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River Dee Rapport – 30 juli
2012-07-30  18:08

Recent Catches

Another good week of catches for anglers on Deeside with FishDee beats reporting great sport. Some Ghillies advised they have more fish to put on the catches, but at 247 salmon and grilse, and 46 sea trout everyone seems mighty pleased with the good catches being sustained with new runs coming forward off every high tide. Jim Paton at Upper Drum and Lower Durris reports ’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.’ That confirms there are some really good quality summer salmon entering the river now in good numbers. All in all we can say that July is turning out to be a tremendously productive one with sustained runs of really first class fish which will see the month produce well over 1,000 salmon and grilse.

Robert Harper was able to provide some news from the productive Lower Crathes and West Durris beat. Robert advised’ Malcolm Tocher had the beat for the week and enjoyed a really good weeks sport, with a good strong start to the week. Monday would have been really spectacular but sadly we lost quite a few fish. We had to work a bit harder during the week but we finished strongly. We had some really cracking salmon and grilse and one or two residents that came on. Successful flies again were small cascades and red Frances. Malcolm had 7 nice fish for his week and Mr James had 8 during his visit to the beat.’ My friend Stuart Buchan fished there on Monday night and had 2 salmon and lost another two salmon, including one estimated to be around 20lbs. The beat has had a really good month with over 80 salmon and grilse so far for rods; hopefully sport will continue strongly for the weeks ahead with good catch levels being sustained.

I received an e-mail from Orazio Gatti advising he had spectacular sport on the Dee with 4 anglers sharing 61 salmon for 4 days. Orazio had 29 to his own rod which is a personal best for him from the Dee. He is a very talented fisherman of course and is a regular visitor to the River Dee with his friends. Stephen Hadden from Fraserburgh dropped me an e-mail advising ’I recently had my first experience fishing the river Dee. I was at Park on the 21st of July and within 1 1/2 hrs fishing I landed this 14lb sea liced cracker. I then proceeded to lose another 3 fish. Needless to say I had a great day out and will most definitely be back fishing the Dee.’ The picture received shows a delighted Stephen with a fine looking salmon.

River Office staff managed some success last week with River Operations Manager Ed Third enjoying good sport on Saturday at Aboyne Castle. Edwin kindly advised ’Ken, Please find attached pictures of the fish I got on Saturday morning, one at 11:30 in Minarloch and the next at 12:30 in Lady Grace, 1st one about 10lb, second a bit bigger, maybe 11lb, both very fresh. Pictures are not great because they were taken from my phone and I was on my own, without a net and didn’t want to faff about with the fish too much. Really thankful to Edward and Alec for the kind offer of fishing. Regards Edwin’ I understand River Dee Chairman Ian Scott enjoyed some good sport at Park where he had 3 fish to his own rod for his day and enjoyed further success at Aboyne Castle. I received an invitation to fish at Park on Friday and had a nice sea liced grilse and lost two other fish during the morning. Park has been fishing tremendously well in July with 137 salmon and grilse reported so far. I must try and find out if the final total for July will be a record month for the beat.


Beat catches reported(week ending 28th July)

SALMON & GRILSE: Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 3, Middle Drum 4,
Tilbouries 7, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 31, Park 34, Lower Crathes
and W Durris 23, Crathes 19, Invery 7, Lower Blackhall 3, Little
Blackhall and Inchmarlo 2, Middle Blackhall 5, Cairnton 19, Woodend 3,
Commonty 2, Sluie 5, Ballogie 2, Borrowston 6, Kincardine 4, Carlogie
8, Dess 9, Birse 12, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 6, Craigendinnie 8,
Waterside and Ferrar 4, Dinnet 5, Deecastle 5, Monaltrie and Lower
Invercauld 3, Crathie 1, Heughhead 4.
Total: 247 Largest: Upper Drum and Lower Durris 24lbs

SEA TROUT: Culter 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 9, Park 5, Lower
Crathes and W Durris 2, Invery 1, Lower Blackhall 1, Woodend 5, Sluie
1, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 1, Dess 4, Birse 2, Aboyne Castle
1, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 2, Deecastle 1,
Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Heughhead 1.
Total: 46 Largest: Dinnet & Deecastle 4lbs


