As I write this report FishDee beats have reported 235 salmon to 28lbs and 22 sea trout. Fishing was a bit of a mixed bag at times with good sport if you were in the right place at the right time. Park reported 43 salmon, Culter 23, Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie, Lower Crathes and Tilbouries 13 apiece; Crathie and Crathes beats reported 11 each. There were smaller runs of new fish coming forward later in the week but some good runs of grilse at the beginning of the week. Tides are building this week and a fair bit of rain is forecast so we should see some good runs of new fish coming forward as the late running fish do usually come in good numbers as we head into September. As always the fish have the final say on this and we do hope we get good runs coming forward to delight visiting anglers over the next few weeks as we head towards the end of the 2012 fishing season. There are still plenty of rods available on FishDee with prime autumn beats like Park and Lower Crathes both having rods available now.
I spoke to Park Ghillies Keith Cromar and Bert Webster to get some information about the weeks fishing. Keith advised it was a bit of a mixed bag with some anglers doing well at times. He advised Mr Crawford had 3 for his day and Mr Law had 4 for his day; with a small red Ally’s shrimp doing very well. 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 last week so the catch of 23 was a good return for the amount of rod effort. The beat has good stocks of new fish which should continue to provide decent sport to rods that have booked to fish there. Kathleen Brown provided some feedback from Heughhead on the Feugh advising ‘Here are a couple of pictures of brothers Stan and Geo Youngson who fished with us on Monday and Tuesday and had a total of four Salmon to 10lbs. Stanley said ‘Thanks for a momentous time on a fantastic sporting fishing beat, I am sure we will see you again next season.’ Another customer, Douglas Cameron also had a salmon on Tuesday but I have no more details of it at the moment.’ This productive beat saw 9 salmon reported for the week and offers excellent value for money.
I managed to secure a rod with a fishing friend Stuart Buchan on Saturday at Birse where we were well looked after by Birse Ghillie Doug Murray. It’s one of my personal favourites as it offers a good variety of fly fishing water and provides opportunities at times for big fish. I fished a little in the morning in Lummels and had a few casts in Irrigation with no success other than a pull to a Monkey fly fished at the tail of the Lummels pool. Lunchtime saw all the rods gather at the hut for a chat and refreshment. Stuart and I were allocated the bottom half of the beat in the afternoon and went downriver seeking some action. I must confess that I took 40 winks beside Belwade and woke an hour later ready to have a cast. I waded into the neck of the pool and checked my set-up; on the business end, a lovely size 13 Maggie’s shrimp tied by Ross Macdonald-a super fly. I had a feeling of Déjà vu when my first cast saw a beautiful silver ten pound salmon nail the fly. I had a similar experience in Belwade in April when a fish took first cast. I was thrilled to catch such a lovely fresh fish which gave a good scrap before being landed and returned to the river safely. My friend Stuart was also successful in Red Brae with a 5 lb cock fish that was just starting to colour up.
SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 2, Culter 23, Altries and Lower Drum 7, Middle Drum 5, Tilbouries 13, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 10, Park 43, Lower Crathes and W Durris 13, Crathes 11, Invery 5, Middle Blackhall 3, Cairnton 10, Woodend 2, Commonty 12, Sluie 6, Ballogie 3, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 4, Carlogie 6, Dess 3, Birse 6, Aboyne Water 2, Craigendinnie 5, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 13, Birkhall 3, Crathie 11, Heughhead 9, Total 235
SEA TROUT: Upper Drum and Lower Durris 2, Park 1, Cairnton 1, Commonty 1, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 1, Dess 3, Craigendinnie 5, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O’May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Heughhead 1, Total 22
With Tropical Storm Isaac lashing Florida we are not short of wild weather conditions on Deeside as I write this report. Aberdeen saw an inch of rain fall in 30 minutes on Saturday causing no end of problems in the city. We are in for a spell of wild weather with heavy rain and gale force winds forecast for the next day or so. There will be continued showers during the week with really blustery winds interspersed with sunny intervals and some warmth when the sun makes an appearance. An air temperature maximum is forecast to be around 19 or 20 degrees Celsius this week. The maritime influence sees tides building through the week from 3.7 metres to 4.5 metres which should encourage good runs of summer salmon and grilse to come into the catchment. River levels are currently sitting between 7 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 foot 2 inches at Park. There is every possibility we could have a big coloured river if the forecast is accurate.
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. If the river rises don’t be wary about fishing a small tube fly, cone head, pot bellied pig or Dee Monkey.
Fly choice, sizes 10 to 14 will do nicely in lower 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. 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. As a special offer B&B accommodation can be obtained for £55 per night from the following hotels for stays of 3 nights or more with groups of 3 anglers or more; Tor Na Coille Hotel, Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory Lodge Hotel & Loch Kinord.
George Youngson with a small summer salmon at Heughhead
An example of a big summer salmon that can run the river in late summer – Lower Crathes saw this one landed by Malcolm Tocher pictured with Ghillie Robert Harper
River Dee Rapport – 20 augusti
Having just arrived back in the UK after a trip to Barcelona I was informed by some river contacts that things had been a bit Messi last week on the river. At times sport was out of this world and at other times the river was dark and seemingly dispirited, with salmon seemingly as difficult to capture as a refugee at a London Embassy! The culprit was the great British weather which as always can be quite unreliable. I wrote last week hoping that we would get a rise of river levels towards the end of the week to set us up nicely for this coming week. Inclement conditions saw the river levels rising on 4 separate days during the last week; never ideal for great salmon fishing.
FishDee beats have reported as I write 181 salmon to 20lbs and 30 sea trout to 8lbs-the largest reported from the river this season. Park reported 29 salmon, Carlogie 16, Heughhead on the Feugh 15; a super week with Cairnton and Ballogie 14 each. Catches were again a mixture of nice summer salmon and grilse. I received an e-mail from Alex and Kathleen Brown at Heughhead on the River Feugh which I wanted to share, as it highlights what a great resource the FishDee website is for those that use it. Alex and Kathleen advised ‘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. Hope things are well with you, Alex & Kath’ I am sure John and Graham travelled back to Fife thoroughly delighted by their visit to this nice fishing beat.
I received an e-mail from Mr. John Walne about a recent trip to Birse. Mr. Walne commented ‘Should have emailed you weeks ago but things kept getting in the way. Thought I would just let you know how very much I enjoyed 3 days on Birse back in July. It`s many years since I last fished the Dee (Tweed is nearer home) 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 if I remember right 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! I see from your fishing reports you like to hear how visiting rods get on so here`s one who went away very happy. Best wishes, John Walne, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.’ As so many people remark that their week at Birse is made so special with Doug Murray holding court. It was also pleasing to see that Birse reported the capture of an 8lb sea trout by Mr. Gibson.
Mr. Albert Sutherland from Fraserburgh dropped me a line advising about a productive trip to Park where he caught 4 salmon.’ My First fish 15lb 11.20 main hut down to pylons beat 4, on home tied size 10 gold Willie Gunn. Three others of 5lb, 10lb, and 20lb all taken between 5 and 7 pm on the same home tied Gold Willie Gunn tied the night before! I was fishing on my first visit to Park with my friend Stephen Hadden who got one at 14lb. ( I took his photo that is on your web page) 6 rods North bank produced 7 fish total and 2 on the South bank. Big thanks to Keith the Gillie who was so helpful and more or less promised the fish.’ As always heed the wise advice from your knowledgeable Ghillie. River Dee Trust director Jim Coates reported he had a grilse, a sea trout and a cracking 15lb sea liced salmon at Ballogie which made a bit of a mess of his Park Shrimp. Jim advises ‘What a great little hook to hang on to such a strong fish. It’s worth paying for good quality flies.’
Beat Catches Reported
(Week ending 18th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 1, Altries and Lower Drum 3, Middle Drum 1, Tilbouries 8, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 7, Park 29, Lower Crathes and W Durris 12, Crathes 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Cairnton 14, Woodend 3, Commonty 4, Sluie 9, Ballogie 14, Borrowston 2, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 16, Dess 3, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 2, Craigendinnie 7, Dinnet 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Crathie 6, Mar Lodge Estate 1, Heughhead 15.
Total: 181 Largest: Dess 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Park 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 2, Sluie 2, Borrowston 2, Carlogie 4, Dess 2, Birse 3, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Crathie 1, Heughhead 5.
Total: 30 Largest: Birse 8lbs
Conditions on the river could be unsettled at times with forecasters suggesting a strong possibility of some heavy thunder showers and persistent rain through the forthcoming week. Air temperature maxima will be around 20 degrees Celsius and dropping back during the course of the week to cooler more seasonable conditions. Winds may light and variable with the chance of blustery conditions at times. The maritime influence sees tides dropping back from 4 .5 metres to 3.6 metres. The river is at a good fishing height today with the Sepa gauges running between 7 inches at Mar Lodge and 1 ft 4 inches at Park. Fresh fish will be coming off every tide and making their way into the river with good summer fish being reported and smaller grilse.
