Welcome to the Don

Fishing the River Don

The Don is a unique river. It has a reputable standing with the angling fraternity, not only for salmon and sea trout, but also as one of the finest wild brown trout rivers in Scotland, if not Europe.

Trout fishing is readily available on most beats throughout the season.

Anglers visit the Don from destinations throughout the UK and abroad, to cast a line for prime Don brown trout. For many, the Don in Scotland is a closely guarded secret.

Salmon enter the Don during most months of the year.

The month of May is when sea trout come off the tides giving good sport on the fly especially on the lower and lower middle river beats.


The River Don Castle Forbes

The river offers great sport during the season. In the summer months this ofter happens at certain times of the day. Evenings can provide the most sport during the summer when the skies are bright and the temperature warm.



Mark Whitmarsh with 3.5lbs Don Brown Trout

Fishing Information

Many of the River Don beats are included on this site so you can read about each one, see its current fishing availability and book fishing permits online or by telephone.

•Find fishing - rods updated hourly

•Latest River Levels - updated once a day

•Online booking - with permits email

•Call centre - back up for manual bookings or advice.

The Don is a rare river that hosts such a variety of sport that is first class. It is famed for its Brown trout but also gets good runs of Sea-trout and salmon in the late summer, and earlier if the river gets the water.


A 24lb Spring salmon In May from the river.