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Salmon fishing on the Dee

The River Dee is internationally famous for its salmon fishing, and especially so for its multi-sea winter spring salmon, with anglers coming from all over the world to fish. It has historically been thought of as the top spring Atlantic Salmon river in the world (Feb-May).

Spring salmon stocks have been rising over the last few years with the River Dee typically producing more highly prized spring salmon than any other river in the United Kingdom.

In addition to the increasing run of spring fish, the river sees the bulk of its catch through the summer into autumn. Given reasonable water levels the river can provide fantastic sport with strong runs of fresh fish coming forward.

A visiting Norwegian Frede Hognestad fishing the River Dee

About this web site

The site covers all relevant things for anglers from any part of the world who wish to fish on Royal Deeside. Virtually all of the Dee's salmon beats are included on this site so you can read about each one, see its current fishing availability and book fishing online or by telephone.

Full details are in the left hand menu, but the main pages of note are:

Latest River Levels - updated twice a day
Latest catches updated hourly
Find fishing - rods updated hourly
Online booking - with permits emailed
Images on Facebook
Flickr photo albums

The Park Trophy Winning fish 28lbs Springer

The Park Trophy

The Park Trophy was introduced in 2009 and is awarded on an annual basis to the angler who has landed the heaviest verified fish of the season from the River Dee. The Park Trophy was introduced and donated by Mr John Foster of Park Estate, an innovative former chairman of the River Dee Board. The trophy will be kept by the angler for a year and then returned to the River Office for the following year's winner to collect.

The Callum Mackenzie Cup

The Cup has been provided by Ballogie Estate with the support of the Mackenzie Family in recognition of the assistance that Callum gave to Ballogie over many years especially with the fishing. The award for the most notable capture will be to the youngster whose angling success has been selected as the most notable fish by the Callum Mackenzie Award Committee and will be made annually at the River Dee opening ceremony.

Rules-Fisher must be under 18 years of age at time of catch for any species of fish within the River Dee catchment, including Rivers Cowie and Carron or one of the many trout fisheries in the district. Entries should include a short story about the capture of the fish, Picture, date and location of capture. Witness details to confirm catch. Submissions will receive publicity through the local press and FishDee website. All entries to the Callum Mackenzie Committee should be sent by e-mail to
or by mail to River Dee Office, Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5LA

FishDee wishes to thank Frede Hognestad and Mattias Helde for permission to use imagery