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. If the river rises don’t be wary about fishing a small tube fly, cone head, pot bellied pig or a Dee Monkey.
Fly choice, sizes 10 to 14 will do nicely in lower 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. 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.
Lite sorgligt var det att packa väskorna och konstatera att vi var besegrade av sagoöns mest kända storlaxälv. Visst, det är en fantastisk älv – och med lite tur kan jag få återvända och fiska den när fisket är på topp, eller i vart fall inte helt hopplöst. Innan hemfärden fick jag en guidad tur på Ness, den andra fina laxoperationen vid älven. Här är det lika klassiska laxmarker, fantastiska pooler och en lodge som andas laxhistoria! Genom det fantastiska landskapet över lavafält och mängder av laxälvar blev hemresan en lite sorgsen färd...nästa gång då!!!
Imorgon kommer Therese, då ska vi rida ut över lavafälten - det blir fräckt det med, skitfräckt!
Torsdag – sista dagens fiske...
Torsdagen började vid Beat 2 – Orris egen favorit! De som fiskade morgontimmarna såg några fiskar och hade någon som kom till flugan, så visst hade vi förhoppningar! Tyvärr dog vinden ut och det blev knepigt i det låga vattnet. 2:an gav dock ett par häftiga brunöringar, varav den största nog var i 2,5 kilos klassen. Under kvällen var vi återigen gäster hos Reykjavik Angling Club högre upp i älven. Här hade vi fiskat tidigare och jag reste en fin fisk 2 gånger på en större Samurai. Efter otaliga flugbyten och teknikskiften fick den vila – jag fick den sen att ta flugan, men fick inte fast den - skit!!! I nästa pool var det dags igen, flugan jagades ikapp utan att den togs - fisken var helt enkelt riktigt igång. 17 grader i älven bidrog säkert...I varje fall en fin kväll vid en av världens vackraste älvar!
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de flesta laxar tas på ytterst få flugor
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Onsdag - Laxá Beat 3!
Beat 3 vid Laxa är det bästa den nedre delen kan erbjuda. Tack vare vännen Orris vänlighet hade vi denna hela dagen. Här tas mest fisk på de nedre delarna och här finns några riktiga pärlor bland laxpooler. Tyvärr möttes vi av strålande sol vilket inte bara gör fisket knepigare utan även får algerna att växa. Under eftermiddagen var det bara att rengöra flugan varje kast. Allt annat än flytlina och enkelkrokade flugor var omöjligt, och faktiskt det också! Synd, dessa pooler hade jag gärna fiskat ett bra år utan alger! Tyvärr gav dagen inga fångster för någon i älven.
Tisdag – sista vid Hofsa sen Big Laxá!
Idag var det dags för Beat 5, en av älvens bästa med flera djupare platser som samlat på sig en del fisk. Det började med ett par större havsrödingar, fantastiska fiskar på dryga kilot, och en hitchad grilse. I en av poolerna längre ner testade jag en snabbt fiskad "Nobody". Ett ilsket plask och fast fisk! Laxen for iväg nedströms och trots att det inte var någon jätte bjöd den en fin kamp på de lätta grejerna. Kanske vägde den 5,5 kilo och visst hade den varit i älven en tid, men en schysst lax!
Efter lunch bar det av igen mellan vulkanerna förbi Myvatten och till Laxá och Alaldal – Big Laxá, älven med de största laxarna på Island. Reykjavik Angling Club tog emot oss som gäster första kvällen, men trots fina pooler – ingen fångst. Laxá har haft den sämsta säsongen på mycket länge. Nära var det dock då en 10 kilos jagade i kapp flugan, virvlade under den men utan att ta.
River Dee Rapport – 13 augusti
A better week for anglers fishing the Dee last week with FishDee beats reporting 221 salmon and 30 sea trout as I write. As I suspected the lower beats saw decent action with sport still being enjoyed all the way to the top of the river system. Park had a cracking week with 62 salmon and grilse where the Ghillies must have been running about like ‘dancing nuns on roller blades’ as seen in the Olympics closing ceremony last night; they certainly weren’t idle. Altries and Birse reported 15 each, Ballogie had 14, Kincardine 11 and Tilbouries and Lower Crathes also into double figures. There were continued runs of grilse and good sized summer salmon. Some grilse have been very small with fish of just over 1lb being landed. The very bottom beats have yet to get stocks of residents and fish appear to be sprinting upriver in a manner more reminiscent of Usain Bolt; much to the Ghillies disappointment. Lower water conditions should hopefully encourage fish to slow down and fill the lower beats.
