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The Atlantic Salmon Magic book is a first class salmon fishing book with glowing reviews and a must have piece of essential bedside reading for the keen salmon angler.
“Topher Browne addresses the key issues that have puzzled salmon fishers for generations: Why does a salmon take a fly? What does a salmon see? He offers answers and sometimes challenges the theories of greats such as Wood and Falkus.
The editor of Trout & Salmon described it as, “The finest modern salmon-fishing book and a must for anyone serious about salmon fishing.”
The book includes the hour long “Home for Salmon” DVD, and buy it now for £100+£8.99p&p, as an extra Christmas bonus when you add the code, DEE100BESTFREE at the check-out, you get the must have companion fly-book worth £25 absolutely free.
Click here to read more and to buy it now.
You can read more about the books here:
If 15 people or more will buy the book, we will receive a copy of the Atlantic Salmon Magic book which will be raffled or auctioned to bring in more funds for Habitat Improvement Works on the River Dee.
Ken Reid [firstname.lastname@example.org]
www.riverdee.org and www.fishdee.co.uk
River Dee Trust Registered Charity No SC028497
Scottish National River Champion 2012
For the second time in three years Mike Cordiner of Aberdeen & District AA is the Scottish National River Champion. Mike first won the title at the 2010 Championship and came close in 2011 when he was runner-up to his clubmate Richard McHattie.
Read more here
As the number of salmon in the system increases and the ADAA waters come into the peak of our salmon season unfortunately the risk of poaching also increases. The Don Board bailiff team are very vigilant and will be patrolling our waters on a regular basis, so please remember to take your current membership card with you at all times.
Though the bailiffs can contact the committee and confirm membership if they have sufficient details of a member, fishing without a permit may result in the member being told to leave the water and may even result in the tackle being retained until membership can be confirmed.
It is far simpler just to carry your permit! As catches increase it is important that members remember to log their catches, either on our purpose made electronic system or via our phone system.
Please take the time to do this and if in doubt as to whether a fish should be logged or not please log it. All species must be logged whether returned or retained. One fisher has been doing very well on our waters, presumably the high river levels has driven an osprey to start fishing at Parkhill fishery. Though it will take a fish or two it is nice to see this spectacular bird in action on our waters.
UDN Letter from the DDSFB
A letter regarding the identification of a salmon on the River Spey with potential UDN has been issued by the Don District Salmon Fishery Board. It can be read here.
UDN Categories (11 June)
Here is a picture of the symptoms of UDN, for everyone to look out
for here. The symptoms particularly to look out for are shown in the pictures (categories 3 and 4) - grey lesions occur which worsen to become
ulcers (as the epidermis breaks down and the underlying tissue becomes visible).
These symptoms apparently develop when the fish reach coastal waters just prior to entering the river. Therefore they are most likely to be visible in fresh-run fish. Over time in the river (days - weeks) the lesions can heal and the fish will recover, or secondary infection such as fungus will invade the ulcerated tissue. The growth of (typically white) fungus then covers any grey lesions or ulcerations, making UDN impossible to identify. The fish may or may not recover from any secondary infection.
The River Dee Trust would like to have samples of any fish showing categories 3 or 4 symptoms (i.e. before fungus develops). If anyone catches such a fish and is able to keep it alive, please phone the River Office as we
would like to examine it to confirm whether UDN is present. UDN is so far
not confirmed in the Dee.
Jean Reynolds Trophy, River Dee, Pots and Fords 12 May 2012
The ADAA 2012 competitions programme commenced at the Pots & Fords on Saturday 12 May. As way of a reminder entrant's for Association competitions have two choices:
They can compete for the trophy & points that go towards the Club Championship that helps pick individual & teams representation at the following seasons Scottish national competitions (that in turn help pick individual & team's representation at international level)
They can just compete for the trophy & prize vouchers (£15, £12, & £10 respectively) and have precedence over those fishing for Club Championship points for the vouchers Only six anglers competed (4 for the Club Championship), the water being quite high following heavy rain the week before. Conditions were bright which also did not help, though quite a few flies were hatching off the water. Graeme McPherson, Ernie MacKay Senior, & Ernest MacKay Junior chose to try the Duthie Park pool straightaway & Graeme had immediate success & finished the day with 3 finnock. Richard McHattie, John Jamieson, & Paul Toseland chose to fish around & about the bothy to start with, Richard losing a good finnock almost immediately however no fish were landed at all above King George V1 bridge by the end of the competition. However it was Ernest MacKay Senior who finished top rod, managing to catch 8 finnock & lose as many in the afternoon in the Duthie Park pool. Graeme McPherson was runner up with his 3 fish.
