Fishing Report Week Ending 8 October 2016

October 10, 2016

We are into the final furlong. As we enter the final week of the season we do so on the back of another reasonable week on the river. There are plenty fish about and one middle river angler, who I saw land two fish in quick succession, told me he had never seen so many fish in the Dee. While the volume of fish is greatly improved the lower beats, below Park, have had a difficult backend. Reduced rod pressure hasn't helped, but late running fish have been largely absent. I don't think we are alone in this, but it is scant consolation.

Park had 35 for the week, pipping Ballogie by one. The biggest fish of the week fell to Phillip Pinney who landed a 21lbr on Friday. Roger Worth had a couple at 12lb and 14lb. Regular rod, Andy Forbes had a couple. Alan Denning Stuart Birth and Kevin Bitmead were also among the fish. Roy Hepburn had three in a day at 12lb, 13lb and 14lb, which is a fair day's work by any standard.

Jim Christie has been enjoying his early days as a salmon angler and celebrated landing his first three fish at Crathes Castle last week. He landed two at 12lb and a grilse of about 4lb. Well done Jim.

Sarah Gray was back in action at Lower Crathes with another couple of fish to 15lb. Mr Tryk had three and father and son Peter and Simon Tornoft shared four, the best of which was Simon's 15lbr. Mr Beltoft had one. The beat finished ten for the week.

Tilquhillie had six for the week all landed by an up and coming angler from Culter. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo started the week with two on Monday, one of which was fairly bright. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had nine for the week. Maria Alander, part of a group of Swedish ladies fishing the Dee last week got the ball rolling with a 10lbr from the Grey Mare. John McCallum had three on a lightly dressed Munro. Andy Ashcroft was back on the scorecard again with on a Red Francis in Glisters. The Blackhall side got in on the action on Saturday with three fish for Alex Subbotin up to 15lb.

Gareth Headland and friends fished Carlogie last week and finished with 23 fish, with everyone in the party landing fish. Garry Evans celebrated his 70th birthday by landing his first fish a cracker of about 20lbs. Phil Varney had two fish and top rod was Wayne Napier-Gibbons with 12, most of which fell to a pink Franc N Snaelda. Ballogie had a good week with 34 fish landed. Local angler Craig Fleming had five fish to his rod.

Birse had fifteen fish, including a grilse for Leli Karlsson from Sweden. Tara Spiers had hold of seven fish on Tuesday and landed one of them- an exciting if frustrating day out!


The river has dropped back to summer levels and we will fish in low clear water for the last week of the season. There is no real rain to speak of and that's fine as stable conditions will suit us better over the last few days.Overhead conditions will remain cloudy for the most part and the air temperature has dropped back to as low as 4 degrees in the mornings.

Thankfully, water temperatures have fallen back, to between 6 and 8 degrees, and the fish are more interested in the fly than they were in September. Floating lines and tips dominate and the usual flies will work. Ring the changes with the Frances and Franc N Snaelda and Monkeys. Dressed flies should include Cascade and Stoat's Tail. As ever, listen to your ghillie.

Tight lines.

Ross Macdonald