(Last updated: Monday 1st September)
River Don Report 1st September
The past few weeks has provided Salmon anglers with decent water levels. A rise has occurred every week to keep the river freshened up. This new water has dropped the temperature and has taken the coloured fish
back on the take. Although there have been no huge runs of new fish entering the system small pockets mainly Grilse from 3-6lbs have been witnessed moving through the pools off the tides on the lower river near
A few anglers have voiced concerns at the lack of fish in the river whilst others have experienced good sport landing two or three fish for their day. This can often happen when fish are moving quickly upstream before stopping off and resting for short spells. These fresh Grilse are now spread throughout the river with catches reported above Alford last week .Many are however showing badly damaged vents.
There has been the odd bigger fresh fish landed, last week's heaviest were at 17 and 18lbs and taken on the fly, one near Kemnay and the other at Castle Forbes Estate. Due to the water levels no particular area
is fishing better than any other and all beats are in with a chance of providing sport for visiting and local anglers in the coming week. The Don can become busier from now onwards till the season's end and
anglers should book up now to guarantee their particular day or weeks fishing.
The extra water and drop in temperature has also made the big browns more active and aggressive, some cracking Trout up to 24inches have been encountered by anglers pursuing Salmon. For the purist it has been hard work as surface activity has been poor. Although there is still the odd fresh Sea Trout being landed on the lower beats at Grandhome and Parkhill the vast majority on the middle reaches are well coloured. A 7lb Sea Trout was reported from a lower beat last week a good size for the Don.
Finally it's disappointing to hear that there are still a small minority of anglers who still want to kill everything they land on the Don. These anglers are also the ones who are not declaring their catches. Please contact the owners of the beat if you witness this greed occurring.
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