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15 altafilmer i bloggen!
2011-08-25  11:53

Det är kul, men tar ack så mycket tid! Nu är i allafall alla filmer klara i Altabloggen 15 stycken en del bra andra mindre bra! Häftigt att se de mäktiga poolerna igen - längtar redan tillbaka!

Det är roligt med "stakarnas " snack - tänk dessa två har varit med om att ta mer än 50 stycken20 kilosar och den största över 25 och krokat ännu större ...lyssna på berätelsen: efter 1,5 timme gick tafsen och då var japsen slut......

River Dee rapport - 22 augusti
2011-08-23  08:48

Recent Catches
Another steady week’s salmon fishing on Deeside with the lower beats starting to catch more and more tide fresh salmon. There was a lift in river levels that slowed catches a little bit however FishDee beats have as I write reported 231 salmon& grilse and 23 sea trout. I see there is a 30lb salmon reported at Borrowston but have no details of the capture to report as yet. There are quite a number of beats reporting catches in double figures for their week; Park reported 30, Upper Drum 20, Lower Crathes 18, Altries 15, Crathie 14, Culter and Ballogie 12, Monaltrie & Lower Invercauld, Crathes and Tilbouries all reported 11 for the week. These show the upper beats are still ticking over nicely and the lower beats numbers are ramping up as we would expect in late summer. I have been away for a few days and have returned to quite a lot of correspondence from visiting anglers, as always I am grateful for all the effort the correspondents have put in by writing to share their experiences and images. So in no particular order I will detail these below.

John Gordon-Smith advised ‘I have just returned home after a truly memorable week at Park (South) fishing with a couple of regular pals and for the first time my son Giles, his girlfriend Katy Emson, my daughter Philippa and her husband Jonathan, all of whom were fishing for the 1st time under the excellent guidance of Tom and Jean Marshall for Thursday and Friday. Also joining us for a day was your friend Stuart Buchan who bagged the best fish of the week at 12lbs. The total tally was I think 17. I think all of the fish apart from 3 salmon, were grilse. The best tally went to friend Graham Watson at 6 who very frustratingly lost a fish into the high teens at Durris after an epic battle which ended in his fish rather rudely spitting out his fly following a furious head shaking performance more akin of Jimmy Hendrix. My meagre tally came to 4, but of course should have been more if I had been more alert. The main excitement for us came late on Friday afternoon at almost 6pm when Giles (remember 1st trip and only 2nd day!) lost his first fish. Determined to succeed and already mastering perfect casting on beat 5, which his Dad can only dream of, he landed his 1st grilse of 4lbs on a Park shrimp. Katy duly followed suit moments later with a 5 pounder and sensing the moment had arrived Giles dropped to one knee in the river and popped the magic question to Katy. All of this came as a big surprise to us (my wife Helen a non-fisher was back at the hut) after Giles showed us pics of the 1st 2 fish and then said actually he had landed a far bigger one. Step forward Katy and the ring. So what more could we have wished for, absolutely magical and you can bet your pound that all being well the G-S’s will be back. Best regards, John.’ Many congratulations to Giles for his catch of a lifetime.

I was delighted to receive an e-mail from regular Dee angler, the inventor of the highly successful Crathie fly Mr Tom Saville, who commented ‘Hi Ken, Just back from a week on Crathie, most enjoyable despite changeable conditions. Notable because one lady in my party, Mrs Lucy Furse, caught her first-ever salmon, a 15lbs hen fish (picture attached) followed by two more. Her husband Justin lost at the net a cock fish estimated by Archie Hay to be 30lbs. (picture of him playing the fish is also attached). The fish was played for some 40 minutes and was head-up and ready to net when one hook of the size 14 Crathie double fly broke. Obviously only one of the hooks went in. My wife Pat had a 15lbs cock fish and 3 sea trout. Old age and infirmity restrict my fishing nowadays, but I managed to fish a nice easy pool for 15 minutes and got a 10lbs cock fish. While the water was suitable all the fish were caught on my Crathie fly (of course) and when the peat stain appeared we switched to Ally’s orange/silver Shrimps and the odd Red Frances. Lucy’s fish were caught on an unusual version of the Crathie tied by Archie Hay with the addition of an orange Ally’s-Shrimp-style tail! I decided to call it Archie’s A........ I wonder if the name will stick. We’ll be back! Tom Saville. ‘It sounds like Tom, Pat and party had another really enjoyable visit. Anglers interested in the Crathie Fly can look at the Flies for the Dee page on the FishDee website where a description and image are provided. Tom very kindly sent me some flies to put onto the website and it is a very successful fly which many River Dee anglers swear by.

