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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: