Salmon season draws to a close

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This is the last weekly report for the 2011 salmon fishing season as we enter the last few days of fishing for the middle and lower beats; the 2011 season draws to a close on Saturday. Once all the final results are posted next week I shall produce a season report for the FishDee website, advertisers and mixed media. It’s been an eventful week or as an angler said on Saturday, “these big fish are really coming on the take”. It was a big fish week with 5 beats reporting 25lb salmon in their catches and a reported 30lb salmon from Birse. I also heard of some anglers who lost their fly lines whilst fighting big fish. FishDee beats have reported 342 salmon so far for the week and 21 sea trout, including a late run of finnock. I managed a couple of days fishing at Park at the end of the week and note their catches rose significantly towards the end of the week as the water temperature dropped. Park reported 71 salmon for the week, Ballogie/Carlogie 42, Birse 39 and Culter 24. Andy Hutson landed the 1000th fish of the season for the Ballogie beats and was rewarded with a bottle of Dee Dram from Ballogie Estates Head Ghillie Sean Stanton.

I had some friends fishing at Ballogie and Carlogie last week with Gareth Headland and Frede Hognestad taking the fishing on the beats. Gareth reported that sport was good during the first half of the week but a bit quieter at the end of the week with a much higher proportion of hooked fish being lost, including some really big fish. His friend Wayne Gibbens was fishing at Kincardine who also had some fish but again found a lot of fish coming unstuck. Frede Hognestad, Geir Magne Johnsen and friends had an exciting week at Ballogie with some hard fighting fish reported. Two of their friends lost their shooting heads when big salmon overpowered them. As it was Geir Magne had his biggest salmon from the Dee at 25lbs and as always the lads enjoyed their holiday on Deeside.

Ian Neale who is a well regarded fishing guide, FishFindhorn correspondent visited Park and dropped me an e-mail advising: “I hope that you enjoyed your couple of days fishing at Park on Friday/Saturday. It was really very pleasant yesterday and what a difference when that wind eased off! I was guiding a couple of my regular clients, Des Dunlop and Jim Bishop for the three days and they thoroughly enjoyed their fishing at Park South, having been there two years ago with me. Jim Bishop had a great morning on Bakebare yesterday and caught two salmon; one was an older fish of around 10lbs. However, the other was a really lovely fresh autumn run salmon of around 15lbs, which gave him some great sport and after quite a long battle was finally netted by Charlie Yates. I got there just in time as the fish was about to be released by Charlie and managed to get the attached photo of this cracking fish which I hope you might be able to put onto your Fishing Reports page. Des Dunlop also caught a couple of fish whilst he was fishing with me at Park south. He had a cock fish of around 10lbs from Greenbanks on Thursday and another small fresh grilse of around 4lbs yesterday afternoon from the Upper Kirks pool, below the old hut.”

As the fishing season draws to a close this week there are still rods available for lower beats on FishDee if anglers are wishing to source fishing before the close season is upon us. We will hopefully see new fish coming forward on the spring tides to ensure anglers fishing the lower beats have enjoyable sport. Finally I would like to thank everyone 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.