Monday, 20 August 2018

River Dee Grilse from Lower Crathes

I had a day on the River Dee at Lower Crathes and West Durris courtesy of my pal, Paul Pritchard as he couldn't make. It was great to be back fishing such a classic River Dee beat and in the company of Robert Harper and Jordie Sinclair. The water levels were hovering around the 5" mark on the Park gauge but despite the low water conditions I was lucky enough to bump into a wee grilse in the Upper Bridge Pool. It was no more than 3lb in weight but it was very welcome!

Safely in the net!
 A quick photo before slipping it back into the river.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

River Dee Grilse

I was out on the River Dee for a cast last Saturday for a few hours and despite the low water conditions, I was fortunate enough to land a nice fresh grilse around the 5lb mark. The fish hammered the fly just as I was lifting it off the water to recast. It's always good to get a bonus fish when you least expect it! Hopefully the rain forecast for the coming weeks will get the river on the rise again and encourage a few more of these feisty grilse to run.
A cracking River Dee grilse in prime condition.
The same photo as above but turned round.
An underwater photo of the salmon being returned.