Fishing Report 11 August 2014
There were 108 fish reported to FishDee last week, which is a significant improvement following a slow end to July. The river was carrying some colour in the first half of the week following a good rise in water, which kept the Dee at good height all week. This culminated with another big rise at the end of the week that dampened the catch on Saturday. I had hoped for a few more to go in the book given the water levels. I shouldn’t complain and in the context of the 2014 season its heartening that anglers have had sport up and down the river.
The present spate is still rising this morning and I am sure sport will continue to build as the river drops and clears.
Park had 30 for the week and will be looking to build on that following this current spate. The fish were a mix of coloured and fresh. Altries also picked up seven fish and will also be looking to add more off the back of the high water. Mads Pederson, ghillie at Cutler got their first of the year, a small grilse of about 3lbs. It’s good to see them underway. The lower river should come into its own as we enter the back end.
Over at Cairnton, ghillie Brian Brogan reported 5 fish for the week, including fresh fish of 15lb and 12lb, the latter carrying one or two lice.
Up at Cambus local rod John Fraser reported a 7lb fish from Tassachd on a small Munro. Angus Richardson landed his first ever salmon at Aboyne Castle on a Cascade from Symnonds. Not to be outdone, Angus’s father Brian pitched in with a couple of fish at 18lb and 8lb from Tanar Mouth on a black and silver shrimp fly.
Jim Coates, had a fish of about 14lb up at Glen Muick on Saturday, along with several sea trout- all taken on a small Monkeys fished deep.
We finally have a proper spate which is exactly what we need to give the river a good flush and more importantly to encourage fish to run. We have big tides all week, so if the fish are there, conditions are right for them to run. The down side is that angling effort will be restricted until the river drops and the high water pools come into play. Anglers should be extra careful on the river this week.
With higher water levels a mix of sink tips and sinking lines will be required in addition to the floating line. The fish will be close in so think about controlling the swing of the fly in the margins.
Flies to try might include Red Francis, Willie Gunn, Franc N Snaeldas, Ally’s, Cascades, Calvin’s Shrimps, Flamethrowers and Monkeys- perhaps with an orange hackle.
Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.
Tight lines for the coming week