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Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #105 on: May 06, 2015, 08:20:03 AM »
Hit the river yesterday afternoon, starting around 12.30. As the wind was howling and the rain teeming, I took a switch rod and streamers.

Within 15 minutes I had a 3 pounder on the bank that took a black Woolly Bugger fished round on a big down stream mend to get the fly side on to any fish laying in the stream.

The rain kept coming as did the hits, but I kept missing them! I think I was getting so cold and wet that I was losing concentration, and could not see a thing thorough steamed up glasses . lol

I made my way to a long, slowish, deep pool and had a swing. BAM! the line tightened and the fish took off down stream. Now, I don't mess about with fish and my drag was set pretty tight, but I was flat rodded on a 7 weight switch. The fish took a whole line and 20 odd yards of backing before I had to clamp up hard to stop it going over the rapids at the end of the pool. The fish turned and started to run back and as I caught up with it, the hook popped out!

I never saw the fish and I suspect it was a salmon because if I believed it was a Brownie, I would still be sitting on the bank weeping!!

I will be back though, just in case :)
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #106 on: May 06, 2015, 08:28:45 AM »
Cheers Sandy

I see you've also had a great start to the season :z16

Scott C

« Last Edit: May 06, 2015, 08:59:46 AM by klinkhammer »

Geoff Gill

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #107 on: May 06, 2015, 11:24:06 AM »
Great stuff Scott, cracking fish  :z16

Aye sandy it was good fun on the TXL, really nice rod.  :z18


Geoff

Iain Cameron

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #108 on: May 07, 2015, 07:11:05 AM »
Hi Scott - some cracking trout and great photos in there. superb


iain

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #109 on: May 13, 2015, 18:49:42 PM »
Cracking day on the river in good company :z16

We had some good hatches for most of the day ( from about 11-ish till about 3-ish ) and saw some very nice trout enjoying them :cool:

I had a few nice fish and broke off on a 'real stonker' :oops ...... but I was net-less, due to the current net going in the bin :z4

Cheers
Mike




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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #110 on: May 13, 2015, 19:31:18 PM »
It was a cracking day to be on the water. :z16

Great fun with a good few pound+ fish rising freely to the olive uprights in the lovely clear water



Some really nice rod benders in amongst them too, i had a few like this today, awesome river :z12



but the best one was taken off skinny water and was nosing the flies, i couldn't tell if it was a big nose or a small fish, so i tried anyway, good idea, first Trophy off the Don for 2015:z16



Great conditions and the fish were in fine fettle, the Netless wonder was good company too, although dropping a monster seems to have invigorated his dryfly addiction and might encourage him to use proper weight nylon :z7

Cheers

Sandy

« Last Edit: May 13, 2015, 19:47:30 PM by Spiderman »
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #111 on: May 13, 2015, 19:47:16 PM »

the Netless wonder was good company too, although dropping a monster seems to have invigorated his dryfly addiction and might encourage him to use proper weight nylon :z7


 :z4  :z4  :z4
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Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #112 on: May 15, 2015, 07:18:11 AM »
Left work at three to be met with a cold wind so picked up my switch rod and box of streamers and headed for the river. First mistake! The river was heaving with flies and more importantly, fish! Where is the dry fly rod when you need it...at home!

The river was a lot clearer than I thought it would be so mistake number two was picking up the "bright streamer" box!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, if I had the right gear I think I would have had some nice fish but I did manage to fluke one of about a pound and another about a pound and a half on a wooly bugger I found tucked away in a pocket.

What I did find out though is that even a streamer fished fast across fairly shallow water will produce. Both fish came from areas I would not normally bother with, so at least I learned something.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Duncan Inglis

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #113 on: May 17, 2015, 09:57:41 AM »
I'm thinking of giving the Don a go for the first time for browns, staying in Carnoustie the upper river is probably easier for me to get to, any recommendations etc?

Thanks

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #114 on: May 17, 2015, 10:24:39 AM »
Hi Duncan,

In my experience there are some nice trout on all the beats throughout the river system, just take your time and look for rising fish :wink

Best wishes
Mike
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Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #115 on: May 17, 2015, 13:32:56 PM »
Just back from a few days up above Bellabeg - Good fly life and lots of beautiful Trout - nothing huge although lost a couple of bigger ones. Flies that did the trick were Waterhen Bloa and Deer Hair Emerger. Seemed to be catching the most fish between 2 and 4 pm.

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #116 on: May 17, 2015, 16:26:04 PM »
Hi Duncan

As Mike says any of the beats are good, although early season you are better on the lower/middle river, we are now in the window for the upper river too, so from now on pick where you like.
It may depend where you want to stay, For example if you based yourself in Inverurie then you have easy access to Kintore, Inverurie, Manar, Fetternear and Kemnay water on day tickets. Monymusk is not far away and you can get day tickets for some of the ADAA water.
Wheras if you stay in Strathdon/kildrummy area, you get strathdon, bellabeg, kildrummy, semeil, etc in easy reach.

Loads to choose from, so I think finding where to stay is probably the first port of call :z16

Sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #117 on: May 18, 2015, 07:24:32 AM »
A few more spotties on Saturday evening whilst accompanied by Cass. Yet another cold wind that kept the fish down but managed 3 smallish fish on DHE's.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Iain Cameron

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #118 on: May 21, 2015, 07:35:41 AM »
Had a very quick session on the river last night, as it seemed mild after a warm afternoon. First evening session of 2015. Got onto river about 7.15, a couple of fish rising here and there.


One sporadically rising to occasional uprights with a small splash; another steadily sucking down goodies in a little slick of current.
The first one wouldn't play ball, but tempted the 2nd one, which turned out to be a solid 2lber that gave me a scrappy scramble across the rocks.





Still feels a little too cool for proper evening rises, but worth a dibble.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2015, 08:55:34 AM by Mike Barrio »

Gavin Stevenson

Re: River Don 2015
« Reply #119 on: May 21, 2015, 08:23:14 AM »
also on river last night and similar experience, couple of fish 1lb mark and missed couple of decent fish. All on a black klinghammer

Did see otter when leaving river that brightened the mood

 




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