Guideline – Nyheter inför 2013!
2012-10-31  21:30

Det är alltid spännande med nyheter – en del är ju bra, och annat inte för mig. Jag har provat mig igenom Guidelines nyhetsgodis inför 2013 och hittat några favoriter. Visst, en ny Midweight Stretch Top blir det, men den fräckaste nyheten är ju de nya Alta-vadarna – ny, schysst design och sömlösa. Den tekniken har ju tagit bort läckageproblem nästan helt – skönt! Det blir troligen bara ett nytt spö – ett Reaction 12,9 i klass 8/9. Här har man ”kopierat” min gamla trotjänare Salar 12,6 och det är bara att konstatera att även detta spö är en knallsuccé! I linprogrammet kommer den nya F/S2/S4 säkert att bli lika hårt fiskad som F/I/S2, som ju varit min bästa lina de senaste två åren. Kanske dyker det upp mer fräcka grejer framöver, det är bara att hålla ögonen öppna!

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FishDee season review – part 2
2012-10-31  21:06

We entered the summer period for FishDee with hopes that salmon would run the river in bigger numbers than we had during the preceding months of the season; we were not to be disappointed as the runs of salmon improved through the summer months and salmon catches picked up, much to the delight of Ghillies and anglers. It was noted that the Grilse run appeared to come earlier this year and in decent numbers from June into July. It is perhaps fitting that the Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend in June culminated with a spectacular event at Balmoral with the reported capture of a 50 inch long salmon. Mr. Nick James was fishing the pretty 6 mile beat as part of the Woodward Party. Mr. James, an experienced angler, hooked and landed this leviathan after 45 minute struggle and in accordance with the River Dee conservation code returned the fish to the river with the minimum of fuss after measuring the fish at 50 inches from the nose to the point of the tail. This would mean a deduction of a couple of inches would be required at least to enable a rough calculation of the weight of this fish. There were no witnesses to on hand to see the capture of this huge fish however I am in no doubt Mr. James had a real battle landing this great leviathan of a fish following our discussions.

I received correspondence from Edward Humphrey from Dinnet Estate who commented ’Just to report that Charles Hill’s party fished Dinnet and Dee Castle the week before last and had their best catch for 26 years with 31 salmon and 6 sea trout and they even afforded themselves some time off to play golf! There was no lack of effort for the rest of the week but on Saturday evening the party were still two short of the 2010 total. Charles kindly asked me to fish on Saturday night and I caught a small grilse whilst he landed a 10lb fish in Logie but the prize went to Andrew Markland who caught the 27lb cracker in the Glide to round off an excellent week. Sadly no photos are available of the big fish but it rounded off an excellent week for the Hill part with the majority of the fish being shared equally between Charles, Andrew Markland and his brother Robert.’ I spoke with Birse Ghillie Doug Murray this morning to ask about the 30lb salmon reported from his beat on Saturday. Doug commented ’Gordon Smith, a keeper at Seafield Estates from Elgin was the angler who landed the 30lb salmon they reported on Saturday. The fish was caught at the Trees Pool and was measured.’ Birse is a big fish beat’ and I am sure Mr. Smith was delighted with his fine capture. There were regular spates during the month encouraging fish to get on the move and the June catch was well over the 5 year average.

We entered July full of optimism as rod bookings were reasonable and the summer weather was proving to be dull, grey, wet and cool, ideal really for salmon fishermen, but not for sea trout sport. July saw fortunes change dramatically for the better for anglers on Deeside. Jeremy Clayton, the Dess proprietor landed a fine 22 lb salmon and was delighted that his four recent salmon from the beat all exceeded 15lbs. It was heartening to see numbers landed at Park picking up really well as new fish came forward and started to populate the beat in good numbers. I had some correspondence about sport at Park. Philip Black wrote with images advising ’Hi Ken, good to see you yesterday, hope all went well with the filming. I’m just sending a few pictures of fish I caught on Park on Wednesday. I had a great day with Jim Reid and Keith the Ghillie. I ended up getting 6, from 4lb to 13lb, all liced. I’m not back up till end of august. All the best Phil.’ I also had news from the aforementioned Jim Reid, who also had good sport at Park. Jim commented ’Hi Ken, fishing was really good, despite quite high and peaty water. I got three on Monday, two grilse and a 12lber, then two 12lber’s and two 14lber’s on Tuesday. My pal Philip Black got 6 on Tuesday; another two fishers got three each. Most of mine were sea-liced, cracking Dee fish. I was very well looked after by Keith as usual.’ Jim Reid ( a relative of mine) is an excellent angler who is passionate about his sport. As a footnote, I was really delighted to hear that Jim landed a fish estimated to be between 37-42 lbs at Bemersyde on Tweed which was verified and photographed last Wednesday 24th October; the biggest for the beat in 25 years.

The week of the 16th July saw 311 salmon reported with Robert Harper at Lower Crathes advising ’The Fielding party had an excellent week with 25 salmon and grilse to 20lbs. They had an excellent first half of the week with 19 for the first 3 days before the river rose significantly and sport quietened down. Anthea Fielding had an excellent 20lb salmon on Saturday to round of an excellent week.’ Lower Crathes went on to record a total of 90 salmon and grilse in July, their best month of the season. I also chatted with Brian Sim at the lovely Crathes beat who commented ’We had a good week with 23 nice salmon and grilse to 16lbs. Mr. Vincente Gonzalez had a fantastic weeks fishing with 14 fish for the week on small size 14 Cascades fished on a variety of sink tips off a floating line to suit water heights. We have had 3 already this morning which is a super start to the week. ‘Crathes also had their best month of the season in July with 65 salmon and grilse. The following week, Jim Paton at Upper Drum and Lower Durris reported, ‘The beat had 36 salmon and grilse for the week, with some real crackers being landed. Dave Wakefield had a fabulous 24lber and Peter Brown had salmon of 22lbs and 20 lbs. The grilse are in excellent condition this year; nice plump specimens. Results were really first class during the first half of the week with the Lower Durris shrimp fly scoring heavily. The fly was designed by George West and has an olive green coloured hackle and tail with silver body; a really great fly.’ July saw 1156 salmon and grilse reported which was significantly above the 5 year average of 652.

