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: The Scottish Dee opened today.


Willie Gunn
02-01-2005, 02:56 PM
The Tweed system and the Dee opened today.
I am pleased to announce that I caught and returned my first salmon of the season on the 16ft Meiser, good way to christian the rod.

Graham Ritchie who frequents these boards could not catch a springer as he was too busy catching kelts(black salmon) 19 for the day + others lost at his feet. Barely at cast without a tweak.

DaveSadowski
02-01-2005, 03:24 PM
Malcolm

Congratulations ! The first of many.

Looking at the fishTweed website it looks like they had a good opening day as well.

I bet the anticipation is rising all over Spey side now.

Gary W
02-01-2005, 03:28 PM
Well done Malcom,

I hope it's the first of many for the season.

I've yet to wet a line, but hope to get a day away soon. I've just got a digital camera so if/when I get a fish I'll be posting pictures.

fcch
02-01-2005, 08:19 PM
Sounds like a fine day Willie.

We'll still be a few months (5) before opening up on my home waters. :(

juro
02-01-2005, 08:43 PM
I'll pour a dram to your success tonight Malcom! Congrats may this be the start of your finest season.

flytyer
02-01-2005, 08:49 PM
What a great way to Christen the rod!

wrke
02-01-2005, 08:55 PM
Willie
A question: was it the Dee or the Tweed? I have a wonderful friend who lives on the Tweed.
Bill

BTW, congrats.

DaveSadowski
02-02-2005, 01:42 AM
Willie
A question: was it the Dee or the Tweed? I have a wonderful friend who lives on the Tweed.
Bill

BTW, congrats.

At a guess I would say Willie was fishing the Dee as the Tweed is at the wrong end of the country for him.

G Ritchie
02-02-2005, 03:43 AM
Malcolm was fishing the Dee on the Park beat, I was fishing a couple of miles upstream at Crathes Castle. It was a fine day and a good start to the season. Hopefully this season will be as good or better than last. Hopefully the large numbers of kelts present was an indication of a good spawning season last winter.

TYNE SPEYCASTER
02-02-2005, 07:51 AM
Congratulations, an opening day fish is always special.

The fly? Willie Gunn?? doesn't look like it on the pic unless its a local variation??

Yesterday the Tyne opened, perfect day, had a few kelts to Willie Gunns to whet the appetite, haven't heard of any fresh taken yet.

Tweed looking good, there on the 18th Feb.

Salar36
02-02-2005, 09:01 AM
Grrr...you guys are lucky. To start a season as soon as January and close it late in fall. We have put our rod on the rack last september (october for some in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) and won't fish on fresh fish before June (or last couple days of May on the Causapscal). So reading you is just pushing the pressure and anxiety before our first casts.

I guest I will trade my annual Caribbean trip for a Scotland trip in 2006...

salar76
02-02-2005, 12:54 PM
I guest I will trade my annual Caribbean trip for a Scotland trip in 2006...

....and what a wise choice that would be! there are few better places in this world than being on a river bank in scotland.

Salar36
02-02-2005, 01:13 PM
Salar76;

And I think I will not have hard time to convince my grilfriend to go...her origin are from Scotland...(McLeod). This is her dream to go...note that she dreams to go everywhere in the world;), but Scotland seems to have a position at the top of the list.

DaveSadowski
02-02-2005, 01:18 PM
Congratulations, an opening day fish is always special.

The fly? Willie Gunn?? doesn't look like it on the pic unless its a local variation??

Yesterday the Tyne opened, perfect day, had a few kelts to Willie Gunns to whet the appetite, haven't heard of any fresh taken yet.

Tweed looking good, there on the 18th Feb.

The Tyne produced four reported fish on opening day. Three to Norman Patterson at Meggs Mill on the Bywell Syndicate water and one came off the Tyneside Anglers Syndicate water below Bywell bridge.

Willie Gunn
02-02-2005, 01:56 PM
No it wasn't a Willie Gunn(shock horror) I'm afraid it was a Pot Bellied Pig. And no before anybody asks I will not be changing my name. I may resemble one when wearing neoprene waders, when will someone produce a pair that flatters the fuller figure.

For a pot bellied pig dressing ask Gordon Armstrong fishingdo he is the expert.

Ray Blades
02-02-2005, 03:41 PM
Slangevar Malcolm.

Muckle Salmon
02-03-2005, 10:08 PM
Pot bellied pig :tsk_tsk: Malcolm there are trends and then there is tradition. You off all people I find this hard to believe. To see the proud Scotsman that I met fall to such depths makes my heart ache. :( The next thing we know you will be telling us that you are drinking Johnny Wallker Red or some such. :eek: I assume that in the near future we will see some posting of a grand Dee fish that was grassed on a Gordon or Akroyd or at least a blue charm.
With hopes for redemption ; Ramsay

Willie Gunn
02-04-2005, 04:27 AM
Ramsay,
I see where I went wrong yesterday, I fished Cairnton without a Blue Charm in my box, there was a fine collection in the rod room.Arthur Wood would recognise the room if he returned today, all his line winding machinery is still attached to the walls.

