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I sat on the bank and surveyed the pool where I was going to commence fishing shortly and sucked in a large mouthful of cold crisp February air. This is a time of the year where I enjoy anticipating the year progressing into longer and warmer days where nature comes alive and everything in the countryside seems busy going about its business. At this time however I enjoyed noticing what little there was going on around me, a couple of Kelts splashing erratically and a golden eye duck flying at pace overhead. The close season for salmon fishing seemed to take an age to pass and I was eager to get fishing and establish a nice fluent casting rhythm again and hunt for that elusive, but prized River Dee spring salmon.
The famous Durris Stream at Park
I proceeded to wade in to the river at the head of the pool and enjoyed feeling the strong push of water at the back of my legs which reminded me that I was in the fish’s element and needed to proceed with care and diligence. I anticipated that I would need to use my sunk line as the river was 24 inches above summer level on the gauge and the water temperature was holding steady at 2 degrees Celsius. This meant I needed to get my large tube fly down to a depth where the salmon would be holding station, probably 12 inches off the bottom would be desirable, and if I felt the odd little knock of my fly against submerged rocks then I wouldn’t be concerned, as I know my fly will be fishing at the depth I wanted it to be at. The fly itself was a cone head tube fly, and the pattern chosen was the Park Shrimp named after the famous beat that I found myself fortunate to be fishing this day. I found myself gradually lengthening line as I stripped line from my reel and flicked the fly out to get it covering the nearside water where the fish may be lying just off the stream.
Newly arrived from the sea-a pair of spring salmon
The line had been stripped of the reel yesterday, and cleaned and conditioned prior to my first session of the season, so I knew there were no overlapping loose line gripping the line, which could prevent it from coming off the reel should I hook a large fish and find it wants to run hard from me when it takes the fly. I looked up at the sky and took in the steel grey clouds scudding by on a brisk north wind, and shivered slightly, was it excitement, the cold air conditions, or a combination of both? The sensation quickly passed and I said a brief prayer asking the almighty to grant me a good productive season’s sport, something of a ritual I have done for over 20 years on the first day out, whether it works who knows? But I have no complaints at the end of the season.
I had got into a nice steady rhythm and was throwing a good length of line at an angle of 75 degrees and was pleased to see the cone head park shrimp dive into the water and sink fast and pulse and jig as the fly traversed the flow of the stream, yes this was it, fly fishing for Spring salmon–one of life’s great passions for me. I thought of the salmon greats that have departed, never to cast again, and I felt a tinge of sadness that the combined knowledge from the greats was getting lost slowly in the mists of time. But I was pleased to be fishing again, pitting my wits against the secretive and hard fighting Spring Salmon that would be in the river in their certain favoured spots. The salmon greats now departed of course knew where to look, as many years of fishing effort gradually allowed them to discover the Salmons secrets.
The Original Park Shrimp Conehead tied by Ross Macdonald
There it was, a taking fish, and I had only gone forty feet down the pool from where I commenced, a knock knock sensation coming up the line which was putting a slight bend in the rod. I relished the take from this fish, which was confident, unhurried, and showed that the salmon wanted to attack the fly and return with it to its lie, where it had departed from just moments ago to intercept my fly. I lifted the rod with a steady unhurried action that in the process drove my Loop size 8 double firmly into the fish’s mouth. Now providing the fish was well hooked I was hopeful that I would be landing my first fish of the season within a given period of time. I now had to land the fish as quickly as I could. All being well I would ensure that I return the fish to the river to continue its slow progress up river to its natal spawning area. This precise moment of excitement, tension & anxiety was one that I was very familiar with, and I slowly moved in towards the bank in order that I could gain the high ground to fight the fish. The fish seemed quite content to meander slowly upstream as I took my customary diagonal upstream steps towards the bank. This was a good sign and I thought briefly about the strong and dogged fight from the Springer and compared it to the mad hustle and bustle that a fresh run Grilse is wont to do when it’s hooked. The Springer for me is a super adversary which is both beautiful and tough, they just never seem to want to give up, and this one was no different.
I had moved initially upstream to try and remove some of the fishes strength, as the fish when above you, is fighting both your tackle and the flow of the current pushing against it; I much prefer to play the fish than have the fish well below playing me, the odds then tend to be in favour of the fish coming off. This fish had come upstream, reminiscent of a dog being taken for a walk, where it seems to be content to be led initially for a period until it becomes distracted and starts to protest and pull against the lead. I had walked upriver for about 10 yards when I decided I was in a great position to fight the fish. I proceeded to increase the pressure and angle of leverage on the fish and I was duly rewarded by the fish showing protest at the sudden change of its upstream movement and pressure, turned and made a strong diagonal downstream run away from me. It had taken about 30 yards of line and a bit of backing when it stopped and I proceeded to wind this line back on the reel steadily and the smooth progress indicated the fish was quite happy to come upstream under a steady pressure where there were no erratic movements on my part to alarm the fish. The fish had gone about 5 yards above me and was pulling strongly into the draw of the current when I again lifted the rod and turned the angle downstream thus changing the direction of pressure on the fish. Away it went again across and downstream with real purpose and suddenly jumped from the water.
The fight underway where patience and determination are qualities required
This was what I wanted, a split fresh fish in the high teens of pounds at least, and just the perfect specimen that the large multi sea winter Springer invariably is. You suddenly have a longing to get a hold of the fish and admire its blue grey back and silver sides and white under belly. This is crunch time as the fish comes in for the third time and turns on its side, slightly betraying to you its sudden loss of resolve and power. This is the time the novice can become over eager and try to rush proceedings and this is when we find out if there are any dangers in the contest, whether the hook hold on the fish is weak or the terminal strength of our leader has been degraded. If the line is shortened too much too quickly, and the fish makes a sudden lunge then any weaknesses will cause the fish to depart and end the contest as suddenly as it had commenced.
I quietly unshipped my landing net from my sling and got a foothold on the rim enabling me to draw the handle of the net upwards and extended the length of handle by about two feet giving me a reasonable opportunity to draw the fish in towards the submerged rim, which I had just lowered into the water in front of me. I steadily drew the fish in toward me and hoped that it would stay on its side enabling me to lift my submerged net and ensnare the fish within the large cavernous body of the net. It was like so many fish that I had taken early in the season, the last 10 feet seemed to take the longest and I patiently waited until the time was right to draw the fish into the trap, lifting the net and ensured the fish could not escape without my assistance. I gasped with admiration at the fish and smiled broadly as I realised this was a fish that was close to 20 lbs give or take an ounce, and would in all probability be one of my finest captures of the season. I took the fish from the net in the water and carefully extracted the double hook with my artery forceps and carefully held the fish in the water with its head pointing upstream. This was to facilitate the passage of water through the fish’s mouth and over the gill raker’s enabling the fish to absorb a supply of oxygen and revive itself after the rigours of battle.
The elusive Springer in all its glory
I noticed immediately how cold the water was on my fingers but knew that this was a fair price to pay for fishing in February and wanting to catch and release my fish. After a few minutes when I had lost feeling from my finger tips I noticed the steady flow of bubbles rising to the surface from the fish’s gills and could feel the steady insistent pressure of the fish and knew it was ready to be released. Sure enough the fish quietly swam up and across from me and with a swirl on the surface dived strongly away downstream and was no doubt heading back to its lie. I wished it all the best and removed my hipflask and took in a gulp of the warming, slightly sweet, rusty nail mix I prefer early in the season to toast my catch. This was worthy of a celebratory toast.
This was the perfect moment, that I knew would never be repeated throughout the season, as this was the first, and the first for me is always the best. I looked forward to the rest of the day’s sport, irrespective of what may happen, but was more than happy to ponder the previous twenty minutes of sheer pleasure that I had been fortunate to have. Whether I caught another salmon today or not was not something that would not concern me, I had hit the jackpot and had caught and released a magnificent Springer. This is what early season sport on the River Dee can produce, and I had been favoured that morning and was allowed to admire the rivers magnificent treasure, truly a privilege reserved for a few lucky people, I was one of them today. I looked forward to lunch in the bothy with a broad smile from the knowledgeable Ghillie Keith Cromar who had given me sound counsel about where to fish. I always heed the sound advice from the Ghillie as they know best where you may encounter the elusive silver salmon, fresh in from the tide; you should too.
Park Estate Head Ghillie Keith Cromar with an angler enjoying his first of the season-a super springer
Well I do hope all our readers have had a wonderful festive season and we wish you all a happy new year and tight lines for 2014. No doubt you are now starting to plan ahead on how to get rid of this winters cabin fever by going fishing. The River Dee salmon fishing season opens on Saturday the 1st February and the first full week commences on Monday 3rd February. Now is the time to book your fishing whether for one day, 3 days or a week at one or more fishing beats, with or without your friends. There is a full current list of availability located at this weblink which offers a very tempting range of fishing opportunities for you to get out and enjoy some sport on the river bank. Its been a very mild and open winter so far and early season fish could easily be found as far upstream as Aboyne.
The popular Tor Na Coille Hotel in Banchory
Now as there are a lot of tempting opportunities it is important to ensure you get suitable accommodation sorted out and there are a good amount of accommodation providers at www.fishdee.co.uk with hotels very popular in the early part of the season in and around the Banchory area. This is because historically the main run of early season fish are located in the Banchory Area. Hotels such as Tor Na Coille, Banchory Lodge, Raemoir House Hotel, The Burnett Arms, The Douglas and the ever popular British Legion will see many anglers meeting at the end of the day around the bars discussing their days sport, successes & failures and what tips they can pick up from other anglers about the latest killing pattern of fly etc.