Prospects

With tides building during the week and regular rain showers, with heavy downpours possible, the river should fish well. Weather forecasters are predicting frequent showers and perhaps prolonged rain on Wednesday and Saturday. Hopefully we won’t get a flood as we hope to install an underwater web camera mid week. The maritime influence sees tides building from 3.9 metres to 4.5 metres. The river height is good for the time of year with the Sepa gauges reading between 9 inches at Mar Lodge to 1 foot 5 inches at Park. This should encourage good runs of new fish off the high tides. Air temperature maxima should be around 18 degrees Celsius with some night time lows of only 5 degrees Celsius. There are much bigger numbers of fish building in the lower beats now and they should continue to fish very well.

With prospects looking great for the week ahead it is important for anglers to capitalise on the potential for good sport on your chosen beat. As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies are very knowledgeable and helpful and can help in no small way to increase your catch. 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. Fly choice, sizes 12 and 14, could include the following popular Dee flies; Crathie fly, Park shrimp, Cascade variants, Red or Black Frances, Tosh and Snaelda. 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. They have excellent offers to help clear the remaining 2011 Dee Dram stock with bottles going for under £35.00.

There are a lot of visitors in Deeside at present and we sometimes can have an isolated incident of people fishing without permission. I would urge anyone noticing any suspicious activity to contact the River Office on 013398 80411 which is manned 24 hours per day to deal with such incidents. Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will only take a minimal period to carry out. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd


Greenbanks-A lovely salmon pool to swim a fly at Park

Angler gets his wading boots disinfected prior to fishing at Park

Ghillie Charlie Yates returning a nice sea liced Grilse

Stephen Hadden with a nice summer salmon at Park

The Durris Stream at Park

River Dee Rapport – 16 juli
2012-07-23  09:45

LAST WEEK

This summer on Deeside has seen cool wet conditions overall which have been ideal for salmon anglers, with river levels fine to encourage new fish forward. It was the second best week of the season which saw FishDee beats break through the 3,000 barrier for the season once the 272 salmon were added to the season’s totals. It was an exciting week for anglers on Deeside with some great sport to be had at times. Park reported 44 salmon for their week with their best day of the season occurring on Tuesday when 4 anglers landed 17 salmon. Birse had a good week with 26 salmon and two rods fishing Lower Crathes had 17 for their week. I was out on the river with a film crew producing beat films for 7 estates last week and would like to thank all the participating anglers for their kind help and patience with the film crew. Thanks also go to our participating Ghillies who did a sterling job in helping produce these films, which should hopefully be ready by the end of October to go onto the FishDee website.

I have received quite a few e-mails in the last week and am grateful to all the correspondents who have written to me. The weekly reports would be all the poorer without your enthusiastic reports; so please keep them coming. Firstly I received an e-mail from Tom Saville, a long time River Dee supporter and famed inventor of the renowned Crathie Fly, featured in this month’s Trout and Salmon magazine, in an excellent article written by local angler and writer Ross Macdonald who invented the renowned Park Shrimp fly. Tom commented ’We had a poor week last week on Crathie, the water was peaty all week and I’m sure it puts them off. We had 6 for the week (5 on one day) - all on the Crathie fly! Of course. We’re back on August 12th, hoping for better conditions.’ Tom has been fishing the Dee since the 1960’s and has a wealth of experience and invaluable knowledge which he puts to good use on his trips to the upper river at Crathie. His Crathie fly is a great all rounder and ideal for the River Dee. Paul Huggins also dropped me a line with an image of the 24lb salmon he landed recently at Woodend, a super fresh sea liced cock fish. Paul advised ’Hi Ken, I am a regular rod at Woodend. We have swapped emails etc in the past. I saw your report mention a 24 lb fish at Woodend last week. Please find picture attached. The fish was 40 inches long snout to fork. As you can see it was very fresh and in perfect unmarked condition. The fish took a size 12 editor and put up a very exciting struggle! I was on my own so took this quick snap at the water’s edge before slipping him back unharmed. Thanks for all your FishDee work and info, like many others, I am a regular reader. Kind regards Paul Huggins’ The beats around Woodend offer superb scenery and privacy.

