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(Last updated: Monday 16th July)
After weeks of searching, I have realised there is at least one benefit to the continuing lack of rain. I don't have to cut my grass, which as a hay fever sufferer is a genuine bonus. But from a fishing point of view, the ongoing dry spell is continuing to grate. When the rain does arrive, I am sure we will be back in the saddle. There are fish ready to run but we must endure this frustrating wait a while longer.
Ardoe picked up a few fish, it's a good bet at this height. Park had half a dozen grilse, with many more falling off. A Japanese visitor had two, as did Ollie Watkins. Ian Fraser, on a busman's holiday from Commonty, had one as did John Laybourne.
Lower Crathes toils in very low water, but Mr Ross fished hard and was rewarded with a grilse, a sea trout and a 10lb salmon. Gordon Mutch had Invery and Tilquhillie's fish, a 4lbr from Floating Bank.
Banchory picked up a couple and Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo produced three, all on a size 14 blue Gledswood.
Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had two. Bill Hannan caught a fresh grilse 4lb from Glisters on a size 14 Stoat's Tail. On Friday Bob Kenyon landed a lovely 4lb grilse from the Cottage Run on a size 14 Red Francis.
David Morris from Isla had Dess's fish. Birse also had one and Waterside and Ferrar did well to catch three. Dinnet had one as did Cambus where Andrew Tweedie winkled one out of Fergie's on a muddler.
Alan Catney had a grilse at Invercauld and Richard Bagshaw had a cracking 14lbr and a couple of sea trout for his efforts.
Crathie picked up a grilse and Sam Jarman had a sea trout. Ever persistent, Lars Terkildsen worked hard at Balmoral landing their only fish and losing another.
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Tel Harangen with the first fish of the season. An 8lbr from Lower Woodend.
Andrew McHardy landed a 10lb springer from the Long Pool at Woodend.
Joe Sinclair with a superb 19lbr from Park
1024 salmon to 14 July 2018