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Title: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on February 26, 2013, 12:42:24 PM
Hi folks :z16

Thought we could have a thread for forum members to post about their days on the Dee, like we do for the Don.

Best wishes
Mike
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on February 27, 2013, 09:26:48 AM
I've had one day out so far this season.  Lovely weather, river in perfect condition.  No sign of a fish at all until quarter past four when one splashed tight in to the far bank! 

(http://i54.tinypic.com/5dqltw.jpg)

Out again next week hoperfully. 

Cheers

Matt
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on February 27, 2013, 17:16:24 PM
Hi Matt,

Always look forward to your Dee posts.

Iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on February 27, 2013, 17:20:27 PM
Great photo Matt, thanks for posting :z16

Best wishes
Mike
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on February 27, 2013, 21:06:58 PM
Thanks guys, one of the other rods took that one. I keep forgetting to put the big camera in the car before a days fishing.

Will hopefully get a few more trips out over the season.

Matt
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on March 16, 2013, 19:54:48 PM
I was fishing today on a Dee beat just below Banchory and was fishing with 2" aluminium tubes with a size 4 patriot single hook. I had used this set up earlier in the week on the Spey and had 2 takes which turned out to be kelts with both landed.

Today at around 12.30 on the Dee I had a pull from a fish which i initially thought was a kelt and it came to the bank quite quickly whereupon it woke up and it became apparent that I was into a small springer. After a brief but sprited fight the fish was safely landed and then returned. The single went all the way through the nose of the fish and I pushed the eye of the hook through and cut the line as this would cause less damage than pulling it ou conventionally.
(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/1111_16_03_13_7_44_15.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=367)

A couple of casts later and I let go of the line early on a cast which meant that the line went out like a bag of sh*t and landed in a heap. I decided just to let the current straighten it and almost immediately the reel was screaming so I tried to slow it down and a good fish around 12 pounds came out of the water about fifteen yards above me attached to my line. I would in and gained contact but the fish fell off. I did not really desrve that one anyway so I was not to bothered.

2nd cast in the afternoon in the Kirk pot ( anyone who recognises this pool knows how much fun the wading is in there) and I got a fantastic take and the fish went ballistic and ran straight to the other side of the river. The current is extremely strong in the part of the pool and my mate Kenny came up to help me land the fish as it is not a one man job. I played the fish for about 15 minutes and finally it began to tire so I started to draw it into some slack water for Kenny to tail and right at the death the single hook pulled free. We both had a clear sight of the fish as it was on the surface and 6 feet away, we estimated it to be about fifteen pounds.

3 spingers hooked on one day and one landed, I cannot complain about that and the second one deserved to get off as i had no real right to hook it or to hold on and the 3rd one could have come off regardless of hook choice, so far I am happy enough with the single irons on the tubes.

Eddie.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: danbruce on March 16, 2013, 19:59:11 PM
Well done Eddie :z16
Nice tip about removing the single hook too. Might make a trip up to Banchory this week for some singles.

 :z18
Dan
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on March 16, 2013, 20:12:13 PM
Great stuff Eddie :z16

Looks like you're getting the photos sussed, as well as the fish :cool:

Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Noel kelly on March 16, 2013, 20:32:57 PM
Well done Eddie that's a great day out.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on March 17, 2013, 18:41:21 PM
Nice report Eddie. Three springers sounds like an awesome day out.  How is the new hut coming on?

Matt
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on March 17, 2013, 18:55:25 PM
Matt,
the new hut is finished but as yet un used due to waiting for the completion certificate and getting some turf layed outside so that we do not drag all the mud in. It is looking good.

Have you been out since your last report?

Eddie.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on March 17, 2013, 19:33:05 PM
One day on the opposite bank hence the question about the new hut. Sadly nothing to show for it. 

Training for a charity bike ride of all things at the moment so I'm yet to wet a line on the Don. Still plenty of time for the floating line and the Sunray on the Pumphouse pool in the summer!

Cheers Matt
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on March 17, 2013, 20:10:00 PM
Matt,
all the best for the rest of the season and good luck with the bike ride. I have just checked my fishing diary and I have been out for 15 days this season. One day on the Tay, 3 days on the Spey and 11 on the Dee.

