Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fishing Report 28 April

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Ballogie Ghillie Sean Stanton and Danish visitor Jerk Sonnichsen with a 13lb fish.

There were 75 fish reported to FishDee for the week of 21-26 April; we are still waiting to break three figures for a week and anglers continue to work very hard for their fish. It is a strange season to say the least as the fish seem to be running relentlessly to the Kincardine area. Long tailed lice have been in evidence on many fish taken at Ballogie, but they have yet to appear in any numbers on the upper river. The lower river continues to struggle as the fish simply don’t seem to be stopping at all. Nonetheless there are always some good news stories on the river bank.

David Graham, of Suffolk, added to his season’s tally with another four fish from Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie. The Silver Stoat and Ally’s Shrimp were the killing patterns. David has been fishing at Lower Blackhall with ghillie Colin Simpson for 27 years where the pair enjoy good banter together. David was a friend of my late father and so it is always good to hear of his success.

Local rod Callum Falconer, aided and abetted by ghillie Shane Christie, landed an 8lb fish at Middle Drum on a Black Francis.

Julian McHardy of Woodend was in touch to advise of a milestone catch for Jan Johansson from Sweden. Jan has been fishing the Dee for over 30 years and is a well known angling author who also runs a fishing school in Norway. Jan landed his 200th Dee fish; the bulk of these have come from Woodend and also Crathes and Banchory Lodge. Well done Jan!

I paid a visit to Jerk Sonnichsen, President of the Fly Fishers of Denmark, at Ballogie on Monday. My timing was perfect as he was playing his fourth fish of the day, which was in the 12-13lb class, in the Top Gannets. Jerk went on to have had a fantastic week at Ballogie.

‘Hi Ross, I had as you know a fantastic Monday on the river, where I caught 9 springers and lost 3. Among the Salmon I caught that day were fish of 94, 81 and 79 cm, but the last fish of the day was the biggest. After a tough 45 minutes fight I finally grabbed the tail of the salmon that measured 105 cm and we estimated to be 26 pounds. For the rest of the week I managed to landed 7 more salmon. On Friday my fly rod broke during a fight with a 14 pound salmon. A funny fight with a stiff rod and a good brake on the reel. Half the rod was in the water with the salmon. My team at Ballogie ended up catching 24 salmon. I would like say thanks to the many ghillies who I have meet through the years at The Dee. Both the ones I’ve fished with, but also the ghillies who came by to say hello. We appreciate the good work that you do – keep it up. All the best with rest of the season.’

PROSPECTS

The fish seem to be running hard for the Kincardine area and have not moved upriver from there in any numbers as yet. A number of fish were seen late on at Dinnet on Saturday and a couple were hooked and lost. Hopefully this is an indication that there are fish on the move.
The wind is expected to come from the south and east this week- so I would still be looking to get the fly down a bit as there will be an edge to the wind affecting the air temperature. Daytime air temperatures are expected to be up to 16 degrees on Monday, dropping to a low of 6 degrees in the middle of the week. Water temperatures remain around 8-10 degrees centigrade (47-50 degrees Fahrenheit). Monday is forecast to be bright, but there will be plenty cloud around for the most part. Water levels are good.

Successful anglers have had a couple of rods set up with different line densities to present the fly at different depths . Once again, ring the changes.

The usual flies remain Monkeys, Posh Tosh, Francis and Franc N Snaelda tubes. For doubles, fish your own favourites which might include Red Francis, Hairy Mary, Silver Stoat, Tosh, Ally’s Shrimp, Crathie, Munro’s Killer. As ever, the ghillies will suggest the best options on the day.

 

Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at ross@riverdee.org I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.

Tight lines for the coming week.

Ross Macdonald

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Fishing Report 21 April 2014

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Jim Coates with a fish from Birse

 

There were 65 fish reported to the website for week ending 19 April. It was an underwhelming return for this point in April- to put it mildly, but there were some successes along the way. We had satisfactory conditions and bigger tides towards the end of the week, so had reasonable expectations of a few more fish being landed. Last week’s catch puts us puts us on 211 for the month so far. Anglers continue to work hard for their fish.

Ghillie Karl Revel got in touch to report some long awaited success at Invery/Tilquhillie last week with 10 fish landed and returned safely to the river. Karl reported, ‘Barry Fisher Spalding, using his new 15’ Mackenzie rod and line was very happy when a 7lb fish to his Dee Fox in Pantoch.

