Fishing Report 20 October 2014
Gordon Smith with the biggest fish form the Dee in 2014
The final three days of the season proved to be the most productive of 2014 with 161 fish reported to FishDee. The drop in temperature turned the fish on and catches went up accordingly. There were reports of some fresh fish among those landed- particularly small grilse, which were taken as far up as Ballogie.
There were one or two big fish reported. Dee regular Kevin Cordery got the ball rolling with a 28lb fish from Bakebeare at Park on Monday. And on Wednesday there were rumours coming from Birse that a very big fish had been landed there. It was confirmed later in the day having been witnessed, measured at 46 inches and logged at 37lbs by delighted ghillie, Doug Murray. I received pictures from the captor, Gordon Smith on Thursday and sure enough it was a massive fish and is a serious contender for the prestigious Malloch Trophy for the largest fly caught salmon in Scotland and will also win our own much prized Park Trophy for the biggest fish from the Dee. Gordon, a keeper at Seafield Estate, Strathspey, hooked the fish in the Tree Pool just after releasing his first of the day, a relative minnow at 10lb. The fish took a half inch Cascade conehead. This is the second fish over 30lb that Gordon has taken from the Tree Pool. Back in 2011 he landed one of 31.5 lb. Well done Gordon!
It was nice to have a buzz of excitement around the river to finish off the season. At the risk of understatement, it has been a difficult year. I must pay tribute to our excellent ghillies who have been there day in day out doing their utmost for their guests in trying circumstances. And, of course, a big thank you to all our anglers who contribute so much to the river and to our local economy. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Dee in 2015.
Finally, thank you to everyone that has supplied pictures and stories for the weekly report throughout the season. Once we lick our wounds it will soon be time to do it all again. Roll on February!