WHICH BEAT WILL YOU BOOK?
Fisheries: Jim fished Lower Invercauld, but other beats in the area offer a similar fishing experience. Most beats can offer gillies, however with so much space and so many pools, they provide their excellent service with a lighter touch than on shorter, more heavily fished beats. For more information visit www.fishdee.co.uk
Ian Murray controls three beats: Lower Invercauld, Monaltrie and Glenmuick. He and his sons have set up super huts and kept rod numbers low. I fished seven-mile Lower Invercauld, limited to three rods. Three-mile Monaltrie has three rods, around and below Ballater. Glenmuick has two rods on the right bank below Ballater, partially opposite Monalitrie. Lower Invercauld has a five-year average of 60 fish, as does Monaltrie. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crathie beat is above Lower Invercauld and offers more than six miles of left-bank fishing for four rods. The five-year average is about 130. E-mail: email@example.com
Balmoral beat is lightly fished and offers six miles of south/right-bank fishing for three rods with a fiveyear average of 10. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abergeldie offers six miles of right/south-bank fishing for three rods with a five-year average catch of 15 fish. E-mail: email@example.com
Birkhall offers three miles of fishing on the south/ right-bank for three rods. The five-year average catch is 11 fish. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Corin Smith runs Wild Rise (wildrisecompany.com) and can arrange trout/salmon trips off the beaten track, across Scotland, including the upper Dee.