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(Last updated: Monday 27th June)
It was another good week on the Dee, in fact it was our best week of the season. Fishing conditions were fine for the most part, although unsettled at times. But even a rising river on Saturday, didn't put too much of a dent in things. We finished with 175 in the book; a mix of solid summer salmon and feisty, well-proportioned grilse. We lost a lot of fish again last week. The ghillies tell me this wasn't fish snatching the fly, but properly hooked and played for several minutes. Sport was well spread out, from Ardoe on the bottom river, all the way to Crathie in the upper reaches. Given the availability on the river at the moment, I feel the score could have been even higher if we had more rods out.
Park, which has been fished lightly, finished with nine. With fish coming through the beat all week, I am certain there would have been many more in the book if the fishing effort had been greater. Park regular, Andy Forbes had one during an evening cast and American visitor Paul Storaci had his first salmon, a 6lbr from the Durris Stream.
Lower Crathes and West Durris had eleven for the week. They had several good mid teen fish among those, including a 15lbr for regular Paul Grewcock. David Lamb had three and Chris Inglesfield, George Lyon and George Kindness also got among them.
Crathes Castle had five for the week. Johnny Milne, part of Raymond Shepard's party, caught his first fish during his first ever attempt. Well done Johnny, ghillie Brian Sim was chuffed to bits.
Banchory, fished its socks off last week with 35 in the book. Mark Bowie had 11 for his three days. Dee regular Jim Fisher was up for a couple of days and accounted for 10 of those. A delighted Jim, dropped me a note about his two days.
"Fantastic to see the beat bouncing with fresh fish again. Just like the old days! Superb sport on the floating line and small fly. The Dee is just the perfect river for that method. I ended up with 10 for my 2 days and a similar number lost. It was also great to see a goodly number of fat, healthy teenagers featuring in the catches amongst the grilse. I was delighted with my 2 days especially considering the conditions on Saturday were hardly conducive with a rising, dirty river."
Lawrence Ross and Guy Miller had a salmon and a grilse at Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had seven, including two for owner David Trembath and three for Alistair Ross. Silver Stoats and Executioners were the successful flies.
Cairnton and Middle Blackhall enjoyed another good week, including a 19lbr for Andy Ashcroft from the Malt Steep on an Ally's. They finished with nine salmon and three grilse all either liced or with the lice just off. Saturday's rising river didn't help matters, but ghillie Brian Brogan was more than happy with his tally.
John Lyndall's party were at Birse. John had seven to his own rod, including fish of 12lb and 18lb. Dougal Lorne, Eric Mitchell and Graham Riddick also had fish. Aboyne Water had five for the week. Jim Stewart from the Borgie was visiting and had a fish for his efforts. Mark Thrope had a 12lbr from Tanar Mouth at Aboyne Castle while fishing light tackle for sea trout. He also had a 9lbr from Symmonds.
Waterside and Ferrar had three grilse. The successful rods were Dr Ian Tring, Nick Gywnne and Phillip Morris, who celebrated his first ever salmon. Graeme McPherson had one of Cambus O May's five fish. Gordon Tait had one at Abergeldie and Joel Oliver, Anthony Kelton and Phil Lane had very fresh fish at Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld.
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Richard Priestly with a fish from Dess
Cambus O May ghillie Fergus Cumming, with a happy angler
Mattias Helde with a wonderful 23lb springer from Birse
Mark Paterson with a perfect springer from Sluie
Kent Hakansson with his 19lb springer from Lower Crathes & West Durris
An opening day fish for Craig Fleming, from Park
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