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Title: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on February 07, 2019, 10:05:23 AM
The March To The River Don is being held, as usual, on the first Saturday of the season, which this year falls on the 16th of February.

Several guests have been invited, Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howartson has been invited to say a few words and then make the first cast, plus Dr Lorraine Hawkins, Director of the Dee and Don District Fishery Boards, representation from the Don District Salmon Fishery Board Water Bailiffs and local councillors.
 
Glen Garioch Distillery are kindly providing whisky for the Toast to the River and a 'hot toddy', plus there will be some 'nibbles' available for those in attendance.

The event is open to all who would like to attend and Inverurie Angling Association hopes that a good number of anglers, guests and public will be there to enjoy the event.

Attendees to gather at the Kintore Arms Hotel in Inverurie from 8.45 - 9.00 am for complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits in preparation for the March, which will begin at 9.30am. The procession will be led by a piper to the Don Bridge for the ceremony to take place.

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Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Brian Johnstone on February 11, 2019, 09:44:36 AM
Kintore Angling Club have leased the Balbithan, Torryburn and Kinellar, Salmon & Sea Trout beats east of the bridge at Kintore, along with the Brown Trout fishing to the top of Balbithan Island.

We now offer around 5 miles of dual bank fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout in 22 named pools.

Excellent Value for £135 adult season ticket, £85 Senior 65+ & Disabled.

See Facebook Page or website kintoreanglingclub.org.uk for details

Tight Lines for 2019 !!

Brian Johnstone
Secretary Treasurer
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on February 14, 2019, 17:20:00 PM
I went for a walk down the river to catch up with Sandy today ..... but he was busy :z12

A bright silver fish that 'almost' made it to the net :X1

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-140219171700.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5391)
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Hamish Young on February 14, 2019, 17:21:54 PM
Cool  :cool: But a shame it fell off  :cry
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on February 16, 2019, 11:58:20 AM
Thanks to Glen Garioch Distillery for the single malt whisky at this morning's March To The River Don :z12 ..... https://www.glengarioch.com/

It was great to catch up with so many folk :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-160219115758.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5392)
Title: River Don 2019 - First Salmon
Post by: Fred Hay on February 20, 2019, 06:41:55 AM
First salmon reported off the Burgh Fishings - a 7lb specimen taken yesterday from the Black Pot on the fly.

No photos unfortunately but good to hear there's the odd fresh fish about. 
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on March 31, 2019, 08:58:14 AM
Only one more sleep .............. :z12
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 01, 2019, 17:19:13 PM
So today was the day...........

Bloody cold :z10, bloody windy :z10 Frozen hands  :z10 Frozen feet  :z10

But then i could have come out of the water :X1

However from 1.30 -3.30 the hatch was pretty steady, only found a few rising fish mostly smallish, but i did get a nice surprise.
Not quite what i was after, but as fresh as a daisy, so there are some in the river :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-010419171834.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5482)

Hopefully the water warms up a little soon

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on April 02, 2019, 10:19:29 AM
I fished a few beats yesterday, picking up fish on each. Nymphs, dries and spiders all played their part. Best of the day was a cracking early season lump :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-020419100028.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5486)


Heres one I caught in March, again in great condition - shame the whole system isn't open earlier... might be an idea?

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-020419101244.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5487)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-020419101358.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5488)

:z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: James Laraway on April 02, 2019, 10:35:49 AM
So today was the day...........

Bloody cold :z10, bloody windy :z10 Frozen hands  :z10 Frozen feet  :z10

But then i could have come out of the water :X1

However from 1.30 -3.30 the hatch was pretty steady, only found a few rising fish mostly smallish, but i did get a nice surprise.
Not quite what i was after, but as fresh as a daisy, so there are some in the river :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-010419171834.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5482)

Hopefully the water warms up a little soon

Sandy

is that a sea trout Sandy ?
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 02, 2019, 10:40:03 AM
Sure is James

2.5lb bar of silver, not what I expected working the nymph down a run, but it was a lot of fun. :z16

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 10, 2019, 20:58:57 PM
Tricky Day today

Beautiful day to be out, but water still a bit dirty about a foot high and running at 8 degrees.