The score so far is 19 kelts, 1 baggot and 3 springers landed and released. I have also dropped off another six, 2 of which were definite springers and the rest kelts. I am only fishing a couple of days on the Dee in April and 4 days on the Spey at the beginning of may and then it is Troot time up the North West until I go back to Salmon fishing in August.

Tight lines,

Eddie.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on March 18, 2013, 19:34:51 PM
Nice one Ed  :z16

You seem to be putting yourself right in amongst the blighters.

Iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on March 18, 2013, 21:02:47 PM
Iain,
Thanks for that. I have been pretty lucky so far as there does not seem to be the normal head of fish on the East coast rivers compared to the last few years and on the lower Dee there is a definite shortage of kelts. We saw more fish at the end of last week than we have since the start of the season so hopefully this is a good sign going forward.

Eddie.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Irvine Ross on March 19, 2013, 18:23:42 PM

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/5_19_03_13_6_21_07.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=396)

Very pretty scenery on the Dee today but a bit cold on the toes. My first day out and nothing but one dunt for my efforts.

Next time maybe.

Irvine
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on March 19, 2013, 18:27:27 PM
Cracking photo Irvine :z16

I feel your pain, I bet it was cold on the water today :z6

Best wishes
Mike
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Jim Eddie on March 19, 2013, 19:08:42 PM
Brave man being out today irvine  :z16

Lovely photo

 :z18

Jim

Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on March 19, 2013, 19:23:57 PM
I thought it was cold last week but that looks bl***y freezing well done for having a go. Was there anything showing?

Eddie.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Irvine Ross on March 20, 2013, 08:44:28 AM
Eddie

Only the one that took a pull at my fly broke the surface, otherwise nothing showing. At least I didn't have to break the ice to get into the pool. I have seen that happening in the old days when the river opened in February above Aboyne Bridge.

Irvine
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Rob Brownfield on March 20, 2013, 11:35:57 AM
Twas talking to a group of Norwiegens at the Legion last night. They are a bit fed up as they book the same week each year and last year was a nightmare as they turned up with big water 10-11 weight outfits to be met with summer conditions, this year they arrived with 8-9 weight outfits to be met with high, coloured water.

Wallys..lol  :X1

Not seen any fish or had any touches in 2 days.  ???
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on March 20, 2013, 20:23:57 PM
Irvine,

Nice picture looks bonnie. Any pointers as to where it was?

Cheers

Matt
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on March 20, 2013, 21:23:21 PM
Quote
Irvine,

Nice picture looks bonnie. Any pointers as to where it was?

I agree, pity about the fish Irvine   :z6

Iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Irvine Ross on March 21, 2013, 08:47:48 AM
Matt
It is on one of the beats between Aboyne and Ballater. The low cloud and snow has completely blotted out the hills in the background so it is hard to recognise unless you know the beat well.

Irvine
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on April 30, 2013, 08:29:16 AM
Anybody been fishing on the Dee lately?  Any pictures or stories to share with us desk jockeys?   :X2  :X2  :X2
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on April 30, 2013, 09:48:25 AM
Enjoyed a great day out in the "fresh air" with Irvine, Hamish and Ben at Glen Tanar yesterday, waving rods that are far too long, in conditions that were far too windy ..... yes a most enjoyable day out :cool:

Beautiful beat, with pools that felt fishy all day! ........ but no fish pics this time I'm afraid.

I fished hard for most of the day, so didn't get many photos I'm afraid, but I caught up with Hamish and Ben later in the afternoon and got these ones.
Many thanks for a grand day out Irvine :z16

Cheers
Mike

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(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_36_04.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=641)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_36_34.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=642)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_37_07.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=643)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_37_40.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=644)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_38_19.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=645)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_39_06.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=646)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_39_35.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=647)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_40_09.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=648)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_40_45.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=649)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_41_19.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=650)
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mark Zhang on April 30, 2013, 10:57:05 AM
great photos, thanks for sharing. Let's hope the wind stops and warms up for a dry fly or a BBQ.  :z18

Tight lines.

