River Dee report - 12 September

Recent Catches
Salmon fishing was productive at times with FishDee beats reporting 265 salmon to 28lbs and 25 sea trout. It could have been considerably more, however we had fluctuating river levels which always seem to put salmon off the take. The SEPA gauge at Mar Lodge rose 4 times over the course of the week and some coloured water coming from some of the tributaries did slow sport down temporarily. Park reported 29 salmon for their week, Crathie 21, Tilbouries 18, Upper Drum 17 with Kingcausie reporting 16 as did Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. Heaviest fish was reported to be 28 lbs at Park landed by Mr Phil Walker.

Archie Hay reported this morning that Crathie had 3 rods fishing through the week with Trevor Cardy and Peter Cheesewright landing 11 between them. Trevor had the biggest fish of the week for the beat at 24lbs. Simon Miller fishing on Friday had four salmon. When asked to speculate why they had steady sport during the week with fluctuating river levels Archie suggested it was because the water temperature had dropped to 8 degrees Celsius. His anglers also put the hours in over the week and typically fished from 9am to 7 pm most days. Successful flies were the silver Ally’s shrimp, Cascade and Crathie fly. Earlier in the week anglers fished with small tube flies and by the end of the week were fishing smaller doubles.

Willie Banks at Tilbouries reported that fishing was hard going at times due to coloured water with anglers really putting the hours in. The biggest fish of the week was caught by a local angler who landed a super 20lbs sea liced fish. He has good experienced anglers on the beat who know the beat well. He advised that there were a lot of fish about this morning and allied to good water levels and high tides is hopeful for another good week. Anglers will be fishing with intermediate lines and sink tips fishing small bottle tubes. The water temperature was recorded this morning at 12 degrees Celsius.

Mr Tom Charles reported through the FishDee feedback reporting system a really enjoyable trip to Lower Crathes and West Durris. He advised that head Ghillie Robert Harper was away and he had received outstanding service and customer care from Ghillie Charles Booth and deserves special recognition. I am delighted to pass on Mr Charles comments and am sure that Charles will be a great asset to the beat. He is a smashing Ghillie with super personality. Finally I would like to thank the Ghillies for their feedback and ask anglers to pass on any stories, news or anecdotes they wish to share. 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 September 2011.

SALMON & GRILSE: Blairs 6, Kingcausie 16, Culter 11, Altries and Lower Drum 8, Middle Drum 3, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 17, Tilbouries 18, Park 29, Lower Crathes and W Durris 14, Crathes 2, Invery 5, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 10, Middle Blackhall 3, Cairnton 4, Lower Woodend 2, Commonty 2, Sluie 3, Ballogie 9, Borrowston 3, Kincardine 13, Carlogie 10, Lower Dess 3, Upper Dess 2, Birse 13, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 8, Craigendinnie 5, Dinnet 5, Headinch and Cambus O’May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 16, Crathie 21, Heughhead 2.
Total: 266 Largest: Park 28lbs
SEA TROUT: Kingcausie 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 1, Middle Blackhall 2, Commonty 1, Sluie 2, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 4, Lower Dess 2, Birse 3, Aboyne Water 1, Aboyne Castle 1.
Total: 25 Largest: Middle Blackhall & Lower Dess 4lbs

With a variety of weather forecasters predicting different things for Deeside I would suggest that we will have some tricky conditions at the beginning of the week with the remnants of Hurricane Katie due to reach Scotland as I write. As to how troublesome the rainfall and wind will be is difficult to foresee as the mountains will act as a buffer to the approaching storm. I suspect there will be rainfall in the western catchment and we will see river levels rising on Tuesday, however I am hopeful that we will see levels drop off during the week as the weather is forecast to become calmer as pressure builds. Air temperature maxima will be around 16 degrees Celsius and night time lows will be around 6 degrees Celsius. The maritime influence sees tides building to 4.3 metres tomorrow and then dropping back during the week. The SEPA gauges are currently running at 1 ft 9 inches at Mar Lodge and falling and 2ft 5 inches at Park and rising. The river is full of fish from top to bottom, therefore anglers contemplating some fishing, would be well advised to book some fishing from the FishDee website, as rods are becoming scarce as we are entering the final few weeks of the 2011 salmon fishing season.

There are still reasonable numbers of fish, coming forward off every tide now and hopefully this will continue. Some numbers of grilse have are still running the river and are moving through the lower beats, as are bigger fresh salmon. I can advise that there are reports of red vent syndrome caused by the Anaskis nematode parasite. Some ghillies and anglers speculate that this causes some irritation to the fish and makes them more aggressive. 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 8-10 depending on patterns. As always the Park shrimp, Ally’s shrimp, Cascade, and Red Francis can be fished with confidence as can tube flies fished deeply such as the Monkey, Red Frances and 1 inch gold bodied Willie Gunn or pot bellied pig. 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. Fish hard and persevere and you may get your rewards if you are in the right place at the right time when fish come on the take. I know it can be disheartening for anglers watching dozens of salmon leaping around them and not one of them is inclined to take their fly at that time. However salmon can come on the take when something triggers a change, air pressure, river level, other activity from fish; anglers like to speculate however it pays to persevere when fish are present in your beat. Prospects are looking good for continued sport.

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 September 2011.

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