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(Last Updated: Monday 15 July)

FishPal River Don Update 15/07/24

The river is currently dropping back after last week’s substantial rise, a touch of peat stain remains in the water which is currently helping the fishing. The prolonged cooler summer conditions have helped keep water temperatures from reaching the highs seen this time last season. Despite a few weeks of low angling activity this recent flush of water has helped, a decent number of grilse and sea trout came in off the tides towards the end of last week and over the weekend. A few of these were landed and plenty were also lost at Grandhome and several other lower beats. Fresh silver fish could be seen ascending the weirs and the beats above should expect some sport when these fish stop off and settle in the pools.

Grilse will travel a fair distance before resting so I wouldn’t be surprised to see liced fish landed on the middle beats over the coming days. Sea trout have been in better amounts this summer and a few beats are experiencing good sport with fish up to 6lbs landed. A fair few are being landed throughout the day so don’t be put off trying a cast on the overcast cooler days.

Brown trout angling has been steady across the river, hatches of BWO’s and SDO’s have been appearing and the trout have been feeding well off the surface. Although the bigger specimens are proving trickier to temp there are plenty of 10-12inch fish to keep anglers entertained. Sedge patterns continue to be a favorite later in the evenings and will also attract a sea trout or two. Streamer patterns continue to be a popular choice when the water is higher or coloured.

Please forward on any news, catches or photos to [email protected]

Tight lines,

Martin Webster  


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Guides and Instructions on the river Don.

Where To Stay on the Don and the surrounding countryside. 

Where To Eat on the river Don.

Fishing Permits for the Don and its tributaries

If you would like to share any interesting stories or pictures from your time fishing on the River Don for the purposes of this report, please feel free to contact us, via email  [email protected]

Martin Webster 

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Beat catches reported

(Last week)

Beat Catches
Kintore Salmon - 3, Sea trout - 6
Inverurie Salmon - 3, Sea trout - 0
Mains of Tilliefoure Salmon - 0, Sea trout - 0