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Newsletter - March 2017

Welcome to the March 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 info@riverdee.org

Tight lines
Ross Macdonald
01339 880411 ross@riverdee.org

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A Good Start

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Andy Sutherland with a 20lbr from Lower Crathes & West Durris.

The fishing throughout February was steady and the mood was fairly upbeat. The lack of rod effort meant that we didn't take full advantage of the potential sport. Many of those who did wet a fly enjoyed good sport and more than one angler enjoyed the pleasure of landing three in a day during February, which is very impressive. The majority of fish have been in the 6 to 7lb class with some larger ones among them. Lower Crathes had the distinction of landing two 20lbrs in a day. Andy Sutherland and Ian Cormack were the anglers. It was good to see a few ladies out on the river last month and Karen Hodgson and Jenny Cooper both had fish in inclement weather. The upper beats started fishing on 1 March, so the whole river is now open. There are fish to be caught.

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Jan Larsson with the first fish off the upper river - a 14lbr from Pol Baw at Deecastle.

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2017 Smolt Tracking Gets Underway

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The smolt traps have been placed back in the Beltie and Sheeoch Burns for year two of the Smolt Tagging and Tracking project. Last year was a pilot study and this year we move onto the full study, tagging and tracking 100 smolts. Sixty smolts will be tagged from the Beltie and Sheeoch burns to confirm findings of mortality seen in 2016. Forty smolts will be tagged in the Baddoch burn in the upper Dee, to look at mortality rates during longer periods of river migration and determine whether entry into the harbour area is similar for all smolts, regardless of where in the catchment they originate from.

The Dee Trust will be working with partners to extend the tracking beyond the harbour. Forty receivers have been arranged in a sea array 4 km from the river mouth. Read more about smolt tracking on the River Dee website

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New Owners At Tor Na Coille

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Award winning hoteliers David Littlewood and Nigel Hake of The Kildrummy Inn, Aberdeenshire, have taken over ownership and management of the Tor Na Coille.

David, a former Scottish Chef of The Year, and brother-in-law Nigel, will bring back the personal touch to the Tor Na Coille, at the same time as increasing the quality and range of the food offering.

It is also great news for Dee anglers. David said, "As a keen fisherman myself, I am very much looking forward to welcoming Dee fishers to the hotel. I see the Tor Na Coille as an 'anglers' hotel' and we are presently looking at how we can develop our offering for our angling guests."

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Dee Recognised In Top Industry Awards

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We had a nice surprise in February when we were notified that we had been given the Bronze Award in the Best River Category in the Fish&Fly 2016 Fly Fishing Industry Awards.

Fish & Fly Editor, Paul Sharman told us, "Thanks to your organisation's work on the river, we feel it is fitting to present you with this award on behalf of the river and those who fish it."

A huge thank you to all anglers who voted for the Dee!

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Ladies Fishing at Invery & Tilquhillie

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Ladies, Invery & Tilquhillie have blocked off a day on 6 May for ladies only fishing on the beat. Cost per rod is £120. If you fancy a day's spring fishing with other ladies, get in touch with Tara Speirs or Shona Mutch at tilquhilliefishing@gmail.com. It promises to be a fun day on the river!

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A Fly To Try This Month - The Willie Gunn

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The Willie Gunn remains as popular as ever on the Dee in spring. Read about the history of this wonderful fly on the FishDee Blog

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On The Beat - With Martin Robson

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Check out our new feature where we talk with Dee ghillies. This month it is Martin Robson from Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo. Read what Martin has to say on the FishDee Blog

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Spring Offer At Mill Of Dess

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Treat yourself to a bit of luxury at the Mill of Dess Lodge this spring. The Lodge is superbly appointed and the latest offer from Lower Dess Estates makes it more tempting than ever. Contact Antonia McKinley on 01763 264249 or by email to antonia@lowerdessestate.com

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Sign Up For FishDee Rod Alerts

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The best way to keep an eye on the latest availability is to register for a Rod Alert which will allow an email to be sent to you first thing in the morning if new fishing has been added to the site. You can also receive latest catches and river level information direct to your mailbox.

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