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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 14th August)

A week of 101 Salmon & Grilse and 33 Sea Trout is no bad effort at all at this time of year considering the river conditions of continuing low water and a couple of hot sunny days, particularly Thursday but that did boost the attendance at Ballater Highland Games.

The majority of fish were caught in the bottom end of the river with 5 grilse at Ardoe and many more lost. Altries accounted for 10 grilse with the majority caught by Tony Smith and his party. Tilbouries accounted for 5 and at Park Colin McLean from Ayrshire accounted for 8 fish to 15lbs.

At Lower Crathes 2 summer salmon and 4 grilse were landed and at Banchory 15 fish were landed including a very fresh sea liced 6lber for Mark Cockburn and 2 grilse to 4lbs for Ella Egan.

Cairnton continued their good season with 6 fish and to prove fish particularly grilse were moving up river Aboyne Water had 5 salmon/grilse and 9 sea trout to 6lbs for the week Geoff Lockett accounted for an 8lb salmon and a grilse as well as 8 sea trout for the week and Clive Mills landed a 12lber on Saturday as well as a grilse earlier in the week. Interestingly most of the fish were caught on a muddler and late into the evening if not night!

At Aboyne Castle the Richardson party accounted for 5 salmon, 1 grilse and 1 sea trout with Sian Richardson landing a 7lb salmon and 2 grilse and her son Angus 2 5lb grilse and a sea trout.

Finally, at Dinnet Joss Meyer landed a 9lb fish out of Top Bobby but there was also a very fresh grilse landed out of Bruiach to prove that they were getting up into the upper river.

All the ghillies that I have spoken to this morning report good numbers of fish in their beats. Heavy rain was forecast for last Friday but it hardly materialised and again rain is forecast for today but the ground is so dry I fear it will be soaked up long before it reaches the river.

Tight lines

Edward Humphrey

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 12th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Ardoe and Murtle 6, Culter 3, Altries and Lower Drum 10, Tilbouries 5, Park 14, Lower Crathes and W Durris 6, Crathes Castle 1, Banchory 15, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo 4, Cairnton and Mid Blackhall 6, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 3, Ballogie 2, Carlogie 2, Dess 4, Aboyne Water 5, Aboyne Castle 5, Craigendinnie 2, Dinnet 2, Deecastle 1, Headinch and Cambus O'May 4.
Total: 101 Largest: Dess 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Ardoe and Murtle 2, Altries and Lower Drum 1, Park 1, Lower Crathes and W Durris 1, Crathes Castle 4, Invery and Tilquhillie 1, Banchory 2, Cairnton and Mid Blackhall 1, Lower Woodend 1, Commonty 1, Ballogie 1, Kincardine 2, Dess 3, Birse 1, Aboyne Water 9, Aboyne Castle 1, Dinnet 1.
Total: 33 Largest: Aboyne Water 6lbs
TROUT: None reported

A fine summer salmon for Alison Hutchison from Lower Crathes

A first fish for Charlotte Spaven at Aboyne Catle

Mats Wittlock landed this picture perfect springer at Cairnton. It tipped the scales at 18.5lb

Ger Mclean with one of five he landed on 1 May at Park. A fantastic achievement.

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

Season so far

2305 salmon and grilse to July 29 2017