I also was delighted to receive nice feedback from anglers fishing at Park last week who enjoyed their productive trip. 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.’ Philip was most helpful with his colleague Billy at Little Blackhall where we were filming on Wednesday during really high water conditions. 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. Take care, Jim’. After a difficult season it is good to hear that Park is producing really good catches whilst not fully let. There appears to be good numbers of fish there now co-operating with the anglers who are fishing there. It’s a lovely beat to fish, with at times very productive pools and streams. Current conditions are excellent for anglers fishing the Dee and I hope more anglers will take advantage with the amount of availability at present and come to fish the river. Lots of good fishing this week is available at 12 locations on Deeside and can be booked online at the find fishing page on the FishDee website.
Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will take a minimal period to carry out. The new FishDee blog will have news through the week so please keep me informed of any news. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences.


Beat Catches Reported; Week ending 17:11 on Mon 9th Jul 2012

SALMON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Middle Drum 7, Tilbouries 11, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 11, Park 44, Lower Crathes and W Durris 17, Crathes 8, Invery 11, Lower Blackhall 8, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Middle Blackhall 9, Cairnton 10, Commonty 1, Ballogie 8, Borrowston 4, Kincardine 9, Carlogie 12, Dess 6, Birse 26, Aboyne Water 8, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 8, Dinnet 5, Headinch and Cambus O’May 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 9, Abergeldie 5, Crathie 15, Mar Lodge 5, Heughhead 3, Total 273

SEA TROUT: Culter 2, Middle Drum 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 3, Park 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 2, Invery 4, Lower Blackhall 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Cairnton 2, Woodend 1, Ballogie 4, Borrowston 1, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 2, Dess 7, Birse 12, Aboyne Water 6, Aboyne Castle 2, Craigendinnie 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 5, Crathie 1, Heughhead 1, Total 64

TROUT: none reported


PROSPECTS

Last week saw the second best week’s sport of the fishing season and perhaps it would have been the best had we not had a big rise in river levels on Wednesday that curtailed catches significantly. The cool wet weather conditions that have prevailed look set to continue with most days seeing light rain or showers forecast. Air temperature maxima should be around 17 degrees Celsius with any winds being light and from a northerly direction. By and large it should be overcast most days which allied to decent river levels at present, indicate that this week should be productive for anglers out fishing the river. The maritime influence shows tides building through the week from 3.6 metres to 4.3 metres. This should bring more salmon and grilse forward into the river. There have been good runs of new fish recently and these will hopefully continue to build between now and the end of the fishing season.

With prospects looking great for the week it is important for anglers to capitalise on the potential for good sport. As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies are very knowledgeable and helpful and can help in no small way to increase your catch. 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 or a sink tip fly line and leader of perhaps 6 foot plus. Fly choice could include the following popular Dee flies; Crathie fly, Park shrimp, Monkey, Snaelda, Red or Black Frances, Tosh and as Eoin Smith from Dess recommends, any black fly that’s one inch in length ! 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.

There is a good selection of quality hotel accommodation on Deeside with some hotels offering tremendous value for money to visiting parties of anglers. Please look at the good selection of accommodation providers who specialise in catering for visiting anglers who will make your stay both pleasant and comfortable at www.fishdee.co.uk the feedback from anglers about the service they have enjoyed on Deeside has been really excellent. Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will take a minimal period to carry out. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd



Greig Thomson

Phillip Black

Torsdag
2012-07-20  10:00

Tänk hur vädergudarna kan spela med sitt register. I tillägg till den envisa dimman som återigen höll oss borta från Litza ökade vinden under förmiddagen, regnet tilltog och ovädret var ett faktum! Vi startade På Island Pool och därefter Julians. Tänk hur det kan vara, denna pool som är den första som inte tidvattnet påverkar håller alltid fisk! Kari och Esko fick två fiskar var och i det envetna vädret var det en något djupare fiskad och större fluga som var rätt metod. Kari som jag hjälpte till 2 fina fiskar använde en Nobody med röd skalle och även en connectlina med sjunk 2-3 spets. Det lönar sig att följa naturens nycker och anpassa metoderna. Vattentempen är nu nere på 13 grader – från 19,5 på 2 dagar – inte konstigt om fisken blir förvirrad och trög! Idag fiskade jag inte alls. 20 m/s och hällregn gjorde att bastu och varm skön dusch lockade mer.







