The River Dee
The River Dee is known as the world’s top spring salmon river with catches in Deeside generally higher than anywhere for Atlantic salmon from February to May. Good angling or fishing beats are available at Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar with fishing guides (ghillies) to assist from February to October. The fish migrate annually to Deeside to spawn future generations of salmon. The salmon are born in the river and spend up to 3 years there before migrating to sea to feed. The salmon migrate northwards in the Atlantic Ocean to the Faroe Islands and coast of Iceland where they feed for one to two years before returning home to spawn. Others migrate to the eastern seaboard of North America for another year to two years before returning home to spawn. By then the adult fish has built up sufficient body weight to survive up to a full year in the river without requiring nourishment. Salmon migrate up the River Dee to their spawning grounds and will spawn very close to the river bed where they were born in some 3-7 years earlier. Fishing the prestigious River Dee can be booked through “Fish Dee”
Available throughout the Dee valley from a variety of stocked fisheries located near the main river stem and these provide fishing virtually all year round. These fish typically weigh from 1lb to 10lbs with the occasional larger specimen. Anglers visit the Dee from throughout the UK and abroad, primarily to cast a line for Atlantic salmon and sea trout, for which the river is justifiably world famous. However, facilities are also needed to help develop the talents of younger local and visiting anglers, as well as people wishing to try it out to see if they like it.
Trout fisheries allow families and groups to visit and everyone can have a go at catching the stocked fish. These often include brown, rainbow, blue and golden trout. Some of the fisheries even have tagged fish that entitle you to a cash prize if you are fortunate enough to catch one.
Such fisheries can also be a real godsend when the river is in spate and too high to fish safely, or alternatively, during the late summer when the water levels may very occasionally drop well below normal summer lows making it difficult to catch a wild salmon.
Some top and very reasonably priced local angling / fishing can be had at the following:
Invercauld Estate – Fantastic salmon fishing on the River Dee. Also trout fishing on the River Gairn.www.invercauld.org/
Deeside Activity Park – offers private access to salmon fishing beats on the Dee and the Don and can provide tackle & waders, ghillies for private fishing instruction, transport and accommodation. The Deeside Activity Park so offers fishing for rainbow trout and brook trout on their own private loch. www.deesideactivitypark.com
Glen Tanar Estate – 4 fly-based salmon fishing beats can be booked by the week, part-week or the day. Fishing with a ghillie is mandatory in the Spring, but optional during summer. We also offer fly-fishing from boat for rainbow trout ( and some brownies) on own well-stocked private loch. Day and evening fishing sessions available from £15 per adult. www.glentanar.co.uk
Loch Kinord Hotel at Dinnet has an association on the River Feugh for fishing and Ghillie who will pick up from the hotel and return back. The Feugh opens 1st June but usually has daily availability when the Dee is fully booked. It is also a good trout river. www.lochkinord.com