This will be the last days fishing for the group and the A Team where to fish the Birse beat.
We all met in the dinning room for breakfast of fruit juice, toast and a main of eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushroom and beans all washed down with strong coffee. After a few discussions on tactics we all changed into waders and boots and headed off for the chosen beat.
We arrived at Birse and Graham, the gillie, made us a cup of coffee and we decided who was fishing on what part of the beat. Claes and I had the lower halve and I fished three pools before lunch finishing on the Big Jetty. Claes fished Lower Island and Tree’s and like me had no success. The weather was glorious with bright sunshine and a temperature of 21 deg c unfortunately not very conducive with the catching of Salmon.
We retired to the Boat Inn across the river at Aboyne for a lunch of the pubs fare. I managed a Pulled Pork sandwich with chilli sauce, side salad and crisps as I am trying to develop a six pack and lose this one pack.
The afternoon session panned out much like the morning and that elusive Springer had managed to evade me this week. We returned to the Mill of Dess lodge and as the others returned news came that Jean Charles, our Swiss angler had managed a Springer. The salmon was caught on the Dess beat stripping a 5″ Sunray Shadow very fast across the flow of the river. Jean Charles told us that he had lost a fish in the morning stripping the same fly. We celebrated his catch with a wee dram and then went into the dinning room for our last dinner together. Coffee and a few drinks, or was it more, where taken in the lounge and tails where told of the weeks events. Not sure what time we all went to bed.
Breakfast was at 7.30 am and afterwards farewells where said as the guys left for the airport and I looked forward to a 6 hour drive back home to Altrincham. Mattias and Jonas where then driving over to the River Spey for some more salmon fishing. Some people are gluttons for punishment. You can keep up with their adventures and more of this trip by visiting Mattias on his blog at http://fiskebloggen.com/ . When the site comes up press the Blog link at the top of the page and then scroll down till you see the language selector and choose English or Right Click and press Translate. Its a very professional site and well worth a look.
Salmon for the week. Claes 2, Anders 1, Nichlas 1, Robin 1 and Jean Charles 1 = Total 6. I am posting a few more pictures and Mattias has lots more on his site.
Thanks to all the guys for a great trip.
Magnus, Niklas, Stellan, Thrond, Nichlas, Jean-Charles, Anders, Goran, Claes, Mattias, Jonas and Robin, yours truly Alan.
Group photo over dinner.
Drinks and coffee in the lounge after dinner.
The mill on the Dess beat, River Dee.
Claes deadly salmon fly tied on a size 6 single hook that caught two Springer’s. The picture was take by Mattias so he could tie a copy ready for the next day.
Nichlas with a Springer from Jetty on the Birse beat.
Throng’s box of Sunray Shadows given to Mattias.
Well that’s all for this trip and I will hopefully post again on the 17th May at the start of my trip to the River Tay at Kercock with friends from the UK.