Commonty 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. Fish with fly only.
2. The Dee Conservation Code will be observed.

3. Rents are due and shall be settled in full EIGHT WEEKS in advance. VAT will be charged at the appropriate rate. BACS Information: Clydesdale Bank PLC, Sort Code: 82-60-17, Account Name: Ballogie Estate Enterprises, Account Number: 90319269.
4. Tenants shall not be permitted to sub-let fishings without the prior written approval of the Proprietor.
5. In the event of cancellation of a booking by the Lessee, a minimum of eight weeks' cancellation must be given and a cancellation charge of 50% of the agreed rent will be made. In the event of later cancellations, the Lessee will remain liable for the whole agreed rent. We can try to re-let the fishings for you if you give us enough warning. In the event of re-letting taking place a 10% administration charge will be made. We do, however, strongly advise you to take out your own holiday insurance cover in the event that you have to cancel.
6. Please note that in line with general practice, we cannot give refunds for fishing spoilt by inclement weather or poor water conditions. Nor do we give refunds if you decide not to come.
7. No publicity without prior written consultation with the Proprietor.
8. Well behaved dogs welcome.

9. A fisherman commencing to fish in front of a fisherman fishing the opposite bank should commence fishing at least one hundred yards downstream from the opposite angler, or in a different pool. When starting behind the opposite fisherman allow a separation of at least fifty yards.
10. A fisherman must make steady progress downstream while fishing a pool thereby allowing any following fisherman on either side of the beat equal progress through the pool.
11. A fisherman should show awareness of others fishing the river and should be prepared to lift his line out of the water by request should a fisherman on the opposite bank be playing a fish.
12. If you are sharing a rod then the combined fishing effort should not exceed that which could be expected from one reasonably fit person. Fishing in relay is not permitted without allowing time to pass for the person finishing the pool to walk back up to the start.

13. If you are unable to fish your rods please advise the ghillie no later than the evening before commencement of your fishing.

14. To assist the work of the charity The River Dee Trust we apply a Levy on all rods hired by the week or part week (£10.00 per rod per week).
15. Details of all fish caught (weights, pools in which they were caught, date etc) should be reported to the ghillie or the office.

16. Clients are strongly advised to take out a Public Liability Policy, covering themselves and their guests, for not less than £500,000.
17. Clients and guests are advised to wear and use their own personal protective equipment where appropriate. This should include chest waders, wading stick, appropriate clothing and flotation equipment to marine standards.
18. The insurance cover in the fishing huts and on the rod-boxes does not extend to the property of tenants. If you wish to leave your belongings in the huts or rod-boxes it is at your own risk and you are advised to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for sports and other items when travelling.

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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.