Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ghillies End of season dinner this Friday

Just a reminder
Ghillies Dinner this Friday at Tor Na Coille Hotel Banchory 7pm.
River Dee Ghillies Dinner Friday 1st November 2013  7pm If you can manage to attend please RSVP shanechristie@btinternet.com
This informal dinner is open to Ghillies, family, friends, anglers and people who have an association with the River Dee
Menu
Chicken Liver Pâté served with Red Onion Marmalade and Melba Toast Scotch Broth…
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Roasted Rib-Eye of Scotch Beef served with a Balmoral Sauce
Pan Fried Fillet of Hake served with a Champagne and Chive Cream
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Sticky Toffee Pudding served with Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice-
Cream Local Cheese Plate served with Chutney and Oatcakes
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Tea/ Coffee & homemade tablet.
£25 Per head with 2 glasses of wine
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More Salmon Fishing in 2014 Added

Make sure you keep an eye out on the FishDee website in the find fishing section folks. There are rods presently on the site offering early birds the chance to book fishing in 2014. http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Dee/FindFishing.asp?dom=Pal

London Calling…….

As the song by the Clash went….London’s Calling. Hopefully you will come along and join the River Dee Trust team on Wednesday 6th of November at the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London from 6.30pm for a drinks reception and celebration of the River Dee. Now you will also see exclusive footage shot by the BBC of salmon spawning last year at Birse-this is really remarkable footage. If you can manage along for this great gig then please let us know you are coming so we can cater for you. Drop us an acceptance at info@riverdee.org we really are looking forward to putting on a great show in London

Salmon spawning in the River Dee.

The film broadcast last night on BBC 1 showing salmon spawning was excellent. Now what was really eye opening was the fact three whole days were spent filming to produce this edited clip. Astonishing to think how much time is spent creating a one hour nature film. Here’s the link with salmon footage at 34 minutes 40 seconds into programme. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01dflmb/The_Great_British_Year_Autumn/

Here is a clip from Iceland that is worth watching which was filmed a few days ago and sent this morning. Its shows quite clearly why male salmon have a kype. They are in the biting business-and then some. www.visir.is/…/article/2013131019493

The Great British Year-Must watch TV Programme

Make sure you tune into this BBC one Programme being broadcast on Wednesday 23rd October at 9pm. There is some wonderful footage of salmon spawning last autumn in the middle Dee.

Autumn

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Episode 4 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

The fading sun brings an energy change to Britain: a time of storms and unpredictable weather. The trees go dormant, but not before a final fling of colour. For animals, the shortening days are a cue to prepare, hibernating and hoarding for the dark times ahead. For some, its still a time to breed; deer rut, seals give birth and the Atlantic salmon leaps waterfalls in order to lay its eggs in the River Dee. Beneath the fallen leaves, slime moulds, earthworms and fungi take advantage of autumn’s spoils.

River Dee Trust Fundraising On-Line Auction

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Back by popular demand this year which is scheduled to run through November-Our winter auction! There will be an exciting range of auction lots where every penny received goes back into helping the River Dee and helping restore salmon stocks. A lot of work involved, but it’s for a great cause and I hope many will follow and support this auction by bidding. Some fishing at 4 different Dee Beats, fishing in Iceland, Sweden and Norway, Fishing equipment, and many other novel and desirable lots are available -36 in total so far. Make sure to take a look at the auction, which goes live on 1st November at www.riverdee.org.uk (it will also be linked through FishDee). We really need your support as we have a lot of on-going work necessary for years to come and your support will make a difference. A lot of work has been carried out over the years and we have seen salmon runs, by and large, improve over the last decade from a low position. We are not out of the woods yet and have much more we want to do and with your help and support we shall get there.

A Birds eye view of the Dee

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Here are a selection of images taken last week on Deeside by Mawill Ludenbach who was fishing in the Lars Tekildsen party.

Phantom

Mawill was using a Phantom Drone which sounds like Star Wars technology ! He advises that it flies to a height of 300 metres and can go to 60kph ! It certainly is a super piece of kit which allows you to take images which in the past were not possible from the River Bank by visiting anglers. Here is the weblink to the drone specifications. http://www.dji.com/feature/phantom-features/

River Dee Weekly Audio report

 

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

River Dee Weekly Audio Report

Here is the final weekly audio report for the 2013 salmon fishing season on the River Dee. This is produced for overseas visitors and people with reading difficulties.