I received a nice e-mail and super images from Richard Newton and Robert Carter with Richard advising ‘Dear Ken, You might like this photo for your website. It’s a couple of weeks old I’m afraid, but it shows my 13 year old son Will Newton, with his first ever Salmon, a lovely silver grilse landed at dusk from Upper Gannets at Ballogie on 2nd August. Will is the third generation of the Newton family to fish (and catch) at Ballogie, and was there with his grandfather, John. Another one hooked? I think so. Spurred on by the young snapping at his heels, Newton senior went on to land his best ever Dee fish later that week, a cracking 20lber, from Middle Gannets. Regards, Richard Newton’ I am always delighted to hear of anglers landing their first salmon and I wish to extend congratulations to Will for his success.’ Robert who had been fishing at Altries on the lower river, a beat with some beautiful fly fishing pools commented ‘Hi Ken, I recently had a trip up to the Dee, fishing 8th 9th and 10th of August. I blanked the first 2 days but on the third day, caught 2 fish within 3 casts of each other. I was fishing Altries and Lower Drum with a small party organised by the ‘ legendary ‘ Jim Fearn. Most of us had fish and we all enjoyed the trip. On the Wednesday morning, I was allocated a pool to fish and within half an hour of starting, had a take and successfully landed a 5lb fish, the fish being a bit coloured. I then returned to the water and started to fish. I put out a rather bad cast, so re cast a great line which sailed right across the river. As soon as the fly hit the water, a great big salmon smashed into it and cart wheeled away, behaving like an electrocuted marlin! I have never experienced a take anything like it. The amazing thing was that Kevin, the ghillie watched me cast out, commented on the good cast, then saw the fish smash into the fly, all from further down river on the opposite bank. The fish took off like a train and had me onto the backing within seconds. It was still cart wheeling around and I saw this huge tail fin on a very silvery body. I knew it was going to be a very good fish. The fish fought on and made several very powerful runs before I finally got him on his side and drew it into the bank after a 15 minute battle. The cock fish was well hooked, covered in sea lice, and weighed approximately 18 pounds. What an incredible experience!

And my final piece of correspondence and another first fish, was kindly sent to me by Tim Lawson who advised ‘We have been coming to stay at Invercauld for about ten years, enjoying the amazing country and great sport. My two sons and I have experienced stalking our first deer and shooting our first grouse on the estate. This week we have been staying as guests at the House of Glenmuick and having never fished for salmon before, this morning I had the great fortune to be taken to Kynoch by Matilda Matthews, an expert fisherman, who has stayed at Glenmuick for many years. We went to the river at about 12 noon with another guest, Angus Maclean, fishing about a hundred meters downstream. After receiving some tuition from Matilda on Spey casting, I was let loose by myself. I would say that my attempts at casting out into the river were at best variable but with advice and good guidance, I started getting the hang of it and began to feel the joy of a few half decent casts. After about half an hour, with my fly drifting back almost to the dangle, I felt a gentle tug on the line. I remembered not to panic but lifted my rod slightly and let the line run. Great excitement! With Matilda offering expert instruction I played the fish for about 30 minutes. By this time, Angus had called the house and my family and other guests came to the bank to witness either my line going limp (potentially very embarrassing) or my very first landing of a salmon. Luckily, with help from Angus and Matilda, the latter prevailed and we landed a very healthy looking hen fish (we think about an 8lb) before we put her back in the water, saw her recover and then swim happily away. It was just the most exhilarating feeling and something that I will remember for a good long time. ‘Many congratulations to Tim who I hope is hooked on salmon for life, and of course enjoy much more success on the River Dee.

To finish this week’s report I wish to advise readers of an outstanding fishing opportunity for a week’s salmon fishing during September, now at auction to raise funds for the River Dee Trust. There is a week’s fishing and accommodation available to the highest bidder from three of the top River Dee beats and hotels. This is a genuine once in a lifetime opportunity to come and fish the cream of the River Dee salmon fishing beats during the most productive month of the season, and we hope that readers will find this an exciting way of raising funds to help the River Dee Trust team with their very important river restoration work programmes. Full details can be found at this link so don’t miss out. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.

Prospects
Anglers visiting Deeside should see more good sport providing the river levels don’t fall away too much. The weather forecast looks reasonably pleasant for anglers with air temperature maxima in the region of 18 degrees but it may drop considerably under clear skies on some of the nights. Winds are forecast to be light and variable which shouldn’t cause anglers any difficulties when casting a fly. There will be sunny spells and showers through the week with the occasional one heavy and perhaps prolonged. The Sepa river levels are currently sitting at 7 inches at Mar Lodge to 1 ft 3 inches at Park. The maritime influence shows tides building through the week from 3.4 metres to 4.2 metres which should bring new fish forward from every tide. All in all it looks quite promising and anglers visiting the lower beats will have first crack at tide fresh salmon and grilse.

Anglers who are fishing this week should listen to the advice provided by their beat Ghillie if they have one, as they will be able to provide good sound advice on where to fish on their beat to suit the conditions. There are good numbers of fish throughout the river catchment with new fresh fish coming forward off every tide now. Some grilse have made an appearance and are moving through the lower beats as are bigger salmon. This ensures anglers can perhaps enjoy good sport if they are in the right place at the right time. Your beat Ghillie will do all he can to put you onto some taking fish. Your Ghillie will advise you on what flies to use however if you don’t have a Ghillie to advise you then perhaps you will fish with perhaps small tube flies or doubles from size 6-10 depending on patterns. As always the Park shrimp, Ally’s shrimp, Flamethrower, and Red Francis can be fished with confidence as can tube flies such as the monkey, pot bellied pig and gold bodied Willie Gunn. As the water temps are cooling down it may pay you to fish onto the pool tails as not all salmon are concentrated in the necks of the pools.

I would like to remind anglers that the Park Trophy is awarded annually for the largest rod caught salmon that is verified from the River Dee. It was won last year by Jesper Holm Nielsen with a salmon of over 30lbs from Dess. This year the largest verified salmon has been reported by Borrowston Ghillie Bill Palmer for a fish of 36lbs landed by Mr Judson, netted and photographed by Bill Palmer. There have been quite a number of good sized salmon reported most weeks and it may still be possible for a salmon of that size or bigger to be caught before the season finishes so good luck to all anglers. I would also like to advise that there is good rod availability on the FishDee website for the remaining 8 weeks of the season so please ensure you book some fishing now and give yourself every opportunity of catching potentially the Park trophy winning salmon. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.


