(Last updated: Monday 4th August)
River Report 4th August
The past month has again seen low river conditions prevail, this coupled with cloudless skies and high daytime temperature has meant daytime fishing activity has been at a low. Again late evenings and early mornings were the best chance of producing a fish. Thankfully Sea Trout have provided some sport for anglers during these lean times. A few of the lower beats reported doing okay with plump fish averaging 2.5lbs being landed daily in small numbers along with a few bigger fellas reaching 6lbs.
Trout anglers have been enjoying the low conditions as spotting feeding Trout is much easier in the low water and also the fish are more easily covered. Although the Trout can be difficult to tempt due to the large selection of naturals insects present the ADAA waters have yielded some good catches throughout July with Trout ranging from 8oz up to 4lbs.
At long last, due to thundery downpours of rain falling over the catchment the river received some new water over the weekend. The Don is currently running at around 1ft although coloured but clearing, at least the pools now have some flow through them to fish the fly. Whether there are any Grilse and summer fish on the coast to run time will tell. Sea Trout are well spread out with reports of landings now as far upriver at Alford.
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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