Not withstanding other rivers, the Dee fish just 'switched' off a couple of weeks ago.I have fished a few rivers this year and have been beaten by conditions a few times. No water, blue skies etc.
Yesterday I fished the River Dee on a perfect height of water, dull day, no wind, early October, and apart from a
half hearted offer first time down the pool, 2 rods had nothing for the day.
All in , we saw about 10 fish showing, and we fished hard till darkening. Very disappointing and sad to see.
Me and my fishing buddy had 23 for our 3 days in September in 2011. That was only 10 years ago. What's happened ?
I have fished the Dee for nearly 30 years and have never seen it so poor.
In the 90's the catches were down but you still saw fish and it filled up at the back end.
Now I fear the worst, and the hope that next season might be better is wearing a bit thin.
Hatcheries ?? that's another topic that caused more arguments on here than most things,
but its clear that the river is needing help, and quick, and what we are doing just now is not working.
Fished over plenty of disinterested fish a week past Thursday. It was just depressing and pointless tbh.
I'm led to believe that the October extension below Aboyne Bridge may be rescinded by the Board and that the ghillies have no objections to that either. No runs of silver backend fish anymore. That switched on, out of nowhere, and has switched off again. Probably a good idea to shorten the season
I don't know if I'll wet a line again this season. If the past few are anything to go by the fish are off the take and should be left to get on with it. Sad state of affairs as a few years back I'd have been fishing hard until closing day with every chance of a silver licer.
Gordon, the lack of showing fish has been a gradual decline over the past decade. I have no idea why that is, other than lack of numbers to cause 'fighting' for lies?
A sad state of affairs as I recall an August fish arriving into a lie in our own fishing 10 years ago and showing constantly. It pulled at two size 12 flies and finally settled for a 14! A club cup, now mothballed , still has my name on it for that 14lb liced beastie. It was braw smoked as well