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(Last updated: Monday 13th August)
We toiled with low water conditions yet again. Nonetheless, the river produced eighty-four salmon and grilse. We would probably have doubled that with a decent water level. Where is that spate I have been obsessing about for months? I am nearly out of drought jokes- they have all but dried up.
Altries picked up five last week. Ally Dodds, Jim Cameron and Allan Lawson, who had three, were all on the scorecard. Middle Drum had one. Gordon Forbes was the successful rod, landing a grilse on a hitched tube. Tilbouries had another one on the Sunray.
Park continued to fish well with another twenty-five landed. Colin Mclean had eleven to 11lb. Drew Macmillan had four to 10lb, John Lawson had three. Joe O'Sullivan and Rodney Owen-Jones had a couple of grilse each.
A special mention for Tony Peacock, from Zimbabwe. Tony is 75 and started salmon fishing five years ago, so everyone at Park was delighted when he landed his first ever fish from Silver Spoon. Well done Tony!
Lower Crathes likes a bit of water and so it was slow going last week. Nicky McDougal had two and Paul West had two on Saturday, while Paul Kenyon had the other fish.
Dee regulars, Charles Jeffrey and John Lawrie had a fish each from Crathes Castle. Invery and Tilquhillie had one, a fish for Gordon Mutch from Floating Bank.
There was nothing at Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie last week, but Steve Hickey, originally from Kansas, landed his first ever salmon there this morning. Congratulations Steve.
Dave Turner had a nice grilse from the Laird's Cast at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo.
Cairnton and Middle Blackhall Mr Price's party finished with two salmon, best 13lb, a grilse and four sea trout. The salmon and grilse were caught by John Meade.
Congratulations to Jane Hutchins who on her first visit to Lower Woodend caught a 5lb fish and a seatrout from the Hut Pool.
Mike Dunn had six at Ballogie and Craig Fleming had the other one. Christina Nicol had one of Carlogie's five for the week.
Dess fished well with ten landed. John Evans had three, Mervin Williams had three and Norman Panton had three also. Jonathan Croft had one and a couple of very good sea trout at 4lb and 5lb.
Birse winkled one out and across the river at Aboyne Water, Capt. Geoff Lockett, Lt.Col Angus Philp, Gillian Hemp and Lesley Lockett were successful.
The Richardson party had the rods at Craigendinnie and Aboyne Castle. The low water meant they had to work hard for their four fish.
Phil Ellis and Ben Billot Gazelle had fish (Ben's first) at Waterside and Ferrar. Ben picked up his second ever fish at Dinnet, a 15lbr and had his first sea trout- a 5lbr. Not a bad way to start his salmon career.
Johnny Tomlinson had a superb 18lbr from Clarach at Headinch and Cambus O May. John Graham had the other one- on a Yellow Dolly of all things. He had purchased Derek Knowles book about the fly and asked ghillie Craig McDonald to tie a couple for him. Job done!
Finally, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld had one last week.
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