We entered August with hopes that the super runs of salmon in July would continue and we were not to be too disappointed with the final outcome which saw 1042 salmon and grilse reported against a 5 year average of 1132. There were a number of big spates that occurred that will have reduced catches a little but there were thoughts that the big summer/ autumn run was diminishing as went through the month of August into September. Bill Palmer, the beat Ghillie from Borrowston wrote advising ‘Dear Ken, This is the photo of Mr. Chris Coltart. This is the first salmon that he has caught and it weighed 28 lbs. He caught it on an executioner (one of my interpretations) at Mid Hole. He also had another take in the same pool and the fish looked about the same size, unfortunately this one got away.’ River Dee Ghillies were receiving great praise from visiting anglers with Tom Lumley advising ‘Keith Cromar was just fantastic - his enthusiasm and professionalism was just amazing, he is an example to all other Ghillies - he went beyond the call of duty to get me a fish, he noticed I wasn’t enjoying one particular beat, and moved me around to get me a fish, which I did.’ Jonathon Woodcock wrote advising ‘We had a fantastic week guided by the beat Ghillie George Murray who was a real star and between four of us we caught 6 Salmon between 6 and 9 pounds.’

The Feugh tributary was starting to fish well with Alex and Kathleen Brown who manage Heughhead writing to advise ‘Good Morning Ken, just a quick word about a new customer we had fishing on Saturday. Graham Bruce, from Fife, booked through FishPal on Friday afternoon and travelled up on Saturday with his friend John, and after a late start as the river was still quite high after Friday morning’s rain, they managed to catch (and release) a total of 7 salmon between them, ranging from 2 small grilse to a 10lb fish which is the biggest we have had off the beat this season. That took the beat’s total for the week up to 15 salmon and 5 sea trout, obviously helped by large spates on Tuesday and Thursday and that smaller one on Friday/Saturday. This was by far our best week since we started managing the beat.’ The beat was to enjoy some other great sport on the back of falling spates in the following weeks. I received an e-mail from Mr John Walne about a trip to Birse. Mr. Walne commented ‘Thought I would just let you know how very much I enjoyed 3 days on Birse. It`s many years since I last fished the Dee but 25years ago I caught my best ever salmon (25lb Springer) on the Bruach Pool at Dinnet, so for old times’ sake I decided to treat myself to a trip down memory lane. I hadn`t fished Birse before and arrived (12th July) as it was starting to fine off after heavy rain on the 10th. First morning - a very nice 12lb fish from Irrigation Pool; Doug Murray netted it for me, he`s a great character. Second morning a 7lb fish from Trees Pool and third morning a nice sea trout from Red Rock and in the afternoon lost a cracking fish on Belwade Pool. The river was improving steadily and the total bag that week was 26 salmon and about 12 sea trout. Doug Murray was most helpful and friendly, especially on the first day as I was the only rod to score, and he keeps the hut so well stocked and immaculate. By coincidence I booked B&B at Dinnet House so there was much reminiscing about times past - Marcus and Sabrina Humphrey rooted out their old 1987 record book to confirm the date of my prize catch and Marcus even took me down and invited me to wet a line on Bruach Pool - what wonderful hospitality. Having reconnected with your lovely river I hope to return next season - trouble is I`m getting a bit long in the tooth and at 77, three full days solid fishing is becoming more of a challenge so must find someone to share a rod. I`m only a lad compared to Doug at 83!

Keith Cromar reported from Park. ‘There was a good 42 inch long salmon, estimated at 28lbs landed on Park South by Mr. John Kane from Ayrshire. This fish was hooked in Bulwarks and landed down beside the Sheeoch burn some 40 minutes later. Mr. Kane had 10 fish during his 3 day visit from a 2lb Grilse to this cracking 28lb cock salmon. All the fish were taken on a size 13 orange Flamethrower pattern; this popular design was created by Duncan Egan and is a highly successful fly.’ Mads Pedersen provided a report from Culter where there were 23 fresh salmon reported. He advised that Stephen Farquhar enjoyed a red letter day on Friday with 6 salmon landed and 3 lost to his own rod. They only had 2 rods fishing each day that week so the catch of 23 was a good return for the amount of rod effort. Fiona Martin wrote from Glen Tanar advising ’Georg Reutter whose fishing party have been on the beat for the week commented. ’We were staying at Birkelunn this week for some walked up grouse shooting, stalking and of course fishing the lovely Headinch and Cambus O’May beat. With a good amount of rain at the beginning of the week, the river was fishing well for most of the week. We had several first time fishermen and women in our group and it was great that two of them (William Shirley from Norfolk and Benedikt Traun from Austria) were able to land their first ever salmon. By Friday we had caught 4 fish in total with the biggest coming in at 13lb.We caught all our fish on the Ally’s shrimp fly which proved to be very effective for both the larger resident salmon we caught but also a couple of clean grilse that had made the long run up to the upper Dee in quick time. With the week not over yet we are optimistic that we might yet have some good fishing today and Saturday.’

