(Last updated: Monday 1st September)
Fishing Report 1 September 2014
There were 110 fish logged on FishDee last week. It was an underwhelming tally all things considered and I was disappointed that we didn't finish much closer to 200. But that's the way it has been this year. Conditions were benign for the most part, yet we had 54 on the lower river, which is not a great return for the time of year down there. I note other rivers had a similar dip following a couple of weeks of reasonable catches; hopefully things will pick up on the Dee and across Scotland this coming week.
Park finished on 13, including a first fish for young Will Jenkins. Will landed a salmon of 23lbs from Greenbanks. Well done Will, another convert to the cause!
On the lower river, Lawrence Hunt and Neil Stephenson landed a few salmon at Kingcausie, which were in mint condition- solid, fresh salmon just off the tide. Fish were seen coming off the tides, but they didn't materialise in the catch in any great numbers. That said there were silver fish further up the system and Aboyne Castle's only fish of the week was liced and weighed in at 14lb.
Friday and Saturday were Ladies Days at Invery and Tilquhillie. As part of the beat owners' commitment to encourage new participants into the sport 11 ladies had a fun couple of days experiencing salmon fishing for the first time. It is great to see these events on the river. We had around 20 novices on the river during August, who all relished the opportunity to cast a fly on the Dee. We will be doing more of this next year.
Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am always keen to hear from anglers directly.
Tight lines for the coming week
We had a very disappointing spring, there is no way round it. The summer was also underwhelming, although the sea trout fishing held up well.
The big spate we had early in August has helped boost catches and spirits and we hope this will continue, delivering a good back end for our anglers and ghillies.
Altries ghilie, Kevin Fleming, with James Mills' 10lb fish from Upper Altries.
Graeme Arthur with a lovely 16lb fish from Park.
A delighted Oli Watkins with a personal best- a 15lb fish from Park. One of 11 Oli landed during his week.
Rob Larkman with his fish of a lifetime, estimated at over 20lb from the Lorne Pool at Craigendinnie.
Instructor Gary Scott and keen anglers on our Introduction to Salmon Fishing course at Invery Tilquhillie.
A fresh 9lb salmon caught by Cairnton ghillie Brian Broagan from the Upper Salt Vats on 12 July.