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River Dee rapport 28 februari 2011
2011-02-28  10:21

Recent Catches

After 2 big spates this week I am pleased to report that there have been some notable highlights this week, considering the conditions, it’s been great to hear of some really big fish being encountered, with quite a few being caught and released back into the river. Park reported 15 salmon, Lower Crathes 6, Little Blackhall and Upper Drum both reported 5 for the week. As the month draws to a close the month to date catches show FishDee beats reporting 339 salmon against last year’s 155 and the 5 year average of 216. Conditions have been more favourable this February enabling more angling effort but we shall get a better idea what the river stocks are like with more beats opening from the 1st March.

I mentioned big fish and I was delighted to speak to some of the Ghillies who were telling me that by and large the fish seem to be of a good size and condition so far this season. As always Jim Paton at Upper Drum is entertaining, and he reports that the beat is having an excellent month with 24 salmon caught which is way ahead of the beats previous best February, with many fine salmon landed in the teens of pounds as well as in the twenties. He commented ‘As you know the River was very big towards the end of last week and we had 2 small fish of 4 and 5 lbs on Saturday. Later in the day Mr John Lawrie from Edinburgh hooked and landed on a monkey fly a superb specimen of 42 inches which we have conservatively estimated at 26lbs, his biggest salmon to date.’ According to our data a Springer of this size may in fact have weighed as much as 28lbs. The biggest salmon reported from the River Dee so far this season.

I spoke briefly on the phone with Keith Cromar the head Ghillie at Park who provided some news about end of week sport at Park. He advised ‘Regular visitor to Park Mr Allan Smith was fishing the Cellar Pool on Friday with 73 inches on the gauge, a tremendous height of water, and he landed our 69th salmon for the month at 7lbs. He then went to fish the Durris Stream which can be excellent in very high water as you know and it had risen to 75 inches. He then hooked and landed a fabulous Springer, just under 40 inches which weighed approximately 25 lbs. It was caught one on of Allan’s Orange Ruffian flies, which do the trick for him as you well know. River Dee Board member and secretary for the Stonehaven Angling Association, Mr David MacDonald hooked and lost a fine fish estimated to be in the order of 25 lbs whilst Allan was playing his fish. This is the second big fish David has lost at Park in February during the last few years.’ I also heard that Mike Thornton had lost a huge fish after a 45 minute battle at Tilbouries when his leader sadly broke. So there would appear to be some big fish running the river and perhaps more will have entered the system following the 3 days of very high water last week.

Karl Revel, who Ghillies at Invery with Jim Turnbull, dropped in to see me early this morning on his way to the beat with some notes and photographs. Karl comments ‘Despite a meagre return for the last few days of 3 Springers, we are just one fish short of our 5 year average for February. Our successful anglers were Geordie Doull, head Ghillie on the Thurso, David Burgess from G Loomis and former Fishery manager on the Royalty beat of the Hampshire Avon, and last but not least Mattias Bergstrom from Sweden, who caught his first ever salmon of 8lbs at 5 pm on Thursday evening with the setting sun and the river running at 4ft 6 inches on the gauge. Mattias and his friend Tim Lindenhall are Swedish teenagers undertaking a course sponsored by the Swedish Government to enable them to become fishing Ghillies. They spent an enjoyable week at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo, Lower Blackhall and Invery along with their tutor Ingebjörn Lundevall from the Alvdalen Educational Centre, who you met during the week. These young lads were a credit to their college and country. It was a pleasure to work with them and I look forward to welcoming more students from Alvdalen to Deeside in the future’. If you have been fortunate enough to land a prized Springer this week then please send me an image of the fish being returned to the River for the FishDee website. It’s important to return the fish to the river as swiftly as possible. You may also want a memento from your trip to Deeside and toast your success. I can recommend the new Dalmore Dee Dram which is on sale at George Strachan’s shop in Aboyne and a number of the hotels in the valley-you can also purchase supplies online. A significant contribution from each bottle sold will go to the River Dee Trust to help fund obstacle removal and other important salmon conservation work programmes currently underway. 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 February 2011.

