Fishing Report 20 July 2015


Mr Fielding’s 18lbr from Lower Crathes

There were 49 fish reported to FishDee last week. We would have had a few more than that were it not for the water conditions we had from midweek. Below the Feugh, the river was creeping up on Wednesday evening and was to shoot up on Friday as the Feugh went into full spate, which brought things to a halt. The upper river, too, rose several feet very quickly on Friday. You can see pics and video of the high water on the FishDee Facebook page.

The week started promisingly, with excellent water levels. Monday produced 9 fish, the majority of which came from Banchory downstream. The lower river should be getting into full swing now and it was encouraging to see Park and Lower Crathes produce 3 apiece on Monday with one coming from Altries Tuesday’s 11 was welcome, although I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed given the angling conditions.

Ardoe and Murtle picked up three over the course of the week and as the water settles we should see a few more from this part of the river. Upstream at Banchory the rods picked up 8 for the week including three on Saturday.

At Lower Crathes and West Durris Mr and Mrs Fielding and son in law Chris Pengilley enjoyed some sport with some very good salmon. Mrs Fielding had one at 12lbs, Mr Fielding 11lbs and 18lbs, Chris 4lbs, 10lbs and his best ever fish 16lbs.

River levels are more settled this morning and if we get a falling clearing water we should be in business this week. We have longed for another wet summer and it is here, so lets hope we get a spike in the catch.

Fish were seen throughout the river last week, and some of them have been running hard for the upper beats. As I write on Monday morning, Craig McDonald has just landed a 4lb grilse at Cambus O May – it had long tailed lice on it. That fish must have been motoring! Mr Thorburn’s party fishing Cambus last week had three very fresh fish- two grilse and a salmon.

Crathie have also gotten Monday off to a good start with a 7lbr this morning. There were five from the beat last week, including a number of fresh fish among them. Local rod John Fyfe, had 4 of them and former Dee Board chairman Ian Scott had the other.

Will Peake reported two for his rods at Aboyne Castle last week. They had hold of another seven, all of which came off including four on Saturday. There was plenty activity in the beat with fish moving and snatching at the fly.


Another cracker for Mr Fielding


The river is in good order. Water levels are excellent and if they remain settled, sport should be good; there is more rain forecast throughout the week, so let’s hope it stays in check. Air temperatures will be up to 18 degrees. All in all who could ask for better conditions in July?

The floating line and depending on levels combined with a range of tips will be the best approach to the river this week. As for flies, the Silver Stoat and Crathie will still do well, but with higher coloured water its also time for the long tailed flies- Park Shrimps, Ally’s, Flamethrowers and Cascades to take centre stage. The Franc N Snaelda will also be a good fly to try in high water, as will the Frances and Sunray. As ever, listen to your ghillie.

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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Cris July 2015

Another belter from Lower Crathes. This one fell to Chris Pengilley .


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