Andra dagen var vädergudarna definitivt emot oss alla. Regnetr vräkte ner från tidiga morgonen- trots det fanns hundratalet anmälda till dagens kasttävlingar. Internationella regler i både enhands som tvåhandsklassen. Innifrån tältet där jag höll mitt föredrag såg jag med beundran på ryssarna som inte verkade bry sig det minsta om det bistra vädret - de är tuffa ryssarna men det visste jag ju redan! St petersburgs TVnyhetskanal intervjuade och så även deras rikstäckande jakt och fiske magasin - lite märkligt med tanke på att allt gick genom översättare men det gick det med!
Föredraget från Kharlovka/ Litza togs emot med stort intresse och speciellt var att Justin McCarthy älvarnas rutinerade campmanger fanns på plats för atts vara på frågor. Jag fick ta emot en fin handmålad Pahtakorva som tack för att jag kom och allt som allt var det ett mycket lyckat arrangemang.
...bevakade av hårda män i skottsäkra västar - märkligt!
fantastiskt intresse, konstigt språk men fräckt!
Ja så var då den första internationella flugfiske festivalen i St petersburg avklarad. Första dagen var ett virrvarr av aktiviteter, uppvisningtar av alla de slag, främst kanske av kastare från flera delar av ryssland. Här fanns Sibiriska instruktörer varvat med rutinerade rävar från Morskva. Själv band jag flugor på storskärm och svarade på frågaor från mängder av intresserade åhörare. Totalt kanske utomhus arrangemanget drog ca 500 besökare. Intresset i ryssland växer dock lavinartat och nästa år är det säkert än fler! Fräckt var ungdomstävlingen där pristagarna alla var under 10 år. vad säger ni om en 4 åring på 3e plats - Häftigt! Ryssland är på frammarsch!
River Dee Rapport – 24 september
I suggested last week that we may see a return of over 300 salmon and some big fish caught where I could report about some significant fish. This has transpired with this week being a big fish week. FishDee beats have reported as I write, 333 salmon to 30lbs and 26 sea trout. There were at times some outstanding catches and news filtered through of some great sport from last week too. I should mention that Andrew Callaghan landed a verified 35lb fresh salmon at Ardoe and Ian Murray’s rods at Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie had 12 salmon and a sea trout in one day. Birse reported 31 salmon, Carlogie and Aboyne Water both had 23 salmon for the week, Park 22, Dess 20 and Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 19. The water temperature has dropped significantly and salmon are becoming more aggressive which in turn has led to significantly increased catches from the river.
With the increase in outstanding daily catches for some beats and big fish being reported, I would like to share some of the news that’s coming through to me. Firstly Bill Palmer from Borrowston has advised that the beat has been fishing really well. Bill commented that salmon seemed to be only interested in taking a Red Frances fly with a gold hook and would not look at any other colour of hook! Bill landed a 30lb salmon, a fresh run 28lb salmon and his son Mark had a 24lb salmon. Hugh Lane landed a 28lb salmon at Birse assisted by Cleeve Cowie. This big coloured fish took a size 12 silver stoat’s tail fly at Red Brae. I spoke to Archie Hay the Ghillie at Crathie this morning to catch up on how things are going at one of the most popular and scenic beats on the River Dee. Archie advised that a visiting angler Mr James Williams hooked and landed a 25 lb coloured cock fish on a size 12 Munro Killer. They had a couple of inches rise in river levels which stirred the fish up a bit and the water temp had dropped to 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grant Gibson wrote advising about a rather painful personal best for himself at Craigendinnie commenting ’Ken, Please find above picture of fish caught from Craigendinnie on Tues 17th Sept. George Murray asked me to send it to you. The fish was 40 and a half inches long and estimated at 24lbs and a bit. The story behind why I am not actually standing in the water to release the fish is as follows. About an hour before the capture I was in the pool above and on getting out fell down one of the concrete walls hurting my knee and straining my groin severely. I had sat in my car in agony with tears rolling down my face for an hour when I decided I either went home or kept on fishing. I decided to find an ’easy’ pool to fish and shuffled to the edge of the water. I did not dare get into the river. On my third cast I caught the fish. I could not move, walk or bend over! I was just beginning to realise I had no chance of landing the fish when George turned up and done the job. As I stood there motionless he placed the fish in my hands, took the picture then released it. So in the picture I was standing there in excruciating pain while holding the biggest salmon I had ever caught. So I named the photo ’The Agony and Ecstasy’. To finish the day, one hour later I had another of16lbs.’ What a great effort and congratulations to Grant for his perseverance.
