Fishing Report 15 June 2015


The late Bill Currie

There were 53 fish reported to the FishDee system last week. It was good to see Ardoe and Murtle get a couple and I was delighted to see Park pick up five for the week, including a fresh grilse for local rod John Fraser on an Executioner. Let’s hope this is the start better fortunes for this wonderful beat. Elsewhere on the lower river, Middle Drum picked up one and Banchory managed three. Another slow week on the river. Shane Christie picked up Drum’s fish, which was covered in long tailed lice, on a hitch tube late in the evening.

I think we might have fared a little bit better but for the hot, bright conditions towards the end of the week. A change in overhead conditions on Saturday produced the best catch of the week with 13 in the book. I realise most normal people will be hoping to enjoy some sunshine after a cold spring, but a wet and cloudy June and July would be heaven to me, with occasional outbreaks of summer on Sundays.

Cairnton and Middle Blackhall landed five for the week. A first Dee fish, around 7lb, for Tay ghillie Callum King got the ball rolling. The 7lb fish came from Upper Ferroch on a Cascade. Two more were landed on Tuesday, 12lb from the Grey Mare and a fresh 8lber from the Cottage, with a sea trout also landed, all on size 10 Executioner. Phillip Wood kept his hand in with one from the Cottage, also on the Executioner. The first grilse of the season was also landed. Over at Upper Blackhall Raymond Sinclair picked up a fish on the Sunray from Upper Ferroch.


Roger Bradley with a 12lbr from Lower Crathes

Up at Dinnet/Deecastle the rods shared four salmon and seventeen sea trout. Geoff Stainton had two. One from the glide and one from the Haugh on a small Crathie. Robin Campbell had one from Pol Bar and Brian Flannigan had one from Trochie, which came to the fly four times before taking.

Ian Murray of Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld tells me Dr Abrien’s party had five for the week and five sea trout. French visitors at Glen Muick managed 3 for their week. All taken small hairwings down to size 12.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of William B Currie. Bill was a long time Dee angler and was one of the finest angling writers. He captured and eloquently conveyed, the romance of game fishing and the simple joy of our sport. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. A memorial service will be held in July and I will post the details when I receive them.

I received a note from Tristan Sillars of Aboyne Fishings.

‘Bill Currie, a founding member of The Aboyne Water Fishings Club, has died aged 84.

Bill grew up in Ayr and spent national service in the RAF. He then attended Glasgow University and progressed to an English Language PhD. Bill launched a highly successful English Language school in Edinburgh, which he sold on retirement in the middle 90s.

As many of you know, Bill was not just an outstanding fisherman but also a very talented angling author. He had a huge passion for the Dee and his May week at Aboyne was always one of the highlights of his year. Some of his experiences of this week feature in one of his books, The River Within. He will be greatly missed.’

The forecast indicates cloud and light rain at times. In the world of fishing where our perspective on what constitutes good weather is the exact opposite of everyone else, the prospect of cloud and rain is an exciting one. We could do with some proper rain now as we are getting on the low side. All things considered, provided we get some cover, conditions ought to be favourable. That said, fishing outwith office hours is always a good idea at this time of year. If your ghillie is amenable to it, some early and later forays should be considered in lieu of any brighter afternoons.

The floating line and wee fly will be the main tactic and is such an enjoyable way to fish. The usual Crathie and Silver Stoats will be the go to patterns for salmon and sea trout. The wonderful Executioner, which picked up a few fish last week is also one to have in the box. Also try something fished a bit faster, perhaps a Sunray or a long tailed shrimp fly. As ever, listen to your ghillie!

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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