Prospects

The first of March sees most of the River Dee beats fishing with upper beats opening, and it will be good to see what stocks of fish are present in the upper reaches. Anglers fishing the river this week are fortunate that the weather forecast looks very agreeable with light winds and little rain forecast. Air temperatures could peak around 10 degrees during the first half of the week and then cooling towards the weekend with water temperatures around 3 degrees Celsius. With high pressure dominating it will also lead to frosty nights with steady river levels predicted during the week. The gauges are currently showing 1ft 4 inches at Mar Lodge to 2ft 4 inches at Park-which are ideal heights for virtually all river beats. The maritime influence sees high tides building during the week from 3.2 metres to 4.2 metres.

The river beat Ghillies have had a good opportunity to observe current conditions, and they are the key to helping you locate a salmon on their beat. As always heed their wise counsel as they know the tactics you should use to fish their beats. If you do not have the services of a Ghillie to count on then you should consider using a sinking line with a light tube fly. Popular patterns at this time of year are Posh Tosh, Park Shrimp, Bertie Dustard, Monkey and the ever popular Willie Gunn. Some of the lower beats will see anglers using Tobies and Blairs spoons. As always handle your fish carefully and try to release it swiftly back to the river with minimum fuss for photography. The spring salmon are our most fragile stock component and we must do all we can to ensure they are released safely back to the river.

If you have been fortunate enough to land a prized Springer this week then please send me an image of the fish being returned to the River for the FishDee website. It’s important to return the fish to the river as swiftly as possible. You may also want a memento from your trip to Deeside and toast your success. I can recommend the new Dalmore Dee Dram which is on sale at George Strachan’s shop in Aboyne and a number of the hotels in the valley-you can also purchase supplies online. A significant contribution from each bottle sold will go to the River Dee Trust to help fund obstacle removal and other important salmon conservation work programmes currently underway. 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 February 2011.






River Dee rapport 21 feb 2011
2011-02-21  09:59

Recent Catches

The week’s salmon fishing finished quietly with only 2 fish reported on Saturday. It was a week where fluctuating river levels and weather conditions influenced the salmon’s taking behaviour somewhat. On one day there were 20 fish reported yet on 2 days there were only 2 reported from FishDee beats. When the conditions are fluctuating and river levels are rising and falling then angling can become extremely difficult. There were some bright spots during this difficult week with Park reporting 14 salmon, Tilbouries a healthy 9, and Upper Drum 5. Pride of place for the fish of the week is Banchory angler Iain Hutchison who landed a cracking fish which weighed 23lbs on Friday. Willie Banks reported ‘This stunning Springer was caught and released back to the river after a 30 minute battle after the fish took Ian’s Willie Gunn tube fly whilst fishing the Lawson Pool. It was Iain’s lucky day because he went on to catch another Springer of about 8lb, also the third fish of 6lb caught on Friday was by Jim Fraser from Huntly.’ It was good to hear of a run of new fish on Friday and the anglers at Tilbouries reported seeing small groups of new fish going through the beat from time to time.

I was hopeful the crack team of anglers led by Helmsdale Tackle’s Ron Sutherland would do well on their annual weeks visit to Lower Crathes. Ron commented this weekend ‘ Robert Harper (Ghillie) is baffled as to why we blanked last week on LC, we are all baffled, the water looked great apart from two days when it was dirty and rising fast. There seemed to be fish all around us and we tried every fly and line possible but still no joy - disappointing but that’s fishing and we have all been on the end of a blank before. We had around 60 kelts and a few baggots and rawners so we certainly bent the rods, but the elusive Springer evaded us. We’ll be back for revenge sometime soon.’ I also received correspondence from Richard Jones, who commented ‘Ken, I caught my first ever Springer on Saturday the 12th on the Little Blackhall / Inchmarlo beat, followed two casts later by my second! This was in the Roe Pot pool. I don’t really want to talk about size, but let it be said that if there are fish being caught I will land the smallest in the pool. Martin the ghillie witnessed the first, and I have a poor photo of some of the second fish taken with my phone. I try not to remove fish to be returned from the water so some of my photography is a little rushed. The river had come up and dirty on Saturday morning but was falling and clearing as the afternoon lengthened. The party on the N. Bank had packed up and left, but on the S. side we had not had a fresh fish all week so efforts were still being made.’ It’s good to hear persistence paid off in the end for Richard as early spring fishing is at times a waiting game and if you are in the right place at the right time then you may encounter the coveted elusive Springer.