Joy Wadsworth wrote about a great days sport for her husband at Birse commenting ’Dear Mr Reid, My husband, David Wadsworth, has asked me to tell you of his most memorable day, ever, on the River Dee. Today, at Birse, he caught 7 salmon in 3 hours. Their weights were; 25lbs, 16lbs, 2X 15lbs,13lbs, 10lbs and 5lbs.He will try and forward images on Monday to you.’ Sounds like a fantastic days sport at Birse which is a big fish beat. I visited a lovely group of talented Swedish fishermen who were fishing part of the week at Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie and then part of the week at Culter. The visiting party came over with River Dee supporter Thomas Thore and enjoyed a super week of sport. They were looked after magnificently by Ian & David Murray at Lower Invercauld and then at Culter by Ghillie Mads Pedersen. I was fortunate to return a lovely sea liced bar of silver for Thomas at Culter where we got some lovely photographs. The other anglers did very well catching a good amount of fresh run sea liced fish. The gentlemen advised that they cannot wait to come back and fish the River Dee as the experience was truly outstanding for them. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to email@example.com with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences.
Wild, windy and wet weather is forecast to hit the valley over the next 48 hours which should see river levels rise from their current low levels of between 5 inches at Mar Lodge and 8 inches at Park. Air temperature maxima will be around 12 degrees Celsius but it will feel colder due to wind chill. Anglers will need to wrap up well and battle it out through the difficult conditions. The plus side to this for anglers are the opportunities to encounter salmon eager to take a well presented fly. The maritime influence sees tides building through the week from 3.7 metres to 4.4 metres which should bring new fish forward into the catchment. If the river doesn’t rise and colour up then we could see another week with catches exceeding 300 for FishDee beats.
River Dee Ghillies are best placed to offer advice on where and how to fish on your chosen beat. Whilst water levels may alter during the forthcoming week it will pay you to heed their counsel and follow their direction. If the Ghillie advises to fish deep, then make sure you get your fly well down. You may lose the odd fly as a result of fishing deep, but it is a small sacrifice to make in pursuit of sublime sport. Fly choice is as always a matter of suggestion, choice and experiment. You may wish to fish with a Dee Monkey, Black or Red Frances or Black Snaelda, Flamethrower, Park shrimp, Calvin’s shrimp or a Red Allies shrimp. If you need to top up your supplies during the week please drop into Countrywear in Ballater, Orvis in Banchory, George Strachan’s store in Aboyne or perhaps your Ghillie may be able to provide suitable flies. Be aware that there are big fish throughout the river, which are being landed , some of which may have been in the river a while and are well rested. You would be wise to fish with a strong leader in case you encounter a big fish. Perhaps we may see more really big fish captured this week where I will be able to continue to report about more exciting encounters. There are more visitors coming back to Deeside from Scandinavia as a result of a lot of their rivers being closed for the season. There are still a good amount of rods available to fish the well stocked beats of the River Dee, so please make every effort to come and fish now if you can, before the fishing season draws to a close and you put away your rods until next year.
Ian Murray and Stene enjoy an opportunity to play some tunes on the river bank.
Ken Reid returns a sea liced salmon at Culter landed by Thomas Thore.
St Petersburg Fly Fair!
Packad o klar - efter diverse visumtrassel förhör på ambassaden och gud vet allt så är det nu dags att dra österut!
Mässa i Ryssland spännande! Ryssland är världens överlägset snabbast växande flugfiskemarknad. Bara för 10 talet år sedan var flugfiskarna lätträknade - i dag är de hundra tusentals!
Jag ska prova att blogga så får vi se....några rader ska jag nog kunna få iväg!
Hemma hos "gammelgäddan" på Berras!
ja visst är han som en riktig gammelgädda Berra Mård - han lurar där i vassen reda att slå till mot redskapsbranchen när de minst anar! Berra är en kul kille och en av de där som verkligen har fisket i blodet - en som alltid får fisk vad han än fiskar - respect!
Den här dagen var det "jippo" i Stockholm. Kul som alltid med bra intresse i den flotta "ourtdoorbutiken" som nästan andas lite amerikanskt stuk.
Jag visade lite av nyheterna av FITS och SSS och även några av favoritspöna som broder Håkan Norling hade med.
Mest intresse var det nog kring de nya "självlysande slangarna" och "Glitz" dubben så klart!
Torsdag - svårt!
