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Nu har regnet tagit över helt! Naturen är hård och skoningslös! Det evinnerliga regnandet bara ökar i styrka. Idag har älven vuxit över alla bräddar, 6 fot och stigande gör det ofiskbart.
Nu är biljetten ombokad och hemresan blir redan imorgon! Ingen idé att sörja, bara att se framåt! Om en vecka värme, mojitos & feta tarponer – Kuba!
4 fot stigande, skitigt som ärtsoppa, 4 grader, 15 m/s från norr och isande kallt ösregn!
Idag – inte en fisk att se!
Rapport från Dee
Lunchrapport från regnigt, översvämmat Dee.
Fick mot alla odds en kanonfisk i Jock Rae – knappa 8 kilo springer. Härligt!
Sjunkande vatten men kallt. Ganska knepigt fiske men jag fick en fin 12 poundare med lus o allt - härligt!
Tappade ett par fiskar , troligen på grund av det kalla vattnet var det dåligt bett i fisken.
Härligt att vara tillbaka vid Dee och ändå se att Dee Sheepen fortfarande funkar fint!
Imorgon om regnet sluta) ser allt toppen ut!
Dee här kommer jag!
så nu allt packat nya flies bundna och dags för vårens skottlandsfiske. Dess som vanligt väntar. Hmm...rapporterna har ju varit riktigt sega med lågt vatten och få laxsteg!
...men nu regnar det så det sprutar, älven i full flom och tyvärr ser det kanske ut som om vi får för mycket vatten!
men laxen stiger som aldrig förr!
...ska sluta med regndansen nu...dansade nog lite väl häftigt!
Rapporterar som vanligt dagligen här!
Alla boktexter klara på 2 språk!
Så var det äntligen klart alla texter till de 12 kapitlen av SALAR - the perfect drift. Inledning Epilog , bibliografi o hela rasket!
Nu har jag läst stött och blött och kan bara konstatera att bättre kan jag inte!
Bebisen ska födas i höst så nu är det bildjobb och design som ska göras och här har jag bra hjälp - den bästa man klan få!
River Dee Rapport – 16 april
It was a difficult week for many anglers, especially in the lower beats as fish were not hanging about in their quest to run upriver. FishDee beats reported 103 salmon and 7 sea trout for the week with Lower Crathes reporting 9, Craigendinnie, Crathes and Monaltrie 8 for the week. There were however a number of big fish encountered last week which saw a 22lb salmon caught on Monday, Tuesday 22lbs, Thursday 25lbs, Friday 20lbs and Saturday 20lbs. Given the recent rise in river levels anglers and Ghillies alike will have expected more fish landed given the angling effort on the river, alas the runs of fish this year appear to be well down on the same period last year which was an excellent spring period. We do have a lot of rainfall forecast for the week and hopefully we will see a decent run of new fish coming into the river.
George Murray at Craigendinnie was happy with the 8 fish landed on his beat which incidentally is a lovely 2 rod beat. Visiting angler Richard Ashby had a good week with 6 to his own rod including a 25lb salmon and a 22lb salmon, all taken on a size 8 cascade. They also had a sea liced 18 lb salmon from Simmons. Euan Reid at Dinnet reported that the Dinnet/Deecastle beats had a dozen for the week with a number of small fish being encountered between 5-8lbs. They started the week brightly with 4 fish on Monday, 2 on Tuesday 2 on Wednesday; however as the river levels dropped catches slowed with 1 on Friday and 3 on Saturday. Gordon Tait picked up some fish on a small Sunray type fly. There were a mixture of fresh bright fish and river fish (ones that have been in for a few weeks). Robert Harper from Lower Crathes reported a tough week for anglers at Lower Crathes. Although they landed 9 salmon, a mixture of fresh and river fish, the anglers really put in the hours to get their rewards, where they bulk of the catch was made towards the end of the week. I spoke with some of the anglers on Saturday night led by party leader Espen Sandstø, who were fishing Lower Crathes, Crathes, Birse, Sluie and Woodend beats during the week, and they were really delighted to catch 10 fish on Saturday. They reported seeing fish running hard just as dusk descended on Deeside.
