(Last updated: Monday 25th August)
Fishing Report 25 August 2014
There 224 fish and 76 sea trout reported to FishDee last week, which is the first time we have broken 200 for a week this year. Anglers enjoyed sport from the bottom of the river at Ardoe and Murtle all the way up to Crathie. The river had another rise last Monday which dampened the catch somewhat and giving us just 12 to start the week off. But true to form as the river dropped and cleared we were in business once more on Tuesday with 55 fish reported. We had 44 on Wednesday and 52 on Thursday. Things slowed down toward the end of the week and there was a feeling we should have done even better. But in the context of this season, I think 224 will just have to do!
Among the fish again this week, was Maisie Stanton- there is no stopping her! I mentioned last week that we would be hearing more from her and sure enough, Maisie landed another 2 from Ballogie last week on Dad Sean's deadly Willie Gunn Franc N Snaelda.
I visited Altries last week and with impeccable timing too I should add. James Mills hooked and landed a lovely fresh 10lb fish from Upper Altries. It was in excellent condition- a really solid looking fish, which was strong and dogged in the fast water. The party finished with 11 for their week including a thumper for Nick Gaskell at 22lbs and were well looked after by ghillie Kevin Fleming.
Graeme Arthur got in touch to share a couple of photos from his recent visit to Park with pal Richard Thomas. They shared 10 for their five days including fish of 16lbs and 11lbs.
I would also like to highlight the forthcoming River Dee Trust Fundraising Dinner, which will take place at the superb Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. Owner Stuart Spence, a great supporter of the Dee, is laying on the event and so all the money raised will go towards work on the river.
The evening will start with a drinks reception with a very special guest in attendance at 6.30 pm, followed by a sumptuous dinner and then an exclusive auction that will be hosted by Christie's auction house Director, Bernard Williams. This will be a first class evening and a most enjoyable way to support the Dee. For full details go this this page
Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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. The summer was also underwhelming, although the sea trout fishing held up well.
The big spate we had early in August has helped boost catches and spirits and we hope this will continue, delivering a good back end for our anglers and ghillies.
Altries ghilie, Kevin Fleming, with James Mills' 10lb fish from Upper Altries.
Graeme Arthur with a lovely 16lb fish from Park.
A delighted Oli Watkins with a personal best- a 15lb fish from Park. One of 11 Oli landed during his week.
Rob Larkman with his fish of a lifetime, estimated at over 20lb from the Lorne Pool at Craigendinnie.
Instructor Gary Scott and keen anglers on our Introduction to Salmon Fishing course at Invery Tilquhillie.
A fresh 9lb salmon caught by Cairnton ghillie Brian Broagan from the Upper Salt Vats on 12 July.