Anglers gather on opening day at the popular Stag in Banchory for a pint and chat at the end of the days fishing
Major Investment & Development at the Tor Na Coille Hotel
This is the first in a series of articles about businesses in the Royal Deeside community who are key players in developing their business model and investing heavily for the future, whilst looking after visiting anglers to Deeside. The Tor Na Coille mansion was built in Banchory in 1873 and at the turn of the century it became one of Royal Deeside’s best appointed hotels attracting European Royal families and the Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin! The hotel today was purchased in August 2009 by Charlie Anderson, who has assembled a very talented team to manage the hotel. Head Chef Robert Ramsay was appointed in January 2010 and Phillip Fleming was appointed General Manager in November 2010 . They have between them over 55 years of experience at top quality establishments learning and developing their skills in the hospitality business.
The hotel has recently been undergoing a multi million pound refurbishment programme since acquisition, with 18 of the bedrooms and suites now completely overhauled. Each of the bedrooms now has a tasteful individual theme and top quality furniture throughout. The final 7 bedrooms in the hotel are being refurbished just now, and are expected to be finished by the end of March 2013. The public areas of the hotel have been tastefully refurbished with elegant furniture and fittings and a delightful collection of art, including works by local artists decorating the walls, and a regular supply of wonderful fresh flower displays.
There has been a significant 6 figure investment in a fabulous new kitchen installed in January / February 2013, which has state of the art equipment to ensure both high and consistent standards of top quality food, which is now quicker than ever from the team of 7 talented chefs. Robert Ramsay has designed the kitchen and sourced the equipment from Lockhart’s who are renowned for providing top quality kitchen equipment. Robert commented ‘The design was based on the business requirements utilising more efficient equipment which will provide significant cost savings in the long term, as well as providing a far more comfortable working environment for my kitchen team. Of course what that means for the customer is the benefit in receiving top quality meals delivered consistently day in day out. ’ Robert discussed enthusiastically the new equipment and what the specific roles of each unit was and how it was more efficient than the previous equipment, as well as being extremely user friendly for the kitchen team. It is really quite something to see how technology in a commercial kitchen differs from a domestic environment. The net result of this investment is a very impressive kitchen, which in the short and long term will justify the expenditure, and ensure a very happy team of staff produce top quality dining experiences for visitors.
The Tor Na Coille Hotel is acquiring AA membership and currently working towards a 2 rosette standard for food, and ultimately aiming for the very prestigious red star recognition. They offer a very nice bar/bistro experience with a popular range of meals utilising freshly prepared and local sourced food, including beef, game and sea food, which the north east of Scotland is renowned for. Their Royal Deeside restaurant offers more relaxed formal dining in a beautifully appointed room with unique features. There is a sumptuous menu there and a very good range of fine wines. The hotel is very popular with the local residents who come along in good numbers to enjoy a very fine 3 course lunch menu offering terrific value at £12.00 per person and high teas later in the afternoon.
Visiting anglers account for about 20% of the hotels business and they are made very welcome by the team who are used to dealing with requests for flexible dining times, packed lunches and drying and storage facilities. The hotel offers fisherman’s rates of £60 per night for bed and breakfast for a stay of 3 or more nights for a single person in a double room. Double occupancy is £85 per night for bed and breakfast in a double or twin room for two occupants. There is the opportunity to upgrade to a master deluxe double or junior suite for those looking for a lot of space. This is proving to be a very popular package with visiting anglers who throng to the hotel in good numbers during the spring and summer months.
In terms of accolades, the hotel was presented with the Scottish Boutique Country House Hotel award of the year in 2012. Phillip Fleming was awarded a gold medal as General Manager and Robert Ramsay was awarded Chef Fellowship, as a trainer of chefs. All the awards are from The Scottish Hotel Awards Group who blind visit hospitality establishments and carry out extensive research on their delivery of service and food excellence. The service team at the hotel have all been undergoing their hospitality training awards and the youthful team are very enthusiastic, courteous and pleasant. The proof of the pudding, as they say is in the eating, and anglers return time and time again to the hotel and bring more and more eager visitors who wish to savour the Tor Na Coille experience. This is no surprise given how highly rated the hotel is by the helpful Tripadvisor website, where feedback from visitors is really first class. In this day and age it is easy to criticise businesses as the country weathers a tough recession and employers are making cutbacks, however it is very refreshing to see people taking the time and effort to sing the praises of the unsung heroes who go the extra mile to ensure visitors to Deeside get very well looked after. Let’s hope the hotel continues to go from strength to strength in the future. See www.tornacoille.com or call tel no 01330 822242
There is a good amount of rod availability in March-check these out by clicking the date beside beat name !
|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||–||–|
When he’s not up to his Nicky Nacky Noos he does actually fish and fishes well ! Paul Whitehouse and Keith Cromar at Park….
