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When to fish

Length of season

The salmon fishing season openS on 1st February and closes on 15th October, for beats below Aboyne Bridge. For beats above Aboyne Bridge, the fishing season finishes on the 30th September.

Spring fishing

The River Dee is famed for its spring salmon fishing and remains the best river to try for an early run springer on the fly. Traditionally, given a cold winter, the best of the early spring fishing in February and March is on the lower and lower-middle beats.

Water height and temperature influence the speed at which fish migrate upstream. In the spring snow and rain in the western catchment can change water conditions dramatically, and with the right conditions, fish run quickly upstream. As the water warms from mid-March they begin to spread out as they head for the upper river. April and May see the main body of spring fish passing through the middle beats into the upper river. These are wonderful months to be on the Dee.

Summer fishing

The Dee's summer salmon and grilse are the most abundant of the river's fish stocks and provide excellent sport for local and visiting anglers.

In late June and into July, we expect to see summer salmon and grilse arriving in good numbers.

The sea trout arrive during May. They provide excellent opportunities for anglers, many of whom choose to fish through the night for these elusive and hard fighting trout.

Autumn Fishing

Autumn runs of salmon build from mid-August and are in full swing by September, providing excellent sport for anglers throughout the river. Many of the lower beats come into their own at this time.

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