The Delights of Dess
Images courtesy Thomas Thore, Hardcore Flyfishing, Sweden & Ken Reid
Five year average: 216 salmon/grilse and 92 sea trout 2.25 miles left bank fishing with 19 named pools Maximum rods: 5 to July, thereafter maximum rods 4, with a fifth rod reserved, to be fished only if water conditions allow. 1 ghillie, 2 huts Price range: £80 to £140 per rod/day no VAT chargeable
The Dess fishings consist of two beats, Lower Dess and Upper Dess, and are let as one unit to provide guests with the best opportunity to experience the full attraction of Dess each visit. Located just outside Kincardine O’Neil on the Lower Dess Estate the beats are easily accessible and close to services, but provide a tranquil yet exciting experience.
The Lower Dess fishings consist of approximately 1.25 miles of single bank fishings at Kincardine O’Neil, and provide 11 pools of top quality fishings ranging from the shingle banks of the Long Haugh to the deeper Mill Pool set beneath the attractive Lower Dess House.
The Upper Dess fishings provide a more secluded setting with a further mile of fishings including 8 pools offering an excellent mixture of fast flowing and calmer water. Both beats have had work carried in recent years to provide sufficient access to pools for fishing from the bank, enabling fishing of pools throughout the whole season, and a safer environment for beginners. Combined, the beats offer a variety of habitats offering an excellent opportunity of seeing such species as Golden Eagle, Red and Roe Deer, Red Squirrel, Osprey and many more.
Guests have the use of the award winning Upper Dess fishing hut, designed by acclaimed architect Michael Rasmussen and providing a welcoming location for lunch and wildlife appreciation on rare wet days, as well as the Lower Dess fishing hut at the Jetties pool, ensuring a safe haven for personal belongings no matter which beats guests may be fishing.
In recent years both Lower and Upper Dess have seen an increase in average catch of both Salmon and Sea Trout and in particular the beats offer excellent sport for the Spring and early Summer Salmon angler, with the Sea Trout catch in the Summer months improving in recent years.
With many weeks being let to long-established guests there are good opportunities to experience fishing on the prestigious and beautiful beats of Dess by booking fishing on-line at the FishDee website where the beat has availability between now and the end of the season on the 15th October. Book fishing here