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Restoring and conserving the lifeblood of the valley

Latest News

Tender invite for hatchery appraisal report
The Dee DSFB invites organisations to tender for a hatchery appraisal study on the Dee. An overview of the project is posted here and a copy of the Dee DSFB terms and conditions can be obtained by contacting 29th April 2016

Smolt Trap Update  
Click on the link for the latest new from the Sheeoch and Beltie Smolt Traps.

Lots of Young Salmon Found in Sheeoch Smolt Trap
We were delighted to find lotsof juvenille salmon during our first check of the Sheeoch smolt trap.

 River Dee Bursary Scheme 2016
The Dee Salmon Fishery Board is accepting applications for the 2016 River Dee Bursary Scheme. The closing date for applications is 18 May 2016. See link for details.

Dee Dram On Sale Now
The  Trust have developed the Dee Dram  and produced a limited edition of 405 bottles. Each bottle is individually numbered making them a rare and interesting gift. All profits go directly to the Trust.


Slainte salar -  Limited Prints for Sale
Prints of the image which will become famous on the Dee Dram are available. 

Latest: IntroDee education programme busier than ever 26th June 2015 and Banchory River Festival Makes a Splash 19th June 2015  

 Annual Review 2014

Fishing Report 
  Last week's Dee fishing report. 

              Stocking & Hatcheries           

Live webcam of the Dee at Potarch

Slainte salar

Slainte salar Print available, as featured on the Dee Dram


Scotland Revealed:Moments-The Dee

River Dee News Summary

Smolt Tagging and Tracking Project Update
View the latest update on the smolt tagging and tracking project.

Dee District Salmon Fishery Board Annual Public Meeting
The DDSFB Annual Public Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016 at 7pm at the Banchory Lodge Hotel, Banchory. Click link for details.

 Wild Fisheries Consultation
A consultation on the Scottish Government's draft Wild Fisheries Bill and a draft Wild Fisheries Strategy which was been launched today. It will run for the next twelve weeks. Make your voice heard.

The Dee is Open for Business
Finally, the Dee is back in business. After a very long January, the 2016 opened on 1 February. The occasion was marked in style at the opening ceremony, held at Banchory Lodge Hotel, in conjunction with Banchory Fishings.

Volunteers Made of the Right Stuff
The incredible volunteer effort to support the clean-up of the Dee continued last weekend when a group of 20 volunteers braved the wintry conditions to continue the clean up around Ballater.

The Opening Ceremony on Monday 1 February, has been relocated from Potarch to Banchory Lodge Hotel.

 Lower River and Inshore Tracking Seminar
Click on the link for details of this important seminar on smolt tracking.

Storm Frank Fishery Seminar
The Dee Salmon Fishery Board held a seminar for river beat owners and ghillies at Banchory Lodge Hotel today.The seminar, which was attended by over 100 people, followed intensive dialogue behind the scenes between the Board and public agencies aimed at getting the fishery up and running as soon as possible. Aberdeenshire Council, SEPA, SNH, and the Cairngorm National Park spoke at the meeting and are united in their commitment to helping ensure the Dee is open for business on 1 February.

Storm Frank
Adverse weather conditions persist on Deeside and the Board's thoughts remain with those in our community who have been affected by the flooding. The river remains and we would remind the public to stay away from the waters.

A Board meeting will be held in the next 48 hours to coordinate the response to the flooding. Board staff have been monitoring the situation since Storm Frank hit and have been liaising with the beats and public agencies. Once the water levels subside we will begin the task of assessing the damage and planning what needs to be done in the short term to get the river ready for the fishing season. In the longer term the Board and estate owners will have a lot of work to do to restore the river.

While it seems bleak at the moment the River will be open for business on 1 February and we look forward to welcoming anglers back to the Dee.’

River Dee Trust Auction Concludes
The River Dee Trust Auction 2015 ran throughout November and raised over £5000 for the Trust. A big thank you to all our lot donors and biddders.

River Dee Trust Auction
The River Dee Trust Auction is underway with plenty of tempting lots, which could be useful for Christmas presents! We have fishing, casting lessons, flies, Dinner B&B at top hotels in the area, whisky, gin, Kentish Beer and an antique Hardy Reel, which is sure to draw keen interest. Sign up and start bidding!

