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Deecastle beat has 5.2 kilometres (3.2 miles) of magnificent fishing, from 22 named pools on the south side of the Dee.
There is a bank and ghillie-sharing agreement with the opposite Dinnet beat that allows fishers to enjoy double banked fishing during the Spring season.
The Spring fishing season starts on the 1st of March and runs until the 3rd of July 2021. During the Spring 6 rods can fish the beat except for the month of March when only 4 rods can fish. The services of a shared ghillie are included from the 1st - 27th of March, after which the beat benefits from the services of two ghillies from the 29th of March until the 3rd of July.
During the Summer fishing season, Deecastle beat operates single banked fishing only. The Summer fishing season starts on the 5th July and runs until the 30th September 2021. During the Summer 2 rods can fish Deecastle beat. The beat is offered for let to fishers during the Summer fishing season without the services of a ghillie.
There are 2 fishing huts and shelters on the beat, with more on the Dinnet side. Access to the beat is by car along tracks to most of the beat. However, there are also paths along the riverside on both banks that allows access to all parts of the beat on foot.
The beat is fly fishing only and has a complete catch and release policy as recommended by the Dee Conservation Code, which is supported by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the Dee Salmon Fishing Improvement Association. Full catch statistics for the beat can be found online through FishDee.
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All salmon fishing on Glen Tanar beats is 100% catch and release in conjunction with the Dee Conservation Code 2021
The Deecastle fishing beat is from the top of Pol Slachd to the bottom of the Boat Pool.
The meeting point for the beat is the lay-by just to the north of Dinnet Bridge. The bridge is just south of Dinnet village on a short link road between the B976 south Deeside road and the A93 Aboyne to Ballater road. All parties must meet at 9.00 am. Current Covid-19 guidelines should be always adhered to.
Access to the beat is by car on certain routes and foot for the remainder. The route past Dinnet House is closed. Access to the north bank is via the North Lodge directly from the A93. Care is to be taken to avoid disturbance or damage to livestock or crops.
Fishing system: The beat now has two periods, spring, and summer. The Spring period runs from the 1st March to 3rd July 2021 (4 rods during March, 6 rods from April onwards). The summer fishing period is from 5th July – 30th September 2021 (2 rods). For the spring period, there is a bank sharing agreement with the Dinnet beat opposite. In the spring periods, the beat is split into six sections. Fishers rotate round the sections daily. The changeover to the following day’s water takes place at 5.00 p.m. each day. In the summer fishing period, only two rods fish the beat, from the south bank. There are no restrictions on sections or timings.
Fishing etiquette: When starting in a pool a minimum separation from fishers on the opposite bank of one hundred metres upstream or fifty metres downstream should be maintained. Fishers should maintain steady progress through a pool. Fishers should avoid other fishermen when they are playing a fish. Fishers must also respect other people’s use of the water or land they are on and act responsibly. Dogs are not permitted on the riverbank unless kept under control.
Rod sharing: rod sharing is not allowed
Fishing methods: Fly fishing only is permitted. All hooks should be barbless or the barbs crimped. Treble hooks are not permitted.
Injured or damaged fish: All injured or damaged fish are to be handed to the proprietor or their representative.
Ghillie: If the services of a ghillie are provided and arranged in advance, they will be provided from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday for the period up to 3rd July. The ghillie is in charge of the fishery when present and instructions from the ghillie or other member of staff must be complied with. A minimum of one person must be nominated as the contact with the estate and contact details must be provided in advance to either the estate or the ghillie for each day.
Catch returns: Correct detailed records, showing dates on which fish were caught and killed, and which were released, their weights, names of pools, and from which bank taken, must be submitted to this office. These records are normally kept by the ghillie in the spring period, but it is your responsibility to ensure that appropriate records are kept for your fishing party.
Safety & Disease Control: Please ensure that all fishers comply with the Covid-19 Fishing Instructions and the safety code laid out on the Angling Safety Sheet, a copy of which will be sent to you with the confirmation of your booking. All fishers must supply and wear suitable buoyancy aid while fishing. 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 Dee. This will involve the disinfection of waders and landing nets before fishing.
Subletting: You cannot sublet the fishing you book without our permission and then only by private arrangement and at the same prices and conditions as for this booking. No agent other than ourselves may be used to obtain a sublet.
Law & Other Issues: The law of Scotland shall apply to this contract. No terms may be changed without written permission. We reserve the right to refuse a booking. Your acceptance of the contract will occur when you make the payment. Tenants must ensure all guests have read and understood these terms and conditions.
GDPR: Your personal information will be shared with Dinnet Estate to provide the best service possible. This complies with GDPR law.