Fishing Report 5 May 2014

Fishdee recorded 70 fish for the week ending 3 May. It was another challenging week for our visiting anglers and ghillies as the river continued to struggle during April (and the first three days of May) with just 266 fish reported. Not a lot to shout about but we will bounce back. I am yearning to start my reports with some shamelessly upbeat reporting; in the meantime I will stay positive and dream of the superlatives to come.

Once again the Ballogie beats had a few with 24 coming from Ballogie, Carlogie and Commonty. Dess also continued to pick away with another 7 fish. I met Dee regular Henrik Larsen this week. Henrik takes parties to the river each season and I have known him online for a few years now, so it was a pleasure to finally meet him in person. Henrik’s party of seven, a mixture of Swedes and Danes enjoyed their visit to Deeside. ‘ Hi Ross, it was good to meet you at last. We had a nice week fishing Upper Blackhall and Ballogie. My group managed 13 salmon and a sea trout and I had four salmon to my own rod. We did not see a lot of running fish during the week, but the average weight of the salmon was very good.’

The upper river has yet to get into gear, but there are signs of life. As we are into May the beats above Aboyne should start to produce fish. Dinnet and Deecastle had a better sport last week sharing 8, with rods taking one or two in the evenings. A few more were caught at Aboyne Castle, Aboyne Water and Craigendinnie and Waterside and Ferrar. Michael Bruce of Gentanar Estate managed a couple of the fish from Waterside. There was also a fish as high up as Birkhall. While these catches have not been startling I hope they point towards better fishing this week. On the lower river catches remain poor and there is not much else I can add to that. I was glad to see that Park had picked up a couple of fish and I can only hope that fortune smiles on this wonderful beat soon.


With a nod to the obvious, a good run of fish would is what we need now as angling conditions are favourable. The wind is expected to come from the south and west this week, which is good news. Daytime air temperatures are expected to be up to 16 degrees and the warmer breeze will help. Water temperatures remain around 8-10 degrees centigrade (47-50 degrees Fahrenheit)and will remain around the 10 degree mark during the day. There will be a mix of rain and showers during the week, punctuated by sunny spells. Weather wise we have little to complain about. Water levels are good and the river will be in good order.
With warmer conditions the ghillies are telling me they are fishing floaters with a tip, changing to full floaters whenever it feels right. Again, don’t be shy to mix things up tactically by varying the speed and depth of your presentation. A two rod set up will give anglers more tactical options. As I say most weeks, ring the changes.

The usual flies remain Monkeys, Sunrays, Francis and Franc N Snaelda tubes. For doubles, fish your own favourites which might include Black Francis, Hairy Mary, Silver Stoat, Tosh, Park 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 I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.

Tight lines for the coming week.

Ross Macdonald


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