Fishing Report Week Ending 24 September 2016

September 26, 2016

We enjoyed a better week with 130 fish in the book. A combination of a lift in water levels and just a hint of autumn in the air gave us more conducive conditions for fishing. It was cold here overnight and we are all looking for that tell-tale frost on the hills which will surely bring the fish on the take. There has been no back end run to speak of and it would appear a common complaint across the country. The beats from Park downstream should be catching fresh fish, but they have been few and far between.

Park had seventeen for the week, including the biggest fish from the river last week, Alistair Watson's 22lbr, which took a Gold Riach. Peter Kleine had three fish to 12lb. Tim Davis and Neil Mitchell had a few grilse. Craig Sneddon got his second Park fish of the year, a 12lbr from the Durris. Tim Bowdler had a 16lbr.

Lower Crathes had just 6 fish up to Saturday. Something changed and they had seven on Saturday, five of which fell, unsurprisingly, to Geoff Fisher. Maurice McBride also had a couple, the best of which was an 18lbr.

Little Blackhall had six fish, the best a 19lbr, which took a Red Frances. Dave Palmer had his first Dee fish, a small grilse from the Laird's Cast. Jeff Oddie had a 9lbr from the House Pool.

The Lindberg brothers had the fishing at Carlogie. Everyone in the party had fish. A small, deeply fished, Red Frances was an effective tactic. Buoyed by the tactical success at Carlogie, ghillie Sean Stanton encouraged similar tactics at Ballogie- but to no avail. Just to prove how contrary salmon can be, experienced rod David Mcdonald got two on a hitch. There are lots of fish in the pools on both beats and a prolonged drop in temperatures may be just the ticket. Across the water, Kincardine had another group of Swedish anglers, who had five for their efforts.

Birse had ten. Seven of these were shared by Perter Turnham and Richard Liddle. Peter had an interesting experience while fishing Big Jetty. He hooked a good fish, which eventually came off after having gone to the other side of the river. As he reeled in Peter's fly was taken for the second time and this fish also came off. Hooking two fish in one cast is quite an achievement! He was rewarded shortly afterwards with a 14lbr.

The upper river had a better week, with Aboyne Castle Waterside and Ferrar and Deecastle landing six apiece. Cambus picked up four, three of which fell to Robert Gardiner on a Silver Stoat.

Board Chairman, Richard Gledson, teamed with daughter Harriet, up to land a grilse from Suspension Bridge at Balmoral. Crathie had eight fish. Regular Dee fisher, Phil Black added another five to his tally, using brother Tony's deadly pattern, The Ghillie.


It will be a bright week again with prolonged sunny spells and light cloud. Overnight temperatures are cooler and this could be the key ingredient for a successful week any corresponding drop in water temperatures will stimulate the fish. There is some rain in the forecast, which will bring some cloud cover, but will make little or no difference to water levels. That said, water levels are fine just now and all in all conditions are good.

Floating lines and tips remain the popular choice. As for flies, the usual suspects will be out in force. The Frances will continue to fish well, particularly if the water temperature drops. Other than that there seems to have been quite a mix of successful patterns. Long-tailed flies such as the Ally's and The Ghillie are solid choices

Tight lines. Ross Macdonald

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