Fishing Report 26 May 2014



Gavin Watson celebrates his 50th birthday in style with a 15lb fish from Lower Woodend.


There were 122 fish and 45 sea trout reported to Fishdee for the week ending 24 May. Definitely a step in the right direction and it is encouraging to see anglers getting sport throughout the river.

Ian Gordon, celebrated his birthday in style last week, landing an 18lb fish at Glenmuick, where the prolific Phil Black also added one to the book. Michael Buchan, proprietor at Lower Woodend, got in touch to advise of another birthday fish.

‘Hello Ross, I am very happy to report that Gavin Watson who was fishing Lower Woodend this week with his father landed a beautiful fresh run 15lb hen fish. Apart from being the largest fish caught on the river on Monday, it was also his 50th birthday, a fantastic birthday present indeed.’

I was also contacted by David Winterbottom who advised me of a first fish.

‘Hi Ross, just a quick note to say my friend Don Gowland landed his first ever salmon at the age of 80 from the ‘Moral Pool’ at Woodend on Thurs 22nd May weight 12lbs on a silver stoat.’ Well done Don, that has to be fish of the week!

It was good to see Park coming out on top with 10 for the week, ghillie Keith Cromar will be looking to build on that this week. With the gauge sitting at a foot this morning I would think fish will begin to hold at Park. The lower river produced 23 for the week, which is progress, however small.

There were 49 fish from the middle river where Ballogie and Cairnton shared the honours with 7. Carlogie and Birse had 6 apiece and Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo pitched in with 5. Aboyne Water recorded the biggest fish of the week at 25lb.

The upper river scored one more than the middle beats with a total of 50 fish for the week. Craigendinnie was the top beat with 9 and on the opposite bank Will Peake’s rods landed 7 fish. Up stream, Waterside and Ferrar landed 5, while Dinnet and Deecastle finished with 6 apiece. Up at Cambus O’May, Fergus Cumming’s anglers also added 6 and Monaltire and Lower Invercauld produced 5.


The fish are spread throughout the river. With the river at summer levels we should see more action on the lower beats this week. There should be a few more residents in the pools and these factors may induce fish to pause on their way upriver.
Daytime air temperatures are expected to be between 13 and 18 degrees Celsius. River levels are between 8 inches and a foot on the Sepa gauges, so a delicate approach is required. There will be some rain during the week, but not enough to affect water height. We will have reasonable cloud cover, with brighter sunnier weather towards the end of the week. The wind will be light, but there could be strong gusts midweek. It looks like the wind will be from the east and south east this week. The full floater has been the most successful line used by anglers, with the occasional use of sink tips to change the depth of presentation. Successful flies have been small hairwings in size 10-14. These include Crathie, Silver Stoat, Arndilly Fancy and Munro’s Killer and various shrimp style flies such as Red Francis, Franc N Snaelda, Cascade, Flamethrowers and Park Shrimp. An occasional Monkey or Sunray worked across a pool may produce results, particularly in the evening. Evening fishing is a pleasure at this time of year as the warmer lighter evenings allow anglers to fish to about 10pm, the evening will continue to get lighter for another month or so as we approach the summer solstice. Sea trout fishers- a breed apart- will be beginning the night shift as they look to entice that elusive and most sporting of fish. Sea trout flies that do well on the Dee include the Silver Stoat and Editor in small sizes.


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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