I met up with visiting angler and well known television angler Paul Young on Monday evening for a chat, who was fishing with a crack team of anglers at Invery led by the talented Jim Fisher. Paul was delighted to catch a fish on Monday morning just after he started fishing however the rods reported that there appeared to be very few fish about. I was delighted to receive an invitation for a day’s fishing by Jeremy Clayton the new Dess beat proprietor. I was really delighted to land a really nice fish from the Mill Poll on Friday morning which was expertly netted by Mrs Jenny Clayton. I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Clayton for their very kind hospitality and really tremendous lunch in the superb upper beat fishing hut. Pontus Gunlycke from Sweden reported a Springer and sea trout from Middle Blackhall, which is a very pretty beat to fish with a hugely experienced Ghillie David Gibbon, and a selection of lovely fly fishing water.
(week ending 14th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 9, Crathes 8, Invery 3, Lower Blackhall 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 4, Woodend 1, Commonty 2, Sluie 1, Ballogie 4, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 5, Dess 3, Birse 4, Aboyne Water 3, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 6, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 6, Deecastle 6, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 8, Crathie 7.
Total: 103 Largest: Craigendinnie 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Tilbouries 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 2, Invery 1, Middle Blackhall 1.
Total: 7 Largest: Lower Crathes and W Durris 4lbs
TROUT: None reported
With the river currently running at quite a low spring level, with the Sepa gauges reading 5 to 11 inches at their monitoring stations we are really needing a good lift of water. The weather forecasters at the Met Office are suggesting that we shall get a decent amount of rainfall in the catchment this week. There is heavy overnight rain forecast tonight with heavy and persistent rain showers forecast during the middle of the week. The air temperature maxima will be 8 degrees Celsius with overnight lows just above freezing. There will be strong winds at times during the week with the wind direction changing from a westerly direction to a north easterly direction making it feel cold with the wind chill factored in. Fishing will be difficult at times and anglers will have to be very patient and put the hours in to get their rewards. That said a visitor from Norway has just phoned to say he has landed 2 salmon this morning in the upper river. He fished last week on a lower beat with guests and the highlight of his week was a fish on the Monday and seeing his Ghillie now nicknamed Daffy, with a bunch of daffodils for his wife. Now mentioning Daffodils has reminded me that Dee Ghillies in the past used to plant Daffodil bulbs at the side of their pools which would grow adjacent to good taking lies.
FishDee correspondent Ken Reid with his first salmon of the season at Dess
Well known TV angling presenter and actor Paul Young with a salmon at Invery
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River Dee Rapport - 11 april
What a change to the fortunes of anglers fishing the Dee last week with the continuation of unseasonable weather. Two weeks ago it was blazing sunshine and record high temperatures and last week saw heavy snowfall with Michael Bruce at Glentanar advising a foot of snow had fallen on Mount Keen. Well this change in weather conditions saw the River Dee temperatures drop to a level that appealed to the humour of the salmon, with FishDee beats reporting to date 119 salmon to 26 lbs and 10 sea trout for the week. Park finally had some good sport and reported 19 for the week; Lower Crathes were into double figures as was Kincardine, with Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie reporting 9 for their week with some lovely fish to 18lbs. River levels rose during the latter part of the week and Saturday saw a 3 foot rise which will have hopefully put the river in good heart for the coming week.
I occasionally get around beats and it’s always nice to see a fish being caught however I had a first this morning when calling Dess Estates Ghillie Eoin Smith for a catch up. Eoin reported that Jeremy Clayton, the new proprietor was just in the process of landing his first fish of the season ! Eoin advised that local angler; Mr. Peter Beckett from Aboyne landed a 41 inch salmon on Saturday in Jock Rae which gave him a great fight. Eoin was on hand to net the fish and return it to the river. The fish had been in the river a few weeks. I have been following Mattias Helde and Jonas Runnberg’s blog during the week where they had a group of fishermen fishing on a number of Dee Beats. You can find their weeks report at fiskebloggen.com where you will find a good selection of video clips and super pictures of the exciting weeks sport their anglers experienced, which culminated with Icelandic angler Ingolfur David landing over half a dozen salmon to 25 lbs. The big fish was landed at Commonty which will have delighted both Ian Fraser and Sean Stanton. If you have time please visit their website.
