Sundsvall var sista stoppet på vår lilla turné! Kanske var det också bästa kvällen. En hel del intresserade i butiken på Alnön under dagen - vi fick också hjälpa till med att uppgradera flugbindningen en hel del!
Kvällen gav fullsatt klubblokal och massor av blanka feta laxar. Håkan körde reklamfilm över Guidelines spännande nyheter och jag visade mina Kharlovka bilder samt som avslutningen blev det den fina filmen "Home for Salmon".
Jag tror alla släntrade hem med ett brinnande laxsug....
Den andra anhalten på vår lilla turné var Umeå. Bra intresse i butiken flugbindning och nyheter från Guideline. Kvällens föredrag kunde väl ha varit mer besökt men men stämningen var på topp och laxarna skinande blanka!
River Dee Rapport - 27 februari
This was a big fish week for some anglers on Deeside this week with my nomination for an Oscar going to Jamie Hammond for his tremendous effort in catching two salmon in excess of 20lbs, more of this later. FishDee beats reported 65 Salmon for the week with Lower Crathes once again finishing the week with the highest return of 13 salmon to 24 lbs; Invery had 10 salmon with the Blackhall beats between them reporting 13. Water levels were good during the week and water temperatures were as high as 8 degrees Celsius that saw fish get on the move to the upper reaches of the river. This saw normally productive lower beats finding things very quiet. I had Crawford Little, David Pool, Jim Coates and Stuart Buchan fishing with me for a few days on a lower beat and we hardly saw a fin flicker in 3 days. Jim did catch a 15lb fish when he visited Park on Saturday on a black and blue monkey.
As always I am grateful for feedback and I would like to share correspondence received from Jamie Hammond who commented ’Robert Harper asked me to drop you a line along with a couple of pics of 2 springers I had this week at Lower Crathes. I have been fishing LCWD in the spring for the last 15 years and it was a pleasure to be there this week with good water conditions. Although the wind made fishing tough on a couple of days, I was fortunate to land 5 springers over my 3 days. Both rods and ghillies commented that many larger than usual spring fish had been seen running through the beat so I was delighted to land a 22lb long tailed sea liced cock fish at 5.30pm on Friday evening and a 24lb hen fish at 10.30am on Saturday morning. Both fish were witnessed, expertly netted, measured and photographed by head gillie Robert Harper and both were caught on a Guideline Triple D shooting head Inti/2/4 and a 1.5" GBWG copper tube. Keep up the good work - it’s great to see the river with a healthy stock of MSW fish.’
There was good sport for anglers at Invery with the effusive Rae Borras teasing me at the Tor Na Coille Hotel about a fish he had landed when it was very bright. He mentioned ’It would have taken a genius to catch a fish’ and I agreed, then he smiled broadly and said again ’It would take a genius.’ and I laughed and asked ’How big?’. Rae chuckled with pleasure as he had a lovely fish of 15lbs; he did very well to catch that fish given the conditions at the precise time of capture. Invery Ghillie Karl Revel very kindly submitted the following report yesterday when he called in to see me. ’Another satisfying week on Invery saw 10 fish caught. Successful anglers included Craig Corbett from Portlethan (25lbs), Willie Roy, Aberlour 20lbs and 11lbs, and Callum Highett with his first Springer of 15lbs. A blank Saturday was saved at the last knockings by young Martin White from Renfrew, who ventured into the Kirk Pot with neither wading staff nor net. He succeeded after a somewhat nerve wracking fight to land a lovely 8lbs salmon which was skilfully netted by his Dad Bill.’ Sandy Scott had success with 2 fish and commented he had exceptional service from Karl at Invery.
To finish this week I would advise that the River Dee Trust auction takes place this week in London and there is still time for people to submit sealed bids for the 14 fabulous auction lots on offer. There are some real once in a lifetime opportunities for bidders so please look at the website for details and get bidding .http://www.riverdee.org.uk/auction/auctionwelcome.asp.
