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.
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 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:
James Chalmers from Gaelforce Fly Fishing with a belter from Birse
Pierre Woodford with Dinnet’s first salmon
Thomas Torpe from Denmark with a fish from Ballogie