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(Last updated: Tuesday 20th October)
There were 65 fish reported to FishDee for the final four days of the season, which brings us to the end of what has been a very poor year for the river. We struggled from the start and it has been a long season for all concerned. I would like to thank our anglers for sticking with us through trying times and hope you continue to do so in 2016.
Before I go any further, I would like to pay tribute to the Dee ghillies. These guys are on the water each and every day and despite the challenges they faced this the year they have, to a man, continued to deliver a first class service to each and every angler that fishes the river.
And so to the fishing. On the lower river, local John Fyfe was among the fish again at Middle Drum, where they had three for the four days.
Park had thirteen for the last few days including a thumper for Park regular Ron Low, at about 25lbs. The rods on the final day were also treated to some instruction from casting legend Scott Mackenzie.
Lower Crathes also finished with thirteen for their efforts, including a couple of 13lbrs for Jim Coates. Jan Tryk had three including one of 20lbs. George Holdsworth and Geoff Fisher made an impression on closing day with George landing five including a 13lbr and a 14lbr.
Up on the Feugh, Alex Brown landed a 4lb grilse from the Willows at Heughhead on a Feugh Pig.
Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had five for their efforts, including a 14lb hen for Dee regular Mark Paterson on an Orange Frances from the Rockheads. Well known fly tyer Phil Glendinning had a small grilse from the Garden Run. Keith Collins had a 5lb coloured grilse in the Middle Ferroch and the final fish of the year fell to Steven Moir who landed 9lbr in Kelpie on Thursday.
Upstream at Ballogie, Craig Fleming continued a good run of form with a fresh grilse from the Bridge Pool on a KS Shrimp. The beat had five fish as did neighbouring Carlogie, including a big fish of around 25lbs.
And that is it for 2015. My personal thanks to those of you who have been in touch with pictures, stories and to express both concerns and support. It is all appreciated- even the more challenging correspondence, which in itself shows how much passion there is for this wonderful river. We will continue to publish the FishDee newsletter in the close season and will keep everyone informed about what is happening on the river during the winter months. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.
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