Mörrum.......men nej!
2011-08-22  16:50

Hade tänkt dra till Mörrum men men för mycket sol - spar besöket några dagar snart blir det kallare och mer regn!

Nya flugor på väg till fabriken!
2011-08-22  16:48

Så då var det klart ett helt nytt sortiment SALAR flugor! Det är en spännande samling av nya mönster och gamla trotjänare, om några månader ligger proverna här! Häftigt!

Gilvo - en fantastisk plats!
2011-08-22  16:46

Ett dygn är kort tid , eller 18 timmar för det är ju det det egentligen är. Jag sov bara bort ett par timmar annars stod vi på bra Rolf Christian och jag! Lite oflyt kanske, ett par storlaxar drog i flugorna i Suando och där fick Rolf Christian en fin Grilse. Storkistanacken var ganska tom - ett par gamal fiskar i det djupa vattnet men annrs inget. Bäst kanske på det här vattnet var strömmarna nedanför Gilvo. Här hade vi ett par laxkontakter, några fiskar visade sig och tillslut bet en lusad 7 kilos i min Vaehaeniva - härligt! Hård fight 100 m rusning men men till slut var den besegrad - kolla filmen en fin fisk på en fantastisk plats! Det äventyrliga dygnet avslutades med några tuffa grabbar som med full fart i motorerna gick rakt upp på piggesten i Bathakoski! DET hade kunnat gå riktigt illa! Tack till Lise och Rolf Christian för ett minnesvärt dygn! Nästa år = nya möjligheter!



























River Dee rapport - 15 augusti
2011-08-15  16:13

Recent Catches
There were some excellent days fishing last week with 51 salmon & grilse reported on Tuesday and 61 salmon and grilse reported on Friday. These days helped the FishDee week’s totals rise to 232 salmon and Grilse and 41 sea trout, as I write, which is quite remarkable given the very large rise in river levels on Thursday where we had a lift of over 7 feet. We were quite fortunate as the high water levels were not too turbid considering the volume of water that roared down the valley from the western catchment.

There were a number of beats from top to bottom of the valley which saw good sport during the week. Park reported 24 salmon & grilse, Dinnet reported 18, Aboyne Castle and Carlogie both reported 13, Altries and Tilbouries reported 12 each, Ballogie 11 with Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld reporting 10, as did new FishDee beat Heughhead, on the River Feugh tributary. I heard reports of Craig Fleming catching a grilse on Saturday, Robert Thomson had 2 grilse at Deecastle on Saturday, Peter Staude had an 18lb salmon at Balmoral and Ross Maclean reported 3 salmon at Cambus O’May on Saturday. I would also like to congratulate River Office staff Mark Walker and Blair Forsyth who had 5 salmon on the Ballogie club water on Friday/Saturday.

I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Nick Evans who is a regular Dee fisherman making a number of trips each season to fish the Dee. Nick wrote about a trip to Park he had organised for Fishing for Forces. He wrote ‘On 30 July, John Foster the owner of the famous Park Beat on the Aberdeenshire Dee, very kindly donated 2 rods to the Fishing For Forces charity. Fishing for Forces aims to provide fishing for those returning from operational duties, so that they can enjoy a little rest and relaxation and, even if they’ve never fished before, they can discover the therapeutic qualities of the sport.

Two members of 1 Scots based in Edinburgh were the lucky recipients of this wonderful opportunity, and Dickie Coppard and Wes Gold met up with Park head ghillie Keith Cromar and their mentor and organiser of the day, Nick Evans, a regular fisher at Park. Neither Dickie nor Wes had experience of fishing with a double-handed salmon rod, but after a little explanation and instruction from Nick, both were able to cover the water quite adequately with a Single Spey cast. The Dee was running quite low, but there were many fish in the beat, with a lot of fresh fish running upriver, as well as some ‘residents’ that had been there for a little while. Fish of all sizes were seen, but the low water and desire to run hard meant the fish were focussed on other things and not our flies! Small flies had been taking fish and Nick had tied up some suitable patterns for our two guests.

Shortly after lunch, whilst fishing Park’s famous Durris Stream, Dickie was taken solidly by a salmon, but the fight lasted only a few minutes before the fish made its escape. Nevertheless, this was a great achievement on a difficult day, and left Dickie with the feeling for what might have been! All together a wonderful opportunity for Dickie and Wes, and all made possible by the kindness and generosity of John Foster – memories were made and the relaxation of the river bank helped sooth away some of the less memorable experiences both had experienced recently in Helmand.’ Well done Nick for organising a nice days experience for two of our brave soldiers.

