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  1. #31
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    Last Week

    I wrote last week about conditions needing to change which might encourage a good run of new fish into the river. Well reports from Aberdeen suggesting fish are moving forward have been borne out by Ardoe and Murtle reporting 16 salmon for the week. FishDee beats reported 88 salmon and 15 sea trout in very low water conditions with the water getting warmer during the week. I hear it rained hard on Saturday but this only put 1 inch onto the Park river level. As I write on Tuesday evening after spending time in the river with visiting biologists doing research it was fascinating to hear of the numbers of salmon they were finding in some of the pools. In one top river pool close to 90 salmon were clearly observed, however above the water nothing stirred suggesting there may be very few fish in the pool. In low warm water getting salmon to respond is extremely difficult and frustrating for anglers and Ghillies alike. It’s the dog days of summer and we expect to get summers like this from time to time. Before long it will be windy, wet and cold and the salmon will get on with the business at hand; starting the next generation of salmon in the autumn.

    Correspondence has come this week from Prof Eaton commenting ‘Dear Ken, A fish from Ballogie. We did catch some bigger ones. It has been a difficult season on the Dee! This one comes from Ballogie. It was caught by regular visitor Richard Eaton and is envied by his son Noah; it was caught on a stoat’s tail and was returned safely. Prof Mike Eaton.’ Frank McWilliam advised ‘Thoroughly enjoyed fishing at Birse although no fish caught. We had 2 pulls in Belwade which we believe were sea trout. Our Ghillie was very helpful and tried very hard for us to get a fish.’ Better luck next time Frank.Mr Bomphrey fishing Middle Drum advised’ A most enjoyable two days. A fish or three would have been the icing on the cake.’ Mr Bruce fishing the pretty Morven beat commented ‘We had a wonderful day on the river. We did not see any fish but the location was beautiful.’



    Richard and Noah Eaton admiring a juvenile salmon

    Please remember I need your help to write this weekly column, write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd.


    Beat catches reported
    (week ending 24th August)
    SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 16, Kingcausie 3, Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 3, Park 6, Lower Crathes and W Durris 5, Crathes 2, Tilquhillie 2, Invery 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Cairnton 7, Commonty 5, Sluie 1, Ballogie 3, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 1, Dess 6, Aboyne Water 2, Aboyne Castle 2, Craigendinnie 3, Waterside and Ferrar 1, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O'May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Crathie 5.
    Total: 88 Largest: Carlogie 20lbs
    SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 6, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Cairnton 1, Ballogie 4, Carlogie 1, Dess 1, Craigendinnie 1.
    Total: 15 Largest: Ardoe and Murtle & Cairnton & Ballogie & Dess & Craigendinnie 2lbs
    TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 2. Total: 2.

    Prospects

    The week ahead sees weather forecasters suggesting very little precipitation which we really need and an air temperature maxima of 19 degrees Celsius and overnight lows getting down to perhaps 6 degrees Celsius. River levels have are currently at low summer levels. The Sepa gauges are currently between 4 inches at Mar Lodge and 7 inches at Park. Tides will be falling during the week from 3.9 metres to 3.3 metres. It’s going to be another difficult week for anglers however the valley is looking beautiful with the heather in bloom and the landscape a marvellous tapestry of colour.
    Listen to the sound advice offered by your Ghillie and fish the spots they recommend diligently and stealthily. Cascades, Park Shrimps, Stoats Tail flies and red Frances flies will perhaps catch fish this week and really make an effort to tie a half hitch to your fly and fish it more square than a conventional 45 degree downstream cast. This alters the presentation of the fly to the fish and does seem to make some respond when they see it. Long leaders and small flies are really necessary to help winkle some out. If you need more flies or other equipment please visit Somers of Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Strachan's of Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater. Another must visit place at lunchtime is the Kincardine O'Neil Post office for a super range of sandwiches and fishing flies.



