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River Dee

Glen Tanar Estate, 



AB34 5EU

Tel: +44 (0)13398 86451


Imagine the rushing river at your feet, a gentle wind rustling the ancient Scots pines above, and the rambling heather-clad hills at your back. Suddenly there’s a tug on the line…


Where better to fish than amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Glen Tanar in Royal Deeside? One of the world’s best spring salmon rivers, the magnificent River Dee has been fished for centuries, and many of the beats within Glen Tanar have been used by anglers since the 1600s. Today, the fast-flowing, crystal-clear waters host a series of salmon pools that provide anglers with some of the best fly-fishing in Europe. 


Fishing on the Dee also includes Sea Trout which start to arrive around May. A lot of people fish for them at night because the trout tend to be more active and it is quite an exciting way of fishing. They are smaller than salmon averaging a couple of pounds but can get up to 3-4lbs. 


All fishing on our beats is fly-based and can be booked by week, part week or day, subject to availability, from 1st March until 30th September inclusive. Fishing with a ghillie is included during our Spring season (from 1st March – 30th June), and available on some beats during our Summer season (1st July – 30th September). 


Our three beats on the River Dee stretch downstream from:

Headinch & Cambus O’ May

8km of fishing over both banks, with a ghillie present throughout the entire season.


5.2 km with a ghillie present in Spring only

Waterside & Ferrar

6.4km of fishing with a ghillie present in Spring only


Descriptions, catch statistics and availability on these beats can also be checked through FishDee. All salmon and trout fishing within Glen Tanar and Royal Deeside is subject to a voluntary Catch and Release policy as recommended by the Dee Conservation Code, which is supported by the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the Dee Salmon Fishing Improvement Association.


River Deveron

The river Deveron is situated in North East Scotland within the counties of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire and has an overall catchment area of 1266 km² and a length of 96 km (61 miles).


The Deveron is a prolific salmon, sea trout, and brown trout fishery and holds the record for the heaviest fly-caught salmon in the United Kingdom.

The Deveron salmon and sea trout season officially opens on the 11th of February and closes on the 31st of October (inclusive) and the brown trout season runs from the 15th of March to the 6th of October (inclusive).


The Deveron has a well-deserved reputation as a top-class salmon river, with runs of spring, summer, and often prolific runs of autumn salmon through to its season’s end. It is a river of big fish and each season brings in some fish in the 30lbs (13.6Kg) class. The Deveron has the fifth highest salmon and sea trout rod catch in Scotland and currently holds the record for the heaviest UK fly caught salmon, weighing 61lbs (27.6Kg) and caught by Mrs. Clementina “Tiny” Morison on 21st October 1924. 


The Deveron is also well known for high-quality wild brown trout fishing and the river regularly produces specimens of over 5 lbs (2.26 kg). 


All Anglers are asked to follow the 2020 River Deveron Angling Code and complete an Anglers Declaration Form.


For permits, check out the website for various beats and where to obtain a permit.


River Don


The River Don is a river in northeast Scotland. It rises in the Grampians and flows eastwards, through Aberdeenshire, to the North Sea at Aberdeen. The Don passes through Alford, Kemnay, Inverurie, Kintore, and Dyce. Its main tributary, the River Ury, joins at Inverurie.


The River Don is recognized as a premier salmon and sea trout river. It is also renowned for the quality of its brown trout fishing. Locals and visitors can fish there at reasonable prices. Before you buy your permit there are some things you need to know:


Season dates are different depending on what type of fish you want to catch. You can fish for: 

  • salmon from 11th February to 31st October

  • brown and sea trout between 15 March to 30th September

Kintore Angling Club was established to provide access to the excellent Salmon, Sea Trout & Brown Trout fishing on the River Don at Kintore. 


They have the Council, Balbithan, Torryburn, and Kinellar Salmon & Sea Trout beats. Along with the Brown trout only beats they can now offer 6 miles left bank and 3.8 miles right bank fishing with 21 pools.


The angling club is offering low-cost fishing for 15-year-olds and free fishing for accompanied Juniors, to promote the fishing in our young people. 


Salmon, Sea Trout Season ticket £145, Seniors & Disabled £90, Juniors £20.


River Ythan


The River Ythan (pronounced eye-than) is internationally known as an important Scottish sea trout river situated between the Deveron and the Don. In addition, in recent years the river has been yielding good catches of salmon. 


The season extends from 1 April to 31 October. Good catches of sea trout are normally taken from mid-May.


The Newburgh Fishings is the most famous stretch of the River Ythan and is situated in the estuary. The outstanding aspect of these Fishings is the number and size of fish that are consistently caught. 


An excellent feature of estuary fishing is that the angler is not at the mercy of the elements. The fish are always present and can be caught throughout the summer months whatever the weather conditions.

The water is fished both from the bank and in boats depending on the level of the tides. The traditional time for fishing from the bank is from soon after the top of the tide to just beyond the turn of the tide at the bottom. Boat fishing frequently begins at half tide on the incoming tide. there are 17 main pools on this stretch.


Fishing is entirely by traditional methods with fly or spinning lines. Fly usually proves the most popular.


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