River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 14th October

The final week of the salmon fishing season has come to an exciting end with well over 400 salmon landed for the week and 22 sea trout. FishDee beats, as I write have reported 388 salmon, however there are a good number of fish still to be added to the reporting system. I met up with the Lars Terkildsen party who were fishing a number of beats last week, at Ballogie house on Saturday evening for dinner, prepared beautifully by Harriet Milligan, daughter of Mike Milligan. This dinner emphasised the global draw the River Dee is to salmon anglers these days as there were 7 different nationalities in the fishing party, with myself as the only UK representative at this end of week celebratory dinner. I mentioned last week that we may have the biggest fish of the season landed during the week and this almost happened after Lars Terkildsen battled a big fish at Birse which was lost after his colleague, who had two hands round the tail of the fish, saw it slip from his grasp and swim back into the river-Lars said it was a huge fish. Some of the catches reported so far include Park and Ballogie with 35 salmon apiece, Altries reported 32, and Birse will have over 30, Tilbouries 28 and Carlogie 27, with many other beats reporting good catches. The lift in river levels on Thursday helped boost catches considerably and it’s good to see the fishing season coming to an end on a high note for all anglers, Ghillies and proprietors.

I received an e-mail from Neil Donald with an image of a coloured cock fish where Neil comments ‘Hi Ken, Had a fantastic Friday and Saturday at Middle Blackhall with Davie Gibbon, who was a fantastic help being available to land all four of the fish caught. I had a very coloured but nice 11lb salmon on the Friday (picture attached) and one of my buddies Chris Robertson had three lovely fish on the Saturday. Chris is a very experienced trout fisher but this was only his second day fishing for salmon with a double hander rod so an excellent result. He had 5, 6 and 15lb salmon and also lost another after it swam around a rock and cut the line. Bad news was, as he was getting out of the water at the end of the day, he fell and snapped his rod, but the three fish softened the blow. After 40 years fishing he said it was his best ever day, so I think he’ll be back to the Dee next season. This was all off the back of a few days fishing in the west coast where we had one salmon, a sea trout and several trout. A great finish to the season end. We are all local to Deeside. Cheers, Neil Donald.’ Well done Chris and Neil and hopefully Chris can claim on his insurance for the broken rod. Well I can report that Chris wasn’t the only angler to suffer a mishap. I was having a cast on Saturday where I took a header into the river, in the Fawn Pool. The same thing happened to me last year at Dinnet at the end of the season. As I trod from the riverbank soaking wet I could only chuckle and think how glad I was no one witnessed my mishap.

Neil Donald at Middle Blackhall

Some other feedback received included Fabio Federighi, from Firenze, Italy, fishing at Park South who commented ‘3 old salmon, and many fighting and lost, with very heavy red Frances.’ Well done Fabio. I also have feedback from John W Fraser, who was fishing at Aboyne Water advising ‘Jim the Ghillie advised to use a small stoat’s tail and lo and behold that’s what the fish took; no substitute for beat knowledge. Catch details: 2 fish caught small stoat’s tail, full floating line, both in the stone pool which took nearly all our fish.’ Stuart Buchan who was fishing at Blairs informed me last night that he had 3 salmon and a nice fresh sea trout on Saturday morning. The biggest salmon weighed an estimated 18lbs. I received an e-mail from Ian MacKay commenting ‘Hi Ken, Ghillie Jim Couper asked me to send this photo of our friend and novice angler Ako Sabir-Ali from Kurdistan. He was fishing the Stone Pool on Aboyne Waters and landed this little grilse – his first ever. This was caught on Friday 13th September 2013.’ I’m delighted to hear of Ako’s first fish and pleased it was a Dee fish. I am sure many people will want to extend best wishes to Aboyne Water Ghillie Jim Couper who is retiring at the end of the fishing season. Many people have expressed their admiration over the years fishing at Aboyne Water for being well looked after by Jim. We all wish you best wishes for a happy retirement Jim and thanks for all your years of fine service.

Ako Sabir-Ali from Kurdistan with his first ever salmon at Aboyne Water.

Now some items of news for our readers. Firstly there will be an online auction to raise funds for the River Dee Trust commencing on 1st November. There will be a lovely selection of auction lots so please look into www.riverdee.org and www.fishdee.co.uk to make sure you get a chance to be the highest bidder for these auction lots. All monies raised from the auction go into helping the River Dee. There will also be ‘A celebration of the River Dee event’ held in the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, London on Wednesday 6th November between 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm. This will be an informative drinks reception showcasing the work of the River Dee Trust for the river, its anglers and the work that will be delivered in the future. All visitors are most welcome, and anyone who is interested in coming along to this event should send an RSVP to info@riverdee.org. This will enable us to organise catering for this event. This promises to be a super night and I do hope many people will take the opportunity to come along and meet the River Dee Trust team in London. Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Beat catches reported

SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 26, Culter 18, Altries and Lower Drum 32, Middle Drum 12, Tilbouries 28, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 15, Park 35, Lower Crathes and W Durris 27, Crathes 20, Tilquhillie 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 2, Middle Blackhall 7, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 11, Woodend 4, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 10, Sluie 2, Ballogie 35, Kincardine 21, Carlogie 27, Dess 9, Birse 15, Aboyne Water 19, Heughhead 4, Total 388 SEA TROUT: Kingcausie 1, Culter 4, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 3, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 2, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes 5, Middle Blackhall

Prospects

There are only two days remaining for anglers and no doubt there will be a lot of local anglers hoping to catch a fish before the fishing season draws to a close on Tuesday evening. River conditions are good following last Thursdays lift in river levels. It has been raining overnight but the Sepa gauges are all running steady this morning. There appear to be a good amount of salmon willing to take a fly given the results of the last few days and it’s heartening to see the season finish on a high note. Let’s hope we get some more water this month to enable all our salmon to reach the spawning grounds safely, where they intend to produce the next generation of River Dee salmon.

Jim Couper of Aboyne Water who retires at the end of this season

Now some items of news for our readers. Firstly there will be an online auction to raise funds for the River Dee Trust commencing on 1st November. There will be a lovely selection of auction lots so please look into www.riverdee.org and www.fishdee.co.uk to make sure you get a chance to be the highest bidder for these auction lots. All monies raised from the auction go into helping the River Dee. There will also be ‘A celebration of the River Dee event’ held in the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, London on Wednesday 6th November between 6.30 pm and 8.00 pm. This will be an informative drinks reception showcasing the work of the River Dee Trust for the river, its anglers and the work that will be delivered in the future. All visitors are most welcome, and anyone who is interested in coming along to this event should send an RSVP to info@riverdee.org. This will enable us to organise catering for this event. This promises to be a super night and I do hope many people will take the opportunity to come along and meet the River Dee Trust team in London.

There will also be an end of season dinner at 7pm on Friday 1st November at the popular Tor Na Coille Hotel, Banchory for River Dee Ghillies, family and friends, with a super 3 course menu and wine at a very reasonable rate for all who can manage along. General Manager Phillip Fleming wishes to show appreciation to the Ghillies who do a great job looking after visiting anglers. There will be some spaces available for anglers who are friends of our Ghillies, so if you want to attend this dinner please contact Shane Christie, secretary of the Dee Ghillies Association. Please write to shanechristie@btinternet.com to register your interest in attending what promises to be a very enjoyable evening for all who can manage to come along, myself included. There will also be very good rates for rooms for the evening if anyone wishes to stay overnight. Please remember to write with any news of catches to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all over the next two days. Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.

Do come and join us in London on Wednesday 6th November

To our River Dee family of fishermen and dear friends who are going to be in London on the evening of the 6th of November. We wish you will come and join us.

A Celebration of the River Dee
Join us at the Savile Club, London, on 6th November 2013
The River Dee Trust is hosting an informative drinks reception on Wednesday 6th November from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
Showcasing the work that has been achieved by the Trust for the river and its anglers and the work that will be delivered in the future.

Savile Club, 69 Brook St, Mayfair, W1K 4ER

Please RSVP to info@riverdee.org by 1st November

Visit us first at http://www.riverdee.org.uk

Registered Charity No SC028497

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