Catch total is well up on last week

Talented salmon angler Jean Marshall with a nice Spring salmon landed at Ballogie
Talented salmon angler Jean Marshall with a nice Spring salmon landed at Ballogie

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 nine salmon, Lower Blackhall had eight including a 22 lb salmon, Little Blackhall and Park reported seven 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.

As reported last week, the River Dee Trust is hosting an auction evening at the Savile Club in Mayfair on March 1. 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. Details about the auction lots can be found at http://www.riverdee.org.uk/auction/auctionwelcome.asp.

Beat Catches Reported:

SALMON & GRILSE - Altries and Lower Drum 1, Aboyne Water 2, Ballogie 5, Birse 2, Carlogie 3, Commonty 4, Cairnton 4, Crathes 8, Dess 3, Invery 9, Kincardine 1, Knappach 6, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 7, Lower Crathes and W Durris 16, Lower Blackhall 8, Upper Drum and Lower Durris 2, Middle Blackhall 3, Park 7, Woodend 1, Total 92 SEA TROUT - Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Total 1 TROUT - none reported

Prospects

The conditions look ideal for anglers fishing the River Dee this week with a very favourable weather forecast allied to high spring tides which should bring new fish forward. The BBC weather forecast is showing air temperature maxima around 11 degrees Celsius with no overnight frosts predicted. It may be a bit breezy with some rainfall which may see the river levels rise with rain and snowmelt from the mountains. The maritime influence sees tides rising this week from 4.0 metres to 4.4 metres and then dropping back to 4.1 metres at the weekend. As long as we don’t get a big rise in river levels then sport should be reasonable for anglers during the week.

Visiting anglers would be wise to consult their beat ghillie if they have one to discuss tactics on their chosen beat. The River Dee ghillies know their beats well and can give you much needed advice that may help make your trip to the river a successful one. If you don’t have the services of a ghillie to call on you will be well advised to use an intermediate line and fish with tube flies. Patterns that are popular can be found on the flies for the Dee page on the FishDee website. You may wish to fish with patterns such as the Gold Willie Gunn, German Snaelda, Maggie’s Shrimp, Posh Tosh, Blue Monkey and Cascade.

As always please let me know how you get on by dropping me an e-mail to ken@riverdee.org with any anecdotes and pictures about your experiences on the river.

Tight Lines!