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Newsletter - June 2016

Welcome to the June 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

A Better May

Springer action with Paul Pritchard at Tilquhillie

May was a better month for us on the river. Looking at the weekly reports I make it 454 fish in the book. We are some way from hitting the high notes the Dee is famed for in May, but it's a welcome improvement nonetheless. It took until the start of the month for us shake off the chill which was with us throughout April. The rods were still fishing Willie Gunn tubes into the first week! Water temperatures climbed and it was much more pleasant to be on the river, fishing the floating line, long leader and tiny hairwing flies. Conditions were favourable on the whole and we also had our biggest fish of the season, a 28lbr for Nick Wiles from the Corner Pool at Upper Blackhall. We have had our first grilse and the sea trout have begun to arrive. With a drop of water, we should continue to have good sport into June.

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A delighted Alice Carson, with her first salmon. A fresh 15lbr from Tassachd, Cambus O May.

Protecting Fish Stocks

Protecting our stocks of salmon is a very important part of the work of the Dee Fishery Board. Salmon are important to the Deeside economy and each one is worth thousands of pounds. So looking after the fish in the river is a major undertaking and one we take very seriously. For more, see the River Dee Website.

Lochton House

Anglers are very welcome at Lochton House B&B. The accommodation is in an adjacent annexe with its own front door, quite separate from the family accommodation. Fishers have a key and can come and go as they please at all times of the day or night without disturbing the family. There is a large residents' dining room/lounge and a microwave and fridge to use as required.

Lochton House is ideal for fishers fishing the Lower and Middle Dee. Rods can be kept securely and there are facilities for drying fishing gear. Packed lunches can be provided and breakfasts organised at a time to suit. Free wifi is available.

Rates from £27.50 pppn including breakfast.

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Dee Dram - Perfect Gift for Fathers' Day

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 for Fathers' Day.

This first edition will also be of interest to whisky collectors. All profits go directly to the River Dee Trust.

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

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.

Smolt Tagging & Tracking Pilot A Success

The first year of the smolt tagging and tracking project has gone well. We have detected 34 of the 50 tagged fish so far, which is better than expected. Read more about the Dee Smolt Tracking Project on the River Dee website

Park Restoration

Park that famous lower Dee beat, suffered some of the worst damage caused by the flooding. The flood bank at Coopers was breached and a large section of the river bank was washed away leaving one of the most dramatic images from January. But the estate has been working hard to restore the beat and it's slowly coming together. More on the FishDee Blog

A Fly To Try This Month - The Editor

Editor's Tied for Sea Trout

It's that time of year when we are starting to think of sea-trout as well as salmon and grilse. One of the best all-rounders for June is the Editor. Read all about it on the FishDee Blog

Aberdeen Asset Management Volunteers

The guys at Aberdeen Asset Management enjoyed a fantastic day volunteering with the River Dee Trust to help repair some of the damage on the upper catchment. Read all about it on the River Dee website

Attracting New Anglers With Orvis

The Dee Board and River Dee Trust are delighted to be working in partnership with Orvis to encourage new participants into the sport. Staff from the Banchory store have already been involved in our IntroDee Programme at Raemoir Trout Fishery. There will be a number of introductory events this summer on the river and local trout fisheries and Orvis will be providing all the kit for our participants.
For those of you keen to get some fly casting tuition, look no further than the Orvis 101 course. The 101 is an ideal way to start your journey as a fly fisher. Learn about casting, knots, flies and rods and reels. The 101 runs between May and October.

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