Onsdag
2012-07-20  08:58

Dimman svepte in oss i ett luddigt fuktigt täcke och allt vad flygande till Litza hette blev omöjligt! Vi fick sprida ut oss på Kharlovka och göra det bästa av situationen. Själv var jag med Chefsguide Vasilie och campens enda kvinnliga deltagare Maria och hennes dotter Anja. Det var hårt och dagen gav endast en bra dragning och en tappad grilse. Själv fiskade jag en timme utan resultat.





Tisdag
2012-07-17  13:54

Mitt första möte med Litza – denna pärla bland laxälvar! Vi landade vid Dream pool Turo, Christian och jag. De fiskade hårt och fint tycker jag men det dröjde fram till strax innan lunch innan Christian
tog en hygglig grilse i Upper tent. Det var ganska få fiskar att se och efter lunch då mitt coachande tog slut och mitt eget fiske började hade jag kanske inte så stora förhoppningar. Jag gick upp till Secret pool och fick snabbt en grilse. Efter några kast neråt nacken hade jag en följare och på kastet efter med högre fart tog den en liten ”BG Helmet”. På enhandsspöt blev det en skön dans innan en 4,5 kilos skönhet gled in mellan stenarna.
Enhandsspöt ger verkligen häftiga drillningar, kontakten med fisken och närheten i känslan är ju mycket större. Den lilla fickan i nedre delen gav ytterligare en fin grilse och tydligen var fisken på gång fint denna eftermiddag. Jag fiskade av Mickey Mouse och Lower Tent utan känning. Men en liten tid i ”TV poolen” gav en fjärde fisk för dagen – fantastiskt! Allt på små flugor och med stor nedströmsbukt och hög fart som utlösande faktor!






Måndag
2012-07-17  11:50

Ännu en fin dag…fin alltså för allt utom fiske! Strålande sol och 25-28 grader och en vattentemp som nu stigit från 14 till 19 grader på bara några dagar! Svåra förhållanden alltså men campen lyckades ta ett 20-tal laxar och grilse med en topp på ca 8 kilo – inte tokigt med tanke på förhållandena. Bästa metoden var nog små snabbt fiskade tuber och små tuber hitchade i rekord fart! Själv var det mest coachning och flugfotograferande men jag han med 2 timmar med flytlina och enhands. En liten dee Sheep gav mig en fin smålax samt en missad 6-7 kilos och en dragning till. Ganska bra aktivitet trots allt! Nu verkar det vara flugans hastighet som är helt avgörande. Vågar du fiska snabbt så får du fisk!







Söndag
2012-07-16  08:47

Söndagens coachning var med Erki och Harald vid Kharlovka falls. Strålande sol och knepigt som tusan fram till lunch. En färgad 15 kilos visade intresse och en dragning av en mindre fisk på nacken var förmiddagens resultat. Svåra förhållanden i det blanka vattnet! Efter lunch gick jag upp till fallet och spenderade några fantastiska timmar med att fota hoppande laxar – en svindlande häftig upplevelse och även några fina bilder blev resultatet. Justin och jag plåtade sedan flugor under vattnet fram till en timme var kvar av dagen. Ett häftigt oväder drog in och de sista kasten gav en fin 4,5 kilos fisk nere på den snabba nacken. Återigen var det en kraftig nedströmsbåge och super fart på flugan som gav resultat! Det är nog ganska mycket fisk men de är kräsna, med mer moln och lite regn lossnar det nog. Campen fick endast några fiskar – vilket är lite förvånande!





Lördag
2012-07-16  08:44

Så kom vi då äntligen fram efter någon extra timmes väntan i Murmansk – denna charmerande stad där favoritfärgen måste vara grå… Campen mötte oss med leende Guider och strålande väder. Vattennivå på 5 cm+ och 14,8 grader. Strålande sol – med andra ord knepiga förhållanden. Efter första lilla ”Master class”-föredraget drog alla iväg ut, själv var jag kvar och fick ordning på de tekniska detaljerna. Efter någon timme vandrade jag nerströms och fiskade en liten micro Black Green Helmet på en flytlina. Många av de små fickorna nedströms genomsöktes och med full nedströms bukten och racerfart på den lilla flugan lyckades jag landa 2 fina feta lusade grilse. Märkligt nog blev de de enda landade fiskarna för campen. Hmmm – hastigheten blir nog nyckeln den här veckan!

