Fishing Report 5 October 2015

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There were 77 fish reported to FishDee last week. Its not a great total and while we are all well aware of the lack of fish coming in, the conditions last week were abject. Low water and an Indian Summer really put the squeeze on us. Many of the pools had shrunk back reducing the fishable water on several beats. As ever, the rods and ghillies worked hard for their rewards making each success all the sweeter. As we enter the last full week of the season, the prospect of rain and a rise in water levels is most welcome.

There were just a few fresh fish coming in last week. Low water should have resulted in word of fresh fish building in the bottom pools, but alas there was little evidence of them in the catch or on the grapevine, although there were one or two silver fish landed. The lower beats continued to toil with the conditions and lack of new fish coming in.

Dave MacDonald picked up a grilse at Middle Drum on the hitch and Martin Gardiner had one on the Red Frances.

There was a late flurry of activity at Park on Saturday with nine fish in the book. Jim Coates got three of Lower Crathes and West Durris five fish on Saturday including a nice fish of around 13lb fishing a Monkey and a Black Snaelda. Martin Robson had a fresh fish on a size 14 Tyne Toucan at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo.

At Cairnton, regular rod John Webb landed a 15lb cock fish in the Spout on an Ally’s on Monday. Bill Grant celebrated his 28th Birthday in style when landed his first ever fish, of about 5lb, in Cairnton on a Silver Stoat. Not to be outdone, Bill’s father landed a fish of about 8lb in the Grey Mare also on a small Stoat.

Over at Upper Blackhall, proprietor Simon Mitchell had the fishing for the week. Mrs Mitchell opened her account in dramatic fashion with her first ever fish which was an estimated 22lb on small Munro’s Killer from Upper Ferroch. Fantastic! Mr Mitchell landed a grilse on Thursday and, in good style, took two salmon and a sea trout at dusk on Saturday.

Craig Fleming landed one on a Red Frances at Commonty. It was nice to see Wayne Napier Gibbons, Gareth Headland, Paul Devlin and Iain Wood at Carlogie. Wayne, was having an interesting time wading the Boat Pool when I saw him, but he had the last laugh with three of fish, including a brace on Saturday on a Park Shrimp- one of them was a very fresh looking grilse. Gareth, Paul and Garry Evans were also on the scorecard.

Rolf Ytterdahl and son Thomas fished at Kincradine and Ballogie with Dee veteran and all round good guy Frede Hogenstad. Rolf and Thomas shared four for the week and got a tan!

Dess picked away with 9 fish for the week, while Aboyne Castle finished their season on Wednesday with two fish including a 14lbr for former ghillie Alex Coutts.

The upper beats closed on Wednesday and we have one full week on the middle and lower river to go. Fingers crossed the rain helps perk things up for the final 10 days.


Thankfully, it looks like we will have some much needed rain. In fact I was pleased to see there has been a weather warning issued, so batten down the hatches. We may lose a bit of fishing time, but it’s the price we pay for a decent rise and I am hopeful it will reinvigorate the catches.
Overnight temperatures will go down to 4 degree Celsius, but its not enough to really agitate the fish. One of the ghillies was telling me we need three nights of low temperatures to induce the necessary change in behaviour. High water will have to do.

Tactics will be determined by water levels and so the floater and tips and perhaps an intermediate will be worth a cast this week. A big Red Frances or a Franc N Snaelda will not go far wrong this week. The good old Ally’s will also prove itself again as will most long tail flies such as the Park Shrimp and Flamethrower. As ever, listen to your ghillie!

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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