(Last updated: Monday 25th May)
There were 73 fish and 39 sea trout reported to FishDee for the week ending 23 May. This is a bit of an improvement on previous weeks, although I will keep the Lambrini on ice until we top three figures.
The lower river had another slow week with just 11 below Banchory Bridge. Crathes, Invery/Tilquhillie and Banchory had three apiece with Park and Lower Crathes taking just one each.
The Nicol family landed two fish and a sea trout at Crathes , while Billy Graham picked up the third of the week on Saturday.
Karl Revel sent his usual report.
'Bob Newton from Aberdeen was very pleased to land his first fish of the season. It was 7lb and took his size 12 Silver Stoat in Floating Bank. Dee regular Colin Harvey from near Upton upon Severn added two (4 and 8lbs) to the considerable total he has amassed over the past 22 years. We were happy to welcome two of his friends on their first visit to our beat viz James Robbins(3 seatrout), Shakespeare's Brand Manager for Europe and John Dawson(1 seatrout) joint author of two classic angling books,'Success with Trout'/'Trout Flyfishing:An Expert Approach'. I'm pleased to say that although neither gentleman was fortunate enough to catch an elusive Dee salmon they are both already looking forward to making a return visit before too long.
Cairnton and Middle Black hall had a slower week with just two in the book. A liced 9lber for Jan Oholm on the Cascade and one for local rod Phillip Wood from Invercannie on his trusty Thunder and Lightning, tied on a s8 single hook. At Upper Blackhall Iain Anderson had a liced 8lber. There have been some cracking sea trout reported and rods have remarked on the quality of them.
The middle beats had 33 with Carlogie doing best with six for the week with Dess and Deecastle on five. At Ballogie Christine Smith, grandmother of Dee ghillies Al and Will Peake, landed a liced 10lber from Top Gannets on a Smith Shrimp, no less.
Brian McAllister landed three at Carlogie on Thursday and followed up with another on Saturday, one of the other rods landed a belter of 17lbs.
Jeremy Clayton's party at Dess had five for the week and lost many more, they just kept falling off.
It was good to see a bit more activity up at Crathie and Archie Hay would have been glad to have had seven for the week.
Banchory River Festival is being held in June and there are a couple of fishing events that will be of interest to readers. Firstly on 13 June we are holding an Introduction to Salmon Fishing day at Invery Tilquhillie. The day will be a mix of fishing and casting instruction led by that well known Dee angler and casting instructor, Jim Fisher AAPGAI. This is a free event aimed at novices/beginers. Orvis will be supply rods and reels for everyone to use and it promises to be a great day out. There are only 5 of the 10 places remaining, so get in quick. My details are at the bottom.
The other event is Raemoir Trout Fishery's open day on 14 June. This is a great opportunity, particularly for the youngsters to have a go at fishing in a safe and welcoming environment. The BBQ alone is worth turning up for!
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Terry Turner with a lovely 10lber from S Pool at Invery
Phillip Bellamy with a fantastic 22lb springer from Park
Derek Wiseman with a cracking Dee springer of 22lb from Lower Crathes
Simon Nilsson with a liced 11lber from Lower Crathes.
One of three opening week springers for Stuart Lang at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo.
We have had 621 for the season to wb 25 May 2015.Catches reported to us were: