Fishing Regulations

When booking fishing you need to be aware of what you can and cannot do when you fish. There are legal requirements, conservation codes, individual beat rules, and all need to be taken into account.

River Conditions

Brown trout fishing in the Don is protected by legislation, as a protection order has been granted to conserve trout stocks. The 'Don Protection Order' covers from the Upper Don at Allt Tuilea downstream to the Brig 'o Balgownie. Part of the Urie is also protected, from Howford Bridge downstream to the river Don. Written legal permission is required to fish for brown trout in these protected areas.


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:

The top pool at The Place of Tilliefoure and Beat 6 at Monymusk

Beat conditions

Individual owners may also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, provision of ghillies (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.

FishPal Booking Conditions

This site uses the FishPal booking engine, so if you use our online booking system, or our call centre on 01573 470612, you need to agree to FishPal's booking conditions.

You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.