Alec Coutts dropped me a note about sport at Aboyne Castle advising ’Kenneth Carruthers party had a good week on Aboyne Castle with 16 salmon and grilse plus a sea trout. Kenneth caught 6 and the sea trout. Guest Alex Robertson caught his first salmon and finished with 3 for his day on Monday. Also a first fish for Colin Shand with grilse of 3 and 5 lbs, a converted trout fisherman! David Robinson had 3 and John Grandison one. Cascades, Park Shrimps and Sunray Shadows were doing the business for the party. We had our 100th fish for the season on Friday.’ Lower Crathes Head Ghillie Robert Harper advised ’We had a really good last week for the 3 rods fishing with 22 salmon and grilse landed by anglers. Lewis Gray had 10 to his own rod with brother Jim having a couple, James Watt had 3 of 10, 7 and 22lbs. River Dee Board Chairman Ian Scott a fish and visitor Jim Reid had 2 fish.’

An image of a lovely salmon at Logie, Dinnet beat. I never tire of looking at this image

Jim Reid’s big Tweed fish mentioned in the report above

Greig Thomson of Salmo Fishings with a nice fresh salmon

Mads Pedersen with a fine summer fish at Culter

FishDee season review – part 1
2012-10-22  17:34

FishDee beats have reported 6707 salmon and grilse and 1088 sea trout for the 2012 fishing season. In terms of the salmon and grilse catch, the 2012 season total shows a 23.8% decrease on 2011 and a 2.8 % increase on the 5 year average for FishDee beats. Catches reported per month through the season were as follows Feb 313, Mar 233, Apr 494, May 762, Jun 820, Jul 1155, Aug 1041, Sep 1192 and October 697. The spring period Feb to May, showed a 38.4 % decrease on 2011, summer period, Jun to Aug a 1% increase on 2011, and the autumn period, Sept and Oct, a 20% reduction on 2011. To provide some context it has to be said the 2012 salmon rod catch was in fact the third best in the last 20 years, with 2010, the best return in 20 years and 2011 the second best return in 20 years. The sea trout catch in 2012 was reported as 1088 against last year’s 1501 and a 5 year average of 1591 however there is a trend for widely fluctuating annual catches for sea trout historically. It should be pointed out there are a number of beats that do not report catches on the FishDee website and the full rod catch for the River Dee in 2012 will be quite a bit higher than shown on the FishDee website and reported above. Rod bookings made on the FishDee website have been really strong in 2012 with a healthy increase in bookings over the excellent performance in 2011. Traffic to the website is now over 2.5 million hits annually with the website providing an exceptional one stop resource for finding angling opportunities on Deeside for local, national and international anglers. It also provides a wide range of contact details for many businesses in Deeside that support angling tourism.

The salmon fishing season opened on Wednesday the 1st of February with the well supported opening ceremony taking place at Ballogie, and the Potarch Hotel provided hot snacks and refreshments to the 250 or so assembled guests and media. Both BBC and ITV news teams attended the event and broadcast news from the ceremony. The river was opened this year by television actor and comedian Mr. Paul Whitehouse. Paul advised the audience that he is a regular visitor to Deeside and caught his first ever salmon at Commonty and his first ever salmon on the fly at Carlogie. River Dee Board and Trust chairman Ian Scott announced to the assembled audience that agreement had been received in principle from the Scottish Government for a permanent extension to the fishing season. This would see the river close for fishing on the 15th October for beats downstream from Aboyne Bridge, with beats above Aboyne Bridge closing on the 30th September as per the River Dee conservation code 2012.

The first day of the fishing season saw the river at a low level with water temperature around 1 degree Celsius. There were 30 salmon reported on opening day from FishDee beats with catches from Middle Drum to Dinnet; Invery beat had a red letter day with 8 salmon. The heaviest fish on opening day presented a little dilemma as there were two fish caught that measured 36 inches and only one prize up for grabs. Ballogie Estates head Ghillie Sean Stanton very kindly donated two lovely boxes of flies to Ken Reid to make presentations. River Dee chairman Ian Scott presented visiting angler Charles Jeffrey with his award at the Tor Na Coille hotel and Ken Reid presented the other box of flies to Malcolm Thorne at Lower Blackhall.

Fishing conditions were at time difficult in February with a number of days fishing lost to grue. Anglers made the best of the conditions when they were suitable and some reasonable catches were made of both multi sea winter fish and some small salmon. Successful anglers included Richard Thomas, Graeme Arthur, Iain Wood, Dave Gordon, Tina Cummings, Austin Todd, Jeff and Roni Viner, Dr Patrick Taylor, Mark Paterson, Tom and Jean Marshall, Tony and Phillip Black and many more anglers. As the month drew to a close anglers were hopeful that sport would pick up during march however there were concerns of very little snow in the mountains to provide a reservoir and this was to impact significantly for anglers in March due to an unseasonable hot spell of weather which caused the snow to melt and river levels to fall away to low summer levels.

March turned out to be a difficult month due to sustained very low and unseasonably warm water temperatures. That said there were some lovely big fish landed with Jamie Hammond enjoying some fantastic sport at Lower Crathes where he landed salmon of 22 and 24lbs on a Friday evening and Saturday morning, which were part of a 5 fish catch he made in 3 days. Fish were running hard through the lower beats to the upper river and Ghillies were using summer tactics and fishing summer lies trying to find fish. Invery continued to provide good sport. Successful anglers included Craig Corbett from Portlethan (25lbs), Willie Roy, Aberlour 20lbs and 11lbs, and Callum Highett with his first Springer of 15lbs. There was a salmon landed at Cairnton on a size 14 executioner; not a fly you would expect to see salmon taking in March. Now it is a matter on record, Aboyne now holds the record of being the warmest place in Scotland in March at 23.6 degrees Celsius. The clocks moved forward to BST towards the end of the month and within days the weather had changed substantially and there was 1 foot of snow on Mount Keen. The humour of the salmon changed and they came back on the take again; much to the relief of Ghillies and anglers.