SALMON & GRILSE: Ballogie 6, Birse 4, Borrowston 3, Cairnton 2, Crathes 5, Dess 1, Invery 10, Kincardine 1, Knappach 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 7, Lower Crathes and W Durris 13, Lower Blackhall 4, Middle Blackhall 2, Park 4, Sluie 1, Total 65
I called Sean Stanton this morning, Head Ghillie at Ballogie and asked for his thoughts. He said ’We are fishing the summer pools now, and will be trying summer tactics with the water being low and very warm for the time of year.’ Well his observations are always worth listening to and I had been thinking about anglers fishing with floating line combinations and smaller flies in the middle reaches of the river. The weather forecasters are suggesting the temperatures tomorrow could go to 18 degrees Celsius which would of course break records for February on Deeside. It will start mild and may get a little cooler by the end of the week. They are suggesting night time temperatures of 6-8 degrees Celsius which is really unseasonable. What little snow reservoirs there were up on the hills will in all likelihood have gone and we will have to rely on rainfall to keep the river going through the spring. Winds will be Sou’westers with occasional strong winds, but around 15 mph during the week. There will be patchy drizzle and perhaps some rainfall, suggested for Thursday. The maritime influence sees tides dropping from 3.9 metres to 3.3 metres and rising towards the weekend to 3.5 metres. There may be some new fish coming forward so fingers crossed fish decide to come forward into the warmer waters of the river, which should be above sea temperature.
The upper river sees angling starting in earnest for some beats later this week and I am sure that these beats could do very well. Ghillies will be keeping their fingers crossed that the running salmon will stop in their beats and give anglers a chance for sport. With the unseasonable conditions, Deeside Ghillies will be providing real encouragement and advice to anglers so please heed their wise counsel. If you don’t have the services of a Ghillie to call on then you may try fishing with a full floater with sink tip or intermediate line with dressed doubles, perhaps 6-8 or small tubes or conehead of perhaps 1 to 1.5 inches. The monkey or Sunray fished high in the water may produce some sport for those wishing to experiment with a stripped lure. Patterns to try are Black and Yellow, Black and Blue, Park shrimp, Snaelda and Frances flies and don’t worry if the flies are lightly dressed, that may be advantageous.
If you arrive with the wrong flies expecting big cold water then don’t panic. You can call into George Strachan’s store in Aboyne or the Kincardine Post office and get a great selection of Dee flies there tied by Ghillie Sean Stanton, at very reasonable prices. These venues also provide great sandwiches for visiting anglers etc and of course the highly popular Dalmore Dee Dram. The Orvis store in Banchory also has a great selection of flies to choose from.
To finish this week I would advise that the River Dee Trust auction takes place this week in London and there is still time for people to submit sealed bids for the 14 fabulous auction lots on offer. There are some real once in a lifetime opportunities for bidders so please look at the website for details and get bidding. http://www.riverdee.org.uk/auction/auctionwelcome.asp.
Så var första dagen i Norrland klar - demon gick som en dans med bra intresse för SSS och nya Braiden. Håkan hade mest intresse för de nya kläderna. Nya vadarna och Core jackan.
Kvällens fördrag gjorde som vanligt många sugna på att dra till Kharlovka! kanske sover 50 talet mer ojämnt med drömmar om att sälja bilen o bara dra!
Fundraising vid River Dee
You may know we have our important fundraising auction for the River Dee next Thursday night. It is taking place at the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair - home of the Flyfishers club at 6.30 pm.
The auction will raise much needed funds to allow the River Dee to continue its ground breaking habitat improvement work with projects like the Upper Dee Riparian Woodland scheme. This will see over 50 kms of stream in the upper catchment planted with riparian native woodland to mitigate the effects of global warming. It will also help us to continue easing man made obstacles to fish migration and other vital work in our river catchment.
Fiona Armstrong will be guest speaker on the night and Bernard Williams from Christies will be the auctioneer at this free event.
