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2.5 miles double bank fishing and 3/4 miles of single bank with 22 named pools. Maximum rods 4 (spring) and 3 (summer)
4 huts and ghillie service all season (Change of ghillie spring/summer)
Headinch and Cambus O'May, set on the Upper River Dee, is a beautiful scenic beat with much interesting flora and fauna set amongst the back drop of the Cairngorm Mountains. This unique beat has a rare river Dee characteristic in that it has double banked fishing for much of its length (2 ½ miles) with a further ¾ of a mile of single (right) bank fishing. The 22 named pools give a wide variety of fishing across a range of water heights.
Four huts service the beat, 2 on each bank to give ample shelter and comfort for lunch. Three are brand new spacious huts with stoves and plenty of seating to replace those lost in storm frank.
The best pools will depend on river levels. In high water the Long pool and Hollybush will perhaps be top and in lower water new pools Fergies and the bell hole are productive. The beat has some iconic pools such as Tassachd mentioned in John Ashley Coopers book, Clarach a lovely fly fishing pool and Glashan one of the prettiest pools on the Dee.
The beat is well serviced with access tracks for vehicles and footpaths to all other parts. The beat is fly fishing only and catch and release following the River Dee conservation code.
In the Spring months longer 14/15ft rods are favoured and successful flies are often the Dee monkey along with classics such as the Black and yellow and Willie Gunn. In the summer months smaller and lighter tackle with 12/13ft rods commonly used. Successful flies at this time include the silver stoat and munro killer.
The Beat has 2 main fishing periods spring and summer. The spring period is from 1st of March until the end of June when 4 rods can fish the beat. The summer period is from the start of July until 30th September when 3 rods fish the beat. A house rod is reserved and may be used occasionally. The services of a ghillie are included all season with a change of ghillie between the spring and summer periods.
Self-catering cottages are available situated very close to the beat as well as others nearby on the estate. For further details on fishing or accommodation please contact the estate office or go to Glen Tanar website
Glen Tanar Estate Office
Tel: 013398 86451
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