April heralded the resumption of more seasonal weather with regular snow flurries, frosts and increasing river levels. The stress put on salmon by the fluctuating weather conditions should not be underestimated. In March salmon were lying in the neck of the pools in good numbers seeking oxygen and jockeying continually for position. Days later into April temperatures had plummeted hugely and the impact on the salmon’s physiology seemed to cause stress which was noted in reports of isolated fresh fish seen with fungus. Thankfully this problem seemed to disappear over a period of weeks as salmon became more spread out and less stressed, but it was a concern for all. Lars Terkildsen brought a crack team of anglers over from Sweden, as did Mattias Helde and they had some super catches on the beats they fished with some big specimens landed and some bigger ones lost. Mawill Lüdenbach reported the loss of a huge fish he fought into the darkness at Ballogie. He had the fish close in and estimated that it was perhaps 1.1 meters long and suggested comfortably over 30lbs. There were a good number of fish landed during April in excess of 20lbs. River levels seemed to fluctuate all too regularly which must have put fish off the take at times. Catches rose to just short of 500 but all things being equal it had been another difficult month with catches significantly less than the previous year when conditions were excellent. We headed into the month of May hoping to see a big surge in running fish and catches. There were to be no shortage of anglers eager to catch a prized Dee Springer and there were to be some whoppers.

May saw temperatures continue to be on the cold side until the last 10 days when they finally rose significantly. There had been days when the air temperature struggled to get above 5 degrees Celsius but towards the end of the month temperatures rose to over 22 degrees as skies became clear and high pressure built. There were some big fish landed with John Richmond taking the honours with a 30lb salmon at Invery. Ole Wistler had a beautiful 28lber at Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie, a beat that was bucking the trend and fishing very well. Peter Pleydell-Bouverie had a nice 25 lb salmon at Lower Crathes; Arni Baldursson took the 100th salmon for the beat for the season. Davie Gibbon, Ghillie at Middle Blackhall reported the capture of a fabulous 25lb salmon for Mr. Pinney; likewise Colin Simpson reported a 25lb salmon for Ian Rose at Lower Blackhall. The months reported capture of 762 salmon was a big improvement over the previous month’s totals and this trend was to continue as we entered the summer period on the Dee in June with her Majesty the Queens Jubilee celebrations coinciding with the reported capture of a massive salmon for Nick James, Chairman of the Wye and Usk foundation, at Balmoral of 48 inches in length.

Richard Thomas with a Dee Springer in Early February from Crathes Beat

Opening days catch at Invery

Jamie Hammond with a 24 lb Springer at Lower Crathes

Mawill Lüdenbach with an 18lb Springer at Carlogie

River Dee Chairman Ian Scott presents Charles Jeffrey with a box of flies

Tina Cummings with her prize for first salmon on opening day for a lady angler. The prize of a Guideline salmon fly rod was presented by Lawrie Hickman, who was to catch a 26lb Springer at Dess some w

Ny film -Månadens fluga: Black Doctor Flash
2012-10-22  12:01

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Mission Investigate
2012-10-19  19:44

Last week saw the final week’s salmon fishing on the River Dee for salmon anglers and heralded a large influx of Scandinavian visitors to Deeside to fish and enjoy a week’s holiday in the valley. Not only were there anglers coming to fish, but a film crew also arrived to produce a 55 minute television programme for SVT, the national Television station in Sweden. The producer of the programme Mission Investigate, the Swedish equivalent to the BBC’s Panorama, Mr Sven Bergman arrived with Jan Eliasson to film part of the programme on Deeside. During their stay in Deeside they filmed and interviewed Scandinavian fishermen who were fishing a number of middle Dee fishing beats along with River Dee Ghillies. They also interviewed River Director Mark Bilsby and Fisheries Development Officer Ken Reid. They also filmed in George Strachan’s Store in Aboyne and other Deeside landmarks.

Ken took the opportunity to interview producer Sven Bergman about the purpose of the programme and why they came to Royal Deeside to film. Sven advised that the programme would be an investigation into the Swedish Governments politics towards Baltic Salmon. They would explain the impact high seas netting, long line fishing, coastal netting, trap netting and anglers have on salmon stocks and the terminal decline wild salmon stocks are in. They are trying to research, understand and explain to viewers why everything isn’t working in Sweden and how endangered wild salmon stocks are.

Historically Baltic Salmon stocks in big rivers have been a very important resource; however stocks have collapsed with salmon extinct in many rivers and on other rivers, now on the brink of extinction. To give an example, rivers in Sweden the size of the River Dee are having a run of between 30 and 100 salmon annually, whereas on Deeside the run may be around as much as 50,000 Atlantic salmon. They want to scrutinise the politics that have led to this current situation in Sweden.

When asked why they chose to come and film on Royal Deeside Sven commented ‘You had serious problems, similar to Sweden where your stocks were collapsing in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. You made some incredibly bold and brave decisions to tackle the problem of declining stocks, which were not without controversy. You tackled the problems head on and removed the coastal nets, you introduced a policy of catch and release and have done an incredible amount of work improving riparian habitat for wild salmon stocks ensuring you produce as many juvenile fish as possible.’

Sven then went on to comment about how this impacts on the local economy ’ you have worked collectively in your valley, engaging all the stakeholders and supporting business infrastructure to restore and invigorate a local economy that sustains over 500 jobs. The Dee model shows how angling tourism works successfully and could work in our country. You have best practises here producing results which are the benchmark for our rivers to aspire to. You have long term challenges ahead of you and it is heartening to see your ambitious work programmes over the next 5 years which will continue to help your wild fish stocks grow and sustain your local economy during difficult economic times.’