The event will commence at 6.30 pm with snacks and Dalmore Dee Dram provided to all who attend.
E-Brochure about the event can be accessed here [Klicka här]
I have raised some wonderful auction lots with some wonderful international fishing opportunities etc and I need to distribute news about this event to as wide a network as I can get to.
It would be helpful if anyone interested in coming along lets us know they are attending so we can keep tabs on the final headcount for the event and cater for them.
We have between 60 -70 who have confirmed and would like to make the headcount up to 100 to ensure the night is a great success.
Brev till Anatoly Karpov
Grundaren av North Atlantic Salmon Fund, Orri Vigfússon, etablerar kontakter i Ryssland för att stävja Norges utfiskning av atlantlax.
Så framme i Skellefteå första stoppet på Håkan Norlings och min mini Norlandsturné. Idag blir det demo hos Tommy och Cykel & Fiske sen föredrag i kväll.....
sen Umeå imorgon följt av Sundsvall på Torsdag!
River Dee Rapport - 20 februari
Last week saw an increase in catches with FishDee beats reporting 92 salmon and 1 sea trout which was well up on the previous week’s total of 66 salmon. The best return for the week was reported again by Lower Crathes with 16 salmon and 1 sea trout, Invery had another good week with 9 salmon, Lower Blackhall had 8 including a 22 lb salmon, Little Blackhall and Park reported 7 with another 22 lb fish reported from Little Blackhall. There were a lot of good anglers out fishing last week I believe and conditions were by and large pretty favourable through the week until a blizzard hit the river on Saturday afternoon. It is pleasing to hear that fish are now being caught in the Aboyne area which will provide encouragement for anglers fishing the Upper Dee beats that will be fished in March.
For anglers looking for some great fishing there are some great fishing opportunities I would like to inform you about. I would advise that the River Dee Trust is hosting an auction evening at the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair at 6.30 pm on Thursday 1st March. The auction has some great fishing opportunities for anglers loyal to the River Dee who would like to support the planned programme of River Dee habitat restoration works. There is fishing in exciting global destinations such as the Rio Grande in Patagonia, The Yokanga in Russia, The Ranga in Iceland and The Mörrum in Sweden. Not only that, but we have two fabulous fishing opportunities in Norway. Well known fishing personality Matt Hayes has provided fishing on the Gaula River in June at his lodge Wisnes, with Matt acting as your guide for a few days. FishNorway have also offered a fabulous fishing opportunity at the Reisa River, which is a big fish river like its sister river the Alta. The River Dee Trust and River Office staff are looking forward to hosting this free to attend event in London and would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our visiting anglers from the south to come along and join us for what promises to be an enjoyable occasion. Guest speaker on the night is Fiona Armstrong, former BBC newsreader and journalist who is a keen salmon angler. Bernard Williams from Christies is the auctioneer for the event with 14 exciting lots going under the hammer. There will be canapés and Dee Drams provided for all guests who come along. To help us cater efficiently can anyone who intends to come along let us know the numbers they are bringing along to email@example.com. Details about the auction lots can be found at http://www.riverdee.org.uk/auction/auctionwelcome.asp.
Talented salmon angler Jean Marshall with a nice Spring salmon landed at Ballogie - Jean incidentally won the Moriston trophy for the largest fish of the River Deveron last year at 29lbs.
Geordie Doull returning a lovely fresh run Spring salmon to the water at Crathes.
