About The Dee
History of the Dee
The Dee has a deserved reputation as one of the world's great salmon rivers. Since the 17th century, anglers have been sport fishing on the river for its famous run of salmon. Victorian salmon anglers enjoyed some of the finest fishing in the Dee's angling history and their innovative approach to fishing tackle design is still reflected in tackle today.
With the advent of Victorian fly fishing tackle, the evolution of modern rods and reels had begun. No longer were salmon played on a 'tight line' or line tied to the rod tip, but rather a 'loose line' which ran through the rod rings. This allowed greater opportunity to land big Dee salmon, which the 'tight line' method was simply no match for.
River Facts & Figures
The Dee is one of the earliest producing rivers in Scotland and takes great pride in the fact that it produces more spring fish caught to the fly than many other rivers in Britain. The river catchment covers an area in excess of 2000 sq kilometres.
The beauty of middle Deeside in early summer at Blackhall