Monthly Archives: January 2013

River Dee Office Press Release

NEWS RELEASE 31 January 2013
New salmon season marks 150 years of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board. Alastair Hume, elder statesman of the Dee, is guest of honour at opening ceremony

The start of the 2013 salmon fishing season on the River Dee will be celebrated on Friday February 1st with an official opening ceremony on the riverbank by Potarch Bridge. Alastair Hume, elder statesman of the Dee, who in several capacities has given over 60 years’ service to the river, will be the guest of honour and will formally open the season. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board (DDSFB), which has the responsibility for conserving and improving stocks in one of Europe’s most renowned salmon rivers.

Mark Bilsby, River Director of the DDSFB and the River Dee Trust, said: “Whilst we are very proud of our past achievements and 150 years of the Board’s stewardship of the Dee’s salmon stocks, our focus now is very much on the future. Rod catches of salmon continue to improve after a difficult period at the turn of the millennium. The Dee’s catch for 2012 – 7,854 salmon – has placed us in the top three of the league table of Scotland’s rivers. The Dee’s resurgence is testimony to the conservation and environmental improvement policies we have enacted in recent years, not least our conservation code and emphasis on bio-security”.

Mr Bilsby added: “For the Dee’s improvement as a premier salmon river to continue, it is vital that we encourage and nurture young new blood to carry on the important work and traditions on the riverbank. We wish to attract new people with a passion for the river to come and work with us and tap in to all the accumulated wisdom that exists amongst those who have spent decades on the Dee. With this in mind the DDSFB is introducing an annual river worker’s bursary scheme to enable a suitable individual to gain practical experience on the riverbank. We believe that this is the first such scheme in Scotland and we are committing to this for the next 150 years!”

Alastair Hume, a retired bank manager, has played a pivotal role in the development of Aberdeen and District Angling Association from its humble beginnings in 1946 to it becoming Scotland’s premier angling club with 1,100 members and its own fishing beats on the Dee, Don and Ythan rivers. Alastair, who served as club’s Vice-President or President from 1964 to 2008 and is now the Honorary President, masterminded the club’s acquisitions of fishings. For decades he has worked tirelessly to protect and ensure the Dee’s salmon runs and he cares passionately about the river’s future. He recently retired as a Board member of the DDSFB and currently serves as Voluntary Clerk to DDSFB and as a Trustee of the River Dee Trust.
The DDSFB’s and River Dee Trust’s holistic approach to the health of the river is underlined by the Trust’s involvement in the LIFE+ “Pearls in Peril” (PIP) project, which is designed to secure the future of the freshwater pearl mussel in Great Britain, particularly in Special Area of Conservation (SAC) rivers such as the Dee. The PIP project on the Dee is worth £2.5m over four years.

The opening ceremony at Potarch Bridge is taking place by kind permission of Ballogie Estate. Refreshments are being provided by Che and Nicola Mueller of the Potarch Hotel and Restaurant and drams are courtesy of the Dalmore Dee Dram.
ENDS
**** Photo opportunities from 10:30 am by Potarch Bridge ****
(Potarch Bridge is adjacent to the A93 North Deeside Road midway between Banchory and Aboyne)
A pdf of The River Dee Annual Report can be emailed on request.
Issued by Andrew Graham-Stewart (telephone numbers 01863 766767 or 07812 981531) on behalf the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board. For further information telephone Mark Bilsby, Director of the Fishery Board, on 013398 80411 or 07810 880409.
Notes for editors
1) The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board is the statutory body responsible for the protection, preservation and development of salmon and sea trout fisheries in the Dee system.
2) The River Dee Trust is a charitable organisation tasked with understanding the catchment and the factors that influence it, leading to practical works to restore the river for future generations and a community based education programme for all ages.
3) The Potarch Hotel is one of Aberdeenshire’s leading small hotels and restaurants, specialising in the finest of local cuisine. It is kindly providing the hospitality for the opening ceremony.
4) Angling in the River Dee generates some £12 million annually in revenues and supports an estimated 500 rural jobs.
Dee DSFB
River Office
Mill of Dinnet
Aboyne
Aberdeenshire AB34 5LA
http://www.riverdee.org

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River Opening Ceremony

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The river opening ceremony takes place at 10.30 am on Friday morning 1st February at Ballogie. The event is invitation only and guests will be arriving from 10.00 am to attend the popular event. There will be a number of speeches delivered and the ceremonial cast will take place.

The location is beside the webcamera which monitors the river levels and you may be able to view the assembled crowd and event by clicking here.

Late availability for February just added

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Date of listing: 29/01/2013                    Selected Country:                    Selected Species:

Selected Month: 2013/2                    Selected River/Area: DE

to book fishings, click the bold ‘week of’ link at start of relevant line.

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  • 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
  • If you wish, you may sort this list by clicking on any of the bold column headings
                                Week of Water Beat                                 Species                                 Rent/Day                                 Mon                                 Tue                                 Wed                                 Thu                                 Fri                                 Sat                                 Sun                                 Notes
28 Jan 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 –                 –                 –                 –                 4                 –                 –
28 Jan 13             Dee Culter as st £50                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 –
28 Jan 13             Dee Tilbouries as st £60                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –
28 Jan 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 2                 –

4 Feb 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £25 +  vat                 5                 5                 5                 5                 5                 5                 – Min 3d2r
4 Feb 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Culter as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 3                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 1                 3                 4                 4                 4                 –                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Cairnton st £88                 4                 4                 4                 1                 1                 –                 – CE NOLB
4 Feb 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 –                 –                 2                 2                 1                 2                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Kincardine as st £90                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 – WS+20%
4 Feb 13             Dee Dess as st £70                 –                 –                 –                 5                 5                 –                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Birse as st £58                 2                 2                 2                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 3d1r
4 Feb 13             Dee Aboyne Water as st £60                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
4 Feb 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –

11 Feb 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £25 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 2d1r
11 Feb 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Culter as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 –                 6                 6                 5                 1                 1                 – CE
11 Feb 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 –                 2                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Tilbouries as st £65                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Park South as st £64 +  vat                 –                 3                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Crathes as st £85 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 3                 3                 – Min 6d2r
11 Feb 13             Dee Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo as st £90                 1                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Cairnton as st £88                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –                 – CE NOLB
11 Feb 13             Dee Woodend as st £75                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – CE GX
11 Feb 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d1r
11 Feb 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 1                 2                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Kincardine as st £90                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 – WS+20%
11 Feb 13             Dee Dess as st £70                 5                 5                 5                 5                 5                 5                 –
11 Feb 13             Dee Birse as st £58                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 3d1r
11 Feb 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –

18 Feb 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £25 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 2d1r
18 Feb 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
18 Feb 13             Dee Culter as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
18 Feb 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 4                 6                 6                 4                 –                 –                 – CE
18 Feb 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 –                 2                 2                 1                 1                 –                 –
18 Feb 13             Dee Tilbouries as st £65                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –
18 Feb 13             Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £219                 –                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –
18 Feb 13             Dee Cairnton as st £88                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 3d4r CE NOLB
18 Feb 13             Dee Woodend as st £75                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 1                 – CE GX
18 Feb 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d1r
18 Feb 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –
18 Feb 13             Dee Kincardine as st £100                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 – WS+20%
18 Feb 13             Dee Birse as st £58                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 3d1r
18 Feb 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –

25 Feb 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £25 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 2d1r
25 Feb 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Culter as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 – CE
25 Feb 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Tilbouries as st £65                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 3                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Park South as st £64 +  vat                 –                 2                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365                 2                 2                 2                 1                 1                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Crathes as st £103 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 1                 –                 –                 – Min 3d4r
25 Feb 13             Dee Cairnton as st £88                 4                 4                 2                 –                 –                 3                 – CE NOLB
25 Feb 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £55                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d1r
25 Feb 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Kincardine as st £115                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 2                 – WS+20%
25 Feb 13             Dee Dess as st £70                 5                 4                 4                 4                 5                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Birse as st £83                 4                 4                 4                 4                 2                 –                 – Min 3d1r
25 Feb 13             Dee Aboyne Castle as st £65                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Crathie as st £40 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 –                 4                 4                 –

Maryculter House Hotel Upcoming Events

Maryculter House Hotel

Forthcoming Events for 2013

                         

Sunday Priory Lunches

Come and join us for a Traditional Roast every Sunday

2 courses £17.50,  3 courses £20.00pp

Children under 12 half price

From noon until 2.30pm

 

Valentines Dinners

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February 2013

3 course choice menu, a glass of rose sparkling wine per person

and a box of Maryculter House chocolates

only £40.00pp

 

Wine & Whisky Tasting Series

Wine Tasting  – Friday 22nd February 2013

Only £15.00pp per session

Whisky Tasting – Friday 1st March 2013

Only £35.00pp per session

Mothers Day

Sunday 10th March 2013

Carvery lunch £23pp/ Table d’hote menu £29pp

Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 22nd March 2013

‘Dark Carpathia’

3 course dinner and entertainment by Blitz Entertainment only £36.00pp

Stay over with Breakfast £35.00pp

 (based on 2 people sharing twin/double room)

