Fishing Report 2 June 2014

Fishing Report 2 June 2014




Alison Dart with a nice springer from Aboyne Water.


There were 92 salmon and grilse reported to FishDee for the week ending 31 May. It was disappointing to drop below three figures for the final week of spring. We ended with 1259 fish from the FishDee beats and I think most of us are glad to see the back of this spring. We now look forward to the summer and to good runs of grilse and sea trout and buoyant weekly reports!

The lower river produced just 19 for the last week of what has been a very poor spring for those beats. There are some wonderful beats on the lower Dee and it has been frustrating to watch them toil. Their time will come and I hope the second half of the season pays a dividend to anglers and ghillies alike.

The middle river produced 33 with Borrowston recording the biggest of the week at 22lbs for ghillie Bill Palmer, taken on a 1″ Willie Gunn aluminium tube. The Willie Gunn accounted for most of the beat’s 6 fish last week. Over at Commonty Philippe Erieau from Paris got in touch to advise that he had a 7lb cock salmon caught on a Park Shrimp on a floating line in the Garden Pool.

The upper river finished the week with 40 fish. Up at Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld Ian Murray’s rods had 9, which made them the top beat. Meanwhile at Crathie Ian Child had 2 fish to 15lb on an Editor and Robert Bateson had one of 7lb. Ian had his first fish at Crathie in 2011 and so was delighted to follow up with his second and third. Ghillie Archie Hay reports several more offers and losses, but they had to settle for 8 in the end. The rise in water during the week brought a heavy stain into the river, which didn’t help matters.

Sea trout numbers are picking up with 95 of those beauties, up to 4lbs, reported to the website last week and those anglers that are serious about these wonderful fish are fishing through the night to get the cream of the sport. Plenty sea trout are caught during the day- usually by accident on salmon flies, but the cream of the fishing is surely at night. I was speaking to one rod who has three days this week- or rather nights- and he was very excited about his prospects- ‘…there is something special about hooking a good sea trout at 3 o’clock in the morning, when the senses are heightened by the darkness.’ Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?!


The river is getting low now and we really could do with a good cloudburst and a spate. That would reinvigorate us all- fish, anglers and ghillies alike. Rain is forecast, so fingers crossed that it delivers.

Daytime air temperatures are expected to be between 12 and 19 degrees Celsius. River levels on the main stem, are between 6 and 8 inches on the Sepa gauges (Mon 2 June), so a delicate approach is required. We will have good cloud cover. The wind will be light, but there could be gusts up to 18mph midweek. The wind will be mostly from the south and east.

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. Bill Plamer’s success at Borrowston on a Willie Gunn tube reminds us to try something different even if conditions suggest otherwise. Early morning and evening fishing is a pleasure at this time of year and is often the most productive way to fish the Dee. Sea trout fishing should peak over the next couple of weeks, so its worth thinking about rearranging schedules and fishing through the night for these wonderful fish. Sea trout flies that do well on the Dee include the Silver Stoat and Editor in small doubles and large singles. They are also fond of an occasional Sunray!

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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