River Dee Weekly Fishing Report 7th October
A week of changing fortunes for anglers on the Dee with FishDee beats reporting 195 salmon and 27 sea trout; fishing now confined to beats below Aboyne Bridge and on the River Feugh. Everyone will be aware on Deeside how dry this summer has been so we were all delighted to see some heavy rainfall on Thursday that put a foot of water in the main stem and 3 feet of water on the Feugh. This seemed to get the fish on the move and stirred up long slumbering residents. Park finished the week with 31 salmon and grilse, Lower Crathes reported 20 with both Tilbouries and Carlogie reporting 16 and a number of bottom beats fished reasonably well. The biggest fish of the week was reported at 21lbs from Lower Crathes where a visiting party of Spanish anglers were fishing the beat. There were also large groups of Scandinavian anglers fishing many Dee beats now that their rivers are closed. Mattias Helde and his team enjoyed mixed fortunes, but when the fish came on song the anglers did well. You can read more at his informative blog which has an English translation facility here http://fiskebloggen.se/?p=7215 you will see many nice images showcasing their week and you can see the passion they have for the River Dee established by their many visits to Deeside year after year.
I received an e-mail from Thomas Christensen from Denmark advising ‘Hi Ken, We visit the River Dee this last week and had a wonderful time at Lower Crathes from Monday to Wednesday. Very low water but I got this 5 pounder at Bulwarks on Tuesday on a big Frances and my mate Erwin got his first Dee salmon, a fantastic 14 pounder in the Mill pool in the afternoon and a 3 pounder in the evening, also in Mill pool. On Thursday before the rise in river levels he got a 3 pounder at Park in the pool below Durris stream on South side. On Friday he got a 5 pounder in Long Pool at Park. We had a very nice week on Deeside; both Erwin and I can’t wait until next year to come back to the wonderful river and meet the nice people around the river. We didn’t hit the run on Saturday while fishing Kingcausie, but hope to do it next year. Special thanks to Robert and Charlie on Lower Crathes who do all they can in difficult conditions; Superb Ghillies! Best regards, Thomas Christensen and Erwin Nielsen, From Denmark.’
Frede Hognestad was over from Norway with a highly experienced group of anglers who have been coming to Deeside for many years who were fishing at Cairnton, Sluie, Ballogie and Middle Blackhall on a late season holiday. Geir Magne Johnsen had booked 4 rods at Heughhead on Friday where 3 anglers paid a visit to fish this water for the first time. They were well rewarded with 7 salmon, 2 sea trout and many abortive takes from running fish at the beat. Gareth Headland, Wayne Gibbens, Thomas Berggren, John, Garry and Andy Hutson were back fishing at Carlogie and had a very enjoyable week. Gareth sent me a message advising ‘We had 16 off Carlogie for week; Wayne had 5 in first few days but was then laid up in hotel bed from Thurs-Sun with Gastroenteritis. The last 3 days saw me, Andy and Thomas just filling the 4 rods up, Thomas had 3 and Andy had 2 with yours truly getting 3 with 2 in 2 in consecutive casts. Considering water levels and bright sun all day Sat, 16 for week as good as any Dee beat over the week I think ref. rods/fish. The fish were all laying deep, so we had to get the fly deep to them. Red Francis with bright butt (swing tube) and Mini Monkey took nearly all our fish.’ I do hope Wayne has recovered and he did very well to catch 5 fish while feeling poorly.
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Beat catches reported
SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 6, Kingcausie 10, Culter 9, Altries and Lower Drum 7, Middle Drum 3, Tilbouries 16, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 4, Park 31, Lower Crathes and W Durris 20, Crathes 13, Tilquhillie 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 2, Upper Blackhall 2, Woodend 1, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 3, Ballogie 7, Kincardine 8, Carlogie 16, Dess 9, Birse 5, Aboyne Water 4, Dinnet 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Crathie 1, Heughhead 7, Total 195
SEA TROUT: Culter 6, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 3, Park 5, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes 1, Upper Blackhall 2, Cairnton 2, Lower Woodend 1, Ballogie 1, Dess 1, Aboyne Water 1, Heughhead 2, Total 27
Today sees the last full week of the salmon fishing season for the lower part of the river. We needed some rainfall to lift River levels and were rewarded with a rise last Thursday into Friday. This has encouraged some fish to move slowly upriver. The weather forecasters are suggesting it should be warm today with air temperature maxima of 18 degrees Celsius; however there will be a bit of a change from midweek with winds from the Arctic bringing air temperatures down dramatically to remind us winter is just around the corner. Air temperatures will be as low as 4 degrees according to the Met Office. The maritime influence sees tides falling back from 4.5 metres to 3.7 metres through the week. River levels have dropped back after last week’s rise in river levels with the Sepa Gauges reading 4 inches at Mar Lodge and 8 inches at Park. It’s pleasing to hear that Culter have landed 4 fish this morning before 10.30 am. With water temperatures sure to drop dramatically this week there is a fair chance that some of the very big fish that have been in the river for some time, will come back on the take. We could see the biggest fish of the season landed this week with 2 salmon of 28 lbs being reported so far this season at Dess and Lower Crathes.
There is still some fishing availability on the FishDee website for the last 7 days fishing, so please take every opportunity to come and fish the river and catch a salmon before the season finishes-it’s a long close season. There has been a good run of fish that has gone over the Falls of Feugh so Heughhead will be well worth a visit. 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. There will be a dinner at 7pm on Friday 1st November at the popular Tor Na Coille Hotel 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
It is important to listen to the advice provided by your Ghillies. If you are fishing without a Ghillie be careful you don’t fish too deeply and foul hook fish as river levels are still low for the time of year and there is a danger of this happening where fish are concentrated; salmon can stack up at differing water heights when lying in large shoals. Floating lines with intermediate poly leaders are more than suitable, with size 6-8 flies or small aluminium tubes ideal. Fly choice will include Frances flies, Red or orange Ally’s shrimp, Black and small black monkey tubes. Please handle salmon sensibly and carefully as the spawning season is a month or so off and we need our fish to reach the Redds to produce another generation of salmon. River Dee Ghillies have the utmost respect for our salmon and will be eager to see fish returned very carefully.
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.