There are sparse populations of wild brown trout within the river Dee catchment and many are captured by default by salmon anglers who are often disappointed as their quarry is a much larger fish than the humble brown trout. That said every year some good catches of trout can and are made, with the River Feugh tributary being a popular source of reasonable trout fishing. Fishing can be obtained via the Heughhead fishing beat and the Aberdeen and District Angling Association, further details in the fishery descriptions page on this site for these venues.
Further up the river Dee valley, there are wild and remote areas where there are some small populations of wild brown trout and these are fished for by enthusiastic trout fishermen. Here is a list of some areas where wild brown trout fly fishing is carried out locally in the upper catchment.
River Shee Water: 15th March to 20th September, brown trout, fly fishing only. North Bank Spittal to Finegard. South Bank Spittal to Slochnacraig, also Alt a 'Ghlinne Bhig.
River Gairn: 15th March to 20th September, brown trout, fly fishing only. No spinning allowed and no use of bait. From bridge of Gairn near Ballater, on the west bank only to Tomnavey. Both banks from Tomnavey to Gairnshiel bridge. No fishing west of bridge.
River Clunie: 15th March to 20th September, brown trout, fly fishing only. No spinning or bait fishing allowed. Both banks of river from the golf course south.
Loch Nan Euan: Map reference 063780. Brown trout, fly fishing only. Reached by taking the path on the north side of River Shee, opposite Dalmunzie, and due northwest up Glen Thaitenich approximately six mile walk as there is no vehicle access.
Loch Bainnie (or 'Beanie'): Map reference 060686. Brown trout, fly fishing only. The loch is approached from the A93 by taking the Compass Christian turnoff and turning right for Invereddrie Farm. Leave your car to the left of the farm buildings.
Loch Vrotichan: Map reference 123785. Brown trout, fly fishing only. Lies northwest of the Cairnwell and can be reached from the Glenshee chairlift.
Fishing without a permit is strictly prohibited. All litter must be removed, no fires to be lit, no spinning or bait fishing. A catch return must be submitted to the estate office at the close of permit whether daily or season.