Sven visited Ballogie beats, Birse, Kincardine, Commonty and chatted at length with the beat Ghillies as well as capturing super imagery of anglers catching and returning salmon for the programme. I visited the group at roll call outside the Potarch Hotel where anglers gathered to receive guidance from Ghillies Sean Stanton and Ian Fraser along with fishing agent/party leader Lars Terkildsen. Lars had been pivotal in the production of the Dee section of the programme by explaining the attraction of the River Dee to the production team some time ago and worked with them organising this with the help of the fishing beats/estates. Lars was thrilled to hear that the crew would come over with his group of 18 anglers who caught 195 salmon during their weeks stay. Sven remarked about how exciting it was to be on the river bank seeing so many salmon leaping and splashing about.

The programme will be produced and broadcast sometime in November in Sweden and will be available on the internet. Anglers from Scandinavian countries come to Royal Deeside annually in ever growing numbers and contribute very significantly to our economy, especially during the shoulder periods of spring and autumn when there are limited numbers of other tourists coming to Deeside. Angling Tourism in Deeside is estimated to contribute around £12 million to the local economy.

River Dee Rapport – 15 oktober
2012-10-19  15:34

Recent Catches

The final week of the 2012 fishing season saw the best catches reported for the entire season with the fishing season finale, today’s final act. FishDee beats have reported 414 salmon for the week with some really dramatic catches being made on some beats. Birse reported 76 salmon, Ballogie 59, Park 45 with Lower Crathes and Carlogie both reporting 32. The heaviest fish reported was landed by Thomas Torpe at 33lbs, which was measured at 43 inches, part of a catch of 11 he made for his day at Birse, on a size 14 fly. Heughhead beat on the Feugh had a catch of 14 in one day following the big spate that occurred during the latter half of the week. There were quite a number of significant individual catches made and large salmon caught and released during the week, which for the first part of the week saw excellent conditions tailor made for anglers to do well. The latter half of the week saw a big spate descend through the valley from all the tributaries which slowed catches significantly on Friday and Saturday.

Lars Terkildsen had a crack team of 18 experienced salmon anglers fishing Birse, Ballogie, Carlogie, Kincardine and Commonty beats during the week where their final tally for the week was 195 salmon, heaviest fish was Thomas 33 pounder from Birse. I had dinner with a dozen of the anglers on Saturday at Ballogie House where I was able to discuss what they were doing, why their catches were so great and how the beats differed. I can advise that the anglers rotated beats every day so they had a minimum of 1 day on each beat. They fished from 8.00 am until dark every day and fished very hard and methodically. They stressed they would not be using one tactic but employed different methods from fishing fast sink tips with Red Frances tubes to full floaters and size 14 flies, and virtually every combination in between. This ensured that anglers would find taking fish using differing methods. It’s interesting to see how anglers could take a huge amount on one beat and a more modest amount on another beat using exactly the same methods. I guess one can speculate that there were more taking fish on some beats than others. Top angler was Mawill Lüdenbach with 24 salmon and the lowest return from Tor was 4 salmon for his week (6-12-14 and 18lbs). They showed me images of some fresh salmon and some large coloured cock fish.

I have some e-mails and feedback I would like to share with readers of the weekly report. Ian Neale, who operates the Speycaster.net guide business was back at Park for a few days and advised ‘I had a party of 5 rods fishing on Park South from Monday-Wednesday and they caught 27 fish between them with a best fish of 23lbs, which was reasonably fresh. I went over to join them on Wednesday and they had all had a great time and had hooked and lost as many more, I believe, although North Bank wasn’t fairing quite as well!’ Ian had asked me to visit the delightful Eliane Schleiffer during her week on the river and I visited her at Dess on Thursday. It was quite a thrill to see a gorgeous red Alvis sports car on the river bank. Eliane has a super blog about her fishing adventures in her Alvis TA21 1954, 6 cylinder car at http://www.salmonalvis.com/about/.

I was pleased to receive feedback about the catch of 14 in a day at Heughhead on the Feugh with Alex and Kath Brown e-mailing to advise ‘I had a call on Wednesday from someone you may know (Jules Evans) who was looking to fish the beat at the end of the week. I advised him that the level was very low (3" above normal summer level, despite this Kevin Stirton had a 6lb salmon that day!) but with the rain forecast Saturday might be quite good. He took two rods but with all the rain on Friday I sent him a text that evening advising him he would be wasting his time as the river would, in all likelihood be too high. Despite that he took a trip up to the beat at 7.30 and decided conditions were fine, got his tickets at the Orvis shop and commenced fishing at 9.30am. When I arrived at the lodge at 2.30pm I was surprised his car was still there. I was in for an even bigger surprise when Jules announced that he had already caught 3 salmon and a 3lb sea trout! Not only that, his friend Paris had caught another 2 salmon and another customer, Douglas Cameron, had caught 4 salmon to 8lb! Jules added that he had also lost a salmon of approx 17lb and Paris had his rod broken by another double figure fish! This was by far the best day we have had since we took over managing the beat and all the more satisfying as Kath and I had considered not staying open for the extension after not getting many customers last year! What a memorable day to finish off the 2012 season on the Feugh.’ Well done to all concerned in providing a really nice fishing beat with great facilities for visiting anglers to enjoy. I am sure your customer base will go from strength to strength next year and more new anglers will come to fish this lovely spate river.