På väg!
2012-07-15  18:20











Dags för torrfluge "Master Class"
2012-07-13  14:05

Packad klar och nu går färden till Kharlovka/ LItza igen!
# veckan i år och dags för torrflugeskola.
Allt ser skitbra ut 14 grader i vattnet och regn - topp stora fiskar fortsätter att komma in på varje flod!

Jag provar att blogga över satellit som vanligt!
...Häng med nu kör vi!

River Dee Rapport – 11 juli
2012-07-11  14:27

LAST WEEK

Another week of cool wet weather saw river levels maintained at a good fishing height and resulted with another week of reasonable catches with FishDee beats reporting 195 salmon to 24lbs and 94 sea trout to 5lbs. The biggest fish reported for the week was landed at Woodend but I have no other details about this fish. Lower Crathes and Dinnet beats both reported 16 salmon each which was decent sport as only two anglers were fishing each beat for the week. Crathes and Invery both reported 13 salmon, with Birse reporting 12. The river is not as heavily fished just now as it is in the early spring, which is a pity as there are good runs of fish coming forward, and lots of availability at super beats-River levels are ideal to encourage fish to run the river in good numbers. If you have a chance to come fishing then I would recommend that you come to the Dee to fish.

I met Jeremy Clayton, the Dess proprietor on Friday who reported that he had some good sport with a fine 22lb salmon to his own rod. His last 4 fish caught very recently from Dess have all been over 15lbs which has delighted him.I was also delighted to hear that Ron Low had a fine 21lb sea liced fish from Tilbouries. Ron is the proprietor of the Raemoir Trout fishery in Banchory which is a great place for local youngsters wishing to learn to fly fish during the school holidays as they have equipment available to hire and good numbers of stocked brown and rainbow trout to catch.

Regular Dee fisher Philippe Koehler from France was back on Deeside staying at the Tor Na Coille Hotel and fishing Tilbouries and Park. He sent an e-mail advising ’ Back from The Dee, my friend Bernard and I had a good week at Park and Tilbouries, we fish very hard and manage to catch 6 salmons, 5 were sea liced 1 was not. One was a grilse and the 5 other fish were over 12 pounds, the biggest was 17lbs . I caught my 3 fish with the Frank n snaelda, on a little conehead tube, black and yellow (thank you Mr Sean Stanton!) Marguerite saw you at Tilbouries, she was receiving some casting lessons from Willie Banks, she began salmon fishing this week! We will come back in September and hope we will meet you.’

I also received an e-mail from Sam Harris advising ’ Hi Ken, just a quick line for you to consider for your blog, it would make Mark’s day if you include it! I had a fantastic day with my father and best mate, Mark Roxburghe at Cairnton today. Mark was my pupil until today, having recently mastered his Spey cast, he put it to good use and took a sea trout and two salmon. Good luck for the future Mark! Thanks Ken, Regards, Sam Harris’ Delighted to hear of Mark’s success at Cairnton. This is a lovely beat where new Ghillie Brian Brogan I hear is doing a great job with visiting guests. I visited him for a brief chat and was pleased to hear how much he is relishing his role at Cairnton. I was pleased to get the chance to fish for an hour or so in the evening and was pleased to land a nice sea trout of 3lbs.

Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will take a minimal period to carry out. The new FishDee blog will have news through the week so please keep me informed of any news. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd


PROSPECTS

The river is still carrying a bit of peat stain as I have spent the day with a flim crew at Glen Tanar filming their beats. The water is at a super fishing height and should remain so during the week unless we get a dramatic rainfall. The Sepa gauges are running at 9 inches at Mar Lodge and 2ft 6 inches at Park,great levels for summer fishing on the Dee. The Met Office are suggesting that there will be heavy rain on Tuesday with perhaps a little bit more rain later in the week. It will be predominantly an overcast week with light northerly breezes. Air temperature maxima will be around 15 degrees Celsius. The maritime influence sees tides falling though the week from 4.1 metres to 3.6 metres. Providing we don’t get any dramatic rises in river levels then fishing could be very productive with night sea trout fishers getting a good opportunity for sport too if the evenings stay warm enough. I suspect salmon anglers could do very well this week if we can get enough to come and fish.

