(Last updated: Monday 20th April)
There were 29 fish reported to FishDee for the fishing week ending 18 April. Our poor season continues and there is little really I can say about it; the numbers speak for themselves. Suffice to say the Board, owners and everyone connected to the river take this very seriously.
In my previous report I invited views and comments on our current difficulties and am grateful to all the passionate Dee anglers that emailed me on a broad range of issues from the health of the river, to predation, stocking and the challenges facing salmon at sea. I have to say that most of it made for difficult reading, nonetheless such direct communication from anglers is vital and I can assure readers that each email is passed on and shared at Board level.
One recurring theme has been acknowledgement of the professionalism of our ghillies, who are on the front line each day doing their utmost for their rods in trying circumstances. I couldn't agree more.
Keep them coming, I have had half a dozen so far. One rod has asked to come along and see what we do behind the scenes and again I extend the invitation to everyone that can find the time. The Trust will be conducting surveys of juveniles during July and August and again there is an open invitation to anyone that would like to participate and see how this is done and how the Trust makes its assessment of the health of our juvenile stocks.
Our friends at Banchory Sports Village are working hard to raise funds for this exciting and important community sport facility. Aberdeenshire Council are supporting the creation of the facility, however a substantial amount of money is required to be raised from the Community. The challenge is to raise £700,000. The fundraising committee have pulled out the stops to raise over £450,000 so far.
The committee have asked for our support in selling the fishing lot at this page . It offers 8 miles of fishing on 6 beats of the Dee. Please think about making an offer to support this excellent community initiative. (where dates have expired we will organise new ones).
On the lower river at Middle Drum, Shane Christie reports that Iain Graham had a fine 9lber on a Silver Stoat tube from the Lawson. Upstream at Park, Phillip Bellamy landed a beautiful 22lber from Greenbanks- let's hope we see a few more from this wonderful beat. Lower Crathes picked up 4 with another two for Geoff Fisher and a fish each for, Mr Milani and John Wreyford.
Ghillie Karl Revel at Invery/Tilquihillie reported:
Another meagre week with only 5 caught, the best a lovely 16lb hen for Jeremy Henderson from Kelso on a half inch gold bodied Black and Yellow from S Pool. Two of the fish were only 3-4lb taken by Norwegian angler Asgeir Kaldhool and Swedish rod Tor Bjorn Berggard. Klaus Henriksen from Norway had an 8lb fish from Signal and Asgeir's dad, Bjorn, had a 6lb fish from S Pool.
Over at Cairnton and Middle Blackhall three fish were landed during the week. Swedish visitor Johan Bertilsson 12lber from the in the Old Garden on the Cairnton bank on a Sunray. Regular rod Panu Korhonen, from Finland, landed 12lber in the Cottage Run on his version of a Black Sheep and fellow countryman Juhci Collan landed a fresh fish of about 10lb in the Cottage, also on the Cairnton bank.
Roy McKeracher landed all three of Ballogie's fish fishing large Willie Gunns when the water was up. In a similar fashion Richard Donkin landed a sea liced fish from the Village Pool at Carlogie on the good old Black and Yellow. Commonty's fish fell to Iain Fraser.
Finally, I must thank Dinnet's Al Peake for preparing last week's report.
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We have had 350 for the season to wb 20 April 2015
Phillip Bellamy with a fantastic 22lb springer from Park
Derek Wiseman with a cracking Dee springer of 22lb from Lower Crathes
Jan Christersson with Dinnet's first of the season.
Simon Nilsson with a liced 11lber from Lower Crathes.
One of three opening week springers for Stuart Lang at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo.