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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 25th September)

We begin this week with the sad news that one of our anglers, Peter Ingram, passed away at Crathes Castle on Monday. Peter was a regular there and was fishing with son Patrick when he became ill shortly after they had landed a fish. On behalf of the Board and wider Dee family, I would like to express our condolences to the Ingram family for their loss.


We had another good week on the Dee with 233 fish reported to the website and another nine which weren't uploaded. So we will settle for 242. Conditions worked in our favour with good water levels for the first half of the week, but we were hampered slightly by a rising river in the second half of the week, but you can't have everything. Looks like today is a washout with the river rising fast. But once it settles and begins to clear, we will be back in business.

Altries had six for the week, four of which were fresh fish. John Watson had four and John Grainger had two. Wednesday was a hectic day on the beat with nineteen fish hooked, but only two landed. Culter, Middle Drum and Tilbouries had a couple each.

Park had six for the week. Ossi Honkanen had a 10lbr and Derek Bachen and Robert Bramman picked up grilse. Lower Crathes had thirty-one. Sarah Gray had seven for her few days. Geoff Fisher made his usual contribution to the return and Scott Mackenzie, of Mackenzie DTX, had five on Saturday, which didn't make the website. Crathes Castle had thirteen.

Karl Revel sent me a note of Invery and Tilquhillie's catch.

'The fifteen fish on Invery and Tilquhillie were caught by Phil Black, Stuart Donald, John Fyfe, Gordon Mutch and Colin Harvey from Upton on Severn who had an exceptional morning when he landed four fish of 12lb,20lb,20lb and 24lb, all from Pantoch.'

Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie had three, including fish for Lawrence Ross, who had a 12lbr and Gerry Brown. Little Blackhall had a similar result including a 15lbr for Mike Milligan in the Roe Pot.

Commonty picked up four, including a couple for Kevin Fleming. Dave Mcdonald and son Craig had fish at Ballogie, as did Craig Fleming. The Linberg party had eleven at Carlogie.

Birse had a fine week with twenty-nine. Mr Vega, visiting from Spain, had seven to his rod and lost a couple of big fish, including one that was on for 45mins. Andrew Goodenough and Ali Cheung were also among the fish, both making a solid contribution to the return. Across the river, at Aboyne Water, the rods landed eight, including three for Henry O'Hara.

Anstruther Angling Club enjoyed good sport at Aboyne Castle, landing fourteen. Jock Gubby, Billy Johnstone, David Johnstone, Ian Honeyman, David Dick and Stuart Murray, all had fish.
Craigendinnie had eight.

Dinnet had seven. Bill Stanworth, Tony Teale and Malcolm Collif had an enjoyable trip and had fish from a number of pools on the beat. Despite the rising water this morning the beat has had a 16lbr. Marcus Humphrey, fishing the in the classic style with a full floater and Stoat's Tail, had an 8lbr.

Cambus had seven, including four first fish. Harry Hutchison had an 8lbr from Peter Ogg, Aidan Guinness had two, his first and 8lbr from the Long Pool and the second from Sheerless at 9lb. Iona Mackay and Hugh Mackay completed the tally of maiden fish with a 10lbr and a grilse., also from Sheerless.

Monaltrie and Invercauld had another decent week with twelve, including three for Jim Coates. It was good to see Morven back among the fish with another couple and Crathie continued its good run of form with another eleven, including three for Kenny Scott.

With decent conditions, I remain confident about our prospects. Be sure to check our latest availability

Tight Lines

Ross Macdonald

Please send any stories and photos to:
ross@riverdee.org



Beat catches reported
(week ending 23rd September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Kingcausie 1, Culter 2, Altries and Lower Drum 6, Middle Drum 2, Tilbouries 2, Park 6, Lower Crathes and W Durris 22, Knappach 3, Crathes Castle 13, Invery and Tilquhillie 15, Banchory 2, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 3, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Upper Blackhall 2, Cairnton and Mid Blackhall 3, Woodend 5, Commonty 4, Sluie 2, Ballogie 5, Borrowston 9, Kincardine 6, Carlogie 11, Dess 3, Birse 29, Aboyne Water 8, Aboyne Castle 14, Craigendinnie 9, Dinnet 7, Deecastle 3, Headinch and Cambus O'May 7, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 12, Morven 2, Balmoral 2, Crathie 11.
Total: 234 Largest: Knappach & Invery and Tilquhillie 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Kingcausie 1, Tilbouries 1, Park 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes Castle 2, Invery and Tilquhillie 4, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 1, Upper Blackhall 2, Borrowston 2, Kincardine 2, Birse 10, Aboyne Water 6, Aboyne Castle 3, Dinnet 3, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Crathie 3.
Total: 44 Largest: Crathes Castle & Upper Blackhall & Aboyne Water & Crathie 4lbs
TROUT: None reported





A fine summer salmon for Alison Hutchison from Lower Crathes


A first fish for Charlotte Spaven at Aboyne Catle

Mats Wittlock landed this picture perfect springer at Cairnton. It tipped the scales at 18.5lb


Ger Mclean with one of five he landed on 1 May at Park. A fantastic achievement.


A lovely 17lbr for David Phillips, fishing at Craigendinnie.



Season so far

3642 salmon and grilse to 23 September 2017