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(Last updated: Monday 18th September)
We enjoyed a good week on the Dee, with 185 reported. The rise in water levels has been timely, as I would have hated to be in the middle of September with low, clear, warm water. Water levels were a bit unsettled at times, but once the gauges had shown a settled river, catches spiked. The river is in good order today.
The lower beats have not been scoring as well as we would hope, but there are some positive signs. Two of Middle Drum's fish, caught by Dan Stevens, were very fresh grilse. The Edge party fished the beat and had five of the six caught. Dave MacDonald had another fish from Tilbouries.
Park picked away with another eighteen. Regular visitor Paul Whitehouse and friends were among the fish once again. I
was pleased to hear that Paul Pritchard was back on the river. He had a 15lbr from Ash Tree. Lower Crathes and Crathes Castle had eight and seven respectively. Invery and Tilquhillie had six. Park ghillie, Bert Webster had one of those as did Fred Hay, over from Donside. John Fyfe made his usual contribution and Allan Lawson from Finzean, had a couple of belters at 16lb and 18lb. Siggi Porvaldsson who was visiting with a large party of Icelanders to sample the fishing and the hospitality of Deeside and Donside, had a grilse from Greenbank. I had the pleasure of looking after them this weekend, which was a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing them back on the Dee in the spring. Special thanks to the ghillies who helped make it such an enjoyable experience for our visitors.
Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo owner, David Trembath had a fish and Mathew Rogerson had a couple. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had a decent week with eleven. The middle beats were steady if unspectacular with five apiece reported from Commonty, Ballogie and Dess. More settled conditions and lower water temperatures should work in their favour this week.
Birse had fourteen, six of which went to Richard Jewell, whose best was an 18lbr. Aboyne Castle picked up six. David Crawshaw had a 9lbr, Paul Broadhurst had a couple on the Pot Bellied Pig to 12lbs. Iain Mackay and Colin Sharp also had fish.
Craigendinnie owner, Pete Wheelhouse had a couple during his flying visit and Andrew Goodenough also picked up a couple. Anstruther Angling club takes a couple of weeks at Aboyne Castle.
Regular rod Davie Dick had 10lbr on Tuesday from crofts great experience for work experience lad Arron Edwards who helped to net it. John Murray 5lb cock fish from Crofts on Wednesday and Robert Horsborough 4lb grilse from crofts on Friday. I hear there has been three so far today.
Ian Murray's rods picked away with another seven. They were fishing small flies off fast tips to get them down in the dark water. The fish were in good condition and still had a bit f brightness to them, so seems like we still have a few on the move. I was delighted to see Morven pick up five.
Finally, Crathie fished the week on a high with twelve on Saturday, giving them twenty-three for the week. Robin James had fours, as did Michael Park. John Smith had five and John Fyfe eight. Again, the tactic was small flies fished deep and slow.
With decent conditions, I remain confident about our prospects. Be sure to check our latest availability
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A fine summer salmon for Alison Hutchison from Lower Crathes
A first fish for Charlotte Spaven at Aboyne Catle
Mats Wittlock landed this picture perfect springer at Cairnton. It tipped the scales at 18.5lb
Ger Mclean with one of five he landed on 1 May at Park. A fantastic achievement.
A lovely 17lbr for David Phillips, fishing at Craigendinnie.
3391 salmon and grilse to 16 September 2017