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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 17th July)

We enjoyed another good week on the river with some lovely fish being caught. There are some grilse being caught, but we are still waiting for them to appear in larger numbers. There is a drop of rain in the forecast, so will be looking to see what a reasonable rise in water produces. Water temperatures have been creeping up into the mid-6os Fahrenheit, which will do little for the fishes' enthusiasm, so some early and late sorties to the river are to be advised.

The lower beats are catching regularly now and will be delivering more good sport as we move into the late summer and back end. Altries rods accounted for six, Tilbouries had five and Middle Drum had a couple on a hitched tube. Jack Durno got his first and second salmon at Altries last week. Jack was on our Introduction to Salmon Fishing even in June, so very glad to see him get off the mark. Ian Hutchison, Dave Gisby and Jim Cameron also had fish. Andy MacLennan had one at Tilbouries and Neil Borthwick had a couple. There were several lost fish on the lower beats and as the angling pressure down there has been light I am sure they haven't yet shown their full potential yet.

Park produced another sixteen fish. On Monday, Andrew Duncan landed a 10lbr from Greenbank and Nick Evans a 13lber from Duffers. Phil Crawford had a cracking 18lbr and John Fraser had 12lbr, both from the Bridge Run. Franck Hassler had his first Scottish fish, landing an 11lbr from Greenbank.

Mr and Mrs Fielding had the two rods at Lower Crathes last week and shared five fish and a few sea trout. Crathes Castle had a couple and some sea trout.

Invery and Tilquhillie had a couple. Cleve Cowie had a nice 10lbr from Killing Hatch and John Fyfe had a 5lbr from the Glide.

Banchory had nineteen, of which eighteen were grilse. Congratulations to Bailey Hunter, who is 14yo, for landing his first fish. Well done young man, I hope it's the first of many.
Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had six. A Sunray in the fast water at the necks of pools was the most successful tactic.

Cairnton and Middle Blackhall picked up seven, all on Saturday. Ghillie Brian Brogan had endured a quiet week until then and was pleased to see a lot of fish moving through his pools at the weekend.

Commonty had three, including a nice fish for James Tidy. The Watson party fished at Ballogie and Carlogie and it was very much a case of the ladies showing the gentlemen how to do it with six to the men's one.

Graham Ritchie picked up one of Dess's three fish, a lovely looking grilse of about 3lbs taken on an Executioner. Birse had three fish and on the other side, Aboyne Water picked up two. Former ghillie, Jim Cowper had a 7lbr and a nice sea trout of 4lb. Douglas Graham picked up a 10lbr in Irrigation on a Black Francis.

Aboyne Castle managed five for the week. Olympic hockey player, Matt Daly enjoyed his first taste of salmon fishing in good style by landing all five fish! Well done Matt, hope you come back soon. Waterside had two and Dinnet and Deecastle managed one apiece. Andrew Tweedie had a liced grilse at Cambus on Monday and regular Dee rod, James Madden, had fish from Tassachd and Fergie's.

Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld managed another five, which would have pleased Ian Murray. Crathie had three for the week but also had a fantastic sea trout of 9lb, caught by Sam Jarman, who also landed a salmon.

I am confident about July; if we get water we will get fish, so be sure to check our latest availability

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 3, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Tilbouries 4, Park 26, Lower Crathes and W Durris 3, Crathes Castle 4, Invery and Tilquhillie 3, Banchory 10, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 3, Cairnton and Mid Blackhall 8, Woodend 1, Commonty 1, Sluie 1, Ballogie 2, Borrowston 3, Carlogie 3, Dess 2, Aboyne Water 1, Craigendinnie 2, Dinnet 1, Headinch and Cambus O'May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 2, Balmoral 1, Crathie 1.
Total: 88 Largest: Park 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Park 4, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Invery and Tilquhillie 1, Banchory 2, Cairnton and Mid Blackhall 1, Sluie 1, Ballogie 2, Borrowston 1, Carlogie 1, Dess 1, Aboyne Castle 2, Headinch and Cambus O'May 2, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld 3, Birkhall 1, Crathie 1.
Total: 24 Largest: Headinch and Cambus O'May 4lbs
TROUT: None reported

Lars Lindh landed this picture perfect springer at Cairnton. It tipped the scales at 18.5lb

Iain Mackenzie with a 16lbr from Waterside & Ferrar.

Stewart MacCormick with his first fish, a 16lbr from Park

Ger Mclean with one of five he landed on 1 May at Park. A fantastic achievement.

A lovely 17lbr for David Phillips, fishing at Craigendinnie.

Season so far

2020 to 15 July 2017