Headinch and Cambus O'May


Upper Dee, between Aboyne and Ballater


Five year average: 85 salmon/grilse and 26 sea trout
5.6 miles mostly double bank, with 21 pools Maximum rods: 4 (spring) & 3 (summer)
5 huts & ghillie (ghillie service during spring only )


For anglers looking for a delightful beat to visit and fish, then Headinch and Cambus O'May have a lot to offer the visiting angler. This unique beat has a rare River Dee characteristic, in that it is virtually double bank fishing, for over 5 miles, which of course provides ample space for anglers to fish over 21 pools during the fishing season. Most of the fishing is from both banks, with only 5 pools at the top of the beat with fishing on one bank only. The beat produces fish throughout the fishing season from March through until the end of September. There are a diverse range of pools to suit anglers where some can be fished from the bank and other pools which can be waded. The scenery is quite beautiful with a lot of interesting flora and fauna to be observed from the river bank and of course the Cairngorm Mountains in the background.

The best pools will depend very much on the water levels. In high water, the Long Pool and the Holly Bush will perhaps be top. The Tassachd pool is a lovely place to fish, favoured by the famous salmon angling author the late John Ashley Copper, which fishes well from both banks and a range of heights. Glashan is arguably one of the prettiest pools on the Dee as is the delightful Clarach, which again is a lovely fly fishing pool.
There are a good number of accommodations for anglers to use including two new dining huts, one on the north bank and one at the south with 3 other rain shelters. There are also paths along the riverside on both banks and the famous Cambus O'May footbridge that allow access to all parts of the beat on foot. The beat has fly fishing only and a complete catch and release policy. The beat provides good holding lies in pools at a variety of fishing heights and there are mixtures of fly water conditions that can be encountered on the beat to challenge the angler's skills of reading the water and fly presentation. Successful flies for the Dee include Willie Gunn tubes; Dee Monkeys, Tosh, Silver Stoats tail, Park Shrimp, Calvin's Shrimp as well as small summer doubles from size 10-14.Typically anglers will fish with 14 or 15 foot fly rods in the spring and 12-13 ft fly rods in the summer using lighter lines.

The beat has two main fishing periods' spring and summer. The spring period is from 1 March to 2 July when 4 rods can fish the beat. From 4 July to 30 September, 3 rods can fish the beat. From the beginning of the season until 4 July the beat has the services of a full-time ghillie, after which ghillying is by arrangement with the estate office. Access to the beat is by car along tracks to the main pools. The beat has fly fishing only and a complete catch and release policy. Self-catering accommodation is available on the estate. For further details on the fishing or accommodation please contact the estate office or look at our website. .

For further details on the fishing or accommodation please contact the estate office or look at our website on www.glentanar.co.uk.

Scotland/Dee Beat

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Salmon & Grilse

Sea Trout

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Glen Tanar Estate
Brooks House
Glen Tanar
AB34 5EU

Tel: 01339 886451
Fax: 01339 886047
Email: info@glentanar.co.uk