River Don Report October

River Don Monthly Report October 2021 Angling The last month of the season saw a significant increase in angling activity throughout the river. On the whole weather conditions remained unseasonably mild but thankfully for angler’s much wetter than the previous month. River levels maintained a decent height for angling, this helped keep fish on the move upstream providing rods on …

River Don September report

River Don Monthly Report September 2021 Angling Unfortunately for salmon anglers’ landings remained low throughout the month. River levels fell away over the weeks and a rise was badly required for those fishing on the middle and upper reaches. Beats on the lower river from Kintore downstream picked away on the odd day but by the end of the month …

WILLOW PROJECTS 2021

This year we undertook two willow restoration projects the River Don catchment one at Alford and the other at Bandley both on the mainstem of the River Don. Once again we would like to thank Leys Estate who have supplied surplus willow to the DonDSFB for these projects without which we couldn’t complete these projects. The following article highlights the …

August Monthly Report

River Don Monthly Report August 2021 Angling The month of August arrived along with the rise in river levels all salmon anglers had been longing for, over the first half of the month a decent turnout of rods was witnessed throughout the river. Bolstered by subsequent rises on the 7th and 11th fresh grilse and salmon entered the system and …

July Monthly Report

River Don Monthly Report July 2021 Angling Weather wise July followed the same pattern as June, hot sunny days kept daytime anglers off the river and any success was encountered early morning or late evening when air and water temperatures became slightly cooler. River levels fell away to summer lows as the month progressed and angling effort for salmon dropped …

River Don Monthly Report June 21

River Don Monthly Report June 2021 Angling In complete contrast to May’s weather June remained very dry, boosted by the deluge of rain last month’s river levels remained at a perfect height for angling and only began to fall away as the month progressed. High daytime temperatures and bright overhead conditions meant early morning or late evening sessions proved more …

River Don Monthly Report May21

River Don Monthly Report May 2021 Angling May turned out to be a wet and miserable month for angling. Whilst the occasional decent day was encountered heavy rainfall fell over the catchment for several weeks and subsequently several fishing days were written off due to either high or coloured water. One positive was that the higher flows would have assisted …

River Don Monthly Report

April 2021 Angling Anglers were confronted with a cold and blustery start to April, these conditions lingered for another two weeks before a change in the weather pattern brought a more springtime feel. River levels dropped away as the month progressed but thankfully a few days of heavy rain arrived as the month ended providing the river and anglers with …

River Don Monthly Report March 21

Angling The 1st of March produced the first salmon of the new season, Taking the honours this year was local angler Richard McHattie. Richard was fishing on Grandhome Estate beat where he successfully landed a 7lb fish on a Devon minnow. The fish was reported into the Don Board and upon verification Richard was duly awarded The David Paton Trophy …

David Paton Trophy

The David Paton trophy is awarded annually to the angler who lands the first salmon of the new season. Richard McHattie claimed this year’s honour after successfully landing a 7lb spring salmon on the 1st of March whilst fishing Grandhome Estate. The fish fell to a slowly spun black and yellow Devon minnow and swam away strongly after a quick …