(Last updated: Tuesday 22nd July)
The Fishdee beats recorded 58 salmon and 38 sea trout last week. Sport remains underwhelming and we really could do with a sustained rise in water. On the upside, there has been a rise this morning ( Monday 21st); a few calls to the ghillies suggests it is a rise of 8-10 inches, which is encouraging. Mar Lodge aside, the SEPA gauges all show a rise and the Woodend gauge in particular has spiked this morning. The Cairnton gauge was nearly submerged on Sunday. Typing with my fingers crossed is not easy, but the rise will surely help catches in the early part of the week. These rises are very welcome but short lived; the river and the ground around it needs a good deluge to freshen things up and bring a run of fish into the river.
On the lower river Ardoe and Murtle returned 3 as did Altries and Lower Drum, which got off the mark for the season. Colin Crabbie managed 2 of those Altries fish, both small grilse. These lower beats tend to fish best from the late summer and into the back end, so we should see them feature regularly in the catch returns.
Park picked away last week with 13 fish last week. Its short of what we would expect at Park, but its a step in the right direction. Colin Maclean, who ghillies the Bargany beat on Ayrshire's River Girvan, had 5 for his two days on a small Crathie and a boar bristle Cascade.
Norman Morris had a cracker at Crathes on Monday. The 16lb fish took a'wee black flee'. Crathes other fish was a small grilse landed on Tuesday.
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Tight lines for the coming week
We had a very disappointing spring, there is no way round it. June has seen us pick away while the sea trout fishing has been good on the whole.
We are now waiting on a spate and the first good run of grilse!
A fresh 9lb salmon caught by Cairnton ghillie Brian Broagan from the Upper Salt Vats on 12 July.
The great Tommy Saville, creator of the Crathie Fly, pictured on his recent trip to the Dee.
Tom Moule with a cracker from Monaltrie.
Andrew Clark with a 5lb fish from Cobbles at Dinnet, taken on a Munro's Killer
Proprietor William Foster with a solid fish from Park Inn at Park.
A first ever salmon for a delighted Amanda Kavanagh. Taken on a Silver Stoat from the Red Brae Pool at Deecastle.