If you have been fortunate enough to land a prized Springer this week then please send me an image of the fish being returned to the River for the FishDee website. It’s important to return the fish to the river as swiftly as possible. You may also want a memento from your trip to Deeside and toast your success. I can recommend the new Dalmore Dee Dram which is on sale at George Strachan’s shop in Aboyne and a number of the hotels in the valley-you can also purchase supplies online here http://www.onlinespirits.co.uk/dalmore-dee-dram A significant contribution from each bottle sold will go to the River Dee Trust to help fund obstacle removal and other important salmon conservation work programmes currently underway. 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 February 2011.

Prospects
Well the forecast is showing another mixed bag to challenge the intrepid angler pitting his wits against the wily salmon this week. In the early part of the week it will feel quite raw at times with cool temperatures and strong blustery winds with sleet and rain showers a feature. As the week progresses however we shall see a rise in air temperatures and the sleet will be replaced by rain showers, perhaps heavy at times. How this impacts on fishing remains to be seen however we do need the river level to stabilise for a few days and let fish settle in taking lies. The maritime influence sees tides in Aberdeen falling from 4.8 metres to 3. 4 metres however new fish may come forward as river levels are currently between 7 inches and 2ft 6 inches above summer levels. Anglers will need to dress to suit the conditions with thermals and a good waterproof jacket.

As always heed the wise advice from your beat Ghillie as they do know best where the fish may be lying and what you should do to try and get one to take your well presented fly. I have been lucky to visit a few lower beats last week and the Ghillies were in great form. I would be more than happy following their recommendations. If you don’t have a Ghillie to advise you then I would suggest fishing deep and slowly with tube flies fished deeply the order of the day. As the fishing day is short you may find the best taking time, at the warmest point of the day is lunchtime so don’t tarry too long over lunch. Popular flies at this time of year are Sean Stanton’s Bertie Dustard, Posh Tosh, Willie Gunn and the Tungsten Dee Monkey or any other tube fly with a long wing like Park Shrimp. Some beats will see anglers spinning a Blairs spoon or a Devon Minnow and these may do well with fish in the deep holding lies.

If you have been fortunate enough to land a prized Springer this week then please send me an image of the fish being returned to the River for the FishDee website. It’s important to return the fish to the river as swiftly as possible. You may also want a memento from your trip to Deeside and toast your success. I can recommend the new Dalmore Dee Dram which is on sale at George Strachan’s shop in Aboyne and a number of the hotels in the valley-you can also purchase supplies online here http://www.onlinespirits.co.uk/dalmore-dee-dram A significant contribution from each bottle sold will go to the River Dee Trust to help fund obstacle removal and other important salmon conservation work programmes currently underway. 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 February 2011.









mer än 1000 pers om dagen..
2011-02-16  21:59

Så nu har vi varit igång i två dygn! En hel del problem med inloggningar som inte funkat, norska ön, tyska Yn och gud vet...
men men ganska många har hittat fram och ganska många har blivit SSC medlemmar.
Tack alla ni för de vänliga orden och allt skryt om klubben!

.... i morgon drar jag till Sydamerika och nya äventyr!

Orkanger, Orkla Norge!
2011-02-13  14:37

Sista anhalten på vår lilla norgeturné - Orkanger. Dalen här svämmar ju över av laxfiskare och glädjande nog kom det en hel hop intresserade till butiken. Stora feta laxtuber stod på programmet och SSS materialen gav flugorna det extra lyftet. Häftigt och kul - alla såg och förstod att detta är bra grejer. Det viftades med Reaction inne i butiken farligt nära takets ljuslist - här hade det kunnat bli riktigt inomhusfyrverkeri!
Älven låg frusen så inte ens chansen att tjuvfiska en besa fanns....







