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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Jim Fleming with a sea-liced fish from Carlogie
Peem Miller with the 16lber from Tilquillie
A great fish from Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo