MONYMUSK ESTATE FISHING RULES
• The Method of Fishing is Fly Fishing Only whatever the height or colour of the water.
• Anglers must remain on their allocated beat (s) as indicated on the map.
• Permits will be checked on a daily basis by the Estate or River Don Bailiffs.
• There shall be no poaching by whatever means or by fishing an 'interesting pool" beyond the beat boundary. Penalties for poaching:
1. One season's ban for the first offence.
2. Lifetime ban for the second offence.
3.Criminal Prosecution by the police.
• Do not leave any litter or unwanted fishing tackle behind.
• There shall be full observance of the Country Code and the River Don Conservation Policy.
• Anglers should report the number and size of any fish caught (including NIL returns) to the Monymusk Estate Office.
• All Salmon are Catch and Release Only.
• The Trout fishing bag limit - 6 Trout may be kept.
• Please return all Trout which are:
1. UNDER 30cm/12 inches LONG.
2. OVER 900g/2 pounds in WEIGHT (as recommended by professional fly-fishermen Paul Proctor & Richard Tong)
Salmon & Sea Trout Conservation Policy
With a view to conserving and protecting the stocks of salmon and sea trout in the River Don and its tributaries, the District Salmon Fishery Board has developed the following Angling Code which is an integral part of its overall Conservation Policy.
All salmon caught before 1st June to be returned
Maximum of 1 fish per week throughout the river catchment
Maximum of 4 fish per season throughout the river catchment
Recommended that all fish over 32 inches (12lbs), whether coloured or not, are returned.
Recommended that all sea trout and finnock are returned
Anglers should be encouraged to fish with a fly throughout the river catchment.
Barbless (pinched) hooks should be used before 1st June and are recommended as standard thereafter
All coloured fish to be returned carefully to the water
All foul hooked fish to be returned
Only knotless landing nets to be used - no gaffs or tailers
Fish returned to the water should be handled carefully with wetted hands and held facing upstream until sufficiently recovered to swim free
All floy tagged fish to be returned and details of information on the tag sent to the Board (01224 790005 or 07836 645510)
No rod caught fish to be sold by Law
Baits and lures
No multiple hooks (e.g. Rapala) - maximum one treble (barbless) on the lure
No shrimp/prawn - prohibited by law
No form of live or dead bait (including worm) to be used
No spinning upstream of the Bridge of Alford
No upstream spinning anywhere
No spinning in designated fly only water
No ledgering or bubble/bob floats to be used
To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all visiting anglers who have been using their fishing tackle abroad must make sure they have sterilised all their equipment including waders, landing nets and tackle
90% CATCH & RELEASE TARGET