Mark
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 30, 2013, 11:34:01 AM


(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_37_07.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=643)

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2_30_04_13_9_39_06.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=646)

Whats with the His and Hers matching outfits :z4 :z4 :z4

I was trying to work out if it was Big Hamish and Little Hamish or Big Ben and Little Ben or whether to just split the difference and go for Big Enus and Little Enus :z4 :z4 :z4

Cant wait for friday :z18

Sandy
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Ben_D on April 30, 2013, 15:18:18 PM
Whats with the His and Hers matching outfits :z4 :z4 :z4


"Hers" isn't the same as mine Sandy, it's bigger and a different product code, waders are different too  :z7

You'll pay  :z4

Ben
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 30, 2013, 15:22:11 PM
Interesting, you see i thought it was you wearing "Her" Gloves :lol

Sandy
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Hamish Young on April 30, 2013, 18:07:55 PM
Whats with the His and Hers matching outfits :z4 :z4 :z4
Jealousy is so unbecoming Sandy, I expected more from you  :wink
I was actually sporting an Orvis Helios cap for the morning until someone left all their wet kit on top of it at lunchtime so I had to opt for a spare. Therefore we were wearing entirely different outfits. Yes, you can reasonably argue that the jackets are the same, the caps, rods and lines are the same brand and we're both using Orvis reels ......but other than that they're entirely different outfits  :z7
I was trying to work out if it was Big Hamish and Little Hamish or Big Ben and Little Ben or whether to just split the difference and go for Big Enus and Little Enus :z4 :z4 :z4
For you own longevity I suggest you go no further with this line of thinking ZX3
Cant wait for friday :z18
Whatever you say I, and every other sane angler (in matching outfits or not), do not believe that the soon to be patented 'Nelson' pink gimp wading outfit is going to catch on. The smaller model (to be called the half-Nelson) is also not a good idea :wink Launching this gimp extreme wading wear at the 'loops gathering is not wise either but go ahead big boy and see how it goes  :z4

There may be interest in Germany though, I understand such things are popular there  :z8 Shame Bernd won't make it this coming weekend.

H :z13
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Hamish Young on April 30, 2013, 18:11:12 PM
Enjoyed a great day out in the "fresh air" with Irvine, Hamish and Ben at Glen Tanar yesterday, waving rods that are far too long, in conditions that were far too windy ..... yes a most enjoyable day out :cool:

Beautiful beat, with pools that felt fishy all day! ........ but no fish pics this time I'm afraid.

I fished hard for most of the day, so didn't get many photos I'm afraid, but I caught up with Hamish and Ben later in the afternoon and got these ones.
Many thanks for a grand day out Irvine :z16

Cheers
Mike

Nicely put Mr B, it was a very enjoyable (if a tad breezy) day and thanks to Irvine for the invite :z16 Sorry we couldn't put any fish on the bank, but it was not for the want of trying  :z8

Cheers,

H :cool:
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on April 30, 2013, 19:55:49 PM
Nice pictures Mike. Pity about the fish bit looks like nice fly water.

Iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 30, 2013, 20:12:48 PM
'Nelson' pink gimp wading outfit is going to catch on. The smaller model (to be called the half-Nelson) is also not a good idea :wink
And I've been sewing yellow circles to it all week especially for you :cry

I'm hurt now :cry, but would love to know who spilt the beanz :mad

Sandy
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Hamish Young on April 30, 2013, 22:08:06 PM
I'm hurt now :cry, but would love to know who spilt the beanz :mad

I'm sworn to secrecy.......
it was ROB
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Ben_D on May 23, 2013, 23:09:26 PM
Worked hard for this one, shit was it windy tonight  :z4

Took a Sunray

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/993_23_05_13_11_07_10.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=788)

Cheers

Ben
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on May 23, 2013, 23:16:23 PM
Well done Ben :z16
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Hamish Young on May 23, 2013, 23:26:08 PM
Cool and well done  :z16 I guess you probably fished harder than I did today.... feckin windy, feckin cold  :roll
Nice weather for trying out some lines...... not.

By the way, has that fish got all of its tail fin  :?

