(Last updated: Monday 28th July)
Fishing Report 28 July 2014
There were 9 fish reported to FishDee last week. Our poor season continues and I can only express my gratitude to our loyal anglers who travel from far and wide to fish the Dee. In a similar vein I must also acknowledge the ghillies who have been doing their utmost for their guests throughout this difficult year. I know how trying it has been.
Conditions were against us with low water levels, offset by small and short lived rises, and high water temperatures reaching the mid 60s in the mornings and so it was always going to be a trying week. That said, we should be seeing and catching more fish.
It is clear there has been a widespread failure of fish returning to our rivers. Don't take my word for it-look around. It is a worrying trend that has been felt beyond Scotland. While we all strive to produce more fish, if they are not coming back then we are really up against it- all of us.
The health of the river is important to us all and if you want to find out more about stocks on the Dee, you will find the relevant information on this page
Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at email@example.com I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.
Tight lines for the coming week
We had a very disappointing spring, there is no way round it. June has seen us pick away while the sea trout fishing has been good on the whole.
We are now waiting on a spate and the first good run of grilse!
A fresh 9lb salmon caught by Cairnton ghillie Brian Broagan from the Upper Salt Vats on 12 July.
The great Tommy Saville, creator of the Crathie Fly, pictured on his recent trip to the Dee.
Tom Moule with a cracker from Monaltrie.
Andrew Clark with a 5lb fish from Cobbles at Dinnet, taken on a Munro's Killer
Proprietor William Foster with a solid fish from Park Inn at Park.
A first ever salmon for a delighted Amanda Kavanagh. Taken on a Silver Stoat from the Red Brae Pool at Deecastle.