RIVER DEE

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Scotland -

THE DEE en­joyed an ex­cel­lent salmon sea­son in 2017, but like on most Scot­tish rivers, the 2018 sea­son has been one an­glers would rather for­get. It would be reck­less to base its form on the ba­sis of 2018’s catches and there­fore it is rea­son­able to as­sume things will im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly next year. The Dee still de­serves its place in the top four salmon rivers in Scot­land.

Salmon

The Dee is recog­nised as one of the best rivers to fish the fly for salmon. There are many fa­mous beats and sto­ried pools where the fly swings per­fectly in the flow. Should we ex­pe­ri­ence a cold win­ter then the early-sea­son salmon fish­ing on the lower and low­er­mid­dle beats may be some of the best to be had any­where in the UK. Day tick­ets at this time of year start from £52 a day, plus VAT. If you want to give your­self the best chance of a fish, then late-spring and sum­mer is the time to book your fish­ing. The Dee’s grilse and sum­mer salmon are the most abun­dant of the river’s stocks and can be caught in good num­bers all the way through to the end of July. The au­tumn run be­gins in Au­gust and con­tin­ues through­out Septem­ber, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent end-of-sea­son sport for vis­it­ing rods. In late sum­mer and early au­tumn beats lower down the river, such as Til­bouries, can of­ten give the vis­it­ing an­gler a good chance of a fish. If you’ve never fished the Dee be­fore it re­ally is worth do­ing. If ever a river was made for fly-fish­ing then the Dee would be it. The Dee Board has worked hard in re­cent years to help the river im­prove by buy­ing out the coastal nets and ini­ti­at­ing a smolt-track­ing pro­gramme to es­tab­lish ev­i­dence of mor­tal­ity. The re­sults sug­gest a higher than ex­pected in-river mor­tal­ity.

Sea-trout

Although it is most fa­mous as one of the ma­jor salmon rivers of Scot­land, the Dee also has a very good run of sea-trout. Fish ar­rive in num­bers dur­ing May, con­tin­u­ing through June and into July. They can be caught dur­ing the day on small black flies or tar­geted at night, which of­ten of­fers the best chance of suc­cess.

The River Dee is a salmon fly-fish­er­man’s dream with countless pools where the line swings round per­fectly.

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