Tilbouries 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

Tilbouries fishing conditions
1. All rents are payable in advance.
2. A deposit of 25% of the full rent plus VAT (if applicable) is payable when the tenant confirms booking of the let. The balance of the rent plus VAT (if applicable) must be paid two months prior to the first day of the fishing let. In the event of the balance not being paid on time the deposit will be retained and the fishing re-let. Internet bookings via FishPal are payable in full at the time of booking.
3. In the event of the tenant being unwilling or unable to fish the tenant is still liable for the full rent plus VAT (if applicable) and the agent reserves the right to recover all monies due, plus any further expenses incurred, from the original tenant. The proprietors shall not be bound to refund any rents paid in the event of cancellation for whatever reason.
4. A tenant may not sub-let the beat.
5. The agent and proprietors let the rights of fishing only, and do not accept responsibility for the natural hazard and adverse climatic conditions out with their control affecting the catching of salmon. The proprietors accept no responsibility for loss or damage to tenants or his party's property from whatever cause arising, nor for any injury to the tenant or any member of the fishing party. In the interests of safety no alcohol should be offered or given to the ghillie during the fishing period.
6. Clients and guests are advised to wear and use their own personal protective equipment where appropriate. This should include chest waders, wading stick, appropriate clothing and flotation equipment to marine standards. Life jackets should be worn at all times, and these can be supplied by the ghillie. Tenants who do not wear life jackets do so entirely at their own risk. A charge of £30 will be made for replacement gas cylinders.

7. The insurance cover in the fishing huts does not extend to the property of tenants. If you wish to leave your belongings in the huts or rod-boxes it is at your own risk and you are advised to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for sports and other items when travelling.
8. The tenant will be provided with a written confirmation of the booking and this doubles as a permit. It will indicate how many rods are authorised. This permit must be produced on demand from a Police Officer or duly appointed Fishery Board Bailiff.
9. The tenant is responsible for the fishing party at all times when fishing. Should the tenant not be present at any time a person must be nominated to take charge of the party. Clients are strongly advised to take out a Public Liability Policy, covering themselves and their guests, for not less than £2,000,000
10. Fly fishing only is permitted on the beat. Spinning or fishing with prawns, shrimps, worms or any other natural bait, or any parts thereof, is prohibited at all times..
11. Dogs are not allowed on the river bank.
12. The rent includes the services of a ghillie and a boat, shared among 6 rods. The tenant is not permitted to hire or engage any additional ghillies, guides or boats other than those provided by the proprietor. In the interests of safety the ghillie's decision on when it is not safe to take the boat out is final. Should any other dispute arise between the tenant and the ghillie, the agent must be informed as soon as possible and certainly before the expiry of the let. The agent can be contacted on 07835 444717.
13. Tenants shall observe the current Dee Conservation Code, which recommends that all salmon and grilse and all sea trout should be released back to the river and by booking tenants are confirming they have read and understood the current Dee Conservation Code. Tenants on Tilbouries MUST return all fish and not kill any salmon or grilse or sea trout.. To assist in the release of fish, we ask that all hooks should be barbless with a recommendation against treble hooks being used. Landing nets must be knotless.
14. The ghillie will be in attendance during the normal hours of fishing from 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours with a lunch break from 1.00pm - 2.00pm. Bank fishing only is permitted out with the normal hours and with the prior agreement of the ghillie. Any catches during these times must be reported to the ghillies or the agent as soon as possible.

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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 www.fishdee.co.uk.

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 www.fishdee.co.uk.

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.