Fishing Report 21 September 2015


Bryan Garden with a fresh grilse from Little Blackhall

There were 112 fish reported to FishDee last week. Following a good rise in river levels on Sunday the week started well with 37 on Monday and 28 on Tuesday, which was a really encouraging start for us. The water dropped away quickly and we stuttered after that and the final tally was disappointing. Several of the ghillies bemoaned the fact that they now have some fish in the pools, including fresh grilse, which are just not having any of it. Knowing our guys as I do, they would have tried every trick in the book. I was speaking to Sean Stanton who summed it up well. We either need a good rise or for the temperature to plummet.

On the lower river, Dee regulars Richard and James Stacy shared three fish at Culter. A little further upstream, Altries finished on eight with six of them going to the Granger party. Iain Ogden picked one up on and another was landed by Kevin Fleming. All but one was covered in lice. There are a few residents in the pools, just not in big numbers, which may explain the reluctance of the fresh fish to linger in that part of the river. They remain hell bent on getting upstream. But Kevin tells me they have had a licer already today, so let’s hope there are a few more to play with as the week goes on.

Jack Williams, from Wales, landed his first Scottish fish at Middle Drum. The beat finished on 5 with Barry Edge and Brian Molyneux also on the scorecard. The fish were all grilse in the 5/6lb class.

Brain Garden and his son Jack shared three fish at Little Blackhall, including Jack’s first salmon. Very well done Jack that is great news. John Masson also picked up couple.

Cairnton and Middle Blackhall’s week reflected the wider picture. Faye Buchan’s party had three fish over Monday and Tuesday. Faye landed a lovely fresh fish on Monday of about 6lb in the Grey Mare on a Cascade and George West landed a nice fish of about 11lb also from the Grey Mare on his own pattern, the Green Flee. Faye’s 13lbr from Upper Salt Vats on Tuesday was the pick of the bunch. Ghillie Brian Brogan reports fish showing in the pools, but not very keen. Some fresh water could make all the difference.

Across the river at Upper Blackhall, Col. Gerry Leech, who has been a regular rod for 25 years, had the fishing for the week. Col. Leech, now 86 years old, had two fish at 4lb and 8lb. Dr Peter Paterson-Brown caught the third and final fish of the week, a small fresh grilse from the Corner Pool.

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Stuart Murray plays a grilse at Aboyne Castle

Anstruther Angling Association were fishing at Aboyne Castle last week. Club President David Dick had one as did Stuart Murray- they lost a few others.

Craig McDonald’s rods at Cambus also got off to a good start and as you will recall from last week’s report, they had had one first thing on Monday morning. This was followed by two others and one on Tuesday. Things got tricky after that and despite several fish showing in the pools, they were off the take. That is until Robert Gardiner landed an 18lbr from a small section of pocket water. He had seen a fish move in an area, which is rarely fished and was rewarded with a powerful cock fish. Ally’s in tubes were doing the damage.


The river has fallen back to summer levels and we are looking for a top up to reinvigorate things. We are due some rain on Tuesday and again on Thursday. Whether this manifest as patchy showers or proper rain remains to be seen. Overhead conditions will be favourable, with a westerly breeze and air temperatures up to about 15 degrees.

Tactics will be shaped by conditions. With low clear water the floater and a small hairwing or Black Shrimp might work well. The usual long tail flies will all be worth fishing in the smaller sizes. Similarly,a small Frances or Franc N Snaelda on doubles will also be well worth trying. Where there is good depth a deeper fished, larger fly might provoke the residents into making a mistake. As ever, listen to your ghillie!

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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