ABC-Fritid Bra tryck!
2011-02-11  11:41

Espen och grabbarna i butiken tog emot oss med uppbyggt podium, banderoller och ordning och reda! SSS materialen, filmer och anat var på plats och förväntningarna var höga. Höga förväntningar ger alltid en och annan röd flagga – ju högre man siktar desto hårdare faller man…. Kvällen blev dock en fin framgång för ABC som är ny kund hos Guideline. Minst 50 personer och kanske till och med 70 cirklade kring flugbindningsbordet och Jan Eriks ställ med Reaction spön! Intresset var stort och flugorna blev riktigt hyggliga – ett dussintal tuber hanns med stora som små. SSS materialens fantastiska egenskaper uppskattades verkligen – kul! Roligt med tillresande från ”Sportfiskelinja” från Grong vid Namsen. Totalt sett en riktigt lyckad eftermiddag och kväll med många nöjda ansikten – härligt! Imorgon går färden vidare i laxdistriktet då blir det Orkanger vid Orkla!








Reaction!
2011-02-09  20:48

Så nu har vi varit ute i snön och kastat med en del av de nya Guideline Reactionspöna. Wow.. säger jag bara! Jan Erik Granbos linbågar är ju vassa så man kan skära sig på dem! Jag körde ju en del av reactionproverna hårt redan i höstas och 14,8 och 10 fot 9an blev ju favoriter. Idag fick jag en ny favorit i 10 fot klass 8 och kan inte hålla mig borta från 13,7 9/10. Det blir fyra nya spön i bagen till säsongen! Bort med snö och is nu vill jag fiska!!!

Agdars i Trondheim!
2011-02-09  20:47

Första binddemonstrationen gick som en dans. Ibland när man uppvisningsbinder blir flugorna lite själlösa, mycket snack och avbrott gör att flytet försvinner. Igår blev flugorna skitfina – såna där smått magiska exemplar som man verkligen får tro på – såna man vet kommer att ge fisk! Ett gäng intresserade besökare, flera lite yngre grabbar som fick såväl flugboxar som böcker och kepsar signerade – kul vi behöver fler av den nya generationen. Vem ska vi annars rädda alla laxälvar och vildlaxar åt?








I morgon Norgeturné!
2011-02-08  20:46

I morgon går resan till Trondheim – min hemstad under guideåren vid Gaula! Det är alltid kul att komma till detta laxfiskecentrum – jag ser fram emot det och att träffa kastgurun Jan Erik igen.

Gästskribenten!
2011-02-05  20:44

Så damp den då äntligen ner Håkans text till första gästskribenten. Ja – vad ska jag säga först att alla skulle ha en sån polare! Han e bara toppen en riktig vän! Efter snart 30 års nära vänskap bollar vi fortfarande tankar och idéer kring flugdesign och mönster – fräckt! Har fixat och trixat med bilderna och tyckte den blev riktigt OK – att den är läsvärd är ju självklart. Här finns mycket intressant om utvecklingen av dagens flugstil. Måste jag själv fiska med flugor någon annan bundit (gud förbjude) ja då måste det bli Håkans – han har rätta känslan för proportioner och materialval.

Ljuset i tunneln...
2011-02-05  20:43

Mmm ..kan ju var ett tåg!? ..men nu börjar det faktiskt lysa där framme – dagen när vi öppnar närmar sig med stormsteg. Jag vill ju ha det mesta klart men börjar känna att jag kan stå för sidan som den ser ut nu – som en start! Kan inte låta bli att fantisera hur den kommer att se ut efter säsongen! Kanske har vi då fått in hundratalet nya filmsnuttar, flera dussin nya Tips & Trix och blogg från jordens alla hörn – blir ju skitfräckt och det hoppas jag ni också kommer att tycka!

En riktig hacker........
2011-02-01  20:41

Ja DET blir jag aldrig! Nu är jag i alla fall igång på allvar med Indesign! Det här superprogrammet är ju alla AD, design- och webb människors favorit. Att det inte är min just nu kan jag lova! Allt är så för b… svårt o tar sån tid! Men så är det ju med allt man inte kan. Ge mig en 12 materials mixvinge – rena barnleken mot detta – suck! Men måste ju erkänna att det är kul o att jag kan lite nog för att tycka att det faktiskt blir bra! Bygger vidare på artikelarkivet – ska försöka få in en eller två nya artiklar/dag! Jag har ju en hel del spännande liggande.

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