Dee Fishing Report WE 17 June 2017

June 19, 2017

It was an exceptional week on the Dee with 273 fish landed- a couple didn't get reported to FishDee. I can't tell you how much of a joy it was for me to hear of so much fantastic sport, up and down the river. Now, if we could only get some more rain...

Altries produced a couple of fish, including the week's biggest, a 22lbr, which fell to regular rod Jim Cameron in Donal Garth. Altries is always a good bet for a big fella. Middle Drum also produced a couple of fish.

Park had the best of it with forty-six fish landed. Successful rods included David Muir, who had the biggest at 16lb. Murdo Watson and Charlie Moir, on their first visit to the Dee, had three apiece. Durris Shrimp creator, George West, put his creation to good use and landed six during his visit. Usual suspects John Fraser, Andy Crawford and Andy Forbes were also in on the action.

Lower Crathes also had a good week, with 19 landed, including two for Alison Hutchison, who caught her first fish there two years ago. Crathes Castle had a frustrating time of it with three landed and many more were hooked and lost. Knappach had five. Keith Bee got all of them, and worked hard all week for his rewards, losing several more in the process. Knappach is a small beat and so owner Victor Beamish was suitably delighted with last week's sport.

Invery & Tilquhillie had eleven fish and twenty sea trout. Neil Stephenson had six fish and eleven of the sea trout, fishing early and late. Lawrence Hunt and Iain Hutchinson had a couple each and Nicol Paton had a cracking 10lbr from Floating Bank around 1130 on Thursday night. Shona Mutch had a lovely sea trout, her first on the fly.

Banchory had fourteen, while Colin Sutherland and John Glasgodine had one each at Lower Blackhall & Kinneskie. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had five including a lovely bright fish for beat owner David Trembath from the Roe Pot.

Upper Blackhall had five while Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had fifteen. Ten of those came on Tuesday, five of which fell to Andy Ashcroft.

Woodend had another four fish, while Lower Woodend picked up one and Commonty had two . Martin Knowles party had the fishing at Carlogie and landed ten fish, including a first ever (and second) salmon. The Wilson party were at Ballogie and also had some very nice fish. Sean Stanton tells me he is seeing a good mix of fish including an increasing number of grilse, which is very encouraging.

Kincardine picked up six, including a 20lbr for Thierry Lallement, who had three more. Bill Smith and daughter Lucy had a fish apiece.

Dess proprietor Jeremy Clayton was on the river last week and enjoyed good sport with salmon and sea trout, landing three fish. The beat finished on eleven- all top quality salmon.

Thomas Christensen and Erwin Nielsen from Denmark had four apiece at Birse. The guys had a super week and Erwin also lost a large fish in Cowdry. Thomas tells me they are already planning next year's assault!

Across the river at Aboyne Water, Chaz Booth's rods picked up six fish. Franky McWilliam had a 9lbr and Jim Cowper had a 10lbr, while George Thomson and Mitchell Garret both had liced fish. Young Jack Moir had a 4lb sea trout to open his account on the river. Well done young man.

Aboyne Castle and Craigendinnie shared sixteen, all cracking fish according to George Murray. Chris Bullman had five at Craigendinnie, while Charlotte Spaven had here first fish, an 11lbr at Aboyne Castle.

Malcolm Albrine's party had fishing at Waterside and Ferrar, Dinnet/Deecastle and Monaltrie and were among the fish on all those beats. Craig Mcdonald tells me they had eleven fish at Waterside, all very fresh and in the 10-14lb class. They had few at Monaltrie as well. Ian Murray tells me there were seven taken on Lower Invercauld up to 16lb, all fresh strong multi sea winter fish.

Dinnet and Deecastle shared fourteen fish. Phillip Taylor had a couple of those from 29 and Logie. Patrick Gibson had a 14lbr from Bruiach and Geoff Stainton worked hard all week and was eventually rewarded with a 10lbr from the Haugh and a 15lbr from Lower Bobbie.

Fergus Cumming had the Pacynko Borthers at Cambus last week. The guys shared eight fish to 14lb. Dick Francis's party picked up the other four.

Balmoral continued to tick over with another three fish, to 17lb, while Birkhall had their first in a while. It was wonderful to see Morven pick up a few and if any of you fancy a punt following the next spate, it is a good shout.

Finally, Archie Hays rods had eight for the week. Charlotte Strong had three of those to 9lb. Mike Lane also had three and Gordon Mutch rounded things off with a late evening fish on Saturday from McLaren's

I am confident about June; if we get water we will get fish, so be sure to check our latest availability


We could do with some decent rain. Last week's spate is but a memory and the river has dropped back. There are plenty fish in the river, but it will require a more delicate approach to winkle them out. Water temperatures will be in between 15-17c/60-63f

It will be a mild week, up to 20c/68f with good cloud cover and the wind, while swinging about, will be manageable. There is some rain forecast for Wednesday and hopefully, this gives us a top up. I think the fish will respond to it, even its only a small rise.

Full floaters a small flies are a good choice again this week. Popular patterns are the ever faithful Stoat, Silver Stoat, Crathie, Editor and Executioner. Add in some small flies with tails such as the Cascade and Ally's and you won't go far wrong.

As ever, listen to your ghillie!

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Tight lines. Ross Macdonald