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!
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 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:
Andrea Moffat with the 100th springer from the Ballogie beats
Caleb Sutton with his 38inch fish from Ballogie
Stu Cooper with a long-tailed sea-liced fish from Commonty
Gerwyn Jones at Ballogi