(Last updated: Wednesday 19th February)
River Report 19th February
The opening week has seen river levels remain high, with heavy rain falling along with melting snow this made for challenging water conditions. The weather has been very changeable with springtime sunny periods followed by horizontal snow showers; after the opening day fishing effort has been low on most beats with many only venturing out for the odd hour or so. River temperatures have been around 40f most days which will keep fish on the move.
The first fresh spring fish reported on opening day weighed around 9lbs and was landed and returned from a beat at Fintry. The fish was taken on the fly. A few other clean deep looking fish have been lost at Inverurie and Kemnay beats so there is the odd one about.
Kelts have been seen and landed in decent numbers from beats around Kemnay downriver to Fintry with a couple reported weighing over 20lbs. Some decent out of season Brown Trout up to 5lbs have also been landed from various beats which bodes well for the coming Trout season.
Anglers on the lower beats from Parkhill down have struggled to get a cast as the river has just been too high or coloured on most days. These beats are now looking for a few nights of hard frost to lower levels
and slow up any new fish entering the system.
The annual march to celebrate the new season took place on the 15th at Inverurie Bridge. Organised by the Inveruire Angling Association the event in its 11th year was again well attended by angler's family members and local residents.
Please email me with any reports of fresh fish landed along with any photos to donfish2@btinternet
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