(Last updated: Wednesday 16th April)
Fishing Report 14 April 2014
A total of 73 fish were reported last week, which is the same as the previous week. There is a sense of frustration up and down the river as anglers and ghillies alike, particularly on the lower river, have
struggled with little reward. Overhead and water conditions were mostly favourable last week which makes the catch all the more disappointing. I certainly feel for those rods who have gone without any reward
for their efforts and can understand their frustration.
Carlogie continued its fine start to the year with another 20 fish reported to Fishdee. Birthday boy, ghillie Sean Stanton (who must have had a tough paper round), added to its number with a nice fish taken on a Red Francis fished deep. Peter Lonsdale had his best week at Carlogie, with 14 to his own rod many of them sea liced. An excellent angler, Peter fishes hard and also varies his tactics ringing the changes with the depth and speed of the fly; always thinking on how best to get a take.
Ballogie had 10 for the week and those two beats continue to buck the wider trend. Nicky Manson broke his duck with 2 fish for his three days having been on a streak of bad luck which had lasted for a number of years. Alan Lancashire, who I believe is in his 90s, gave those of us in middle age cause for optimism by landing a fish during his visit.
It was also good to see Upper Drum get off the mark as they have worked hard for little reward this season. Al Peake, Dinnet ghillie was delighted to tell me of a fine springer which was taken on a Monkey from the Red Brae by regular rod Gordon Tate. Gordon's fish hit the 20 pound mark in the Mclean weigh net.
Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at email@example.com I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.
Tight lines for the coming week
There were 223 fish reported to Fishdee in February and 258 in March, which has been an underwhelming return thus far. The season has been frustrating for the most part and for the lower river it has been a major disappointment as the fish have shot through without pause. As a result of the mild winter the fish have tended to run further before resting and there are few fish in the lower beats to hold up new arrivals who are stopping around the Kincardine area. We have had liced fish as far up as Dinnet. The middle river has been the main beneficiary and has scored well with Ballogie and Carlogie having an excellent start to the season. The upper river should get into gear from mid April as the fish in the middle river migrate upriver. I hope to paint a rosier picture soon!
Ghillie Ian Murray with a 16lb fish from the Garden Pool at Glen Muick.
Craig Fleming with his first ever February fish
Ghillie David Gibbon landing a 25lb fish at Middle Blackhall
Fish on! Pol Slachd, Dinnet.
Anders Sparf with his first Dee springer from the Boat Pool at Crathes.
Gaelforce's James Chalmers with a cracker from Birse.