Coming to fly fish on a classic salmon river requires a proficiency and touch, to maximise the enjoyment that the visit can provide, which covers casting, wading, choosing suitable methods of presentation and choice of the fly. Anglers develop their skills at different rates, and for some it can happen very quickly and for others a little longer. Many anglers develop their skills by learning to fish at trout fisheries, of which there are a number throughout Deeside, and some learn 'feel and touch' by sea fishing and beach fishing. Fishing on Deeside is mainly carried out from river banks and from wading, very occasionally deeply and extremely rarely from a boat with less than a handful of Dee beats having a boat
It is advantageous to be able to Spey cast and utilise double handed fly fishing rods in the 13-16 foot range with floating to sinking lines. There is an option to Spin on the river in the early season and later in the season, but by and large the river Dee sees the majority of anglers fly fishing. There are instructors in Deeside and this website has instructors details available for reference. It is always easier learning a new skill with instruction and angling is no exception. It can be a most enjoyable diversion taking youngsters to the local trout fisheries as they can catch fish there considerably easier than they would on a salmon river, this is because the trout feed in the stocked trout ponds and Salmon do not feed in the river.
We arrange to visit schools throughout the catchment and present the "Salmon in the Classroom" programme to school pupils. This presentation is provided by River Dee Trust biologist Adrian Hudson and is a highly entertaining and informative presentation which allows local school children to learn about the environment, the inhabitants of the river and river bank, and the commercial value of fishing through angling tourism in Deeside. Local schools who want to see the presentation and be involved in the programme are welcome to get in touch with us.
We have been given a super opportunity by Mr Ron Low and his business partner Mr John Wallace, to use the local Raemoir trout fishery in Banchory where there have been a number of ponds created to produce invertebrates to provide natural feeding for the...