Kent Petersen, Sweden, had a beauty of 15lb on a Red Frances from S-Pool. The other fish were caught by a Norwegian team, who along with Kent call themselves the ‘Yokanga Team.’ Oyvind Berg had to wait until Saturday to catch a 9lb fish from S-Pool, his first ever salmon from a Scottish river.

Petter Gaustad had 3 fish of 11lb,9lb and 9lb, the latter two coming from the Jetties and S-Pool on small flies using his 12’6″ 5/6 weight rod, built on CTS blanks by Kent.

Top rod Tom Jorstad- with 4 fish from the Killing Hatch (11lb, 18lb), Signal (11lb) and Pantoch (16lb). The Pantoch fish was the highlight, caught on his fifth cast with his newly acquired “Murray Stewart” reel couriered to Banchory on the Wednesday.’

Fish of the week was Reid Hagelin’s 23lb fish from Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. Thomas Bjorkstrom reported a 5lb fish from the Loop Pool at Commonty, taken on a size 6 Stoat’s Tail, while Andrew Murray reported one of 7lb taken on a size 8 Black and Yellow from Lower Woodend.

PROSPECTS

One or two fish have moved upriver, so we hope to see that reflected in the upper beats catches this week. We really need a run of fish to boost morale.
The wind is expected to come from the east this week- which is not great news for anglers anywhere. Daytime air temperatures are expected to be up to 14 degrees. Water temperatures were 9 degrees (48 degrees) at Dinnet on Monday morning and is likely to increase unless there is further snow melt. 
Anglers will have mixture of sunny spells and good cloud cover, with rain forecast from Tuesday; the river has dropped away now and a top up would not go amiss.

With water levels dropping away, the fish will be in the deeper pools, so it might pay off getting the fly down, perhaps fishing a Snaelda, Francis, Sunray or Monkey deep. Ring the changes.
The usual flies remain Monkeys, Posh Tosh, Francis and Franc N Snaelda tubes. For doubles, or perhaps small plastic tubes, fish your own favourites which might include Red Francis, Hairy Mary, Stoat’s Tail, Tosh, Flamethrowers, Silver Shrimp, Black Shrimp, Crathie, Munro’s Killer. As ever, the ghillies will suggest the best options on the day.

 

 

 

Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at ross@riverdee.org I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.

Tight lines for the coming week

Ross Macdonald

Fishing Report 14 April 2014

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 Gordon Tate with a 20lb fish from Dinnet

A total of 73 fish were reported last week, which is the same as the previous week. There is a sense of frustration up and down the river as anglers and ghillies alike, particularly on the lower river,  have struggled with little reward. Overhead and water conditions were mostly favourable last week which makes the catch all the more disappointing.  I certainly feel for those rods who have gone without any reward for their efforts and can understand their frustration.

Carlogie continued its fine start to the year with another 20 fish reported to Fishdee. Birthday boy, ghillie Sean Stanton (who must have had a tough paper round),  added to its number with a nice fish taken on a Red Francis fished deep.  Peter Lonsdale had his best week at Carlogie, with 14 to his own rod many of them sea liced. An excellent angler, Peter fishes hard and also varies his tactics ringing the changes with the depth and speed of the fly; always thinking on how best to get a take. 

Ballogie had 10 for the week and those two beats continue to buck the wider trend. Nicky Manson broke his duck with 2 fish for his three days having been on a streak of bad luck which had lasted for a number of years. Alan Lancashire, who I believe is in his 90s, gave those of us in middle age cause for optimism by landing a fish during his visit.

 It was also good to see Upper Drum get off the mark as they have worked hard for little reward this season.  Al Peak, Dinnet ghillie was delighted to tell me of a fine springer which was taken on a Monkey from the Red Brae by regular rod Gordon Tate. Gordon’s fish hit the 20 pound mark in the Mclean weigh net.

 

Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at ross@riverdee.org I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.

Tight lines for the coming week

 

Ross Macdonald

 

PROSPECTS

 

My reason to be cheerful this week is the full moon on Tuesday and  the attendant big tides, which will hopefully see us with a good run of fish. This week usually sees the fish in the middle river begin to migrate upstream which should benefit the upper river.

