Monthly Archives: November 2013

Less than 2 hours until auction closes


The River Dee Trust Auction comes to a close in under two hours. Please register your late bids before 5pm as bids after 5pm will not be accepted. You can visit the auction at


River Dee Auction Closes 5pm Tomorrow-Get your late bid in !


The River Dee Trust On-Line Auction closes 5pm Saturday.
Don’t forget to place your bid or up your bid if you are being outbid on one of the auction lots.
There are some great auction lots with some bids well below their guide prices so you may get a bargain.
The winning bidders will be contacted early next week. Catalogue showing current bids.

A Scandinavian Fishing Team’s Experiences on the River Dee Spring 2013

A well produced blog article about 2Instincts week on the River Dee with many great images showing how much fun they had. Tight lines in 2014. Check it out here

The Delights of Lower Crathes by Miguel Aquilar

Fishing Availability-February 2014

There is quite a lot of fishing added to the FishDee website for February 2014 where you can get your opportunity to shake off cabin fever and go fishing. FishDee are optimistic for an improved run of Spring salmon in 2014 given the progeny of big runs of salmon in 2009/2010 should be returning home. There should be decent runs of 2 and hopefully 3 sea winter fish.

February Rods  for 2014

Date of listing:
Tuesday 26th November 2013 at 10:04 am

To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of‘ link at the start of the relevant line

Click on the Beat/Fishery link to go to the detail page for that water 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 blue column headings

Week of Water Beat/Fishery Species Rent/Day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Notes
Feb 3rd Dee Knappach as st £32 

+ vat

1 2 2 n/a D3
Feb 3rd Dee Middle Blackhall as st £75 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d3r
Feb 3rd Dee Upper Blackhall as st £85 3 3 3 3 1 1 n/a LE D2
Feb 3rd Dee Commonty as st £60 

+ vat

3 3 3 3 n/a  
Feb 3rd Dee Sluie as st £50 

+ vat

2 2 2 n/a Min 1d2r
Feb 3rd Dee Kincardine as st £90 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d1r D3 WS+20%
Feb 3rd Dee Birse as st £58 4 4 4 4 4 4 n/a Min 3d1r D3
Feb 3rd Dee Aboyne Water as st £70 1 1 1 1 1 n/a  
Feb 10th Dee Knappach as st £32 

+ vat

2 2 1 2 2 n/a D3
Feb 10th Dee Middle Blackhall as st £75 3 3 3 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d3r
Feb 10th Dee Upper Blackhall as st £65 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d3r LE D2
Feb 10th Dee Woodend as st £69 2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a GX
Feb 10th Dee Sluie as st £50 

+ vat

2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a Min 3d2r
Feb 10th Dee Kincardine as st £90 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d1r D3 WS+20%
Feb 10th Dee Dess as st £70 2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a  
Feb 10th Dee Birse as st £58 4 4 4 4 4 4 n/a Min 3d1r D3
Feb 10th Dee Aboyne Water as st £65 3 3 3 3 3 3 n/a  
Feb 17th Dee Knappach as st £32 

+ vat

2 2 2 2 2 n/a D3
Feb 17th Dee Middle Blackhall as st £75 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d3r
Feb 17th Dee Woodend as st £69 2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a GX
Feb 17th Dee Commonty as st £60 

+ vat

3 1 1 n/a  
Feb 17th Dee Sluie as st £50 

+ vat

2 2 2 2 2 2 n/a Min 3d2r
Feb 17th Dee Kincardine as st £100 1 1 1 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d1r D3 WS+20%
Feb 17th Dee Dess as st £80 2 2 2 n/a  
Feb 17th Dee Birse as st £58 4 4 4 4 4 4 n/a Min 3d1r D3
Feb 24th Dee Knappach as st £32 

+ vat

2 2 n/a D3
Feb 24th Dee Middle Blackhall as st £80 3 3 3 n/a Min 3d3r
Feb 24th Dee Woodend as st £69 2 1 1 1 n/a GX
Feb 24th Dee Sluie as st £50 

+ vat

1 1 1 1 1 n/a  
Feb 24th Dee Kincardine as st £115 3 3 3 1 1 1 n/a Min 3d1r D3 WS+20%
Feb 24th Dee Aboyne Water as st £65 1 1 1 1 1 1 n/a  




If no rods are listed, February will have passed. Rods for next February will appear here later
To book fishings, click the bold ‘Week of‘ link at the start of the relevant line

River Dee Auction-Last Few Days

The River Dee on-line auction comes to a close on Saturday 30th November and its important to get your bids registered before the auction closes. It would be so easy to miss Saturday’s deadline if you are out all day doing important things such as Christmas shopping, visiting friends and family, enjoying the countryside etc. There are a host of wonderful auction lots including great fishing opportunities overseas and on some of the River Dee’s top beats in 2014, and many more, which could make ideal Christmas presents for friends.

1. Fishing Lots include fishing in Iceland, Sweden, Norway and a number of top River Dee Beats.

2. Fishing Equipment including vintage and modern fly rods, fishing reels, made to measure wading jacket and a number of fly selections which come in a variety of fly boxes, including a clear CF Design fly box and a mahogany box.

3. Food & Drink lots include a commemorative single malt whisky, a case of vintage Pol Roger champagne, Dinner at the 4 star Tor Na Coille Hotel, luxury picnic for 8, Cairnton Beef and a Yelled Hind from Glen Tanar

4. Artworks include a River Dee oil painting by renowned artist Howard Butterworth and an Aberdeen River Dee scene provided by Mary Butterworth-both of these lots are really excellent.

5. Miscellaneous items include a bespoke kilt, Activity day at the famous Lochter activity centre, Video sunglasses and a beautiful Dalvey gentleman’s hip flask.

So remember to visit the site and get your bids placed as there are some great bargains to be had at

Some great fishing Opportunities

We are currently running an online auction until the end of November to raise funds for the River Dee Trust and there are two amazing fishing opportunities which currently have small bids sitting on them.

Salmon Fishing in Norway on the River Namsen. A fabulous opportunity exists for two anglers to enjoy three days all inclusive package of fishing with meals and accommodation in week 30 in 2014, at Jørem, see website .This auction lot has been kindly donated by the popular Sven Åge and Jenny Domås. There is a nice short film about the accommodation at Jørem and the River Namsen here

The wonderfully scenic River Namsen offer visiting anglers the opportunity to fly fish, spin, or even try harling for large salmon in what’s historically known as the queen of Norwegian salmon rivers. The biggest ever Namsen salmon was landed at Jørem and weighed a massive 31.5 kilos in 1924. Visiting anglers would be advised to hire the services of a local guide for this trip, which will be arranged, to ensure they have every opportunity to capture a large wild salmon. The winning bidder would be expected to arrange their vehicle hire at Trondheim to travel to Grong, cover the cost of their guide and any alcoholic drinks provided. This is a stunning river with really outstanding scenery and will provide a host of wonderful memories. Guide Price £1,000 Current Bid is only £400-this is worth a lot more than the current bid.

Sea Trout fishing, on the world famous River Mörrum, Sweden. This world famous fishery is managed by Sveasskog / Mörrums Kronolaxfiske in the South East of Sweden. They are donating an all inclusive package of 3 days fishing and 4 nights of accommodation for two rods. This will take place during the prime time for sea trout, September 2014. The successful bidding anglers stay will be in self-catering “Laxodlingen” double room with shared bathroom and kitchen . www.  Extra days fishing and accommodation may be purchased. Guiding, even for as low as two hours, can be arranged with FiskeShopen / All Fly Mörrum,  River Mörrum is known for its big sea trout, only matched by Argentina’s Rio Grande & Rio Gallegos. The average sea trout size is typically 12-13lb, with fish above 20lb landed every year. The sea trout start running the river in July and from second half of August huge fish will lie in almost all pools on the lower stretch.

