(Last Updated: Thursday 04 August)
w/c 25th July 2022
After a couple of very difficult weeks with low water and extreme heat, it is great to be able to report a really good week on the Dee with a super tally of 246 salmon/grilse and 38 sea trout caught all along the river from Ardoe & Murtle to Crathie beats.
As I was driving up and down Deeside it was great to stop and speak with anglers and ghillies on the beats and hear of pods of fish moving up the river and that fish being caught were a good depth and in good condition. Park was the top beat this week with a fantastic tally of 75 fish for the week.
Around the beats
The lower river was fishing well this week with 24 salmon/grilse at Altries & Lower Drum, Sandy Bremner the chair of the river Dee Trust had a successful day with the Tuesday syndicate anglers.
Nicol at Tilbouries said it was great to see their syndicate rods catching fish on their last week on the beat. Availability is now bookable on Fishdee for later this month.
Upper Drum & Lower Durris beat reported that Gordon Thompson had a few fish and the largest was a lovely sea liced one of 14lb, other anglers also caught fish, with a total of 15 fish for the week. This beat is new to Fishdee and has some availability later in August if you want to visit, some of you may know Terry Paton the Ghillie. They now have a Facebook page you can follow as well.
What a week it has been at Park! Wow, 4 salmon landed on Monday, 6 on Tuesday, 22 on Wednesday and 28 on Thursday. A good mixture of grilse and salmon with some impressive daily scores. Colin Maclean landed 9 and David Murray landed 7 on Thursday. John Fraser landed 5 on Wednesday. Charles Morris had a stonking 17lber, Colin Maclean, Joe Robinson, Mike Thompson, Richard Harries, Carlos Garza Fernandez, and William Foster are all in the pictures on the park Facebook page. A fantastic effort all round and well done to Keith Cromar and Bert Webster the Park Ghillies, who must be tired but happy after that week, a few drams of celebration needed!
Robert Harper at Lower Crathes & West Durris had a party from Italy on the beat, and they had 6 salmon, 16 grilse and a sea trout so they were happy and made some good Dee memories.
Crathes Castle beat had 10 salmon/grilse with the largest being 18lb. It was also the Wedding of Will Peake from Twin Peakes Fly Fishing on Saturday, many congratulations to Will and his wife Marlies, they were married by the river at Cambus O May, pictures on the Twin Peakes social media pages.
Jordan at Lower Blackhall & Banchory told me they managed to land 11 grilse up to 6lbs. It was Silver Ghosts author Will Shropshire and team the first half of the week and once the water settled down and cleared Ben Richardson landed a couple for his 3 days and Will managed to catch his own Silver Ghost from the Station Stream. Aaron Cromar had 2 on Wednesday evening with 1 from the Hotel pool on a Roncade and a cracker on the Sunray from the Station pool just before dark. 2 on Thursday with John Wood getting 1 from the Garden pool and Carlos Garza’s fish came from the Hotel pool. Friday was the best day of the week with 4 landed and 4 lost, David Murray bagged a brace and Ewan Maclachlan and Murray Smith landed 1 apiece.
Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo had 7 fish this week, and we say farewell to Martin Robson who has been Head Ghillie here for 7.5 years. He leaves for pastures new and takes up the position as Head Ghillie on Bywell on the River Tyne, we wish him all the best in his new adventures over the border.
Brian at Cairnton reported they had 5 salmon and 10 grilse landed, some licers among them plus quite a few losses also. He also noted that water temperatures started off at 64f on Monday and dropped down to 58f by Tuesday and remained at that for the rest of the week. The water height was 1ft and rising to 1' 5" by Tuesday and gradually dropping away to finish at just under 3" by Saturday. Fish catches were spread between both banks with Mike Richardson being the top scorer with 7 to his rod and all on a small Posh Tosh tube.
Sluie had 2 salmon, 6 grilse and a couple of sea trout last week. Ray Edge started things off on Tuesday with a sea trout of 3 lbs then on Wednesday Chris Brookes had a 5-pound grilse followed by an 8-pound salmon and to finish it off a 4-pound sea trout. Ray had a 7 pounder on Wednesday too. On Thursday Richard Strang Steel had a wee grilse of 3 lbs and on Friday Colin Campbell and Stuart Dobrjevic had a grilse each, 4 and 3 lbs respectively. On Saturday Paul Edge managed a couple of wee grilse to 4 lbs. Richard said all the fish were bars of silver and although small in great condition.
On the Ballogie beats there were 16 fish across the week, Richard Groves caught his first salmon of the year, a beautiful fresh fish from the Gannets Pool, he was with a group that had a great trip to the Dee and landed 12 as a group.
Drew from Birse had John Lyndall and his team returning for their 3rd and final week of the season. He said there was plenty of action during the week, finishing with 5 grilse, 1 salmon and just as many lost. John was top rod with a Grilse from Belwade on a combo fly, a 7lb salmon and a 4lb grilse from Trees both on a 2" black/lime green plastic tube fly. Dougald Long had a brace on Thursday with a wee Grilse from Belwade on a cascade Snaelda and Alt Dinnie on a skull head monkey. On Friday Ian Gourlay managed a 5lb grilse from Lummels pool on size 8 Park Shrimp.
Erin at Craigendinnie told me about a grilse of 4lb caught by Alford angler Stewart Henderson, on a size. 10 Silver Stoat in Jockie Fyfe, Craigendinnie bank.
Gordon from Dinnet said they had 5 fish but a lot more were lost. There were fish for Johnny Sykes, Lil Sykes, Toby Buckler, and Matt Daly who also had five sea trout.
Up at Balmoral beats Peter Fraser was celebrating a big Birthday with David Fernie and the River Dee Damsels on Friday, sadly no fish caught, but a great day for the ladies at an iconic location, more on the River Dee Damsels social media pages.
Other beats that caught fish this week were Ardoe & Murtle, Invery & Tilquhillie, Upper Blackhall, Woodend, Dess, Aboyne Water, Headinch & Cambus, Monaltrie and Crathie beats.
A huge well done to all the anglers who had success on the Dee this week, and thanks to our hard-working ghillies for giving them a great experience on the river Dee.
This coming week Simon Edwards, the winner of the Tor Na Coille trophy for the biggest fish of the 2021 season is coming to stay at the hotel and fish at Lower Blackhall and Banchory, Invery & Tilquhillie as his prize. Please do let me know if you catch a big fish over the next few months, at the moment the one from Balmoral earlier in the year is at the top spot, caught at the end of May and 25lb. I am laying down the challenge to you!
This week we have already had a drop of rain and it looks like we might get some more midweek, conditions are forecasted to be mild and so we hope to get another good week, we have 11 weeks left of the season, so why not go onto FishPal, and book a visit to the Dee.
Angus Rutherford at Tilbouries
Malcolm with fish from Kirk Pool at Upper Drum and Lower Durris
Charles Morris at Park
Carlos Garza Fernandez at Park
William Foster at Park
Aaron Cromar at Banchory
Richard Groves at Ballogie beats
River Dee Damsels at Balmoral
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Guides and Instructions on the River Dee
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