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(Last updated: Tuesday 20th March)
19th March 2018
Another challenging week on the Dee as winter briefly relaxed its icy grip to allow water levels to rise
mid-week before the easterly blast returned by the weekend.
The rods in the upper river did not have to break the ice to get to the river this week and John Carmichael, on his 38th annual trip to Dinnet, was quickly rewarded with a 14lber out of "29" on a chartreuse and black monkey fly. From the same party John Wollaston landed a solid 8lb fish on a home tied Willy Gunn from Top Bobby off the Deecastle bank that ghillie Craig MacDonald reckoned had been in the river less than a week. The four rods fishing Dinnet/Deecastle landed 57 kelts for the week with the majority in very good condition.
Biggest fish of the week at 22lbs was also caught on Monday by syndicate rod Hugh MacKay from Tanar Mouth off the Craigendinnie bank.
Lower Crathes was again the most productive beat with Jim Fisher landing seven including fish of 17, 18 and 20lbs for his three days. Mr Burnham had four fish to 11lbs, Mr Tunmore had three fish to 16lbs and also a 4lb sea trout while Mr Mason and Mr Carson had a fish each.
Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo produced five fish including a first springer each for Angelo Gorini and Guiseppe Rinco. Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie produced three fish and Crathes Castle one to give a respectable 28 fish for the week as well as numerous kelts off many beats.
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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
66 salmon to 10 March 2018