Fishing Report 21 April 2014


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.


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.




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Tight lines for the coming week

Ross Macdonald


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