Lots of flies, both Olives and March browns from 1pm onwards, this one was a little legless, maybe drunk on amber nectar :X1

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-100419204844.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5503)

Here and there was the odd riser, so i managed to get my first on the Demo

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-100419205029.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5504)

getting out of the mainstream and round the back of an island proved a better move

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-100419210138.jpeg)


2 steady feeders by the trees  proved willing and although not huge quite rewarding on a tough afternoon

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-100419205814.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5506)

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: James Craig on April 11, 2019, 08:54:26 AM
Yesterday:

1x Otter
1x Osprey
10x Goosanders
1x Kingfisher
1x Cormorant 
0x Brown Trout

I found a memory card on the track on the way back to the car, the contents of which I checked when I got home with some trepidation. It contained approx. 30 videos from a trail-cam which has been monitoring a badger sett. Pretty awesome to watch the antics of them, mainly arse scratching and bone crunching. It is a sett which is dug into the railway embankment and is being monitored as part of the dualling project.

I think I know the company that is carrying that out, so will return if possible. Interestingly though, the last clip is from 1.30 in the morning, and clearly shows the trail cam being taken off it's stand and switched off. Bit odd.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 11, 2019, 18:33:20 PM
So the first day out for me on the Don fishing event.

I did wonder if it was starting the way it was meant to go on :z7

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419184137.jpeg)

So i was at Cottown and Bellabeg.
However i found my way to the river, and what a lovely looking beat it is.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182230.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5508)

Lots of water to cover, but i did the whole beat from top to bottom

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182309.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5509)

And then from bottom to top  :z7

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182342.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5510)

The water temperature was just 7 degrees and she was carrying a little colour, but despite this there were plenty flies coming off from midday onwards

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182437.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5511)

Not a rising fish to be seen, so it was a day spent nymphing and searching out the likely looking spots, eventually i was rewarded with a quick pull and the result was this lovely little fella

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182558.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5512)

once he was returned i plonked the nymph back in the same spot and the immediatley met with a solid resistance that then ran towards me, so i had no idea what i'd hooked until i got the line back on the reel and then it took off :z16
So after a really good scrap and negotiating an overhanging bush, i got him onto the shallows and he posed for some pictures while he recovered.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182850.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5513)

Cracking looking fish, with deep gold belly and big spots

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419182946.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5514)

Big teeth in there too

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419183012.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5515)

Its a funny old game this fishing lark, a whole day spent wandering and searching the water and then 2 fish in 2 casts from the same spot.
So a new beat for me ticked off, some awesome bits to go back and fish again, including a 50 yd bit of the best looking trout water i think i've ever seen.
Proper dryfly water, if only the conditions had been a bit better, but who am i to complain :z12 i had a great day and it was worth the hike just to see that fish.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-110419183309.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5516)

 :z18

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on April 11, 2019, 18:39:34 PM
Great stuff Sandy :z16
Haven't fished there ........ a new box to tick :z12
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Iain Cameron on April 11, 2019, 19:52:40 PM
Cottown is a lovely wee beat; fished it once about 18 months or so ago. Some cracking trout you got there Sandy.


I fished the Grandhome beat on Wednesday as part of the Don 8 Event. The water was still  rather coloured, and higher and therefore deeper & faster than I would have liked.There's a LOT of water - 3 miles or so - but I covered a fair bit of ground.


Saw one rising trout around 1pm. Caught it. So my success rate was 100%.... Half-heartedly nymphed for a bit, but was mostly happy to wander in the sun and have a good old look around. LIke clockwork, a good hatch of LDOs from midday onwards, not many MBs in evidence, though in truth I was wandering a lot and perhaps not as attentive as I could have been


Some big old trout there, as the salmon anglers related... Anyone fishing there in the next week or two, while the water stubbornly refuses to drop, would do well to pack a streamer or two...  It's an interesting stretch; lots of deep, dramatic plunges. Would like to return at lower water levels as I suspect there's a lot more sport to be had.


cheers
iai
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Ali Mcewan on April 11, 2019, 21:22:10 PM
My first day on the don8 event, kemnay beat 3 to start with.
Great wee beat, although running a tad high I'd guess.  But plenty of varied water. Most my fish came from between the hut & the shark fin stone. 

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/11364-110419211541.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5519)


Best of the day



(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/11364-110419211824.png) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5522)



(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/11364-110419211857.png) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5523)

Got a close up encounter with a bitch otter & had a fly past from the kingfisher too
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on April 11, 2019, 22:45:33 PM
Fetternear for me today on the Don 8 event.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-110419222612.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5524)

Water still very cold and carrying some colour. Had the dry fly rod set up in optimism but very few trout surfaced despite the steady trickle of flies.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-110419222942.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5525)

So the day was spent nymphing, plenty of small trout in the morning with a couple of bigger ones in the afternoon.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-110419223243.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5526)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-110419223548.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5527)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-110419223744.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5528)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Iain Cameron on April 12, 2019, 07:45:28 AM
great stuff Scott and Ali,


the Don seems reluctant to drop and warm up, and get the fish feeding up top.
It's probably ever thus, but early season impatience makes it seem so slow... i suppose the Olives are happy though, getting through the day without being snaffled by hungry troots
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Cameron deBoth on April 12, 2019, 09:33:31 AM
You will have caught that fish a stones throw from my childhood home !!!

As you say its a great stretch there!
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Gavin Stevenson on April 12, 2019, 15:30:50 PM
No pictures but fished lower Don today, 2 on PTN and couple on drys biggest around 1lb there were a few large olives but little surface activity
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on April 13, 2019, 17:31:37 PM
It was bloody cold out there today...

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-130419172627.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5533)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-130419172747.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5534)


and to finish the day off, a mini bar of gold :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-130419172540.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5532)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Liam Stephen on April 15, 2019, 20:16:46 PM
After Kemnay on Saturday  I tried to find shelter upriver on a friends beat. I had unfinished business in a certain pool. Got the bugger and broke in the new Troutbum stick!  :z18
(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2193-150419201601.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5552)
(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2193-150419201633.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5553)
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 17, 2019, 19:49:56 PM
Had my day out on Castle Forbes today.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419192517.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5560)

Took Glass and Grass for the day out, one for the nymph and one for the dry, not often i carry 2 rods, but it was an experiment as i was rather excited about being on Forbes after all these years.

So it was an interesting day with Hatches on the go from 11am right through till 4pm, Olives and March browns at different points.
However there were only a handful of rising fish, i measured the water temp and it was still just 9 degrees, But the PTN started things off quite well

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419193100.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5561)

Some nice water for it though, although you can just imagine the rising fish.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419193147.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5562)

There was the odd rising fish in the fast water, but nothing spectacular, though they were keen for the CDC spider

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419193539.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5563)

Lots of superb water to explore, although it seemed the nymph was a better option.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419193656.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5564)

I did manage to find one cracking fish sweeping a Vee at the tail of a pool, i didn't know he was a cracker until he took the fly, but all hell broke loose as he snaffled a CDC spider and proceeded to jump around all over the place, unfortunately he managed to wrap  the tippet round his nose and then he came in quite quickly, i should have guessed what would happen next, as i put the net in the weeds as usual to unhook the fish, i had to unwrap the tippet from round his nose, the second he was free, he took off like a rocket and before i knew it was back in the river, but what a lovely fish and this time on the Dry :z12

Next one was a bit smaller, but i managed a picture :X1

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419194416.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5565)

Still i wandered the whole beat and managed a few fish from each run, i saw a pair of Kingfishers a couple of deer and 4 Salmon moved in 4 different pools, A great day, with the best conditions so far for one of my days out.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-170419194819.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5566)

Cheers

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Allan Liddle on April 20, 2019, 08:42:55 AM
Superb stuff guys, loving the photos and i'll have to get onto the Don soon.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on April 20, 2019, 18:01:25 PM
Starting to feel more like Spring today ..... cracking day to be on the river :z12

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-200419175856.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5572)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-200419175937.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5573)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-200419180016.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5574)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-200419180054.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5575)
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 20, 2019, 18:46:34 PM
It was indeed a lovely day to be out.
Lots of flies early in the morning, March browns and Brook duns but the fish were proving tricky and quite spooky
They seemed to be happier coming for a spent spinner, but were reluctant to impale themselves.

Once the olives came on the rising fish seemed catchable, CDC spider strikes again, Mike has the photo's of the better one, but the rest were just as pretty in the glorious sunshine.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-200419184252.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5576)

No sign of anything from 2 onwards though, think the high bright sun put them down.

I had a hitchhiker on one of the fish from earlier in the day, anyone any ideas? i thought it might be a free swimming caddis when i was in the river, but when i examined the photos it looks more like a small leech, not something i've seen before?

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-200419184521.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5577)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-200419184557.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5578)

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on April 22, 2019, 08:44:16 AM
Cottown/Bellabeg

Iíd been looking forward to this one, a new beat for me and it did not disappoint, what a cracking beat!

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419000528.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5581)

Weather was perfect, mild, overcast with sunny intervals.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419000649.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5582)

Before fishing I walked most of the beat to familiarize myself with the pools, there were plenty nooks and crannies to explore

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419000801.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5583)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419002326.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5591)

I started off with the nymph and got into my first Cottown trout mid morning and a nice fish it was too...

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001052.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5584)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001143.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5585)

I then fished the pool above and hooked into a similar sized fish, it bolted down into the white water below and the inevitable happened :X1

There were a few LDOs starting to appear but no fish rising. I continued fishing the nymph and landed my next bar of gold around 12.30...

