Fishing Report 21 July 2014



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.


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 I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.
Tight lines for the coming week
Ross Macdonald


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