Dee Beat


There were nine fish reported to FishDee last week. Our poor season continues, and I can only express my gratitude to our loyal anglers who travel from far and wide to fish the Dee.

In a similar vein, I must also acknowledge the ghillies who have been doing their utmost for their guests throughout this difficult year. I know how trying it has been.



Conditions were against us with low water levels, offset by small and short lived rises, and high water temperatures reaching the mid 60s in the mornings, and so it was always going to be a trying week.

That said, we should be seeing and catching more fish.

It is clear there has been a widespread failure of fish returning to our rivers.

Don’t take my word for it – look around. It is a worrying trend that has been felt beyond Scotland.

While we all strive to produce more fish, if they are not coming back then we are really up against it – all of us.

The health of the river is important to us all. If you would like to find out more about stocks in the Dee, the River Dee Stock Component Review 2013 is available on the River Dee website (

Fishing Report August 4

A better week than recent ones for the Dee, with catches picking up at the week as a result of the rain and a total of 74 salmon landed. These catches were spread throughout the length of the River from Altries to Crathie and, along with the rain ending the drought , brought some cheer to those that had persevered throughout the hot sunny days earlier in the week.

The river conditions improved just in time for the FishDee Introduction to Salmon Fishing course at Invery and Tilquhillie.

Ten keen anglers enjoyed first class instruction and guidance from Gary Scott. The group had great fun as Gary led them through the various casts and shared his knowledge on tackle, fly choice and watercraft.

Events like these are a team effort, and there are a number of people who made a telling contribution to a successful day.

A big thank you to Gary for giving his time and sharing his knowledge and experience.

Thanks also must go to Gordon and Shona Mutch and Lawrence Ross, the proprietors of Invery and Tilquhillie for giving us the beat for the day.

They too are passionate about getting new blood into angling and their support and encouragement has been invaluable.

The same goes to Karl Revel, ghillie at Invery/Tilquhillie.

Karl played a huge part in the day sharing his experience with the group, and infecting everyone with his good humour and enthusiasm. 

We also had support from Stuart Fleming of Aberdeen District Angling Association. Stuart made an important contribution, bringing along rods and reels and also lending a hand throughout the day. 

Thanks also to Somers Fishing Tackle in Aberdeen, who provided us with a box of flies for the group. 

We will be running more courses next year and will be working with our friends and partners to ensure we provide support and encouragement to people of all ages who want to get into our wonderful sport.


The rain over the weekend certainly brought much needed water to the River, and the gauge at Park is currently just under two feet.

Monday and Tuesday are forecast to be cooler than of late, but dry.

Later on in the week, showery conditions will prevail before turning showery for the end of the week.

So overall, much better conditions than in recent weeks, and let us hope that the catches build from the encouraging signs from the end of last week.

Please send your stories, photos and anecdotes to Ross Macdonald at

Whilst he is away on leave this week, he does appreciate hearing from anglers.