News from the Ghillie, Raymond Sinclair 2021

It was a good week for Upper Blackhall. John Bannerman kicked it off on Wednesday when he caught a lovely 9lb fish in the Sandys late in the afternoon. It was a red letter day for Ally Ker on Thursday when he came up to fish in the afternoon and caught three springers, two of which came from the corner pool with the third coming from the Lower Ferroch. On Saturday Graham Ritchie fished hard all day and was rewarded in the evening when he got a nice 9lber in the Lower Ferroch. So best week of the season so far and we hope it continues as there is still availability for locals until the COVID rules change.

We wish you all a very Happy Easter!


We were very lightly fished this week as we had the contractors in fixing the road and the river bank where the trees had uprooted into the river due to the bank erosion.  This is now completed apart from tidying up. According to the weather forecast it is going to be colder this coming week but we are into April now so historically there should be fish starting to run and hopefully we can get into some.

For the first three days this week we had Charles Weatherly fishing with us. Charles was the highest bidder in the Dee trust auction to which we donated three days fishing. On Monday he was rewarded with a lovely fresh 8lb fish from the corner pool. The rest of the week was uneventful with just the odd kelt but hopefully we can get hold of something this coming week.

The week started with an almost spring feeling about it with mild temperatures and good water heights for us but apart from one kelt nothing else was contacted.


At the moment perseverance and a lot of luck is needed to come in contact with a fish, hopefully things improve before long.

It was quite good fishing conditions this week with the water just slowly dropping off but it was only kelts we connected with. There were more fish being caught mainly on the lower beats so hopefully they will arrive with us this coming week. The river road is not yet passable for saloon cars yet but I have been levelling it off and will continue to do so this week so hopefully we will get through it soon.

With high water most of the week it was Friday and Saturday before it was a decent fishing height for us. With the high pressure over us it should remain good conditions for the coming week.

This week saw our season get off to a start when Jane Hutcheon came up with her dad and caught a lovely fresh 9lb fish in the corner pool on Friday. Well done Jane.


There are a few fish spread out over the river now so hears hoping we get into some this coming week.


The river road is passable (with care) to most cars now and there is availability to locals at the moment.

The river was mostly unfishable this week due to the sudden mild weather which brought down the snowmelt.


It was particularly high on Saturday and Sunday breaking its banks in places but it is dropping now and we may be allowed to fish again soon.

The river was virtually unfishable most of the week due to very low temperatures, gru and a lot of snow. The snow is now drifting in the strong wind which brings me to point out if anyone wants to book fishing this week they will have to have a four wheel drive vehicle to access the beat. The road up the river is very badly affected by the snow and ice.

The season started on Monday with quite good conditions but we only caught kelts. The weather changed on Tuesday which was unfishable due to the gru coming down and the rest of the week was a mixture of snow, sleet and rain with a bitter east wind. There has been snow all weekend and the weather doesn’t look great for the coming week but hopefully we will see some action.

@ 2018 Upper Blackhall