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River Dee Rapport - 13 februari
This was a really challenging week for anglers for a number of reasons as winter tightened her grip on the river and brought angling to a virtual standstill for a number of days. There were many talented anglers on Deeside last week, keen and eager to get their season up and running with a coveted Dee Springer. The icy grue that closed the river ensured all they could do was sit and pray that the air temperature would rise and conditions would improve to allow them to fish. Thankfully towards the end of the week the weather did improve and grue disappeared from the river and new fish came forward. Some anglers decided to leave and other anglers decided to stay on Deeside and were rewarded. FishDee beats have reported 66 salmon to 24 lbs for the week with another couple I know of to be added. The super River Dee beat, Lower Crathes had a fantastic Saturday with 7 salmon and finished the week with 14 to go into the 2012 catch book. I am most grateful to Karl Revel from Invery for providing the following news from the beat. ’Another reasonable week on Invery saw 10 salmon caught by 5 anglers in 7 different pools. Top rod for the week was regular Dee visitor Colin Harvey with 5 fish weighing 7,9,12 and two at 13 lbs. All were caught using 1.5 inch black and yellow monkey flies tied green bodied plastic tubes with cone heads. The other successful anglers were Austin Todd with 2 salmon of 8 and 17lbs, Jeff Viner Invery proprietor had a 17 lb salmon, James Watts a 7lb salmon and Mrs Roni Viner had a 6lb salmon.’
Richard Thomas and Graeme Arthur visited Crathes Castle beat and had some good sport when they were able to fish. They did persevere though and were well rewarded on Saturday with 3 salmon of 12, 15 and 20 lbs on top of two fish taken earlier in the week of 12 and 15lbs. Graeme advised ’Well that was quite a week, ice, snow, plenty food and drink and very good company, and what a last day; over a dozen kelts and 3 fresh fish, which every angler dreams about. Both Richard and I were shaking with excitement with the prospect of having to net each other’s fish, first the 20lb specimen just before lunch and then that 15 lber with my last cast, what a buzz after 50 odd years of fishing, you can’t beat the feeling of the pure power of a fresh Dee Springer!’ Dr Patrick Taylor also persevered and had a tough week but was well rewarded with 2 fine salmon on Saturday at Commonty of 10 and 12lbs on Ballogie Estates Head Ghillie, Sean Stanton’s Willie Gunn Snaelda conehead. Neil Sneddon from Fife had a 10.5 lb salmon from Aboyne Water, the first of the season for the beat with the image on the FishDee Facebook site that Neil has submitted. I had a Kelt first cast on Friday at Birse and some other kelts but that was my lot and had a cast at Park on Saturday with little success. It was nonetheless a very enjoyable day out meeting friends old and new again. How true the saying ’There’s more to fishing than catching fish.’ I did hear of a 25lb salmon landed from another River Dee beat. So there have been good sized salmon being caught in the Banchory area.
SALMON & GRILSE: Altries and Lower Drum 1, Aboyne Water 1, Ballogie 4, Birse 1, Carlogie 1, Commonty 2, Cairnton 1, Crathes 2, Dess 1, Invery 10, Knappach 1, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 6, Lower Crathes and W Durris 14, Lower Blackhall 6, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 1, Middle Blackhall 3, Middle Drum 5, Park 5, Woodend 1, Total 66
The river should fish well this week all being equal with decent river levels and a reasonable weather forecast for the week ahead. The Met Office are forecasting air temperature maxima around 8-9 degrees and possibly a little more during the first few days of the week with temperatures forecast to drop back a bit on Friday for the weekend. It will be a mostly cloudy week with occasional patchy rain showers. Winds are variable and may be blustery at times so it may feel cooler with the wind chill. River levels are currently sitting at 7 inches on the mar Lodge gauge and 1ft 4 Inches at the Park gauge. The maritime influence indicates tides are dropping back from 4.2 metres to 3.6 metres by mid week and then rising again to 3.9 metres at the weekend. River temperatures are warming up and new fish will be running the river and heading up to perhaps Aboyne. There appears to be fair amount of new salmon in the Banchory area.
