Fishing Report 8 September 2014

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There were 145 fish reported to FishDee for the week up to 6 September. We had good conditions, on the whole, last week with the river settled and at a good fishing height. It was a frustrating week for many beats; a few I spoke to on the lower and middle and upper river mentioned that they had fish in the pools, but these were very reluctant to take. A cold snap would have been useful, bringing more of the residents on the take. That said one ghillie tells me there were silver fish in his pools, but these didn’t want to know either. That’s fishing I suppose! The fresh fish are usually more cooperative and there was some good sport where these were in evidence as far up as Aboyne Castle.

Sport was patchy on the lower beats, which would have had a reasonable expectation of a few more fresh fish at this time of year. That said there were reports of fish running the river; I was speaking to a couple of lower river ghillies and they had the impression that they were not stopping. A number of these did stop at Park, which finished with 38 for the week.

Dee regulars, and newlyweds, Steve and Jenny Wellard had a productive four days at Park and accounted for about a third of the fish from the beat. Jenny got in touch to share their exploits.

‘We had a great 4 days, with reasonable fishing conditions and managed a good lot of excellent fish, up to 19lbs, with many of our 14 landed sealiced. There was a steady run of fresh fish livening up some of the pools particularly on the Friday night as the water rose slightly. The lift of water on Saturday slowed the fishing down somewhat but we still managed a fish each on our last day, mine hooked on a sunray at 2015hrs in Coopers eventually landed on the bank as an older cock fish at 18lbs. Great way to end to visit.’


We will have good conditions on the Dee this week, the river is sitting pretty and anglers will enjoy the excellent fly water we have on the River. In a ideal world it would be colder to help bring more fish on the take to complement those running the river. As things stand we will have air temperatures up 19 degrees in places. There are big tides all week wit the full moon, so hopefully more fish will arrive on the coast, ready to run the river.

A floater and a tip will cover most eventualities this week, although an intermediate or hover coupled with a tip will also be very worthwhile. As ever, don’t be shy to ring the changes and vary the speed and depth of the fly.

Flies to try on hooks and tubes might include Red Francis, which did very well last week. The usual Willie Gunn, Franc N Snaeldas, Ally’s, Cascades, Calvin’s Shrimps, Flamethrowers and Monkeys, will be worth a try. A small black fly might do the trick as the water drops and clears-there were one or two fish taken on Stoat’s Tails last week on the middle and upper river.

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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