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Newsletter - February 2016

Welcome to the February 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

Dee is open for Business

Craig Fleming with an opening day springer

After what has seemed like an age, the 2016 season finally got underway today and the Dee is open for business. After a very difficult period following Storm Frank, everyone is delighted to be fishing again. The ceremony was held at Banchory Lodge Hotel and with the support of Banchory Fishings, Landward presenter, Dougie Vipond, made the first cast. Despite some dreadful conditions we have landed a few springers into the bargain!! More from the Opening Ceremony on the River Dee website.

A tremendous turnout for opening ceremony

Landward's Dougie Vipond toasts the Dee

Dougie enjoys the first cast of the new season

Lower River & Inshore Tracking Seminar 12 February

A fascinating seminar/on smolt tagging and tracking will take place in Banchory on 12 February. The event details can be viewed here

Read more about the Dee Smolt Tracking Project on the River Dee website

Storm Frank Fishery Seminar

The Dee Salmon Fishery Board held a seminar for river beat owners and ghillies at Banchory Lodge Hotel January. The well attended seminar, included senior representatives from Aberdeenshire Council, SEPA, SNH, and the Cairngorm National Park. Read more on the River Dee Blog

Impact of Storm Frank on Fish Stocks

There is a lot of speculation about the impact of the flood on salmon numbers. While it is understandable, we have no quantifiable evidence with which to make a judgement at the moment. In the absence of evidence, any assumptions made must carry a health warning. It was widely assumed we would have no kelts left in the river, yet one beat has caught more this week than in the whole of last spring. We will be able to develop a clear picture of the situation in the summer, through electrofishing surveys and tagging and tracking. Read more on the River Dee website

Spring Tactics with Sean Stanton

As the new season is well underway I thought it would be useful to share some tactical insights for early season on the Dee. So, how can the spring fisher maximise the chances of success? Ballogie ghillie Sean Stanton shares some of his knowledge Read more on the FishDee blog.

Altries & Lower Drum Spring Syndicate

As the clear up is now well underway and we start to think of fishing once more, Altries and Lower Drum has created a Spring Syndicate for 2016. The syndicate runs from 1 February to 23 July and costs £280 per rod. There are nine rods available with three members fishing both banks Monday-Wednesday. Contact
Altries Fishing Company
Tel +44 (0)7967 098338
The beat has a new Facebook page so give them a like.

Keeping Disease Out

Biosecurity measures are a vital tool in keeping our rivers, not just the Dee, safe from disease.

We would like to draw anglers' attention to the Keeping Disease Out Bulletin

Please take a couple of minutes to read and then share with your friends.

Volunteers Rally to Help the Dee

The clean up effort on Deeside has been bolstered by incredible support from the local community. Over 100 volunteers have been working with the River Dee Trust the Ballater area. See here for more.