River Dee Fishing Report

Feb 25, 2022 | River Reports

It was a good start to last week with a rise in the river following the weekend weather, midweek we got some breezy days and then the cold snap and show started to fall at 6am on Friday morning and continued for most of the day, some great photos to share with this report, with news of catches along the river.

Monday saw a good start to the week with Graeme Simpson landing a 20lb, 95cm springer from the Morel Pool at Woodend Beat, he sent me a photo of this lovely fresh fish (pictured) caught with a Kinermony killer fly on a copper tube. Congratulations to Graeme.

Graeme Simpson

Along at Cairnton, Andy Ashcroft landed his first of the season in the Middle Ferroch on an Alistair, an 8lber. Over on the Middle Blackhall side John Webb landed his second of the season in the Malt Steep on a Gold Willie Gunn and was a 9lb springer. 

Graeme Bone

The new Ghillie at Dess, Ali McEwan was delighted to report that Graeme Bone (pictured) landed the first salmon of the season on the beat, a 7lb fish from the Jock Rae Pool, a first Dee Salmon for Graeme, so a special day for him and a good day for Ali on his new beat.

Tuesday at Crathes Castle beat there were 2 springers caught. Stuart Foxhall (pictured) landed the first from Kashentroch Pool, fishing with an SDS line and S7 tip with a medium monkey fly and Vaidas Uselis (pictured) was visiting Scotland for the first time and landed a springer from the Burn Pool on one of Edwin Whyte’s Shitey Whitey tube flies, so a memorable visit to the Dee for him. 

Stuart Foxhall

In the early part of the week Iain Wilson from St Boswells and John Scott from Hawick had a productive couple of days fishing at Invery & Tilquhillie this week. Each was rewarded with a springer of about 8lbs. John got his at The Pantoch and Iain’s came from Floating Bank.

On Wednesday afternoon Banchory beat got their season up and running when Stuart Vallance (pictured) landed their first fish of the season, a nice wee springer from Sandyhaven on a Gold bodied Willie Gun.

Stuart Vallance

Friday brought a very special experience for well know Dee angler John Fyfe, a stunning springer in the snow at the Crathes Castle beat, picture of the fish and a delighted ghillie! Many congratulations to John.

Saturday a 10lb springer was caught up at the Aboyne Water beat, but it was a cold and sunny day, so maybe a bit on the bright side for the fish, some anglers told me they had seen Kelts, and I have been hearing reports of spring fish being seen on some of the beats on the Upper Dee, so that should hopefully point to a good week to come.

Well done to all the anglers this week who caught a spring fish on the River Dee.

The forecast is for sunshine and showers, so typical Scottish weather for this time of year.

We hope to see you soon on the Dee.

Debbie Cooper
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