Welcome to the October FishDee newsletter. It contains everything you need to know about fishing on the River Dee.
You can find and book fishing, and find accommodation to suit. You can also discover more about the work being done by the Dee Fishery Board and River Dee Trust to manage, improve and develop our river.
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Tono Puicercus with a 20lbr from Ballogie.
The last week of the season produced a credible 144 fish and without the high water conditions on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th, I am sure we could have added another 40+ fish. The official catch return for the river is not yet compiled, but the FishDee tally for 2016 is 3612, which is a 41% improvement on 2015's 2558. The volume of fish in the river, belies the total caught and if we had had more angling pressure, I am sure we would have done much better. The absence of a back end run, coupled with some difficult conditions during August and September was very disappointing and the bottom beats endured a frustrating time, during what should be their peak period. There seems to have been no back end run to speak of anywhere in Scotland, which is a wider concern.
We finish in much better shape than we began, and while catches still have a way to go before we are satisfied, I am confident that if we maintain the upward trend in 2017 the Dee will be back on track.
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Macaulay Tuck with a fish from Sluie.
The Dee Board's smolt tagging and tracking project is a three-year programme of work. As part of the pilot phase of the project, fifty smolts captured in the lower catchment, were fitted with internal acoustic tags and tracked in spring 2016. These smolts were tracked as they migrated through the lower twenty two miles of the Dee and inner harbour. Read more on the River Dee website.
Ladies Day, or days, are always a lot of fun and this year was no exception. Twenty ladies, joined Dee ghillies and beat regulars over two days at Invery/Tilquhillie for some casting instruction, fishing and fly tying, as well as a fine lunch provided by the beat owners. Best of all Sarah Gray caught a fish live on Radio Scotland! Read all about it on the River Dee website.
The River Dee Trust have developed the Dee Dram brand independently and produced a limited edition of 405 bottles from a single cask. Each bottle is individually numbered making them a rare and interesting gift.
Bottles cost £46.50 and are available from the Deeside Drinks Emporium, Tel: 01330 822650. Mainland UK delivery for the whisky is available for £8 first class recorded.
The development of a hatchery on the Dee has long been a bone of contention on the catchment. It is a topic which generates a lot of conjecture and strong feelings on both sides of the debate. In order to look at this dispassionately, the Board took the decision to revisit the topic with a fresh set of eyes. Accordingly, an independent study was commissioned to examine the feasibility of stocking Atlantic Salmon to help boost rod catches.
Read the report on the River Dee website.
Fashion's A Keeper.
The River Dee Trust is excited to announce an evening of fashion in Finzean, run in association with Country Ways, a country clothing store in Aberdeen. The event is aptly named "Fashion's a Keeper" as many of the models are Ghillies and Gamekeepers themselves and members of the Grampian Moorland Group, which is a collection of rural sporting estates from The Cairngorms, Royal Deeside and Aberdeenshire areas of Scotland - Read more.
The River Dee Trust's IntroDee education programme has had another hectic year working with hundreds of local primary school children. It is tiring but rewarding work and the youngsters love every minute - Read more.
Glen Tanar Estate lost seven of its huts during Storm Frank and has replaced them with custom built mobile fishing huts. Read more about these fascinating and innovative huts on the River Dee website.
We had another two visits to the wonderful CHAP fishery at Drumoak during August and September. All told, we have taken over 70 youngsters to the fishery this year and they have had a really good time learning how to fish. Special thanks to the Dee ghillies for sharing their time and expertise with the youngsters. - Read more.
We are always amazed by the volunteers who support our work on the catchment. Throughout the year we are fortunate to have dozens of individuals who are eager and willing to help us maintain the River Dee's wonderful environment and help prevent the loss of our native wildlife. The latest group came from one of the UK's leading Engineering companies, Costain. Their enthusiasm and hard work is greatly appreciated; they and all of our volunteers are making a real difference throughout the catchment. The guys have written a short account of their time with us, which can be viewed on Costain's website.