Latest River Dee report from Ken Reid

Recent Catches

There have been 97 Springers to 20 lbs reported at the time of writing from FishDee beats last week which may rise once all beats have reported in any late catches. Both Upper Drum and Lower Crathes beats reported a dozen fish for the week, Invery 11 and Park also got into double figures. With catches reported from Altries to Lower Invercauld & Monaltrie indicating there are salmon spreading out to the top of the system. Catches rose last week with beats above Aboyne starting to fish and it’s been great catching up with some of the Ghillies when I have been able to. I was also delighted to meet the new Dinnet Ghillie Euan Reid, and I wish him all the best for the forthcoming season where I am sure he will be a great addition to the super team of Ghillies we have on the River Dee. I am sure Euan would have been delighted to see a sea liced fish landed on his first week of the season on the river .I didn’t receive any correspondence this week but have spoken to a number of Ghillies this morning and am grateful for their contributions as always to help provide an overview of current conditions.

Jim Paton reported that visiting anglers did well at Upper Drum, where Kent Hakansson brought a crack team of anglers over from Scandinavia to fish his beat and at Craigendinnie with George Murray. Jim advised ‘The group had 12 'Spankers' with 3 fish landed at 6 pm and one at 5.30 pm when many anglers may have stopped fishing on other beats. All the fish were caught on the Monkey Fly although they did try other patterns. We still have a lot of Kelts which may be encouraging Springers to stop in the beat before moving on. The anglers also landed 4 fish at Craigendinnie and Kent had a flying visit to the Spey at Delfur where he also caught a nice salmon’. I was pleased to see Ghillie George Murray visit the office last week where we discussed the good start to the season at Craigendinnie.

I visited Glasgow Angling Centre and was delighted to meet many anglers who visit our river as well as many representatives in the tackle trade, and of course Mr Paul Devlin and his great team of staff who most generously have provided the FishDee Megastore to help the River Dee fundraising activities. Whilst there for a few days I spoke to River Dee Board member from Tilbouries, Willie Banks, who informed me that on Friday morning Chris Hartley, the MD of Guide Fly-fishing had caught 2 lovely springers in 2 casts, of 9 lbs and 15 lbs. His colleague Jim Brown caught a stunning fish reckoned to be between 18 and 20 lbs on a Posh Tosh. To get 2 Springers in 2 casts is a stroke of good fortune. It was also really pleasing to see Altries had 4 fish on Friday as well indicating there was a good run of new fish coming upriver. It’s a super beat that deserves to have more anglers fishing at this time of year with a really talented and enthusiastic Ghillie Kevin Fleming.

Invery Ghillie was delighted to inform me of the successful anglers fishing his beat last week and he was keen to emphasise that the fish were in great condition and that he had a crack team of anglers fishing. Top Scottish Ghillies Colin Wilkie, Bill Drury, Mike Murdoch and Archie Baillie were enjoying a busman's holiday from the Rivers Tweed and Spey. They have been regular visitors to the Dee and again saw success by fishing slow and deep. Colin must have been delighted with his 5 fish, with Mike, Bill and Archie all catching nice fresh Springers. Archie took a real beauty of 15 lbs which was a very deep fish and in beautiful condition. Visitor David Cooke also had 2 fish to his rod of 8lbs and 15 lbs fishing in very cold and clear water.

Robert Harper reported that David and Michael Clarke, who I was delighted to meet last year in Russia, were successful with 3 nice fish apiece to 12 lbs. Robert reports ' Anglers had to persevere last week to intercept fish when pockets of fish were moving through the beat. The fish caught are real proper good Springers to 14 lbs and in excellent condition'. I was also advised by Edward Humphrey at Dinnet that visiting angler Ross Gowl had his first fish for 3 years and fishing companion Gordon Duncan had a nice sea liced fish which must have been running very hard in the cold water to reach the beat. Waterside and Ferrar Ghillie Davie Goodfellow also was pleased to advise that visiting angler Scott Smith from Cumbernauld had caught his first Springer at Waterside of 7 lbs. He mentioned he fished extremely well and was rewarded for his efforts with a nice fish. 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.  It is now available in London at Friarwood Fine Wine, 26 New Kings Road, London, Tel 020 7736 2628. 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 March 2011.

Prospects

Spring fishing in Deeside is a challenge for anglers and that’s why so many come year on year and fish for Spring Salmon. The challenges come from mastering the weather and river conditions and ensuring the tactics utilised are likely to deliver the opportunity of hooking fish in truly first class condition. This year Ghillies and anglers are reporting fish to be of a good size and in really first class condition. Now for the week ahead the weather forecast is looking quite reasonable and hopefully we will see catches pick up through the week. An air temperature maximum is reported to be between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius this week according to the Met Office and the BBC. There is likelihood during the week of fresh hill snow in the extreme western catchment. Winds should be light but will pick up on Thursday and Friday as weather fronts move through with perhaps gusts to 40 mph. Anglers need to ensure they wrap up well and have their waterproof wading jackets on as there is a good chance of occasional rain showers. The maritime influence is showing tides are dropping back through the week from 4.2 metres to 3.3 metres however river levels are still running between 9 inches and 1 foot 7 inches on the Sepa gauges.

The river beat Ghillies have a great knowledge of how to fish to suit 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 and give yourself every chance of catching a salmon. If you do not have the services of a Ghillie to count on then you should consider using a light 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 a plea to anglers to handle your fish very carefully and try to release it swiftly back to the river with minimum fuss for photography. I know the moment can be dramatic as you land the beautiful salmon, however it is vital to ensure the salmon is extended the courtesy of a safe release and return to the river. 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 here http://www.onlinespirits.co.uk/dalmore-dee-dram.  It is now available in London at Friarwood Fine Wine, 26 New Kings Road, London, Tel 020 7736 2628. 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 March 2011.

 

Regards Ken Reid

 

Fisheries Development Officer

DDSFB & River Dee Trust Office

Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne

Aberdeenshire, Scotland,AB34 5LA

+44 (0) 13398 80411

M +44 (0) 7979 878971

E-Mail ken@riverdee.org

www.riverdee.org

www.fishdee.co.uk

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