It was nice to read the praise offered by Chris Adams to Shane Christie, the experienced Middle Drum beat Ghillie, who commented ‘Shane’s help with landing my 25lber was exceptional. He could see the fish was a good one and went over waist deep (no waders-just trousers and wellies) and when the moment was right, in with the net. Thank you Shane; my biggest fish to date. Tight lines and good wishes.’ Chris also had a most enjoyable day at Crathes where he landed a 15lb salmon. The 2012 season finishes today and I shall write a season review in the next few weeks once all the catches and correspondence are in. To finish on a positive note though I am pleased to report that the current FishDee beat total for the entire season exceeds the 5 year average once again. Congratulations to all the anglers and beat Ghillies for achieving this remarkable milestone following two exceptional fishing seasons in 2010 and 2011. As always please write with any comments about your fishing experiences to ken@riverdee.org.

Andy Crawford with a sea liced salmon at Park

The size 14 Torpe Nymph fly Thomas used to catch 11 salmon for his day at Birse

Markus Lindsjo’s 13 lb silver salmon landed at Birse

The coloured 33lb cock fish landed at Birse by angler Thomas Torpe

Tiamin brist hos Mörrumslaxen!
2012-10-12  14:06

Brist på B1-vitamin hos lekande Mörrumslax

De senaste årens oregelbundna laxstam i Mörrumsån har under det senaste året lett till en utökad forskning av orsakerna bakom fluktuationen. Nu visar de senaste resultaten att den lekande laxen lider av brist på B1-vitamin (tiamin).

- För att sammanfatta kan man säga att tiaminkoncentrationen i laxäggen har visat att halterna i avkomman inte är så låga att de ska ge upphov till en direkt dödlighet, däremot uppvisar halterna nivåer som sannolikt ger upphov till permanenta och på sikt dödande skador hos avkomman, säger Lennart Balk vid institutionen för tillämpad miljövetenskap, Stockholms universitet.

Personal vid Mörrums kronolaxfiske har tillsammans med forskare vid Institutionen för tillämpad miljövetenskap vid Stockholms universitet genomfört provtagningar på lax under senhösten 2011 och våren samt försommaren 2012. Målsättningen har varit att undersöka om laxen uppvisar brist på vitamin B1, eller tiamin som det också kallas. Detta har utförts mot bakgrunden att laxstammen i Mörrumsån har uppvisat en vikande och oregelbunden stam under de senaste 10 åren.

- Forskningen på laxen är nödvändig för att fortsätta att utveckla Mörrum till ett av Nordens bästa fiskevatten. Forskningen pågår parallellt med andra åtgärder för att göra Mörrum till en ännu starkare destination för svenska och utländska sportfiskare, säger Conny Elg, förordnad platschef för Mörrum kronolaxfiske.

Den observerade oregelbundenhet som observerats under senare tid i Mörrumsån ligger i linje med den kunskap som finns idag om hur tiaminbristen påverkar laxen i våra älvar. Under fortplantningssäsongen 2011-2012 har såväl fullvuxna hon-laxar såsom han-laxar samt deras avkomma, det vill säga befruktade laxägg och laxlarver provtagits.

Fakta om forskningen och resultat:

Biokemiska analyser av dels tiaminberoende enzymer och dels kemiska analyser av tiamin och dess olika fosforylerade former har genomförts för att undersöka den eventuella tiaminbristen. Analyserna har genomförts i de nybefruktade laxäggen och i de kläckta laxlarverna förutom i målorgan, såsom lever och hjärna, för tiaminbrist i de vuxna laxarna.

Tiaminbristen har kunnat observeras både med hjälp av de analytiskt kemiskt erhållna resultaten i äggen och via de biokemiska enzymatiska analyserna hos laxlarverna. Även hos föräldrafiskarna, hon- och han-laxarna, har en allvarlig tiaminbrist kunnat konstateras dels via de låga halterna av tiamin och dels via de kraftigt påverkade tiaminberoende enzymsystemen.

Detta har kunnat konstateras i målorganen hos föräldrafiskarna. Dessa resultat är nu under vidare sammanställning för att sedemera kunna presenteras med sedvanligt vetenskapligt förfarande, en process som dock tar anselig tid i anspråk.

Tiaminbrist hos laxen i Mörrumsån under den senaste säsongen är således påvisad. Tidigare studier har visat att Mörrumsån, såväl som andra Svenska laxälvar, från och till, och i olika omfattning, är drabbade av tiaminbrist. De bakomliggande orsakerna till denna tiaminbrist är ej kända.

Tidigare framförda hypoteser som orsak till denna miljöstörning har ej kunnat ledas till bevis, tvärtom dessa hypoteser har visat sig att inte vara korrekta genom senare års forskning. Däremot har senare års forskning påvisat att även andra djurklasser såsom fåglar också är drabbade av denna brist på vitaminet tiamin.

Fakta Tiamin:

Tiamin är essentiellt för fiskar och andra ryggradsdjur. I den levande cellen fungerar dess fosforylerade form som kofaktor för flera livsnödvändiga enzymer, vilka alltså inte kan fungera om kofaktorn fattas. Tiamin är också nödvändigt för nervernas funktion. I något äldre litteratur benämns ofta denna kemiska bristsjukdom hos lax "M74", baserat på att en dödlighet i avkomman vid kompensationsodlingar i våra kraftverksutbyggda älvar började upptäckas 1974, och att det antogs bero på en Miljöfaktor.

Det var först 1995 som en kanadensisk forskare föreslog att denna typ av överdödlighet hos laxfiskar berodde på specifik brist på vitaminet tiamin i nordamerikanska vatten, ett faktum som också visade sig gälla många laxförande älvar i Östersjöområdet, inklusive Mörrumsån. Även om denna miljöstörning i början enbart observerades som en fortplantningsstörning, genom att ägg och fisklarver dog, har vidare studier under sent 90-tal och tidigt 00-tal visat att även fullvuxna han- och honfiskar är drabbade.