Highly respected Lower Crathes Ghillie Robert Harper dropped me an e-mail over the weekend commenting about the good sport at Lower Crathes enjoyed by Geoff Fisher; he’s a talented and thoughtful angler. Robert commented ’Ken, I’m sure recent catches will help your report greatly. Lower Crathes regular Mr Geoff Fisher had a fantastic day last Monday, landing 4 cracking salmon, 14lbs,16lbs,18lbs and 20lbs, he also lost a fish in the evening which he got a good look at, over 20lbs. Geoff’s guest Mr Laing landed a beautiful 14lbs salmon. During the week Geoff landed another 3 fish, two at 12lbs and a 14lbs fish. Mr Milani also a Lower Crathes regular added 2 salmon, one a fantastic 18lbs sea licer.’ This super beat has produced many outstanding fish this season.
I was also delighted to receive an e-mail from Nick Evans this morning providing a detailed report from his recent productive trip to Park. Nick is a regular Dee visitor who is a very diligent angler and has a great sense of humour. Nick advised ’Hi Ken, Just back from the Dee after 6 days on Park â€“ 3 on South, 3 on North. As ever I was looked after really well by ghillies Keith and Bert, and enjoyed a great week of fishing in difficult conditions - low, clear water and only a few fish running. My week started with very low, cool water ( 3 inches on Park gauge) on Monday. I had a rawner in the morning and lost a fresh fish in the evening. Monday night it snowed, we had about 6" and was very cold. This sudden drop in temperature seemed to kill the fishing on Tuesday. On Wednesday there was a slight lift in water, and it felt a bit warmer. I had a pull, then lost a Springer just as I was about to beach it ! Then I lost a much bigger fish in play, all before lunch. I was cursing after 3 losses on the trot! Then in the afternoon I got a long tailed sea liced fish of 14lb. Thursday the river was 6inches, and I got a 16lb licer before lunch and a strong take from another fish, then a 7lb licer after lunch. On Friday another 16lb licer, then a 8lb licer after lunch. Then snowmelt got the river up 4ft on Saturday, and I had 1 pull only, in very peaty water. My mistake was to continue fishing for runners - I should have gone deeper for resting fish, as Jim Coates managed to winkle out a couple fishing this way. All my fish and takes were on an 8wt rod, floating line and 10ft clear intermediate poly with a size 12 (yes 12 ) Yellow cascade. So, my best spring trip ever, with a bit more luck, I should have had 8 fish, rather than the 5 I landed. My fish had probably all come in on the night tides and were some of the strongest fighters I remember, particularly on such a light outfit. I chose to use that 8wt as the water was low and clear and I wanted a gentle presentation, and it seemed to work for me.
SALMON & GRILSE: Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 7, Park 19, Lower Crathes and W Durris 10, Knappach 2, Crathes 1, Invery 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 4, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 3, Commonty 3, Ballogie 3, Borrowston 6, Kincardine 12, Carlogie 3, Dess 3, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 9, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 4, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 9, Morven 1, Crathie 6.
Total: 119 Largest: Dess 26lbs
SEA TROUT: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Park 4, Invery 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Kincardine 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1.
Total: 10 Largest: Park & Invery 3lbs
All things being equal we could see the best weeks fishing of the season on Deeside; hopefully the recent high water will have encouraged a good number of new salmon to enter the river. The weather forecast provided by the recently revamped Met Office is showing a period of more typical Deeside Spring weather with daytime highs around 9 degrees Celsius and overnight lows in the upper reaches perhaps as low as zero. What is of interest to anglers and perhaps farmers is the likelihood of reasonable rainfall during the week with hill snow forecast. It looks likely that anglers can expect to see rain showers throughout the week where some maybe heavy and prolonged. The maritime influence sees tides at the start of the week at 4.5 metres, a big tide, and dropping back to 3. 5 metres; really optimum conditions for new fish to come forward.
I am sure that the River Dee Ghillies will be optimistic about this week’s sport and it will pay anglers dividends to heed their wise counsel. As we have a good river level and hopes of new fish coming forward and running the river, we can have a degree of optimism that we may find fish in the mood to take an anglers fly. When it comes to choice of fly then your beat Ghillie will want to make good suggestions, so please ask for advice. River Dee Ghillies know their beat intimately and where taking fish are likely to be and they will suggest flies to suit the condition and clarity of the water. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie to call on then perhaps fish with an intermediate line or sink tip shooting head. Small tube flies or dressed doubles should suffice with patterns such as Allys shrimp, Park Shrimp, Calvin’s shrimp, Tosh, Crathie fly worth a try. You can also try a Monkey fly or Sunray, but be prepared to experiment during your week. If you do experience a sudden and unexpected flood then perhaps you may enjoy a round of golf to kill a few hours. There are some super golf courses in the valley with Peterculter Golf Club offering some fabulous views of the River Dee in a glorious setting. Club Professional Dean Vannet can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure tee times if required; the course is in excellent condition. You could perhaps visit the McEwan gallery beside Ballater to view some lovely art works of the River Dee or if you are more energetic, then go to Deeside Activity Park near Dess and have some fun on driving a variety of vehicles from Quads to Tanks.
Ingolfur David with a 25 lb Salmon, one of over half a dozen he landed during his week.
Mattias Helde with a nice springer being returned. Picture: courtesy of fiskebloggen.com
Nick Evans with one of his nice springers at Park.
Emån Bättre än väntat!
Andreas Möller från Guideline har ju visat sig vara en riktig mink - detta damp ner i mailboxen i natt!
Här kommer en rad om dagens fiske! Drog på en riktig fighter på Old Mans Place som drog 20-30 meter i första rusningen, galnaste fisk jag har fått på vårfisket. Fiskade djupt med med 6/7 sjunkspets.
Fiskade av Barret och nöp en blänkare långt ner mellan stenarna efter ditt tips Micke! Fisken var 61 cm lång. Har fått två laxar upptill, 104 och 107 cm. Emån levererar! Skickat från min iPhone
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One dam thing after another!
Iceland Government suspends plans for three big dams following a successful salmon protection campaign
The Icelandic Government has accepted NASF‘s objections to a new hydro-electric generating scheme on Iceland‘s biggest river and suspended the plans to build three dams to power generation plants. NASF had urged the government to adopt a precautionary approach to proposals by Landsvirkjun, Iceland‘s biggest power company, to harness power from the river Thjorsá. A proposal to this effect will now be presented to the Icelandic Parliament.
The Thjórsá, the country‘s biggest river system, originates in the mighty Hofsjökull glacier in the middle of Iceland. It hosts Iceland´s biggest sustainable wild salmon stock and also holds brown trout, sea trout and some char. Nearly 90% of the natural fish habitat in the river lies above the Urridafoss waterfall and revolutionary changes were proposed to the flow of the river. NASF warned the government that this would create huge losses of habitat and nursery areas for juvenile salmon.
Using taxpayers cash the power company, has invested heavily in the projects but had failed to fully assess the colossal damage to the natural environment that could be caused. It had also failed to consult with the river owners and merely cited the “Columbia and Snake rivers in the Northwest United States as evidence of their good intentions. Twenty years ago the river owners around Thjórsá negotiated a deal that provided them with a fish ladder at the Buda waterfall. It appears to be reasonably successful but many of the river owners say it is just a start to huge salmon enhancement activities envisoned for the whole river system.