I always recommend anglers speak to their Ghillie to discuss tactics and fly choice; this advice is as valid today as it was when I first started writing these fishing reports a number of years ago. If you don’t have a Ghillie on hand to consult then your fly choice could include Crathie fly, Franc n snaelda, Park Shrimp, Calvin’s shrimp and silver stoats tail; perhaps a Ally’s shrimp in peaty water. Anglers fishing dusk and into the darkness could get good sport from sea trout with flies such as Stoats Tail, Dark Mackerel, Teal blue and silver and monkey. 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. Make sure you have floating lines and some poly leaders to help sink the fly just under the surface.

There is a good selection of quality hotel accommodation on Deeside with some hotels offering tremendous value for money to visiting parties of anglers. I understand Tor Na Coille Hotel, Raemoir Hose Hotel and Banchory Lodge Hotel are offering special fisherman’s rates of just over £50 per night for B&B for stays of 3 nights or more-this is tremendous value for money from these top establishments. Please look at the good selection of accommodation providers who specialise in catering for visiting anglers who will make your stay both pleasant and comfortable at www.fishdee.co.uk

Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will take a minimal period to carry out. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd



Philippe Koehler at Park

Bernard Bimboes at Park

River Dee Rapport – 2 juli
2012-07-02  18:06

Recent Catches

The cool wet weather that has prevailed on Deeside for a considerable period continues and last week saw persistent rainfall during the latter part of the week ensuring river levels were above normal summer levels. This helped encourage fish activity and salmon catches were reasonable with FishDee beats reporting 213 salmon and 96 sea trout. Carlogie reported 17 salmon and grilse, Dess 15, Lower Crathes and West Durris 14 with Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie, Kincardine, Borrowston, Park and Upper Drum all in double figures. The largest salmon reported was 22lbs at Balmoral. Sea Trout fishing was steady if not spectacular with Tilbouries reporting a dozen and Kincardine 11. Weather conditions were not ideal for keen night fishing sea trout enthusiasts.

Iain Wilson from the Borders Gun Room in Kelso continued to enjoy good sport at Dess and sent an e-mail advising ‘Hi Ken, Thought I would send you a few pics of our annual trip to Dess this year. The first one is of Bob Smith, Assistant Ghillie at Carham on Tweed, holding a very fresh 8lb fish, caught in Rossacks on Monday morning. The successful pattern was a Brown and orange conehead, which is called Bobs Golden B’s, or BGB for short. The first time Bob used this fly on Tweed, he caught 8 salmon with it; Hence the name. Glad to see it works as well on the Dee. Bob caught a 2nd fish shortly afterwards using the same fly. The 2nd picture is of me with a sea liced fish approx 8lb caught on Friday afternoon; this was caught in the Mill pool at Dess, and was one of 3 Salmon a caught in a short space of time, approx 20 mins. I had caught a small grilse, in the same place 5 mins before, which was successfully netted by Mr Jeremy Clayton. After being released I started again and no sooner was into this fish, fortunately Eoin Smith, Dess Ghillie was on hand to net this one, and Mr Clayton manned the Camera. The 3rd pic is myself with a long tailed sea liced fish caught in Jetties (tail of Mill), approx 8lb, this was the 3rd fish caught in 20mins. Once again Eoin Smith was on hand with the net; as I was clearly on a roll, he was keeping a close eye on me. The Successful fly was a XS Tungsten Conehead Crimp Tube, with a Black and Orange Wing, and Orange Holographic body, fished on floating line and 10ft clear inter tip, water height was 2ft 8",and Water temp 57f . We finished our week with 15 Salmon and 9 Sea Trout, on Thursday and Friday we blanked; I think we were fishing to deep, and too big, the water was also very unsettled over the last 3 days of the week. Thanks again Iain Wilson.’
I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Lawrence Hunt this morning with a super image of a nice big brown trout his 5 year old son Joshua had caught whilst out fishing with dad on the ADAA beat on the Feugh. Lawrence added ‘Both my boys are hooked and it really is wonderful for them to be able to enjoy such sport locally.’ I can also report that Lower Blackhall proprietor Lawrence Ross was providing fishing today to three teenagers from Banchory Academy; Lewis, Cameron and Alex, have just finished their exams, had been helping clear rubbish from the river bank at Kinneskie and were being rewarded for their efforts by Mr Ross. I was delighted to meet them all this morning where Ghillie Colin Simpson was looking forward to teaching them all to fish. Dinnet proprietor Edward Humphrey dropped into the office and advised that Dinnet/ Deecastle had 162 salmon during the spring period, which was the same as 2008. Given the challenging fishing conditions encountered by many anglers during the spring this was a decent achievement and is in line with the beats 5 year average.

Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will take a minimal period to carry out. The new FishDee blog will have news through the week so please keep me informed of any news. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd


Beat catches reported
(week ending 30th June)

SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 3, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 10, Park 10, Lower Crathes and W Durris 14, Crathes 8, Invery 3, Lower Blackhall 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 2, Middle Blackhall 5, Cairnton 3, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 1, Sluie 3, Ballogie 6, Borrowston 11, Kincardine 10, Carlogie 17, Dess 15, Birse 12, Aboyne Water 9, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 5, Waterside and Ferrar 6, Dinnet 6, Deecastle 6, Headinch and Cambus O’May 7, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 10, Birkhall 1, Balmoral 5, Crathie 15, Mar Lodge 1.
Total: 213 Largest: Balmoral 22lbs

SEA TROUT: Culter 1, Tilbouries 12, Park 7, Lower Crathes and W Durris 6, Crathes 4, Invery 1, Lower Blackhall 2, Middle Blackhall 2, Cairnton 2, Woodend 2, Lower Woodend 1, Sluie 1, Ballogie 1, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 11, Carlogie 4, Dess 8, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 4, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 2, Deecastle 4, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Crathie 3, Heughhead 1.
Total: 96 Largest: Invery & Woodend & Kincardine 4lbs


Prospects

The river is running well above summer level as I write and gauges are rising in the lower catchment. The Sepa Gauges are reading 9 inches at Mar Lodge and 3 ft 2 inches at Park. The Met Office is suggesting that air temperatures will rise a bit during the week and may reach as much as 20 degrees Celsius. There will be rain at times during the week with perhaps thunder showers on Thursday/Friday occurring. How this will impact on the river is difficult to predict, but heavy localised downpours can cause discolouration if a lot of sediment is washed into the river from fields. The maritime influence sees tides building though the week from 4.1 metres to 4.4 metres. Providing we don’t get any dramatic rises in river levels then fishing could be very productive with night sea trout fishers getting a good opportunity for sport. I am looking forward to getting out to fish later in the week.

I visited a number of beats to speak to Ghillies about bio security and was able to gather some information about how the beats were fishing. Ghillies were very upbeat about fish catches and numbers of running fish. I always recommend anglers speak to their Ghillie to discuss tactics and fly choice; this advice is as valid today as it was when I first started writing these fishing reports a number of years ago. If you don’t have a Ghillie on hand to consult then your fly choice could include Crathie fly, Franc n snaelda, Cascade, Calvin’s shrimp and silver stoats tail; perhaps a Ness C in peaty water and a green cascade variant. Anglers fishing dusk and into the darkness could get good sport from sea trout with flies such as Stoats Tail, Dark Mackerel, Teal blue and silver and monkey. 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. Make sure you have floating lines and some poly leaders to help sink the fly just under the surface.

There is a good selection of quality hotel accommodation on Deeside with some hotels offering tremendous value for money to visiting parties of anglers. I understand Tor Na Coille Hotel, Raemoir Hose Hotel and Banchory Lodge Hotel are offering special fisherman’s rates of just over £50 per night for B&B for stays of 3 nights or more-this is tremendous value for money from these top establishments. Please look at the good selection of accommodation providers who specialise in catering for visiting anglers who will make your stay both pleasant and comfortable at www.fishdee.co.uk

Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will take a minimal period to carry out. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd


5 Year old Joshua Hunt with a nice 3.2lb brown trout caught on the Feugh whilst fishing with dad Lawrence Hunt

Tweed Ghillie Bob Smith from Carham on a busman’s holiday to the Dee with a nice fresh salmon at Dess

Iain Wilson from the Border Gun Room at Kelso with a nice fresh salmon with Dess Ghillie Eoin Smith looking on

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