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001320.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5586)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001527.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5587)

Around 1pm there was a decent hatch but still no sign of any fish surfacing, the water is still very cold.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001955.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5590)

When the sun came out and the fishing slowed up there were still plenty to watch...

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001639.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5588)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419001815.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5589)

It wasn't long before the sun dipped and I caught a couple of smaller fish mid afternoon then finished the day on a high with another cracker...

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419002524.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5592)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419002618.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5593)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419002659.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5594)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on April 22, 2019, 09:10:06 AM
Managed a cheeky cast after the kids football on Sunday afternoon, caught two but had to finish early after puncturing my waders  :X1

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419090114.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5596)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-220419090450.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5597)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 22, 2019, 09:11:00 AM
They really are stunning looking fish up that end of the river, lovely water too
Superb stuff :z16

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Ali Mcewan on April 22, 2019, 14:44:22 PM
Great result upriver Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on April 23, 2019, 12:01:52 PM
Pesky wind .............. :z6
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on April 23, 2019, 15:57:34 PM
Every day Iíve managed out so far has seen strong wind blowing down river.  Feels like no matter where I go, the wind is blowing into me.

Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Boyd on April 24, 2019, 19:57:11 PM
Agree very windy and little fly or rising fish.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Boyd on April 24, 2019, 20:28:20 PM
Finally got one on the dry fly. Hooked in very shallow water and very close in on a March Brown Dun. Ran me all the way down the pool, through a tree in the middle of the pool. Great scrap. I got a bit wet chasing it!
(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/11924-240419202809.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5616)
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 25, 2019, 09:29:52 AM
For those interested

I had a reply back from buglife Scotland about my mysterious beastie

ďThank you for getting in touch about the bug on your fish. I shared it with Craig Macadam who is our expert on freshwater invertebrates and he has confirmed it is a fish leech (Pisicola sp., probably Pisicola geometra). Whilst they feed on fish like trout they donít do much harm unless in huge numbers. So this one shouldnít really harm the fish you caught.Ē

So as suspected itís a wee leech. Something to keep an eye out for in the future👍

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on May 08, 2019, 12:14:49 PM
Itís been hard going with the recent weather.  Yesterday was better when the wind dropped and I connected with some nice trout :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-080519120143.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5664)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-080519120217.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5665)

Aaron got in on the action too :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-080519120305.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5666)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Ali Mcewan on May 08, 2019, 15:56:42 PM
Looks like the gill plate on the first fish hasn't grown with the rest of it, or is it just the photo?
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on May 09, 2019, 08:36:53 AM
Ali,

The gill cover looked underdeveloped or has receded due to a previous infection!

Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Hamish Young on May 09, 2019, 15:56:35 PM
Interesting - in the past (long, long ago when I was a student) I came across some trout with 'short' gill plates and it was determined then as a physical manifestation of extreme growth in a short period, but IMHO it would be unusual/extreme in a Brown Trout in normal conditions.
Did you take a scale sample from that fish at all Scott :?
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on May 10, 2019, 10:07:22 AM
No sample Hamish, wish I had. I'll know next time!
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on May 15, 2019, 18:22:27 PM
Great day to be on the river :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/2-150519182208.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5699)
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on May 16, 2019, 19:56:28 PM
It was indeed, especially when you found it.

So i'm walking along and hear some grumpy old man swearing at his phone, "Siri.....Wheres the bloody river?...... How am i supposed to know what it looks like these days??................... I know its round here somewhere!........ sod it i'll follow this nice young man and see where he's going.........." :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-160519194551.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5701)

So with the old dude in tow, i went for a wander, very satisfying doing your bit for the old folk  :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-160519194718.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5702)

Lovely beat on a lovely day and the fish played ball for most of it.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-160519194800.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5703)

It actually took me back a few years as the Don behaved more like how i remember it, with good numbers of 10-14" fish keeping you amused all day and a smattering of better ones, from the lies you would expect them to be in.

