Fishing Report 22 June 2015

There were 39 fish and 113 sea trout reported to FishDee last week. Salmon catches remain poor and anglers and ghillies are working hard for every fish. The sea trout have been in excellent condition and a number of rods and ghillies have commented on the size of the fish caught. The average seems to be up and there are certainly some crackers about such as the 6lber landed at Ardoe and Murtle. Park landed another couple of salmon and I know there were another 3 fish lost there on Saturday. The Lower Crathes rods worked hard all week, with Adrian Bristow landing a 10lbr from the Bridge Pool on a small Silver Stoat on Friday.


Adrian Bristow with a 10lbr from Lower Crathes

Dee regular and guide at Ian Neale, dropped me a line,

‘I was fishing on Commonty with American clients for 2 days last week and they enjoyed some success. Larry Ainslie from Washington State was learning the art of Spey Casting for the first time and caught a lovely fresh sea trout of around 2lbs from the Garden pool on a size 12 Silver Stoat. On Thursday the John Beard party from North Carolina also had some good sport, with John Beard senior catching his first ever Atlantic salmon of around 7lbs from the Bend pool on a size 12 Dee Sheep. Great to see visitors coming from the USA to Deeside and going away happy after enjoying some good sport in this beautiful part of the World.’

Ian Wilson of Borders Gun Room was back at Dess last week and I managed to catch up with him on Friday.

“We managed to pick up a few Sea Trout on Saturday evening. Catching 7 from 10pm to 12 midnight. Mostly on small flies and changed to a ¾”Alu tube from 11.30 to 12. We saw more fish showing on Saturday and Sea trout were running that evening.

We finished the week on 3 Salmon and 11 Sea Trout. Very hard going but satisfying to have kept at it and get a few fish on Saturday.


A fish from Dess, courtesy of Iain WIlson

The cooler weather and the small lift of river levels on Thursday seemed to switch the fish off. But warmer weather on Friday and Saturday certainly made a difference with fish showing in all the pools.”

Dinnet and Deecastle had four fish and 12 sea trout for the week. First time fly fisher Philip Stringer got off to a wonderful on Monday. Following some basic instruction he hooked and landed his first ever salmon 20 minutes later.

David Harrisson had one from Ministers on Tuesday- a bar of silver according to ghillie Al Peake.

Four sea trout were landed in the evening and Phillip Stinger added a grilse and a sea trout to his scorecard on Wednesday. Andrew Robson had a nice fish of 8lb from Red Brae on Wednesday evening.

Headinch and Cambus O May ghillie, Fergus Cumming, let me know of two first fish. Lara Francis landed a fresh looking fish of 8lbs from Gordon’s Clarach. Her fiancé, Sylvain Ranc landed a 15lbr, from the same pool. Both fish took a small Stoat’s Tail.

Crathie finished on 6 for the week including three for Charlotte Stone. Charlotte had two from McLaren’s; one at 9lb and the other a spit fresh 16lbr. Her third of the week was a 12lbr from Monument. Bill Gracie got off to a flyer on Friday, picking up two fish on the Sunray before 9am from Keiloch. Archie Hay got the last one of the week a 9lbr from N ellie on a Crathie.

On the other bank at Balmoral, Dee Fishery Board Chairman, Richard Gledson landed a 7lbr from McLaren’s on a Silver Stoat on Wednesday.


There is a nip in the air again. The air temperature is forecast at between 11 and 16 degrees, but it certainly feels colder up here at Dinnet. The wind will be mostly from the east, which will maintain that chill. River levels remain low and while that suggests the floating line and small fly, I would also be tempted to get the fly down a touch until it feels warmer. There is rain forecast and I hope it is enough to freshen things up a bit as we are getting on the low side.
While numbers are low we are seeing fresh fish as high up as Crathie, so there are one or two creeping in.

Silver Stoats and Crathie’s and similar wee hairwings will be in order, perhaps versions with a small conehead will also be worth a try. If this chill in the air persists you won’t go far wrong with a Frances.  As ever, listen to your ghillie.
Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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