Jag har faktiskt inte gått bom under höstfisket på Em sedan jag startade 1982 - det har blivit hundratals fina fiskar men i år var det dags. Hela dussinet fiskande gick bom även denna dag och det svåraste året på Em på mycket länge är ett faktum. Visst plaskar det om kring lite fisk men det är huvudsak laxar som inte börjat sin höstaggressivitet än. Dagarna på Em var ju annars som vanligt undersköna på ett klassiskt svårslaget sätt!
...men nu är sviten spräckt vilket på sätt och viss är ganska skönt!
Barrett pool - en dröm att fiska!
Onsdag – fina förhållanden på Em
14 grader, 19 m/s och lite omväxlande molnighet. Några tomma kast och inte en öring på en hel vecka var väl inte bästa oddsen, men men... Dagen gav tre kontakter, en kort bakom garaget på morgonen. En 5-/6-kilos fisk tog en Barett Bimbo men lossnade snabbt. Bytte taktik och fiskade en micro Pahta på en snabbsjunktafs; bommade först en 7-kilos i Barett och sen efter 15 min drillning en stor, elak svart laxhane i Homepool. Mycket action trots allt. Kvällen var dock kall och resultatlös.
Packat och klar Emån here I come!
Yes - det han bli en handfull nya flugor...och med välfyllda boxar sedan tidigare känner jag mig rustad!
I morgonbiti..smyger man återigen den vältrampade stigen under de månghundraåriga ekarna - härligt!
..här finns världens största havsöringar!
River Dee Rapport – 17 september
Salmon catches picked up last week on Deeside with Thursday providing over 70 salmon as a result of much cooler and fresher weather conditions which saw the river temperature drop significantly and put salmon back in a taking mood. Whilst there were days where it was very bright with little cloud cover, the sport nevertheless picked up throughout the length of Deeside. FishDee beats have reported 265 salmon to 26lbs as I write with perhaps some late catches to be added. Park reported 34, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 20, Crathie 19, Lower Crathes and Ballogie 17 apiece, Birse 14, with Culter and Altries reporting a dozen for the week. This week’s catch was a good increase over the previous week.
I have received some correspondence which I would like to share with you. Firstly Miranda McHardy wrote about an exciting encounter her son Andrew had at Woodend commenting ‘Last night Andrew (our son) went down to Woodend to fish with my brother George Forbes-Leith. Andrew hooked a fish, in the dark, and played it for an hour, George said there was no way it was coming in and he did not want to beach it for fear of damaging or losing it, and they had no net at this point. It got darker, George got hold of me when he found a signal and we went down with the net. It was impossible to see anything, it was pitch black and whenever we shone a torch for George to see where the fish was to net it, the fish scarpered off up the pool again away from the light. Finally George took a chance and tried to scoop it into the net as we were getting nowhere. Torch ran out of battery! And we only had a mobile. The fish fell back out as it was bigger than the diameter of the net. He had another go and tried to lift it, the handle of the net bent and tipped the net, and the fish fell back over the side free. It was Andrew’s first ever fish at Woodend and he is devastated! It was the worst feeling in the world he said when the line went slack and he realised the fish had fallen back into the river before he even saw it. It’s hard to tell how big it was as neither of them really saw it, the diameter of the net is 32". George said it had a huge tail and that was about all he could see apart from the flashes of bright silver every now and again.’ Oh my! What a disappointment-to lose a big fish creates a wound that never seems to heal and these fish are always the ones that stay in your memory forever. Salmon angling can be the school of hard knocks and anglers have to accept these desperately sad moments when they come along.
River Dee Trust director and very talented salmon angler Jim Coates had his annual 3 day trip to Park South with his father Geoff and family friend David Golder, where they enjoyed some good sport. Jim advised ‘Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed a holiday on Deeside last week. I was visiting with my Dad Geoff and friend David Golder. I’m happy to report that we shared 18 fish between us for our 3 days fishing, mostly from Park South but with some from a beat just above Banchory as well. We were superbly entertained and looked after by Charlie Yates- who kept us full of cheer and fishing in all the right places! Let’s hope for some rainfall to top up the river and give visiting rods some more great sport over the last few weeks of this season.’ I enjoyed two pleasant evenings in their company and it was really pleasing to see how much enjoyment they got taking fish in what were at times very trying circumstances. Jim is a hugely determined and thoughtful angler who is always aware of changing conditions and adapts his techniques to suit these moments. Many times I have seen him take a number of fish when other anglers hardly get an offer.
I was pleased to receive an e-mail from Rob Fuller who writes to me annually about the Hawkins parties fishing week on a number of fishing beats. Rob advised ‘Dear Ken, the Hawkins Week Team have had another highly enjoyable week ending on Sat 15th. Thirteen of us fished on 5 beats notably Birse, Carlogie, Ballogie, Inchmarlo and Park South. Conditions were difficult with low water, high water temperatures, and strong winds on 2 days with bright sunshine yesterday. However we persevered and caught 26 salmon and grilse up to 13lbs and 4 sea trout for the week. Our biggest problem was trying to catch decent sized cocks. The River seems to be full of girls this year with very few male planks showing! This made it very difficult for us in finding suitable entries in our annual contest for the largest cock fish! The trophy was awarded to Richard Taylor for a 10lb fish which is rather less than what we were all hoping. Top rod was fortunately me, with 7 fish and 2 sea trout. We all rated Ballogie as the best beat which is verified by the fact that it is taken for a week by its own ghillie, notably the maestro himself Sean Stanton! With all good wishes for the rest of the season. Rob Fuller.’
As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences.
SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 7, Culter 12, Altries and Lower Drum 12, Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 6, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 17, Park 34, Lower Crathes and W Durris 15, Knappach 1, Invery 4, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 1, Woodend 1, Lower Woodend 2, Commonty 4, Sluie 10, Ballogie 17, Borrowston 14, Kincardine 9, Carlogie 5, Dess 5, Birse 14, Aboyne Water 6, Aboyne Castle 8, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 6, Dinnet 1, Deecastle 11, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 20, Crathie 19, Mar Lodge Estate 1, Total 265
SEA TROUT: Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 1, Dess 1, Birse 3, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Total 13
Weather conditions on Deeside will play their part this week determining if we have improved catches-I suspect that we may have a week with over 300 fish and keeping my fingers crossed that this will transpire. The weather forecast models I have been studying this morning suggest that air temperatures will continue to drop this week with an air temperature maxima today of perhaps 14 degrees Celsius. During the week this will fall and a result of falling air temperatures will see river temperatures drop back. This should hopefully put more fish into an aggressive mood resulting in good catches. I note one website suggesting wintry showers on the hills later in the week. There will be rain showers, some which may be heavy at times with blustery winds that will swing round to the north. It will feel autumnal so remember to wrap up well and fish appropriately to suit the conditions with intermediate lines and larger flies. The maritime influence sees tides peaking at 4.6 metres until Wednesday and then dropping back to 3.7 metres at the weekend. This may encourage a run of new fish into the lower beats where good sport may be had with fresh silver salmon.
As has been reported to me by visiting anglers, the Ghillies are best placed to offer advice on where and how to fish on your chosen beat. Whilst water levels are quite low it will pay you to heed their counsel and follow their direction. If the Ghillie advises to fish deep, then make sure you get your fly well down. You may lose the odd fly as a result of fishing deep, but it is a small sacrifice to make in pursuit of sublime sport. I know of one talented angler who did very well last week by fishing a plain black snaelda tube slow and deep. Fly choice is as always a matter of suggestion, choice and experiment. You may wish to fish with a Dee Monkey, Black Frances or Black Snaelda, Flamethrower, Park shrimp, Calvin’s shrimp or a Red Allies shrimp. If you need to top up your supplies during the week please drop into Countrywear in Ballater, Orvis in Banchory, George Strachan’s store in Aboyne or perhaps your Ghillie may be able to provide suitable flies. Be aware that there are big fish throughout the river, some of which may have been in the river a while and are well rested. You would be wise to fish with a strong leader in case you encounter a big fish. Perhaps we may see a really big fish captured this week where I will be able to report about an exciting encounter. There are more visitors coming back to Deeside from Scandinavia as a result of a lot of rivers being closed for the season. There are still a good amount of rods available to fish the well stocked beats of the River Dee, so please make every effort to come and fish if you can before the fishing season draws to a close.
Crathie Ghillie Archie Hay returns an Autumn salmon at Crathie
A nice autumn fish caught by Jim Coates at Park being returned safely
Jim Coates with a nice fresh fish at Park South
Ross Macdonald with an autumn cock fish at Park
Aboyne Castle Ghillie Alec Coutts returns an autumn cock fish carefully
River Dee Rapport – 10 september
Lovely late summer weather saw just about everyone in Deeside smiling and enjoying the belated dry and warm late summer conditions, except anglers and Ghillies that is. River levels dropped very quickly during the week and fish became very dour and quite uncooperative. FishDee beats have reported 168 salmon to 20 lbs and 10 sea trout as I write with perhaps some more to be added once late catches are reported to beats. Rising river temperatures and falling river levels are never a great combination for anglers at this time of year, who had to work very hard for scant rewards. Park reported 19 salmon & grilse; Birse 15, Kincardine 14, Dess 13 and Lower Crathes 12. Catches were well down on recent weeks pretty decent numbers.
I visited Dess during the week to meet Jeremy and Jenny Clayton who had prepared a most enjoyable lunch in the lovely Upper Dess hut. Jeremy had enjoyed some success during his stay. I enjoyed meeting the visiting anglers and chatted with them about the river and FishDee beat improvements and website developments. I was delighted to meet a keen fisherman from Nova Scotia, Byron Anderson who’s a pilot with Air Canada. He enjoyed his trip to Deeside immensely and kindly sent an e-mail and picture. He commented ‘Hello Ken, It was great to meet you on Wednesday. When I booked my fishing through your site, I certainly didn’t envision getting to have lunch with owners of the Dess Beat; super hosts Jeremy & Jenny, and yourself. What a way to cap off an incredible fishing journey. I wanted to say thank you for your FishDee website, as without it, I would not have had such easy access to the information needed for someone ‘from across the pond’ to realise his dream of fishing the Dee. The river lived up to her reputation. Just standing on the bank, thinking of her storied past was a powerful experience. It’s hard to pinpoint a favourite moment of the trip, but a few include releasing a fresh five pound male on my first morning, the Upper Dess ‘fishing hut’ (I felt like royalty), swinging a fly through such a classic salmon pool as Pitslug, and sitting down having a dram of 15 yr old Scotch with Ghillie Eoin Smith, who is one of the finest gentleman I’ve met. Eoin was kind enough to show me his late 1800’s era Hardy Perfect. Many thanks, and hopefully I will see you on the Dee again in the future.’ I do hope Byron makes a return trip with some more anglers from Nova Scotia to pit their wits against the River Dee salmon with their flies. Anglers fishing the Nova Scotia waters also catch Atlantic salmon, and tend to fish with single hooked flies and floating flies called bombers, which can provide exciting surface action for the fisherman.
Dinnet Ghillie Eoin Reid called this morning to advise that Tony Gahagan had his first ever salmon last Monday at Cobbles. The salmon took a shrimp fly fished of a hover/intermediate line. Eoin advised that he waded into he river above welly boot height, got his Tweeds wet and was in his second pair for the day by 10.00 am. But they did get the fish! He advised that the only way to get salmon to take a fly was to fish it well down. Regular River Dee visitor Sean Harvey dropped me an e-mail advising about a recent visit to Upper Drum. ‘Hi Ken. I only did three days at Jim’s. I got a 12 pounder and my son Simon got one about the same size. Mine was on Conray Shadow fished conventionally without stripping, I find that fly works everywhere, Iceland, Dee, Spey etc. Everyone else was fishing little flies and kept getting tentative takes that didn’t hook up. Best regards, Sean.’ As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to email@example.com with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences.
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 15, Altries and Lower Drum 3, Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 5, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 6, Park 19, Lower Crathes and W Durris 12, Invery 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 3, Woodend 1, Sluie 9, Ballogie 6, Borrowston 10, Kincardine 14, Carlogie 2, Dess 13, Birse 15, Aboyne Water 5, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 4, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 7, Crathie 8, Total 168
SEA TROUT: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Park 1, Crathes 1, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 1, Total 10
I note with interest that weather forecasters are suggesting Hurricanes Leslie and Michael may merge this week in the Atlantic and make their way across the Atlantic courtesy of the Jet stream and introduce blustery and perhaps very wet conditions to the United Kingdom. Whether this comes to pass remains to be seen but we could really do with a spell of cool weather and significant rainfall to really freshen up the river and put fish back in a taking mood. Air temperature maxima will be around 17 degrees and falling during the week as weather fronts approach and sweep over the country, so it’s fair to say that it could be quite blustery at times. River levels are currently running between 6 inches and 10 inches on the Sepa gauges-the lowest they have been since March. Tides are building this week from 3.3 metres to 4.4 metres which will hopefully encourage a good run of new fish if they are there to come.
As suggested by Ghillie Eoin Reid, anglers may enjoy more offers from fish if they get the fly down a bit deeper. As we approach the autumnal equinox we expect to see falling air temperatures and rising river levels. Fly sizes can also be increased depending on water levels. Small tube flies may be used to good effect and long tailed shrimp flies. It may pay you to fish well down into the tails of pools where you may intercept a fish which has just run upstream into your pool. As always please heed the advice of the Ghillie who really knows best when it comes to finding taking fish on their beats. You ignore their advice at your peril. Fly patterns that can do well at this time of year are Ally’s Shrimp, Park Shrimp, Calvin’s shrimp, Flamethrower and Gold Willie Gunn; flies with a bit of orange, yellow black and red to reflect the approach of autumn. If you need to stock up on flies you can visit Somers in Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil Post Office, Strachan’s of Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater where you will find a good selection of Dee flies at good prices. You can also purchase the 2012 Dalmore Dee Dram fundraising whisky for the River Dee Trust from Strachan’s of Aboyne.
Visiting angler from Nova Scotia Byron Anderson with a nice fresh fish
Dess Ghillie Eoin Smith & Byron Anderson
Noel Harvey fishing at Upper Drum
Sol är elände - skugga är framgång!
Tänkte jag skulle börja lägga in lite mer så strategiska och tekniska funderingar! här kommer en liten filmsnutt om det där med kanten mellan skugga och sol..........
Och kom ihåg det finns inga svar - bara högst personliga funderingar!
Min största lax i livet!
....Jag gick stigen ner förbi pumphuset, stannade repade av linan och la några kast där jag sett den enorma laxen flera gånger. jag fiskade så mycket i Mörrum då, visste var de stod parkerade, de största....och så stramade det upp och den här gången hade den tröttnat på min lilla fluga - kampen var igång!
2 laxar, Ulf Sill, Allan Block och lite annat från Mörrum
Mörrumsån är en fantastisk liten å - storfisk och böljande grönska. Dagen blev ju faktiskt bra på alla sätt. Jag valde en liten Pahtakorva i det 16 gradiga vattnet och fick 2 laxar vilket ju faktiskt måste ses som hyggligt...Flyt,I,Sjunk 2 och en Reaction 13,7 var valda redskap. Jag var ganska flitig med filmandet och fick faktiskt ihop 4 små filmer som kommer upp här såsmåningom...2 Intervjuer Ulf och Allan och sen en liten film från platsen som gav mig mitt livs hittils största lax och sen några småstrategitips. jag ska försöka få in allt under dagen idag...
Kvällsfisket efter öring var knepigt, lite trångt där jag var och få fiskar som rörde sig men men..jag stannade bara till 21 sen åkte jag hem. Trevligt med såna här enskilda spontana fiskedagar - fler av dem!
Drar till Mörrum!
Nu har jag suttit här framför skärmen länge nog.... visst inte ett moln på himmlen och dåliga odds och svagt fiske senaste dagarna men jag drar till Mörrum! Bara en dryg halvtimme i bilen - sticker och fiskar!
Hmm - kanske ska göra en liten film från platsen där min största lax i livet högg!
...o vem vet kanske e fet havsöring biter i kväll - det är ju trotts allt en bra Mörrumssäsong!
Lite funderingar kring island -laxar, kvinnor och vulkaner
Nu har jag varit hemma ett tag efter islandstrippen. Det är många bestående intryck. Även om jag färdats genom lavalandskapet flera gånger tidigare så är det omöjligt att inte förundras och hänföras...Tänk när dessa krafter skakade människan och ödelade allt i sin väg!
Det islänska laxfisket har alltid varit många mindre laxar om man nu jämför med det norska fisket där jag har min laxvagga. Men - det tas faktiskt en del stor fisk på island också! Vännen Arni Baldursson lyckades med konststycket att landa en 30 lbs fisk på en fluga i storlek 16 härom vägen - fantastiskt!
Efter att ha besökt och fiskat några av de bättre älvarna, bott på lodgerna slås man av faktumet att islands kvinnor fiskar lax! Det är mer regel än undantag att man och hustrufiskar ihop. Inte då som här hemma att kvinnan läser och pysslar och mannen fiskar, nej här är det vadare på för båda könen! Fint att se tycker jag, den gemenskapen tror jag Island är ganska ensamt om - det funkar lite som golf här hemma - man spelar ihop!
Mer från Thomas om Östersjöarbetet!
Jag har hållit en regelbunden kontakt med Sportfiskarnas Generalsekreterare, Stefan Nyström under sommaren angående deras löfte om att hjälpa oss igång med en fond för Östersjölaxen. Planen har varit att sätta igång med arbetet under hösten och vintern. Sent i tisdags fick jag veta att Sportfiskarna ville offentliggöra Vår Stiftelse vid Martin Falklinds filmvisning i Göteborg nu i onsdags. Detta för att Falklind lyckats få till ett smått fantastiskt arrangemang med nära 800 personer på gästlistan och en hel del celebra gäster.
