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(Last updated: Monday 16th April)
We had a better week last week. It started off in promising fashion; catches dipped away midweek and crept back up on Saturday. While numbers aren't where we want them, and I don't think the Dee is alone in that, we have been getting some lovely salmon. There were three reported over 20lbs last week and several double figure fish were among the catch.
Park had two for the week. Arnor Guomundsson, from Iceland, landed his first Scottish salmon, a lovely sea liced 8lbr from The Cellar. Antti Matilainen, Editor of Chasing Silver Magazine, also landed springer, this time from the Lower Kirks.
Crathes Castle had three, all to a Norwegian party and Lower Crathes fished steadily, finishing with nine up to 12lb.
Karl Revel sent me a note of the goings on at Invery and Tilquhillie last week.
"Our three successful anglers last week were Jeremy Henderson from Kelso with an 11 pounder from the S-Pool, Harry Wight from Ballater with an 11 pound fish from Greenbank which also produced a 10-pound fish for Alan Sinclair from Edinburgh. Alan's fish will live long in his memory as it was caught using an approx 60-year-old two-inch black and yellow copper tube which was one from a collection of his Dad's heavy tubes which he had never previously thought to use. That fish brought a very warm smile to the faces of all of his friends who shared in his success.Tight lines!"
Banchory had a decent week with seven and Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie had three. David Morrison had a 9lbr from Sandy Haven, Lawrence Ross had one from Brown's at 6lb and Martin Webster had a solid 12lbr from Winnie Brae.
Little Blackhall and Kinneskie had six for their efforts including a 21lbr for Peter Wiiskstrom on Tuesday. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had a slower week than expected with just the one fish for Bob Garnett- a 9lbr from Upper Ferroch.
Upper Blackhall had four for the week. Torbjörn Wellrath landed a fantastic 25lbr from the Moral, Michael Möller had a 10lbr and Daniel Nillson had a 14lbr on Saturday from Blastit Stone. The guys are part of the Salmoniserad.se hosted party. I believe they have had another couple today.
Across the river at Lower Woodend, Conor Arnold from Co. Cork was fishing with his friend Kevin Brady. After a few near misses, he landed two cracking sea liced fish of 10lbs and 14lbs on Saturday.
Commonty picked up two. Colin Craik had a 6lbr from Burnmouth and Thomas Rytkonen from Finland had a cracker of 18lb from the Garden Pool at Commonty. Phillip Black had one from Inchbrae at Ballogie and Peter Wrigley had one at Carlogie.
Sluie managed another two last week. On Tuesday, Kenny Sutherland had a lovely fresh 7lbr and then on Wednesday James Swanson matched it with another 7lbr.
Dess had three. David Adams had big fish of 25lb and followed it with a second fish of about 6lb. Neil Harvey finished the week with a 7lbr from Rossachs.
Waterside and Ferrar had one and Deecastle picked up three. Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld have not been fishing much until this week, but David Murray managed to pick up a fish during a brief foray to the river. Finally, there was a 7lb fish from the private water at Crathie on Saturday.
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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
267 salmon to 14 April 2018