Monthly Archives: March 2014

River Dee Fishing Report 24 March 2014


 The catches this week were almost a mirror image of last week with 68 salmon reported to FishDee.  Ballogie led the way with 12 for the week, Stephen Marsh-Smith’s party having good sport at both Ballogie and Commonty finishing the week with a total of 16.  It was great to see them have a good week as this week last year most of the party decided to go home or not even come fishing as the conditions were so bad!

Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo also had a great week, getting into double figures with 10 salmon landed.

Will Peake, ghillie for Aboyne Castle, sent me an email saying that angler Gary Findlayson had landed a spanking fresh springer from Crofts at 5.00pm on their last day as it so often happens. After 3 blank years and high winds for the three days, it was tough going and it was a very well-deserved fish.

Alistair Peake also spoke to me to say they had had a sea-liced fish up at Dinnet.

Jim Fleming, fishing at Carlogie, also managed a sea-liced fish from the Boat pool on Saturday.

This is my last FishDee report, as from next week Ross Macdonald will be taking over the reports as he is now the Dee Fisheries Development Officer.  I wish Ross all the best with his new appointment and would ask anyone with stories, anecdotes or pictures about their catches to send them to Ross at ross@riverdee.org

I would also like to thank the fishers and ghillies who sent me pictures and emails about their trips to Deeside, because without you, writing this weekly report would have been extremely difficult.

Prospects

After a very windy week, we can still expect winds to dominate the forecast.  However, the forecasters are predicting a change from a westerly wind, which has been with us for weeks, to change to a more easterly direction and temperatures to range from 8-10 degrees during the day and evening temperatures down to around freezing for the first few days of the week.

With the river now dropping back to a more normal height, our tactics will have to change slightly.  Intermediate lines or float/sink tips will be used more this week and we will step away from large, heavy tubes to smaller, lighter flies.  Again all the usual suspects are worth using, such as Monkey flies, Black and Red Francis flies, Franc N Snaelda but also give a try to a few large doubles.

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Jim Fleming with a sea-liced fish from Carlogie

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Peem Miller with the 16lber from Tilquillie

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A great fish from Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo

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River Dee Fishing Report 17 March 2014

A total of 67 salmon were reported to FishDee this week, which for the conditions was pretty good! Cold, frosty mornings gave way to glorious sunshine which led to high rises and falls in air temperatures at the start of the week.  The end of the week saw storm-force winds both on Friday and Saturday afternoons and it was great to see anglers battling the winds being rewarded with a salmon for their efforts.

The catches were more spread out this week with some beats reporting their first fish of the season.  Alistair Peake, ghillie at Dinnet, got in touch to say that they had had the first fish off the beat from the Logie pool. This was also a momentous fish for the angler, Pierre Woodford, as this was his first ever salmon and it was a Monkey fly that did the business.

Park and Crathie also reported their first catches of the season.

The middle river is still doing well and this week Lars Terkildsen brought an international team over to Deeside to fish the Ballogie beats.  They finished the week with 18 salmon and 3 of his team managed to catch their first ever Dee springers.  Lars himself, managed to get the biggest fish of the week with a 19lb sea-liced fish from Ballogie.

Prospects

With the air temperature over the weekend reaching 15 degrees, there has been a significant rise in the river height due to the snow melting.  The beginning of the week will also see warm daytime temperatures but the forecasters are predicting a cold end to the week, with possible snow to high levels, this should mean a more settled end to the week.  Hopefully the river will clear and drop to a fish-able height but at the start of the week, sinking lines and tubes will be in order.  Large Monkeys, Francis flies, Willie Gunn and Black & Yellow tubes would be my choice, but consult with the ghillie on your beat for his personal choices.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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James Chalmers from Gaelforce Fly Fishing with a belter from Birse

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Pierre Woodford with Dinnet’s first salmon

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Thomas Torpe from Denmark with a fish from Ballogie

 

River Dee Fishing Report 10 March 2014

A better week this week with 62 fish reported to FishDee and it was good to see the catches spread out a bit at last.  With the first full week of the upper river opening it was great to hear that Deecastle finished the week with 6 fish and see other upper river beats reporting.  At the moment there is very little angling pressure and a lot of the Ghillies are fishing their own beats. 

I had a visit from Will Peake, Ghillie at Aboyne Castle, who told me that they have caught their first fish of the year and to tell me that it was Alec Coutts, who retired from the beat last season, who caught it.  It’s great to see the next generation of ghillies gaining some knowledge about their beats from old hands.

Again the middle Dee produced the bulk of the catches with notable catches at Borrowston finishing with 11 and Peter Lonsdale’s team at Ballogie having 13.  Andrea Moffat landed the 100th springer caught on the Ballogie beats from the Bridge pool and Caleb Sutton managed to finish the week with a 38inch fish on Saturday from the Sands pool at Ballogie, this was his largest salmon to date.

Again this week the fish were running hard and fast in the warm water.  This was evident when Kincardine had sea-liced fish on Monday and Commonty had a fish with long-tailed sea-lice on Wednesday.  The fish just seem to want to get as far as they can, as fast as they can!

Prospects

High Pressure is set to dominate this week, which could mean the temperature could reach 15 degrees Celsius, this will mean quite a lot of snow melt! Hopefully, we will get a gradual melt and not lose the snow all in one week.  If it runs clear, we have a reasonable chance of fishing as was proved this week, when the best catch of the week was when the river rose all day.

Ask your Ghillie where is the best chance of a fish in high water on your beat, he will always know of a hole or a bay which will hold the fish in high water.  Fast sinking lines will be your best chance along with large tube flies.  Stick to Black & Yellow if the water is clear or switch to Orange if we get coloured water.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

 

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Andrea Moffat with the 100th springer from the Ballogie beats

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Caleb Sutton with his 38inch fish from Ballogie

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Stu Cooper with a long-tailed sea-liced fish from Commonty

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Gerwyn Jones at Ballogi

River Dee Fishing Report 3 March 2014

With high water conditions until Thursday I knew the catches would suffer, so with only 32 fish reported to FishDee, it was a disappointing week.  However, with the river now settled the coming week should hopefully be more productive.

Friday saw the end of February and the end of the first month of the season. It has been a month to remember on certain middle river beats and also a month to forget for a lot of the lower river beats! It goes to show no two years are the same.  Last year the middle river suffered due to the low, cold water, but this year with high, warm water the fish have been holding in the middle river.

A lot of the middle river beats have had a phenomenal start. The Ballogie beats finished February with 96 – Ballogie had 50, Carlogie 22 and Commonty 24.  Kincardine and Dess had 28 a-piece and Birse finished with 16. These figures are quite amazing when you look at the 5-year averages for February for each of these beats.

Prospects

With the river back down to a reasonable height and very clear, fishing should be good this week.  If the weather behaves itself, the forecasters are predicting wet weather for Monday and into to a more settled pattern for the rest of the week.  However, temperatures are set to rise and with a westerly wind dominant, we could see some more snow melt which means the river could rise again.

As always, speak to your ghillie as he will advise the best possible tactics for the conditions you have.  With the river clear we will be back to Black & Yellow flies again, so try a Monkey, Black Francis, Willie Gunn and Black & Yellow tubes.

 

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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