Crathie conditions

FishPal conditions

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Fishery conditions

We hope you will enjoy your fishing at Invercauld and these rules are drawn up to ensure your safety, to protect the environment we all enjoy so much and to preserve the stocks of Atlantic Salmon.

Fishing the River Dee can involve an element of risk and therefore we strongly recommend that all anglers wear a floatation vest. Persons who fail to wear a vest will not be barred from fishing but will understand that Invercauld Estates and other parties involved in the administration of the fishing will be free from liability for any accident resulting from their failure to do so.

Anglers are reminded that riverbanks can be rough and slippery and we recommend the use of a wading stick and protective spectacles. Special care should be taken wading into deep water and where there are overhead power lines. Stop fishing during thunder and lightning. No fires should be lit and your ghillie will not allow those to fish who are considered to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for their own safety.

The following guidelines are issued by the Dee District Salmon Fishing Board and the Dee Salmon Fishing Improvement Association:

1.All salmon and grilse should be released throughout the season.
2. All sea trout should be released.
3. Fly only and hooks should be barbless and preferably single iron. No trebles.
4. All fish must be returned to the river.

Finally if you have been fishing in Scandinavia or Russia it is essential to have all your fishing tackle cleaned before fishing in a British river. This is easily done, tell your ghillie. This is to avoid the spread of the parasite Gyrodactylus Salaris. The Scottish Office leaflet available from the Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen, Tel 01224 876544, Fax 01224 295511 will give you more information. The email address for the laboratory is and the web site is

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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.