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(Last updated: Monday 17th September)
We had an excellent week last week, with over 300 fish caught. FishDee shows 294 but a few calls to beats which don't usually report confirmed that we had crossed that threshold. A bit of water, a drop in the water temperature and generally favourable conditions coalesced in our favour. The vast majority of fish were residents, many of which had coloured in the lower reaches as they waited, like me, for a rise in the river level. When it came there was a large movement of fish upriver.
Ardoe had another three and it was good to see Kingcausie pick up fish, including a fresh 10lbr. Ewan Maclachlan had two and hs pal had one. Altries had fourteen. A party of French anglers had a good week. Guy Nardin had eight, including two 20lbrs- one of which was fresh. Jean-Paul Coeuret had three. Robin Gillespie had a 12lbr. Tilbouries had fifteen including a red letter day for local rod Sean Rennie, who had five on Thursday. Gwyd Williams, Graham Gibson and Dave Murray had two apiece and Willie Bruce had one.
Park went into overdrive with fifty-one. Alice Foster had a 14lbr, the Blanc brothers had nine to 16lbs, while Alan Olivier's party had seven. Paul Whitehouse had three for his couple of days, Nick Armstead from Gamefish in Edinburgh had three and Mike Hodson had five. I have the happy problem of omitting the rest due to space.
Lower Crathes had seventeen. Crathes Castle had eight. Scott Rutherford, fishing with son Leo at the Big Fish Little Fish event held on Saturday had a grilse on a Calvin's Shrimp. Joe Robinson had one, as did Victor Beamish. Patrick Ingram had three, the best of which was a 20lbr.
Banchory pitched in with fourteen. Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie had seven, including one for Iain Hutchinson. Kevin Smith and Stephen Goodchild had fish at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo. A group of French anglers also scored.
Cairnton and Middle Blackhall produced nine. Richard Esp had four and Ken Bragg had one. Andy Ashcroft had three on the Middle Blackhall bank.
Upper Blackhall produced six. Sluie had three, while Commonty landed six. Rory Curran, Richard Taylor and a couple of French anglers were all successful.
Rob Fuller got in touch about the Hawkins party trip to the Dee. They fished Commonty, Ballogie, Carlogie and Birse and finished up with 26 fish. Ghillie, Sean Stanton took the youngsters in the group under his wing and helped produce first fish for James Taylor and Oliver West. Top rod was Dr Paul Saunders with nine salmon, all on a Sunray.
Kincardine produced four and upstream Dess had six. Birse produced seventeen. A group of Spanish rods did well, and Paul Saunders, Rob Fuller and Peter Stovold also scored. Across the river at Aboyne Water, Nick Burrows, Wayne Barrons and Paul Broadhurst each caught.
Craigendinnie produced three, one of which fell to Simmy Telfur who had a 12lbr from Jocky. Andrew Pownall had a 5lbr from Tanarmouth on the Aboyne Castle side. Stewart Murray got the other from Altdinnie.
Dinnet produced three, all caught by Norman Hall to 17lb. Cambus had also had three; Michael Gardiner had two to 10lbs and Peter Wright had a grilse.
Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld had fourteen including a 20lbr for the Bateman party who had eleven. One of those was a first fish for Oli Harrison from Bumblebee. Glen Muick also pitched in with a few including a 22lbr for Joel Medina from Le Mans.
Sir Andrew Walker-Okeover and Nick Anley shared seven salmon and six sea trout at Abergeldie during their three-day visit. Balmoral produced two, including one for Dee Board Chairman, Richard Gledson.
Last and definitely not least, Crathie produced twenty-five. Archie Hay tells me there was a big movement of fish into the beat during the week. Torry Smith, Richard Lyon, Robin James, Tom Taylor, Greg Smith, Alex Falconer and Neil Smith all contributed. The highlight was a big fish landed by Archie. It measured 42 inches and was estimated at 28lbs. Oocha!
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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
2065 salmon to 15 September 2018