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Newsletter - April 2016

Welcome to the April 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

Catches Show a Slight Improvement On 2015

Mattias Helde with a 23lb springer from Birse

February and March were slightly better than in 2015. We had 249 in 2015 and 261 this year. Catches improved slightly in early April and have improved each week. While we still have a way to go, we are seeing small improvements and we have had some fantastic fish so far this season. The highlight has been the performance of Lower Crathes and West Durris, which has had well over 100 fish so far this season. We need more rods out on the river and these will make a difference to the catch. The fish are beginning to spread out and we are seeing more activity on the upper beats, such as Cambus O May. You have to be in it to win it!! Book your rod here

Cambus O May ghillie Fergus Cumming with a happy angler

River Dee Bursary 2016

The River Dee Bursary is currently open for applications. The bursary scheme was established by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board to help develop the next generation of ghillies on the Dee and was launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the Dee DSFB in 2013 and to encourage people to undertake a career on the River. For more information see the River Dee Website

Potarch Lodge

Congratulations to Ballogie Estate who have completed the refurbishment of Potarch Lodge.

The lodge, which opened in the middle of March, provides luxury self-catering accommodation close to the banks of the River Dee. It is ideal for large groups and families; the feedback so far from guests and visitors has been extremely positive! See more on the FishDee blog

Robert Harper's Bike Ride For Sick Children

Robert Harper

Lower Crathes West Durris ghillie, Robert Harper, is to cycle from John O Groats to Land's End in aid of the Archie Foundation and CALICO-Grampian. Both these charities support sick children and their families. Robert's bike ride will take place between 14 & 26 June.

You can support Robert and the youngsters he is helping at his JustGiving page

First Results from Sheeoch & Beltie Smolt Traps

Dee staff have made the first checks on the smolt traps at the Sheeoch and Beltie recently and have been pleasantly surprised with what they found. The traps had been operating for three weeks. As of 17 April, there have been 431 salmon smolts in the Beltie trap and 478 smolts in the Sheeoch. We were really pleased to see so many juvenile fish in the traps, especially after Storm Frank.

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

IntroDee 2016

The River Dee Trust's IntroDee educational programme is underway for 2016. We have lots planned with schools throughout the catchment. The programme is an excellent way to introduce youngsters to the river and its place in our community. We also take the opportunity to introduce them to fly fishing at Raemoir Trout Fishery and this year are delighted to have support from Orvis in Banchory

Cairngorms Nature Festival

A new and exciting programme is being prepared for the Cairngorms Nature Festival, which takes place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016, including the highly popular Mud Pies family fun at Muir of Dinnet, a repeat of the sell out Bio-blitz event with Nick Baker – this time over in Deeside, ranger-led walks to see Cairngorms wildlife in action, a ‘landscape photo-post' challenge across the Park and plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty helping with community conservation projects and much, much more.

There are lots of things to see and do on Deeside. If you are bringing the family with you on your next trip to the valley, check out the excellent Visit Royal Deeside website for the very latest news on events and activities in the area.

A Fly To Try This Month - Sunray Shadow

As the water warms, I am hearing a few stories of fish chasing down Sunray shadows. Read more about this fascinating fly on the FishDee blog

A superb springer from Sluie for Mark Paterson.