Flood-hit River Dee fishing hut replaced

An informal gathering marked the replacement of the fishing hut at Commonty

An informal gathering marked the replacement of the fishing hut at Commonty

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A fishing hut on the Dee, washed away in the Storm Frank floods, has been replaced.

The Commonty beat, near Potarch Bridge, was badly affected and work has been continuing over the last six months to repair the riverbank and build a new hut.

The stretch is co-owned by Ballogie Estate Trust and Finzean Estate.

The hut was made by Graham Sandals and is constructed from Scottish larch frame and cladding and is insulated with British sheep’s wool.

Graham said: “I had wanted to make a fishing hut for some time so was delighted to be approached by Ballogie Estate to do so.

“I look forward to seeing the hut silvered down with age and blend into the landscape of the river.”

The completion was celebrated recently with an informal picnic lunch held at Commonty attended by the Nicol family (Ballogie Estate), Donald Farquarson (Finzean Estate), Mark Bilsby (River Dee Trust) and the Sandals, Fraser and Stanton families.

The secluded beat, down river from the bridge, has 15 salmon pools of varied character and fishes well at all heights.