The light was causing me problems trying to get the fish out of the shadows cast by me, the joys of being on the north bank of the river.
Come the afternoon the sheer quantity of flies in the air was astonishing, zoom in on this one to get a rough idea of how tough it was to try and figure out which ones they were rising for.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-160519195147.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5705)

It seemed the terrestrials were more preferred to the grannon and olives that were on the water, although this fat little devil ,i think had been feasting on something with a bit more protein in it.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-160519195301.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5706)

So a grand day out on a favourite beat, a pity the clouds didn't show up, as promised by the weather man, but the surroundings were stunning. What beautiful part of the country we live in.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-160519195538.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5707)

I helped the old gadgie back to his car and he very kindly gave me a lift home  :z4 :z4 :z4 :z4

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on May 16, 2019, 22:01:45 PM
Go fishing by yourself - next time you can  :wink

.......... and you obviously didn't look after him very well, cause he took a dunking  :z4  :z4  :z4
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Michael Buchan on May 20, 2019, 14:57:55 PM
I owe the forum a massive thanks  :z16

I havenít fished much in the past 3 years since our youngest was born but reading the Don event posts and seeing the monsters that have been caught lately I decided to have a day at south waterside.  I met Scott there while he was doing his Don event challenge and I have been out every weekend up and down the Don since.   Although up to this weekend I had enjoyed the fishing I never hit a really good day that was until this weekend.

It started out great as I hooked a 2.5lber on my 3rd cast then I had fished through a couple pools and nothing until I hooked the biggest trout I have ever seen It sounded like a bowling ball hitting the water every time it jumped Unfortunately the hook parted after a minute or so and I was absolutely gutted  :X1.

Thankfully my low didnít last to long as the very next pool I hooked and landed my new PB.  A long fish with a head like a shark.

  (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/1125-200519143809.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5721)
Crazy morning stoked with my new PB but I would trade it for the fish I lost in a heartbeat.

Fishing slowed down after the first hours excitement but I did find one nice riser round about 2lb which took a Paul Procter APT.

Roll on this weekend.

Thanks
Michael
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Hamish Young on May 20, 2019, 15:17:52 PM
Awesome  :z16 :z18
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on May 21, 2019, 08:12:39 AM
Michael,

Think itís safe to say youíve got the bug again  :z16

Cracking fish, well done
:z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Edward Randolph on May 21, 2019, 16:51:35 PM
Hi all. Apologies for hijacking the thread for purely personal purposes, but Iím up in the Cairngorm area this weekend and was hoping to slot in a day of fishing on the Don. Iíve never fished the river before but the Monymusk beats look like a good option (proximity, availability & the stretch seems to have a good reputation).

My question: does anyone know of any local ghillies / guides that might be keen to show us the river? And have any members got suggestions for beats / whether Monymusk is a good spot? I also messaged the estate office re ghillie, but hadnít heard back.

I fly fish for brown trout down on the Wilton stretch of the Wylye, and have done some salmon fishing on the Oykel so am not wholly clueless, but one of the group is a beginner and she is keen to find someone that can show her the river. Some incredible looking fish on the forumÖ

Thanks all,
T.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Michael Buchan on May 28, 2019, 10:35:22 AM
Had used up my free passes so no whole days on the river but did get on the river Fri and Sat evening and Sat and Sunday morning for a couple hours at a time.  The fishing was really good I got few nice fish bit unfortunately a few bigger ones eluded me again but hopefully get them next week.   Here is a couple of the better ones and roll on next weekend for more of the same.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/1125-280519103112.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5733)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/1125-280519103218.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5734)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/1125-280519103316.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5735)
Back to being fully obsessed again  :z4
Michael
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on May 28, 2019, 11:25:00 AM
Great stuff Michael :z16
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on June 05, 2019, 10:17:53 AM
Well with all this changeable weather I took the chance in going out the last couple of evenings.

Not a bad shout despite the water being a bit on the dark side, it was still reasonable visibility. After a fair wait on Monday when the fish didnít come on till 10pm I went out later last night.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-050619101208.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5748)

Worth the effort as they started hitting hatching sedges as they emerged. Some great sport for about 30mins or so.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-050619101346.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5749)

Still struggling with detail on night photos but they do reflect  the ambiance.
Had a pretty decent one too , so well pleased.
Had to enhance the pic to see the fish so itís a bit grainy

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-050619101506.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5750)

Last night was much the same with a few nice fish moving to the sedges, I think some were doing something else as you either got ignored or nailed.

So given the way the river is changing this morning, looks like it was a good call. :z16

So definitely  worth a look but I wouldnít bother before 9pm

Cheers

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on June 08, 2019, 07:24:01 AM
Caught this trout before the recent rise in water. I hope the river settles soon!

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-080619072222.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5768)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Allan Liddle on June 13, 2019, 08:46:03 AM
Some stunning fish there guys. :z16
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on June 16, 2019, 07:59:38 AM
With the river starting to drop I thought I might be in with a shout last night. I caught my only fish of the session on a sedge pattern towards the end of a pool in knee deep water :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-160619075632.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5769)

A cracking fish on the dry :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-160619075723.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5770)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-160619080408.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5771)

Hopefully the river continues to fall, clear and warm up next week!

