(Last updated: Tuesday 22nd April)
Fishing Report 21 April 2014
There were 65 fish reported to the website for week ending 19 April. It was an underwhelming return for this point in April- to put it mildly, but there were some successes along the way. We had satisfactory conditions and bigger tides towards the end of the week, so had reasonable expectations of a few more fish being landed. Last week's catch puts us puts us on 211 for the month so far. Anglers continue to work hard for their fish.
Ghillie Karl Revel got in touch to report some long awaited success at Invery/Tilquhillie last week with 10 fish landed and returned safely to the river. Karl reported, 'Barry Fisher, from Spalding, using his new 15' Mackenzie rod and line was very happy when a 7lb fish took his Dee Fox in Pantoch.
Kent Petersen, Sweden, had a beauty of 15lb on a Red Frances from S-Pool. The other fish were caught by a Norwegian team, who along with Kent call themselves the 'Yokanga Team.' Oyvind Berg had to wait until Saturday to catch a 9lb fish from S-Pool, his first ever salmon from a Scottish river.
Petter Gaustad had 3 fish of 11lb,9lb and 9lb, the latter two coming from the Jetties and S-Pool on small flies using his 12'6" 5/6 weight rod, built on CTS blanks by Kent.
Top rod Tom Jorstad- with 4 fish from the Killing Hatch (11lb, 18lb), Signal (11lb) and Pantoch (16lb). The Pantoch fish was the highlight, caught on his fifth cast with his newly acquired "Murray Stewart" reel couriered to Banchory on the Wednesday.'
Fish of the week was Reid Hagelin's 23lb fish from Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. Thomas Bjorkstrom reported a 5lb fish from the Loop Pool at Commonty, taken on a size 6 Stoat's Tail, while Andrew Murray reported one of 7lb taken on a size 8 Black and Yellow from Lower Woodend.
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.