Swedbanks Anders Wallgren ville att jag skulle åka ned och träffa ett antal sponsorer till fonden samt knyta kontakter med några blivande. Jag bokade ett flyg nästa dag, tur och retur Göteborg för 6853 kr. Antagligen den dyraste inrikes biljett SAS någonsin har lyckats lura på någon. Kågeälvens nedre FvO bekostade flyget och Swedbank stod för hotell och mat.
Efter Falklinds fantastiska film så steg Sportfiskarnas Ordförande, Joakim Ollén upp på scenen. Han berättade för publiken mycket kort, blandanat om vårt arbete i Östersjölaxälvar i Samverkan innan själva invigningsceremonin inleddes. Upp på scen kommer självaste H.m. Konungen!!! Han håller ett kort tal till publiken om Sportfisket och dess utvecklingspotential som Vi har här i vårt land. Därefter får han en sax och klipper bandet. Baltic Salmon Fund är härmed officiellt invigd enligt konstens alla regler!!!
Under kvällen har ett lotteri hållits med chans till fina priser, bl.a. en resa till Cuba. Detta inbringade 42 500kr, Chefen för Volvo lastvagnar skänker 10 000 kr, LRF Media skänker 100 000 kr, Swedbank skänker 100 000 kr, Sportfiskarnas kampanj Ge fan i våra vatten skänker 200 000 kr samt Sportfiskarna själva skänker ytterligare 200 000 kr.
Totalt drogs det in under kvällen ett fint litet startkapital till Vår nya fond på 650 000 kr!!!!
Under hösten kommer stadgar att skrivas samt en styrelse att utses där Vi ska ha mycket att säga till om. Fick höra att Hovet ville ha med en representant i den blivande styrelsen. Detta ger oss ännu mer legitimetet i vår jakt på sponsorer.
Några ord om Östersjön från eldsjälen Thomas!
Jag tror det är många som fått uppleva en riktigt bra laxuppgång under försäsongen. Hos oss i Byskeälven gick det 300 laxar om dagen i mitten på juni! Uppgången kom dock av sig i slutet av juni då det tydligt märktes att fällorna kommit ut. Årets uppgång i Byskeälven verkar gissningsvis stanna på ca 3500 laxar vilket inte alls är speciellt imponerande. Samtidigt figurerade yrkes och husbehovsfiskare flitigt i media och förklarade att det finns hur mycket lax som helst och att yrkesfisket inte påverkar bestånden! Se inslaget från TV4 där yrkesfiskaren Per-Erik Sångberg, Kalix berättar hur det ligger till. http://www.tv4play.se/nyheter_och_debatt/nyheterna?title=stopp_for_laxfiske_far_hard_kritik&videoid=2204905
Länsstyrelsen i Norrbotten och Kustbevakningen har uträttat storverk under säsongen med stora mängder beslagtagna nät och en och annan laxfälla. Vi jobbar även med tillsynen i norra Västerbotten om än i mindre skala men ändå med gott resultat. Kustbevakningen och Polisen hjälper oss och Vi har gjort en hel del beslag. Nu senast så hade vi några hårda dagar i Kågefjärden där det var många som fiskade riktat efter lax och öring. Tjuvfisket är utbrett och omfattande idag. Med en skärpt tillsyn så kan många laxar och framförallt öringar räddas. Se den bifogade länken till en artikel i "Norran" som jag fick chansen att svara på direkt.
River Dee Rapport – 3 september
A pretty decent week overall for FishDee beats with 295 salmon to 25lbs reported and 27 sea trout. There were some good days during the week which was somewhat hampered by a large flood on Tuesday and another rise on Thursday. This coincided with high tides which encouraged a good run of new fish into the river. Park reported 43 salmon and grilse, Lower Crathes 22, Crathie 18, Aboyne Castle 16, Tilbouries and Culter 14 each with quite a few other beats into double figures. Nick Armstead from Edinburgh landed the 25 lb salmon at Park which was reported as being in excellent condition. Bookings through the FishDee website have also been excellent with close to 3,500 rods let for the season. The season to date catch is approaching 5,000 salmon & grilse for FishDee beats and prospects for the remaining few weeks of the season look ideal with a good head of fish throughout the whole river catchment and plenty of good summer salmon coming forward.