I met Dr Patrick Taylor and Dr Ade Warburton a couple of weeks ago at Potties who were dining with some talented Irish anglers, and River Board member Dave MacDonald prior to fishing for a couple of weeks. I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Dr Taylor who commented ‘We had a number of rods join us the first week, all of whom were great company – and highly skilled fishers. I can’t remember the total – but we fished hard and got some decent fish. There were plenty of fish showing but dour and unresponsive – so any fish was a bonus. We fished Commonty last week and had a great time. In between the significant downpours that saw the river rise to almost 8 feet at one stage on the Potarch gauge, we were able to fish. For the rods on the beat we had 10 fish between us (Salmon, Grilse and Sea Trout) and Dr Ade Warburton managed to get the 100th fish of the season for Commonty, on the final day. It was an unusual week where we were resorting to tactics akin to spring – big flies, sinking tips etc. As ever, the Ballogie estate ghillies, Ian Fraser and Sean Stanton were great company and willing us on, so I’d like to thank them for their advice and assistance. Attached is a link to a video I pulled together for Carlogie when the water was raging on Commonty and it was better to have a few beers/whisky/wine/cider than fish. Click here to access http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKvpkdnO5PY

To finish this week’s report I wish to advise readers of an outstanding fishing opportunity for a week’s salmon fishing during September, now at auction to raise funds for the River Dee Trust. There is a week’s fishing and accommodation available to the highest bidder from three of the top River Dee beats and hotels. This is a genuine once in a lifetime opportunity to come and fish the cream of the River Dee salmon fishing beats during the most productive month of the season, and we hope that readers will find this an exciting way of raising funds to help the River Dee Trust team with their very important river restoration work programmes. Full details can be found at this link so don’t miss out. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 13th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Blairs 1, Altries and Lower Drum 12, Middle Drum 4, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 7, Tilbouries 12, Park 24, Lower Crathes and W Durris 8, Crathes 8, Invery 3, Middle Blackhall 5, Cairnton 8, Woodend 3, Commonty 8, Sluie 3, Ballogie 11, Kincardine 8, Carlogie 13, Lower Dess 8, Birse 4, Aboyne Water 9, Aboyne Castle 13, Craigendinnie 3, Dinnet 18, Deecastle 10, Headinch and Cambus O’May 10, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 10, Crathie 9, Heughhead 10.
Total: 242 Largest: Deecastle 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Park 3, Lower Crathes and W Durris 2, Crathes 1, Invery 1, Cairnton 2, Woodend 1, Commonty 2, Sluie 2, Ballogie 4, Kincardine 2, Carlogie 2, Upper Dess 1, Birse 2, Aboyne Water 1, Craigendinnie 1, Dinnet 5, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O’May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Heughhead 2.
Total: 42 Largest: Crathes & Carlogie 4lbs
TROUT: Heughhead 2. Total: 2.

Prospects
All things being equal we should see a continuation of good sport for anglers fishing the River Dee this week. The water levels are very good and should drop away slowly over the course of the week providing we don’t receive another deluge of rain like we experienced last week. There are new fish coming forward off every tide, and in decent numbers, both some grilse and larger summer salmon. The weather forecast looks reasonable for anglers but not for those looking to relax in prolonged sunshine as there is not going to be lots of prolonged sunshine I’m afraid. Air temperature maxima will be around 18 degrees Celsius at the start of the week but it will become cooler throughout the week as a series of weak weather fronts cross the country. It will be a showery week with perhaps some longer out breaks of rain on Tuesday evening going into Wednesday morning and perhaps on Thursday and Saturday. Winds will be mostly light and variable over the course of the week and should not be troublesome for anglers. The maritime influence indicates tides will drop back over the course of the week from 4.3 metres to 3.6 metres. Sepa gauges, on their website, which have not updated on the FishDee website, are currently indicating levels of 11 inches at Mar Lodge and 2ft 2 inches at Park this morning. So there is no shortage of water in the catchment and fish should be able to migrate feely upriver if they choose to do so.

Anglers who are fishing this week would be wise to heed the counsel of their beat Ghillie if they have one, as they will be able to provide good sound advice on where to fish on their beat. There is no shortage of fish throughout the river catchment and some have been in the river for some time now, with new fresh fish coming forward off every tide. Grilse have made an appearance and are running quickly through the catchment and they will be stirring up residents in the pools as will the fresh new salmon. This ensures anglers can perhaps enjoy good sport if they are in the right place at the right time. Your beat Ghillie will do all he can to put you onto some taking fish. As river levels are good and new fish are running, anglers will be fishing tactics more suited to earlier in the season with sink tip lines and slightly bigger flies being preferred. Your Ghillie will advise you on what flies to use however if you don’t have a Ghillie to advise you then perhaps you will fish with perhaps small 1.5 inch tube flies or doubles from size 6-10 depending on patterns. As always the Park shrimp, Ally’s shrimp, Flamethrower, and Red Francis can be fished with confidence as can tube flies such as the monkey, pot bellied pig and gold bodied Willie Gunn. As the water temps are cooling down it may pay you to fish onto the pool tails as not all salmon are concentrated in the necks of the pools.

I would like to remind anglers that the Park Trophy is awarded annually for the largest rod caught salmon that is verified from the River Dee. It was won last year by Jesper Holm Nielsen with a salmon of over 30lbs from Dess. This year the largest verified salmon has been reported by Borrowston Ghillie Bill Palmer for a fish of 36lbs landed by Mr Judson, netted and photographed by Bill Palmer. There have been quite a number of good sized salmon reported most weeks and it may still be possible for a salmon of that size or bigger to be caught before the season finishes so good luck to all anglers. I would also like to advise that there is good rod availability on the FishDee website for the remaining 9 weeks of the season so please ensure you book some fishing now and give yourself every opportunity of catching potentially the Park trophy winning salmon. Thanks to Phillip Fleming, general manager of the Tor Na Coille Hotel, who invited me to sample the new dinner menu at their new Royal Deeside Restaurant on Friday evening which was first class. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.