H :cool:
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Ben_D on May 23, 2013, 23:42:38 PM

By the way, has that fish got all of its tail fin  :?

H :cool:

Yes it had a whole tail, just obscured by the leaf.  It also had a few fungus covered sores on its head.  Went like a train for the size of it, probably the highest drag setting I've ever used on that reel.

Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Hamish Young on May 23, 2013, 23:58:10 PM
Went like a train for the size of it, probably the highest drag setting I've ever used on that reel.

Jings  :shock
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on May 24, 2013, 09:13:59 AM
Nice one Ben  :z16
 I knew there wouldn't be fresh fish in until after 5:30pm  :z4

Looks like Gold Reels and Orange Lines are the new 'black'  :z16

Iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Iain Cameron on May 24, 2013, 09:20:15 AM
nice one Ben - the wind was ridiculous yesterday, good effort on taking it on!
 I like how you have to kneel on that fish to subdue it.. :-)

cheers
iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Sandy Nelson on May 24, 2013, 11:47:11 AM
nice one dude :z16

Sandy
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Ben_D on May 24, 2013, 17:17:41 PM
Looks like Gold Reels and Orange Lines are the new 'black'  :z16

Iain

I told you that yesterday  :z7
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Noel kelly on May 24, 2013, 20:09:38 PM
Well done Ben  :z16 you're having a good week,  just need to run over a deer in the jeep now and we can call that triple a Mc D.
Gold reels, man they uuuugggglllyyy.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Ben_D on May 24, 2013, 22:33:43 PM
Gold reels, man they uuuugggglllyyy.

Jealousy really is an terrible thing, Noel
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Noel kelly on May 24, 2013, 22:42:29 PM
Lol dude you got me there, I'm jealous as fuk of you with these last few pics. A stocking brownie and a springer that's an awesome week. Gold reels though ha ha why would I be jealous of bad taste?
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on May 25, 2013, 08:16:02 AM
I hear you Trig but 'taste' analysis from someone that looks like an extra from 'The Only Way Is Scunthorpe' seems a bit dubious.

 :z4  :z7

Yen


Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Ben_D on May 30, 2013, 22:53:00 PM
I was invited for a cast on the middle Dee tonight.......

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/993_30_05_13_10_34_39.jpeg)

Fish took this

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/993_30_05_13_10_38_04.jpeg)

fished on a long belly floater whilst wading up to my nipples, very satisfying  :cool:

Catches seem to be picking up on the Dee, plenty of fish about in places just now.

Cheers

Ben
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on May 30, 2013, 23:24:03 PM
Nice one Ben  :z16
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Noel kelly on May 31, 2013, 00:21:25 AM
Well done Ben :z16
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Irvine Ross on May 31, 2013, 07:57:34 AM

Catches seem to be picking up on the Dee, plenty of fish about in places just now.

Ben

Yes they are, and about a month too late :cry

Nice one Ben

Irvine
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Hamish Young on May 31, 2013, 09:28:31 AM
Nice fish, nice fly  :z16
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Sandy Nelson on May 31, 2013, 10:27:49 AM
Good shit :z4
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on May 31, 2013, 16:32:40 PM
Nice fish!
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Iain Cameron on August 05, 2013, 20:37:04 PM
had a last minute invitation last night to come fish the Dee at Carlogie today (monday). Be rude not too...

So, one cheeky holiday monday later, just back from a  grand day out - you always know when a fishing report starts that way that there'll be no fishy pictures... I caught one fish. A brown trout. sheesh. Connected briefly to another silver thing, but 99% probability it was a small sea trout.

I got the call last night while down on the grubbier parts of the Don, breathing in the shit pipe smells and wading amongst the discarded motorbike parts and old clothes line poles (complete) with concrete base, with a disinterested audience of drunks, screaming kids and other dodgy types (myself included).