End of an Era as Bailiff Blair Forsyth Retires
The River Office said goodbye to one of the Dee’s great servants and characters, Blair Forsyth. Blair has had to retire early due to health issues. The River Office staff came together to celebrate his 26 years on the river at a dinner in Aboyne last weekend and to wish him well for his retirement.

Smolt Tracking to Get Underway in 2016
A new project to tag and track Dee smolts to get underway next year.

Notification of AGM & Statutory Report
Details of the Dee DSFB AGM on 21st Oct and the 2015 Statutory report are announced. 23th Sep 2015

The River of Fish project nears conclusion
This exciting art project comes to a conclusion at Woodend barn on 8 October.

Mar Lodge 'Car Bank' Removed
A major eyesore is removed from the Dee.

Instream restoration underway on the Dee
A total of 24 fishing croys are being removed at Banchory and Sluie. 14th Aug 2015

Diva Fluvius
Alex Simpson, father of Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie ghillie, Colin prepared a manuscript about the River Dee. It dates from the 1980s and Colin has allowed us to present the document here.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

Removing Banchory Croys
This August work starts on the River Dee at Banchory, and at the Sluie and Commonty fishing beats. 28th Jul 2015

Controlling Ranunuculus on the River Dee
We are trialling a chemical treatment this summer for the widespread aquatic plant, Ranunculus (water crowfoot). 

River Dee Bursary Awarded
Jordan Sinclair, a seasonal ghillie at Lower Crathes and West Durris awarded the Bursary. 14th Jul 2015.

Fisheries Management Plan Consultation
The consultation period for the FMP has been extened to 31st July. 2nd Jul 2015.

Invite to tender for restoration project design
The Fishery Board, in conjunction with SEPA, are inviting tenders by 15th July. 1st Jul 2015.

Support the Dee to Sea Challenge
Staff from ERM Aberdeen are raising money for the Trust. 1st Jul 2015.

Fisheries Management Plan
The draft Plan for 2015-2018 is now out for public consultation. Please send responses by 15th July. 17th Jun 2015.

Fishery Boards Unite to Lease Ythan Nets
Netting will not proceed in 2015 in the interests of conservation. 25th May 2015.

Invasive Plants the Focus of New Control Project this Summer
26 miles of riverbank to be treated with the help of volunteers 22nd May 2015.

Seasonal Survey Assistant Required
An outdoor-based summer job is available with the Trust to help with surveying. 14th May 2015

Dee DSFB Annual Public Meeting
The meeting at Banchory Lodge on 6th May will consider the Statutory Annual Report. 29th April 2015

New Art Project Celebrates Dee Fish
River of Fish community art project is taking place this summer to raise awareness of Dee salmon. 30th April 2015

Dee DSFB Annual Public Meeting 
Details of the meeting to be held 6th May are available. 16th Apr 2015 

New Dee beer launched
Support the Trust with beer provided by Deeside Drinks Emporium. 11th Mar 2015.

New Job - Invasive Species Officer on the Dee
Applications are being taken by the River Office. 23rd Mar 2015.

River Dee Bursary Open for Applications
Applications are now open to those wishing to undertake a career on the river.16th Feb 2015.

Junior Angler Awarded Callum McKenzie Cup
Maisie Stanton was presented with the Cup at the opening ceremony after landing her first salmon last year.  13th Feb 2015.

Opening Ceremony to start the Fishing Season
The fishing season started on Monday, with 12 salmon caught on the first day. 4th Feb 2015

2015 Conservation Code
The new Code for this year's fishing season has been released, reflecting changes to the law in recent weeks. 29th Jan 2015

A Look Back at 2014 on the River Dee
It's been a busy year with the completion of the Culter dam fish pass, tree planting, croy removals and  IntroDee education. 19th Dec 2014

Culter Fish Pass Latest Results
Find out how fish are using the fish pass. 6th Nov 2014.

Aboyne Croys Removed to Restore the Dee
We've removed fishing croys  to help restore the natural channel and habitat. 24th Oct 2014.

Hatchery Seminar
We hosted an informed debate about whether a hatchery is a viable option for the Dee. 19th Dec 2014. 

Ice Pancakes Found on the River Dee
Find out how these rare pancakes have formed in our blog. 18th Dec 2014.

Fish Pass on the Culter Dam Complete
The Dee's largest man-made obstruction has been eased, allowing fish first access to 76 miles of stream in over 200 years. 13th Oct 2014.

Wild Fisheries Review
Final report and reccomendations of the Review now available. 13th Oct 2014.

Hatchery seminar
Only five spaces remaining - booking essential 19th Nov 2014. UPDATE: Waiting list now operating 24th Nov 2014.

New job on the Dee
Fancy an active job on the River in a small, busy team? We are recruiting for a River Officer. 16th Oct 2014

DDSFB Meeting of Qualified Proprietors
Thurs, 9th October 2014, 7pm at the Tor-na-Coille Hotel, Banchory. 18th Sept  2014

New book reveals a portrait of the River Dee
Mel Shand's commemorative book is now available to buy, with profits supporting the Trust. 18th Aug 2014



Beating Invasive Non-Natives on the Dee
Funding to tackle the spread of invasive non-native plants has been obtained. 17th Sept 2014

Fundraising Dinner at the Marcliffe Hotel
The Trust is holding a Fundraising Dinner on 2nd October at the Marcliffe Hotel. 12th Aug 2014

New Fish Pass on the River Cowie
A new fish pass has been installed on the River Cowie in Stonehaven after 14 years of fundraising by Stonehaven and District Angling Association. 7th August 2014 

Salmon stocking on the Dee?
The River Office's policy to explain why we do not stock salmon on the Dee. 12th Aug 2014 

Herbicide trials on Ranunculus take place
Trials took place yesterday to determine if herbicide is a safe method for controlling this aquatic invasive. 18th July 2014 

Bursary Awarded to the Next Generation of Ghillies
Now in its second year, the DDSFB bursary has been awarded to Craig McDonald who is a new Ghillie at Cambus O'May. 18th July 2014

DeeBrief Newsletter
July's newsletter available here. 23rd July 2014

The River Dee - A Natural Classroom
June is a busy month with schools keen to have a day out of the classroom before the school holidays and where better to visit than the banks of the River Dee. 4th July 2014

Wild Fisheries Review
The June bulletin for the Wild Fisheries Review available here. 4th Jul 2014 

Walking the Bounds for the River Dee Trust
This Sunday Chairman Richard Gledson and Parish Minister Ken MacKenzie will set out to walk around the boundary of the Parish of Braemar and Crathie. 6th June 2014 

DSFB Board meeting
Details for the next public DSFB Board meeting are available. 24th Mar 2014

River Dee Water Based Users Information Evening 29th April
Meeting to discuss River Dee Paddler Angler guidance and Loch of Skene for non-motorised waterpsorts (review of users experiences). 17th April 2014

New Guidance for the River Dee 
The Dee DSFB, the Scottish Canoe Association and Aberdeenshire Council have created new guidance for anglers and paddlers on the Dee. 17th Feb 2014

Dee Catchment Outreach Officer
Joanna has recently joined the Trust to deliver this role. Follow the link to find out what she is doing and if you can be involved. 16th Oct 2013

Vacancy with RAFTS
The Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland is currently recruiting for a new CEO. Closing date is 14th Oct. 8th Oct 2013 

Willie Wood
Willie Wood, a Dee angler of long experience sadly died last week. Willie, a very long standing member of The Garthdee Angling Association and The Aberdeen and District Angling Association who also spent many happy years fishing Glen Tanar and Dinnet from the 1960s onwards passed away on 20th September. Willie will be remembered for his enthusiasm and cheerful optimism. 25th Sep 2013

How are our fish stocks?
Our latest piece of work reviews the status of the Dee's salmon and sea trout populations. 15th Aug 2013

Mar Lodge Adventure Week
The Trust helped challenge 30 secondary school students who spent a week's residence in the Cairngorms National Park. 29th Jul 2013 

Job Vacancy
The Trust has a job vacancy for a Biologist and is now recruiting. See the job advert and job specification17th Jul 2013

Survey bulletins
Short reports on 2012 surveys are now available on obstructionstree plantinginvasive plant distribution and invasive plant treatment10th Jul 2013

June Newsletter
The latest newsletter from the Trust and Board is now available. 1st Jul 2013

Award for young anglers
The Callum Mackenzie cup has been launched this year for anglers under age 18. 10th June 2013

Job Vacancy
The Trust has a new vacancy for an Outreach Officer to deliver education and awareness raising of the river and its issues (see advert and job specification). 5th June 2013

Riparian tree planting is underway
Tree planting on the wintry banks of the Gairn tributary started last week. 23rd May 2013 

An artist at work
A wee reminder about Howard Butterworth's generous support for the Dee. 16th May 2013  

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