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Newsletter - February 2018

Welcome to the February FishDee newsletter. It contains everything you need to know about fishing on the River Dee.
You can find and book fishing, and find accommodation suit. You can also discover more about the work being done by the Dee Fishery Board and River Dee Trust to manage, improve and develop our river.

If you require any further information, please contact the River Dee office on 01339 880411 or by email at

Tight lines
Ross Macdonald
01339 880411

New Season Gets Underway

Andrew Flitcroft makes the first cast of the 2018 season.

The 2018 season got underway on 1 February. The opening ceremony was again held in a windy Banchory, courtesy of Alistair Thomson of Banchory Fishings and with hospitality from the amazing team at Banchory Lodge Hotel. Trout and Salmon Editor, Andrew Flitcroft, was joined by over 300 people as he offered a toast to the river before making the first cast.

It wasn't too long before news arrived of the first fish of the season. Terje Haranagen landed an 8lbr from the Hut Pool at Lower Woodend on a Gold Willie Gunn. Brother Morten got in on the act with a similar fish later in the day. Twenty fish were reported over the first few days. Conditions have since been difficult, but those hardy souls that enjoy early spring fishing are picking up one or two fish. At the time of writing, we have had a much-needed rise in water levels, so we are confident of sport.

Terje Harangen with the first fish of the season. An 8lbr from Lower Woodend.

Smolt Tagging & Tracking

Smolt tagging and tracking has been taking place on the Dee since 2016. The recent decline in salmon stocks prompted the Dee management to take a new focus to investigate the estuarine and coastal environment, where the risk to smolts was believed to be greatest.
Over the course of 2016-2017, the evidence tells us that our original belief -that smolt mortality was more pronounced in the lower river and harbour area- was not reflected in the information we gathered. One of the key findings from the 2017 study is that in river mortality can be as high as 70% for smolts migrating from the Baddoch burn on the upper Dee. Read more on the River Dee website

Tor Na Coille

There are lots going on at the Tor Na Coille this spring. In addition to special rates for anglers, the hotel is about to open its new Gin Bothy, which will be available for Private Dining, Gin Tastings, Meetings, Special Dinners, and even a Gin School where guests can learn about distilling and can make their own bottle of gin, to their very own recipe, to take home!

A Fly To Try This Month

There are two early season patterns which have strong followings on the Dee. The Tosh
and Gold Willie Gunn account for a lot of February and March springers. Read all about them on the FishDee blog.

River Dee Gin

The River Dee Trust has joined forces with the Twin River Distillery in Banchory to produce an exciting new River Dee Gin, which will help raise funds for the Trust.

Trust manager Lorraine Hawkins said, "We are very excited to be working with Twin River. Gin has really captured the imagination recently and the Dee gin is a fantastic way to raise funds for the Trust, while also supporting the local business, Twin River.

Mike Bain of Twin River said, "We're avid supporters of The River Dee Trust because we think it's important to preserve and restore the river for future generations. We've been working with the Trust to make a limited edition 1000 bottle run of the Dee Gin. It has been selling well and will help support some of the key projects the Trust delivers on behalf of the River Dee."

Available from Inverurie Whisky Shop and Strachan's in Aboyne

New Look FishDee

FishPal is undertaking a massive project to refresh the whole network. First to get a new look is FishDee check it out.

The Dee Series

Several Dee Beats have been working with videographer, Craig Somerville of Castabroad to produce a fantastic new a series of beat videos to showcase the river. More will be added during 2018. Check out the Dee Series and see for yourself!

Spring Salmon Fishing and Accommodation Package

3 days salmon fishing on the Tilbouries beat on the River Dee near Aberdeen, and 4 nights B&B accommodation in the Maryculter House Hotel, on either a single or double occupancy basis for a total price of £250. Offer runs until 30 April 2018 and is subject to availability.

Contact to book or for more details.