Monthly Archives: July 2014

Fishing Report 21 July 2014

 

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Tommy Saville, creator of the legendary Crathie Fly, pictured during a recent visit to the Dee

 

The Fishdee beats recorded 50 salmon and 36 sea trout last week. Sport remains underwhelming and we really could do with a sustained rise in water. On the upside, there has been a rise this morning ( Monday 21st); a few calls to the ghillies suggests it is a rise of 8-10 inches, which is encouraging. Mar Lodge aside, the SEPA gauges all show a rise and the Woodend gauge in particular has spiked this morning. The Cairnton gauge was nearly submerged on Sunday. Typing with my fingers crossed is not easy, but the rise will surely help catches in the early part of the week. These rises are very welcome but short lived; the river and the ground around it needs a good deluge to freshen things up and bring a run of fish into the river.

On the lower river Ardoe and Murtle returned 3 as did Altries and Lower Drum, which got off the mark for the season. Colin Crabbie managed 2 of those Altries fish, both small grilse. These lower beats tend to fish best from the late summer and into the back end, so we should see them feature regularly in the catch returns.

Park picked away last week with 13 fish last week. Its short of what we would expect at Park, but its a step in the right direction. Colin Maclean, who ghillies the Bargany beat on Ayrshire’s River Girvan, had 5 for his two days on a small Crathie and a boar bristle Cascade.

Norman Morris had a cracker at Crathes on Monday. The 16lb fish took a’wee black flee’. Crathes other fish was a small grilse landed on Tuesday.

PROSPECTS

It looks like it is going to be hot and sunny this week, which is a blow. Air temperatures will rise to 24 degrees. We anglers live in a parallel universe weather wise; while the civilian population enjoy the heat we pray for torrential rain. The rise in river levels early this week will hopefully keep us in reasonable order for the first part of the week and is certainly a vast improvement on last summer’s drought. The wind will be from the south/south east. Fishing very early and again into the dusk will provide the best chance of a fish.

The usual floating line tactics remain the first line of attack, but if that is not working get the fly down a bit. The standard hairwings will produce- Executioner, Silver Stoat, Crathie, Munro’s Killer, Yellow Stoat. With the rise in water other flies to try include the Monkey, Frances, Franc N Snaelda, and various long tailed flies like the Flamethrower, Cascade, Ally’s and Park Shrimp.

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

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Fishing Report 14 July

There were 45 fish and 31 sea trout reported by FishDee beats last week. It was a difficult week as we again worked very hard for our fish. The week kicked off with 7 on Monday, and Tuesday’s 17 gave some cause for optimism, but it never materialised. We had 10 on Wednesday, 5 on Thursday and just 1 on Friday. Saturday finished with 5. It was hard going for the rods. Low water and blazing sunshine may have contributed, as might the rising water temperature, but sea liced fish tend not to adhere to salmon fishing orthodoxy and if a few more of them were about we would have caught them. The rods continued to work hard, fishing antisocial hours in an effort to maximise their chances.

Down at Middle Drum, Shane Christie reported their first grilse of the year. Ian Fairley landed the 4lb fish in the Kelpie Pool on a size 10 Silver Stoat. Upstream at Park there were 9 landed for the week including a 7lb fish from the Durris Stream for Jim Reid and grilse for the John Mackie and Jim Mair. Jim Pinder’s party managed a couple and the Lawson party had 3 and 3 sea trout for their week.

The prolific Neil Stephenson added a couple more to his scorecard at Invery.

Over at Cairnton, ghillie Brian Brogan reported 3 fish on Saturday with another lost. There were two 9lb salmon to Brian himself and a smaller one of about 6lb. Of these 2 were liced and one was very fresh with the lice just off. The fish took small Park Shrimps and an old Dee favourite, the Yellow Stoat.

Grant Gibson’s party struggled with low water at Birse and managed 5 salmon and 3 sea trout for their week- all on 12-14 Silver Stoats.

Phillip Wood reported a few fish from Waterside and Ferrar. A coloured grilse for Tony Teale (apologies if surname is misspelled Tony) on Wednesday and a very fresh 12lb hen for John Forsyth. Ghillie Davie Goodfellow pitched in with a fresher looking grilse later in the week. The fish were taken on ‘shrimpy cascadey’ types of flies.

On a personal note the highlight of my working week was meeting the great Tommy Saville up at Crathie. Tommy is the man that created the wonderful Crathie fly; a pattern, which for decades has featured prominently in the late spring and summer catches on the Dee. Tommy and his lovely wife Pat shared 3 three fish and a sea trout for their week, taken of course, on a Crathie and Munro’s Killer. Tommy will be 90 in September and I look forward to congratulating him in person when he returns to the Dee later in the year.

And that as the Americans say, ‘is all she wrote.’

PROSPECTS

We had a small rise this morning (14 July), which is something. It doesn’t look like we will get much rain. There is some forecast later in the week, which may give us another lift. We really need a dump of rain to freshen things up. A biblical flood would be ideal, but I think we would settle for whatever comes. Its July, so in the absence of rain there will be prolonged bright spells, but the forecasts show some cloud. Air temperatures will range from 18 degrees up to 22. The wind looks like it will be from the South and South East. 

With the river low, the usual floating line tactics remain the first line of attack, but if that is not working get the fly down a bit. The standard hairwings will all work- Executioner, Silver Stoat, Crathie, Munro’s Killer, Yellow Stoat. Other flies to try include the Monkey- always worth a cast on the Dee, Frances, Franc N Snaelda, and various long tailed flies like the Flamethrower, Cascade, Ally’s and Park Shrimp.
Get out early!

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

Introduction to Salmon Fishing 2 August 2014

 

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We are delighted to announce an Introduction to Salmon Fishing event to be held on the River on 2nd August from 9am-2pm (times have been changed). The proprietors at Invery and Tilquhillie have kindly given us exclusive use of both beats for the day.

Invery http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Dee/Invery/?dom=Pal

Tilquhillie http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Dee/Tilquhillie/?dom=Pal

The day will be led by instructor Gary Scott, supported by Fishery Board staff and ghillies. Gary is recognised as one of the finest fly casters in the world today with experience around the world in all aspects of game angling.

http://www.fly-fishing.uk.com/index.html

 

All equipment will be provided.

• Welcome & Introduction

• Beginners Introduction to salmon fishing which will include sessions on equipment, flies, water craft, group and individual casting tuition.

• Fishing on the Invery & Tilquhillie beats

There is no charge for attending this event. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

For full details and to book a place contact

Ross Macdonald
ross@riverdee.org
mob 07979878971

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