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)
2017 Salmon & Sea Trout Conservation Policy
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. As part of this legislation the River Don has been given a Category 2 status which means that the number of salmon and grilse killed on the Don needs to be reduced.
If we fail to return the salmon or stocks decline then this measure will, according to Scottish Government, become mandatory.
A. It is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse prior to 1st April. By law any salmon or grilse that is caught before this date 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, tailors or gaffs.
C. It is a legal requirement that all catches are reported to the fishing beat.
D. Anglers are encouraged to practice 100% catch and release for the entire season for salmon, 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.