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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 20th March)

We enjoyed another decent week on the river. We ended the week with 74 fish, but I am sure we have the potential for more, so check the latest availability on the river. The size of fish is creeping up and there were several mid-teen fish landed with the best being 20lb at Borrowston.

Last week, several anglers got in touch to tell me they had endured the worst wind they had ever experienced. (Do your own jokes) The wind has been a real pain recently and I was surprised to see nine fish landed on Tuesday. We had a howling, swirling wind all day, so well done to all the Bravehearts who ventured out. It's windy again today, so glasses on, hoods up and chuck and duck!

Lower Crathes had a steady week. Regular rod, Chris Tunmore had four, Phil Burnham had two and Jim Fisher had a couple of nice fish on Saturday, taken on a Park Shrimp conehead.

Up at Crathes Castle, Graeme Arthur added to his tally with another couple of springers. Graeme had fish from Floating Bank (8lb) and Kashentroch (16lb). The second fish gave him a real battle, performing acrobatics and drowning his line in the fast water. High octane stuff, but the hook held and Graeme was delighted with his day. He also tells me he saw plenty of fish, which is good to hear. Mr West had the other two.

Invery and Tilquhillie ghillie Karl Revel, tells me they had a slower week but was happy with what they got. Willie Roy returned from Speyside to catch a 6lbr from Bulwarks South using his favourite s6 single Munro Killer. The others were caught by Gary Scott, a 7lbr from Pantoch and Jim Fisher who was at it yet again, this time with a lovely 34in 16 pounder from The Glide. The fish took a 1in aluminium tube Monkey.

Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie had a frustrating time with seven fish falling off the hook. They landed two, one to Vittorio Spasciani, more of whom below, and the other to Mr Ross.

Just upstream and Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo, ghillie Martin Robson was pleased to welcome back his Italian regulars, who enjoyed a good week on the beat.

'Paolo Lorini and Enrica Borsa got the week started with a fish apiece, from the Floating bank, and the Roe Pot. Despite the strong winds on Tuesday, Gianfranco Lenzi was rewarded with a fish from the Sandy Bay. On Thursday Vittorio Spasciani had a fish from the Roe Pot. Vittoriohad another fish on Friday from Sandy Bay. Alfredo Ferreria who tempted a 10lbr from the Seat. Vittorio rounded off the week for us with a 10lbr from the Old Fawn, giving us seven for the week.”

Cairnton & Middle Blackhall continued its good start, with another six springers landed. Iain Wilson was on the scorecard again with three fish on Monday. Allan Gowers had a lovely wee fish of around 8lb from the Middle Blackhall side. Ken Rothwell had a 10lbr in Sandy Bay. Stewart Davies from Wales landed a thumper on Thursday, a 19lbr from the Grey Mare. Ghillie Brian Brogan saw fish coming into the pools most days, but they seemed to be in a hurry.

Commonty had another good week with six more landed. Erik Cullen had three of those and Flemming Binnerup had two, including a lovely 13lbr from the Loop.

Sluie was the place to be with nine in the book. Beat owner Richard Strang Steel was very happy with the score, which was the beats best for some time.

‘Brian Stewart started the run with a 6lbr on Tuesday followed up with two more (10 & 7 lbs) on Wednesday. Thursday was a struggle with the wind but Friday was Sluie's best day for several years. The whole beat was moving with fish. Sluie stalwart Bob Oram, managed 3 for the day (7, 8 & 9lb) and Stefan Mahlau from Germany had a couple at 8lb & 10lb. With the rise of water on Saturday fishing became more limited and less fish showing but Stefan managed one more at 12 lbs to round off a great week.'

Ballogie had five, including a St Patricks Day fish for Ireland's Paul Whelan. Across the water at Borrowston, Lars Terkildsen was back in action with the best fish of the week, a 20lbr taken on a Monkey. Companions Edumndas Garjonis and Olegas Ansusas also had fish, including and 18lbr for Edmundas, giving the beat five for the week.

Carlogie picked up three, including another for Craig Fleming from the Village on a Monkey. Kincardine had another five. Ben Dixon, from Christchurch in New Zealand, had two at 10lb and 6lb. Andrew Legg had one of about 8lb and beat owner Andrew Bradford had one on Saturday. Dess had a couple as did Aboyne Water, one of which fell to John Fyfe, in Upper Irrigation.
Finally, Howard Clark enjoyed a memorable scrap with his fish at Deecastle, which led him a merry dance.

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 18th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Crathes and W Durris 8, Crathes Castle 4, Invery and Tilquhillie 3, Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie 2, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 7, Upper Blackhall 4, Cairnton and Mid Blackhall 6, Woodend 1, Commonty 6, Sluie 9, Ballogie 5, Borrowston 5, Kincardine 5, Carlogie 3, Dess 2, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 2, Deecastle 1.
Total: 74 Largest: Borrowston 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Birse 1.
Total: 2 Largest: Lower Crathes and W Durris & Birse 2lbs
TROUT: None reported

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

Andrew Goodenough with one of a brace he landed at Woodend in March.

Gary Scott, with a bright springer from Invery & Tilquhillie.

Ewan Maclachlan with a cracker from Lower Crathes & West Durris

Season so far

289 to 18 March 2017