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Welcome to the start of your fly-fishing journey.

Fly fishing has a huge amount of benefits, from enjoying nature and the outdoor life, learning new skills, improving health and wellbeing and of course… catching lots of fish.

The Dee Board has been running angling development events since 2014 and since 2019 has developed this into a programme called Aberdeenshire Fly Fish 50. AFF50’s vision is to introduce and encourage at least 50 new people each year, from across all ages and backgrounds to take up fly fishing in Aberdeenshire.

You can see all our events and handy tips and guides on our website. You are just a click away!

AFF50 is delivered by a group of volunteers, including professional instructors, Dee ghillies and a Dee beat owner, who have been pivotal to the success of the programme, which would not be possible without them. The programme has received support from LOOP Tackle, which has provided trout and salmon kits and has also funded the website and guidance via Scottish Angling Development Strategy.

We run events on the river and have now developed a teaching syllabus for still water trout and salmon fishing.

We hold a number of events on the Dee and others on some the fantastic trout fisheries in the region. You can view the 2021 events calendar on the website

Introduction to Salmon Fishing

This is held each June at Invery & Tilquhillie. Participants have a full day of professional instruction and fishing. All equipment is provided.

Ladies Day

This popular event takes place each September on Invery & Tilquhillie and the neighbouring Lower Blackhall and Banchory beat. Ladies fishing has grown on Deeside and this event is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people such as the River Dee Damsels who run their own ladies-only angling events throughout the year. Participants have a full day of professional instruction and fishing. All equipment is provided.

Big Fish, Little Fish

Big Fish, Little Fish, is a days fishing where an adult brings a youngster (strictly 12+) to a beat for the day to share a cast together. It is an ideal introduction to the Dee for young anglers. All equipment is provided.

Stillwater Trout & Salmon lesson Blocks

The still water trout lessons take place over three evenings at one of the many excellent trout fisheries in the region. The block costs £50.

The first session is full of great tips and advice to get you started as a fly fisher. Our instructors and assistants will walk you through the basics.

The second session focuses on casting with a single-handed rod. Our instructors will break down the basic casts and demonstrate the correct technique to help you get the most out of your fly fishing.

The third session looks at the trout's varied diet, which changes throughout the day depending on the time of year and weather and many other factors. Our challenge is to develop our understanding of what they eat and how to imitate that with artificial flies.

The salmon syllabus follows a similar pattern with two sessions beginning with the basics of salmon fishing tackle and flies. It also introduces some of the casts we use. The second session focuses on casting. Finally, we do some fishing on the Dee. This will be run as a pilot in 2021.

For Further information contact Ross Macdonald, Fisheries Development Officer


tel. 01339 880411/07979878971

Also, keep an eye on the AFF50 Facebook Page for the latest news and events.

A Million Trees to Save Our Salmon

January 30, 2020

The River Dee Trust has announced plans to plant a million native trees in one of the biggest nature restoration projects in the Cairngorms. The project will recreate areas of landscape that have been lost for 2000 years.

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Callum Mackenzie Cup 2019

November 01, 2019

The Callum Mackenzie Cup is awarded by Ballogie Estate Enterprises for the most notable fish, of any species, caught by a youngster within the Dee catchment, including Rivers Cowie and Carron or one of the many trout fisheries in the district.

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Fisheries Protection

September 24, 2019

With the season coming to a close Fisheries Officers are still working hard to protect salmon from poachers. Poaching still goes on and can have a major impact on fish stocks, particularly when numbers are down across the country.

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