Apologies for a delayed update here at Dinnet & Deecastle.
March came and went and left us slightly under our 5 year average, however we did feel that although catches were a little low we did have a reasonable amount of hook ups and I felt that there were a few more fish about than March 2015. The river kept to a steady height of around the 1′-2′ mark with the occasional rise from snow melt. The Boat Pool has been quiet this year…. probably due to the lack of kelts that would usually be resident down there.
The clocks changed, daffodils began to bloom and April soon become upon us. The water temperature has remained cold so far this season with morning temperatures being between 40-43 degrees.
We have had some great sport on the Beat, and it is very exciting learning the (NEW) beat and observing where the fish are now going to lie up. Without giving too much away some pools that have been very good so far are Crawnee, Haugh, 29, Bruiach. All these pools have changed considerably and are now producing lovely Dee Springers.
Last week was good fishing and we finished with 09 Springers for the week. The river began at 1’3″ on the Monday and Robert Paterson caught the first fish from Logie for the Season. A fine specimen of 18lb that feel to a monkey fly whilst fishing the North Side of Logie. Robert’s luck continued and he went on to catch the first fish from the Haugh of the season, a nice fish of 7lbs which took halfway down the pool.
Roberts 18lber from Logie Pool
Regular Dinnet Rod Patrick Grey also had success on the Monday where a caught and landed a lovely springer of 8lbs from the very tail of 29. Patrick had an offer on a monkey fly but when there was no hook up he changed to a home tied willie gun snealda and caught the fish with the very next cast.
Patrick with a nice alb springer from 29 pool
Gordon Tait had a brace of fish from the Haugh later in the week both caught off the same lie but from different banks on consecutive days. Richard Hold also caught his first Dinnet Salmon and first Dee fish so he was chuffed when he landed a fine fish from Bruiach. Another fine fish of 15lbs was caught by regular Dinnet Rod Donald Milne the very next day from the same lie.
By the end of the week the river was getting low and very clear. With the gauge at 4″ and the sun shining I witnessed watching a fresh fish take the fly in Logie and was fortunate to net the fish for Bjorn Riise.
Bjorn with a smaller salmon from Logie Pool
Stephen Oldham caught a brace of nice conditioned brown trout on the beat also, a fine specimen for the River Dee.
We are starting to create a picture of which pools and which lies are fishing at different heights now, but its a constant learning curve for both Ghillies and Rod. So far people have enjoyed fishing the new pools and it is still a stunning beat to fish.
Fish on in 29 Pool
Interesting new pool in the centre left of the image, the flat water near to the trees is over 6′ deep!