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Andrew Ashcroft

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2016, 15:38:15 PM »
The fish on opening day at Kemnay AC were confirmed as kelts but there have been 2 genuine springers caught further down so there are some about.

Knocky

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2016, 23:30:42 PM »
As a new member to the Adaa. I am checking out the beats. I was at the Dyce section at corks beat. A lot of water to learn about .   Hope everyone is having a good start to the season

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #17 on: February 29, 2016, 08:24:44 AM »
Out for a few hours on Friday on an ADAA beat.

First cast, lost fly, third cast, lost fly, fifth cast, THUMP...a fish...unfortunately it came adrift some 30 seconds or so later and judging by the thump thump thump, probably a kelt.

However, I did see several fish moving through the pool a few hours later and also a fair few trout rising, including several very good fish in the 3-4lb range.

I moved downstream and found two flies (boost!) at a well known bench. Both flies were tangled in the grass and both had very large trebles attached! When I say large, bigger than I use for Pike, I would say about size 4's! Both flies were 1" copper tubes and the hooks were way oversized for the fly.

I do hope they were not being used for foul play!  ???

The water was extremely clear and you could see the changes to the pools quite clearly. One bit I normally wade down at knee height was well above my waist and running very strongly...so please be careful when wading, a lot of changes have taken place.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2016, 20:20:08 PM »
A wee kick sample today dislodged a handful of these chunky larvae (Ryac and Hydro I think). I also came across dozens of tiny agile darter nymphs, no idea of the species but some were almost translucent and about a size 20.



I didn't notice any olive flying around but I did see a lot of midge.

 :z18
Liam
« Last Edit: March 07, 2016, 21:04:38 PM by Liam Stephen »
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2016, 09:53:59 AM »
Managed to battle through the fallen treeeeees to get a cast in the mill stream yesterday. A fair old struggle not sure if it is easier coming down from the black pot or heading in from the Raes either way is a nightmare.
I like a quick cast in the miller and it it sheltered if its blawing a gale but it badly needs the chainsaw at least 4 trees down now.

Since IAA are taking over next year a plan of action will be required to clean up the Miller and Maret .  A guess the lumber could be bagged and sold to raise funds for IAA.




Duncan McRae

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2016, 10:07:37 AM »
Good idea about selling the timber but I think Mitchells farm own the wood so presumably permission would have to be asked for.
Are IAA definitely  taking over the water next season?I haven't heard anything lately regarding this.

Duncan

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2016, 10:34:29 AM »
Good idea about selling the timber but I think Mitchells farm own the wood so presumably permission would have to be asked for.
Are IAA definitely  taking over the water next season?I haven't heard anything lately regarding this.

Duncan


Aye good point Duncan  it would be Mitchells timber.

As far as i know IAA will run the fishing next year mibees Mike can confirm this. I aint been a member of IAA for 30 years or something but will rejoin this year. Anybody who fishes the Burgh waters should join up this year so you can attend the next AGM and find out what the plans are and ask a few dozen questions.


Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2016, 08:02:51 AM »
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....two fish lost!

One was a kelt, long and thin, that splashed on the surface for a bit with the typical thump thump fight, but the second fish may have been fresh. Fought differently, several long runs and when I got it on the surface, it looked nice and deep. Just as I was drawing it to me, the damn hook pinged out.

I lost a couple of fish last year on the same hooks, (Loop) so they have been binned and I am looking for a successor.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Hamish Young

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2016, 08:11:35 AM »
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....two fish lost!

Bugger  :z6

I lost a couple of fish last year on the same hooks, (Loop) so they have been binned and I am looking for a successor.

Partridge Patriot Nordic - I use the singles and have had no issues at all.
When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2016, 08:40:29 AM »
Bugger  :z6

Partridge Patriot Nordic - I use the singles and have had no issues at all.

That's what I am switching too :)..if only they did an 8/0 :)
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Mark Zhang

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2016, 11:34:11 AM »
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....two fish lost!

One was a kelt, long and thin, that splashed on the surface for a bit with the typical thump thump fight, but the second fish may have been fresh. Fought differently, several long runs and when I got it on the surface, it looked nice and deep. Just as I was drawing it to me, the damn hook pinged out.

I lost a couple of fish last year on the same hooks, (Loop) so they have been binned and I am looking for a successor.

I have some Mustad classic double(size 4, 8, 10, 14). I'd like someone to give it a test. Please let me know if you want to have a go. Cheers.

Regards,

Mark

Iain Cameron

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #26 on: March 14, 2016, 13:55:09 PM »
Rob! It's not like you to start the season dropping a fish... unlucky

Rob Brownfield

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2016, 14:56:23 PM »
Rob! It's not like you to start the season dropping a fish... unlucky

That's 3 dropped so far!! Out again tomorrow on the way home from work...see if I cannot get one to stick!!

Out of interest, why is the Brown Trout Season for the ADAA waters different to the rest of the River Don?
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2016, 16:13:09 PM »
Out of interest, why is the Brown Trout Season for the ADAA waters different to the rest of the River Don?

Since when?  I thought all the Don beats started on the 1st of April :z8

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"

Liam Stephen

Re: River Don 2016
« Reply #29 on: March 14, 2016, 16:16:49 PM »
I've always wondered the same Rob?! I think it's because it keeps the trout bums out of the way of the salmon tofts  :z8 :X2

Liam
Still searching for that  more Monstrous  Don Brownie!

 




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