Newsletter - August 2015 - Skotland

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Newsletter - August 2015 

Welcome to the August FishDee newsletter. It contains everything you need to know about fishing on the River Dee. 

You can find and book fishing, and find accommodation to suit. You can also discover more about the work being done by the Dee Fishery Board and River Dee Trust to manage, improve and develop our river. 

If you require any further information, please contact the River Dee office on 01339 880411 
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Tight lines
Ross Macdonald
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July Summary

A cracker from Dess for local rod Phillip Wood.

The first two weeks of July were slow on the river with them accounting for 42 and 49 fish respectively. The second half of the month showed a marked improvement and we had our best week of the season with 88 during the wb 20 July. We have enjoyed plenty of water this month, although it has been unsettled, moving up and down almost daily. At the time of writing there are another 50 in the book for wb 27 July and there are a few more days of fishing to go this month. We move into August with some cautious optimism that we will see a consistent improvement. Sea liced grilse have been taken as far up as Cambus O May and very fresh grilse have also been landed at Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld and Crathie

As we get into August the lower river should start to produce some good sport. You can check the latest availability here

An 18lbr for Mr Fielding at Lower Crathes

Jordan Sinclair is awarded the 2015 River Dee Bursary

Jordan Sinclair

The 2015 recipient of the River Dee Bursary, which is now in its third year, is 21 year old Jordan Sinclair, a seasonal ghillie at Lower Crathes and West Durris.

Jordan is in his second year on the beat and has had some work experience at Banchory and Upper Blackhall. He is following in the footsteps of his father, Raymond, who is the ghillie at Upper Blackhall and his Uncle Jimmy, who is the ghillie at Canterland on the North Esk. Read More

First Salmon Fry found on Culter Catchment for 250 Years

Following the high water in July the River Office staff had their first opportunity to do some electrofishing on the Culter catchment on the 28th. They returned from the Gormack Burn very excited, with news that they had found the first salmon fry to have swum in the catchment for around 250 years. The team made three sweeps of a 100m sq section of the Gormack Burn and found 22 salmon fry approximately 13km above the fish pass installed in October 2014. The first salmon ascended the pass on 3 October 2014 and we will be keeping a close eye on how the fish are repopulating the area.

For more on this important habitat restoration project see the River Dee website


Banchory Croys Removal

This August work starts on the River Dee at Banchory and at the Sluie and Commonty fishing beats downstream of Potarch, to restore the River Dee's natural channel and flows and to improve habitat for freshwater pearl mussels and salmon.

At Banchory 15 boulder croys, including those visible from the Dee Street Bridge, will be broken up and the boulders re-distributed in the River. The boulders will provide habitat for freshwater pearl mussels as well as lies for salmon. A further 9 croys will be removed from Sluie/Commonty with the additional benefit of allowing gravel salmon spawning beds to recover.
Read More


Events on Deeside

There is always a lot happening in Aberdeenshire during the summer. The Ballater Highland Games on 13 August and the Lonach Gathering. on the 22nd.

See Visit Royal Deeside for the latest updates.

Dee Board Welcomes Scottish Government Conservation Proposals

Dee District Salmon Fishery Board (DDSFB) has warmly welcomed the forward thinking salmon conservation proposals announced by Scottish Government on 23 July.
Under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003, the Scottish Government is proposing to introduce a licensing system for the killing of wild salmon in Scotland and to prohibit “the taking of salmon outwith inland waters”. In essence this will mean an end to the killing of salmon in coastal waters.
Full details of the proposals are available on the Scottish Government website


A Fly to Try This Month - The Red Frances

The Frances has a growing army of followers on the Dee. Ballogie Head ghillie, Sean Stanton, loves this fly more than any other. It takes fish throughout the season. Check out the FishDee blog to read more about this excellent Icelandic pattern.

The Frances and other deadly patterns available to buy from Sean's online store.


Martin Robson Takes Up The Reigns at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo

Martin Robson took over at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo in the spring of this year. He brings a wealth of skills and experience to Deeside. Read More About Martin

Controlling Ranunculus on the River Dee

We are trialling a chemical treatment this summer for the widespread aquatic plant, Ranunculus (water crowfoot). Ranunculus can be a real pain for the angler. It seems to prefer those parts of a river where the salmon fisher can be found and low water conditions it can hook the fly on almost every cast. The River Dee staff carried out trials on the river this month where herbicide was applied at two small sites where Ranunculus is a significant problem. Read More

Dee Ghillies Association

Shane Christie, Dee Ghillies' Association

The Dee Ghillies Association represents the interests and opinions of our ghillies, and also makes an important contribution to decision making on the river. Important legislative developments such as the Wild Fisheries Reform are shared and discussed, as are the the thoughts and feelings of anglers on the riverbank. The Dee is fortunate to have a body of excellent ghillies and they are not shy about sharing their views!!

Shane Christie, of Middle Drum, chairs the Association.

'The ghillies are on the front line and have direct contact with Dee anglers, owners and the board. We play an important role in communicating what is happening on the Dee and also feeding back to the board at our monthly meetings. It has been a frustrating year for us all, but we will stick together and continue to give our rods the best possible service. We have been here before!'

Diva Fluvius

Read Diva Fluvius Here

Alex Simpson, father of Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie ghillie, Colin prepared a manuscript about the River Dee. It dates from the 1980s and Colin has allowed us to present the document here. It has been scanned and preserves some of Alex's hand written notes. It is a fascinating piece on the course and history of the Dee. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at Denne e-mail adresse bliver beskyttet mod spambots. Du skal have JavaScript aktiveret for at vise den.