Over the last decade or so Iceland river catches have doubled and trebled following the strict protection and enhancement schemes that progressive angling operators and river owners in Iceland have introduced. These include conservation deals in the marine environment, coastal nets buyouts, catch-&-release, carefully focused stocking projects and a variety of other innovative enhancment work.
Orri Vigfusson, chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) says that schemes like the now-suspended Thjórsá plan should be an international issue and be related to climate changes. „ As glaciers shrink the snow melt from which many rivers spring will reduce. As sea levels rise, salination of the lower reaches will increase,„ he said.
Far from building new dams we need to accelerate their removal. In the last ten years only 410 American dams were removed and there are 84,000 more. Demolishing big obstructions like hydro dams will improve natural river flows and the production of feed and oxygen for the fish, mammals and invertebrates that live in or around a river. Hopefully marine life will also stand to benefit.
In Maine, the 160-year-old Edward Dam was removed from the Kennebec River in 1999 and today the river boasts a thriving and diverse fishery. Undamming the Elwha river in Washington is expected to boost its salmon population from 3,000 to 400,000 and this will attract bears, eagles and other wildlife that thrived before the river dams were built in 1914.
NASF is currently supporting plans to remove dams obstructing wild salmon runs in the Sélune river in the Mont-Saint-Michel area of Normandy in France. It is also supporting an Atlantic Salmon Federation project to remove the dams on the Penobscot river in Maine that would open up a thousand miles of new salmon habitat.
In submitting its biological and environmental assessment, NASF sought the advice of Dr Margaret Filardo, Fishery Biologist and Michele DeHart, Manager of the Fish Passage Center in Oregon. A host of Icelandic experts including the Thórsá river board have advised and participated in the NASF assessment of this project.
„We now need a few years to explore the real opportunities the Thórsá river system can offer,“ Orri Vigfusson said. „Our focus will be on the salmon stocks and we shall use the vast expertise our worldwide teams have amassed over the last 20 years. We hope to develop a master plan for a massive salmon enhancement programme throughout this uniquely productive water system. Simultaneously we shall need to develop angling programmes and encourage eco-tourism and a host of other projects that will create new jobs and new income revenues for the local population that live beside this huge river.“
The North Atlantic Salmon Fund, NASF, is an international coalition of voluntary private sector conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance. – email@example.com – www.nasfworldwide.com
The Lower Monumental Dam in the Snake river.
Trevligt brev från Thomas Johansson!
Det var en hektisk mässa för oss i Östersjölaxälvar i Samverkan. Det är mycket jobb att få allt att flyta någorlunda smärtfritt på en auktion. Resultatet blev ca 90 000 kronor till förmån för laxen!!! Christer Borg ska räkna ihop allt så vi får den exakta summan.
Mässdagarnas stora begivenhet var att Orri Vigfusson kom till oss för att medverka på auktionen. En fantastisk man vars otroliga historier om fantastiska fisken, egna laxälvar, kungliga fiskekamrater och 60 miljoner dollar insamlat till förmån för Atlantlaxen under 22 år nästan låter för bra för att vara sanna. Men faktum är att det han har lyckats med är på riktigt, och nu vill han hjälpa oss! Vi har flitig mailkontakt och han vill komma över till oss under maj för att få igång vårt arbete i en större skala. Vi får se vart det leder.
Vi hade turen att med vår utställning under mässdagarna få stå 5 meter från HaV´s och Jordbruksverkets monter. Här fanns inga mindre än Martin Rydgren och Håkan Carlstrand från Havs och Vattenmyndigheten. Båda är utredare på enheten för biologisk mångfald och fiske. Det är bland annat dessa herrar vi har att tacka för utfasningen av det svenska havsfisket efter lax och högre krav på kustfisket. Vi känner i nätverket att vi från HaV har fått en enorm respons och respekt för såväl vår sak som vår organisation. Det var väl på tiden att sportfisket började med lite lobbyverksamhet i maktens korridorer. Yrkesfisket har varit ensamma här i flera decennier.