Paul who very graciously opened the River Dee salmon fishing season at Ballogie this year, is a regular visitor to Deeside and a very competent salmon angler. He’s been coming to Deeside for many years and has a knack for catching big salmon. His best from the Dee is over 30lbs and most years he manages to catch one in the 20’s of pounds. We met briefly yesterday when I popped into to say hello at Park and he was in good form. Lets hope the big ones continue to take his fly and give him great sport.
Paul fighting a seriously big salmon at Park with Father Harry and Ghillie Keith Cromar in attendance
The close of the 2012 salmon fishing season is now on the horizon and anglers may wish to have a spot of fishing before the season closes. FishDee beats have a fair amount of fishing available with some prime beats not fully let as yet. Perhaps you may wish to hook a personal best or get some more salmon to provide you with your record year ? Perhaps you wish to say cheerio to your favourite Ghillie and thank him for looking after you well through the fishing season.
Here’s whats available just now :
|10 Sep 12||Dee||Kingcausie||as st||£80||–||–||–||1||1||2||–|
|10 Sep 12||Dee||Sluie||as st||£45 + vat||–||–||–||1||1||–||–|
|10 Sep 12||Dee||Dess||as st||£120||–||–||–||–||–||1||–|
|10 Sep 12||Dee||Crathie||as st||£75 + vat||–||–||–||2||–||–||–|
|10 Sep 12||Dee||Mar Estate||as st||£35 + vat||–||–||2||2||2||–||–|
|10 Sep 12||Dee||Mar Lodge Estate||as st||£55 + vat||–||–||2||2||2||–||–|
|10 Sep 12||Feugh||Heughhead||as st wt||£30 + vat||–||–||4||4||4||4||–|
|17 Sep 12||Dee||Lower Crathes and W Durris||as st||£365||–||–||–||2||2||3||–|
|17 Sep 12||Dee||Sluie||as st||£45 + vat||–||–||–||1||–||–||–|
|17 Sep 12||Dee||Dess||as st||£120||1||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|17 Sep 12||Dee||Mar Estate||as st||£35 + vat||2||2||2||2||–||–||–|
|17 Sep 12||Feugh||Heughhead||as st wt||£30 + vat||4||4||4||4||4||2||–|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Culter||as st||£240||–||–||–||2||2||2||–||Min 3d2r HI NOLB|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Altries and Lower Drum||as st||£180||2||2||3||3||3||3||–|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Middle Drum||as st||£75||–||–||–||2||–||–||–|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Knappach||as st||£55 + vat||2||–||2||2||2||–||–|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo||as st||£85||–||5||5||4||–||–||–||LE|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Morven||as st||£50||–||–||2||2||–||1||–||GX|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Mar Estate||as st||£35 + vat||2||2||2||2||–||–||–|
|24 Sep 12||Dee||Mar Lodge Estate||as st||£55 + vat||2||1||2||1||1||–||–|
|24 Sep 12||Feugh||Heughhead||as st wt||£30 + vat||4||4||4||2||4||–||–|
And into October :
1 Oct 12 Dee Kingcausie st £80 2 2 2 2 2 – –
1 Oct 12 Dee Park as st £137 + vat 1 2 1 2 5 – –
1 Oct 12 Dee Park South as st £137 + vat 1 2 2 1 1 – –
1 Oct 12 Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365 3 3 3 2 2 2 –
1 Oct 12 Dee Knappach as st £55 + vat – – 2 2 – – –
1 Oct 12 Dee Sluie as st £45 + vat – – – 2 2 – –
1 Oct 12 Feugh Heughhead as st wt £30 + vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 –
8 Oct 12 Dee Kingcausie as st £80 3 3 3 3 3 – –
8 Oct 12 Dee Lower Crathes and W Durris as st £365 – – – – – 1 –
8 Oct 12 Dee Knappach as st £55 + vat 2 2 2 2 2 – –
8 Oct 12 Dee Crathes as st £88 + vat 2 2 – – – – – NOLB
8 Oct 12 Dee Middle Blackhall as st £70 3 3 3 – – – – Min 3d3r LE
8 Oct 12 Feugh Heughhead as st wt £30 + vat 4 4 4 4 4 4 –
15 Oct 12 Dee Kingcausie as st £80 5 – – – – – –
15 Oct 12 Dee Park as st £137 + vat 4 – – – – – –
15 Oct 12 Dee Knappach as st £55 + vat 2 – – – – – –
15 Oct 12 Dee Crathes as st £88 + vat 3 – – – – – –
15 Oct 12 Dee Dess as st £80 2 – – – – – –
15 Oct 12 Feugh Heughhead as st wt £30 + vat 4 –
Beats on the River Dee that are popular with local and visiting anglers.
Click on the names for information about these fisheries.