I spoke to Keith Cromar, Park Estates Head Ghillie this morning who enjoyed a quiet Sunday after the frenetic activity of last week. Keith commented ‘We had a fantastic start to the week with good runs of fish entering the beat. Anglers worked hard and were rewarded with their efforts. Colin McLean had 10 salmon to 20lbs for his two days; Craig Corbett had 9 for 3 days. River Dee regulars Jim Coates and Ron Low also had a couple each. We had a mixture of sea liced salmon and grilse where we had quite a few salmon between 15-20lbs with grilse down to 1lb in weight. Successful flies were the Park Shrimp and Gruinard Shrimp with the Black Frances accounting for a few; the Park Shrimp did very well.’ I also chatted to Kevin Fleming the Ghillie at Altries and Lower Drum this morning who advised ‘The Tony Smith party enjoyed some good sport at times but also lost quite a number, with 15 salmon and grilse landed and 11 lost. We had a mixture of grilse and summer salmon up to 18lbs.The yellow Ally’s Shrimp did well, as did the Monkey fly when the water was bigger at the start of the week.’ I was delighted to hear that the beat is fully let until the end of the season and I hope good sport continues there for visiting rods.
I was delighted to receive a few e-mails this week. Firstly, 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. If there is anything else you need to know just get in touch with me. After speaking to you this morning I saw a lot of fish moving about and running. The man who was fishing the opposite bank said there were a lot of fish in the flats, but they were not looking at anything.’ When I visited the beat I did see a lot of fish leaping about and this is a big fish beat with great holding water. I also received an e-mail from Jonathon Woodcock commenting ‘Ken, Last week my family took a week at Craigendinnie. I had fished for 3 days prior to this but my wife and daughter had never fished. 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, and a sea trout. I attach a few photographs. We had a fantastic week and will be back again.’ George Murray is a delightful Ghillie who is a great ambassador for Craigendinnie. Tom Lumley enthused about his fishing experience at Park 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.’
Week ending 23:21 on Mon 6th Aug 2012
SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 15, Middle Drum 2, Tilbouries 10, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 9, Park 62, Lower Crathes and W Durris 10, Knappach 1, Crathes 7, Lower Blackhall 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Cairnton 8, Woodend 2, Commonty 6, Sluie 5, Ballogie 14, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 11, Dess 7, Birse 15, Aboyne Water 8, Aboyne Castle 3, Craigendinnie 4, Dinnet 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Crathie 7, Heughhead 2, Total 221
SEA TROUT: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 1, Crathes 2, Lower Blackhall 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Commonty 3, Sluie 1, Ballogie 2, Kincardine 1, Dess 6, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 2, Craigendinnie 1, Dinnet 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Crathie 2, Total 30
With the Sepa gauges running at 5 inches at Mar Lodge and 10 inches at Park we have low water conditions for visiting anglers commencing their fishing today. This is the lowest the river has been since April. Will this last? It is looking doubtful with a number of weather reports suggesting some rainfall during the week. Some forecasters are predicting a risk of thundershowers with high humidity during the week. If we get thundershowers we could get a lift in river levels but to what degree will depend on the amount of localised precipitation that falls on the river catchment. It should be a mild week with temperature maxima around 19 degrees Celsius and overnight lows staying above 10 degrees Celsius. The maritime influence shows tides building through the week from 3.4 metres to 4.4 metres which should bring new runs of salmon into the river. Prospects look pretty reasonable for sport and a small lift in river levels later in the week will set us up nicely for the following week.
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. Fly choice, sizes 10 to 14 will do nicely, which could include the following popular Dee flies; Park shrimp, Cascade variants including the Ness C, black Frances and the yellow or orange Ally’s shrimp. 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.
Craigendinnie Ghillie George Murray helps a lady angler with her catch
Another successful lady angler at Craigendinnie
Chris Coltart with his first salmon at Borrowston
George Murray helps another successful angler in Jonathon Woodcock’s party
Måndag - knepigt med strålande sol & lågvatten
Över en galet dålig väg uppöver. Fantastiskt landskap och vidunderliga pooler, vi stannade i Beatles och längst ner på nacken exploderade vattnet...och det var fast fisk. En stålblank 3 kilos for fram och tillbaka och lyckades kila in sig mellan ett par stenar i slutfasen...
De övre delarna av Hofsa är lika fantastiska som alla bilder visar! Små grupper av laxar vajade i poolerna, omöjliga att undgå i det kristallklara vattnet. Ett par följder och något försiktigt hugg var allt fallen gav. Strålande sol och extremt lågvatten är ju knepigt!
