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(Last updated: Monday 15th October)
The last day of the season is upon us! I have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, I am glad it's all over, but I know in about ten days' time I will be complaining about the close season and counting down the days until 1 February 2019, when I can resume complaining about conditions.
Speaking of which, the mild weather last week didn't help us at all with correspondingly higher water temperatures and a deluge at the end of the week. I wasn't at all surprised that the last full week of the season was 123.
Before we go any further, I must thank my correspondents for sending me news throughout the season. I also owe an especially large thanks to the ghillies- without their contributions each week, there would be no report. And thanks also to you for reading my weekly missive from Deeside, I hope I keep it light enough when things are tough and proportionate when we fish well.
Culter has had a decent back end thanks to an increased angling pressure. The rods there added another eleven, last week. Altries and Tilbouries had five and four respectively.
Park, delivered another twenty-eight fish. Regular rod Kevin Cordery had the fishing and his party caught twenty-one. Another regular, Emmanuel Farinoli, from Switzerland, had five for his efforts. It was nice to catch up with my pal Rafal Kaminski and his friend Grzegorz Losewski, who had a couple of fish from the south bank.
Lower Crathes had four on Monday and had to wait until Saturday for a repeat. Maurice McBride had one of about 18lb and Geoff Fisher had another couple. Mr Welberg had one and Mr Paniagua and son also had one apiece.
Crathes Castle had eleven. Nick Warren had four of those. Kenny Scott and Iain Wood had one apiece and a French angler landed his first fish.
Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had two. One of those fell to beat owner Mr Trembath and the other to Mr Bagnall.
Upstream at Cairnton & Middle Blackhall Owen Duff had a grilse from the Malt Steep on the Blackhall side and Colin Chisholm had a 5lb fish from the Grey Mare. Michael Mcanenay, fished into dusk on Saturday and was rewarded with a grilse from the Malt Steep in high water.
Across the water at Upper Blackhall, ghillie Raymond Sinclair reported three fish. Kenny Thom, Alan Catney and Charles Wetherly all scored. Charles' fish was 19lb.
Woodend had another six, giving the beat their best October in a few seasons.
Commonty and Sluie had one apiece. Claire Corbett did the business at Commonty, thanks to a fly from ghillie Ian Fraser. Mawill Ludenbach was back again at Carlogie, where conditions tried his and his friends' patience. Lots of offers, plucks, pulls and lost fish. I saw Mawill pull two without success! They finished on four. Paul Ness and friends had the fishing for three days at Ballogie, landing seven. Ewan Maclachlan and friends were also on the beat last week and accounted for the other five fish landed.
Rafal and Greg moved upstream to Dess where they had more sport. Greg had a good day on Friday with a couple of 18lbrs. The beat finished on seven.
Another longstanding Dee angler, Lars Terkildsen was at Birse, where he and friends Sune Hornquist and Ove Werben shared twelve. Pick of the bunch was a fresh 17lbr landed by Ove in Cowdray.
Finally, Paul Kay had a 28lbr and a couple at 8lb and 3lbs at Aboyne Water. Ian Scott wrapped things up with a 10lbr from Red Rock.
And that, my friends, is that.
See you all in 2019. Take care
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