Dinnet conditions

FishPal conditions

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Fishery conditions



1. Tenants shall not be permitted to sub-let fishings without the prior written approval of the Proprietor or his agent.

1. The maximum number of rods, inclusive of ghillies, permitted to fish at any time shall be two. The pools known as "Bruich" and the three "Bobbies" are reserved to the Proprietor.

1. All fishing shall be in a bona fide fair and sportsmanlike manner, which shall be deemed to exclude the use of live and natural baits. From 3rd July to 30th September inclusive, tenants shall observe the 2017 Dee Conservation Code, which recommends that all salmon and grilse and all sea trout should be released back to the river. Tenants are asked to return all fish and not kill any salmon or grilse or sea trout this year. To assist in the release of fish, all hooks should be barbless with a recommendation against treble hooks being used.

1. Access shall be by traditional routes, taking account of stock and crop. The use of the main avenue to Dinnet House is a privilege, which is restricted to the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday only. Drivers must drive slowly and carefully at all times, especially as there are young children about. Access outwith these hours must be via North Lodge. It is the tenant's responsibility to ensure guests adhere to this rule. Any abuse of these privileges will lead to immediate withdrawal thereof without notice.

1. Rents are due and shall be paid THREE MONTHS in advance. VAT will be charged at the appropriate rate.

1. No publicity without prior written consultation with the Proprietor.

1. A full Return of all salmon, grilse and seatrout, together with their respective weights, the pools in which they were caught and returned, and the date, must be made to this office within one week of departure.

1. The Tenant should be able to produce upon request a valid Public Liability Insurance Policy certificate covering himself and guest rods for not less than £1,000,00.

1. Dogs are not permitted on the river bank unless kept on a lead.

1. The Tenant and any guests must wear and use his/her own personal protective equipment where appropriate. This should include chest waders, wading stick, appropriate clothing and flotation equipment to marine standards.

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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.

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.