ian Wilson and myself and we look forward to next season. Ian had 4 salmon on his red Dee pig fly and I had 2 salmon on a red shrimp fly.’ Graham Dawes visited a couple of beats recently and advised ‘I would make a booking to fish the Aboyne Water beat again. I fished the beat once before back in 2011 and enjoyed the fishing then as I have done this time. The Ghillie was very helpful and tried his best to get me into a fish. So no luck this time and I guess that’s why we call it fishing and not catching! I had 4 fish take the fly but sadly none stayed on. I then fished at Dess and had a good two days, catching 3 fish the first day and losing 2, and on the 2nd day catching 1 and losing 1 at the net. I would book again hopefully next year. The 4 fish caught on the fly were from 10lbs to 14 lbs. The river was low and it limited the number of pools to fish, but lots of fish in the pools I fished.’ Ian Coghill fished Aboyne Water and landed 4 fish on the fly.
Rob Fuller wrote about his party’s annual trip to the Dee advising ‘Dear Ken, the Hawkins Week have had another highly enjoyable week despite the atrocious fishing conditions ending on Saturday 14th September. 13 of us fished on 5 beats notably Birse, Carlogie, Ballogie, Crathes and Park South. Conditions were very difficult and the river showed signs of being subjected to summer levels since the end of May. However, we persevered and managed to catch 15 salmon and grilse up to 17lb and 2 sea trout in the week. As per last year there was a shortage of cocks with only 3 being caught up to 5lb in size. This made it very difficult for us in finding suitable candidates for our annual contest for the largest cock and in fact we decided that to be eligible for this great award the fish must be in double figures! As I write a storm should be hitting Scotland which I hope will do something to the river levels although I suspect that you will need a month’s rain to wash the river through. With all good wishes for the rest of the season. Rob Fuller’ as always I look forward to hearing the report about the Hawkins party week and they always seem to have a great time fishing a selection of River Dee beats.
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SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 36, Kingcausie 24, Culter 5, Altries and Lower Drum 33, Tilbouries 8, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 5, Park 46, Lower Crathes and W Durris 11, Crathes 10, Tilquhillie 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Middle Blackhall 3, Upper Blackhall 11, Cairnton 1, Woodend 7, Lower Woodend 2, Commonty 1, Sluie 5, Ballogie 22, Kincardine 8, Carlogie 9, Dess 16, Birse 16, Aboyne Water 6, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 7, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 7, Deecastle 5, Headinch and Cambus O’May 8, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 10, Crathie 15, Mar Lodge Estate 1, Total 349 SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 10, Kingcausie 1, Culter 5, Altries and Lower Drum 2, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 2, Tilquhillie 1, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 1, Woodend 1, Kincardine 1, Birse 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Total 30
It’s the start of the last week of the season for Upper beats from Aboyne Bridge up river and from the 1st October beats below Aboyne Bridge fish until the 15th October. There has been an overnight lift in river levels which I’m sure did not come from rainfall but water from Loch Muick which was blown out of the Loch on early Sunday morning when winds were very strong and warm from a southerly direction. This water was noted by some Ghillies yesterday and perhaps will keep fish on the move from lower beats. The SEPA gauges are reading 6 inches at Mar Lodge and 8 inches at Park. Yesterday saw us basking in 23 degrees Celsius which was very enjoyable for visitors arriving in Deeside for their forthcoming week. It’s the Aberdeen holiday today and this fine weather has continued with temperatures forecast to be similar, after today temperatures will cool significantly as a couple of weather systems pass over Scotland. Different weather websites are suggesting rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but not really in agreement in what volume, however they are suggesting that next week will see a lot of rain falling which will set us up nicely for the last two weeks of the season. The maritime influence sees tides falling back from 4.4 metres to 3.3 metres before tides build next week which hopefully will coincide with a much needed spate.
There is still some 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. It is important to listen to the wise counsel of your Ghillies and some are suggesting the pool tails are seeing fish numbers building so make sure you give pool tails a bit of attention. Feedback from anglers are suggesting red flies are now really coming into their own now however small black tube flies are also reported to be doing well. If you don’t have the right flies then pay a visit to Orvis in Banchory, Somers in Aberdeen or the ever popular Kincardine O’Neil post office where there are a great selection of locally tied flies from Sean Stanton’s vice and arguably the best sandwiches in Deeside prepared daily by Susan Brooks.
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]email@example.com[/email] Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.