Fishing Report 19 May 2014

Fishing Report 19 May 2014

 

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Amanada Kavanagh with her first ever salmon, taken at Deecastle on a Silver Stoat

We have broken three figures for the first time this season with 108 fish reported to Fishdee for the week ending 17 May. We had bent rods from the bottom river at Ardoe and Murtle all the way up to Mar Lodge giving us a reasonable spread of catches. We had 16 fish up to Invery, 43 between Lower Blackhall and Aboyne Water and 49 between Aboyne Castle and Mar Lodge. In the context of this season it is very pleasing to have finally crossed the 100 fish threshold. I hope we can repeat it this week and keep the catches on an upward trajectory. Some water would not go a amiss!
As fishers, I think we are all happy to hear of a first fish. I received an email from a delighted Edward Humphrey of Dinnet Estate advising me of a first fish for his girlfriend Amanda Kavanagh.
“A mixed week for the rods fishing Dinnet /Dee Castle last week. We started with five on Monday including fresh fish out of Logie for ex-chairman of the Fishery Board Ian Scott, while I landed a very strong 9lb fish in the evening out of Pol Baw with the help of Dinnet ghillie Al Peake. Mid-week was very quiet until my father landed another strong cock fish of 12lbs out of Pol Slachd on Thursday evening. On Friday afternoon my girlfriend Amanda Kavanagh arrived having never picked up a fishing rod in her life before was given some tuition by Al Peake before starting her fishing career in Red Brae on Saturday morning. The river was in perfect condition, fish were showing and yes you’ve guessed it within an hour of starting and under the expert tuition and the calming influence of Al, she had landed a cracking 8lb cock fish. I am pleased to say that I have most of the event on video including an excellent demonstration of how to release a fish back to the river. So lady luck or skill? Well probably a bit of both as Amanda was casting a very nice line and not too long. Al had noticed that the fish had ago at the fly the previous cast and asked to Amanda the same again and as the fly hit the water the fish took it properly and was well hooked. What a start to a fishing career!”

Alex Dunnachie also got in touch to tell me about his 18lb fish from Waterside and Ferrar.

Hi Ross, I was invited to come and fish the Dee on Thursday, Friday and Saturday by my friend Derek Gray; this was my first trip to the area and I will definitely be back.
I come from the Island of Jura which is a stunning island in Argyll and Bute however I was blown away with the beauty of your countryside and the friendliness of the people we met. We stayed at Struan Hall B&B and from the moment we arrived our hosts George and Judith treated us like royalty; nothing was too much trouble and Judith even baked biscuits for us to have as an evening snack.
Our fishing was from Thursday to Saturday and I caught my fish on Thursday morning about an hour and a half after starting. The pool was Upper Rhunavailla, I was using a floating line with 12lb nylon, and a purple Ally’s Shrimp tied on a size 10 double. The fish put up a great fight and it took 12 to 15 minutes to get to the bank. Thankfully my friend Derek and our ghillie David arrived in time to take the photograph attached and watch this amazing fish recover and return to the pool, this week will certainly stay with me forever.”
The biggest fish of the week was a 20lb Tilbouries fish caught by Jimmy Simpson of Cruden Bay taken on an un-named tube fly. Well done Jimmy!

PROSPECTS

Last week’s catches indicate that the fish are more spread out. The lower beats are still working hard for every fish, and are looking for runners pausing on their way upriver. Resident fish are in evidence further upstream.
Daytime air temperatures are expected to be between 10 and 19 degrees Celsius. We will have good cloud cover for the most part coupled with showers and light falls of rain. The wind looks like it will be from the east and south east this week. This may bring a chill with it and if the floater isn’t paying a dividend it might be worth trying the fly a bit deeper. The full floater has been the most successful line and it is the most pleasant way to fish. Successful flies have been small hairwings in size 10-12. These include Crathie, Silver Stoat, Arndilly Fancy and Munro’s Killer and various shrimp style flies such as Cascade, Flamethrowers, Park Shrimp and Ally’s.
With the river at summer level the floater with and without tips will be the most successful tactic.