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Hamish Young on June 17, 2019, 05:38:05 AM
That's a stonking fish - nice  :z16
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on June 20, 2019, 07:07:37 AM
The river is clearing nicely and the fishing is starting to improve. Caught this beauty around 10:30  on a sedge  :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-200619070239.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5772)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on June 22, 2019, 11:29:16 AM
Was out last night once the rain stopped.  Was at waterside by 2115, didnít cast a line until 2200.

Flat calm, absolutely nothing moving until 2245, where there was a small feeding frenzy for 15 minutes then it went completely dead again.

Caught 3 small fish around 1lb in quick succession then nothing.

Stayed until 2330 hoping something else would happen as it was still light enough to see but to no avail.

Only excitement I had at that stage was a bat flying into me.

Seems a lot of effort for such a small window of fishing but hopefully get out again tonight.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on June 23, 2019, 09:57:05 AM
We had a wee look last night

After what feels like weeks of waiting for a day off, with water worth fishing, last night was a lovely night to be on the water.
Good company too, meant there was plenty laughs :z4

Hatching BWO's seemed to be the focus for a lot of the smaller fish when we arrived at 10pm but by 10.30 there were Egg laying caddis on the water and they were about a size 14. This continued through till about 11.45 when it just died off suddenly.

Here and there were some nice fish chasing the caddis round the river which made them real tricky to target, however one good one stuck himself just on a crease behind a tree. After a serious scrap which belied the size of the fish (i was almost disappointed when i got it to the net :oops) my camera decided to do its impressionist routine, that it seems to prefer in the dark, however it does make for a spooky, ghost like, evening spectre of a fish..... either that or its just plain crap  :X1

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-230619095410.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5773)

Tonight beckons again, so here's hoping the conditions stay the way there just now :z16

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on June 23, 2019, 11:21:33 AM
Maybe that was my problem last night ..... the fish I was targeting were ghosts  :z4  :z4  :z4
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on June 23, 2019, 13:02:27 PM
I was at Fintray for 9.30pm. 

Wind died around 10pm.  Picked up a couple of smaller fish in the first 30mins and had high hopes for the coming hour but just nothing doing after that.

There was no feeding frenzy near 11pm as per the previous evening and even the bats were much later in coming out than compared to Friday  :z8

I stayed out until 11.45 wandering the banks looking for anything rising.  Normally you can look down the length of Fintray in the evening when itís calm and see fish rising all over the place, but it was completely dead.  Bizarre.

There was an otter swimming about, maybe it had more luck.


Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on June 24, 2019, 09:05:52 AM
Well with the rain forecast for today, last night was likely to be the best option for me, before i go back to work this week.

So we headed down to try another flat at the tail of a different pool. 10pm came and so did the fish. Every now and then the Don reminds you why you keep coming back, last night was one of those evenings  :z12
I took the Demo 476 out for its inaugural fish and we all know how good Salsa rods are, this one is a just a belting little dryfly rod, the new spec blanks have improved an already brilliant little rod, i had a lot of fun.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-240619085705.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5774)

So did Colin, after hearing about the amazing sedge hatches on an evening, he finally got in amongst one and made the most of it. Breaking his PB with a cracking fish that fought well above its already substantial weight.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-240619090015.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5775)

So we had evening, spent with size 14 and 16 sedges and picked off a lot of really nice fish, in the space of about an hour and a half
The camera was still in impressionist mode but the memory is indelible, not every night that this is the smaller side of the average.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-240619090223.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5776)

Plenty good size, really hard fighting fish, with a couple of trophies between us, all on the dry on a lovely warm evening with a sky full of colour. What a way to spend an evening :z16

And now its raining again :z6

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on June 24, 2019, 12:26:22 PM
Weekend highlights - some cracking trout on the sedge  :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-240619122308.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5777)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-240619122329.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5778)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-240619122357.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5779)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-240619122414.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5780)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-240619122444.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5781)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-240619122503.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5782)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on June 24, 2019, 14:55:07 PM
Scott, as I write this having a dram outside my house in Brunei, I am not at all jealous (honest)

Absolute belters and I look forward every day to seeing your and other peopleís captures on our fantastic local fishery. Roll on retirement when I can again wonder the banks of the don and hopefully get an opportunity to throw fluff at such magnificent creatures. Well done.

