Fishing Report 23 February
There were 14 fish reported to the Fishdee website last week, which was very disappointing. It was a week with fluctuating river levels, which knocked Thursday out, but by the end of the week the river had evened out giving us ideal water conditions, so no complaints on that score.
Lucky rods this week included my fellow highlander, Keith Webster, who picked up a nice wee fish on a Willie Gunn of his own tying at Lower Crathes and West Durris.
Invery picked up 3 for the week. Tom Bonniewell, fishing with the Mill party had a 7lb fish from the glide. Stephen Slattery, from Limerick, fishing with rod and line designer, James Chalmers of Gaelforce, picked up a 9lber in Killing Hatch. Marcus Beale took a 7lb fish from the Kirk Pot on a Green Highlander conehead.
James Ore picked up Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie’s only fish, a 7lber from Parkies on a Tiger tube
Cairnton managed one for the week. Mike Clark landed a 12lb fish in Lower Ferroch on a Black and Yellow tube.
Gavin Ramsay, a fine fly tyer, had a 10lber at Commonty on one of his own creations dressed on a size 6 double. Jean Marshall had 10lber from the Long Haugh at Carlogie and a Norwegian visitor had another from the Village.
Aboyne Water got off the mark with Maurice Jackson landing two springers, 11lb and 15lb, on a Black and Yellow from Lummels and the Stone Pool.
River levels are good and we have had big tides over the weekend. If there are fish to come in fishing conditions will be good. We have had snow on the high ground, so there may be further snow melt this week. Water temperatures remain cold around 3 degrees. Air temperatures will be up to 9 or 10 degrees degrees and the wind will be from the west and south west. Over head conditions will be a mix of cloud and sunny intervals.
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!
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