Du gör ett fantastiskt jobb då du på dina föreläsningar upplyser dina åhörare om problematiken runt Östersjölaxen och visar på hur det KUNDE vara även hos oss om vi hade en fungerande laxförvaltning värd namnet. Det är viktigt att få upp ögonen och engagera folk i våra egna led som BARA är intresserade av senaste prylarna och vem som får mest fisk.
NASF buys nets in southern England
NASF CONSERVATION DEAL ENDS 2000 YEARS OF SALMON TRADITION
For 2000 years the fishermen of Mudeford in Dorset are believed to have followed an unbroken tradition of organised fishing to catch the big salmon and sea trout returning to the Hampshire Avon and the Dorset Stour from their sea migration. Thirty years ago the once-prolific runs began to decline. Now, after 20 years of failed efforts to help nature restore the salmon numbers, the remaining professional salmon fishermen have decided to hang up their nets.
For the last two decades the few salmon that still make it back to the two rivers have enjoyed complete protection. The rod fishermen and the commercial boatmen have carefully returned every salmon they caught in the hope that natural spawning and concerted efforts to improve the habitats would rebuild the runs. But the future of the salmon populations of both rivers remains officially designated as being “At Risk.”
In addition to the research and conservation projects that have been employed the Environment Agency has maintained a net limitation order for many years and the two remaining boatmen have helped the researchers and co-operated with every restraint suggested to them. But nothing has really worked so far.
The order restricting the number of nets is now being renewed and negotiations began to bring the ancient fishery to a complete end. This has now resulted in a voluntary buyout of the netting rights funded by a partnership between the Agency, the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) and the Avon and Stour Rivers Association. The netsmen will receive * mutually agreed compensation. Supporters of NASF, guided by salmon conservationist, Brian Marshall, are contributing 50% of the money through the Migratory Salmon Foundation, a UK conservation charity. The Agency provided 25% on and the Avon and Stour Rivers Association contributed the remainder.
Climate changes affecting ocean currents and the abundance of the prey species that salmon feed on during their long oceanic migrations have been blamed for a steep and general decline in wild Atlantic salmon numbers on both sides of the North Atlantic. There are possible signs of a tentative improvement in many rivers. Iceland, for example, has enjoyed record salmon catches recently. But the Avon and the Stour and the Wye, and other UK rivers that like them was once world-famous for the quality of its salmon fishing, seem to have lost their capacity to restore themselves naturally. They share this unenviable distinction with many Atlantic salmon rivers in New England and Canada.
International salmon campaigner Orri Vigfusson, chairman of both NASF and the Migratory Salmon Foundation, said: “In agreeing to surrender their netting rights, in perpetuity, the Mudeford netsmen have demonstrated their great concern for the species. I congratulate all concerned for their continuing determination to improve the situation. Our participation is another example of our efforts to return Atlantic salmon numbers to their former abundance. With the help of our partner organisations about 90% of the commercial salmon fisheries that were standing in the way of a recovery has been removed.”
The North Atlantic Salmon Fund, NASF, is an international coalition of voluntary private sector conservation groups who have come together to restore stocks of wild Atlantic salmon to their historic abundance. – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.nasfworldwide.com
Netting in 1994.
River Dee Rapport - 2 april
Another week of drought conditions on Deeside saw anglers resorting to high summer conditions by fishing in the early mornings and evenings with the clocks now having gone forward. Anglers were seeing numbers of kelts in middle and lower beats and some newer salmon. The thing about salmon as all anglers know is that just because they are there doesn’t mean you will catch them, as they do not by and large feed in fresh water; there is no need for them to take the anglers flies in earnest. People speculate to this day as to why salmon take a fly and many theories abound. It’s perhaps for the best that anglers don’t know all the answers or they perhaps wouldn’t bother going fishing. As it was, FishDee beats reported 58 salmon for the week and 4 sea trout, with salmon ranging from 2 lbs to 24 lbs. The 2lb salmon was caught on a dry fly, a size 14 Greenwell’s Glory at Lower Blackhall by angler Andy Smith. Colin Simpson the beat Ghillie had initially thought it was a sea trout Kelt but on inspection he saw it was a small fresh salmon, which was landed at Sandy Haven. House of Hardy product development manager Howard Croston also had a nice 6lb fish from the Bridge Pool.
