River Don - Scotland

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The Alford Angling Association waters.

2 beats on the middle/upper Don. Waterside 1.1 miles left bank and Haughton 1.1 miles right bank. For beat maps click on 'Links'

Over two miles of excellent fishing, 10 named pools.

The Haughton beat produced the first salmon caught on the River Don in 2018 season.

Good car parking and access. Great local facilities including accommodation.

Alford Angling Association offers over two miles of excellent fishing on the River Don with 10 named pools. The association was formed by a group of enthusiastic local residents in 2018 to manage the two beats at Alford, previously run by Aberdeenshire Council. 

Permits cover both beats on the middle and upper River Don. Waterside beat is 1.1 miles left bank and Haughton beat 1.1 miles right bank. The Haughton beat produced the first salmon of the 2018 River Don season, a 15lb fish.

Both beats have a great variety of streams and glides offering excellent opportunities for both salmon, sea trout and brown trout anglers. Most of the pools are accessible from the bank but some wading may be necessary. 

For beat maps click on LINKS

The salmon fishing on the Don starts on the 11th February and finishes on the 31st October. Fishing is good in favourable water conditions with Spring fish running from the start of the season. The river enjoys a Summer grilse run from May to August and larger fish towards the end of the season. 

Sea trout start to appear from June through to the end of the season. The River Don is internationally renowned for its wild Brown Trout fishing with anglers from across the world visiting (Brown Trout Season 14 March until 6th October). Brownies up to 3lb are not uncommon and trout in excess of 5lb are caught every year. Sunday fishing is permitted for brown trout only.

Car parking is available on both beats (see beat maps in links). Most of the pools are accessible from the bank.  

For Beat Maps Click Links
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For salmon and sea trout permits Click on Book Days
Please contact FishPal on 01573 470612 for concessions and trout fishing. 

Season permits are available and junior permits, please email for information. Permits can also be purchased in Alford Post Office. Everlong Art Gallery. Somers in Aberdeen and Glenkindie Post Office. 

The village of Alford is close to the river and has a hotel, pub, restaurants and a wide range of shops. Things to include the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford Heritage Centre and nearby Craigievar Castle (the inspiration for Walt Disney's fairy tale castle). Haughton Country Park is a large and popular green space with a caravan park and woodland walks. Alford also has an 18 hole tree lined golf course.


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Fishing Report - 2019 season

Once again, Stuart Mathewson got our beats off the mark in February, landing the first salmon – that’s two years’ running for Stuart.

The start of the trout season in April saw a significant increase in fishing efforts and catches were strong in throughout Spring. Spring Salmon fishing peaked in May when we had a spate in the middle of the month which took us to a total of 20 fish caught in the first few months.

The quieter summer months were punctuated with some good trout being caught, up to 4-5lb, and a rush of salmon being caught around the spates in August.

The back-end fishing in October was the strongest with some big salmon being caught and catches being reported almost every day. Admittedly, there was a lot more fishing in the final two weeks of the season. Our beats finished the season with 53 salmon caught. The largest fish was 20lb caught by Alex Anderson and Ian Paterson was not far behind, with an 18lb fish.

Andy Ashcroft had the most fish caught at 11, with Ian Paterson next with 5 fish caught.

Congratulations to everyone and let’s hope the fishing is as good in 2020.

We look forward to welcoming guests with day tickets onto our beats.

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