The River Dee

The River Dee offers superb fly fishing water and has very healthy numbers of Spring salmon in it from opening in February.

The Dee which adhered to a then controversial catch & release policy some 15 years ago is now reaping the rewards for the foresight of its management team. The River Dee is one of the best spring salmon fisheries in the world and big numbers of spring salmon are landed each season.

Salmon numbers build up in the lower river until the water warms in late March & April which traditionally sees this large head of fish moving up through the middle Dee and sometimes as far up the system as the upper Dee beats. The River Dee salmon fishing season opens through to mid October and many Dee salmon can be found throughout the river system from July through to October. The River Dee is primarily a fly only river due to its magnificent and easily coverable glides and pools.

Popular Dee salmon flies such as the Sunray Shadow, Park Shrimp, Calvin Shrimp, Dee Monkey all do well in the early months and through the Summer patterns like the Dee Sheep, Cascade, Flamethrower, Puppy Dog and Stoats Tail all have their moments.

The River Dee opens on the 1st of February and closes on the 15th of October. The Dee is a highly scenic highland river and its water levels are fed by the melting snow from the Cairngorm Mountains through the early parts of the season as with the River Spey. It is a beautiful boulder strewn highland river which is easy to cover with a fly. It can be difficult on occasion to gain access due to its many annually returning anglers. Overall it is one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the world and a river that is very well stocked with wild Atlantic salmon.

Jock Monteith