(Last updated: Monday 29th June)
There were 29 fish and 125 sea trout reported to the FishDee website last week. That tells its own story. Salmon numbers remain low and while the end of June is often quite dour it is more pronounced this year. There was a reasonable run of fish seen in Aberdeen on Friday, so in conjunction with our good water levels I hope we seem them materialise on the end of our anglers' rods this coming week.
I fished Park on Saturday with my son Calvin and we managed to tempt a 7lb fish from the House Pool on a Pot Belly Pig. Just upstream at Lower Crathes Mr Cameron had a fish of 6lb and Mr Allan had a grilse. There were a couple of nice sea trout for Alastair Hume and Mr Buchan to 3lb. Gordon Mutch saved Tilquhillie' s week with a 5lb fish and a sea trout late on Saturday, both on a small Silver Stoat conehead.
Up at Cairnton and Middle Blackhall Colin Tait kicked things off with a 9lbr from Rock Heads and a 7lbr from the Cottage, both on a small Editor. Sea Trout provided the sport on Tuesday with 6 up to 3lb landed, some still liced, on small Silver Stoats and larger Sunrays. There were a couple more fish hooked and lost.
Aboyne Castle had 2 for the week; a grilse for Colin Innes and a 9lbr for one of the Craigendinnie rods fishing late. There were a few more fish lost. The two beats, which have an arrangement allowing rods access to both banks, shared 9 sea trout.
Dinnet/Deecastle shared 2 fish and 20 sea trout for the week. Paul Chambers got into gear early taking a grilse from Bruiach at 1am on Monday morning. Toby Buckler also had a grilse from Logie. The sea trout fishing was steady with two 5lbrs and a 4lbr among them.
Ian Murray reported 2 fish from Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. One for Anthony Kelton at Monaltrie and one for the Kelton party at Lower Invercauld. The Glenmuick rods had better sport including a fresh 9lbr. Ian tells me they lost several more fish, possibly because of the small flies they were using. There are more fish in Ian's beats now, but they have proved difficult to tempt.
John Johnstone landed both of Crathie's fish and sea trout fishing late one evening on a Crathie tubes tied by Archie Hay.
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Terry Turner with a lovely 10lber from S Pool at Invery
Phillip Bellamy with a fantastic 22lb springer from Park
Derek Wiseman with a cracking Dee springer of 22lb from Lower Crathes
Simon Nilsson with a liced 11lber from Lower Crathes.
One of three opening week springers for Stuart Lang at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo.
We have had 838 for the season to wb 29 June 2015.