There has not been many fish caught on the Dee this past few weeks but just know there is always a chance encounter with a nice springer is ample motivation. This year saw the water dropping away nicely through-out our 3 day trip but at the same time the water temperature was dropping too. As I left on Saturday the water temperature was just above freezing at a baltic 34f! Not pleasant to wade in all day but a few extra pairs of socks help. With the lowish water conditions this meant that the whole beat would be fishable and there are some fantastic pools which excel when the water is low.
I won't bore you with all the details of where and when and what pools I fished but instead will just post a few pictures I took during my trip which sadly only yielded plenty plucks and pulls at the fly, a few kelts and a couple of lost fish which were probably kelts too. It's always a pleasure to fish Carlogie and I know how lucky I am to do so as it is fully let all year every year. I even fished well into darkness on Saturday as I knew it would be another year until I got the chance to fish the pools again! Unfortunately, I could only post 10 pictures so had to limit the pools I could show but these are a majority of the ones I fished this week.
|Long Haugh. A lovely pool which springers rest in before taking on the rapids and white water above. Fished well all trip. .|
|Pitslug. As the water dropped this pool lost its flow making it very difficult to fish the fly properly. Great pool in medium/high water though. Some deep holes which will hold fish.|
|Rossach. Another quality pool on Carlogie. Nice streamy water which fishes a fly beautifully.|
|Mill Pool. Named after the mill situated on the opposite bank (Dess). Once again, another fantastic pool and a good spot to pick up a springer. A nice cast near to the far banks is required to cover the lies effectively.|
|Jock Rae. The water comes into this pool quickly but it fines out creating yet another cracking piece of fly water. Only fished this pool once as the opposite bank had a rod in the other time I tried. Plenty other water for me to try though.|
|Whin Bush and Lucky Hole. Lucky hole is really just a short piece of water but the Whin Bush is a very good holding lie as fish rest in here after coming up from the Boat through the fast water below in Flats, Claypot and Willow Bed.|
|Boat and Village Pools. Some of the best high water pools on the whole river here. The higher the water, the closer the fish come to the Carlogie bank.|