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Hamish Young

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #45 on: May 20, 2019, 15:17:52 PM »
Awesome  :z16 :z18
ďWhen 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.Ē

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #46 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

Edward Randolph

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #47 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.

Michael Buchan

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #48 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.






Back to being fully obsessed again  :z4
Michael

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #49 on: May 28, 2019, 11:25:00 AM »
Great stuff Michael :z16
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Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #50 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.



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



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



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
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"

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #51 on: June 08, 2019, 07:24:01 AM »
Caught this trout before the recent rise in water. I hope the river settles soon!



 :z18
Scott

Allan Liddle

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #52 on: June 13, 2019, 08:46:03 AM »
Some stunning fish there guys. :z16

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #53 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



A cracking fish on the dry :z16





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

 :z18
Scott
« Last Edit: June 16, 2019, 08:13:42 AM by Scott Cumming »

Hamish Young

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #54 on: June 17, 2019, 05:38:05 AM »
That's a stonking fish - nice  :z16
ďWhen 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.Ē

Scott Cumming

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #55 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



 :z18
Scott
« Last Edit: June 20, 2019, 09:18:16 AM by Scott Cumming »

Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #56 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.

Sandy Nelson

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #57 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



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

Mike Barrio

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #58 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
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Dave Robb

Re: River Don 2019
« Reply #59 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.



 




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