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Many thanks to Ballogie Estate and The Potarch Hotel for facilitating this camera's location. The River Dee is one of the world's great salmon rivers it rises at approximately 4000 feet in elevation on the plateau of Braeriach, the highest source of any major river in the British Isles. Water emerges in a number of pools and flows across the plateau to the cliff edge, then plunges into An Garbh Choire. The young Dee joins a tributary from the Pools of Dee in the Lairig Ghru and passes between Ben Macdui and Cairn Toul. The river flows over falls in the Chest of Dee on its way to White Bridge, the confluence of the Geldie Burn. The Dee is important for nature conservation and the area has many designated sites.[1] The upper catchment is within the Cairngorms National Nature Reserve and (since 2003) Cairngorms National Park. Much of the semi-natural Caledonian pine woods in Scotland are within the Dee catchment.

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Potarch Hotel & Restaurant

Potarch Hotel & Restaurant

Potarch Hotel By Banchory, Royal Deeside, AB31 4BD


Set on the south bank of the beautiful River Dee, surrounded by glorious countryside, a warm welcome awaits you at the Potarch Hotel.True Scottish hospitality - complemented by fine wines, real ales, log fires and a wee dram!

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Ballogie Estate Enterprises.

Ballogie Estate Enterprises.

Ballogie Estate Office. Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5DS


Salmon fishing operation on 3.5 miles of the river Dee. In addition to our holiday cottages there is a large portfolio of let property, residential, commercial and agricultural, including three farm and Midstrath Equiworld Club.

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River Dee Trust & Dee District Salmon Fishery Board

River Dee Trust & Dee District Salmon Fishery Board

River Office, Mill of Dinnet Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, AB34 5LA


The River Dee is an internationally important environment for wildlife and is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its populations of Atlantic salmon, otters and freshwater pearl mussels.

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Local Reports

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

added: 17th Mar 2014

A total of 67 salmon were reported to FishDee this week, which for the conditions was pretty good! Cold, frosty mornings gave way to glorious sunshine which led to high rises and falls in air temperatures...

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at the start of the week. The end of the week saw storm-force winds both on Friday and Saturday afternoons and it was great to see anglers battling the winds being rewarded with a salmon for their efforts.

The catches were more spread out this week with some beats reporting their first fish of the season. Alistair Peake, ghillie at Dinnet, got in touch to say that they had had the first fish off the beat from the Logie pool. This was also a momentous fish for the angler, Pierre Woodford, as this was his first ever salmon and it was a Monkey fly that did the business.

Park and Crathie also reported their first catches of the season.

The middle river is still doing well and this week Lars Terkildsen brought an international team over to Deeside to fish the Ballogie beats. They finished the week with 18 salmon and 3 of his team managed to catch their first ever Dee springers. Lars himself, managed to get the biggest fish of the week with a 19lb sea-liced fish from Ballogie.

Prospects

With the air temperature over the weekend reaching 15 degrees, there has been a significant rise in the river height due to the snow melting. The beginning of the week will also see warm daytime temperatures but the forecasters are predicting a cold end to the week, with possible snow to high levels, this should mean a more settled end to the week. Hopefully the river will clear and drop to a fish-able height but at the start of the week, sinking lines and tubes will be in order. Large Monkeys, Francis flies, Willie Gunn and Black & Yellow tubes would be my choice, but consult with the ghillie on your beat for his personal choices.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

added: 10th Mar 2014

A better week this week with 62 fish reported to FishDee and it was good to see the catches spread out a bit at last. With the first full week of the upper river opening it was great to hear that Deecastle...

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finished the week with 6 fish and see other upper river beats reporting. At the moment there is very little angling pressure and a lot of the Ghillies are fishing their own beats.

I had a visit from Will Peake, Ghillie at Aboyne Castle, who told me that they have caught their first fish of the year and to tell me that it was Alec Coutts, who retired from the beat last season, who caught it. It's great to see the next generation of ghillies gaining some knowledge about their beats from old hands.