    The King of the rivers returns home to spawn the next generation of salmon in the autumn

    With the good level of rod availability on FishDee if you are considering a visit for a few days then please remember to look at the good range of accommodation on offer in the where to stay section on the FishDee website. Remember to ask for Fisherman's rates if you are coming in a group of 3 or more anglers for stays of 3 days or more, so take advantage of what's on offer and come and fish the Dee. Congratulations to Phillip J Fleming and all the team at Tor Na Coille who were awarded their Visit Scotland 4 star rating last week. The Hotel, a popular haunt for anglers has really worked hard to earn this award and they must be justifiably proud to have won this accolade. I am sure many visiting anglers will be delighted to hear this news.

    Finally an important thing for you to remember when you arrive on your chosen beat. All anglers and Ghillies are being asked to ensure anglers have their waders and any landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing, even when they are fishing different River Dee beats during their week on the river. It's a condition of the River Dee Conservation code and must be strictly adhered to; all beats have supplies to ensure this is carried out prior to entering the river. It's a quick procedure that will help the river and prevent ingress of unwanted pathogens and non native species entering the River Dee watercourse. We also want to prevent the transfer of the highly problematic ranunculus from the lower part of the river to the upper part. Please remember to write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid FishDee Ltd.
    Last edited by ken@fishdee; 28-08-2013 at 10:29 AM.
    For information about Salmon & Sea Trout fishing on Deeside and the latest up to the minute catch reports on the River Dee see www.fishdee.co.uk and visit the FishDee Blog
    For information about the management of the River Dee go to www.riverdee.org

  2. #32
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    It’s been interesting hearing news from the river this week and hearing of anglers and Ghillies really thinking outside the box when looking for sport in very low water conditions. On Deeside the farmers will be thrilled at how well weather conditions have been for harvesting their crops. Anglers trying to get fish are all praying for some really heavy rain to encourage fish to run the river and attack angler’s flies with purpose. At this time of year it is quite common; given good angling conditions to catch over 70 salmon per day, however last week FishDee beats reported 79 salmon for the week and 11 sea trout. Well anglers have to put up with all sorts of conditions during the fishing year and there are no guarantees when dealing with wild animals that they will co-operate. I am sure the anglers who did have good sport last week will be very pleased with themselves and quite rightly so.

    Some of the snippets of news received during the week include a delighted Sean Stanton at Ballogie who had fishing this week. ’That’s my week over at Ballogie; I finished with 10 Salmon/Grilse for my week which is superb considering the conditions. I didn't use a fly under 1 1/2" long and all were tied on brass tubes! Most people would have been on micro flies and floating lines but I'm not most people!’ Well I am sure all Ballogie anglers would give credit to Sean for his ingenuity and cunning which helps them catch fish from the beats he manages. Sean is a very talented angler and Ghillie. Flemming Binnerup enjoyed some good sport at Dess recently commenting on Facebook ‘River Dee beat Dess, what a day. Two salmon took the fly without being hooked, lost a good one estimated to 16 pound! Got a nice grilse and closed the day with a salmon. Thanks for the advice, got all the fish in the fast water and my own variant of the monkey fly did the work.’ Well that sounds like Flemming had a very enjoyable day on the river.



