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(Last updated: Monday 21st May)
Its the time of year when I move on from complaining about it being too cold, to complaining about sunshine and rainfall- too much of one and not enough of the other. Some cloud and rain would be just the ticket! The catch was seventy-eight last week, spread out from Park to Crathie. The fish seem to be running hard now and some are arriving in the upper beats with lice on them. I'm not greedy, but I would like a lot more of them. Some rain would help and if the last two years are anything to go by, a meaningful rise over the next couple of weeks should bring good sport with it.
Park had one for the week. Ian Cutts had a 12lbr from Upper Kirks. Lower Crathes had six. Sandro Millani had three of those to 11lb, while Messrs Nicholson, Hewell and McBride had a fish each.
Banchory had another one, as did Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie. Andy Kennard did the honours with his first Dee fish of about 10lb. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo also had one for the week. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall started slowly but finished with five. Roger Ahlfors landed four fish. Anders Karlsson had the other. All of them came from the Cairnton bank on small Monkeys.
Lower Woodend and Woodend had three between them. Commonty picked up a couple for Roy Chase and David Jervis. Carlogie had four with a fish apiece for Randall Nicol, Malcolm Strang-Steel, Peter Ord and Victor Beamish. Kincardine's four fish were landed in short order as a pod went through the beat on Tuesday afternoon, all on a small black fly.
Dess had nine, with owner Jeremy Clayton landing four of them, again on small flies.
Colin Somerville had Birse's fish from Belwade on a Sunray. Aboyne Water had two. Sylvia Boyd had one from Irrigation on a Crathie and David Casswell had one from Lummels on a Collie.
Aboyne Castle and Craigendinnie shared four. Barry Stinter had a 10lb liced fish from Crofts on the Aboyne side. The others came from Jocky on the Craigendinnie bank. Tom Wheelwright had a 5lbr on a Hairy Mary tube, Iain Mackenzie had one of about 8lb and Neil Marnier had a 9lbr taken on a hitched tube.
Waterside and Ferrar had two. Neil Park had a 12lbr from Barron and Alan Macdonald had a liced 10lbr from the Waterside Pool.
Dinnet and Deecastle had nine. Edward Humphrey made a good start with a 10lbr from Lucky Hole and followed it with a 4lbr from Red Brae. Jamie Clifton Brown had one of 6lb from Bruiach, Christopher Birrel also had a 6lbr, his from Logie. Mark Purvis had the first of the year from Pol Slachd, a fish of around 7lb. He topped that with an 18lbr from 29 on Saturday taken on a dropper. Amanda Kavanagh fished hard and had some action in Logie with a number of fish pulling at the fly. One of those took but came off. That's fishing!
Cambus ghillie, Fergus Cumming reported six. Tom Bruce Jones party had two and David Smith's had four.
Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld had four. There was a reduced effort on Invercauld, and all four came from Monaltrie on small Cascades. Crathie had nine last week. Lewis Thow had two at 12lb and 8lb. Messrs Keenon, Smith and Walker were also among the successful rods.
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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
654 salmon to 19 May 2018