Fishing Report 28 September 2015
There were 84 fish reported to the FishDee website last week. It was a slow week on the river and despite a reasonable rise in water levels on Tuesday, which I thought would have pepped things up, we never got into gear and the catch was a disappointment. It has been a frustrating couple of weeks and we have struggled for water throughout the month. There are fish in the pools, but they have been stoically refusing the fly for long periods. Even the ghillies, who know a thing or two about tempting resident fish, were left scratching their heads. Numbers aside there was a feeling among them was that a good spate or a frost is absolutely necessary to get the fish back on the take.
There are a few liced fish creeping into the lower beats, just not in numbers. Ardoe and Murtle, which is always a good back end beat, finished on fourteen. Park, which is a good barometer for the river below Banchory, finished with just seven. David Jacob’s party worked hard all week for their four fish, including a last gasp 15lbr for Phillip Pinnie from the Durris on Saturday afternoon. Altries had a few nice liced fish among the six landed including one of 8lb on Friday and a cracker of 15lb on Saturday. Tilbouries had a coloured 18lbr and the other was landed by Flemming Binnerup when the water was up on Tuesday. The figures speak for themselves and despite the conditions we should see more action on the lower beats.
Cairnton also had a quiet week. Ghillie Brian Brogan told me they had a plenty fish showing in the pools at the beginning of the week, but which disappeared following the rise in water on Tuesday. This was a frustrating turn of events for John Marshall’s party, which is an experienced team, as there was a reasonable expectation of sport on the back of the rise. For the remainder of the week there were just a few fish showing. Nonetheless the party were happy to land three fish including an 11lbr for Mr Marshall on Saturday morning from the Grey Mare on a size 13 Silver Stoat. Across the water, Arve Opdahl had Upper Blackhall’s only fish from Middle Ferroch.
Harvey Norman had an 8lbr from Symmonds at Aboyne Castle and a 10lbr from Croft on the Craigendinnie bank. Charles Brownlow had a 12lbr from Tanar Mouth.
Well done to the Waterside rods who showed you have to stick at it. They had five on Saturday.
We are getting close to the end of the season; the upper beats above Aboyne will close on Wednesday, as will a few below. It would be nice to see some action over the next couple of days to finish what has been a difficult year.
Finally, some encouraging news. The Scottish Government have announced they intend to prohibit fishing outwith estuary limits for the next three years. For more information see
Water levels have dropped away and there is no rain forecast this coming week. A drop in overnight temperatures may be our saviour as we need either a spate and or colder water. The cold water will get the fish back on the take. There are fish in the pools and a few fresh ones trickling through, so a couple of frosts may be just the ticket.
The floater and tips remains the best line of attack. A mix of flies worked last week, with small Silver Stoats and big Black Frances cones among the effective patterns. If the fish do become aggressive it is a matter of finding the right size of fly to stimulate a response. As ever, listen to your ghillie!
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