Lower Crathes and West Durris-a fabulous fishing beat
Lower Crathes and West Durris
Lower Dee below Banchory beside Crathes Bridge
Five year average: 411 salmon/grilse and 55 sea trout 1.75 miles left bank and 2.5 miles right bank fishing, 12 pools 2 ghillies spring/autumn, 1 summer. Aug/Sep Ghillie by arrangement only 1 hut, 1 boat Maximum rods 4 reducing to 3 and then 2 in the summer months and revert back to 4 in the autumn.
More Images from the beat http://www.lax-a.net/laxa-photo-gallery.html and also a report with images here http://www.speyghillie.co.uk/forum/Blah.pl?m-1296837469/
The Lower Crathes/West Durris beat is arguably the top River Dee beat and provides predominantly double bank fishing on the Lower Dee below Banchory. Lower Crathes comprises the left bank from two thirds of a mile above Durris Bridge to one mile below with the West Durris beat occupying the right bank, from one and a half miles above the bridge to one mile below.
All pools are readily fished from the bank or are easily waded. The Upper Bridge and Birkenbaud are sometimes fished from a boat at the Ghillies discretion. Different pools favour differing heights of water and wind directions, with fishable water available throughout the season. Rods rotate between combinations of pools each half day to give all equal opportunity.
One fishing hut on the Lower Crathes side serves the beat. The hut has a wood burning stove, W.C. and telephone. Additionally there are three shelters for the use of fishers and the hut, shelters and fishing’s as a whole are easily accessible by car.
Head Ghillie Robert Harper and Malcolm Tocher with a 25lb plus salmon at Lower Crathes
The beat is one of the most productive on the Dee year in and year out and produces a good number of big fish each season. The beat can fish in virtually all heights of water, unlike other Dee beats and this ensures that visitors are able to fish without losing virtually any fishing time due to water conditions.
The Head Ghillie Robert Harper has been employed by Dunecht Estate for 36 years and is one of the most highly thought of Ghillies in Scotland. He has extensive knowledge of the beat and where and when fish are most likely to be caught; he also has considerable experience about salmon fishing in other countries. Robert has been a member of the River Dee Board for a number of years and contributes significantly to helping preserve the River Dee for generations to come.
At Lower Crathes and West Durris dreams can come true:
Jamie Hammond with 22lb & 24lb Springers caught in evening and following morning
The fishing is available through the FishDee website that attracts over 2 million visitors a year and the beat is owned by Dunecht Estates and leased to Lax-A in Iceland who have secured the fishing rights on a long term agreement. Additional seasonal Ghillie Charles Booth is also on the beat and has worked there for a number of years.
Robert Harper Head Ghillie
Book fishing here
Date of listing: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 06:53:47 GMT
To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of’ link at the start of the relevant line
- Click on the Species link for an explanation of the species abbreviations
- Click on the Notes links (where applicable) for an explanation of the abbreviated notes
|3 Sep 12||as st||£365||–||–||–||4||2||2||–|
|10 Sep 12||as st||£365||2||1||2||2||–||–||–|
|17 Sep 12||as st||£365||1||1||1||4||4||3||–|
|1 Oct 12||as st||£365||3||3||3||–||–||–||–|
|8 Oct 12||as st||£365||1||1||1||1||–||1||–|
A double line between weeks denotes one or more ‘missing’ weeks where no fishings are available.
If no rods are shown to let, please try again another day, as there may be some to let by then