Fishing Report 19 September 2016

September 19, 2016

Things picked up last week. The much-needed rise in water levels helped us to begin brightly with around 50 fish landed in the first two days. Catches slowed as the week progressed and we finished on 100 for the week (two from Lower Crathes didn't make it onto the site in time). Late running fish have not appeared in any numbers and while there are plenty fish in the river, we really need those fresh fellas to perk things up.

Ardoe continued to pick away and the rest of the lower beats had patchy sport. Robin Gillespie had a couple from Altries and the Nardin party also got on the scorecard.

Park had nine fish in the book. Regular rod, Paul Whitehouse had a couple of fish, the best a 16lbr. Daryl Ewer had one and Andy Crawford added to his tally and at the same time christened his new Mackenzie graphene rod. Successful flies on the beat were the Calvin's Shrimp and Red Butt Cascade.
Lower Crathes had five recorded last week, including three for regular visitor Emmanuel Farnioli, who had fish to 24lbs. Geoffrey Bishop had two.
Charles Jeffrey was back at Crathes Castle and had a couple for his efforts. Mr. Johnston-Smith had an 18lbr on Monday and Mr. Webster had a 22lbr on Tuesday.

I was delighted to hear Tara Spiers had landed her first fish, a 12lbr from Floating Bank at Tilquhillie. Well done Tara, very well deserved.
It was a similar story on the middle beats with six at Ballogie, and seven at Birse. Charles Stuych had Cairnton and Middle Blackhall' only fish, a 12lbr from Upper Ferroch. Aboyne Castle had five. Rob Fuller got in touch about the Hawkins' party's visit to the river last week.
'The Hawkins Week team of rods included 7 of us staying at the wonderfully reincarnated Potarch Lodge and also Ford Cottage. We fished at Birse, Carlogie and Ballogie in rotation and were all amazed at the impact of Storm Frank. The water levels were ideal all week and the River is full of fish but they were reluctant to be caught. However we worked hard at it fishing until dusk and managed to catch 13 salmon and grilse and a sea trout.

The majority of the grilse were very small but in good condition weighing 2.5lbs upwards. The largest fish of the week was caught by Ben Hawkins weighing in at 17.5 lbs, a cock out of Middle Slips at Ballogie.

We all think that the water temperature was too high having an impact on the fishing.
As ever we all enjoyed ourselves on the beautiful Dee and will be booking the same week next year and hope to encourage more of the next generation to join us!'

Aboyne Water had three fish, including one for Edwin Whyte and one for Bobby Clark taken on the Fred Frances and Cascade, respectively.
Anstruther Angling Club had the fishing at Aboyne Castle and had five for their efforts. Murray Barnett has a couple of grilse. Robert Horsborough also had a grilse, while Stewart Murray had a 10lbr and Gordon Mackay had a 14lbr.

Crathie led the way for the whole river with sixteen fish landed. Several of those were landed by John Fyfe.

We could really do with a good frost to get these fish on the take again. There is no sign of rain this week and so recent conditions will persist. It looks to be slightly cooler with air temperatures up to 15 degrees. The breeze will be from the south-east in the early part of the week, swing to south-west later. There are big tides just now, so let's hope there are still a few fresh fish on their way.
As the water falls back the Executioner will be a good choice on the full floater. Cascades and Calvin's Shrimps are a good as is the Red Frances, which can make all the difference at this time of year. Try different speeds and depths of presentation to tempt these reluctant salmon. As ever, listen to your ghillie.

Tight lines.
Ross Macdonald

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