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 I look forward to hearing from you.

Tight lines for the coming week

Ross Macdonald


Anders Sparf with his first Dee springer


Fish on! Pol Slachd, Dinnet


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