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

We have broken three figures for the first time this season with 108 fish reported to Fishdee for the week ending 17 May. We had bent rods from the bottom river at Ardoe and Murtle all the way up to Mar Lodge giving us a reasonable spread of catches. We had 16 fish up to Invery, 43 between Lower Blackhall and Aboyne Water and 49 between Aboyne Castle and Mar Lodge. In the context of this season it is very pleasing to have finally crossed the 100 fish threshold. I hope we can repeat it this week and keep the catches on an upward trajectory. Some water would not go a amiss!
As fishers, I think we are all happy to hear of a first fish. I received an email from a delighted Edward Humphrey of Dinnet Estate advising me of a first fish for his girlfriend Amanda Kavanagh.
“A mixed week for the rods fishing Dinnet /Dee Castle last week. We started with five on Monday including fresh fish out of Logie for ex-chairman of the Fishery Board Ian Scott, while I landed a very strong 9lb fish in the evening out of Pol Baw with the help of Dinnet ghillie Al Peake. Mid-week was very quiet until my father landed another strong cock fish of 12lbs out of Pol Slachd on Thursday evening. On Friday afternoon my girlfriend Amanda Kavanagh arrived having never picked up a fishing rod in her life before was given some tuition by Al Peake before starting her fishing career in Red Brae on Saturday morning. The river was in perfect condition, fish were showing and yes you’ve guessed it within an hour of starting and under the expert tuition and the calming influence of Al, she had landed a cracking 8lb cock fish. I am pleased to say that I have most of the event on video including an excellent demonstration of how to release a fish back to the river. So lady luck or skill? Well probably a bit of both as Amanda was casting a very nice line and not too long. Al had noticed that the fish had ago at the fly the previous cast and asked to Amanda the same again and as the fly hit the water the fish took it properly and was well hooked. What a start to a fishing career!”

Alex Dunnachie also got in touch to tell me about his 18lb fish from Waterside and Ferrar.

Hi Ross, I was invited to come and fish the Dee on Thursday, Friday and Saturday by my friend Derek Gray; this was my first trip to the area and I will definitely be back.
I come from the Island of Jura which is a stunning island in Argyll and Bute however I was blown away with the beauty of your countryside and the friendliness of the people we met. We stayed at Struan Hall B&B and from the moment we arrived our hosts George and Judith treated us like royalty; nothing was too much trouble and Judith even baked biscuits for us to have as an evening snack.
Our fishing was from Thursday to Saturday and I caught my fish on Thursday morning about an hour and a half after starting. The pool was Upper Rhunavailla, I was using a floating line with 12lb nylon, and a purple Ally’s Shrimp tied on a size 10 double. The fish put up a great fight and it took 12 to 15 minutes to get to the bank. Thankfully my friend Derek and our ghillie David arrived in time to take the photograph attached and watch this amazing fish recover and return to the pool, this week will certainly stay with me forever.”
The biggest fish of the week was a 20lb Tilbouries fish caught by Jimmy Simpson of Cruden Bay taken on an un-named tube fly. Well done Jimmy!

PROSPECTS

Last week’s catches indicate that the fish are more spread out. The lower beats are still working hard for every fish, and are looking for runners pausing on their way upriver. Resident fish are in evidence further upstream.
Daytime air temperatures are expected to be between 10 and 19 degrees Celsius. We will have good cloud cover for the most part coupled with showers and light falls of rain. The wind looks like it will be from the east and south east this week. This may bring a chill with it and if the floater isn’t paying a dividend it might be worth trying the fly a bit deeper. The full floater has been the most successful line and it is the most pleasant way to fish. Successful flies have been small hairwings in size 10-12. These include Crathie, Silver Stoat, Arndilly Fancy and Munro’s Killer and various shrimp style flies such as Cascade, Flamethrowers, Park Shrimp and Ally’s.
With the river at summer level the floater with and without tips will be the most successful tactic.

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 MacdonaldImage

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