Fishing Report Week Ending 10 September 2016

September 12, 2016

It was a disappointing week on the river. I know conditions have been poor- low water, high water temperatures, and sunny weather, but when all said and done we really should expect better than forty-eight for the week. Things did pick up a bit following the rise in water levels over Friday and Saturday. The river is dropping back now but hopefully, we will get the week off to a decent start.

The lower beats have toiled during what is normally their best part of the season, with just over a dozen below Banchory. Jim Branch had a liced grilse at Altries on Friday. Saturday's coloured water stymied things, although they have landed a fresh grilse already today. Middle Drum had two on Saturday morning before the water started rising.

Invery/Tilquhillie had two for the week. Colin Harvey had a grilse from Floating Bank on Monday and Sarah had a 12lbr from Greenbank during the Ladies Day event on Saturday.

Park had five, the best of which was Richard Summers' 12lbr. Hugh Rutherford, Jamie Hammond and David Scott were also on the scorecard.

Cairnton managed a 13lbr for their efforts and Sluie, Ballogie, Kincardine and Borrowston shared fourteen between them. Jane Blevin celebrated her first fish, which she landed at Dess on Friday. The 9lbr took a Green Highlander. David Crawshaw had a 12lbr at Aboyne Water on a Red Frances in Red Rock.

Pete O'Donnell's party had three at Cambus, including one for Pete and one for his son Tom. Charlie Macpherson also had a fish from the Long Pool.

Finally, up at Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld, Mrs. Bateman showed the men in the party how to do it with a couple of grilse in quick succession from Polhollick.


We had a welcome rise in water levels on Friday and Saturday, so hopefully it will have stirred up the fish. On the flip side, it wasn't a big rise and with no rain forecast we will be soon be in need of a top up. Air temperatures will range from 14 degrees to a high of 23 degrees for Aboyne on Thursday.

The floating line and tips will remain the best bet. Ringing the changes is the best tactic and if the fish are not keen to come up for a fly, it may pay to get it a bit closer to them. The Frances in tube and double form will be a good choice and perhaps and all black Snaelda. As the water falls back a plain Stoat or Executioner may be just the ticket. As ever, listen to your ghillie.

Tight lines. Ross Macdonald Please send any stories, pictures and anecdotes to:

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