Eddie  :z14
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on July 01, 2019, 09:50:45 AM
Iíve tempted some cracking trout on recent evening sessions, all taken on various sedge patterns. The trout are all in tip-top condition - some very powerful fish among them, great sport  :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-010719094749.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5784)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-010719094804.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5785)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-010719094817.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5786)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-010719094849.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5787)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-010719094911.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5788)

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-010719094925.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5789)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on July 04, 2019, 13:28:12 PM
The river has been quiet over the last couple of evenings, the cool breeze has been killing the hatch. There were a few sedge skittering about last night with some trout showing an interest before the wind picked up again...

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-040719132742.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5799)

:z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on July 09, 2019, 08:29:09 AM
After work last night , it was too good an evening to miss the chance.

So we had a Harfin  night out
Which meant I had a photographer on hand ...... handy  :z12

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-090719082539.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5800)

The mechanical siblings saw some lively sport from  about 10.30pm onwards with steady feeders to the sedges despite the cool breeze that decided to spring up.

So it was a great evening on a favourite piece of water with a good number of fish and topped of with this beauty that fairly put a bend in the 4wt Epic Glass . My best of the season so far.

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/19-090719082831.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5801)

Letís hope this rain doesnít make it yet another one window week :X1

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on July 09, 2019, 13:36:02 PM
Cracking fish Sandy :z16

This is the best the Don had to offer me last night... A bonnie trout covered in huge spots  :z16

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-090719133525.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5802)

 :z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on July 16, 2019, 09:59:55 AM
With the bright sunshine yesterday I gave the river a miss and took the boys to Loch Insch. It's been years since I last fished there and Davids done a great job with quality fishing to be had, although it was tough going in the blistering heat.

I didnít hang around for the evening session. I thought the river might be worth a visit, so I went in search of wild browns instead :z16

Here's the best of the session, caught on a small sedge pattern. Iíve caught it this season already, it happens. Just shows catch and release works :z12

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/10940-160719095758.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5817)

:z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Allan Liddle on July 18, 2019, 21:56:59 PM
Superb stuff guys
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on July 26, 2019, 09:35:10 AM
Anybody been on the river this week ..... What are water temps like?
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on July 26, 2019, 09:42:22 AM

(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/11483-260719094204.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5824)
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on July 26, 2019, 09:49:16 AM
Was out Monday to Wednesday from 9pm.  That photo kinda sums it up for me. Seemingly great conditions with barely anything moving.  Each night the wind has died only to pick up again pretty much bang on 10pm killing things.

On the Tuesday there was a huge hatch which lasted around 10 minutes but then that bloody wind kicked in. Sky was choked with clouds of flies and fish were just starting to switch on when it died with the wind.

Seen a fair few seatrout splashing about but not seen many guys out fishing.

Nice to be out though when it's starting to cool down after the daytime heat.  Gave it a miss last night but should be out tonight.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on July 26, 2019, 11:33:53 AM
Sorry for another post but itís a separate issue.

Iím booked for a day at Littlewood next week (apparently cloudy with light rain and a drop in temperatures so hereís hoping).

Never fished there but Fishpal states 4.5 miles for length of beat which is a fair amount of water to cover which Iím looking forward to.

Anyone know where is best to park?  Iím thinking somewhere near the bottom of the beat and working my way upstream but can easily park at top end if itís better for parking.

 :z18

Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on July 31, 2019, 10:31:16 AM
Quiet night on the river for me ..... but enjoyable as always and in good company  :z12

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Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Ali Mcewan on July 31, 2019, 19:17:26 PM
Sorry for another post but itís a separate issue.

Iím booked for a day at Littlewood next week (apparently cloudy with light rain and a drop in temperatures so hereís hoping).

Never fished there but Fishpal states 4.5 miles for length of beat which is a fair amount of water to cover which Iím looking forward to.

Anyone know where is best to park?  Iím thinking somewhere near the bottom of the beat and working my way upstream but can easily park at top end if itís better for parking.

 :z18

Heading west from bridge of Alford, youíll pass a smiddy on the right,  approx 200-250 yards after that thereís a entrance into a un gated field on the left. Either park there or carry on up the road to the top of the first barley field on the left & thereís a wee  enterance  & track down field to the river, easy missed though.
Youíll not come close to fishing a 1/3 of the beat in a day

Scott, some stunners 👌 not envious in the slightest 😂
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on August 01, 2019, 00:14:52 AM
Thanks for the reply, I fished it on Monday.

Lots of smaller fish but nothing over 1lb.

I eventually saw the bit you mentioned albeit I initially parked in the lay-by which is about half way along the beat.  Fished around there for a couple of hours, working my way down to the first Ďkeptí pool I found. 

Clearly set up for the Salmon guys, I saw you can get a car right down to the water if needs be.

