River Dee Report week 22 from Ken Reid

As always, a very readable report from Ken, which fish they have created in the river. Just fantastic.

Recent Catches

A good week for anglers fishing the River Dee last week with FishDee beats reporting 224 salmon to 36lbs and 107 sea trout. It is good to hear of improved sea trout catches with conditions more favourable for anglers fishing on into the small hours of the morning targeting sea trout. However the talking point of the week was another monster salmon landed on the River Dee. Borrowstone Ghillie Bill Palmer reported that one of his fishermen Mr Judd hooked and landed a 45.5 inch salmon in excellent condition that put up a tremendous scrap with the angler.

The fish was landed safely and a photograph was taken which I really do hope to receive in due course. The fish had taken a small cascade fly that Bill Palmer had tied. Hopefully the angler will forward details to the Malloch committee as the fish may be in the running to win the Malloch trophy at the end of the season.

I received a call from Dinnet proprietor Edward Humphrey who advised that Dinnet/ Deecastle have landed their 250th salmon of the season which is the earliest time they have reached this benchmark since 1993. The angler who had the honour was Ross Macdonald who had a really enjoyable couple of days fishing the beat. Ross has written an e-mail to me and commented 'Hi Ken, I had the very good fortune of an invitation to fish Dinnet/Deecastle this week. I enjoyed some tremendous sport in beautiful surroundings, landing 5 fish for my two days, including a fresh fish of around 12lb and the season's first grilse on the beat. I am pleased to report that the grilse was in splendid condition, which augurs well for the summer to come. Euan and Colin the Dinnet and Deecastle ghillies, were wonderful company and I would not have enjoyed such good sport without their enthusiasm and expertise. The other rods in the party enjoyed good sport and it was a pleasure to join them for part of their week. Tight lines and warm regards. Ross '

I would also like to advise readers that one of the stalwarts of the River Dee Davie Gibbon, Middle Blackhall Ghillie has recently been awarded his UKCC level 2 casting qualification and is one of only a handful of casting instructors in Scotland with this award. This is a great achievement for Davie and at 71 years young his enthusiasm and expertise are as keen as ever. I wish him and the beat all the best for the season and if anyone is looking for a great instructor to teach novices to fish I can highly recommend David. 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 June 2011.


The weather forecast for the forthcoming week looks varied with suggested air temperature maxima around 18 degrees Celsius and most days seeing a mixture of sunny spells and perhaps the odd rain shower. There may be a chance of heavier rain later in the week and it will be quite breezy at times. Therefore it should be a bit milder than last week with broken cloud cover. The maritime influence shows high tides in Aberdeen are rising back from 4.0 metres to 4.2 metres and should encourage new fish to come forward. Grilse and sea trout should come forward on high tides throughout the week. Prospects look encouraging providing we don't get a sudden big rise in river levels.

I would encourage anglers to heed the advice of their beat Ghillies carefully as they will give you the best advice on how to fish their beat. They know the moods of the river and the lies where taking fish may be located. If you don't have the services of a Ghillie to call on then fish with a small double handed rod with 8/9 weight lines or shooting heads. Fly lines should be full floaters with perhaps a short sink tip if needed. Long leaders and lightly dressed flies do well at this time of the year so fish fine and far off. Fly choice will see anglers looking for lightly dressed small flies such as silver stoat, Jeannie, Crathie fly as well as silver shrimp, Park shrimp and Ally's shrimp patterns. Some Ghillies swear by the the red and black Francis flies so they are always worth a go.

Small monkey flies and sunray shadows can be fished with confidence too especially as it is getting dark and fish are on the move. If you are fishing for sea trout you may wish to fish with a silver march brown, dark mackerel, teal blue and silver with the Jambo being used for the darkest of nights as will the snake fly fished deeply. With daylight hours reaching their peak for the year anglers may choose to fish the day in 2 sessions rather than one long day's effort. Very often the mornings and evenings offer the best chances of sport and there is plenty of things to do in Deeside if you choose not to fish during the afternoon-FishDee have a reference page with suggested activities.
Summer time heralds the arrival of sea trout and grilse to the River Dee, where anglers can and often do fish through the hours of darkness making impressive catches at times when low water conditions prevail. Sea trout are the shyest of creatures and the best time to fish for these is during the hours of darkness. Good sport can be enjoyed on single handed rods with the chance of hooking grilse and salmon as fish migrate upstream under the cover of darkness.

If you notice any suspicious activity on your beat please report this to your Ghillie or contact the river office on 013398 80411 where River Dee Bailiffs can be contacted 24 hours a day. There are plenty of rods available for anglers on FishDee at the moment, and with the volume of fish in the river it is well worth the effort of travelling to fish our wonderful river. 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 June 2011.Copyright FishDee Ltd June 2011.

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