I phoned around a number of our Ghillies this morning to get their thoughts which are extremely helpful. I spoke to Archie Hay, Crathie Ghillie who was delighted to report the first two fish for the season for the beat. Archie had a 10lbs salmon from McLarens on Thursday and Mr Martin had a 9lb Salmon on Saturday. There were 2 salmon lost on Tuesday. Archie’s fish was caught on a Crathie tube fly. There are fish in the pools of the beat and the beat is virtually fully booked now for the entire season. Brian Sim at Crathes Castle reported 4 salmon for the week between 5 and 8lbs which were caught on small Frances flies in hard fishing conditions. Mr Phil Taylor had 3 and Mr Nigel Wooley had 1, with the fish reported to being pretty fresh. A regular visitor from Norway, Mr Roald Meyer dropped me an e-mail advising ’Hi Ken. I attach some pictures from our recent fishing trip to Lower Crathes. The fish weighed 24 pounds and was 40 Inches long, and took a Red Frances (size 10) In the Bridge Pool. My first trip to the River Dee was with Global in 2006. I have since then been fishing Lower Crathes every year during week 13. We already look forward to next year. All the best from Norway, Roald.’
Lars Terkildsen sent an e-mail from Sweden advising, ‘Just a short note about from Allan Bloch’s week on Waterside & Ferrar and Birse with a group of customers. Allan, who hosted the week, is my associate in the shop for information. A strange March week at the Dee, this extreme low water level is something we have never seen during our years at the Dee, and wish we will never see again. Despite the low level, Birse produced a fantastic number of springers, a lot of thanks goes to Doug Murray for his fantastic spirit and great help - as always, Lummels was the top-top pool of the week with 7 springers, out of the 10 we got at Birse. Mr Rafael Kaminsky did not get as many as he usual does, but a cracking 20 pounder out of Lummels ( pict. attached )was caught on our proto type of the G.Loomis NRX 12 FT 6 Inches # 9-10. Waterside & Ferrar was hard to crack but in the end, with great help from Davie Goodfellow, we got one of these small springers (68 cm), Dee has had this year, and one early sea trout. To inspire others; we used the treble density shooting heads from Guideline in the density Floating / Intermediate / Sink2 with fluorocarbon leader, and best fly in our week was Black and Orange Monkey with a 5 cm wing. The conclusion; Fishing deep was the answer, and for once the Orange Monkey out fished the usual Yellow Monkey. Another fly that worked was the Silver Blue Monkey in same size.’
SALMON & GRILSE: Park 5, Lower Crathes and W Durris 7, Crathes 4, Invery 4, Lower Blackhall 2, Cairnton 1, Woodend 1, Ballogie 4, Borrowston 2, Kincardine 5, Carlogie 4, Dess 2, Birse 10, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 2, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Crathie 2, Total 58
The River Dee is currently sitting at very low levels, which are more akin to high summer than the month of April. That situation is about to change though, as the blocking area of high pressure which has been entrenched over the British Isles for weeks is moving away, and a series of weather fronts are due to sweep across the country bringing a real change to the weather. Last Monday saw the mercury siting at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and this morning it was sitting at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and snow is falling on the hills. This is welcome news for anglers and Ghillies alike who must be exhausted after all the rain dancing that will have been going on around the valley for weeks. The Met Office is suggesting there will be snow for much of the afternoon and evening with wintry showers following along on Tuesday. There should be more rain showers during the week and perhaps the promise of heavier rain on Friday in time for the high tides. The long range forecast is for much more precipitation and normal spring temperatures. The fortunes of anglers should change for the better over the next few weeks.