Kharlovka rapport - 12 augusti
2011-08-15  08:55

We had a good week, the water level was evidentially tricky but the weather was consistent, fishy mid teen and over cast all week. The boys all prayed for rain but sadly they’re desperate vodka fuelled psalms where not heard by the powers that be....

August is not easy and we had to work for our fish (no surprises there), everyone was aware by the first evening that it wasn’t going to fall into our laps. As per normal there was the chance of fresh summer salmon on every tide and these fish entering the systems certainly assisted in waking up the old residents that by this time have had every fly under the sun, whistled longingly passed they noses. Tactics had to be original and those who dared! Won! Johnny had great success on the bomber and the Sunray seems to be the most appetizing of offerings.

On Monday at just before luncheon I believe I was the first to make contact with something bigger than norm! Sam and I had fished Canyon down twice with the standard willie guns and Green highlander combo but on my third trip I opted for a very sparkly sunray with ‘eat me’ eyes attached to the head. I was just working out a short line ( and WOOOOOSSHHH!! A fish came from the bottom of Canyon like a torpedo leaving a sub... The take was so violent my rod nearly left my hand, after a heart-in-mouth 25 minutes fight, which took me into lower canyon and nearly into the pond. Big Alex was as cool as a cucumber as he slipped he net under the 31lbs cock fish. I was quite emotional to land my dream of fish over 30lbs! It was a dream and now its reality, next target is 40.....

Sam fished the pool down again and sure enough he was into a fish strait away on the same Sunray! We’d found the magic fly of the minute... rather frustrating the spool decided to jump out of the reel and wouldn’t go back in! This meant Sam had to play the fish and I wound the reel and tried to stop the spool from the falling out. The fish was eventually landed and weighed in 10lbs.

Hectors Big Fish out of Secret pool was a mighty battle, running like mad to stop it going down the rapids, the fish eventually settled between two rocks, worryingly knocking its head like mad... Andrea declared the fish as was off!!! But Hector had faith and few moment later the rocks sprang into life, reel singing like again .... The beautifully marked 30lbs cock fish hit andreas net and it was high fives and whoops bellowing down the Litza valley.

James Dawes put 7 fish in the book for the week, as did Archie. Edwin managed to winkle a big trout or a salmon out where ever he went, this being his 4th trip to the Kharlovka the harden veteran pulled a lovely 20lbs fish out of Flat stone wisely casting a stonefly nymph upstream.

I personally had a wonderful last day on the Seatrout, managing to bank 8 in the day, 6lbs,5lbs,5lbs,4.5lbs,4lbs,3lbs,3lbs and smallest at 2lbs..... proper sport on 9 foot trout rod.

As we left the seapool on the last evening ( no joke) a 30lbs Osenka did a mesmerizing jump and victory roll! Sounded like a 10 ton bolder had be dropped into the pool.

All of us got into the helicopter pondering on the thought- that had we had another foot and half of water we might have had a few dates with these mysterious Osenka...









River Dee rapport - 8 augusti
2011-08-08  19:19

Recent Catches
With a distinctly autumnal feel to the weather fishing was at times hard work for anglers fishing last week. There were a number of rises in river levels due to heavy rainfall through the week which ensured the river levels were never settled and the water was quite peaty at times. FishDee beats reported 135 salmon and 42 sea trout as I write and there be more to add to this tally over the next few days. Park finished the week strongly and reported 19 salmon for the week, Carlogie reported 12 and both Ballogie and Lower Crathes reported 9 each. Anglers are seeing plenty of fish but the fish are not being too co-operative. Sea trout catches were quieter than hoped for but unsettled weather / river levels makes fishing for them tricky at the best of times.

I do have some news to report; firstly I was delighted to hear that David Brooks from Kincardine O’Neil had caught a 25lb salmon which was his first for the season, just after losing another fish. Edward Humphrey told me this morning that Mr Winnaird had an 18lb salmon from Pleasant Walk at Dinnet on Saturday. I was also pleased to receive a nice report from Ross Macdonald, the inventor of the highly successful Park Shrimp, who had some good sport on Saturday. Ross commented ’Ken, I enjoyed a great day out at Park on Saturday, albeit it in unfortunate circumstances. Our good friend Jim Coates broke his wrist earlier in the week and asked me to fill in for him, which I was only too glad to do. Jim has done a lot of good work for the Dee and I am sure everyone associated with the river wishes him a speedy recovery.

I managed to land two grilse and lost a salmon, which broke me. This all happened in the morning on bt6. As ever, it pays to listen to your ghillie and it was no coincidence that I picked up the fish while head ghillie Keith Cromar was with me. Staying out of the water and fishing a shortish line, the first grilse took exactly where he said it would. It was very lively for its size, around 5lb. After landing it, I retied my knots (always good practice) and rolled out my line into the ’V’ leading into the Bridge Pool proper and another grilse around 4lb duly obliged. I fished on through the pool to Park bridge and returned to the top where I hooked a good salmon in the same spot as the first grilse. Its was very fresh and gave me the run around, before the line caught on a rock and my leader snapped. I was fishing a s11 Park Shrimp with a 5’ fast sink tip. The rest of the day was somewhat frustrating as the fish were reluctant to move to the fly.