Today, a slightly more salubrious setting:

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/3_05_08_13_8_29_39.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=1128)

and more:

(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/3_05_08_13_8_32_31.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=1129)

Slighty nicer surroundings than my usual... :-)

The observant, or at least the awake, among you will spot the distinctive orange of a barrio line - today I used the Barrio 6/7 Switch line on an Orvis Access 6wt, 11footer - felt very, very right for the conditions. The rod is grand, and I'm very happy with the way the Barrio switch matches it. Let the other chaps on the beat have a cast, and their responses were favourable.
I was able to cover all the water I wanted to, and never felt undergunned. enjoyable!

Back to the Dee on friday, nice!
iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on August 05, 2013, 21:09:45 PM
Looks ideal! Is the water still very low?
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Iain Cameron on August 05, 2013, 21:50:29 PM
Looks ideal! Is the water still very low?

I don't know the Dee well enough to say if it is very low, nothing to compare it with. But it looks low and exposed and bare. But still great
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on August 05, 2013, 23:42:53 PM
Nice photos Iain and great to see that you're having fun with the Switch :z16

Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Irvine Ross on August 06, 2013, 08:19:56 AM
Iain

I agree, an 11' rod and the Barrio switch line is all you need with the water at this level. I had a day on the Dee in early July and the switch rod covered all the water easily and with a lot less effort than you would need with a "proper" rod.

The river is always a nice place to be for a day, even if the only fish you catch is a tiddler.

Irvine
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on August 07, 2013, 21:19:34 PM
Fished the lower Dee this afternoon. Very low and the fish are still holding in the deep slack water. Still an enjoyable couple of hours in the fresh air. Quite a few mothers and ducklings cruising about too.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Iain Cameron on August 10, 2013, 12:03:36 PM
Fished the lower Dee this afternoon. Very low and the fish are still holding in the deep slack water. Still an enjoyable couple of hours in the fresh air. Quite a few mothers and ducklings cruising about too.

Fished the Dee at Banchory yesterday. Echo what matt said above, really... Low, low water. One fish splashed about a couple of times, but couldn't be tempted/teased/tormented into taking.

Biblical downpour mid afternoon, during which I listened to Euan Soundmixer's voicemail complaining about the bright sunshine earlier (he was next beat downstream). How I laughed as water trickled into everywhere.

No fish, but again re-inforced how nice the switch rod (6wt) and barrio switch line combo is to use in low water. Enjoyble day clambering about, and very very grateful I'd taken a new wading stick along!

a quick pic or two
The 3 Rs - rod, reel, rock
(http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/3_10_08_13_12_00_13.jpeg) (http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=1140)


a very rocky beat, with some substantial boulders, and many man made groynes for water to froth over
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Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on August 10, 2013, 15:30:38 PM
Iain,
pity the river is so low but it sounds like you are enjoying the switch rod.

P.S,

I will be arriving in North Uist on the 29th. I will give you a call when we get there.

Eddie. :z18
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Iain Cameron on August 10, 2013, 17:02:37 PM
Iain,
pity the river is so low but it sounds like you are enjoying the switch rod.

thoroughly enjoyed the day out, just great to be on a new stretch of water. Yes, the light spey rod/light double hander character of the switch rod/line combo is excellent for this time of year.

29th - excellent! I'll PM you my details/locations etc

cheers
iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Euan Innes on August 10, 2013, 17:28:13 PM
Ah yes, low water :cry
But, fishing is fishing and a good day was had below where Iain was, despite not catching a thing.
Invery had plenty of fish showing and a moved a lot of them to my flies but no takers. One of our party had six or seven "draws" but no solid connections. It was like trout coming short.
The whole beat had fish that were very splashy in the morning before the perfect storm moved in. It was like they could sense it coming, a theory that I have entertained for 25 years or so that salmon can sense pressure changes, but that might just be BS.  :z4
The lower half of the beat was exactly as I remembered it 17 years ago, which was when I fished it last. great wading, good flow, perfect fly water.  :cool: :z16

I didn't have a switch rod, I had a a 15' MacKenzie with a shooting head - possibly slightly over gunned  :shock, but bloody good fun. (thanks Ben, your a real gent) More practise required, but I had to keep reminding myself that other than a day on the Beauly in August last year, I hadn't used a double hander since I last fished Invery. I may have to do more of this salmon thing!