As weather conditions are due to change then anglers should heed the advice offered by their Ghillies. Whilst you may start the week fishing with very small flies, you may be fishing with much bigger flies by the end of the week. The River Dee Ghillies are respected worldwide for their expertise and knowledge and it is worth while asking for their views when you get time with them on a one to one basis. If you don’t have a Ghillie to call on for advice then perhaps you will start the week with small flies, perhaps size 10-12 dressed doubles. Patterns to try as always are the Park Shrimp, Crathie Fly, Frances Fly, and Calvin’s Shrimp, Monkey, Tosh and Ally’s shrimp.
If you find you have the wrong flies with you for your fishing trip then pay a visit to some of our super retailers; George Strachan’s store in Aboyne or the Kincardine O’Neil Post office have a great selection of Dee flies tied by the enterprising Ballogie estates Ghillie Sean Stanton, at very attractive prices. These venues also provide great sandwiches for visiting angler’s luncheon etc and of course the highly popular Dalmore Dee Dram. The Orvis store in Banchory also has a great selection of flies to choose from and equipment to hire. Please ensure visiting anglers sign the Gyrodactylus salaris declaration forms. These are vitally important to the river, ensuring all visitors are vigilant in ensuring we take necessary precautions and don’t see this devastating parasite wiping out our stocks of salmon. If you are not offered one to sign then I would urge you to please ask for one to be provided to you prior to commencing fishing.
24 lb Salmon landed at Lower Crathes by Roald Meyer
The Seatrout Champ!
Emån är ett fantastiskt vattendrag - här har massor av stora öringar landats. Själv har jag fått knappa tiotalet över 10 kilo med en topp på 11,7 men den fisken är ju rena "strömmingen" jämfört med åns allra största havsöringar. Flera av världsrekorden kommer från Em. Gavin Clegg, Walter Barrett, Stig Nilsson, Roland Maxe och senast i raden Lennart Westerlund. Jag har känt Lennart många år och fångar honom på herrgårdstrappan .... Hur var det nu då den där morgonen för snart 20 år sedan.......
15,3 kilo Emöring. Foto: Curt-Robert Lindqvist
Andra dagen - svinkallt men kalasfiske!
Tänk hur det är - detta blir man aldrig riktigt klok på!? Andra dagen startade efter en frostig morgon. Vinden vrålade från norr och kylan var bister! En sån här dag skulle man gissat att fisken stod och tryckte!
Men - icke! De var betydligt bättre drag i firrarna. jag fiskade 1an och fick en schysst "besa" på banken kanske dryga 5 kilo. Sern ner till 11an där platsen under bron gav några firrar. jag har fortfarande några små heta platser. den här lilla fläcken gav 2 fina fiskar en på 85 cm och två tappade. fräckt att de står på samma platser som för 25 år sedan - tänk du kunde jag varje sten i ån! Några kast på 8angav en fin 2 kilosblänkare och sen lkunch och dags för mig att bryta.
Det blir nog lite mer Mörrum i vår - det är en fin å och här finns så många minnen!
Pool 1 trångt, men klassiskt!
11an inte så charmigt men teckniskt fiske - intressant!
Leif Stävmo med tighta loopar som gav flera fina fiskar
Klockan 9.00 gick kanonskottet och jag vadade ut i 12 ans kalla vatten. I ärlighetens namn trodde jag det skulle bli skit enkelt. jag sattsade på att fiska högt efter blänkare. 38 kubik meter/sekund och 8,4 grader får räknas som rena drömförhållandena. Jag Bommade en fisk efter en knappo minut - ha tänk där var det nära att jag tog årets första igen..Men sen blev det trögt. jag fick 2 fiskar varav en fin 4,5 kilos blänkare och tappade några. Fisken var försiktig och det var inte förens jag fiskade lite djupare kontakterna kom. Eftermiddagen gav en fin 5 kilos på nacken till Grindarna och ytterligare en tappad fisk.
Totalt en OK premiär med 211 landade fiskar med en största blänkare på 5,8 kilo.