I also had the pleasure of fishing with John Henderson of Hardy’s. John picked up a fish in Duffers on a fly tied for him by his father in law, who only started tying a few months ago. John and Keith christened it the ’Duffers Buck’ and informed me that my Park Shrimp was yesterday’s news! All in all, another fine day on the Dee in good company and beautiful surroundings. Best wishes, Ross’ I spoke briefly with John this morning who thoroughly enjoyed his day. I asked him if he saw many fish and he commented ’Are you joking? I have never seen so many fish in a river.’

Visiting French Tackle dealer, and host to visiting parties of French anglers to Deeside, Mr Phillipe Koehler sent some correspondence and many fine photographs which I appreciated. Phillipe is very passionate about our River Dee and writes with real enthusiasm. He commented ’It’s a little late to give you some news but I was very busy since I got back home. Three of us fished 4 days at Park, then one day at Little Blackhall, then 2 days Altries, then a last day at Park South. Like every time, it’s always a big, big pleasure to fish the River Dee, one of my friends fish there for the first time and now he is very keen to fish it again (like me). We caught 6 salmons, 3 grilse and 12 sea trouts, I had the chance to take the two biggest salmons, 15 and 17 pounds sea liced, the last one was a 12 pounder, I caught him on the last day, the last minute, the last cast! It was after a big rise (7 feet) from the river during the night before, the water was so high, I never fished it like this. It gives me big pleasure when I see you use some of my pictures on the web site. My friend Bernard Bimboes was fishing the first time on the Dee with me, it was fantastic, he caught 2 salmons, 2 grilse, and 5 sea trouts in 4 days at Park, and he opened the week with a lovely 13 pounder, a silver brick, I see him happy like a child! What salmon fishing can do to us! About my stay on the beats, Park was very good, and we took 3 days 3 rods at little Blackhall. We had 2 days at Altries it was fun, and Kevin is so great, please thanks him from us. I saw my friend Willie banks in front of me in the Alfred’s Pot and the battle begins, but Tilbouries win with 2 salmon to 0 for us.

Up until now for myself and my friends the River Dee is the best choice, I have fished now 4 other rivers in Scotland, and my friends 2 others and I can tell it’s the best because the river very great, and so good for fly-fishing, and the accommodation in the valley is very good, and the people of the area are nice.(our last hotel was the Tor Na Coille, just wonderful) and of course your job, the contact you keep, all the reports that you do is very helpful for people like me, we are far away and the web site is our contact with the Dee. Since we have returned home we are planning our next trip to the Dee. (It will be in March 2012)

To finish this week’s report I wish to advise readers of an outstanding fishing opportunity for a week’s salmon fishing during September, now at auction to raise funds for the River Dee Trust. There is a week’s fishing and accommodation available to the highest bidder from three of the top River Dee beats and hotels. This is a genuine once in a lifetime opportunity to come and fish the cream of the River Dee salmon fishing beats during the most productive month of the season, and we hope that readers will find this an exciting way of raising funds to help the River Dee Trust team with their very important river restoration work programmes. Full details can be found at this link so don’t miss out. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 6th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Blairs 5, Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 7, Tilbouries 4, Park 19, Lower Crathes and W Durris 9, Invery 5, Middle Blackhall 1, Cairnton 4, Sluie 3, Ballogie 9, Borrowston 2, Kincardine 4, Carlogie 12, Lower Dess 4, Upper Dess 2, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 3, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 5, Waterside and Ferrar 3, Dinnet 6, Deecastle 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 5, Crathie 8, Mar Lodge 1, Heughhead 5.
Total: 138 Largest: Birse 23lbs
SEA TROUT: Culter 2, Park 3, Cairnton 1, Ballogie 7, Carlogie 2, Lower Dess 1, Birse 7, Aboyne Water 2, Craigendinnie 1, Waterside and Ferrar 2, Dinnet 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Crathie 4, Heughhead 6.
Total: 42 Largest: Dinnet & Crathie 4lbs
TROUT: None reported
Prospects
Given the real autumnal feel to the weather today with rainfall, cool temperature and a stiff breeze, I hope that fish switch on and sport picks up significantly, however as always the fish has the final say. Weather-wise the met office is predicting a generally unsettled week with showers and longer outbreaks of rain, heavy at times. It will be quite windy at times, with tomorrow looking to be reasonable. The maritime influence shows tides rising later in the week from 3.6 metres to 4.1 metres. River levels have fluctuated quite a bit recently and this has been responsible for putting fish off the take. The peat stain that prevailed during the week seems to have this effect. River levels are dropping back from a decent rise on Sunday with Sepa gauges reading 1ft 11inches at Mar Lodge to 3 ft 6inches at Park. River levels could yo-yo this week and sport could be difficult at times for anglers but the good news is the reports of numbers of grilse running the river at last.

As always I would strongly encourage anglers to heed the wise advice of your Ghillie, who knows his beat intimately and can put you on to taking lies. As mentioned by angler Ross Macdonald in his correspondence, his Ghillie put him exactly on the spot at the right time. Anglers of course like to crack the code themselves however it always pays to listen to the Ghillie. If you don’t have the services of a ghillie to assist you then you may wish to fish with a floating line with sink tip or poly leader. Fly choice might include bright flashy flies like the Ally’s shrimp, Park Shrimp, Flamethrower or Munro’s Killer. Anglers may find fish respond to a sunray fished close to the surface or try a sunk Willie Gunn tube fly. Other anglers swear by red flies at this time of year so you may think about that. I would fish the Park shrimp with confidence and not worry about chopping and changing patterns as I have confidence with this fly. If we really knew why fish took the fly then how different our sport would be as the challenge of getting a salmon to take your fly wouldn’t be the same. Some Ghillies have their own favourites and many on our river tie flies extremely well. I always enjoy listening to their advice and wisdom which really adds to the enjoyment of the day. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.






