Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

Biosecurity in 2013

The River Dee conservation code for 2013 stipulates that all anglers on arrival to the River Dee must have their waders and landing nets disinfected prior to fishing the river. This is to prevent unwanted pathogens and non native species, disease and other nasties which can affect the wellbeing and future health of the River Dee. Fishing beats have had disinfection kits and virkon tablets ditributed where a half percent solution will be sprayed onto waders and any landing nets prior to fishing. This has been trialled at Park, Crathes and Lower Crathes beats and has been well received by anglers fishing these beats. The process can be carried out quickly by Ghillies whilst anglers are perhaps getting equipment out of the car, having coffee or reading over beat health and safety briefings. In other countries there is normally a charge to have this done however this will be provided at beats at no cost to the angler. See this information film provided. http://youtu.be/3Xbbgt9EC68

We would urge all anglers to please support this important and neccessary step in helping protect our river and its inhabitants. A lot of work has gone in to restore fish stocks and we have some way to go to restore the river to it’s former glories. Please put personal bias aside and help us by ensuring you have your boots and net disinfected prior to fishing. If you are fishing a beat without a Ghillie you will be advised on where the disinfectant spray is to allow you to very quickly spray your wading boots and any landing net. It’s quick, efficient and really neccessary, so please help us keep the nasties out by spending a couple of minutes doing this little bit of good practise. This measure was recommended by Marine Scotland and passed by the Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board to be implemented across the whole River Dee catchment from 2013.

Lower Crathes availability 2013

One of the top River Dee beats has just posted their availability for 2013 on www.fishdee.co.uk


Date of listing: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:53:00 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
Week of Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
18 Feb 13 as st £219 1 1 1 2  
25 Feb 13 as st £365 1 3 1 1 1  
4 Mar 13 as st £365 1 1 2 1 2 2  
18 Mar 13 as st £365 1 1 1  
25 Mar 13 as st £365 2 2 2  
1 Apr 13 as st £365 1 1 1 1  
6 May 13 as st £365 1 1 1 1  
20 May 13 as st £365 2 2 2 2 2 2  
24 Jun 13 as st £217 1 1 1 1 1 1  
1 Jul 13 as st £270 2 2 2  
2 Sep 13 as st £365 4 4 4  
9 Sep 13 as st £365 3 3 3 4 2 2  
16 Sep 13 st £365 4 4 4 3 4 4  
7 Oct 13 as st £365 3 3 3 1  
14 Oct 13 as st £365 3 1

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

Key Points

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 for36 yearsand 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



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