Around lunchtime I then parked at the top end near to Brux, walking back along the A944 just shy of a mile in order to fish the two closely linked pools which bend away from the road.  The ones with a sloped bank on the far side with dense forestation.

These are two of the nicest looking pools I have ever seen on the Don and produced the better fish for the day falling to nymphs. 

There are other nice pools but they are well spaced out with some serious heavy going in between if you try and stick to the banks.

Some areas are pretty much impossible to get through, forcing you to go up onto the road to walk along to the next fishable bit. On a hot day, just getting back to the road to walk to the next bit was taking it out of me.

I did try walking down through the river to get to the next fishable area, but after a couple of near falls due to the typical Dons slippery rocks and slow progress, I decided lengthy hikes in the water wasnít the best option.

It was cloudy in the morning but brightened up as the day went on becoming too hot again late afternoon and evening.

I may visit again in the future as youíre right, I never fished the whole beat, pretty much neglecting the lower half.  Overall though I probably prefer other beats up in that area from what I saw.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Ali Mcewan on August 01, 2019, 12:16:27 PM
Not been on much recently, but after too long trying to christen my new epic on some don gold, I gave up and took it out to see if the silver type would be more obliging!  :z14
And boy did the evening produce  :z12 
The 9í #5 did itself proud  :z16


(https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/gallery/11364-010819121329.jpeg) (https://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=5831)



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Best season on the don for salmon that iv seen in 15+ years!

On another note, itís great to see so many grilse in the Dee, being this is the year storm frank should have effected  :z16
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on August 30, 2019, 09:59:40 AM
No trout rising on the river on Wednesday evening, too windy and cold I guess as I didn't see any signs of insect life .... but a wet fly found a few fish :z12

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Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Iain Cameron on September 16, 2019, 07:46:13 AM

Out on the Don for a few hours over the weekend. Despite the blustery wind that at times tied me up in my own fly line, there were olive duns sailing down, and trout looking up.


Did some refurbishments on the McLean weigh net, replacing the magnets, net bag, and the wee cord loop in the handle, so it was nice to christen it with a few trout:


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That was probably the biggest. Ironically I didnít weigh it as I was too busy fumbling with the camera.
Hope for some settled weather between now and end of month to get a few more trout before close.
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Eddie Sinclair on September 16, 2019, 12:09:27 PM
IAIN,

Cracking trout well done good to see that the back end of the season trout are providing good sport on your local water.

Eddie :z16
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on September 24, 2019, 11:34:09 AM
Not much of the trout season left  :cry ...... hope you're finding time for a few last casts.

Where did this season go?  :z8

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Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Dave Robb on September 24, 2019, 14:09:26 PM
Iíve not been out much since mid July, just the odd couple of hours here and there without much success. Just feels like every time Iíve had a chance itís blowing a gale, raining or both.  Or polar opposite with blazing sunshine and heat.

Spoken to a few guys on the river and Iíve yet to hear from anyone thatís had a good season, albeit the ADAA catch reports would suggest that at least the Salmon numbers are up on last year.

There was some awesome fishing reported on here early on in the season but even the forum has been quiet recently.

Iíve got tomorrow and next Monday as possible days to get out so Iím hoping the weather holds up.

Failing that, time to get the feathers out and look forward to April again.  :z18
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Scott Cumming on October 02, 2019, 07:26:04 AM
Visits to the river have been few and far between since July, so it was great to get out for a final fling. I caught several small fish on both nymph and dry with the biggest of the day on the nymph just after lunchÖ

A golden lump in great condition  :z16

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A perfect end to another great season  :z16

:z18
Scott
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on October 03, 2019, 08:40:04 AM
Sandy and I enjoyed a cracking day on the upper river yesterday  :z12

No fish of note for me, but plenty of fish for the time of year and it was just great to be up there  :z16

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Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on October 04, 2019, 10:26:19 AM
It was a most enjoyable day and smacked of our usual escapades

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But now i'm sitting here this morning pondering whether to head out and get wet, just to get that last day in before work tomorrow and a hiatus until March :z8 Its been a tough couple of months, when i've found the time to get out the fish have not been so co-operative, the company has been good though and the surroundings wonderful.

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Some nice fish in early september, on an evening with the dry

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And wednesdays best was a very pretty seasonal looking fish

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But the images i think i'll be taking with me throught the winter are more like these.

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And when god shows up and casts some light on the fortunate. :z7

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Now do i go out, or just happily retire for the winter and reminisce about a truly superb season, which had many standout moments for me to contemplate. :z13

Sandy
Title: Re: River Don 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on October 04, 2019, 11:01:03 AM
Nice photos Sandy  :z16 ....... here's a couple more.

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