På väg mot forsarna i Gilvo
2011-08-06  08:42

Nu så två båtar packade - nu far vi upp mot Bathakoski och Gilvo. 1 dygns fiske i storlaxens rike framför oss!

Bra "bet i fisken" bådar gott kanske kan vi få någon av älvens stora!

Kharlovka news 2 augusti
2011-08-03  20:57

Dear Friends,

Probably you know already about an important event that took place in the ASR. On 16th June, it was announced at Kharlovka that Peter Power has handed over his camps, famous throughout the world, to me, Vladimir Rybalchenko. It was not a simple decision for me to undertake this responsibility of securing the future of the ASR. It would have been much more comfortable for me to come over to Kharlovka and Rynda as a guest. We spent many an hour with Peter Power dwelling on the future of these wonderful rivers and made a mutual decision that Peter would hand over the safe keeping of the ASR to me.

Peter Power is a great man who has set exceptionally high standards on the rivers’ conservation and organization of fishing. I will do everything possible to preserve these standards. For me this is not a business. My goal is to preserve the salmon and trout waters of Kharlovka, Eastern Litza, Rynda and Zolotaya in the way that he has done.

Dear friends of the ASR! Many of you know me, since we fished together. I hope to get to know many others in the future. I will be happy to meet you all on both the magnificent Atlantic Salmon and Wild Brown Trout programs. I promise that the fishing will continue to be international. I also promise to protect the rivers and lakes from poachers and to be very careful about the fragile nature of the entire ecosystem.

I am sure that many exciting and great fishing adventures await us in the future!

Yours sincerely,



Vladimir Rybalchenko





22 lakser på tre uker
2011-08-03  19:14

Som nevnt under siste statistikk, har Pär Jansson landet 22 lakser på tre uker ved Øvre Sæter. Bildet viser Pär når han lander sin 14. eller 15. laks. Alle ble tatt på flue og de fleste ble gjenutsatt. Blant de gjenutsatte var en kjempe på 15 kg. Denne ble tatt på enhånds fluestang en natt han fisket etter ørret. Pär greide også å lure en laks på 6,5 kg. til å ta på en tørrflue. Bildet er sendt av Nils Christensen som ifølge Jan Johansson har tatt 9 lakser på flue i løpet av to uker.




onsdag - tillbaka till civilisationen!
2011-08-03  12:46

Upp för den mördande trappan - 150 dryga steg med 50 kilo på ryggen....hualigen!
Nu sitter jag nere i byn och har 2 dagar tills nästa fiske. Kanske åker jag över till Lakselv.. eller så stannar jag här och ordnar i all film, bilder och besöker lite folk jag känner... vi får se!

svettigt..............!

Sista dagen i Sautso!
2011-08-03  12:43

Dagen bjöd änne en strålande himmel med en sol som svepte in allt i en härlig värme! Bra för allt - utom just kansek laxfiske. Vi for upp till Törmenen och det var min tur att starta. Körde vidare med flyt/int/sjunk2 och valde en liten greenlander Puzzy. Halvvägs ner kom hugget med stort H... laxen bara drog, tuggade och drog och när allt tightat up så lyfte jag spöt! Fast... helt bomfast inte en rörelse de första 10 sekunderna. jag fick spänna på ytterligare för att få fisken att röra sig! Tunga långa gungningar han signalera jätte lax... innan allt blev släppt och fisken var borta! Helv.......e!!!!!!

En liten fin 3 kilos grilse var klen tröst- jag hade haft tag i en av älvens stora men förlorat!

Eftermiddagen bjöd väderskifte- kall nordligvind gjorde allt omöjligt och vi fiskade långt ut på natten utan så mycket som en dragning.....

Totalt gav våra 4 dygn 13 fiskar till 4 man på delade spön - ganska OK! Jag får vara nöjd med mina 7 fiskar....















Dag 3 strategisk seger
2011-08-02  09:56

Dagen startade med knallsol och helt vindstilla. De blanka partierna låg helt spegelblanka och allt verkade helt omöjligt. Vi kom ner till Valliniva och det var min tur att fiska. Visst såg det helt omöjligt ut, men jag bytte till dubbelt så lång tafs, satte på en med Alta mått mätt minimal fluga, en liten Pahtakorva med max hårlängd 2,5 cm och började fiska. För att få fart på det hela tog jag med flugan sakta med "figure 8". Flugan gick som en raket strax under den spegelblanka ytan och rätt var det var höjde sig vattnet bakom flugan, en våg sköt efter och efter kanske 5-6 evighetslånga sekunder kom tyngden och jag hade fast fisk. En knallfet lusad 8,5 kilos hona landades och återutsattes - häftigt!
Resten av fiskepasset var helt stilla. Svåra förhållanden och lite fisk gav blankt resultat.

Knallsol, 25 grader och sakta sjunkande älv. 15 C i vattnet.















