Dee Fishing Report WE 9 June 2018

June 11, 2018

I thought for this week that I might take a leaf out of the book our esteemed political leaders. Watching various politicos vent about Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence, I was struck by how each of them weaponises statistics, and suitably inspired I decided to have a go myself. Like all good spin, I am not at all troubled by the detail which informs it. So, in the spirit of lies, damned lies and statistics, we had a 43% improvement on the previous week's catches!

Anyway, joking apart, the final tally was 37 fish. There aren't a lot of fish in Scotland just now, but that aside, we also had to wrestle with some trying conditions last week and the anglers worked hard for each fish landed, often trying light tackle and fishing the less obvious pots and runs. Fish were spotted running the river at Tilbouries and on a couple of other beats. Incidentally, Tilbouries had one this morning. Conditions look more favourable this week and I know of at least two fish caught earlier this morning, so I hope we can build on that as the week progresses.

Park had a couple, including one for Dee regular Phillipe Koehler, who is a consistent catcher of fish there. Phillipe landed a fresh 6lbr in Park Inn on a Stoat. Banchory picked up a fish as did Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo. George Goodchild fished a stripped conehead in fast water and was rewarded with a nice-looking salmon.

Ghillie Terry Paton opened his personal account at Cairnton with a fish from the Spout taken on a Willie Gunn. Stuart Norris had a cracker of 15lb from the Cottage, George Kuczera had a fresh 7lbr from Invercannie and Enzo Torricell had a 7lbr from the Spout.

Howard Cook's party had a couple at Ballogie. Peter Roberts had two at Dess and Gavin Kerry had one. Upstream at Craigendinnie, Peter Abraham and Simon Strong were on the scorecard with fish from Tanar Mouth and Jocky.

Waterside and Ferrar started with a bang landing a 5lb sea trout and a fresh 8lb salmon. There were a few lost fish before Michael Bruce landed a 10lbr on Saturday. Mark Windsor followed that with the first grilse of the year from Upper Rhunavella. This is the first fish from the pool since Storm Frank. The beat has had a fresh grilse this morning.

Dinnet and Deecastle had one apiece. Colin Espie landed a 13lbr from Logie on the Deecastle bank and Simon Jones had a 6lbr from Pol Slachd on the Dinnet side. The Carson party had one at Headinch and Cambus O May.

Ian Murray's rods had six from Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld and a couple from Glen Muick. Bruce Wright, who has fished Abergeldie since he was a boy, landed an evening fish on a hitch tube.

Crathie had nine for the week. P. Smith had fish of 6lb, 7lb and 12Lb. T. Speirs had a 7lbr and M. Bramley and G. Pubrick had fish of 4lb and 8lb respectively. Successful flies, were the Crathie, Red Francis, Silver Stoat and Silver Ally's.


We need water. If we get a decent rise, I think we will do well. The forecast shows some rain later in the week, I just hope it is enough to put the river up a few feet. Generally, conditions look much better this week. Last week's broiling sunshine made for difficult fishing at times, so I am sure the extra cloud cover will help. Air temperatures will be up to 17 degrees. The wind will swing about a lot this week and Thursday looks like it could be particularly breezy- so be sure to have a pair of glasses and a good hat to ward off low flying Silver Stoats.

The floating line and small fly will remain the best tactic. Perhaps fishing a small tube or conehead in the faster runs will also be a good choice if the main pools are slow.

As ever, listen to your ghillie.

Tight Lines

Ross Macdonald

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