Auction Lot Details, Suggested schedule for the trip

Arrival; September 1st  
Fishing; September 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Departure; September 5th

Guide Price £1,000 Current bid is only £300 – Way below what this lot is worth in this fantastic productive river.

Footage of  Morrum sea trout

If you wish to place a bid in for these and in the process see all the funds going into helping the River then click here to enter the auction.

Alex ready to cook up a storm on Masterchef

Alex ready to cook up a storm on Masterchef

Alex Hay  Photo credit - Diana Johnson

Only a couple of months after being appointed Head Chef at one of Scotland’s top country house hotels, 27-year-old Alexandria (Alex) Hay is to be seen competing in BBC TV’s Bafta-winning Masterchef: The Professionals.

Alex , who is in charge of the kitchen at Raemoir House at Banchory on Royal Deeside, will first appear on the BBC2 show on Monday 25 November at 8.30 pm. She is one of only five chefs from Scotland to have been selected from thousands of applicants to take part in the new series.

She recently took over as Executive Head Chef at Raemoir from Scotland’s 2013 Chef of the Year David Littlewood. Raemoir, which holds two AA Rosettes for its food, was voted Scotland’s Country House of the Year in 2011 and 2012, the first time that double had ever been achieved. The hotel also picked up the regional title for 2013.

Owners Neil and Julie Rae persuaded Alex, who studied catering at Angus College in Arbroath, to join them from their Milton restaurant at Banchory as sous-chef shortly after they bought the historic 20-bedroom hotel in 2010.

Alex, from Fettercairn, said she filled in the application form more in hope than expectation. “Realistically I didn’t expect to get accepted because of the huge number of chefs who apply but I got through after a ‘phone interview and filmed audition,” she said.

Before being selected she had to provide her own sample menu and the current menu in place at Michelin Guide-recommended Raemoir so organisers could scrutinise her style and standards of food at the hotel.

Judges of Masterchef: The Professionals are Michel Roux Junior, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace. The programmes are filmed in a warehouse in Wandsworth, London and recorded so for the time being Alex’ lips are sealed about the outcome.

“The first biggest challenge was believing I was good enough to perform at that level,” she added. “It was also difficult not knowing what was expected of me until I got into the studio and then having to work under intense pressure to a very tight timetable.

“I had to think and plan on my feet, relying on what I had learned. It was also hard travelling down to London for the filming while making sure that standards in Raemoir’s kitchen and restaurant remained in line with guests’ high expectations.”

Salmon Spawning

At lunchtime today I left the office with Steff Ferguson our PiP Officer to show her some of the local spawning spots close to the office. It was great weather with a low lying sun shining brightly in the water, and with the use of polaroid glasses we had a good view of what was going on. There were a number of pairs of salmon busy going about their business within 10-20 feet of where we were standing very still. Its great to see them return every year to virtually the same spawning spots give or take a few metres. I also looked at video footage from previous years and the dates are almost identical on the calendar for these locations. There’s a whole host of great River Dee viewing spots to see the fish milling around in the shallow pool tails. How gratifying it is to see these fish reach the culmination of their life’s journey where they were born a number of years ago. Here is an example, not from the Dee, of what is going on under the water right now

Commercial Opportunity-FishDee

The FishDee website is looking for a main site sponsor in time for the start of the 2014 salmon fishing season. FishDee is the marketing medium used to promote the River Dee salmon fisheries and the supporting infrastructure which supports angling tourism. The website has been operating for almost 10 years and is globally recognised and respected. The website has over 2.5 million hits per annum thanks to quality regular weekly updates of fishing reports and prospects, as well as daily reporting of catches, river levels and links to web cameras. The customer base who typically uses the FishDee website will be predominately male, 50 years of age and above and ABC1 demographic profile. The River Dee is a globally recognised top destination for salmon anglers and has a global customer base. The site therefore is an attractive option for an enterprising business look to source a niche marketing opportunity to bring their business into the public domain through this unique medium of high net worth end users. The site sponsor would be provided with a banner web link platform on every web page on the FishDee website. Interested parties should contact Ken Reid at to discuss this in further detail or call 013398 80411.

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