Fishing Report WE 15 July 2017

July 17, 2017

Fishing Report WE 15 July 2017

We enjoyed another good week on the river with some lovely fish being caught. There are some grilse being caught, but we are still waiting for them to appear in larger numbers. There is a drop of rain in the forecast, so will be looking to see what a reasonable rise in water produces. Water temperatures have been creeping up into the mid-6os Fahrenheit, which will do little for the fishes' enthusiasm, so some early and late sorties to the river are to be advised.

The lower beats are catching regularly now and will be delivering more good sport as we move into the late summer and back end. Altries rods accounted for six, Tilbouries had five and Middle Drum had a couple on a hitched tube. Jack Durno got his first and second salmon at Altries last week. Jack was on our Introduction to Salmon Fishing even in June, so very glad to see him get off the mark. Ian Hutchison, Dave Gisby and Jim Cameron also had fish. Andy MacLennan had one at Tilbouries and Neil Borthwick had a couple. There were several lost fish on the lower beats and as the angling pressure down there has been light I am sure they haven't yet shown their full potential yet.

Park produced another sixteen fish. On Monday, Andrew Duncan landed a 10lbr from Greenbank and Nick Evans a 13lber from Duffers. Phil Crawford had a cracking 18lbr and John Fraser had 12lbr, both from the Bridge Run. Franck Hassler had his first Scottish fish, landing an 11lbr from Greenbank.

Mr and Mrs Fielding had the two rods at Lower Crathes last week and shared five fish and a few sea trout. Crathes Castle had a couple and some sea trout.

Invery and Tilquhillie had a couple. Cleve Cowie had a nice 10lbr from Killing Hatch and John Fyfe had a 5lbr from the Glide.

Banchory had nineteen, of which eighteen were grilse. Congratulations to Bailey Hunter, who is 14yo, for landing his first fish. Well done young man, I hope it's the first of many. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had six. A Sunray in the fast water at the necks of pools was the most successful tactic.

Cairnton and Middle Blackhall picked up seven, all on Saturday. Ghillie Brian Brogan had endured a quiet week until then and was pleased to see a lot of fish moving through his pools at the weekend.

Commonty had three, including a nice fish for James Tidy. The Watson party fished at Ballogie and Carlogie and it was very much a case of the ladies showing the gentlemen how to do it with six to the men's one.

Graham Ritchie picked up one of Dess's three fish, a lovely looking grilse of about 3lbs taken on an Executioner. Birse had three fish and on the other side, Aboyne Water picked up two. Former ghillie, Jim Cowper had a 7lbr and a nice sea trout of 4lb. Douglas Graham picked up a 10lbr in Irrigation on a Black Francis.

Aboyne Castle managed five for the week. Olympic hockey player, Matt Daly enjoyed his first taste of salmon fishing in good style by landing all five fish! Well done Matt, hope you come back soon. Waterside had two and Dinnet and Deecastle managed one apiece. Andrew Tweedie had a liced grilse at Cambus on Monday and regular Dee rod, James Madden, had fish from Tassachd and Fergie’s.

Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld managed another five, which would have pleased Ian Murray. Crathie had three for the week but also had a fantastic sea trout of 9lb, caught by Sam Jarman, who also landed a salmon.

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


I am hoping the forecast rain materialises. We have had some small rises, but I think a decent flush would do us all a world of good. The beginning of the week will see us bathed in sunshine with air temperatures up to 25c/77f. On that basis, some early and late fishing might be a good idea. Water temperatures are also high, up to 65f/19c. The necks of the pools are the most oxygenated, so pay close attention to them. I hope we get some decent rain midweek and again on Friday.

The floater and small flies remain the best tactic, but it always pays to remain flexible and try other things. So, if the Executioners and Crathies aren't producing, trying fishing a Francis deep. A hitch tube is popular among several ghillies and is also well worth a go.

As ever, listen to your ghillie!

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Tight lines. Ross Macdonald