Again the middle Dee produced the bulk of the catches with notable catches at Borrowston finishing with 11 and Peter Lonsdale's team at Ballogie having 13. Andrea Moffat landed the 100th springer caught on the Ballogie beats from the Bridge pool and Caleb Sutton managed to finish the week with a 38inch fish on Saturday from the Sands pool at Ballogie, this was his largest salmon to date.

Again this week the fish were running hard and fast in the warm water. This was evident when Kincardine had sea-liced fish on Monday and Commonty had a fish with long-tailed sea-lice on Wednesday. The fish just seem to want to get as far as they can, as fast as they can!

Prospects

High Pressure is set to dominate this week, which could mean the temperature could reach 15 degrees Celsius, this will mean quite a lot of snow melt! Hopefully, we will get a gradual melt and not lose the snow all in one week. If it runs clear, we have a reasonable chance of fishing as was proved this week, when the best catch of the week was when the river rose all day.

Ask your Ghillie where is the best chance of a fish in high water on your beat, he will always know of a hole or a bay which will hold the fish in high water. Fast sinking lines will be your best chance along with large tube flies. Stick to Black & Yellow if the water is clear or switch to Orange if we get coloured water.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

added: 3rd Mar 2014

With high water conditions until Thursday I knew the catches would suffer, so with only 32 fish reported to FishDee, it was a disappointing week. However, with the river now settled the coming week should...

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hopefully be more productive.

Friday saw the end of February and the end of the first month of the season. It has been a month to remember on certain middle river beats and also a month to forget for a lot of the lower river beats! It goes to show no two years are the same. Last year the middle river suffered due to the low, cold water, but this year with high, warm water the fish have been holding in the middle river.

A lot of the middle river beats have had a phenomenal start. The Ballogie beats finished February with 96 – Ballogie had 50, Carlogie 22 and Commonty 24. Kincardine and Dess had 28 a-piece and Birse finished with 16. These figures are quite amazing when you look at the 5-year averages for February for each of these beats.

Prospects

With the river back down to a reasonable height and very clear, fishing should be good this week. If the weather behaves itself, the forecasters are predicting wet weather for Monday and into to a more settled pattern for the rest of the week. However, temperatures are set to rise and with a westerly wind dominant, we could see some more snow melt which means the river could rise again.

As always, speak to your ghillie as he will advise the best possible tactics for the conditions you have. With the river clear we will be back to Black & Yellow flies again, so try a Monkey, Black Francis, Willie Gunn and Black & Yellow tubes.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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Usan Coastal Nets

added: 2nd Mar 2014

Mixed Stocks Fisheries. The Lairds of our Coast and wild salmon. Breath-taking arrogance, unsustainable, out-of-date, and cause for international censure.

After years of abuse of the netting...

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slap periods, Usan Fisheries have at last been brought to account. To anyone concerned about the state of salmon and sea trout stocks on the east coast of Scotland, they will feel that this legal action is long overdue.

Sailing close to the wind. Did Usan jibe?

It is widely recognised by everyone involved in salmon fishery management that the activities of the Usan Salmon Fishery have at times been somewhat ‘close to the wind’ in terms of the law. The weekly slap times, when nets are by law supposed to be rendered inactive by removing the leaders to the bag nets, are in place to support the conservation of salmon, grilse and sea trout. They are most certainly not regulations for a pick and choose approach by Usan Fisheries, arguably the most destructive mixed stocks fishery remaining in the UK.

The owners of the Usan Salmon Fisheries company now face 12 charges relating to alleged incidents in Angus and Fife during August and September 2013. The locations cited are at Boddin, Dysart, Ethie Haven and Scurdie Ness. If it transpires that their nets were operating in the month of September it will confirm the extraordinary arrogance – some might say the behaviour of people who seem to regard the Scottish coast as their fiefdom, and all salmon as their property – of a fishery which surely is now an anachronism, putting Scotland’s inept management of its wild salmon into international pariah status. The fact is that September is outwith the netting season. Transgression of statutory season closures is surely tantamount to poaching?

Of the twelve charges, five are related to netting salmon every weeekend in August from 1800 on Fridays to 0600 on Mondays, all outwith the statutory weekly close time for net fisheries.

