Fishing Report 14 September 2015

There were 70 fish reported to the FishDee website last week. While we haven’t been setting the world on fire this was the first week we have dropped below three figures since July. Water levels dropped away and on some beats the gauges were at or below summer level. That said I would have expected to see more activity on the lower beats. Ardoe managed 12, but I had hoped to see more from that part of the river. Park’s 10 for the week is a fair indication of how things went for us.

James Holman landed his first ever salmon at Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie. The 12lbr was also the first fish from Bohore since the croys were removed. The fish was taken on a size 12 black hairwing. James had previously spent time doing work experience on the beat in the spring, so delighted to hear of his success. James’ friend Harry also had a grilse from the same pool. Well done lads.


James Holman with his first salmon

Lower Crathes had seven for the week, including two on the Black Snaelda for Jim Coates. Geoff Fisher also added to his tally from the beat and Messrs Wiseman and Taylor had a brace each.

Martin Robson picked up Little Blackhall’s only fish, a beautiful 7lbr, on a s14 Cascade- he had a Blue Elever on the dropper! You can take the boy out of Grimersta…


A perfect September salmon from Little Blackhall & Inchamarlo

Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had three for the week. Ian Scott had a 4.5lb grilse in the Cottage and Bill Davidson had a fresh 6lbr, from the same pool. Bill had fun and games with fish chasing the Sunray, but none would stick. Reinhold Poschen landed the third of the week, a grilse from Grey Mare on a Flamethrower.

Aboyne Castle struggled with low water and had just two, both to David Dent. On the opposite bank, Craigendinnie fared better picking up five. Dinnet also had just two for the week, one to Stuart Harvey from 29 on a Sunray, the other to ghillie Al Peake from Trochie.

Craig McDonald, Cambus o May, tells me they struggled with low water throughout the week as the water dropped off the gauge. The rise over the weekend has certainly pepped things up on the beat and they have had a fish this morning, which is a fine start to proceedings.

Geor Reutter, who fished Cambus last week, emailed me about an enjoyable week fishing with Craig.

‘We enjoyed a wonderful weeks fishing Headinch & Cambus O’May beats. Craig MacDonald looked after us expertly and in particular gave the novice fly fishers in our group excellent casting tuition. So much so that our friend Tom Yeadon from Yorkshire was able to land his first fish (4lb) on Thursday morning from the Glashan pool. After Rosanna Carsons first fish last Saturday from the Long Pool it is Craigs second ‘first fish’ in a matter of days. The team at GlenTanar looked after us expertly all week with fun enjoyed by all on the river, hill and moor.’


A first fish for Tom Yeodan at Cambus O May

Robert Fuller also dropped me a line about his week as part of the Hawkins party, who fished rods on a number of beats and finished with 7 fish, which was slim pickings for their efforts.

Robert wrote, ‘The conditions were perfect with good weather, clean water and a number of fish running on and off all week as evidenced by a lot of splashing from the resident fish. However as we all know there is a lack of salmon in the River this year and lets hope that the former glory days return very soon.’

That is a sentiment we all share.


We had a rise in levels over the weekend, which is most welcome as the river is in good order this morning. Last week the water dropped away for the first time in weeks and it can be no coincidence that catches were affected. Of course if there were more fish in the system we would have caught more, nonetheless conditions play their part.

The forecast suggests a reasonably benign week weather wise, with rain coming in again on Thursday. Air temperatures will range from about 13 to 15 degrees Celsius and the wind will be largely from the north west.

Water temperatures are down to 50F and may get colder as the week progresses, which may get the cock fish going. The floating line and tips will the main set up, with hover type lines also worth a go to slow the fly. Flies will be the usual mix of long tail shrimps such as Ally’s, Flamethrowers and Calvin’s Shrimps. In clearer water try something black. While fresh fish will come to the standard tactics, residents may take more persuasion and a deeply fish Frances, Franc N Snaelda or Black Snaelda may reap a dividend. As ever, listen to your ghillie!

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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