Sluie 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

A ghillie is not provided although you can make arrangements to be shown the water.

Maximum rods: 3 rods with 2 rods let on a daily basis and one rod retained by the owners and may be occassionally fished.

Fly only at all times.
The Dee Conservation Code must be observed (copy in the hut).

Write all fish caught & released (salmon, grilse & sea trout) in the fishing book in the hut, or advise the fishery manager after each days fishing by email or telephone.

Dogs permitted but must be kept under control at all times.

Personal & Public Liability: Please ensure that you have adequate cover for your own Personal Liability & Public Liability. Sluie Estate will not be held liable for your own safety, and that of others in your party, or to the general public through actions of tenants of the fishery.

You, and your guests, are strongly advised to take all necessary precautions to ensure your own safety. Floatation aids, chest waders, appropriate clothing are all highly recommended.

Property: If you are fishing for more than one day you will be given access to the fishing hut. This can be locked securely. However, please note that tenants leaving any equipment in the hut do so wholly at their own risk. Appropriate insurance is advised.


No subletting is permitted without the prior consent of the fishery manager.

Fishing Etiquette:

Please be polite and helpful to other people using the river or riverbank, whether they are fishermen, canoeists, walkers etc.
The usual fishing etiquette rules apply. Do not hog a pool, do not start fishing in front of someone else in the same pool, allow other fishermen playing fish to pass through unhindered if necessary.

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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.