Culter conditions

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Fishery conditions

Accommodation:

Fishing is not available without accommodation and anglers must stay at the Maryculter House Hotel for the duration of their fishing let.
There are twin rooms reserved for visiting anglers fishing Culter Beat.
There will be a supplementary charge for single room accommodation, if any single room is available for the duration of your stay which cannot be guaranteed.

Rules / restrictions

Fly fishing is the only method permitted through the entire season
There should be 100% Catch & Release on both salmon and sea trout for the entire season.
Fishermen are wading at their own risk and the beat does not accept liability for accidents occurring.
Anglers crossing the river in the beats boat at their own risk & people must wear a life jacket; the beat does not accept liability for accidents occurring.
In safety matters the ghillies decision is always final.
Dogs are not allowed on the beat!
Should Culter become unavailable through any external cause, e.g. Flood, drought etc the Estate shall have no liability.
In the event of any damage being caused to the beat guests will be responsible and charged in full for the necessary repairs and, as appropriate, replacements
Culter Beat follows the River Dee Conservation Code



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Dee conditions

THE DEE CONSERVATION CODE 2017

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 www.fishdee.co.uk .

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 www.fishdee.co.uk .

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.