News from the Ghillie, Raymond Sinclair 2020

Sunday 31st May 2020


Fishing resumed on the River Dee on Friday with blazing sunshine and low water conditions. Hamish Prstige on his first visit to Upper Blackhall managed to catch a small Salmon in the Green Spout and Craig Fleming caught a nice Sea Trout in the same pool on Saturday. I think the low water and warm weather will continue for a few days but it should start to cloud over towards the end of the week, hopefully improving fish catches.




Sunday 29th March 2020


Monday was the only days fishing we had this week before lockdown due to the virus and it was a good day for Jason Scott who caught a nice eight pound fish in the tail of the corner pool.


It will probably take some time before we can fish again so in the meantime tie up some flies, sort out your tackle and be ready for when we can start again.


Stay safe and stay at home and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sunday 22nd March 2020


We were due to have a party of twelve from Scandinavia staying and fishing with us this week but sadly due to the virus they had to cancel. However two of the party live in Oban so they were able to come.Mr Brian Kupris and his wife Muriel joined us for the week and tried hard with no luck but they enjoyed their stay very much and look forward to coming back next year with the full party.


We have day rod availability for the next two weeks and if anybody books they should be aware we will not use the huts, they should eat and tackle up at their cars. I will always be available to offer advice and show them where to fish on the beat while staying the required distance apart, hopefully the virus will pass quickly and things will get back to normal.


Sunday 15th March 2020


Great start to the week catching a lovely 14 pound fish in the Green Spout on Monday morning. Cracking photo of it before it went back into the river.

We had Paul Cabrol with his friends Carl Stacey (caught the fish!) and Kevin Ford fishing. The river dropped away all week but apart from a couple of pulls no more fish were caught but we had a lot of laughs and it was good fun with a with a great bunch of lads.


Sunday 8th March 2020


Although we tried our best there was nothing to be had but a very enjoyable week nevertheless. We had Christopher Mchugh and his wife Rachel fishing.


The river is rising today and it is over the five feet mark it's looking good for fish next week, hopefully by midweek.

Sunday 1st March 2020


After the high water of the weekend the river slowly started to drop and a few fish were caught on the river throughout the week.

On Friday and Saturday we had Dave Palmer and his friend Jerry Oddie fishing with us and on Saturday morning just as the river started to rise again.


Jerry caught a lovely six pound fish in Sandys Pool so it was a nice ending to the first month of the season.


Sunday 23rd February 2020


It was another disappointing week for the river after last weekends rise in the water, however it did not deter our guests from trying hard to catch a fish.


We had two experienced fishermen with us for the past four days, Russell Pickup and his friend Steve. They tried their best but with the river rising to six feet on Saturday sadly had to admit defeat. A stormy start to the coming week is forecast with snow and high winds so might have some luck towards the end of the week.

Sunday 16th February 2020


After the high water last weekend I was hopeful that some fresh fish would come in but it was a very disappointing week with nothing to report.


Storm Dennis has appeared this weekend and the river has had a substantial lift. It is now falling so we should have some fish will appear soon.

Sunday 9th February 2020


After the excitement of catching a fish on the opening day this week was a bit disappointing as the weather turned a lot colder and the river height dropped away. We had experienced fishers all day in the river but we only had kelts, which were all very well mended.


Storm Ciara has arrived which should give the river a good lift and hopefully bring in some fresh fish for the coming week once it has settled down.


Sunday 2nd February 2020

It was an almost perfect start to the season, a mild, overcast day with the river rising slowly from one foot eight in the morning to two feet at night. A perfect spring height for us at Upper Blackhall. 


All the rods fishing with us were very experienced fishermen and they all picked up some kelts in every pool they fished but it was John Fraser who caught our fresh springer, a lovely six pound fish from the tail of the Big Girnal just as the light started to change.


The river is at a very good height for us and the prospects look very good for next week with fish having been caught in almost all the middle beats.

@ 2018 Upper Blackhall