Eftermiddagen fiskade vi beat 3 . Ett par tappade mindre fiskar och en microhitchad 7-kilos var ett hyggligt resultat. Flugvalet här är märkligt...Allt från 2 mm hitch till feta svarta tuber... Allt på flytlina så klart! Jag fiskade min reaction 10 fot lina 8 - suverän till detta precisionsfiske! Efter en strålande middag var sängen välkommen!
Söndag - Hofsa, en pärla till laxälv
Uppe med tuppen och i väg över lavafälten. 7 timmars resa över i princip hela ön upp till nordost och fram till Hofsa, denna lilla pärla till laxälv. Den torraste sommaren på 30 år hade dock gjort älven till en blek spillra av sig själv. Laxstegen var sparsamma och "endast" 500 laxar hade landats.
Vårt fiske på beat 6 gav inget och första kvällen avrundades med lammfile och rioja - tack Orri!
Lördag – mot Island!
Upp med tuppen, och efter att ha kämpat med all packning upp för de 150 trappstegen vid Hapalahti bar det av till flyget. En jobbig resa fick sitt slut på Keflavik där Hilmar Hansson mötte upp.
Fredag – strålande sol
Strålande sol - knepigt för en laxfiskare!
Vi startade nere mot Gabo och trots at vi såg några laxar lyckades vi inte frammana några hugg! Först efter middag då skyarna dragit in blev det lite mer läge!
Dagen gav endast några smålaxar men en snabbt fiskad Samurai bunden på vit tub och med vit/svart vinge gav ett försiktigt hugg i Hareströmmen . Fisken var stor, 15 kilo +, och jag visste att den var dåligt krokad - och tyvärr var den förlorad efter bara några få minuter. Nu är det packning för nya äventyr på Island!
Torsdag – till topps!
Tredje dagen bar det av mot toppen. Eivind tog Bulvero och jag gick till toppen! Här krokade jag mitt livs lax för tiotalet år sedan, 25 kilo minst - och vem vet, kanske ännu större! Den här gången gav toppen bara en grilse men Bulvero var desto bättre. Eivind som fiskar sin fluga ytterst skickligt tog tre fiskar 10-, 11- och en liten 4-kilos. Flyt/sjunk 2 och en fet Cascade var det som funkade bäst. Själv tog jag en fin mellanlandning nedanför Svartfossen så totalt var turen upp en succé!
Jakob tog en fin 1,5 kilos öring och ett knippe jätteharrar - lycka!
En dag då vädret vänt, vinden kom från söder och allt såg bra ut. I laxfiske är det dock lurigt. Det var sämre bett i fisken och vi lyckades bara landa 2 smålaxar och en garnskadad mellanlax – skit!
Bäst fiske hade Jakob som fiskade harr. Dussinvis med stora harrar och en och annan mindre öring – drömfiske för en puppmetare! Vi har fiskat ganska högt i vattnet flyt, hoover sjunk 2 är det jag
använt. Snabba mellanstora flugor har funkat bäst, kanske dags för en sjunklina imorgon!
Vi har en kall natt och imorgon styr vi mot toppen!
Där har jag haft på mitt livs största lax...
Efter en nära hel dags resa så gled vi äntligen in med båten vid Gården i Sautso. 4 fina dagar framför oss. Första fisket blev uppströms till Törmenen. Vi, dvs min yngsta son Jakob, Eivind Myhre och våra vänner samt Båtsmän Tormod och Paul. Eivind började med en fin 9 kilos på en 14 cm Sunray – bra start! I Hareströmmen bar det fast för mig och efter några minuter var den borta, en tappad grilse ytterligare blev resultatet innan Sirppi. Eivind fiskade från båten och tog 2 fina fiskar till, 12 kilo och en fin grilse. Lunch och 3-0 till Norge. Efter mat drog vi nerströms, jag började från land och en Vahaeniva i 8 cm storlek lockade ett långt skönt hugg och en 102 cm hona. Jakob som samtidigt fiskade harr landade en knallfin grilse som sugit i sig hans streaking caddis! Hans kamp på klass 4 spöet tog lika lång tid som för mig med den stora fisken. Ett snabbt drag i Goddaniemi gav en grilse och så var det utjämnat 3-3 efter första dagen. Skämt åsido så är det ju ingen tävling…även om 1,5 svensk (Jakob med klass 4:an får gå som halv) och 3 vuxna norrmän är ju jämna lag!
Såväl stämning som fisket är på topp – härligt att vara tillbaka!
Alta - laxa- Hofsa ännu en drömresa!
Packad o klar för ännu en fantastisk laxresa - häng med här jag ska försöka blogga varje dag!