Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter - July 2017

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



A Fantastic June

Alison Hutchison with one from Lower Crathes

Having complained bitterly about the lack of water this spring, our prayers were answered with some welcome rainfall during June. We had no shortage of fish in the river and this was borne out with some very good catches during the month. With good water levels, our best week was 271 fish and we finished the month with well over 700 fish. With reasonable conditions, the river will continue to perform well and deliver sport to our anglers. The quality of the fish has been excellent with ghillie and anglers commenting on the condition of these late running springers. The sea trout fishing has been very good as well. The sea trout have been in mint condition and we have had a lot of larger fish this year in the 4lb and 5lb class. The biggest landed has been 10lb, which is massive for us.
Looking ahead, we are seeing the first grilse coming into the river and look forward to seeing them build up over the month.

Find and book your fishing today

Ewan Maclachlan releases a fish at Commonty


Introduction To Salmon Fishing A Big Hit

We held our Introduction to Salmon Fishing Day at Invery/Tilquhillie on Saturday, in conjunction with Banchory River Festival. Ten aspiring anglers enjoyed a fun day of angling instruction under the expert guidance of Dee ghillies: Karl Revel and Jim Turnbull Invery/Tilquhillie; Al & Will Peake, Dinnet/ Aboyne Castle (see also Twin Peakes Fly Fishing). Thanks also to John Fyfe and Macaulay Tuck. Macaulay joined us at last year's event and has since developed a full-blown fishing habit, successfully landing several salmon over the past year.

We had tremendous support from our friends at the Orvis store in Banchory, who once again provided the rods, reels and waders for the participants.

Read more on the River Dee website

Marcliff Hotel & Spa

We all deserve a little luxury in our lives from time to time and the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to enjoy some five-star treatment during your visit to Deeside. Hotel owner, Stewart Spence is a big supporter of the Dee and salmon conservation in general and is a passionate angler. The hotel is located on the lower river and is the perfect base for a wonderful week on the Dee.

Sign Up For FishDee Rod Alerts


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.

Smolt Trapping Success For A Second Year

Rotary Screw Trap on the Beltie Burn.

After 10 weeks of work with over 8,000 fish counted, and over 4,000 measured, the smolt run on the Dee has come to an end for another year.
The Trust and Board operate two fish traps in the catchment, on the Beltie and Sheeoch tributaries. Numbers of salmon smolts were 26% up on 2016 numbers in the Beltie and 8% down in the Sheeoch, whilst the reverse situation was true for sea trout (32% down in the Beltie and 77% up in the Sheeoch).

Read more about smolt tracking and smolt production on the River Dee website.

A Fly To Try This Month - The Stoat's Tail

The Stoat's Tail

The full floating line is a lovely way to fish and July can be a great month for trying a small hair wing fly on a long leader. There can be no more famous hairwing pattern than the legendary Stoat's Tail. Did you know it was created by the late George Cooper, who ghillied at Park for many years?
Read all about it on the FishDee Blog


On The Beat - with Graeme Simpson, Birse.

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


Graeme has been at Birse since 2015, following in the footsteps of legendary Dee ghillie, Doug Murray. Like most of the ghillies on the River, Graeme is a fishing nut and has fished many places in Europe and the States. He is also a highly qualified casting instructor and holds the prestigious AAPGAI Masters level qualification for the double handed rod. A sucker for punishment, he is currently studying for the single-handed award.

Read more on the FishDee Blog

Drumoak Cubs & Dee Ghillies have a fun evening at CHAP Fishery


We are fortunate to have the support of CHAP Group Aberdeen who have actively supported angling development with youngsters. Since we have been working with CHAP nearly 200 local youngsters have enjoyed the opportunity to learn to fly fish under the expert guidance of the Dee ghillies. We recently enjoyed the company of Drumoak Cubs who had a fantastic evening, catching lots and lots of fish and keeping the ghillies on their toes!


Calum Mackenzie Cup

Angus Rutherford receives the Calum Mackenzie Cup from Heather Mackenzie.

Angus Rutherford was the winner of the 2016 Calum Mackenzie Cup for his 10lb fish from Park. Angus couldn't attend the opening ceremony to receive his trophy, but Ballogie Estate organised a day for him and dad, Hugh at Commonty recently.

Read more about the Calum Mackenzie Cup on the River Dee website