The Dee has fished fairly well the last two weeks. Most catches have been from below Aboyne which a sprinkling of fish above. Its alway better to see fish below you than above…. We had quite a few offers across the beat in the early part of the week and we have still been catching quite a few kelts below the Dinnet bridge.
I had the pleasure of guiding Grayling Pro Euan Miller on one of his first salmon fishing outings. It’s was great to return the favour as he taught me the ins and outs of French leaders and grayling nymphing last year.
We had a blast, he hooked and unfortunately lost his first springer and caught several kelts, I reckon he is now hooked on salmon fishing.
River temperatures have been steadily around 40 degrees and we are still experiencing some snow melt daily. Sandy Lawton caught the fish of the week in the Haugh Pool on Deecastle and we are waiting in anticipation for these fish to arrive on the upper Dee in good numbers.
John Carmichael, a fisherman that has fished at Dinnet and Deecastle for over 30 years arrived the following week with his team of regular rods at Dinnet. This party has seen the beat in some of the best years and it really is interesting to hear about some of the stories they have to offer. Howard Clarke got the ball rolling on Monday with a lovely cracking springer from Crawnee Pool at Deecastle. The river was up and down during the week but we continued to hear about the large amounts of fish holding up in the lower middle Dee. Tuesday and Wednesday we connected with some springers but did not manage to land them. The later half of the week remained slow and we didn’t manage any more.
Last week we experienced some huge variations in weather and temperatures. The week began with huge winds and medium heights of water. Water temps were averaging around 40-45 degrees. We landed many kelts and lost a nice springer but conditions remained tough with few fresh fish running. On the Wednesday we caught the first of the week a cracking 9lb springer from 29 Pool. The next day we hooked and landed another fresh fish of 8lbs from Red Brae pool on the bank.
Recent unseasonable weather has bought a mild heat wave to Deeside. The river has dropped dramatically down to 0″ at the Dinnet gauge. Water temps are rising in the high 40’s and we are now seeing fresh fish daily in the pools. The next few weeks will provide some promising fishing for our rods.