River Dee Fishing Report 10 February 2014
A total of 71 salmon were reported to FishDee on the first full week of the season – a great score for early February, but due to high water and relatively warm river temperatures, all but two of the fish reported came from the middle river. The fish were running straight up to the middle river, this became very apparent when a sea-liced fish was caught by Neil Stephenson on Tuesday at Carlogie followed by another sea-liced fish from Kincardine on Thursday.
I received an email from Charles Jeffrey with some pictures of the 25lb salmon caught at Middle Blackhall. He wrote – Sean, here are a few photos of Ian Ross’s fish from Tuesday. I had just said to him “have a cast with a decent rod (my Thomas and Thomas with one of your red Franc N Snaelda’s) and two cast later, BINGO! 25lbs and 40 inches long. Swine!! We had nothing on opening day at Invery except kelts, but good fun and craic all the same.”
Jim Fisher also got in touch to say – “What a fabulous couple of days on Ballogie! I can’t remember a start to February as good in my long fishing career. Many thanks for all your help and enthusiasm – you did say to me first thing on Monday morning that there would be fish in every pool and it quickly became apparent that you were spot on when I had two out of the Sands before 11am! I had an inkling it was going to be good, but I didn’t know how special it was going to be. Marvellous!” Jim had a fantastic two days at Ballogie landing seven and losing a few more.
Tom and Jean Marshall’s party had a great week finishing with 16 fish between their rods. Kincardine also had a great week landing 13, largest 17lb to Swedish angler, Richard Torkar’s rod.
With sea-liced fresh fish in the middle river, I’m sure we can expect some fish to be reported from the upper river this week. While fishing traditionally doesn’t start on the upper river until March, it is open and, I think most estates on the upper river would like rods to be fishing now, just to see if they can get their first fish of the season.
The weather forecasters are predicting an unsettled week with more low fronts coming out of the Atlantic, but also a big dip in air temperature with frosts most nights! This will see the water temperature drop which should slow the fish down in the lower river.
Fishing tactics will be similar to last week with sinking lines and tube flies. The best combo last week was an intermediate line with 15foot of sink tip but again, ask your ghillie what line you should be using for the water you are fishing.
Popular choices of flies should be Franc N Snaelda, Monkey flies, Willie Gunn and Black & Yellow tubes. In fact, you can fish any fly you want so long as it’s Black & Yellow!!
Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at email@example.com
10 February 2014
Superb fish from Kincardine
Another fine fish from Kincardine
Leigh Hookes with one of 6 he caught from Ballogie
25lber being landed and released by Davie Gibbon, Middle Blackhall