Dee Fishing Report WE 28 April 2018

April 30, 2018

We had a better week last week, finishing with 85 springers in the book. It's a step in the right direction and I hope we build on it for the rest of the spring. Conditions were good overall, with a perhaps a nip in the air at times which didn't help, but all in all no complaints on that score. Looking ahead, a nice wee top up to keep river levels at their optimum, would be nice!

Middle Drum waited until Saturday to get on the scoreboard. Park picked up another couple. Just upstream, Lower Crathes recorded eight for the week.

Lower Crathes had eight, including fish for Italian visitors, Messrs Guiducci, 17lb, Pierrecarlo, 7lb and 13lb and Mr Gatti, who had five to 10lbs. Crathes Castle had six for their efforts.

Karl Revel dropped me a message detailing Invery and Tilquhillie' s week.

'It was another International week with first-time guests from the UK, Spain and a large party of lady anglers from Iceland visiting our beat.

Six fish were caught in Greenbank, Killing Hatch, The Glide, Pantoch and Floating Bank. Derek Hughes from Dumbarton had two of 8 and 20 lbs, Brian Hodgson from Lancaster's was 15 lbs, Alvaro Gonzalez and Roberto Conde scored for Spain with fish of 14lb and 8 lbs and Tim Springham from London landed a 9lber.'

Banchory picked up a couple, while Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo picked up five. Three of those went to Ronnie Fraser and Ray Edge had a nice one from the Kinneskie Roe Pot. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had seven for the week. John Veitch, over from the Lochy, had a couple and fishing partner Any Burton had one. Gordon Skipper, who has no long started I the sport made a big splash when he landed a 15lbr from the Grey Mare. Upper Blackhall picked up a couple. James Hamilton Stubber caught an 8lb fresh fish in the Hut pool at Lower Woodend on his return to the Dee.

Commonty had a better week with eight in the book. Local rods Nicol Paton and Ewan Maclachlan had a fish each. Andy Kilgour had four and sparring partner Jules Partridge had a couple.

It was great to catch up with Jerk Sonnichsen, President of the Federation of Fly Fishers Denmark who fished Ballogie and Carlogie. Jerk picked up nine fish to 11lbs for his efforts. He told me he had seen a lot of fish moving through both beats during the week, which is encouraging news. I just hope the next time they appear it's on the latest catches page.

Kincardine had two. One apiece for Ian Appleton and Walter Duckett. Ghillie John McGinley, tells me Ian's 13lbr was a good a fish as he had seen in a while- it was in perfect condition. Both fish took small flies – Willie Gunns, dressed on doubles. John was at pains to stress that we should be thinking about fishing the floater and small flies. And as May is just about on us, he has a point.

Dess had four, all to Mikael Frodin, who was fishing his Dee Sheep to good effect. Over at Birse, David Malcolm had a 9lbr from Jetty and Andy Goodenough continued his recent run of success with a 6lbr from Trees.

Craigendinnie and Aboyne Castle had five. Craigendinnie hit a hot streak on Wednesday, landing four. Tom Wheelwright had two from Crofts, one either side, on a small plastic Collie. Lewis Smith, on his first visit to the beat, was rewarded with a couple of fish, including an 18lbr from Jocky.

Ian Ogden had two for his three-day stint at Waterside and Ferrar- they were both around 7lb. Gordon Tait was rewarded with a 16lbr from the Waterside on Saturday afternoon.

Dinnet and Deecastle had one apiece. Mark Purvis had 10lbr from the Boat Pool on the Deecastle on a size 9 Black and Yellow and Mark Trassenster had an 8lbr from 29.

On the next beat up, Cambus, ghillie Fergie Cumming tells me that Geoff Featherstone, fishing as part of the Pacynko party had two, including a liced 18lbr from the Long Pool. That fish must have been motoring!

Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld had a couple. Michael Skogland's party had a 12lbr and David Fenton had a 7lbr. Crathie had one to round things off.

PROSPECTS We start the week with decent water levels and it looks we should have good overhead conditions. There is a bit of a chill in the air this morning as might be expected with the breeze coming from the northeast. It will swing west for the rest of the week and we should have a light warm breeze for most of the week. Air temperatures will reach a high of 14c and water temperatures are about 7c, so we will have that added comfort of warm air and cool water.

We are at that time of year when we reach a tactical crossroads. Do we persist with tubes and fishing deep, or do we start fishing near the surface with small flies? As usual, the answer is equivocal- it depends. But I think it's time to give the smaller flies- 8s and 10s and small plastic tubes- a whirl. The ghillies will have their own views on this, so be sure to ask.

Tight Lines

Ross Macdonald

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