Another tricky week for salmon anglers

By Edward Humphrey

I can only begin last week’s report by mentioning a weight, the 7lbs 8ozs of Alfie James who was born to Tracey & Euan Reid, Ghillie at Dinnet, on Friday afternoon. I am delighted to say that mother and son are well and our warmest congratulations to them all.

Another tricky week for salmon anglers with the big rise in water mid week after a good start, but better conditions later in the week failed to produce big returns. FishDee beats reported 154 salmon & 50 sea trout for the week. Park 16, Birse 12, Lower Crathes & West Durris 10 and Ballogie 10, all managed into double figures, but most beats enjoyed some success at some time. Ballogie & Carlogie jointly recorded their 500th fish of the season, a great achievement.

No apologies for reporting on the 32lb fish caught at Dinnet on Tuesday by Mike Stevenson from Aboyne on basically a variation of a Stoat’s Tail with a bit of yellow on a size 12 Tube Fly. The fish gave an extremely good account of itself before Mike managed to get some of it into his sea trout net, needing both hands around its tail, but he did concentrate on getting a very accurate measurement of the fish 44”, aborting any attempt at a photograph. To prove that was no fluke, Mike then caught an 18 pounder the following day, also on Dinnet, this fish taking him out of the 29 Pool, down towards Redbrae, which for those of you who know Dinnet is quite an expedition.

I was invited to Park for a day on Friday and landed 3 absolute crackers of 16, 9 & 14 lbs. When Ghillie Bert Webster asked to see my flybox he went straight for a size 10 lightly dressed Cascade which certainly did the trick for me. There were a lot of fresh fish showing as well as some grilse so hopefully the high water of the weekend will have encouraged some of them to move further up river.

Phillip Wood called in to see me this morning to report that his team fishing Waterside & Ferrar last week could only account for 2 salmon & 1 sea trout, but the first was an 11 pounder caught by David Taylor and was his first Dee fish, so many congratulations. Phillip, who fished for some of the week with a Number 3 Arthur Wood Split Cane rod and a Hardy fishing reel made in 1896, reported that there was no lack of fish on the beat, but they are just not in a taking frame of mind.

I would also like to end the column by advising readers of a very special auction being held by the River Dee Trust and A.F.Y.D (Angling for youth development). There is a special fishing break organised through the kindness & generosity of some wonderful accommodation providers on Deeside and some of the top River Dee fishing beats. The package includes salmon fishing for two rods for two days from 12th to 17th September at Lower Crathes, Dinnet & Crathie with accommodation and breakfast at the Tor Na Coille Hotel, Loch Kinord Hotel and Darroch Learg Hotel. You can bid online at http://www.fishpal.com/FishingServices/Auctions/DeeTrust/AUDP1ot1.asp?dom=Pal or by submitting a bid to the River Office, Mill of Dininet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA and it is hoped this fundraising week for these two very important charities will be well supported. These beats reported a catch in September last year of 241 salmon!

Please send any news or information to me at office@dinnet-estate.co.uk as I am on duty again next week while Ken is away.

Tight Lines to all.

Prospects

The large river over the weekend is falling away fast, again apologies for the lack of data on the river level page, but as you will see this is outwith our control. We wait in anticipation of a good run of grilse and possibly some sea trout. Conditions are favourable for fish to run the river, but conditions for fishing are definitely mixed with a cool northerly air flow expected for most of the week with showers, some heavy, also expected, so while it won’t feel like the height of summer for those on holiday, the weather may be better for fishing. There is no doubt that there are plenty of fish in the river already and having fished at Park myself last Friday there was certainly plenty of fish moving through, the biggest problem seems to be getting fish to take and/or fish coming off in no time.

As Ken always states, please heed the advice of a ghillie on your beat, if you have one, as to tactics, fly selection and even line. With falling water height it is difficult to give accurate advice for those who don’t have a ghillie, but I had a small Silk tip on my floating line. Your fly choice should be along the lines of a Cascade, Crathie, Silver Stoats Tail, Logie or a Bloody Butcher, which in effect is a Silver Stoat with some red, but it would appear that perhaps flies more lightly dressed are being more successful at present.

I would also like to end the column by advising readers of a very special auction being held by the River Dee Trust and A.F.Y.D (Angling for youth development). There is a special fishing break organised through the kindness & generosity of some wonderful accommodation providers on Deeside and some of the top River Dee fishing beats. The package includes salmon fishing for two rods for two days from 12th to 17th September at Lower Crathes, Dinnet & Crathie with accommodation and breakfast at the Tor Na Coille Hotel, Loch Kinord Hotel and Darroch Learg Hotel. You can bid online at http://www.fishpal.com/FishingServices/Auctions/DeeTrust/AUDP1ot1.asp?dom=Pal or by submitting a bid to the River Office, Mill of Dininet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA and it is hoped this fundraising week for these two very important charities will be well supported. These beats reported a catch in September last year of 241 salmon!

Bookings on FishDee are well up on last year, so if you haven’t booked some fishing for the next few weeks, please don’t leave it too late, there is still plenty of quality water to choose from. I will be on reporting duty again next week while Ken is chased by the bears in Alaska, so if you have any information or news, please do not hesitate to write to me at office@dinnet-estate.co.uk.