River Dee Rapport 1 augusti
2011-08-01  19:33

Recent Catches

The dog days of summer have arrived with catches tailing off last week from an impressive tally the week before. FishDee beats reported 130 salmon to 20lbs and 43 sea trout to 4lbs. Park reported 16 salmon, Tilbouries 13, with Upper Drum & Lower Crathes beats reporting a dozen apiece. I spoke to Willie Banks the proprietor of Tilbouries who advised ’We have had some cracking fresh fish over the last few days-nice deep sea liced specimens into double figures and not Grilse.’ This
is a beat that normally enjoys good sport when the summer / back end run starts. Sea trout catches last week have again been less than hoped for with catches for the season just through the 1,000 barrier against a 5 year average for the season of 1626. I was delighted to hear from Malcolm Nicol who commented ’Just to report that the ’Ballogie’ beats have gone through the 500 barrier with 513 salmon reported for the season so far.’ David Burgess from the River Deveron valley had a nice day at the delightful Morven beat and advised ’Having never fished the Upper Dee I booked a day at Morven on Saturday. The day was bright, warm and the river gin clear, so I put up my G.Loomis 13ft 6wt Spey rod, 8lb leader and a size 13 black and gold double (my tying). I had two fish for the day, a salmon at 12lb and grilse at 5lb. But what amazed me was how fresh both of these fish were so far up the river, the 12lb salmon was a bar of silver, the Dee fish must run hard and fast sometimes. During the day I sat down to some Scottish blue cheese, fresh bread, and olives as I watched the Red Squirrels, would I change this for one of the offers to return to the Southern Chalk Streams? No Chance.’ How right David is in pointing out there is more to fishing than catching fish; having just returned from a fishing trip in Alaska I found the wildlife on the riverbank both fascinating if somewhat larger, with numerous Grizzly Bears somewhat worthy of keep a cautious eye on. John Taylor recently hosted a week for friends at Park where one of the guests was River Dee chairman Ian Scott. John commented to Ian ’I haven’t fished as many rivers as you but Park on The Dee was excellent. Shame that the weather had such an effect, but great to see such a healthy river with abundant fish about. Just to see the fish moving about always gives me hope that I’ll maybe catch one , and to get such a good fish was beltin’ as we say in these parts !’ Karl Revel at Invery kindly got in touch and advised ’Top rod at Invery last week was Dave Thomson from Leven in Fife with 5 salmon and 4 sea trout for his 3 days.’ Kathleen Brown from Heughhead kindly wrote and advised ’just to let you know we are now getting interest from junior anglers who are not accompanied by adults and therefore not entitled to fish for free. We have spoken to Bert and he has agreed that unaccompanied Junior anglers (persons who have not reached their 17th birthday) can now get
their tickets for 1/2 the regular price (£18/day, £9/Part Day and Dusk to Dawn). Also, with all the rain at the early part of the week, conditions at Heughhead have been excellent. Since Wednesday, a total of six salmon have been landed ranging between 31/2 to 8lbs.’
Some really nice feedback has been received from visiting anglers to Heughhead.

To finish this week’s report I wish to advise readers of an outstanding fishing opportunity for a week’s salmon fishing during September, now at auction to raise funds for the River Dee Trust. There is a week’s fishing and accommodation available to the highest bidder from three of the top River Dee beats and hotels. This is a genuine once in a lifetime opportunity to come and fish the cream of the River Dee salmon fishing beats during the most productive month of the season, and we hope that readers will find this an exciting way of raising funds to help the River Dee Trust team with their very important river restoration work programmes. Full details can be found at this link http://www.fishpal.com/FishingServices/Auctions/DeeTrust/>
so don’t miss out. Please write to me, Ken Reid, with any news or reports of success to ken@riverdee.org and tight lines to all. Copyright FishDee Ltd August 2011.






Dag 2 mot toppen!
2011-08-01  10:54

Vi for iväg mitt på dagen. Tormod leinan och Odd Christian Ole Johan och jag. Färden gick mot Bulevro, Svart foss nacken och Toppen. De översta platserna i denna världens bästa storlaxälv. Fisket var trögt. Ett par mystiska dragningar och 3 grilse blev mitt facit. Jag fascineras alltid av vansinnet att bygga ut denna älv! Här uppe där vattnet kommer ur tunneln och turbinerna blir våldtäkten så ohyggligt påtaglig och otäck! (film kommer)
Efter maten fiskade vi neröver, Fick en grilse i Nielo och hade någon dragning till. Fisken vill ha flugorna med bra fart!
Ole Johan fick en riktig Altalax - en 13 kilos hane i Valliniva - fantastiskt och allt finns på film. Under morgontimmarna gjorde jag ett drag genom Goddaniemi och en snabbt fiskad Samurai i svart och orange gav en fin fight med en 10 kilos som tyvärr lossnade innan jag fick känna på den.

Sjunkande vatten och strålande sol, en del vind men imorgon blir det nog svårt...........

























Tormod Leinan, 35 år som "stakare inger trygghet!

1a dagen i Alta!
2011-08-01  10:46

Det är alltid lika fantastiskt att köra ner genom canyonen, se älven breda ut sig som en blå levande orm i fjärran. Alla de klassiska platserna - fantastiskt!
Jag började på Goddaniemi med en liten upphottad Vaehaeniva Puzzy och en flyt/I/sjunk 2. Hugget kom bara efter 30 talet meter och en fin 8 kilos blev första fisken.- Vaehaeniva gav mig en 6 kilos hane på en Samurai och Ole Johan Myhre som jag delar spö med fick en 7 kilos på Gabonacken!
Vi filmade hysteriskt och här finns nog massor av intressant som läggs in när jag är hemma igen!

Vi har 1 fot vatten som sakta sjunker sol och fint väder och en vattentemp på 14 grader.
























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