Yes I agree. I've fished Ballogie a few times and of course it's the same thing. The Dee is a magnificent river but not so much for salmon fishing anymore. A beautiful place not to catch fish.I have not long returned from two weeks on Dee fishing Carlogie and Sluie. I've fished Carlogie for 19 years and since Storm Frank numbers of fish running and in the river have declined alarmingly.
A number of years ago the Dee section of this forum was buzzing with reports on spring fishing but now forum activity reflects the catches on the river , be few!
The first week we did see fish regularly in the best lies in the best pools but cold air and water temperatures seemed to make them very reluctant to take. Seeing fish keeps you going and we fished hard and managed to land a few between us.
Week 2 we had heavy rain on Monday morning and after that two rises, the first a small dirty one from the local rain and the second a peaty one from upriver. The fish we had seemed to move upriver and we saw less than a handful of fish for the rest of the week. These rises gave us good river heights,as we had throughout the trip, and with warming water temperatures I thought we might do well but the bare truth is you can't catch what's not there!
Again we did land a few but you didn't really feel you were covering fish,and it was more a matter of fluking an encounter with a runner.
It would appear that salmon runs to nearly all Scottish rivers are very poor this year so far, but I fear the catches on Dee show a river in steeper decline than some.