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Michael Koch

Sommerfiskeri i Skotland

Sidste nyt fra Skotland - via Michael Koch

Det går tilsyneladende godt i Skotland i år. 

Havde en lille snak med Andrew fra River Earn, som jeg før har omtalt. ”Drew” mener helt utvetydigt, at årsagen er, at der ikke på tiden fiskes med net på den Øst-Skotske kyst. 

Skotland Salmon Accosiation har nemlig stævnet Garnfiskeriet og ”det nære kystfiskeri” efter Laks, og mens retsagen kører må der ikke fiskes med net. 

Der var tilsyneladende beviser nok for at Laksens nedgang skyldtes overfiskeri i det kystnære og elvmundingerne til, at et foreløbig forbud kunne udstedes mens retsagen kører.

Og det ser tilsyneladende ud til at det virker som det skal, og hvis opgangen i virkeligheden forøges betragteligt, bliver det nok vanskeligt at få lov at fiske garn på kysten igen. Norge har jo tidligere ”skuet” lidt mod Skotland, så lad os håbe at de kigger lidt den vej igen, og der ud i en overskuelig fremtid vil blive betragteligt mindre garnfiskeri efter Laks i de norske inderfjorde og elvmundinger.

Michael Koch

Hej Michael 

Jeg er i Skotland denne uge. Vi fiskede River Garry i går og havde en del kontakter. Jeg fik en enkelt Laks på 8 pund og en af gutterne fik en tilsvarene.  

Området får regn i nat, så i morgen er vi oppe i bjergene og fisker River Garry igen.  De påstår at det vælter op med Laks så det bliver spændende.  

Hvad med dig er vi heldige og ser dig på Gaula senere år? 

Venlig Hilsen
Claus Tunby 

Via Michael Koch

River Dee Fishing - via Michael Koch

Dear All...

Due to illness I have a vacant rod in week 16, 13th – 18th April 2015 on Dinnet/DeeCastle at a cost of £850 inclusive of VAT.


If you know of anyone who may be interested in taking this rod for this year only please let me know as soon as possible.


I will put this rod on FishDee later in the week if still available.





Edward C M  Humphrey

Dinnet and Kinord Estate



AB34 5LL

013398 85341




Michael Koch Jensen

Dear Angler - Via Michael Koch


The last four weeks have seen more spring salmon caught over the 20lb barrier on the fly in Scotland and England. Anglers are seeing more fish, with reports from the weekend of sea trout starting to arrive in the Border Esk, Annan, Nith, Tay and Ayrshire rivers. Last week a specimen sea trout of 24lb was caught on the Don, you can read more about it in this months newsletter.


We can now share with you the full story of Tom Buchanan's fish, the first FishPal Malloch Trophy entry of 2015. Tom contacted our offices last month and when we heard his story we telephoned our colleagues at the Trout & Salmon Magazine and gave them this exclusive scoop.

If you are planning a fishing trip this week the Teviot is at a good height and colour, whilst middle and upper beats on Tweed are well worth a cast. The Annan is holding its height well and the river's temperature is just topping 9-10+ Celcius. For trout anglers there are some good hatches of Blue Dunn on the Annan. Levels and prospects are encouraging for those anglers casting a line on the North and South Esk. We would recommend you check the - latest fishing reports on the river you would like to fish, or contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 who can help to arrange your trip.

With conditions on many rivers looking promising, there is ample affordable spring fishing for salmon and trout - find fishing.

Keep sharing your stories and photographs with the team at FishPal and who knows, like Tom, your story could appear in the Trout & Salmon magazine. You can email Denne e-mail adresse bliver beskyttet mod spambots. Du skal have JavaScript aktiveret for at vise den. or contact us on 01573 470612.

Tight Lines.


Via Michael Koch

Sidste nyt - Skotland - Michael Koch

Dear Angler

Rain combined with high tides improved the run on some rivers during the end of last month with catches showing a slight increase. Cold weather returned and fortune favoured those who braved the elements.

Twenty seven spring salmon up to 35lb were landed last week on the Tay. Fewer rods were casting a line on the Dee last week, but still they finished on a respectable 22 fish, the largest at 22lb on Lower Crathes and West Durris beat. Anglers fishing Tweed were disrupted with high winds, snow melt and rain in the West resulting in 11 fish up to 14lb for the week - latest fishing reports.

There has been more heavy, wintry showers across Scotland at the start of this week. The few hardy souls braving the cold snap have seen red letter days and fish up to 25lb.

Towards the end of this week we should see much milder and more settled conditions on many rivers - find fishing.

If you are casting a line in March send in your news and photographs to Denne e-mail adresse bliver beskyttet mod spambots. Du skal have JavaScript aktiveret for at vise den..

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Iceland East Ranga

This year FishIceland is offering a much sought after package for 3 days on the East Ranga from 9-12 July 2015 for £1,990pp (excluding transfer and guiding service - read more.

The East Ranga and West Ranga are without doubt the two most productive rivers in Iceland and as such rods on either fishery are much sought after. In an average year the East Ranga lands over 3,000 salmon which are typically 7-8lbs in weight - read more.

Keep up to date with Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the Iceland .


Findhorn Availability

Drynachan is located in a beautiful, flat-bottomed valley, where the river meanders gently between the heather-clad mountains giving a wonderfully pleasant environment in which to relax.

There are 3 beats, the top beat is Ballachrochin and Shennachie, which borders on to the neighbouring Moy Estate, the middle beat is Daless and the lower beat is Dalbuie each beat has a few good pools and a lunch hut. The three beats rotate together over the course of the 6 day fishing week - read more.

Keep up to date with Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the River Findhorn .

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