The River Dee is known as the world’s top spring salmon river with catches in Deeside generally higher than anywhere for Atlantic salmon. Good angling or fishing beats are available at Banchory, Kincardine O’Neil, Aboyne, Ballater and Braemar with fishing guides (ghillies) to assist from February to October. Fishing the prestigious River Dee can be booked through “Fish Pal”.
Some top and very reasonably priced local angling / fishing can be had at the following:
Invercauld Estate – Fantastic salmon fishing on the River Dee. Also, trout fishing on the River Gairn.
Deeside Activity Park – offers private access to salmon fishing beats on the Dee and the Don and can provide tackle & waders, ghillies for private fishing instruction, transport and accommodation.
Glen Tanar Estate – 4 fly-based salmon fishing beats can be booked by the week, part-week or the day. Fishing with a ghillie is mandatory in the spring, but optional during summer. Also offer fly-fishing from boat for rainbow trout on own well-stocked private loch.
Loch Kinord Hotel at Dinnet – has an association on the River Feugh for fishing and Ghillie who will pick up from the hotel and return back. The Feugh opens 1st June but usually has daily availability when the Dee is fully booked. It is also a good trout river.
More info can be found at Fishing the Fly – covers the River Don and Still Water fishing – and Fish Pal – which gives a lot of info on fishing on the River Dee.