Dee Fishing Report WE 31 March 2018

April 02, 2018

We had a better week with 49 in the book. Conditions have stabilised, although the water remains very cold. Spring has yet to be sprung on Deeside!

Park picked up three, all from the south bank. Craig Corbett had one of those on Monday and Chris Brookes had a brace at 7b and 10lb on Tuesday.

Lower Crathes fished well during the first four days, finishing on seventeen for the week. Phil Fairchild had a sensational morning on Wednesday, landing five springers before lunch. Alan Morrison had three, as did Carl Simmons. Jamie Hammond had a couple, while Geoff Fisher and Rae Borras had one apiece.

Crathes Castle managed a couple with fish for Ian Farnell and Arnold Crook. Peter Simms, from Somerset, picked up a 10lbr from Greenbank at Invery and Tilquhillie. Andrew Bendall also had one from Greenbank, a 7lbr.

John Denning had two at Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie. Jack Melrose, visiting from Holylee on the Tweed, had one on Saturday, as did his companions Dougie Galbraith and Peter Wills. Ghillie Colin Simpson tells me the fish were perfect Dee springers- not large, but beautifully shaped deep fish.

Upstream at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo, father and son team David and Gary Turner had a couple of fish. Gary had one from the Roe Pot on the Blackhall side and David had a lovely 14lbr, fishing from the boat in New Fawn. Sean Rennie marked his first visit to the beat in good style with a brace of fish. He had one from Old Fawn and one from Sandy Bay. Sean's second fish was his first on one of his own flies- a variant of the Posh Tosh.

Woodend picked up one fish, while Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had three. Graham Reid had a 10lbr from Kelpie on Middle Blackhall. George Boyne had an 8lbr from the Malt Steep on the Cairnton bank and Andy Ashcroft rounded things off with a 13lbr from Middle Ferroch.

Commonty had one. Bjorn Sahlqvist had Ballogie's fish. Up at Carlogie, Wayne Napier Gibbons and Gareth Headland had one each. Wayne's fish was the pick of the bunch at 24lbs. Sluie added another four to their score last week. Kincardine also had a couple.

Cambus got off the mark with two fish. Colin Byrne had an 8lbr from the Long Pool. Alan Robb also had one from the Long Pool, a very fresh looking 14lbr.

I hear Craigendinnie had a 15lbr this morning!


River conditions are favourable, more or less! Water levels are good and we have big tides this week. The downside is that water temperatures remain very low, hovering around 3 or degrees. Air temperatures are not much warmer, although they will rise towards the end of the week. The wind will be from the east for the first part of the week, which will add to the chill. Thursday looks promising as the wind swings west, but will work its way back to the east by the weekend.

Despite it being April, the slow and deep tactic will remain the best approach. Slow sinking lines or floating bellies with long, fast sinking tips are the best options. Willie Gunns, Black and Yellows and Dee Monkey offering a good a chance as anything.

As ever, listen to your ghillie.

Tight Lines

Ross Macdonald

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