All this may seem petty and somewhat arcane to anyone unfamiliar with the operations of Usan Salmon Fisheries. This company, which has long received political and moral support from government and funding from the EU, takes salmon in unknown numbers from most, if not all, east coast salmon rivers. No-one knows which populations of fish are being exploited, some of which may be in a fragile condition (as is the case with the government’s own assessment of South Esk spring salmon). The activities of Usan Salmon Fisheries make it impossible for fishery managers on all affected rivers to assess the condition of their salmon stocks.

The existence of that mixed stocks net fishery is simply bad fishery management, and it is time to take full control of their exploitation. If it is found that they have been flouting the law, notwithstanding health and safety considerations, it will become absolutely clear that they cannot be trusted to manage their operations within the law. Appropriate measures to curb their activities, on conservation grounds alone, must surely follow?

And I haven’t even touched on the immense damage being done by one small family business to the rural economy and communities from Fife to Inverness!

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

added: 24th Feb 2014

A total of 55 fish were reported to FishDee this week and again the bulk of them were from the middle river. However, it was good to see some lower river beats get off the mark – Kingcausie, Lower Crathes...

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and Invery all reported fish on Tuesday.

Karl Revel, ghillie at Invery sent me an email. He said “Martin Allday from London caught Invery's first fish of the season on Tuesday. This was also Martin's first ever salmon, a lovely 10lb hen which took his 11/2 inch Comet in the Jetties. This fish was netted by his good friend Colin Longmore who has fished our beat for almost 30 years. When Colin arrived on Monday morning he told me that his party's sole aim for the week was for Martin to catch a fish and his success was happily welcomed and celebrated by all”.

I also got a call from Eoin Smith at Dess to tell me they had caught a fish out of the Dess burn! The river was over 5 feet at the time and the fish had moved out of the river and into the burn for shelter. Eoin said this was totally unprecedented.

Other notable catches were Craig Fleming fishing at Carlogie where he landed his first ever February fish from Fraser's pool. This was his 4th year of trying and after he lost a fish on Thursday he didn't think he was going to do it this year either!

Graham Paul fishing at Commonty had a great day on Saturday, landing a total of 3 fish for his day – one from the Ripples pool, which was his first Dee salmon and weighed 12lbs and then two more in the afternoon from the Burnmouth pool.

With the upper river opening on Saturday and with all this high, warm water, the rods fishing the opening day will be very hopeful of a fish or two waiting in the pools for them.

Prospects

A tricky start to the week after this massive spate, I saw the gauge at Potarch Bridge disappear under the water at 4 o'clock today (Sunday)! Hopefully the river will drop fast and clear to allow some fishing. The mild temperatures are set to continue till midweek then we should see a colder spell of weather. With the river in spate and the water coloured, my choice of flies would be Cascade, Park Shrimp or something bright but as the river clears, back to the old dependable black & yellow combinations.

As always, consult your Ghillie – he will know where the fish are likely to be in high water but try the inside of a bend or any bays along the banks as the fish will lie close in out of the main current.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Canoe Association and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

added: 17th Feb 2014

Another great week for the middle river but a disappointing one for the lower river again! With the temperature of the river between 37-39º the fish just seem to want to run through the lower part and...

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rest when they get to the middle. The middle river had some great catches with a total of 54 salmon reported to FishDee.

The Ballogie beats finished with 23, Kincardine and Dess with 10 a-piece. Some notable decent-sized fish were reported – Jim Fisher (Carlogie) and Eoin Smith (Dess) both landed 18lbers on Monday and James Hobkirk (Ballogie) had an 18lber on Saturday.

I visited Jeremy Clayton, proprietor at Dess Fishings, to present him with the box of Franc N Snaelda's he won on opening day for catching the largest fish. As I arrived, I was able to help land a nice fish from Rossachs for Jeremy. A big thank you to Jeremy's wife, Jenny, who ran all the way from the house with a net for us to land the fish and was then able to take a few pictures for me.

I then received the following email from Jeremy regarding his fishing week at Dess -

“What a week we had! Only two rods fishing on any day, on Monday Ian Scott had 2 and Eoin Smith had one of 18lbs. On Tuesday I flew up and I had one and Eoin had one, Thursday I scored another, Friday two more and Eoin another and yesterday, Saturday, a beautiful 17lb fish. We had several other pulls as well plus a couple of kelts and a couple of fresh fish getting off, so 10 fish for 2 rods!!!!!