    A delighted Flemming Binnerup enjoys success at Dess

    I also received an e-mail from Greg Stokes who has just finished a week at Craigendinnie with Ghillie George Murray. For Greg it was a case of lightning striking twice for him and I’m delighted to receive this news. Greg advised ‘Hi Ken, I thought you might like to hear of my week on the Dee at Craigendinnie. I was up for the week fishing under the expert guidance of ghillie George Murray. This was my second visit to the beat and the last time I fished it I was lucky enough to land my first 20lb salmon along with another 4 fish for 3 days fishing, though given the tough conditions this season I was feeling like I would be lucky to land anything for the week! Well I got off to a good start on Monday morning with a freshish grilse from Tanar mouth within 10 minutes of starting which certainly took the pressure off! That was it for the day but on Tuesday morning I got off to a good start again hooking a strong fish in Symonds. I was on my own and in an awkward spot to try and land the fish, but at the third attempt I managed to tail it and that’s when I realised it was another big fish, measured at 37 inches, a real solid cock fish around 20lbs so this beat has served me well with larger fish! Apologies for the quality of the photo but as I say I was on my own and wanted to get it back quickly. I managed another grilse and lost another quickly after the same morning. 1 more fish on Thursday took my total to 4 landed and 1 lost for the week, so all in all far better than I was expecting given the very low water and bright sunshine most days. 1 thing I did differently this week was fish a dropper, I’m not sure why I chose to do this but it paid off with 3 of the fish taking the dropper. The cast I fished all week with was a size 13 red Frances on the point and a size 13 silver stoat or size 15 red Frances on the dropper. Many thanks to George for all his help and I’m already looking forward to my week next year.’ Well a bit of thinking out of the box to use a dropper appears to have been the recipe for success at Craigendinnie. Fishing with a dropper in low water conditions is not without risk as one of the flies can easily snag a rock in low water while fighting a feisty salmon. Well done to Greg on his success and successive 20lb salmon in two years is something to really appreciate.

    Visitor Paul Hainey had two fish at Park South on Thursday 29th August; one at 6-7 lbs and a grilse of around 3 lbs. The bigger fish was caught on a small cascade and the other on an unknown pattern. Well done Paul. Alex Robertson from Portsoy also had 2 salmon at Park South with an 8lber caught on a Kinermony Killer and a 12lber on a Black Bear Flamethrower. Please remember I need your help to write this weekly column, write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid FishDee Ltd.

    Beat catches reported
    SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 1, Kingcausie 4, Altries and Lower Drum 6, Tilbouries 1, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 2, Park 11, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes 1, Tilquhillie 1, Middle Blackhall 1, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 5, Commonty 4, Ballogie 11, Kincardine 1, Carlogie 1, Dess 5, Aboyne Water 7, Craigendinnie 4, Deecastle 1, Headinch and Cambus O'May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 6, Heughhead 1, Total 79
    SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 1, Culter 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 1, Tilquhillie 2, Upper Blackhall 1, Ballogie 1, Aboyne Water 1, Headinch and Cambus O'May 1, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 1, Total 11

    Prospects

    Well Autumn has arrived on the first of September and we are enjoying some lovely late summer weather on Deeside with air temperature maxima forecast today to reach 25 degrees Celsius. It’s not too long ago that we were bemoaning the length of the cold winter weather on Deeside. Summer does move on and the next few weeks will see a very noticeable shortening of daylight which usually subsequently impacts on air temperatures. Weather forecasters are suggesting we will see temperatures cooling down through the week and there should be some rain around Wednesday/Thursday. The maritime influence sees tides building through the week from 3.7 metres to 4.4 metres. We really need a good flood to get the river in good heart for the remaining weeks of the fishing season; whether that materialises is in the lap of the gods. River levels are currently 2 inches at Mar Lodge and 4 inches at Park and minus 2 inches at Heughhead on the Feugh.

    I wrote last week advising anglers to listen to the advice from their beat Ghillie which it always pays to do so. However I must comment that news reports about anglers success last week indicates success was enjoyed with tube flies fished deep and tiny size 15 flies fished off a dropper. Two extreme ends of the scale here and I can only say its horses for courses. If your fly isn’t in the water it won’t catch a fish and catching fish will not be easy in the near future given the prevailing low water conditions. Visiting anglers know that they can get a year that is a little tougher than others and they know how to make the best of it and enjoy their time on the river, enjoy nice lunches and relaxing on the river bank with other anglers. There’s more to fishing than catching fish.