Vidare har upptäckts och karaktäriserats, att en icke direkt dödande brist hos avkomman leder till att flera skador uppkommer hos djuren i samband med tiaminbristen, såsom cellskador, organskador och försämrade sinnen. Dessa skador leder högst sannolikt till att avkomman uppvisar en lägre överlevnad i naturen, en överdödlighet uppstår således senare för laxens avkomma.


Lennart Balk, Institutionen för tillämpad miljövetenskap (ITM), Stockholms universitet, tfn. 08-6747721, mob. 073-6923468, e-post: lennart.balk@itm.su.se

Conny Elg, Sveaskog, Mörrums Kronolaxfiske, Box 26, 375 21 Mörrum, tfn. 063-551562, mob. 070-3194333, e-post: Conny.Elg@sveaskog.se

Hans Olsson, Sveaskog, Mörrums Kronolaxfiske, Box 26, 375 21 Mörrum, tfn. 0454-54413, mob. 070-3492237, e-post: hans.olsson@sveaskog.se

Stötta Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse!
2012-10-10  09:21

Nyheter från Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse (GUS)
Förra året initierade GUS två viktiga förprojekteringar i Emån gällande Frövikraftverk och Fliserydskvillen (4 km lång förgrening av Emån kallad Kvillen).
Förprojekteringen i Kvillen är nu färdig och består av diverse åtgärdsförslag samt projektering av en fiskväg vid Åbykvarn. Kvillen har stora potentiella lek och uppväxtområden för Emåns havsöring. Den skattning som görs i rapporten tyder på att enbart Kvillen skulle kunna producera upp till 6000 utvandrande havsöring- och laxsmolt. Detta är sannolikt mer än vad nedre
delen av Emån producerar i dagsläget!

Men inte nog med detta. Under den närmsta framtiden kommer GUS bl.a. att;
• driva på gentemot myndigheter och andra aktörer att färdigställa en fiskväg förbi Åbykvarn för att möjliggöra fiskvandring i Kvillen
• bevaka utveckling och agera kring kraftverken Frövi, Finsjö och Karlshammar
• driva på om nätfiskeförbud efter havsöring i Kalmarsund
• aktualisera frågan om genbank för havsöringen
• regelbundet medverka vid fiskegruppsmötena i Emåförbundets regi

Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse har sedan 1988 arbetat med fiskevården i Emån. Göran Ulfsparre, GUS ordförande, har uttryckt devisen ”vi ska fiska havsöring till nästa istid i Emån”, vilken är GUS drivkraft. Våra barn och barnbarn i
generationer framåt ska således ha minst samma möjligheter som idag att uppleva en frisk å med stabila bestånd av havsöring och lax.

Med finansiellt stöd kan vi fortsätta bedriva opinionsbildning gentemot myndigheter och jobba med nya projekteringar. Vidare med yngelflytt, elfisken mm. Klicka gärna in på hemsidan under ”conservation” eller ”reports” och följ vårt ideella arbete där allt redovisas öppet. Tveka därför inte utan gå med och stötta GUS som platina, guld, silver eller bronsstödjare. Mer info om detta finns på hemsidan.

GUSTAF ULFSPARRES FOUNDATION, Em, 38391 Mönsterås | Sweden Bankgiro (Handelsbanken) 642-9104

River Dee Rapport – 8 oktober
2012-10-08  16:46

Autumn chills are very noticeable in Deeside with water temperatures really starting to fall significantly. This hasn’t meant salmon angling has ground to a halt - far from it with some lucky anglers enjoying some moments of high drama with big River Dee salmon. In accordance with the River Dee Conservation Code fishing is now restricted for beats below Aboyne Bridge. FishDee beats have reported as I write 237 salmon to 35 lbs and 14 sea trout; undoubtedly higher catches would have been made if we didn’t have a dirty rise in river levels during the week. Park reported 44 salmon; Lower Crathes had 37 to 4 fishermen, Carlogie 29, Ballogie 20 and Crathes 18.
I met visiting angler Tono Puicercus who a very fine artist who specialises in fishing commissions. I had commissioned him to produce a painting for me and he travelled from Spain to bring the finished artwork to me-it’s a super painting. As a result of this planned meeting we agreed to do some fishing and were able to secure some rods at Lower Crathes. Tono manages the Lax-A fishing business in Spain for Arni Baldursson and is a keen salmon angler and regular visitor to the River Dee. The fishing was really excellent with Ghillies Robert Harper and Charles Booth doing a great job in looking after the visiting anglers from Spain and Norway. Reid Hagelin who was over from Norway hooked into a huge fish, first cast at the top of the Mill Pool and had a real battle with a big strong male fish which took him hundreds of yards downstream. Charles Booth waited patiently providing great advice for the angler and Charles eventually managed to get the great fish into the MacLean landing net after it got stuck in some Ranunculus weed in the pool tail. The angler and Ghillie were delighted to see the scale drop to over 35 lbs and agreed that they would settle at 35 lbs and swiftly took some images for the angler and beat and returned the fish safely back to the river. The angler would never have landed this great fish without the Ghillie who waded out to secure the capture of this great specimen. The visiting anglers had some great sport with Frances tubes fished deeply on fast sink tip lines. Head Ghillie Robert Harper was absolutely thrilled to write up the capture of this big fish into the catch log; his first entry of over 30lbs in 36 years of being a top Ghillie.
Meanwhile down at Park some visiting anglers were having some great sport with Tony and Phillip Black from Tayside landing 13 between them in one day. There were some new fish coming forward which were being landed as well as stirring up big resident fish. I was asked to fish Ross MacDonald’s rod on Saturday and fished with River Dee Trust director Jim Coates. We had 7 between us including a beautiful sea liced 19 lber to my own rod. I was disappointed to lose a big fish in the tail of the cellar which straightened my new Owner Double hook after a very explosive encounter. The beat produced 13 on Saturday with the majority landed on the north bank. It was pleasing to hear that silver fresh fish were coming through the beat from time to time and happy to take an anglers fly. Ross Davidson had a first fish at Bakebare with Andy Forbes providing constructive tuition enabling him to get the rich reward for his hard efforts.
I met visiting anglers who were fishing at Carlogie and Ballogie in the Potarch Hotel following the River Dee Board AGM on Thursday evening. It was nice again to meet Gareth Headland, Wayne Napier Gibbens, Andy Hutson and Thomas Bergen. They had a great week at Carlogie with Wayne having his best week with 7 salmon; Andy and Thomas were in double figures for their week. At Ballogie regular visiting anglers from Norway were having some good sport with Frede Hognestad losing a very big fish. He subsequently had a 1 lb silver grilse next cast! They had 10 fish in 3 days and fished Ballogie, Middle Blackhall and Culter. I hear Richard Torkar had a 24 lb salmon at Dess and Chema Moscardó had a 25 lber at Lower Crathes. Rob Bull had 4 to his own rod on Saturday at Ballogie including a 25lber.Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd

Beat Catches Reported
Week ending 10:25 on Mon 1st Oct 2012
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 7, Altries and Lower Drum 11, Middle Drum 6, Tilbouries 12, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 10, Park 44, Lower Crathes and W Durris 37, Knappach 2, Crathes 18, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 3, Woodend 2, Commonty 2, Sluie 2, Ballogie 20, Borrowston 6, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 29, Dess 6, Birse 8, Aboyne Water 4, Total 237
SEA TROUT: Culter 1, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 3, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 2, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 1, Dess 2, Total 14
The last full weeks salmon fishing on Deeside sees many anglers populating the river, hotels and bars celebrating the end to the 2012 salmon fishing season on the River Dee. There are anglers from all over the world coming to the valley and taking advantage of the good sport on offer in the middle and lower beats. Having just been advised by Ghillie Sean Stanton that the water temperature is down to 5 degrees Celsius we can expect anglers to have some excellent sport if they are in the right place at the right time who fish their fly slow and deep. Weather conditions look great for the next few days with light winds and air temperature maxima at 12 degrees Celsius. There will be overnight frosts until Thursday when some wet and windy weather is forecast. Tides are building from 3.2 metres to 4.2 metres encouraging new fish forward.
Anglers will need to heed the advice of their Ghillie regarding fly choice and presentation. Your Beat Ghillies know where the fish are and at what depth you will need to fish. If you don’t have a ghillie then you should employ a decent fast sink tip of 10-15 feet off a floating line to help you mend upstream or downstream to control the speed of your fly. Short stout leaders are required, indeed I was utilising a 24 inch leader of 25 lb breaking strain last week and had 6 salmon and a similar amount lost in 3 days. Fly choice should be focussed on tube flies with the Red Frances, Cascade or Park Shrimp, Franc n snaelda, Gold Willie Gunn likely to produce takes. The key is to get the fly down to the level where the fish are as they won’t rise far to take the fly. If you need to acquire some flies then visit Orvis in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil Post Office and George Strachan,s store in Aboyne.
There are some rods still available on the FishDee website so if you are itching to have a final cast before the season ends then go to the website and book some fishing. The salmon fishing season closes on Monday 15th October until Friday the 1st February 2013 when the season re-opens to anglers. Until then we will all want to wish all the River Dee salmon a safe and productive time on the redds. Please write with any reports of catches and pictures to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd

Reid Hagelin returning the 35lb cock fish he landed at Lower Crathes

Tono Puicercus from Spain returning a 23lb salmon

Chema Moscardó from Spain returning a 25lb cock fish at Lower Crathes

Ken Reid landing a sea liced 19lb freshly run salmon at Park

Invald I Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse GUS styrelse!
2012-10-04  09:41

GUS nya styrelse
Söndagen den 31 september samlades styrelsen för Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse (GUS) för styrelsemöte. Detta främst utifrån att GUS stora eldsjäl Göran Ulfsparre, som kämpat ett helt liv för bevarandet av havsöringen i Emån, önskade nu träda tillbaka till vanlig styrelsepost. Vice Ordförande Bodil Liedberg Jönsson, som till vardags verkar för Oskarshamns kommun, valdes till GUS nya ordförande. Samtidigt passade stiftelsen på att stärka styrelsen med nya kompetenta krafter och dags datum består den enligt följande:

Bodil Liedberg Jönsson(Ordförande)
Göran Ulfsparre
Pelle Klippinge (Kassör)
Lars-peter Gustafsson
Andreas Elfström (Vice ordförande)
Lars Kreutner
Anders Eklöv
Mikael Frödin
Stefan Kläppe
Curt-Robert Lindkvist
Heinz-Werner Heller

Gustaf Ulfsparres Stiftelse (GUS) har sedan 1988 arbetat ideellt med fiskevården i Emån. Stiftelsen viktigaste uppgift är att verka för bevarandet av havsöringen i ån. Under årens lopp har stiftelsen förbättrat vandringsvägar och lekplatser, gjort yngelundersökningar och fiskevårdsplaner, löst ut nätfiske med mycket mera.

Den klassiska loggan skapad av Gustaf Ulfsparre själv.

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