I came across this story from writer and journalist Bruce Sandison

One of the most famous angling developments in the middle years of the last century was that of greased line fly fishing for salmon, invented on the River Dee at Cairnton by legendary Arthur Wood. Wood claimed great success fishing for salmon in low water conditions using a line which floated on the surface of the water, rather than using a sinking line below the surface. His most successful pattern of salmon fly, he alleged, was a the Blue Charm, and every angling magazine in Britain was full of the story.

However, Jimmy Ross a gillie at Rothes told me a different story. As a young man, Jimmy used to gillie at Aboyne on the Dee and knew Arthur Wood’s gillie. In the pub one night, Jimmy plied his colleague with drams and quizzed him about “all these fish supposedly being killed on a wee Blue Charm fished on a floating line?’ “Don’t you believe it!” replied Wood’s gillie. “It’s a great big Jock Scott on a sinking line doing all the damage with — and everybody for miles around lashing away with wee Blue Charms catching nothing!”

Just who was telling the truth?

QuebecSporting
03-26-2005, 09:21 PM
Hi,
Any fresh news from Scotland?? How are the runs? The fishing??

Gees, where's eveyone!! Fishing!??? :roll:

Happy Easter! :wink:

A....

Willie Gunn
03-27-2005, 04:04 AM
Last week was a wash out on the Dee and Spey when the snow decided to melt. The Spey ran at +5ft from Wednesday to Saturday.
This week has been great on the Spey, I had 4 to my own rod from various beats.
Wester Elchies,possibly,Ashley Coopers favourite beat averaged a fish a day, Arndily had over 20. I finished the week on Delfur, arguably the best beat on the Spey and saw 2 fish landed, the first 17lbs and the second 20. The 3 winter fish are making an early return this year.
The Dee has been steady I am unsure of details as I'm not there till the first week in April

McIntyre
03-27-2005, 08:14 PM
My first springer from The River Dee, caught on the 18th of March at Grey Mare with 5'3" on the gauge. The springer on the lowest picture is from The Roe Pot caught on Tuesday this week.

After been 2 weeks on the Deeside I have to admit that it's a beautifull place to be. I hope to go back again next year.

Willie Gunn
03-28-2005, 02:44 PM
Nice fish, two of my favourite pools, though I've never managed a fresh fish from the Grey Mare.

which side of the Roe Pot were you? Inchmarlo or Little Blackhall?

McIntyre
03-28-2005, 02:51 PM
Nice fish, two of my favourite pools, though I've never managed a fresh fish from the Grey Mare.

which side of the Roe Pot were you? Inchmarlo or Little Blackhall?

Little Blackhall, at the top of the pool. We also fished The Waterside and Ferrar for 4 days, a very nice beat on the Upper Dee. Caught one there too, but no picture.

Still over 2 months until the season starts in Norway :roll:

Muckle Salmon
03-28-2005, 08:34 PM
Well done McIntyre :) Could you tell us what the killer flies were? Not pot bellied pigs I hope :lildevl:
Ramsay

McIntyre
03-29-2005, 05:08 AM
I got two of them on a Silver Willie tube fly

Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Tail: Orange SLF hanks
Body: Silver holo tinsel
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Front hackle: Black hen
Wing: Orange fox, yellow fox, yellow flash and black fox. The first section should reach to the tail and the others a little longer each.

The other one took a Silver Shadow tube fly


Body: Silver mini flatbraid
Rib: Oval tinsel
Fronthackel: Black hen
Wing: White fox, pearl flash and black fox. The wing should be dressed like a sunray shadow.

TYNE SPEYCASTER
03-29-2005, 12:37 PM
This week has been great on the Spey, I had 4 to my own rod from various beats.
Wester Elchies,possibly,Ashley Coopers favourite beat averaged a fish a day, Arndily had over 20. I finished the week on Delfur, arguably the best beat on the Spey and saw 2 fish landed, the first 17lbs and the second 20. The 3 winter fish are making an early return this year.


Willie Gunn,

Crikey, it's all all looking pretty good, don't forget to let some through to Tulchan B for this Thursday, Friday & Saturday, I see Craigellachie has had 5 for the last 2 days! Which day are you on Tulchan C?? We may meet at the beat march and swap some flies although mine surely won't come up to those Pot Bellied Pigs!
Tight lines any way, we will be just enjoying the experience, fish will be a bonus.

Mike

Willie Gunn
03-29-2005, 03:14 PM
Tulchan D on Friday, Delfur on Thursday and Saturday. Don't tell me about Craigellechie, I was offered a rod on there today, turned it down and they had three 2 sealiced. I fished on Orton and never saw a fin, well I landed a 2 lb brown trout, which took me to the backing. Well it was fould hooked in its tail.

Enjoy your days.

Willie Gunn
04-02-2005, 05:03 PM
Not a bad week 1 from Craigellachie on Wednesday, and one from Tulchan D on Friday. Delfur had 3 when I was there but nothing personally.

