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O. S. Map 38

The River Dee in Aberdeenshire is one of the "big four" salmon rivers in Scotland, the others being the Spey, Tay and Tweed. Like the Spey, the Dee is a long river, 90 miles from its source in the Cairngorms to the North Sea at Aberdeen. The Dee has gone through a difficult time in recent years but can still provide some of the best salmon fly fishing in Scotland.

The best of the fishing is in the lower sixty miles of river Dee, from Ballater down to Peterculter, to the west of Aberdeen, although there is some excellent fishing on the higher beats up as far as Braemar, including such famous names as Balmoral, Invercauld and Abergeldie. From Ballater, the Dee flows swifty down to Aboyne, through such famous beats as Dinnet, Glen Tanar and Birse Castle. Between Aboyne and Banchory, we have world renowned beats such as Dess, Carlogie, Ballogie and Cairnton, where A.H.E.Wood, from 1913 to 1934, is said to have killed 3,490 salmon, most of them on the greased line. Those days are gone but the Dee can still offers some excellent salmon fly fishing, for which demand far outstrips supply, the best beats at the best times being taken year after year by the same rods.

Although runs of spring salmon are not what they used to be, the Dee can still produce good spring fishing, some of the best in Scotland and, with the cessation of netting at the mouth of the river, it is hoped that the fishing on the middle and lower Dee might regain its former glory. The total rod catch of salmon on the Dee is now in the region of 5000 fish per season. The best times on the beats below Banchory are February to May and again in September. On the middle beats, up as far as Cambus O' May, the most productive months are February, April, May, June and September, while the upper beats do well from April to June and again in September.

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A few Photographs of the River Dee

River Dee at Ballater River Dee Salmon Fishing at Ballater

River Dee, Ballater

River Dee Salmon Fishing


River Dee above Ballater

Salmon Fishing on the River Dee above Ballater

Above Ballater

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River Dee Salmon Fishing at Cambus O May Salmon Fishing at Cambus O May

Cambus O May, River Dee

Salmon Fishing at Cambus O May

Sea Trout Fishing

The sea trout fishing can be excellent on the Dee, the most productive months being June and July, when those prepared to persevere into the darkness of the short summer nights can be well rewarded with exciting sport.

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Aberdeen and District Angling Association

The association manages 30 miles of salmon and trout fishing on the Rivers, Don, Dee and Ythan.

The River Dee beats are reserved for full local association members but daily visitor permits (i.e. not a resident within 25 miles of Aberdeen) for salmon and sea trout are currently available or a weekly (seven days excluding Sunday) "Roving" ticket covering:

  • Upper and Lower Parkhill on the River Don

  • Upper and Lower Fintray on the River Don

  • Kemnay on the River Don

  • Upper Stoneywood on the River Don

  • Balbithan and Torryburn on the River Don

  • Belmuir and Methlick beats on the River Ythan

Upper River Dee Fishing Map

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Upper River Dee Map


Middle River Dee

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Lower River Dee

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The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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