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Newsletter - December 2015

Welcome to the December FishDee newsletter. It contains everything you need to know about fishing on the River Dee.

You can find and book fishing, and find accommodation to 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

Season's Greetings

Winter at Middle Blackhall

Everyone at the River Office wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2016. Roll on 1 February!

Remember to keep an eye on our early season availability once we recover from the festivities, it will soon be time to start thinking about getting back on the river.

Habitat Surveys On The Dee

The quality of the in river habitat is the foundation on which the well being of the River Dee rests. In short, where we have good quality habitat, we have good numbers of young salmon. Where we do not have good habitat, we must design and deliver solutions. The Board and Trust tackle a broad range of habitat related issues in the catchment, including dealing with pollution, water extraction, invasive species, bio-security (disease) and removal of man-made obstructions. On a large catchment such as the Dee, knowing where to target resources is a time-consuming task. See more about how this work is undertaken on the River Dee blog

Dee Stock Assessment Report Due in January

The Dee Stock Assessment report is in its final stage and will be available in January. The Dee & District Fisheries Management Plan sets out how the Board and Trust are developing a form of assessment to estimate adult stock health in the short and medium-term. This will be applied to data collected in 2015 to determine if the Dee's salmon stock is currently healthy. This is complementary to the longer-term work to develop and refine Conservation Limits. Conservation Limits were calculated by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) for all Scottish rivers for the first time in 2015.

Dee Dram

Dee Dram

There is still time to get hold of a bottle of the Dee Dram in time for Christmas. The Dee Dram brand independently produced a limited edition of 405 bottles from a single cask. Each bottle is individually numbered making them a rare and interesting gift. This first edition will also be of interest to whisky collectors. All profits go directly to the River Dee Trust.

Bottles cost £46.50 and are available from the Deeside Drinks Emporium - 01330 822650. Mainland UK delivery for the whisky is available for £8 first class recorded.

Limetree Cottage - Park

Park are offering new self-catering accommodation for customers in 2016. Limetree Cottage is an excellent addition to the facilities available on the beat. The accommodation comprises a double bedroom and a single room. See the FishDee blog for more details.

River Dee Trust Auction

Framed Flies by master fly - tyer, Mike Townend

The River Dee Trust Auction ran throughout November with 51 lots including fishing, whisky and a host of other tempting items. The auction finished on 30 November and raised just over £5000 for the River Dee Trust. A big thank you to our generous donors and bidders. Read more on the River Dee website

Ticks and Lyme Disease

The Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA) recently hosted a seminar entitled ‘Ticks: You and Your Livelihood.' River Office staff attended together with Ballogie ghillie Sean Stanton. Sean was bitten by a tick in 2010 and contracted Lyme disease, he has the misfortune to be presently enduring a chronic episode of post-treatment Lyme's, which has had a major impact on him. It is important to stress that Sean's case is rare; most patients with Lyme disease are treated successfully with a course of antibiotics.

We thought it was worth drawing anglers and outdoor workers attention to tick bites and Lyme disease as there are preventative measures. Everyone connected with the river wishes Sean a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in action very soon.

For more information about Tick bites and Lyme Disease, see the Lyme Disease Action website.
To view the seminar presentations see the CNPA website

Somer's Fishing Tackle – Aberdeen

There is still time to pick a Christmas present for the angler in your life! Somers of Aberdeen stock all the major brands and have an excellent fly tying section. Give Colin Craik a call at the shop on 01224 210008 or email Read more on the FishDee Blog.

Deeside Activity Park

The Bothy

Deeside Activity Park has some very comfortable accommodation for anglers. There are three comfortable cottages, The Bothy, The Byre and The Stables, all dog-friendly, and well-appointed with excellent facilities. There is also an excellent range of fun activities available, which make it the ideal location for fisher and their families. See the FishDee Blog for more.