Where to Fish
Notionally the lower Dee is from Aberdeen upstream to Banchory. This reach is generally best for early spring salmon and late running summer salmon and grilse as fish tend to migrate upstream very slowly in the cold early spring and again the late running fish are going to spawn in the lower areas of the main river so are in no rush to get upstream.
In June and July, grilse also provide excellent opportunities for anglers. Historically, plentiful numbers have been caught throughout the lower and middle reaches of the river, where fish from 4-7lbs are typical.
August and September onwards, (which includes the autumn salmon run given good water levels), can be very prolific with significant numbers of fish arriving. At this time good fishing for most if not all beats in the lower reaches, with the odd fish caught each year weighing between twenty and thirty-something pounds.
Notionally from Banchory to Aboyne with beats from Banchory to Kincardine O'Neil or Dess providing good spring salmon fishing in the months from March to May, with higher beats, in the middle reaches starting to catch spring salmon from March onwards.
Angler Roy Furniss playing a lively Spring salmon at a Lower Dee Beat