The wind is expected to come from the  south and west this week; there is still and edge to it though.  Daytime air temperatures are expected to be up to 14 degrees. Water temperatures remain around 7-9 degrees (44-48 degrees).  Anglers will have mixture of good cloud cover during the week, with brighter  overhead conditions forecast for later in the week.  Water levels dropped away and if we do get some warmth in the air we may get a rise off the back of snow melt.

A two rod set up remains good advice with a sinker of some kind on one, perhaps fishing a  Francis, Sunray or Monkey deep. Rig the other rod with a floater and different tips  and smaller doubles to match water conditions. Ring the changes.

The usual flies remain Monkeys, Posh Tosh, Francis and Franc N Snaelda tubes. For doubles, fish your own favourites which might include Silver Stoats, Flamethrowers, Park Shrimp, Cascade, Munro’s Killer. As ever, the ghillies will suggest the best options on the day.

 

Fishing Report 7 April 2014

 

A total of 73 salmon were reported to the Fishdee website for the week ending 5 April. This is a slight improvement on the previous week with an extra dozen fish in the book. Most of the action took place in the middle beats once again with Ballogie leading the way with 17 fish for the week.

The lower river continued to struggle with anglers working hard for their fish. Ardoe and Murtle got their first of the year, but those fish that did run the river were running hard through the lower beats with Dinnet reporting a sea liced fish on Monday.

Dinnet ghillie Al Peake reported a small, very fresh, springer of about 4lb while one of 5lb was taken at Cambus O’May. Al was seeing occasional fish through the week and saw quite a few running on Saturday. Waterside and Craigendinnie also picked up fish and the upper river will be looking to build on that this coming week.

I met Anders Sparf from Sweden at Crathes last week while he was playing his first Dee springer. It is certainly a nice way to meet. A delighted Anders was fishing in the tail of the Boat Pool, with a float, hover, intermediate shooting head, a long leader and Dee Sheep variant dressed on a double. The 11lb fish was netted by Crathes ghillie Brian Sim.

Fish of the week was no contest with a member of the Salmon Fishing Forum party, led by Alan Maughan, landing a 26lb springer from the Roe Pot on a Monkey. Ian Scott, former chair of the Dee board reported a 12lb fish from the top of Rossach at Dess. The fish took a Park Shrimp conehead. Mr Mahoney got in touch to report he had success at Lower Woodend with a 5lb fish taken on a Sunray tied with fur from his daughter’s springer spaniel.

Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at ross@riverdee.org I look forward to hearing from you.

Tight lines for the coming week

Ross Macdonald

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Anders Sparf with his first Dee springer

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Fish on! Pol Slachd, Dinnet

Fishing Report 31 March

A total of 61 fish were reported to the Fishdee website for the last full week of March. The middle beats continued to dominate the catches with Cairnton, Carlogie and Dess each recording 6 fish for the week. Regular visitor, Iain Wilson, of Posh Tosh fame, had a successful few days on the river at Cairnton, landing 3 fish in the 7-8lb class on a 1″ Posh Tosh dressed with a slim 2 1/2″ wing.

Catches on the lower river remain patchy with Crathes leading the way with 4, including a sea liced 22lb springer for Nigel Woolley in Birkenbaud on a Monkey. Ghillie Brian Sim remarked that it was as bonny a fish as he had seen in a long time.

The three Ballogie beats continued their excellent start to the year with ghillie Sean Stanton delighted in reporting that they had passed 150 for the season, marked in style by Bjorn Sahlqvist with a 22lb springer from the beautifully named Burn Of Angels at Ballogie.

On the upper river ghillie Ian Murray was rewarded with a 16lb fish as he tested a new switch rod on the Garden Pool on the Glen Muick side of the river. The fish took a 1″ brass Munro’s Killer tube, dressed to around 3″. The wee rod earned its spurs and handled the fish well in the fast water.

Thank you to Sean Stanton for preparing the Fishdee reports in recent week, I know he is a busy man. Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at ross@riverdee.org

 

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Ghillie Ian Murray with a 16lb fish from the Garden Pool at Glen Muick.

 

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Iain Wilson with a 7lb fish from Cairnton, taken on a Posh Tosh.

 

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Bjorn Sahlqvist with a 22lb springer from the beautifully named Burn Of Angels at Ballogie.

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