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Last week

(Last Updated: Monday 04 July)

River Don 01.07.22

We seemed to have missed the latest rise in water other neighbouring rivers received and currently remain on summer flows. Conditions have been trying over the past few weeks for salmon angling, include in water temperatures bordering on the high teens and you get the general idea it’s been tough going throughout the whole river. To get the best chance of sport fishing has been limited from late evening into the wee small hours. The odd grilse has been seen on the lower beats and obviously a few are creeping into the river, but catches remain low and will remain so until we get a decent lift in water. Angling effort is minimal during the daytime, the fish have switched off and will conserve energy lying in the deeper cooler parts of the river.

Thankfully sea trout have appeared in better numbers this season and continue to provide the bulk of the sport to those willing to turn nocturnal for a month or two. Landings have been reported from the Cruives upriver to Kemnay with a few anglers hooking 2 or 3 fish over a visit. Tactics have varied from micro size 18s up to 4-inch streamer patterns.  

Brown trout sport has also been productive in the last couple of hours of daylight, spinner patterns and sedge patterns are now temping a few decent fish to the surface. The trout are in great condition and with large areas of weed present on some stretches don’t fish too light a tippet.

Several anglers had been in contact to enquire about fishing at Littlewood, please note this is now available again to book on FishPal.

Martin Webster


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Martin Webster 

Beat catches reported

(Last week)

Beat Catches
Kintore Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 3

June sea trout


Don brown trout - lovely markings



Nice June sea trout


Season so far

(Last Updated: Monday 06 June)

River Don - April Report

The past few weeks has seen a decent run of fish coming into the system, these fish took full advantage of the extra water earlier on last month and moved quickly up into the middle and upper river. Fish to 23lbs were landed and most beats are now off the mark for the season. However, over the past week river levels are now quickly dropping away and any new fish arriving off the coast are slowing up in the lower reaches from Kintore downstream. Anglers fishing on the ADAA beats are reporting seeing small runs of fish arriving off the tides and several pools are beginning to hold fish which will help slow these new arrivals. Earlier running fish are now well scattered throughout the upper river but will be difficult to temp on the warmer brighter days and clear water, it may be best fishing later in the evenings when conditions are more suitable for salmon angling.

Sea trout have begun to arrive, a few have already been landed off the lower beats up to 3lbs but a persistent chilly easterly breeze off the coast has put anglers off venturing out late on.  

Brown trout anglers are reporting some good dry fly fishing across several beats with fish averaging over 1lb including the odd specimen fish to 6.5lbs being landed. Olive Uprights and Large Brook Duns have been getting the trout active around midday but be prepared to adapt tactics to get the best out of your day as hatches are sometimes short lived.

The odd hawthorn has started to appear on the middle beats and grannom will be next to appear on the list as the month moves on. Rain showers are forecast for the beginning of next week so will hopefully help freshen up the river.

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