Willie Falconer wrote about his experience at Park on Saturday on FishDee’s Facebook page, which was quite eventful advising ’Just had a great day at Park. Charlie was on form as ever, had a great laugh with Jim, Mike and another guy, I don’t know name and a lovely couple from Sweden; sorry I meant Denmark, they will get the joke. Anyway started fishing - wind blowing - water up, and to make it even harder there was a seal chasing the fish, it even swam up to me with a lovely silver grilse in its mouth. Keith and co’ managed to chase it downstream so I bet it went to see Willie Banks. After lunch the wind got up a bit and the rain started, around 5pm it settled and after having changed my fly for the 20th time, and had a discussion with another fisherman who thought it would be alright to push in front of me as he was fishing the other bank and thought north bank had priority over south; he didn’t expect me to cast all the way to his side. I pushed past him and within two casts bang a lovely 13lb fresh fish covered in sea lice. It took a black and yellow monkey tube. After taking care to put the fish back I fell climbing the bank ripping my waders and snapping my rod. Never mind the memories of the fight took over. I went back to the car and got my sea trout single hand rod and back into the same spot, bang again another fresh fish this time slight smaller, what a fight with an 11 foot rod. Days like this will stay with me forever.’ Just a reminder to anglers & Ghillies if they see anything that looks out of place in the river whether on 2/4 legs, finned, feline or with flippers, to please call the river office on 013398 80411 to make your report.
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.’ I wonder if they managed a MacNab?
Alec Coutts dropped me a note about sport at Aboyne Castle last week 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.’ The Aboyne Castle beat is well managed by expert Ghillie Alec Coutts who is much revered for his knowledge and good humour. Lower Crathes Head Ghillie Robert Harper advised me this morning ’We had a really good 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.’ The detailed story about Mr Watt’s big fish is included in the FishDee web blog with images http://fishdee.wordpress.com/ As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences.
Beat Catches Reported
(Week ending 1st September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 14, Altries and Lower Drum 13, Middle Drum 8, Tilbouries 14, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 8, Park 43, Lower Crathes and W Durris 22, Crathes 3, Lower Blackhall 4, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 8, Cairnton 16, Woodend 8, Commonty 3, Sluie 6, Ballogie 10, Borrowston 7, Kincardine 4, Carlogie 4, Dess 2, Birse 14, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 16, Craigendinnie 6, Waterside and Ferrar 8, Dinnet 12, Deecastle 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 5, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 14, Crathie 18, Mar Lodge Estate 1.
Total: 295 Largest: Park 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Culter 4, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Middle Drum 1, Park 4, Crathes 1, Lower Blackhall 1, Woodend 1, Commonty 4, Kincardine 3, Dess 1, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 1, Dinnet 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2.
Total: 27 Largest: Park & Commonty 3lbs
Now stocks in the river continue to increase steadily until the end of the season and there is a chance of hooking a fish from 1lb to perhaps over 40lbs. Anglers will need to ensure their tackle is sound, and strong enough to withstand an encounter with a big fish. Large cock fish do become aggressive in late summer.
We seem to be in for a spell of settled weather according to weather forecasters this week. Air temperature maxima will peak around 20 degrees with the risk of rain showers today, tomorrow and Thursday. It will be quite windy at times so anglers will need to take care with their fly casting. The maritime influence sees tides dropping back from 4.4 metres to 3.3 metres with river conditions still ideal to encourage new fish forward of every tide if they choose to run the river. Sepa gauges are between 9 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 foot 4 inches at Park. Anglers would be advised to have some sun cream as it will feel warm when the sun makes an appearance during the week. There are no frosts predicted this week although we did have a frost last Friday.
As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies know their beat intimately and will help in no small way to increase your catch if you heed their advice. They will advise on fly choice, presentation, where to concentrate on fishing and at what depth. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie you would be advised to fish with a full floater with or without a sink tip and leader of perhaps 8 foot plus in low water conditions. Flies with a touch of red are starting to produce catches with river fish responding to more autumnal coloured flies. Perhaps you may consider using a tube fly, cone head, pot bellied pig or Dee Monkey. Some of the big fish may respond to a well sunk Gold Willie Gunn, Red Frances Cone head or Snaelda where they can be lurking in the deep pools of the Dee.
Fly choice, sizes 10 to 14 will do nicely in lower faster flows, which could include the following popular Dee flies; Park shrimp, Cascade variants including the Ness C, black Frances, the yellow or orange Ally’s shrimp and Duncan Egan’s Flamethrower range-the red flamethrower may do really well. If you need to stock up on flies you can visit Somers in Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil Post Office, Strachan’s of Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater where you will find a good selection of Dee flies at good prices. You can also purchase the 2012 Dalmore Dee Dram fundraising whisky from Strachan’s of Aboyne who have just received a new delivery.