I had heard that the spring of the Dee could be very good and this week was truly memorable – the fish were from 6 to 18lbs, fat and fit. The flies used all had Black & Yellow as recommended.”

I also received a call from Craig McDonald, seasonal ghillie at Cambus O'May, to inform me he had caught the first fish of the season from the Peter Ogg pool. The fish weighed 7lbs and was caught on a gold-bodied Willie Gunn. It goes to show that the fish are making their way into the upper river, so fishing the upper beats is definitely worth a go.

The Ballogie Beats recorded a milestone this week with the 50th springer of the season – caught by David Hobkirk at Ballogie and it was one of 3 fish he had that day.

Prospects

A more settled week is what the weather forecasters are predicting but still with wet and windy conditions all week. With daytime temperatures between 5-7º and night-time temperatures between 0-2º, this should mean a settling river and good fishing conditions.

Again, an intermediate set-up seems to be the best choice but in the deepest pools, we had a lot of success using wet-cel 2 and tubes, but please ask the advice of your ghillie to what suits your pools best.

As for flies, the usual suspects have been working Franc N Snaelda, Black & Yellow tubes, Willie Gunn and Monkey flies mostly between 1 inch and 2 inch in size.

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

Sean Stanton

New River Dee Paddler and Angler Guidance has been created by the Dee DSFB, the Scottish Canoe Association and Aberdeenshire Council and can be read here:

http://www.riverdee.org.uk/information/for_anglers.asp

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River Dee Weekly Fishing Report

added: 10th Feb 2014

Catches

A total of 71 salmon were reported to FishDee on the first full week of the season – a great score for early February, but due to high water and relatively warm river temperatures, all but...

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two of the fish reported came from the middle river. The fish were running straight up to the middle river, this became very apparent when a sea-liced fish was caught by Neil Stephenson on Tuesday at Carlogie followed by another sea-liced fish from Kincardine on Thursday.

I received an email from Charles Jeffrey with some pictures of the 25lb salmon caught at Middle Blackhall. He wrote – Sean, here are a few photos of Ian Ross's fish from Tuesday. I had just said to him “have a cast with a decent rod (my Thomas and Thomas with one of your red Franc N Snaelda's) and two cast later, BINGO! 25lbs and 40 inches long. Swine!! We had nothing on opening day at Invery except kelts, but good fun and craic all the same.”

Jim Fisher also got in touch to say - “What a fabulous couple of days on Ballogie! I can't remember a start to February as good in my long fishing career. Many thanks for all your help and enthusiasm – you did say to me first thing on Monday morning that there would be fish in every pool and it quickly became apparent that you were spot on when I had two out of the Sands before 11am! I had an inkling it was going to be good, but I didn't know how special it was going to be. Marvellous!” Jim had a fantastic two days at Ballogie landing seven and losing a few more.

Tom and Jean Marshall's party had a great week finishing with 16 fish between their rods. Kincardine also had a great week landing 13, largest 17lb to Swedish angler, Richard Torkar's rod.

With sea-liced fresh fish in the middle river, I'm sure we can expect some fish to be reported from the upper river this week. While fishing traditionally doesn't start on the upper river until March, it is open and, I think most estates on the upper river would like rods to be fishing now, just to see if they can get their first fish of the season.

Prospects

The weather forecasters are predicting an unsettled week with more low fronts coming out of the Atlantic, but also a big dip in air temperature with frosts most nights! This will see the water temperature drop which should slow the fish down in the lower river.

Fishing tactics will be similar to last week with sinking lines and tube flies. The best combo last week was an intermediate line with 15foot of sink tip but again, ask your ghillie what line you should be using for the water you are fishing.

Popular choices of flies should be Franc N Snaelda, Monkey flies, Willie Gunn and Black & Yellow tubes. In fact, you can fish any fly you want so long as it's Black & Yellow!!

Please send any news, fishing anecdotes or photographs to me Sean Stanton at seantheghillie@btinternet.com

Sean Stanton

9 February 2014