River Dee Report week 31 from Ken Reid

Recent Catches

A tougher week for anglers on Deeside, with river levels rising on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, ensuring the fish were more reluctant to come to the fly as freely as they have in recent weeks. Catches reported from FishDee beats are currently sitting at 202 salmon and grilse and 33 sea trout with fish reported from Culter to Crathie. Park has reported 33 salmon and grilse, Lower Crathes reported 27 salmon and grilse and Carlogie 21 salmon and grilse. Catches were distributed throughout the river from top beats to bottom beats. There has been a good grilse run this year and salmon are still running the river in good numbers. July saw an excellent total from FishDee beats with beats reporting 1141 salmon and grilse against a 5 year average for July of 652 salmon and grilse. Sea trout catches have been disappointing this year due in no small part to poor weather conditions. Sea trout sport can be good if the river is low and the weather is warm; not something we have seen much evidence of this summer.

The Needle Stone rock at Pol Slach'd Dinnet

I received an e-mail from Kincardine proprietor advising of some success for anglers fishing his beat. Andrew passed on the following e-mail 'Dear Andrew, Just a quick note about a very enjoyable weeks fishing I have just completed at Kincardine. I was fishing with Dia Jones. What a lovely man. Very enthusiastic about his fishing and I do hope I'm still fishing when I reach his age! Ghillie John was very entertaining and knowledgeable which helped me a lot through-out the week. The water was up and down for most of the week and the bright sun played its part later on in the week but I managed to land a 10lb fresh salmon and a 4lb grilse which I was pleased with. Dia Jones managed a grilse and a couple of sea trout. I also picked up a nice sun tan which was an added bonus! Many thanks for the great week and hopefully see you again next season. Kind regards, Craig Fleming'.

There are a lot of visitors in Deeside at present and we sometimes can have an isolated incident of people fishing without permission. I would urge anyone noticing any suspicious activity to contact the River Office on 013398 80411 which is manned 24 hours per day to deal with such incidents. Visiting anglers to the river will see enhanced bio security measures in place as all beats have had disinfection kits provided. Anglers will need to follow the beat Ghillies instructions on disinfection, which will only take a minimal period to carry out. As always please let me know how you get on during your visit to the river by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences. Ken Reid © FishDee Ltd

Major Simon Poett with a lovely fresh salmon at Park

Beat catches reported
(Week ending 4th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 2, Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 6, Middle Drum 6, Tilbouries 9, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 4, Park 33, Lower Crathes and W Durris 27, Crathes 9, Invery 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Middle Blackhall 7, Cairnton 4, Woodend 4, Commonty 2, Ballogie 10, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 4, Carlogie 21, Dess 2, Birse 14, Aboyne Water 4, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 7, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O'May 1, Crathie 6, Heughhead 4, Total 202
SEA TROUT: Altries and Lower Drum 2, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Park 2, Lower Crathes and W Durris 2, Crathes 3, Invery 3, Commonty 1, Ballogie 2, Kincardine 3, Carlogie 7, Dess 1, Birse 1, Craigendinnie 2, Dinnet 2, Heughhead 1, Total 33


Weather conditions look reasonable this week for anglers visiting the River Dee fishing beats. Most days should be cloudy with the odd sunny interval with air temperature maxima around 19 degrees Celsius and overnight lows around 10 degrees Celsius. There are light winds forecast during the week from variable directions which should not prove troublesome for fly fishers. There is the risk of some rain showers at times during the week but nothing of any note to affect the river adversely predicted. The maritime influence sees tides dropping back from 4.3 metres to 3.3 metres. It is hoped runs of new salmon and grilse will continue to come in and populate the lower river beats in decent numbers. Some of the Lower beats such as Kingcausie, Culter, Altries, Middle Drum, Tilbouries, Upper Drum, Park and Lower Crathes could fish well, but the fish will have the final say in these matters. Make sure you give pool tails a bit of attention as running fish may be lingering before deciding to run on through your allocated beat.

Guide Ian Neale with angler Jean Louis Lacombe with a nice grilse

Prospects for sport look reasonable for the week ahead as there is a good distribution of fish throughout the whole catchment and grilse are running hard upstream providing exciting sport from time to time. These one sea winter fish can have soft mouths so fish can be hooked and lost all too frequently. As always listen to the advice offered by your Ghillie whilst fishing the pools on your beat. The River Dee Ghillies are very knowledgeable and helpful and can help in no small way to increase your catch. They will advise on fly choice, presentation, where to concentrate on fishing and at what depth. If you don't have the services of a Ghillie you would be advised to fish with a full floater with or without a sink tip and leader of perhaps 8 foot plus. Flies with a touch of red in them will start to take good catches with river fish responding to more autumnal coloured flies. Fly choice, sizes 8 to 14, could include the following popular Dee flies; Calvin's shrimp, Park shrimp, Cascade variants, Red Frances, Willie Gunn flamethrower and red flamethrower. If you need to stock up on flies you can visit Somers in Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, Kincardine O'Neil Post Office, Strachan's of Aboyne and Countrywear in Ballater where you will find a good selection of Dee flies at good prices. You can also purchase the 2012 Dalmore Dee Dram fundraising whisky from Strachan's of Aboyne who have just received a new delivery. They have excellent offers to help clear the remaining 2011 Dee Dram stock with bottles going for under £35.00.

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