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(Last updated: Monday 31st August)
There were 144 fish reported to FishDee for the last full week of August. This was our best week of the season and August has been the best month- not much of an accolade given the year we are having. As I noted last week if more fish had come in we would have caught more, but at the same time the unsettled conditions have not helped us maximise our return. The acidity of the peat in the water doesn't work for me nor did the constant up and down water levels. Of course if we had low water I would also find something to whine about! Looking at the weather I see we are due more rain, which will help keep the levels up, so we should be glad of that. Let's hope the water clarity is more conducive. We have had big tides over the past few days and, fingers crossed, a more settled river, I am hopeful for further improvement this coming week.
The fish remain hell bent on bombing through the lower beats and seem to be making Park their first stop off. Park had the best of it with 34 last week, including a thumper of 25lb on Thursday.
Shane Christie at Middle Drum reports seeing good numbers of fish going through his beat, including some decent sized salmon among the grilse. By this point in proceedings Shane's pools, such as the Lawson, should be holding good numbers of fish. It seems, as is so often the case, the fish have their own ideas. Charlie Tams had one of Middle Drum's fish, an 8lb licer and Kevin Stewartson had the other, a lovely fresh grilse. Over the water at Tilbouries, a group of French visitors had 3 for their vist, with a 4th going to experienced Tilbouries rod, Chris Inglesfield.
Crathes Castle had four, two of which fell to local casting Instructor, Graeme Simpson. Mark Kerr had a lovely 4lb grilse, his first on the fly. The other fish came to a Sunray.
Lower Crathes had a slow week with just three in the book. Mr Watt had a lovely liced fish of 14lb, Mr Gray had one of 10lb and his daughter, Sarah, had a real beauty of 18lb covered in lice.
Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had 15 last week, which is their joint best of the season. The best salmon was 16lb. Kim Michelsen's party (The Blue Charms) from Denmark had 11 from the Cairnton side and Kim himself landing the 16lbr from the Grey Mare on a size 12 Blue Charm. Jorn Rasmussen went a size smaller to land a 7lber on a size 14 single Blue Charm in the Cottage. Mike Nicolson had an 8lb fish in the Malt Steep and a grilse in Rockheads on a Brown Pig.
Up at Ballogie, ghillie Sean Stanton had a bus man's holiday and landed 11 fish on a variety of flies. Sean is a great believer in ringing the changes in terms of speed and depth of presentation so worth noting when you are on the water this week.
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Orazio Gatti with a beautiful 15lbr from Lower Crathes and West Durris
Local rod Philip Wood landed this fine fish at Dess in July.
A first salmon for Alison Hutchison from Lower Crathes
David Dick with a July fish from Aboyne Castle
We have had 1798 for the season to wb 31 August 2015.