(Last updated: Monday 2nd March)
There were 22 fish reported to FishDee for the last week of February, which ended with 93 fish. It is far from the start any of us had hoped for. The figures speak from themselves and we need a boost soon. I had several messages from anglers last week and I am grateful for their continued support of the river; others are less than happy, which is entirely understandable and I share their sense of disappointment. Yet, we press on; the upper river opens this week so let's hope for an upturn in our fortunes.
Local rod, and a very good angler too it must be said, John Fyfe, picked up at liced 10lber from Pantoch on Tilquhillie on a Willie Gunn on Wednesday. 'I fished Floating Bank first thing, preferring to let the sun touch the Pantoch before fishing it. I was a bit disappointed to fish right through to the tail of Floating Bank without a touch, but waiting for the sun to come on to the Pantoch seemed to work as I had a sealiced 10 pounder from up in the top part of the pool, just perfect..... I fished all the way down as far as the bank was cleared and was surprised not to touch anything else, it's a lovely cast all the way down there.'
Derek Wiseman picked a 22lb fish at Lower Crathes and West Durris, an absolute cracker of a springer. The beat finished with 3 for the week, with Jonathon Howitt and Paul West picking up fish of 7lb and 15lb respectively.
I bumped into Andrew Blundell on the river bank this week. Andrew had fished hard all week at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo and Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie and was rewarded with a 10lb fish from Sandy Haven on Saturday. Alan Maughan's party fished their usual three days at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo and had three in one day on Tuesday. At Carinton Lee Craig from Carham on the Tweed caught a small springer from Sandy Bay. Upper Blackhall's only fish of the week was a 13lber, which fell to Pete Scarrott.
It was good to see Sluie get off the mark with a couple of springers including a liced fish on Saturday.
Ballogie had six for the week. Three of these fell to ghillie Sean Stanton, on a Franc N Snaelda. Tim Sperring had two for his week and Ade Warburton had an 8lber from the Burn of Angels. Ballogie rods started seeing running fish towards the end of the week, the first time any had been seen moving through the beat.
Tight Lines for the coming week.
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We have had 93 for the season to wb 2 March 2015
Derek Wiseman with a cracking Dee springer of 22lb from Lower Crathes
Jim Fisher with an opening day fish from the Burn of Angels at Ballogie.
Graham Ritchie with a fine opening day fish from the Garden Pool at Commonty
One of three opening week springers for Stuart Lang at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo.
Hardcore! Paul Devlin into a fish in Lummels, Birse.