Kincardine 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. Principal tenants are responsible for communicating this information to the rest of their party.
2. Where we let fishing to / through agents it is on the understanding that we are letting fishing to one person per rod and not as part of a rota of many fishermen on a combination of fishing beats. If an agent takes three rods for a week then we expect to see the same three fishermen for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and, if a change is desired, another group of three fishermen for the remainder of the week.

The risks to your future fishing from importing diseases such as Gyrodactylus salaris or from transferring unwanted alien plant species such as the Water Crowfoot or Ranunculus sp, which has become so evident in recent years, are all to obvious and it is our aim to keep the Dee's fishing in optimum condition. It is part of the conditions of fishing Kincardine Beat that you follow the procedures for sterilising fishing equipment as directed by the ghillie and by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board.

Good manners and courteous behaviour at all times is encouraged. Please observe the following conditions.
1. A Fisherman commencing to fish in front of someone fishing the opposite bank should start 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 50 yards.
2. A fisherman must make steady progress downstream while fishing a pool thereby allowing any following fisherman on either side of the river equal progress through the pool.
3. A fisherman should show awareness of others fishing the river. For example he should be prepared to lift his line out of the water by request should another fisherman on the same or opposite bank be playing a fish. Remember the fellow fisherman opposite has an equal right to enjoyment of the water.

4. If you are "sharing" a rod then the combined fishing effort should not exceed that which could be expected from one reasonably fit person. In particular, fishing in relay is not permitted without allowing time to pass for the person finishing the pool to walk back up to the start.

1. Fly fishing only is permitted. The following are forbidden: spinners; baits such as shrimp, prawn or worm; "megabait" and similar products; chemical "dips"; illuminating or glowing lures. If in doubt ask the ghillie.
2. The upstream method of fishing with sunken tackle is forbidden.


On the opposite bank will be a total of 2 rods but both may be in the Boat/Village area or the Carlogie Hut area. Sometimes it will seem to us that there are two fishers against our one. Seen from the other bank however the same may apply!

On the Kincardine bank only one person may fish each rod. Special arrangements have been agreed when the river height exceeds 2'6"

The pools are clearly marked on the maps in the fishing huts. The division between lower and upper Village Pool is the prominent large fence straining post some 150 yards below the overhead wire.

Who can fish - where and when

1. Calm Pool Rod can fish: March Pool, Calm Pool & Lucky Hole. In addition, when river over 2' 6" this rod can fish the Lower Village Pool and the Ford Pool.
2 The Flat Rod can fish: The Whinbush, The Flat, Clay Pot & Willow Bed.
3. The Village Pool can fish: The Bend, Boat Pool, The Village Pool (Upper & Lower) and The Ford Pool when river is below '6"". Above this height rod is restricted to Bend, Boat Pool and Upper Village Pool.
Note: The rods are rotated on a daily basis at 1.00pm


The Dee Conservation Code will be observed. Currently, in simple terms it is as follows:
Salmon: Release all salmon.
Sea Trout: Release all sea-trout.

Guidance on how to release fish is on display in huts and available from the ghillie. A barbless, or crimped down barbed hook is easier to release than a barbed one. Do not use large trebles.

Taking a played fish out of the water has been likened to shoving an exhausted human's head into a bucket of water immediately they have run a race. Try to keep the fish in the water at all times and release it with the least interference or damage you can. It is easiest to do this by stepping into the water (where it is safe to do so) alongside the played fish. A Ketchum Release Tool is very helpful in effecting a quick, clean release.

The purpose of catch and release is to return healthy fish back into the river so that they survive to breed, so don't drag them up the bank and damage their skin.

Photos: Do, if you can, get a photo but please don't wander about with your fish waiting for a photographer - the fish's survival is of far greater importance. If a photographer is on hand the best thing to do is to remove the fly from the fish while it is in the water and then, supporting the fish underneath, briefly lift it a little bit out of the water, say "cheese", and then release it carefully. Don't under any circumstances hold it up by the gills. Send us a copy of the photo if you can.

Bleeding Fish: If, despite your efforts to avoid harming the fish, it bleeds copiously from the gills it will die if released. In such circumstances kill the fish quickly and humanely.
You are not entitled to keep such fish. They will be given to the proprietor. The purpose of this rule is to avoid any temptation to kill fish.

Thank You: Since February 2000 we have released over 98% of all the salmon caught on Kincardine. Please help us keep up this tremendous performance.

Any Fisherman who has been "warned off" the beat is not welcome and their reservation will not be accepted even if this is made through a third party.
Beginners and those requiring the constant attention of a ghillie should contact the ghillie in advance to make special arrangements for this service. Tel: J McGinley 013398 84418 or mobile 07748 802232

We recommend the following:
Feb-early June & Sept: - double-handed rod 14ft-16ft
Mid-June - August double-handed rod 12ft - 14ft
Generally speaking a single-handed rod is only worth using in low water conditions and is certainly unsuitable for some wind and water conditions. Do not rely on a single-handed rod as the only means of fishing on the Dee but do please by all means bring one along in the summer.

Lines: depends on water temperature and height, bring at least one of each category:
-sinking tip or slow sinking or intermediate
-floating line
Note: fast sinking lines are not suitable
Leaders: Spring 12lbs - 15lbs

Flies: Fishing is fly only. That means flies made from feathers, fur, hair, tinsel etc. Large treble hooks are not acceptable as they are difficult to release.

Fly Patterns: Willie Gunn, Munro Killer, Stoat's Tail, Ally"s Shrimp, Sweep and Toucan are all popular. Light, slimly dressed flies are recommended
Waders: Chest waders are required + wading stic
Clothing: Warm and waterproof.
Safety Eye protection - please consider wearing safety glasses, preferably polarised (we recommend Solar
Life jackets - we can provide inflating jackets if required.

GHILLIE - Note: details may change
Our ghillie, John McGinley's contact details are 013398 84418 or mobile 07748 802232. He will show you the water and then visit during the day to check up on your progress and offer advice.

I am often asked how much you should tip a ghillie. Naturally, it is ultimately your choice but when one compares what one gun tips a keeper for a day's shooting (£40 - £100+) or a caddie I believe that a figure of £30 per rod/ day or £100-£150 for a rod/week is about right. If you've had a marvellous week then you should consider adding to this figure. Please remember that the ghillie spends long days, six days per week, looking after you. This is especially the case during the middle months of the season when evening fishing extends the day.

We have requests each year for tuition. Some are from complete beginners but others from those keen to improve, for example, their spey-casting technique. Our ghillie, John McGinley, is an excellent teacher but please be aware that if he is expected to spend much time teaching one person then he cannot attend to everyone else. Therefore it is simply not acceptable to bring complete beginners when we are fully let and expect John to teach. He has my instructions to try to look after all our tenants equally. Complete beginners are welcome in the quiet times of the season - July and August - and we can provide all the necessary equipment. Please let us know that you require tuition and we shall try to accommodate your visit accordingly. An extra charge is made for intensive tuition.

The insurance cover in the fishing huts does not extend to items left there by tenants. If you wish to leave your belongings in a hut it is at your own risk and you are advised to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for sports and other items when t

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