(Last updated: Tuesday 27th January)
River Don Report - 27th January
With the new Salmon angling season only a couple of weeks away availability on various Don beats is appearing online for anglers to book. Spring fishing is very affordable on the Don with day permits available for around £30/£40 per day.
Anglers have a chance of landing fresh fish from opening day, an open winter means any fish that have entered in the past month or so will be spread out. River levels have remained at a good level and with more snowfall predicted in the next few days the upper hills will remain white.
The Don is very lightly fished in the early months and many beats will see only a hand full of rods fishing during this time. Catches in the spring months have remained steady in the past few years even with much fewer rods out fishing.
February fish are still to be had with around twenty reported landed for the month last year.
Numbers begin to build by mid March and fresh fish are normally landed up around Alford beats come April time.
All anglers are reminded that any fish landed throughout the River system must be returned to the river until the 31st of March. This is now statutory law and the Don Bailiffs will be out enforcing this new conservation measures.
Please contact me if you require any information for the coming season at 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