River Dee Report week 34 from Ken Reid

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We have had another good weeks fishing on Deeside with FishDee beats reporting 240 salmon to 24 lbs and 21 sea trout. This brings the FishDee beats totals for the season to 5018 salmon and 1179 sea trout. Park reported 25 salmon & grilse, Upper Drum & Lower Durris 20, Culter 19, Crathie 17, Commonty 16, Altries and Crathes had 14. I have decided this week to compile this week's report predominately led by Ghillies feedback, and I have spoken with Ghillies from 5 of the top producing beats from last week for their comments. Thanks to all for your feedback, it's much appreciated as always.


Keith Cromar at Park advised ' John and Clarinda Foster had six salmon between them to 15 lbs and we had a couple of big fish on Saturday with Andy Forbes landing a 20 lb salmon and Gary Webster landed a 24 lb salmon, who you will recall had a 25lb salmon on opening day this year. We have water levels sitting at 65 inches on our gauge this morning and the water temperature is now 8 degrees Celsius. I am recommending anglers' fish with intermediate tips and small tube flies to get them down to the fish. I expect fish to be caught on Red Frances, Park shrimp and cascades. There are a lot of fish on the beat with summer salmon and grilse' Stuart Buchan commented this morning about catching a 10 lb salmon at Park and then hooking a small parr which was grabbed by a salmon leaving bite marks on its body.


Jim Paton, Ghillie at Upper Drum and Lower Durris commented 'We have a lot of fish on the beat with most of the fish being landed bright bars of silver. Peter brown recently had 5 salmon for his visit. We have a large river this morning which should fine back and should fish really well. I would recommend anglers fish with intermediate tips; a yellow stoat's tail tube variant has been fishing well.'


Mads Pederson, Ghillie at Culter advised that there are good numbers of salmon in his beat with some nice fat grilse amongst them. We have had success with a black and orange fly with fish to 15lbs with the average weight 10-11 lbs. We have had great conditions for fishing but would be doing better if we had more rods fishing. September will be really productive and we have rods available for visiting anglers.

Sean Stanton, head Ghillie for Ballogie estates commented about Commonty. ‘Ghillie Ian Fraser booked the fishing for the week and they had a very good week, in fact their best week of the season with 16 salmon and grilse to 2 rods. Kevin Fraser, Iain’s son had his biggest salmon at 20 lbs. They were fishing with size 13 Crathie Fly, and Red Frances fly on full floating lines as the water was low. This week is looking very promising and I expect the beats to fish very well for the rest of the week as the river level falls. Intermediate lines and tube flies will be required this week.’ Kevin Fleming reports from Altries. ‘Good numbers of fresh salmon coming in and some really small thin grilse. Some fish with red vent syndrome as well. Average weights of salmon are 10-11 lbs and taking the usual flies for the time of year Cascades, red Frances etc. The beat is full of fish and prospects look good.’ Archie Hay, Ghillie at Crathie advised ‘The party this week was led by party leader Dr J R Hartley who had a good week landing 17 salmon and grilse. They were fishing size 14 Crathie Flies on intermediate tips. The biggest fish was landed by Dr Cooksey at 15 lbs and we had quite fresh grilse of 3-4lbs that looked like they had been in the river for a couple of weeks.’ I also received an e-mail from Dave Walker who advised ‘Thought I would drop a note, having not fished as much as I should have this year, I was rewarded this week when I connected with a 36 inch salmon; the evening was beautiful and the river seemed to be full of fish, your tips re a park shrimp was also spot on. Per the weight to length table - this makes the fish about 18lbs - by far the biggest salmon I have ever caught. The photo does not do it justice - however the whole evening was just perfect.’ To finish this week's report I wish to advise readers of an outstanding fishing opportunity for a week's salmon fishing during September. The auction, which closes in 3 days, is to raise funds for the River Dee Trust & AFYD. 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. 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


It could be a really productive week on Deeside following on from the big rise in river levels yesterday coinciding with Spring tides. This should hopefully bring in a good run of late summer salmon and more grilse. The Sepa gauges were down this morning however the Ghillies have reported from their gauges the following, Park hut gauge is 65 inches and falling, Potarch Bridge gauge is 5 ft and falling and Crathie beat gauge was 4 ft and falling. Water temperature at Park this morning was 48 degrees Fahrenheit or 8 degrees Celsius. The met office website is forecasting good fishing weather which is blustery today with winds dropping back nicely. The air temperature maxima for the week are around 15 degrees Celsius, with night time lows around 5 degrees Celsius. There will be intermittent rain showers throughout the week and it will feel a bit warmer when the sun does shine. The maritime influence sees tides building this week to 4.7 metres on Wednesday and falling back to 3.8 metres on Saturday.


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, Red Frances 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 now-pool tails can be productive for intercepting running fish.


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.

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