Fishing Report Week Ending 4 June 2016

June 06, 2016

We had 106 in the book last week and with some luck we could have had many more. But that's fishing. There seems to have been a high incidence of lost fish on a number of beats. For example, I know Birse lost at least nine over Thursday and Friday and one angler at Park got in touch to tell us he had never had so many lost fish in thirty years of fishing. Better to have loved and lost, I suppose. While these don't appear on the return it's encouraging to hear anglers having some sport. It was also pleasing to hear of fish being seen going through. So while I would have liked more than 106-it feels like a reasonable week.

The sea trout run is now in swing and local rod Neil Stephenson had 18 from Invery last week. Neil fishes an Editor and a blue and silver micro tube on a float/hover/intermediate. He tells me the sport was better towards the end of the week and that in his experience the run is a week or so late and most of the fish are fresh, with few residents holding as yet.

Tilbouries had a good end to proceedings with four over Friday and Saturday including fish for Scott Buchan. Perhaps the low water may just play into the hands of the lower beats.

Park had eight for the week and could easily have doubled its tally if all the fish hooked had stuck. Peter Gallagher had five, while Angus Nicol had a lovely 14lbr from Greenbanks on Saturday. Hamish Ogilvie had his first Dee fish, a 9lbr from Duffers and a 3lb sea trout covered in lice. Regular rod, John Fraser had a grilse and a few sea trout and lost several salmon.

Lower Crathes had six including three for Mike Moore and one for his son, Oliver. Mr Stebbins had two to his rod. There were three at Tilquhillie and Banchory had an even split of grilse and salmon. The grilse were in great condition.

Ballogie had six for the week, with Pete Lonsdale among them as usual. Ghillie Sean Stanton tells me bulk of the fish there, and those landed by Neil McGown's party at Carlogie, were carrying long-tailed lice. They were seeing fish throughout the week, but they went hanging about. Sean also tells me Ballogie crept past their five-year average at Ballogie, which is great news. The seat trout fishing has also been very good. When the sun has come out, Sean had the rods fishing deeper, something worth keeping in mind this week.

Across the water at Borrowston, Dee veteran Lar Terkildsen had a few days with ghillie Glenn Kedward and landed four salmon and a couple of sea trout for his efforts.

Birse was lightly fished last week and the three in the book barely covers the sport there. I know for sure nine came off on Thursday and Friday and witnessed two lost myself- could be soft mouths on the fresh fish which were in evidence. Can't have been poor technique, surely?

Aboyne Water had five for the week. David Gray had two salmon, a grilse and two sea trout. Jeremy Hazzeldene had two. The Stoat's Tail was the killing pattern.

Dinnet and Deecastle shared seven, including four Andrew Markland. Charles Hill had a grilse and a salmon tfrom top Slachd and Graham Turner had the first of the season from Pol Baw. Nigel Lammas lost a big fish in the lower Bobbie.

Cambus continued to fish steadily with another five in the book. It was nice to meat Stuart Reay on the river. He nad his friends had a few up at Balmoral and Birkhall. Gordon Tate had one of 7lb from Abergeldie.


It seems we will have warm, sunny conditions for most of the week and with no rain forecast, we will have low crystal clear water. Early and late sessions are a good idea and for those of you that are in the mood to chase sea trout, the June nights look very tempting.

The full floater and long tapered leaders are good starting point. This set up could be paired with hairwings such as small silver stoats, Red Frances, Editors, and Crathies on small doubles and conehead tubes. Late in the evening a bigger black fly can work well as the light fades. When it's bright, think about getting the fly down a bit- it could make all the difference. As ever, listen to your ghillie

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