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Newsletter - July 2016

Welcome to the July 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

June Finishes on a High

Nicol Paton with a big summer fish from Upper Blackhall.

Catches continued to improve last month. The last two weeks of June produced our best catches of the season with 175 and 221 to week ending 2 July. So we start July in buoyant mood and have seen a very high quality of summer salmon, many in the mid to high teens and a few over 20lbs. The grilse have appeared earlier than in the past few seasons, and while salmon made up the bulk of the catch, these little silver torpedoes are a wonderful addition to sport on the river. Anglers have been enjoying the pleasure of fishing the full floating line and small fly, a much loved Dee tactic. With good water levels we should continue to see good sport building throughout July.

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Jim Fisher with a superb fish from Banchory.

Tanar View

Tucked away in a perfectly located spot for fishing the upper Dee, Tanar View self catering apartment is proving extremely popular with those coming to fish the river.

The two bedroom apartment has been let by Liz and Neil Marchant for the last four seasons and some guests have returned every year, some even twice a year.

Although self catering, Tanar View is far from spartan and essentials such as tea, coffee, milk, butter, toilet roll, etc. are all in situ. As well as this, guests will find a welcome bottle of vino and homebakes awaiting their arrival, so once rods are popped into the storeroom below the property, guests can relax on the balcony and gaze over the hills of Glen Tanar. If the weather is inclement then the wood burning stove will be ready to light.

The four star (Visit Scotland) facility has a double bedroom and a second bedroom with adult sized bunk beds. The living area is open plan, spacious and well equipped with an excellent Wifi connection.

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Dee Dram - A Perfect Gift

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.

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.

Introduction to Salmon Fishing A Big Hit

Participants and ghliies ready to get started.

June was a busy month. We had our Introduction to Salmon Fishing day at Invery, followed the next day by a youngsters' event at Raemoir Trout Fishery and a visit for Newtonhill Scouts to the CHAP Fishery at Drumoak. These events were well supported by ghillies, board members and proprietors. A great team effort!

Ladies Day will take place on 9 September. If any of you are interested, drop me a line a

Learn To Fish at Glen Tanar

Glen Tanar is hosting two 'learn to fish' lessons on Friday 5 August and Friday 12 August. Ghillie McDonald is a qualified instructor and will lead tuition in casting and river craft. All equipment will be provided by Orvis, Banchory. Lunch will also be provided and a gift of few of Craig's salmon flies will help get your collection started. Cost is £160 per person.

To book now call (013398) 86451 or email For more information go visit the Glen Tanar website

Smolt Tagging And Tracking Data Processing Underway

As the 2016 smolt run has finished, the Dee smolt tracking project has moved on to analysing the data. This will tell us about the movement of tagged smolts in the lower river and harbour. See more about this project on the River Dee website

River Dee Fishery Officer, Jamie Urquhart, with a data receiver.

Tackling Non - Native Invasive Plants

Dealing with non-native plants is a major task.
These plants have a huge impact on river banks and local eco-system, as they choke any growth beneath. During winter die-back bare soil is exposed, leading to rapid bank erosion and increased sediment input.
Read about the Dee Invasive Plant Project on the River Dee website

A Fly To Try This Month - The Yellow Stoat

I popped down to Upper Drum and Lower Durris to catch up with ghillie Jim Paton about a special wee tube fly, the Yellow Stoat. It is a perfect option for the floating line in July.

You can read all about it on the FishDee blog

Summer Fun On Deeside

Deeside bursts into life during the summer. There is lots to see and do away from the river. We have Aboyne Highland Games, Ballater Highland Games and Ballater Victoria Week among the many events happening over the coming weeks.

For all the very latest news and events around Deeside, see Visit Royal Deeside