Fishing Report 16 February 2015
Paul Grewcock with a 20lber from Lower Crathes
There were 15 fish reported to Fishdee for the week ending 14 February. Conditions weren’t great, and those fish already in the system were difficult to tempt with a fly. Nonetheless, if there had been fish moving into the river in any numbers we would have seen more activity, particularly on the lower beats, which might have picked up the odd fish moving slowly through the low, cold water. Of course there are always one or two bright spots. Upper Blackhall has picked up 6 fish so far and four of those were taken last week. Proprietor Simon Mitchell, reports:
“It was Nigel Madden and his friends from the Yorkshire Flyfishers club this week and they got the week off to a great start with three fish on Monday, first to score was Geoff Littler with a 13lber in Sandys next was Bob Milne with an 11lber in the Morel and a 6lb fish in Scobboch. Nigel got an 11lber in the Big Girnal on Friday, Mickey was the only one not to catch a fresh fish but he kept us entertained with his jokes and stories, a great fun week with laughs from start to finish.”
Tilquhillie picked up a couple including a 13lb fish from Pantoch on Friday for 83 year David Dearman, on a Monkey, and one of 8lb, also from Pantoch for Alan Addison on Saturday.
Up at Carlogie Tom and Jean Marshall had one apiece, Jean had a 10lb fish from Long Haugh while Tom had a real belter of 17lb in Rossach- a short deep fish.
Richard Davenport marked his first visit to the river with a 12lb fish from the Otter Trap at Commonty.
Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie’s fish was an 8lb from Sandy Haven to a Norwegian angler, Vermund, (unfortunately I don’t have a note of his surname).
The river is up, and while the online river levels haven’t been updated, Karl Revel tells me they are at 3′ 5″ at Invery this morning. Not only that but they have had a 8lb fish from the Greenbank. Lets hope it’s the start of some proper action!
With good rise in water we should have better sport this week. Air temperatures will be milder- up to 11 degrees and the wind will be from the south west. Over head condition will be a mix of cloud and sunny intervals. All in all, conditions look favourable.
The Monkey and good old Black and Yellow remain the go to flies at the moment, fished deep and slow. Line choice, but the usual mix of slow sinkers, intermediates and multi-tips will be to the fore. As ever, listen to your ghillie!