Fishing Report 16 June 2014




Murray Stewart landed this beauty at Ballogie on a hitched tube.


There were 79 fish on the Fishdee beats last week and 128 sea trout. A quietish week overall, water conditions were variable with the river carrying a stain for a lot of the week, culminating in a muddy chocolate colour on Saturday. Its difficult to know what the impact on catches was, but it couldnt have helped. A number of beats reported seeing fish running hard.

Murray Stewart, who incidentally makes fabulous reels, has to get fish of the week with an 18lb licer from Ballogie on the hitch. There were also 18lb fish reported at Birse and Crathie, but its always instructive hearing of someone trying something different. Also at Ballogie, Stan Headley , fishing with my pal Ken Reid, landed a 5lb sea trout on a Claret Dabbler.

Local rod Mr Fraser reported a grilse and sea trout from Park, taken on a size 12 Munro’s Killer. The Munro does really well on the Dee and wee touch of colour in the water does it no harm either.

Still at Park, Paul Watson got in touch to report an enjoyable visit to Deeside, ‘Ross, always reading and enjoying your reports from The Dee. Just had a couple of days at Park with The Connon Party (13/14 June), even managed to catch some fish on Friday between us only to find river on Saturday up 2.5’ and chocolate brown! Had a couple of sea trout late on after it had cleared.

Attached is our ghillie Bert with one of the fish we caught Friday, thanks to Bert + Stewart for looking after us so well. Shame I don’t live closer, I’d be on that river much more often!’

I missed out Archie Hay’s report from Crathie last week as we had some technical problems, so a belated congratulations to Dr Mike Pacnko, Mike Bramley, Emmanuel Farinoli and Mr M Smith for adding to Archie’s tally. Successful flies at Crathie have included the ever reliable Crathie Fly, the Silver Ally’s and Francis.

Dee Board and Trust Chairmen Richard Gledson and local minister Ken MacKenzie took to the hills on 8 June to walk the boundary of the Braemar and Crathie parish. A walk around the parish may not sound particularly onerous, but during the six days Richard and Ken negotiated 17 Munros during the 100 mile walk and in total made a vertical climb of over 9000m ending on Ben Macdui. The walk rasied over £4000 for The River Dee Trust and the TK2 educational programme in Romaina operated by Blythswood. Donations are still welcome at


It looks like a warm week on Deeside with daytime temperatures of up to 21 degrees Celsius. It will be bright for the most part with showers expected from midweek. The breeze will be from the northwest for the most part. Water levels are looking good this week. The river is still carrying a peat stain, so flies with a touch of gold and orange in them might be worth a try.

The full floater continues to dominate tactics, 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 Editor, Crathie, Silver Stoat, Arndilly Fancy and Munro’s Killer and various shrimp style flies such as Red Francis, Franc N Snaelda, Silver Ally’s, Flamethrowers and Park Shrimp. Anglers fishing early and late will have more success than those who fish 9-5.

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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