Park conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions

Park reserves the right to bring in other rods should rods fail to arrive or to fish at a reasonable level. Park is a private estate and the family reserve the right to decline any specific booking or other request. If guests wish to change during the period of let this can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Rod allocation will be at 9.00 am by the ghillie. At 1.00 pm the rods shall rotate beats as appropriate.

One rod only per beat except in high water when the ghillie may double up with the agreement of the opposite bank. Under no circumstances shall two rods fish any pool from the same bank at the same time.

Fishing before 9.00 am shall be with the prior agreement of the ghillies.

The fishing huts are provided as shelters and lunch huts and are not to be used for any other purpose except by prior arrangement.

If guests are found fishing by any prohibited method or are in breach of the terms and conditions herein, they will be required to remove themselves immediately from the Estate and the let will be terminated forthwith without any compensation being payable.

Any extra visitors or guests are by prior agreement only. The Estate does not accept responsibility for natural hazards and adverse climatic conditions affecting the catching of salmon or affecting other pursuits at Park. Anyone coming onto lands owned by the Estate in order to fish or take part in any other activities does so at his or her own risk and the Estate will accept no responsibility for any loss or injury sustained.

When in the vicinity of the river guests are required to complete the indemnity form and are strongly advised to wear life jackets - which will be offered. In safety matters the ghillies decision is final.

Guests are required to hold suitable third party insurance cover to indemnify both themselves and all their guests against all claims of whatever nature which may arise from the exercise of the let.

Should Park become unavailable through any external cause, eg Fire, the Estate's liability will be limited to the amount paid.

DEE CONSERVATION CODE The Conservation Code as set by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board is that all salmon and sea trout should be returned. The Conservation Code recommends that all injured or damaged fish become the property of the Estate. Park Estate follows the code strictly.

The Estate provides a ghillie on the north and south bank. Further ghillies are available at an extra charge if required.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to anglers if bank repairs are undertaken.

Guests will co-operate in the prosecution of poaching and are asked to report any incident immediately.

Guests must exercise care and consideration in driving vehicles on all Estate roads. The speed limit is 15 mph throughout the Estate. Please do not drive off made up tracks and drives and especially on grass river banks. These are easily tracked so allowing floods to erode them.

Guests may bring dogs under close control (extending lead length) or on a lead. Unsuitable animals may have to be removed from the Estate.

In the event of any damage being caused to Park House or Estate guests will be responsible and charged in full for the necessary repairs and, as appropriate, replacements.

Park is not equipped to cope with children under 15. Guests may only bring children with the prior permission of the Estate and guests will be responsible for any damage caused by children in the house and on the Estate.

Eg two or more people sharing a rod, is not allowed. With the ghillies permission a rod may be able to transfer their rod to another fisher. only one rod should be in use on a beat at any time.

The conservation code for the 2008 season, as set by the Dee District Fishery Board and the Dee Salmon Fishing Improvement Association, is that all salmon should be returned and every second sea trout may be kept, if desired, subject to a maximum weight of three pounds. The conservation code recommends that all injured or damaged fish become the property of the Estate.

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Dee conditions


A The season will run from 1st February to 15th October up to Aboyne Bridge. Above Aboyne Bridge the season will close on 30th September.

B Salmon and Grilse: Prior to 1st April it is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse. By law any
salmon or grilse that is severely injured or damaged, dies or is killed before this date must be returned to the river.

After 1st April there should be 100% catch and release for the entire season.

Sea Trout There should be 100% catch and release for the entire season.
(incl Finnock):

C At the beat's discretion spinning is a permitted option for the whole river between 1st February and 15th April. In addition spinning is permitted in August and September from the top of Maryculter Beat downstream. It is recommended that fly fishing should always be given a fair try in preference to spinning. Note spinning is not permitted anywhere in October.

D It is recommended that all hooks should be barbless or crimped. No treble hooks should be used.

E On the Dee After 1st April all severely injured or damaged fish should be handed to the proprietor. This applies to all beats.

F On the Cowie and Carron it is illegal to kill a salmon or grilse throughout the entire season. This is due to the Scottish Government classifying these two rivers as Category 3 under the terms of the 2016 salmon conservation regulations.

G Irrespective of the date of capture all fish handling should be kept to a minimum to avoid damage and stress. Guidelines on how to do this are available on

H It is illegal to sell rod caught wild salmon or sea trout.

I All anglers are requested to read and act upon the biosecurity measures in place for each beat to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris and other diseases to the Dee. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets prior to fishing. All beats have the appropriate facilities on site but it may be necessary to check whether you will be required to disinfect the equipment prior to arrival or at one of the disinfecting stations listed on

A. All pink salmon to be killed and retained where possible and the River Office to be contacted on the 24 hr number, 01339880411.

Remember, the Dee DSFB needs the vital help and support of all Proprietors, Ghillies and Anglers to realise the twin objectives of sustaining and enhancing the river's fish stocks and maintaining a viable, thriving fishery.