(Last updated: Monday 30th June)
River Report 30th June
Low water conditions have continued over the month despite some heavy downpours of rain the river remained close to summer level and ran very clear. Salmon anglers have been thin on the ground as many swopped the double handed rod for the single and went in pursuit of Trout instead. Grilse have been landed but only in small numbers and we will just have to wait until the main run arrives. The odd coloured fish has been tempted from the deeper pools but sealiced fish have been scarce.
Thankfully the Sea Trout seem to have appeared this year with sport being had from Grandhome up river to Kemnay beats. A few beats on the lower Don are picking away most evenings landing Fresh plump fish from 1.75lb to 5lbs on the fly along with a few others that have been lost in the thick weed.
Brown Trout anglers have also enjoyed some good sport with 8-10oz fish a plenty being caught throughout the catchment but the bigger specimens are only appearing late in the evening to feed. The ADAA beats have seen some lovely Trout appearing daily for those willing to sit and watch till a hatch appears. A few in the 3-5lb range have been landed falling to Klinkhammer and Sedge patterns.
Any catch reports or photos are most welcome send to email@example.com
2013 Season Review
River Report 10th Oct
As we enter the last few weeks of the season the river has finally received a decent rise. The water rose nearly 2ft and is running very dirty today. At last the Don is back to a height more associated with this
time of year. Last week's rainfall did little for the water levels; although most Scottish rivers received a decent rise the Don only had an inch of new water. Time was running out for salmon anglers on the
middle and upper river but hopefully now this will provide some badly needed sport and push the fish that have been lying in the lower beats upriver. The phone has been ringing steadily today with anglers
looking for fishing in the remaining weeks.
As was expected catches have been poor on the middle and upper beats over the past few weeks with just the odd coloured fish along with a few fresher Grilse being landed. Anglers are also reporting that there is very few resident fish occupying the pools, I personally think many fish have fallen back downriver into the deeper pools. The lower Don beats are not exactly hauling them out either although beats from Fintry downriver are managing a few daily, mainly Grilse from 4-7lbs along with a few bigger coloured fish which have come back on the take since the water temperature has fallen.
Finally can all anglers please be aware that there is a tagging programme being carried out at present. There has been a number of adult Salmon, Sea trout and Brown trout fitted with radio tracking transmitters. These fish are easily identified by an orange or yellow floy tag in the dorsal fin or alternatively with a blue inkjet spot mark on the belly and should be returned alive to the river. Posters will be erected in angler's car parks, fishing huts and shelters in the next few days with more information on this project.
Tight lines for the remainder of the season and please forward on any catches or photos to donfish2@btinternet