    With the good level of rod availability on FishDee if you are considering a visit for a few days then please remember to look at the good range of accommodation on offer in the where to stay section on the FishDee website. Remember to ask for Fisherman's rates if you are coming in a group of 3 or more anglers for stays of 3 days or more, so take advantage of what's on offer and come and fish the Dee. I would like to welcome the Coo Hoose from Aboyne who have just joined the FishDee website. Mine Host Catriona Elson advised me ‘The warm cosy Coo Hoose is stylish and contemporary. It has two bedrooms, accommodating 4 people and is well equipped. After a day on the river this really is the place to stay as it’s a very special cottage in the heart of Aboyne, Royal Deeside. The River Dee is a stone's throw away and the popular Boat Inn is just 10 minutes walk. All you need to do is come and enjoy some of the best fishing the North East of Scotland has to offer. See our super website www.thecoohoose.co.uk for availability or phone Catriona 07500 832545.’ I really enjoyed visiting the website and I am sure anglers who look in well enjoy visiting the website and of course a very enjoyable stay at the Coo Hoose.

    Finally an important thing for you to remember when you arrive on your chosen beat. All anglers and Ghillies are being asked to ensure anglers have their waders and any landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing, even when they are fishing different River Dee beats during their week on the river. It's a condition of the River Dee Conservation code and must be strictly adhered to; all beats have supplies to ensure this is carried out prior to entering the river. It's a quick procedure that will help the river and prevent ingress of unwanted pathogens and non native species entering the River Dee watercourse. We also want to prevent the transfer of the highly problematic ranunculus from the lower part of the river to the upper part. Please remember to write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid FishDee Ltd.
    For information about Salmon & Sea Trout fishing on Deeside and the latest up to the minute catch reports on the River Dee see www.fishdee.co.uk and visit the FishDee Blog
    For information about the management of the River Dee go to www.riverdee.org

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    LAST WEEK

    As autumn approaches farmers are finishing their harvest of arable crops, leaves are just beginning to change colour as daylight hours shorten and air & water temperatures fall. Well it's been another challenging week for anglers who make the best of current low water conditions and fish stoically in the hope of catching a salmon before the fishing season closes. FishDee beats report 77 salmon to 22lbs and 11 sea trout for the week. Park reported 13 salmon, Ardoe and Murtle 10 salmon, with Birse reporting 9 salmon. We did have a bit of rain on Saturday but not enough to encourage fish to run the river in good numbers. If we get a decent heavy, prolonged rainfall the results will improve significantly as water temperatures drop, fish instinctively know they want to get to their spawning grounds by late autumn.

    I received an e-mail from Lawrence Hunt who was fishing at Park South on Saturday where he had some success. Lawrence commented ‘Hi Ken, Hope you are well. I went to Park South today with my son, Joshua. Expectations were low with no real water to speak of for months now, so we were delighted when a nice fish took a size 15 Editor in Greenbanks (not a fly I've often used in September!). Joshua had a good tussle with the fish, which was duly landed without fuss. We were well looked after by Bert, who was very considerate to allocate pools suitable for a 6 year old to be at, and a great day was had by all. Off to do a rain dance now. All the best, Lawrence.' I also spoke to Stuart Buchan who had a day's fishing at Park South and also had success with a 5lb fish at Bulwarks on the smallest fly he could find in his fly box. I spoke with Keith Cromar, head Ghillie at Park who was pleased to report a few fish landed this morning and a few lost as the river temperature has fallen to 53 degrees Fahrenheit overnight. He reported a mixed bag of fish last week with a mixture of coloured and fresh fish with the biggest landed 39.5 inches at the Long Pool. He cited the drop in water temperatures as the catalyst for the fish becoming a bit more co-operative. Michael Bittner, who was fishing at Morven commented saying ‘ lost a salmon and a sea trout, the hook hold failing on both occasions. Water levels the lowest I've seen in the times I have fished the Dee.'



    Joshua Hunt with a salmon he enjoyed having a lively tussle with at Park

    I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Spanish angler Miguel Aguilar which I am sure will interest River Dee Anglers. Miguel commented ‘Hello Ken, This is Miguel Aguilar from Spain. We were in contact 4 years ago when I published an article about Dee in a Spanish fishing magazine. Flymage.net has just published a new article about Dee, a Black and white photographic essay, mostly focused on Lower Crathes. Go to the weblink this link I'm sure you will like it. Best, Miguel.' I had a look at this article which is a very enjoyable read with some great photography. Its articles like this that emanate from around the world that helps show how highly regarded the River Dee is as a top global angling destination.