Graham Ritchie has a good story to tell from Delfur today, his brother Michael saved us blanking with his first fish of 2005.

How was your week:?

TYNE SPEYCASTER
04-04-2005, 01:02 PM
Willie Gunn,

Wonderful 3 days on Tulchan B with Alan (thanks for the good advice on his flowers!) what a lovely beat, where else would you want to be on a spring day in Speyside.

1 from Broom Pool on Thursday plus a few all too brief encounters in Stones, Friday blank, 1 Saturday from the Lodge Stream in bright sunshine, 16 degrees C, shirtsleeves at 2pm plus 3 more brief encounters in George and Boat Pool.

Fish were running through most days and we (2 rods) had the beat all to ourselves Thursday and Saturday, but it was tough to rendezvous with the silver tourists and keep them on!

Sorry you initially missed out at Craigellachie, spoke to Peter on Saturday and things had slowed up from the great start to the week. I will be there 20th June for the week hoping to catch the tail of the springers or the start of the grilse.

Alan retires from Tulchan this year, I got the distinct impression talking to him that he would love to carry on till he drops, he will be a great miss next year, some character!

Mike

fishingd0
04-11-2005, 06:38 AM
Pot bellied pig :tsk_tsk: Malcolm there are trends and then there is tradition. I assume that in the near future we will see some posting of a grand Dee fish that was grassed on a Gordon or Akroyd or at least a blue charm.
With hopes for redemption ; Ramsay

Ramsey

Just back from a week on the Dee (Birse). Started off the week fishing large PBP's, to no avail.

It wasn't until a size 10 munro killer was put on that the action started. 3 fish, one after the other were taken, with the total tally for the week reaching 6 with as many lost. All were caught on the munro killer, fished on a floating line with a 5ft sink tip.

Having been fishing mainly pbp's and other shrimp patterns for the last couple of years, it was an eye opener to see such a lightly dressed "wee flee" doing such damage.

Gordon

Earle Fletcher
04-11-2005, 05:57 PM
Will Prince Charles and Camilla be fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon while on their honeymoon?

Willie Gunn
04-11-2005, 06:12 PM
If they were planning fishing on their honeymoon they really should have organised the wedding for May rather than April as the Balmoral beats fish better in May.

I think that is when Graham Ritchie and mysrelf are fishing on the Royal beats. I hope the SAS are used to dawn till dusk anglers.

Muckle Salmon
04-11-2005, 09:02 PM
Just as well the wedding was in April otherwise you might have been S out of Luck :wink:
Ramsay

Muckle Salmon
04-11-2005, 09:11 PM
Gordon: I am curious as to how a poor impoverished student manages a full week on the Dee :confused: :. Might be something for me to learn :) . On the more serious side it is nice to hear that all Scotsmen have not fallen to the charms :eek: of the pot bellied pig.
Congratulations on a fine weeks fishing.
Ramsay

Willie Gunn
04-12-2005, 02:52 AM
Gordon: I am curious as to how a poor impoverished student manages a full week on the Dee :confused: Ramsay

Ramsay, I'm curious how a full time salmon fisher claims to be a student, in my day we had to attend college.

Gary W
04-12-2005, 03:51 PM
When I was a student with no money I had to tie flies for the proprieter in order to get fishing. Even that was on a trout loch; salmon fishing was out of reach until I started working.

Now, all I have to do is find a riparian owner on the Dee, Spey, Tay, Deveron, Don, etc., etc., etc., that is seriously short of salmon flies!!!

G Ritchie
04-12-2005, 05:30 PM
Ramsay,
I see where I went wrong yesterday, I fished Cairnton without a Blue Charm in my box, there was a fine collection in the rod room.Arthur Wood would recognise the room if he returned today, all his line winding machinery is still attached to the walls.


I hope you have your Blue Charms, silk line and tin of Mucilin looked out for tomorrow Malcolm.

fishingd0
04-14-2005, 07:55 AM
[QUOTE=Gary W]When I was a student with no money I had to tie flies.

Gary's hit it on the head. Flies are the answer, selling enough pbp's has made the "piggy" bank over flow. I have to get rid of it somehow :wink: .

Anyway enough of this cyber talk, I'm off to the river ! :biggrin:

Tight lines

Gordon

Willie Gunn
04-14-2005, 04:05 PM
I hope you have your Blue Charms, silk line and tin of Mucilin looked out for tomorrow Malcolm.

I eventually managed to catch my Cairnton salmon. Unfortunately it fell to the charms of a Brass Willie Gunn on an Ian Gordon intermdiate, but I'm sure Mr Wood would not have minded too much.

juro
04-14-2005, 04:55 PM
Malcom,

I hope we will see Ian's new lines at GGACC.

Willie Gunn
04-14-2005, 05:46 PM
Just off the phone to Ian. He is going to GGACC so he should have a line or two with him.

We are both flying out next Thursday, Ian via Paris, me via Amsterdam. Great planning, but we appear to be leaving and arriving at similer times so can share transport.