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(Last updated: Monday 16th October)
That's it all done and dusted for another season. It was a much more encouraging year and there was a sense that, while not exactly the good old days, the Dee had a good head of fish in it. The final tally on FishDee is 4294 fish, which is a step in the right direction. We were hampered by a lack of water in the spring and over the season the pattern I saw was that anytime we got water we got fish and when it fell away, we toiled. We fished like a very big spate river. Regular readers will know I have a full-blown weather obsession and am already praying for lots and lots of snow in the hills by 1 February, as I am convinced it will help our spring fishing.
The final week produced 217. Simon Weir had a couple at Middle Drum on a brown Frances. The Crabbie party picked up seven at Altries and Lower Drum. Park had fourteen. Karen Cordery had a nice fish from the Durris Stream. Crathes Castle had a very good week, with forty-one reported. Max Delabre and Jerry Oddie shared sixteen on Tuesday, with Max getting ten of them. He picked away all week and had a very successful trip to the river, having also caught his share at Park.
The middle beats also fished well, with Ballogie having the best of it with twenty-six. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had another seven, to finish on 208. Paul Ness had the fishing at Ballogie for the first three days during which his team landed thirteen. Head ghillie Sean Stanton rounded things off with another thirteen for his rods over the final three days. Mawill Ludenbach and friends fished at Carlogie and had seventeen. Father and son team Donald and Ewan Maclachlan shared six at Dess, which ended on thirteen for the week, including a big cock fish for Donald estimated to be 27lb. Lars Terkildsen was back on the river with his pal Thomas Torpe and shared twenty-eight at Birse, mostly caught on small black flies. The beat finished on thirty-six for the week.
Finally, a big thank you the ghillies for their input to the report each week, I would not be able to write it without their contribution. And of course, to you, the Dee anglers- I hope you join us again in 2018.
See you on the other side!
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Sarah Gray with a fine 12lb fish from Invery in September.
Tono Puicercus with a 98cm cock fish from Lower Crathes
Colin Maclean with a 21lb August fish from Park.
Nicol Paton with a 20lb July fish from Upper Blackhall.
4294 salmon and grilse to 14 October 2017