Daily Archives: August 27, 2015
A group of local youngsters had a day to remember on the Dee, courtesy of Park Fishing. Proprietor William Foster invited the juniors and their parents/guardians to enjoy a day of casting instruction and fishing on the famous Park beat and served up a delicious lunch for everyone to enjoy. Mr Foster said, “I know how important it is to encourage youngsters to get into fishing and Park is delighted to have played a part in making that happen.”
Head ghillie Keith Cromar made everyone really welcome and got the group organised to set off to different parts of the beat for a cast. Top casting instructor Gary Scott, AAPGAI, donated a day of his time to the youngsters and soon had them roll casting and making double spey casts in the Cellar Pool. Down river, in the Durris Stream, Sean Rennie from Aberdeen was overjoyed when he hooked and landed a 4lb liced grilse. It set the others off and there was a buzz of excitement among the youngsters as they tried to emulate Sean’s catch.
Dess proprietor Jeremy Clayton has outdone himself with his recent refurbishment of Mill of Dess Lodge, near Aboyne. I popped down to have a look and to see for myself and I could not help but be very impressed with the Lodge, which is finished to the highest standards. The Lodge has 10 double/twin bedrooms and fully serviced and catered. It is ideal for fishing and shooting parties: there are kennels to the rear of the building and there is a boot room with secure gun storage and for storing and drying wet gear. It really has been developed with the sportsman in mind.
Robert and Edie Woodward look after the Lodge and guests. Robert cooks all the food from scratch using locally sourced produce so guests can expect the very best of what Aberdeenshire has to offer. There is a beautiful dining room, ideal for large parties and a beautifully appointed study to relax with a drink after dinner. The ensuite bedrooms are as comfortable as one would expect from accommodation of this standard. I like that each room is named after a pool at Dess.
Mill of Dess Lodge is a welcome addition to the accommodation on offer on Deeside. I expect it to be in very high demand.
For further information on Mill of Dess Lodge, contact Jeremy Clayton
Mob: 07957 822623
We held a ladies’ day at Invery/Tilquhillie on 21 August. Craig Mcdonald, who ghillies at Cambus O May, led the instruction, taking the ladies through building blocks of a cast. Craig completed his Scottish Game Angling Instructors’ Certificate (SGAIC) in April and was impressive throughout the day. After a while they were soon into the swing of it and spent a very enjoyable time on the river. Craig was assisted by ghillie Karl Revel, who was his usual enthusiastic, welcoming self. The ladies were really spoiled as Gary Scott, AAPGAI and Graeme Simpson, AAPGAI also dropped by to lend a handwith the casting. Tara Speirs and Shona Mutch, who own Tilquihillie, put on a wonderful lunch for everyone and Clair Kerr of Orvis, who provided all the kit, dropped by with ‘goody bags’ and gave a short talk about the products services on offer from the store in Banchory. It was another great day out on the Dee!
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