I fished on until dusk, moved a few more fish, and left a happy man. The storm was biblical and I was glad I had a really good jacket. It was in the car, half a mile away, but it is a great jacket. I huddled under the trees and didn't get a total soaking, but I left the rod below me just in case there was lightning. The overflow pipes that enter the beat from Banchory looked like dam overflows and were properly gushing out. As the rain eased I waded out and fished the outflows, but still no joy.

All in all, a fine day out and one that needs repeating. Off to check Ebay for salmon rods.

 :z1
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Rob Brownfield on September 11, 2013, 08:19:15 AM
Managed a few hours after work on an ADAA beat and at bang on 6pm I had a fish on a Red Francies. Jolly good fun and very welcome in the extremely windy conditions.

ADAA ticket has been very kind this year.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on September 11, 2013, 23:02:09 PM
Well done Rob,
a pretty fish, those colours are truly remarkable..................oh, no photo's  :z8

c'mon Rob

Iain
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Rob Brownfield on September 13, 2013, 08:48:54 AM
Well done Rob,
a pretty fish, those colours are truly remarkable..................oh, no photo's  :z8

c'mon Rob

Iain

Photos on Facebook :)
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Goolager on September 13, 2013, 09:10:47 AM
FACEBOOK!  :X1 Is that thon antisocial network thing where people tell you that they had sausages for supper and now have a rumbly tummy, OR where you can tell some 68 year old Canadian that you have just bought an 'S' Belt from Robert Raes' OR you can comment on how much of a rascal Nick Cotton is??

sorry but as long as I'm a fully payed up member of the human race I'll avoid such nonsense   :X2

post the picture Roberto  :z16

Ian Beale  :z7
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Rob Brownfield on September 19, 2013, 08:49:03 AM
Yesterday I had a short session of combat fishing, resulting in 3 salmon and a sea trout.

Salmon of 5, 7 and 12 pounds, one being sea liced and a 2 pound sea trout, again sea liced.

The 7 pounder took a size 11 Red Francis (Cock fish), the others all on a skated (half hitched) Sunray Shadow (Hens). First time I have had success on these. Lost a lot of fish including a biggy but as the single was one of Partridges new Tube fly hooks in size 12, it was a bit too small. I needed it small so the fly skated as it was dressed on a 3/4 inch narrow plastic tube and was about 3" with wing. Anything bigger and the fly fished too deep to leave a V wake.

Helped land a cracking bar of silver that was somewhere between 22-25lbs, again a red francis. Net marks too.

Photos on FaceAche ;)..and I had Singapore Noodles for tea ;)

Thats my fill for the year, not too keen on combat fishing although the bunch yesterday were all friendly enough and no issues about moving down the pool, but I do prefer a bit of peace and quiet. I did find a bit that seems not to be fished normally, but was producing fish to the angler that was fishing it, so I will maybe give that a go one morning. Needs a loooong cast so I may have to break out the 14 footer and shooting heads.
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on October 11, 2013, 20:05:52 PM
Was offered a day out by a very kind gent. The rain gods obliged and for the first time since the spring I arrived at a beat and there was enough water to make the beat fishable!

A few fish showing and a few heading and tailing as they ran through.

End result a wee cock fish in his tartan pyjamas! Sent back to spawn in peace!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/12/umupe8at.jpg)

Thankfully i hooked the fish in the morning before i changed to my alternate hat! May well be my last cast this season. A very enjoyable day!

Matt
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Mike Barrio on October 11, 2013, 20:58:14 PM
Great stuff Matt :z16

Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Iain Cameron on October 12, 2013, 10:06:28 AM
Thankfully i hooked the fish in the morning before i changed to my alternate hat!

nice one Matt. And what's wrong with your other hat?!
Title: Re: River Dee 2013
Post by: Matt Henderson on October 12, 2013, 18:02:24 PM
nice one Matt. And what's wrong with your other hat?!

It was pointed out by one of the other rods that they didn't think it was manly enough for fishing acitivities.  Problem is that my other bunnets are currently missing in action and unikely to be uncovered before we've moved house again.

I will decline to comment on the headwear that I have seen the rod in question pictured wearing  :wink