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Matt Henderson

Day out at Mar Lodge
« on: May 23, 2011, 21:32:39 PM »
Myself and a few friends from work decided to have a day out at Mar Lodge on Saturday.  According to FishDee there is 3miles of single bank fishing with double bank above the Linn of Dee. 

The river was reportedly 1ft 3" above the gauge on Friday night so I had high hopes for Saturday but was disappointed to see that it was down to 9" over the gauge by Saturday morning. It was also very windy on Saturday.  We split up in the morning with one going to the top of the upper beat, I started in the middle and the other rod at the middle of the lowe section.  Apparantly the river is very small on the upper section which is all above the Linn of Dee and the rod quickly moved down to the lower section which is from the Linn of Dee downstream.  The first three pools from the Linn of Dee down provided little fishing, with either very shallow water or very slow moving deep water. 

Looking upstream of the Canadian Camp Pool. 

I had taken a 15ft rod and  10ft 7wt.  I was able to fish the deep slow moving water by stripping a heavy fly and an extra fast sink tip off a floating line.  Ideally I should have probably had a sinking line on too.  The other stretches I put on a medium sink tip and a light fly on the singlehander.  Once past the Victoria bridge the the river really opened up and I was able to use the double hander but to be honest a 15ft was over gunning it, a 13ft rod would have been perfect or even a switch might have been the answer. 

Choose your weapon

In reality I think the stretch would be best fished with high water however we booked in advance and couldn't do much about the water level once we got there.  What was really good was that each pool has a white post with a number on it and you get a written description of the pool too. 

Number 13 "Canadian Camp" unlucky for all of us

I caught the only fish of the day, and for the record Iain it was a Silver Stoat!

Looking down the suspension pool

I would go back but only at short notice and with confirmation of a decent height of water!


Matt  :z16


Re: Day out at Mar Lodge
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 22:47:10 PM »
Hi Matt,

It drops really quick up there, Last time I was up there I think we hit is at about 1'6" and it fished great.

Nice place to blank though eh?



Jim Eddie

Re: Day out at Mar Lodge
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2011, 06:25:31 AM »
Nice report Matt  :z16


"Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion."

Matt Henderson

Re: Day out at Mar Lodge
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2011, 06:42:05 AM »
You're right Ben the scenery is lovely and the pools look like they would be awesome with some more water. Just a shame the weather gods didn't provide.   Judging by fishpal the river level was less than a foot yesterday morning has been as high as 4ft and is now back down to 2ft odd this morning.  So it definately goes up and down quickly it's just a case of catching it at the right time.

The lady at the estate office was super helpful too.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2011, 07:54:15 AM by mdh »


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