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Newsletter - May 2017

Welcome to the May 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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May Gets Off To A Good Start

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Ger Mclean with one of five he landed at Park on 1 May.

We had fished steadily into the middle of March but struggled thereafter as the water fell away. We fished throughout April in summer lows, which paired with a cold breeze, caused us to struggle. With the demise of winter as a season, we have become more dependent on rainfall to keep us at a good fishing height. We got a mix of rain, sleet and snow at the end of April, which combined to give us a much-needed spate. Ghillies and anglers had seen plenty fish and so when the river rose, we started catching again and 1st May produced an encouraging 33 fish, including 5 for Ger Mclean at Park. The week ended with 113 in the book and it could have been a lot more if the sunshine hadn't spoiled things.

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Smolt Traps Burst Into Life

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A long shift for the Dee team. Processing 1000 salmon smolts.

The smolts traps have been placed back in the Beltie and Sheeoch Burns for year two of the Smolt Tagging and Tracking project. The traps had struggled with low water and we were starting to get concerned. Then following a small rise, the traps burst into life and we had over 1000 salmon and 400 sea trout smolts in one day. All the tagging has been completed successfully and we will share our findings later this year. It's great to see the river and burns so full of life.

Read more about smolt tracking on the River Dee website.


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Orvis Pitches In

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Orvis Banchory have been good friends of the River for many years. Dave and Nathan escaped the shop for the day, to join us for a spot of tree planting at Forest of Birse. 200 trees were planted which were sourced from local seed samples. Alder, birch and hazel were planted as part of the Pearls in Peril project. The trees will help improve the water quality and habitat for juvenile fish.


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Lys-Na-Greyne - Luxury Bed & Breakfast

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Lys-Na-Greyne is a fantastic addition to angler accommodation on Deeside. It is a classic Edwardian granite house situated on the banks of the Dee at Aboyne. The house, run by Garry and Joyce Welsh, has been refurbished to a very high standard and offers 6 spacious en-suite bedrooms. The lounge, conservatory, terrace and grounds invite guests to relax, unwind and simply enjoy the privacy and tranquility of the house. There is also a drying room and rod room. This is B&B on a whole new level! Full details and pictures at their excellent website.


A Fly To Try This Month - The Crathie

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Crathie Fly

It's May on the Dee and we can hardly let fly of the month pass without the Crathie. Tommy Saville's pattern remains a stalwart on the Dee and should be carried in sizes 8-16. Don't leave home without one.

Read all about it on the FishDee Blog.


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On The Beat

Check out our new feature where we talk with Dee ghillies about their beats.

George Murray - Craigendinnie
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George has been on Craigendinnie for 17 years, having agreed to fill in for 6 weeks! Read more from George on the FishDee blog.

Kevin Fleming - Altries
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Kevin is well known on the lower river as a diligent and knowledgeable ghillie, who knows his beat well. Read more about Kev and Altries on the the FishDee blog.

Keith Cromar - Park
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Keith has been with Park since the 1980s. Read his insights into the fishing at Park, via the FishDee Blog.


Park Junior Day

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Park invited youngsters to spend the day on the beat, for a spot of fishing and instruction from top instructor Gary Scott. Park owner William Foster said, 'It's great we have someone like Gary to assist us with encouraging the next generation. This is the third year we have run this event and I look forward to doing more in the future'.


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Perfection! Mats Wittlock with a pristine 18lbr from Cairnton.


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.