Anglers who don’t have the services of a Ghillie to call on should present 1.5 inch tube monkey flies well down, with popular patterns like the Gold Willie Gunn conehead, Park Shrimp, Phatakorva, Maggie’s Shrimp and Snaelda patterns worth a cast. There are some really excellent angling opportunities for anglers looking for some fishing with FishDee beats offering rod lets for as little as £40 per day. This is very good value for anglers looking for an early season salmon. The River Dee conservation code states all fish must be returned carefully, including kelts. I would urge anglers to read these guidance notes and spare fish unnecessary suffering. Remember to sign your Gyrodactylus declaration when arriving at your chosen fishing beat.
As always anglers should discuss tactics with their Ghillies and heed their advice. They really can make the difference to anglers trying for early season success. They have many years experience and are a resource visitors can ill afford not to utilize. I receive feedback reports from anglers using the FishDee booking engine, where time after time anglers comment how helpful our River Dee Ghillies are. Comments like â€˜He picked the right fly, put me on the right spot and told me what line to use’ indicate only too readily to me how valuable our Ghillies are to our visiting anglers.
Angler Graeme Arthur with a 15lb salmon caught on his last cast of the day
Invery part time Ghillie Cleeve Cowie (left) with successful anglers Graeme Arthur and Richard Thomas
A nice portrait of Richard Thomas with a fresh run spring salmon
Utrivning av kraftverk utan drift!
Fick ett mail från Christer Borg, Älvräddarna:
”Jämtlands länsstyrelse har med landshövding Britt Bohlin skrivit ett svar på Kammarkollegiets begäran om uppgifter om Långforsens kraftverk. Anledningen till detta är att Älvräddarna begärt att Kammarkollegiet skulle undersöka om inte kraftverk i Långan skulle kunna rivas ut eftersom ingen elproduktion förekommit sedan minst 1,5 år tillbaka, något som enligt miljöbalken kan vara skäl för en återkallelse av tillståndet för verksamheten. Logiskt, eftersom ingen verksamhet bedrivs, varför då ha kvar en miljöpåverkande damm…
Läs mer på vår hemsida och ladda ner länsstyrelsens skrivelse till Kammarkollegiet. Här några citat:
”Vidare har den förhållandevis ringa kraftproduktionen som tillståndet medger, liten betydelse ur samhällsekonomisk synvinkel. Länsstyrelsen anser, mot bakgrund av detta, att det är önskvärt att tillståndet för anläggningen återkallas och att delar av anläggningen kan rivas ut.”
”Länsstyrelsen anser att bolaget under lång tid har eftersatt underhållet av anläggningen, vilket medfört att kraftstationen inte har kunnat drivas i enlighet med tillståndet.” ”
På väg från Finland blev det ett kort dagsstopp i Göteborg - möte hos grabbarna i Guideline!
Det blev ett kalasmöte - beslut om nya fräcka produkter och klarsignal för massor av häftiga projekt!
Guideline ligger i en stark medvind - det känns fint att vara del av Europas vassaste flugfisketeam!
med glimten i ögat drog vi snabbt igenom de nya imponerande lokalerna... inte konstigt grabbarna är vassa kastare - nu kan de göra det inomhus året om!
Flugbindnings kurs hos Spey Clave
Full sålt hus med 12 bindare körde på under söndagen. Jag tycker dte gick skitbra! Hög klass på bindandet och stort intresse. Jubel för de nya materialen och ja .. en riktigt bra dag!
....men det är ett märkligt språk.. finskan!
Spey Clave - schysst dag!
Så var demon hos Spey Clave i Helsingfors klar .
Massor av folk och bra intresse både för de nya SSS materialen och andra nyheter. Braiden gav klanf och jubel - den har många väntat på länge - slutsålt på dubbingboxar första timmen. Jag band flugor,höll föredrag och Håkan demade Guideline grejer. Det nya 12,9 Reactionspöt verkar bli en riktigt hit - ett sånt vill jag ha!
I morgon är det bind kurs för ett gång intresserade finnar!
...så framme i Helsingfors! I morgon ska Håkan och jag dema Guidelineprylar. Flugbindning med nya SSS materialen och FITS färgerna står på programmet....