Birse conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions

1. Rents are inclusive of rates and wages but are exclusive of ghillie's tips.

2. Tenants will be expected to use their own vehicles whilst fishing. Tenants will also be expected to provide their own tackle, flies, etc. unless otherwise agreed in advance

3. The telephone in the fishing hut is available for the convenience of the tenants but all calls must be paid for. Credit cards and transfer charge procedures should be used wherever possible.

4. Angling will be according to the voluntary code of conservation measures promoted by the Dee Salmon Fishing Improvement Association and by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board. Spinning on the beat will however be at the Ghillies discretion to protect the interests of all rods in accordance with the River Dee conservation code.

5. Accommodation recommendations can be made on request.

6. The ghillie is in charge of the fishings and his instructions must be complied with at all times.

7. Safety is of paramount importance and the directions of the ghillie must be followed in this respect. Tenants will be required to read and sign a safety information sheet on arrival and prior to fishing commencing.

8. Gyrodactalus salaris is an extremely dangerous parasite which threatens to devastate salmon stocks. As a precaution to prevent its introduction to the Dee all anglers must complete either a GS declaration before commencing fishing if coming from within Great Britain or if coming from outwith Great Britain, to produce upon arrival a veterinary certificate confirming that all tackle, waders, clothing etc has been appropraitely treated/disinfected.

These particulars have been prepared for the guidance of prospective tenants but their accuracy is in no way guaranteed.

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Dee conditions


A The season will run from 1st February to 15th October up to Aboyne Bridge. Above Aboyne Bridge the season will close on 30th September.

B Salmon and Grilse: Prior to 1st April it is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse. By law any
salmon or grilse that is severely injured or damaged, dies or is killed before this date must be returned to the river.

After 1st April there should be 100% catch and release for the entire season.

Sea Trout There should be 100% catch and release for the entire season.
(incl Finnock):

C At the beat's discretion spinning is a permitted option for the whole river between 1st February and 15th April. In addition spinning is permitted in August and September from the top of Maryculter Beat downstream. It is recommended that fly fishing should always be given a fair try in preference to spinning. Note spinning is not permitted anywhere in October.

D It is recommended that all hooks should be barbless or crimped. No treble hooks should be used.

E On the Dee After 1st April all severely injured or damaged fish should be handed to the proprietor. This applies to all beats.

F On the Cowie and Carron it is illegal to kill a salmon or grilse throughout the entire season. This is due to the Scottish Government classifying these two rivers as Category 3 under the terms of the 2016 salmon conservation regulations.

G Irrespective of the date of capture all fish handling should be kept to a minimum to avoid damage and stress. Guidelines on how to do this are available on

H It is illegal to sell rod caught wild salmon or sea trout.

I All anglers are requested to read and act upon the biosecurity measures in place for each beat to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris and other diseases to the Dee. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets prior to fishing. All beats have the appropriate facilities on site but it may be necessary to check whether you will be required to disinfect the equipment prior to arrival or at one of the disinfecting stations listed on

A. All pink salmon to be killed and retained where possible and the River Office to be contacted on the 24 hr number, 01339880411.

Remember, the Dee DSFB needs the vital help and support of all Proprietors, Ghillies and Anglers to realise the twin objectives of sustaining and enhancing the river's fish stocks and maintaining a viable, thriving fishery.