Gourmet Evening

Friday 8th March 2013

6 course menu plus coffee and petit fours only £55.00pp

Inhouse Wedding Exhibition

Sunday 20th October 2013

12 noon until 4.30pm

Couples are welcome to come along to the Hotel

 to view our Wedding facilities and

 meet local Wedding Suppliers

 

Watch out for new dates for our

                                                     Tribute Evenings, Medieval Evenings,McGonagall Evenings, Inhouse Wedding Exhibition,Christmas Party Nights,       Christmas Day Lunches,  New Years Day Buffet, Hogmanay Ball

 

To book places or for further information please call 01224 732124

 or email conferences@maryculterhousehotel.com http://www.maryculterhousehotel.com

Prize for heaviest fish on opening day

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Catch the biggest fish on the opening day of the River Dee and you will be the proud owner of this box of Franc N Snaeldas!! Make sure you or your Ghillie call Ken on 07979 878971 to ensure he knows about your capture.

The flies have kindly been donated by Sean Stanton, Ballogie Estate Head Ghillie.

 

Lots of rods available in March

There is a good amount of rod availability in March-check these out by clicking the date beside beat name !

Week of Water Beat                                 Species Rent/Day                                 Mon                                 Tue                                 Wed                                 Thu                                 Fri                                 Sat                                 Sun                                 Notes
25 Feb 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £25 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 2d1r
25 Feb 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Culter as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 – CE
25 Feb 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 –                 2                 3                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Park South as st £64 +  vat                 –                 2                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365                 2                 2                 2                 1                 1                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Crathes as st £103 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 1                 –                 –                 – Min 3d4r
25 Feb 13             Dee Cairnton as st £88                 4                 4                 2                 –                 –                 3                 – CE NOLB
25 Feb 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £55                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d1r
25 Feb 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 –                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Kincardine as st £115                 3                 3                 3                 3                 3                 2                 – WS+20%
25 Feb 13             Dee Dess as st £70                 5                 4                 4                 4                 5                 –                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Birse as st £83                 4                 4                 4                 4                 2                 –                 – Min 3d1r
25 Feb 13             Dee Aboyne Castle as st £65                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
25 Feb 13             Dee Crathie as st £40 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 –                 4                 4                 –

4 Mar 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 3                 4                 4                 4                 4                 1                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 1                 –                 3                 –                 –                 –                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Park South as st £129 +  vat                 3                 –                 –                 5                 2                 3                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365                 –                 –                 1                 1                 2                 1                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Middle Blackhall as st £75                 –                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 – Min 1d3r
4 Mar 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £55                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d1r
4 Mar 13             Dee Commonty as st £70 +  vat                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Birse as st £83                 –                 –                 –                 2                 –                 –                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Aboyne Castle as st £65                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –
4 Mar 13             Dee Waterside and Ferrar as st £47 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 2d2r
4 Mar 13             Dee Deecastle as st £58 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 3d1r
4 Mar 13             Dee Headinch and Cambus O’May as st £46 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 –                 –                 –                 – Min 2d2r
4 Mar 13             Dee Crathie as st £40 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

11 Mar 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £30 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 2d2r
11 Mar 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 – CE
11 Mar 13             Dee Park as st £129 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 2                 –                 –                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Park South as st £129 +  vat                 3                 2                 –                 4                 3                 4                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Cairnton as st £105                 2                 2                 2                 4                 4                 2                 – Min 2d2r CE NOLB
11 Mar 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £55                 –                 –                 –                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 3d1r
11 Mar 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Dess as st £100                 –                 –                 –                 2                 –                 1                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Aboyne Water as st £65                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Craigendinnie as st £84                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 6d1r
11 Mar 13             Dee Waterside and Ferrar as st £47 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 2d2r
11 Mar 13             Dee Headinch and Cambus O’May as st £46 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 2d2r
11 Mar 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
11 Mar 13             Dee Crathie as st £40 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

18 Mar 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £30 +  vat                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 – Min 3d3r
18 Mar 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 – CE
18 Mar 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 –                 –                 –                 3                 3                 3                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Knappach as st £32 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 2                 –                 –                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Middle Blackhall as st £75                 1                 2                 –                 –                 –                 –                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Woodend as st £85                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – CE GX
18 Mar 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £55                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d2r
18 Mar 13             Dee Sluie as st £45 +  vat                 –                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Birse as st £83                 4                 4                 4                 –                 –                 –                 – Min 3d1r
18 Mar 13             Dee Headinch and Cambus O’May as st £47 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 – Min 2d2r
18 Mar 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –
18 Mar 13             Dee Crathie as st £40 +  vat                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –

25 Mar 13             Dee Ardoe and Murtle as st £30 +  vat                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 1                 – Min 2d1r
25 Mar 13             Dee Kingcausie as st £30                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 4                 –
25 Mar 13             Dee Altries and Lower Drum as st £50                 6                 6                 6                 6                 6                 5                 – CE
25 Mar 13             Dee Middle Drum as st £50                 4                 4                 4                 4                 3                 –                 –
25 Mar 13             Dee Knappach as st £55 +  vat                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –                 –
25 Mar 13             Dee Lower Woodend as st £55                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 – Min 3d2r
25 Mar 13             Dee Aboyne Water as st £80                 –                 –                 1                 –                 –                 –                 –
25 Mar 13             Dee Morven as st £50                 2                 2                 2                 2                 2                 –                 –

Prospects update for River Opening

The river is running at a decent fishing height just four days prior to the start of the 2013 River Dee salmon fishing season following a small rise in river levels over the weekend due to snow melt. There have been some big lifts in water heights through the close season and the winter has been relatively mild and open up until the last few weeks. The upshot of this situation should mean a decent distribution of early springers and winter fish running the river, where they may be well spread out in lower and middle river beats-perhaps even as high as Aboyne or Ballater. The weather has turned much colder during the last fortnight and significant snowfall has fallen on the catchment which hopefully will provide a source of water for the river during the early spring months.
Here is the current forecast from the Met Office for Aboyne:

Today:

Dry and bright start, but thickening cloud bringing rain across most places this afternoon. The rain will be heaviest across South Aberdeenshire, with the Banff and Buchan coasts seeing very little. Becoming windy with a fresh to strong southerly wind. Maximum Temperature 6 °C.

Tonight:

Rain soon clearing this evening to leave a mainly dry night, although chance of a few showers across the west of Aberdeenshire. Touch of frost developing inland. Minimum Temperature 2 °C.

Tuesday:

After a dry morning with some sunshine becoming cloudy with more rain during the afternoon. Becoming drier during the evening. Becoming windy later with strong southwesterly winds by evening. Maximum Temperature 8 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Very windy with a few showers on Wednesday, wintry on hills. Less windy but rather cloudy on Thursday with a few showers. Colder and brighter with wintry showers on Friday.

There is a fair chance that we will have a rising river on Tuesday/Wednesday due to snow melt and warmer air temperatures. The river should hopefully have dropped back to a nice fishing height for the start of the fishing season on Friday, however you can never guarantee perfect fishing conditions, so fingers crossed for a productive start to the season on Friday. There will be an opening ceremony held on the river on Friday morning and invitations have been sent out for guests to attend this popular annual event.

The River Dee can  produce some early fish to 20lbs plus so anglers will need to ensure their tackle is sound. I am delighted to see there is a very good amount of fishing available in February to book online at the FishDee website and anglers would be well advised to book some early fishing and take advantage of good values on offer from wide range of FishDee beats that have rods available. One important change to the River Dee conservation code in 2013 sees the introduction of tighter biosecurity protocols which ask all anglers fishing the river to have their wading boots and landing nets sprayed with a mild disinfectant on arrival at their beat. Disinfection equipment has been supplied to all fishing beats and this process, which was trialled last year on beats, will cause a very minimal disruption to anglers.
Anglers will be fishing with Intermediate or sinking lines and short leaders. On the business end tube flies are very popular and patterns such as Black/Yellow, Gold Bodied Willie Gunn, Dee Monkey, Snaelda should provide opportunities of sport from Springers where they are located. There will be Kelts (last seasons salmon which have spawned) and it is important that anglers return these fish carefully to the river as some will make it back to sea and return again to spawn. They have laid down the next generation of salmon in their redds on the river bed which will emerge from the gravels in late spring as salmon fry.
Anglers looking to source fishing tackle that needs replaced or topped up can visit Somers of Aberdeen, Orvis in Banchory, George Strachan in Aboyne and the Kincardine O’Neil Post Office.
There have been a number of excellent beat films produced during the summer which have now been added onto the FishDee website/ Your Videos page which will allow followers of the website to see 8-10 minute films of a number of popular fishing beats. The Ghillies have done a super job in assisting with the production of these films and they demonstrate their talents as great ambassadors for their beat and river. There will be a compilation film produced shortly of all the beats which will be distributed on-line to help draw even more visitors to Deeside.

Where to Stay and dine when fishing on Deeside

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Now that the 2013 salmon fishing season is just around the corner many anglers will be planning their fishing trips to fish the River Dee. There are a good amount of accommodation providers in Deeside who cater for anglers and advertise on the FishDee website. If you are looking for a hotel, B&B or self catering you can click on them to access the lists. There are also a good number of eating establishments and caterers who provide a good dining experience.

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Kincardine Beat Film Published

The Kincardine Beat Film published which was shot last summer in conjunction with other fishing beats.

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