    Please remember I need your help to write this weekly column, write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid FishDee Ltd.

    SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 10, Culter 6, Altries and Lower Drum 4, Tilbouries 4, Park 13, Lower Crathes and W Durris 3, Upper Blackhall 3, Cairnton 1, Commonty 1, Kincardine 4, Dess 3, Birse 9, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 1, Craigendinnie 1, Dinnet 2, Headinch and Cambus O'May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 4, Morven 1, Crathie 4, Total 77
    SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 5, Park 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 1, Total 11


    PROSPECTS

    The BBC weather forecaster this morning advised viewers that air temperatures in rural parts of Scotland got below zero degrees Celsius overnight and it was noticeably cooler this morning. Weather forecasters are suggesting we will continue to see temperatures cooling down through the week and there should be some rain showers, but not any significant rainfall forecast. The maritime influence sees tides falling through the week from 4.4 metres to 3.7 metres. We really need a good flood to get the river in good heart for the remaining weeks of the fishing season. River levels are currently 3 inches at Mar Lodge and 7 inches at Park and minus 2 inches at Heughhead on the Feugh. The river is currently carrying a bit of sediment and weed following a small rise on Saturday morning. When this settles I'm sure anglers will have some sport however anglers will have to work hard for their success.

    Anglers fishing the river during an autumn week for the last few years will have been used to seeing the river with higher water levels. Well this year fish will be more condensed because of lower flows and as a result they will have seen all the usual popular flies for the autumn passing overhead. At this time of year red becomes a much more popular colour in the dressing of flies given a swim in the river. If your fly isn't in the water it won't catch a fish and catching fish will not be easy in the near future given the prevailing low water conditions. Anglers may enjoy success with Red Frances flies, Flamethrowers, Calvin's shrimp, Crathie fly, Silver Stoats tail and perhaps a totally different tactic-a well sunk tube fly. Visiting anglers know to make the most of their holiday and many of the bars, hotels and restaurants will be delighted to receive visiting anglers.

    With the good level of rod availability on FishDee if you are considering a visit for a few days then please remember to look at the good range of accommodation on offer in the where to stay section on the FishDee website. Remember to ask for Fisherman's rates if you are coming in a group of 3 or more anglers for stays of 3 days or more, so take advantage of what's on offer and come and fish the Dee. Our accommodation providers have been working hard to ensure anglers are being well looked after. An on-line survey, currently hosted on FishDee for anglers to participate in has been providing excellent feedback from anglers. This is so helpful in ensuring hoteliers know their business model suits visiting angler's needs-there are some helpful suggestions from the survey which will help enterprising managers source more visiting anglers by taking on-board their suggestions. Over 97 % of anglers are reporting they are receiving good service at the hotels they are residing in throughout Deeside.

    Finally an important thing for you to remember when you arrive on your chosen beat. All anglers and Ghillies are being asked to ensure anglers have their waders and any landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant prior to commencing fishing, even when they are fishing different River Dee beats during their week on the river. It's a condition of the River Dee Conservation code and must be strictly adhered to; all beats have supplies to ensure this is carried out prior to entering the river. It's a quick procedure that will help the river and prevent ingress of unwanted pathogens and non native species entering the River Dee watercourse. We also want to prevent the transfer of the highly problematic ranunculus from the lower part of the river to the upper part. Please remember to write with any news of catches or anecdotes with images to ken@riverdee.org Tight Lines to you all! Copyright FishDee. Ken Reid FishDee Ltd.
    For information about Salmon & Sea Trout fishing on Deeside and the latest up to the minute catch reports on the River Dee see www.fishdee.co.uk and visit the FishDee Blog
    For information about the management of the River Dee go to www.riverdee.org

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