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Newsletter - November 2015

Welcome to the November FishDee newsletter. It contains everything you need to know about fishing on the River Dee.

You can find and book fishing, and find accommodation to suit. You can also discover more about the work being done by the Dee Fishery Board and River Dee Trust to manage, improve and develop our river.

If you require any further information, please contact the River Dee office on 01339 880411 or by email at

Tight lines
Ross Macdonald
01339 880411

Season Summary

As our thoughts turn to 2016, we have some early season availability on the River. Despite a difficult season, I am looking forward to the ups and downs which will come our way next year.

The 2015 season was tough for the rods, and, of course, our ghillies. The Dee ghillies have done an excellent job in difficult circumstances and have been, as ever, a credit to the river.

While it was a challenging time for everyone associated with the river, there were some bright spots along the way. Read more on the FishDee blog

River Dee Trust Auction

Antique Hardy Perfect Reel

The River Dee Trust Auction is underway with plenty of tempting lots, which could be useful for Christmas presents! We have fishing, casting lessons, flies, Dinner B&B at top hotels in the area, whisky, gin, Kentish Beer and an antique Hardy Reel, which is sure to draw keen interest. Go to the River Dee website to sign up and start bidding.

Dee Dram

Dee Dram

The River Dee Trust have developed the Dee Dram brand independently and produced a limited edition of 405 bottles from a single cask. Each bottle is individually numbered making them a rare and interesting gift. This first edition will also be of interest to whisky collectors. All profits go directly to the River Dee Trust.

'The liquid is a non-chill filtered, natural coloured eight-year-old, matured in American white oak and bottled at 46% volume.

On the nose - sherbet, vanilla with light citrus notes. In the mouth - creamy vanilla with slight aniseed. The finish - light and refreshing.'

Bottles cost £46.50 and are available from the Deeside Drinks Emporium - 01330 822650. Mainland UK delivery for the whisky is available for £8 first class recorded.

Redd Count Underway

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The Bailiffs report better than expected spawning activity in the upper reaches. No-one is getting excited quite yet, though. Mid November is usually the peak time for spawning. Redd Count figures and last summer's electro fishing results will be available next month.

Annual Statutory Report 2015

The Annual Statutory Report is available to view on The River Dee website The 2015 season has been very difficult for everyone on the Dee and The Board and Trust are active on a number of fronts to restore and protect fish stocks.

The Report was approved at the recent AGM and explains the breadth of work going on behind the scenes. It touches on a broad range of subjects, which have been summarised here.

End of an Era as Bailiff Blair Forsyth Retires

Blair second right

The River Office said goodbye to one of the Dee's great servants and characters, Blair Forsyth. Blair (2nd from right) has had to retire early due to health issues. The River Office staff came together to celebrate his 26 years on the river at a dinner in Aboyne last weekend and to wish him well for his retirement. Read more here

Callum Mackenzie Cup

Sean Rennie with a grilse from Park

The 2015 Callum Mackenzie Cup has been awarded to Sean Rennie (17), from Aberdeen. The cup is provided by Ballogie Estate and the Mackenzie family and is awarded to the young person (under 18) whose catch is selected as the most notable capture of the season, regardless of the species.

Sean is a member of the Aberdeen and District Angling Association and attends many of the Junior and casting events held on the Dee. One of these was the Park Junior Day in August, which was a great success. Sean hooked and landed a grilse in the tail of the Durris Stream on an Ally's Shrimp. He went on to land a couple more fish under his own steam later in the season and is a great example of an enthusiastic young angler, who with the right encouragement can go onto to enjoy a long and happy angling career. The trophy will be presented at the 2016 Opening Ceremony at Potarch on 1 February. Well done Sean!

Important Smolt Tracking Meeting Held in Aberdeen

An important meeting about smolt tracking was held in Aberdeen recently to discuss how to coordinate the research effort to help fishery managers develop their understanding of smolt migration and where losses occur. Representatives from the Dee Board and Trust joined colleagues from the Spey, Tay and Kyle of Sutherland, together with the Atlantic Salmon Trust (AST) and Marine Scotland Science (MSS). See the River Dee website for more.