When to fish

Length of season

The 2017 salmon fishing season opens on 1st February and closes on 15th October for beats below Aboyne Bridge. For beats above Aboyne Bridge the fishing season finishes on the 30th September.

Spring fishing

The River Dee is famed for its spring salmon fishing and remains the best river to try for an early run springer on the fly. Traditionally, given a cold winter, the best of the early spring fishing is to be had in the lower and lower-middle beats.

Great action shot at Invery & Tiquhillie

Given good water conditions fish can run quickly upstream to the upper beats during March and by April/May the main body of spring fish will be passing through the middle beats into the upper river. Water height and temperature play a big part in the movement of fish at any time of the season but especially in the spring when snow and/or rain in the western catchment can quickly influence water conditions.

One from Ballogie for Jerk Sonnichsen

Summer fishing

The Dee's summer salmon and grilse are the most abundant of the river's fish stocks and provide excellent sport for local and visiting anglers. In late June and into July, we expect to see summer salmon grilse arriving, in good numbers.Local coastal netting concerns have been bought out by the Dee Board, which has made a significant difference to catches.

The sea trout arrive during May. They provide excellent opportunities for anglers, many of whom choose to fish through the night for these elusive and hard fighting fish.

A grilse from Park for Sean Rennie

Autumn Fishing

Autumn runs of salmon build from mid-August are in full swing by September, providing excellent sport for anglers on the Dee throughout the river. Many of the lower beats come into their own at this time.

Sarah Gray with a 12lb September fish