Kildrummy conditions

FishPal conditions

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Fishery conditions

ALL fishers are to abide by the rules of River Don Conservation Codes (for both salmon AND trout), these are contained hereunder and are displayed in the fishing hut. All those who proceed to fish will be deemed to have read and understood these rules. (Wherever a discrepancy exists between the conservation code and the fishery rules as attached, the fishery rules take precedence)
All fishers must conduct themselves in a polite and sportsman-like manner, and give consideration to others on the beat.
Dogs MUST be kept under control at all times and should not be permitted to disturb other anglers. It is the responsibility of dog-owners to clean up after their dogs and remove any waste.
All Anglers MUST carry their Permits at all time while on the river. Emailed confirmation of fishing does not constitute permission to fish.
All fishing for any species is strictly FLY ONLY at all times. Spinning or bait-fishing are prohibited.
Bleeding Fish- Any fish which upon landing are found to be bleeding from the gills must be killed and handed over to the proprietors at Kildrummy Inn. Fish found to be bleeding from areas other than the gills must be returned to the river.
Catch returns for all species including nil MUST be provided, this is a condition of fishing, anglers who do not submit returns may refused future permission to fish.
Please call 019755 71227or email within 24 hours of the expiry date on your permit.
All bridges, walkways, styles etc are present for the use of fishery staff for maintenance purposes. Anglers who use these do so at their own risk. Kildrummy Inn/Fishings will accept no liability for any injury incurred as a result of use.
All anglers are encouraged to bring and wear appropriate life jackets, buoyancy aides or other flotation aid when wading the river. All Anglers are requested to arrange adequate country sports insurance to cover loss or injury whilst fishing at Kildrummy. If not you fish on your own risk.

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Don conditions


Since March 2016 new legislation governing the taking of salmon has come into force across Scotland and requires all rivers to protect the conservation status of salmon. In September 2017 the Scottish Government categorised the Don as a Category 3 river and therefore all salmon must be returned throughout the 2018 season.

Legal Requirements

A. It is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse throughout the whole of the angling season. By law any salmon or grilse that is caught must be returned to the river, whether dead or alive.

B. It is illegal to sell rod caught wild salmon or sea trout, or use knotted nets, tailers or gaffs.

C. It is a legal requirement that proprietors must report catches, so all anglers in turn must make a report of catches to the beat proprietor. Failure to report catches could influence the future category status of the river.

Conservation Code

D. Anglers are encouraged to practice 100% catch and release for the entire season for sea trout and finnock.

E. Anglers should be encouraged to fly fish throughout the river catchment.

F. It is recommended that all hooks should be barbless or crimped. No treble hooks should be used.

G. Spinning is permitted at the beat's discretion. No treble or barbed hooks to be used.

H. It is recommended that bait fishing, using the worm only, is only permitted for junior anglers at the beats' discretion. There should be no worming in October. Only circle hooks should be used.

I. Fish returned to the water should be handled carefully with wetted hands and held facing upstream until sufficiently recovered to swim free. Fish should remain in the water at all times.

J. All anglers are requested to read and act upon the biosecurity measures in place for each beat to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris and other diseases to the Don. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets prior to fishing. It may be necessary to check whether you will be required to disinfect the equipment prior to arrival.

K. Any pink salmon that are caught should be retained and the River Office informed on the 24 hour number: 01467 642121

For guidelines on how to safely release fish or information on fish stocks, please visit our website: