Where to Fish

Looking down the famous Durris Stream at Park on the lower Dee

Lower Dee

The lower Dee is from Aberdeen upstream to Banchory. This part of the river is generally best for early spring salmon and also late running fish. In a cold winter salmon tend to migrate upstream slowly in the early months of the season. Many late running fish are going to spawn in the lower areas of the main river so are in no rush to get upstream beats. Some fish run upriver and then drop back downstream nearer spawning time, and during spate conditions.

In June and July grilse and summers salmon provide excellent sport for anglers. Historically, good numbers have been caught throughout the lower and middle reaches of the river, where grilse from 4-6lbs are typical. Sea Trout also provide an exciting challenge in May and June.

August and September and into the first fortnight of October can be very exciting with good numbers of fish arriving. At this time of year good fishing can be enjoyed throughout the lower river. The autumn months do tend to produce some of the biggest fish of the season as the cock fish become more aggressive towards the end of the fishing season.

Little Blackhall & Inchmarlo is a beautiful beat on the middle river.

Middle Dee

The middle river is generally held to be from Banchory to Aboyne. In a mild winter the fish can be in this part of the river in good numbers. In colder years the middle river fishes well from around mid-March into June. By mid April, with warmer conditions the springers make for the upper river, with fresh fish moving through the beats.

Sport can be fast and furious when the sea trout, grilse and summer salmon arrive. Sea Trout fishing on the middle Dee can be excellent and the long nights of May and June can produce some memorable catches. With good conditions the middle river will fish well right to the very last day of the season.

Evening light at Waterside & Ferrar. Photo courtesy Glen Tanar Estate.

Upper Dee

The upper reaches, from Aboyne bridge to the top of the river, can produce spring salmon as early as March provided the water conditions are favourable for running fish. The best months are April onwards, with sea trout and grilse arriving from May & June. Good water flows will continue to provide excellent sport right through to the end of the season on September 30th for the upper beats.


The principal tributaries for fishing are the Feugh Water and the Gairn and Clunie burns. The latter two provide fishing for sea trout and brown trout only, permits for which can be obtained from Ballater Countrywear and the Braemar Tourist Information office.The Feugh Water has a number of fishing beats along its length and is noted principally for its sea trout and grilse. Summer and autumn salmon also provide sport for anglers. The Heughhead beat is very popular with visiting anglers and availability is on this website. The Falls of Feugh is a popular destination for visitors wishing to see salmon and sea trout leaping the falls from June onwards.