ADAA Heugh head beat on the Feugh offer (18th. April)
The ADAA members have been offered discounted fishings on the Heugh-head beat on the River Feugh.
To book please phone Orvis in Banchory on 01330 824319, and ask for Ben Dixon or Davie Stewart. Monies must be paid to Orvis when picking up the key in the morning/evening before fishing.
Prices are as follows:-
April/May £15/day (normally £18)
Dusk to Dawn (from May) £15/session (normally £18)
June onwards £30/day, £15/part day (normally £36/£18 per part day (4 ho
Ythan Web Cam (15th. Feb)
The Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board and River Ythan Trust have jointly funded the installation of a Farson Digital Water Cam on the Ythan in Ellon. This is now operational and can be accessed here
ADAA Coarse Fishing Section (10th. Feb)
The ADAA now has a Coarse fishing section, check out the last link on the left hand menu
River Crime (9th. Feb)
An initiative has been launched between nine local river authorities and Grampian police to combat river crime. Please see the poster here which will be appearing in fishing huts etc near you.. Why not print off a copy or put the contact number in the phone?
River Dee Opens (1st Feb)
A video of the BBC reporting on the Dee opening here
The President's statement and two of the 2011 overview fishing reports are now online here
AGM notice (17th.Jan)
Updated Parkhill beat summary (13th. Jan)
The Parkhill beat summary has been updated for members and new members alike. Profuse thanks to member John Fyfe for taking the time to prepare this excellent summary. This link takes you to the first new page
River Don -Parkhill Clean Up (10th. Jan)
Volunteers are required for a car park and river bank clean up at Parkhill on Sunday 5th February at 10 am.
Stout footwear is required as well as gloves and pickers if owned. Black bags will be supplied.
Please meet at the car park at the Parkhill road bridge. Convenor Andy Dalrymple will be co-ordinating
River Dee Grand Auction 2012
The River Dee Trust needs help to be able to meet our aims and continue looking after the Dee and the surrounding area, for many years to come. Therefore we are holding an auction to raise funds for the restoration work that it undertakes on the River Dee. The auction has 14 premier lots which are outlined in a brochure (click here to view as pdf or here to view as online catalogue ; alternatively, contact the River Office to request a hard copy).
A Bridge too Far! (7th. Nov)
As some of you will be aware the ADAA erected a new bridge at the Aryburn a few months ago and immediately scored a success with the local community. See photo here . So much indeed that the local community sent a letter of thanks and a cheque for £25.00!!
A New Angling Book (31 Oct)
We have an author in our midst! Many of you will know John Walker who fishes Parkhill with his split cane rod and home tied flies.
Well John, who has fished Parkhill for over 50 years, has put pen to paper and published a journal of his reminisces of fishing Parkhill over the last 50 years!
John's book could be just that stocking filler you are looking for. All the details on how you can purchase it can be read here. plus they are available at Somers, Bains and Sloans fishing tackle shops
What's SNFFL ? (9th. July)
Well Kenny Riddell has the answer, read Kenny's note on the Scottish National Fly fishing League here
Poaching on ADAA waters (27 June)
Unfortunately we have recently had a number of reports of poachers at the Loch of Loirston. Members have posted on the ADAA forum and also contacted the committee via email, to report this, but in each case by the time we hear about it the poachers have left the scene. We have spoken to Grampian Police’s wildlife crime unit, and they tell us that the will treat any such incidents very seriously. They have given us the following guidance to pass on: Call the police on the non emergency line (0845 600 5 700) and ask for the wildlife crime unit. If no one is available, tell the operator that this is an ongoing situation and the problem has been brought up in the regular officers briefing meetings. They will dispatch a uniformed officer to the scene, either from the Wildlife crime unit or another officer close by. Ideally stop close by, or arrange to meet the officers at a near by location. Do not approach or confront the poachers.Note as much detail as possible, including descriptions of the individuals, what they are wearing, and ideally any car registration numbers. Also note the date and time that you saw the incident take place. It is important that we are vigilant, and report these crimes. It is important that we get a prosecution or two, and that we send the clear message that we are a club 1000+ strong and we see everything. Hopefully this will send a clear message – poach our waters and we will see and report you. The ADAA intends to prosecute all poachers.
Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (14 June)
The attached advise note on Saprolegnia ( fungal infection) has been just been issued by the association here
River Ythan Trust – Fishery Management Plan (31May)
Following the consultation process and review of the draft plan, the final plan can be viewed HERE
Scottish National Stillwater Championship 2011 (30th. May)
Four ADAA anglers have been successful in qualifying for the SANA Stillwater Championship Final to be held at Lochter on Sunday 12 th June 2011. The top six rods from the final 60 contestants will be invited to represent Scotland at the Bank International to be held in Barfinnihy, Lake Killarney, Ireland for the 19 th – 22 nd October 2011. I hope that some of our members can take some time to go along and give some support to the four anglers on the day of the final.
Full details of all venues and fishing rules can be seen at www.sana.org.uk . The National Final will see the top 6 rods chosen to represent Scotland at the 2011 International Stillwater Match in October in Ireland. further details Here
ADAA History page updated (26th.May)
The ADAA history page has been updated it can be accessed Here
River Don Webcams (26 May)
Two river Don webcams are now on line showing the river at Kintore and at the Mill of Knowe in upper Strathdon. They can be viewed Here
Salmon and Trout Association ( 8 April)
Under the freedom of information legislation the Salmon and Trout Association have obtain information relating to Government inspection of Salmon fish farms read them here , dossier1 , dossier 2 , dossier3
River Ythan to get massive clean up (29 Mar)
The Scotsman reports that Scottish Water is to spend £1.5M on cleaning up the Ythan.Read the full article Here
Stoneywood beat leased by ADAA (Sept 2011)
In line with it's stated aims to continue to improve angling opportunities for ADDA members and visitors alike the ADAA Committee are pleased to announce that with immediate effect the Upper Stoneywood beat of the river Don is now available to fish for members and as part of our visitors day tickets initiative here .
The beat extends downstream for ¾ a mile on the south bank, from the bottom mark of the Lower Parkhill South beat at the Farburn, ending at the upstream side of Stoneywood Mill Dyke. See map Here
The beat has a number of very good pools and is likely to be a very good addition to the existing excellent ADAA waters
The rules for fishing will be exactly the same as for Upper Parkhill, see here
Further information will be added as it becomes available
Record Salmon Catches (24 Mar)
The BBC reports on record Scottish salmon catches here
River Dee Extension (22 Mar)
The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board met on March 18 th 2011 to decide on the future of the season extension. The Board considered the information provided by the three years of monitoring the trial extension. The summary findings of this monitoring report can be read here The individual reports for each of the years can be found by following the link here .
On the basis of the clear information provided the Board has unanimously decided to apply to Scottish Government to make the season extension permanent. This will be to change the Statutory Instrument governing the length of the season for the whole river and using the Conservation Code to restrict fishing to downstream of Aboyne Bridge. This is based on the research work clearly showing that there was no damage being done to the sustainability of fish stocks by continuing to fish into October up to Aboyne Bridge
For the 2011 fishing season angling can take place up to and including October15 th and will be limited by the Conservation Code to downstream of Aboyne Bridge. In the light of the Board's decision the 2011 Conservation Code will be amended and re-distributed.
Updates (23 May)
There are updates to competition results, Committee Minutes and a new page on works issues here. If you like the puns their mine, if not they are Stuarts.
Vision Day (21 May)
This years Vision Day with expert casting demos etc will be held at the ADAA bothy on Riverside Drive between 10.00 -14.00 on 8 Th. June . See here for further details
Adam Junior Trophy( 12 May)
Details and photos of Sunday's competition at the loch now on site
Sad News (9 June )
I have received some sad news from Ken Reid, the River Dee Development Officer. He has been informed, following a message from Reid Hagelin late last night, that Rune Berger drowned yesterday whilst fishing the Namsen River .
Rune was partner of the Global club of flyfishers from Norway who have visited the Aberdeenshire Dee valley for the last 17 years bringing large groups of Norwegian anglers and was very well known by many of the Dee ghillies who will, I am sure, be saddened by his untimely demise.
It is understood they are still searching for his body. Both he and a frenchman went in, thankfully the frenchman was saved. Rune apparently tried to rescue the frenchman's camera gear however, sadly he was swept away by the massively strong current and to date his body has not been found.
ADAA Savings Scheme (24 April)
In order to smooth out those costs in these days of the credit crunch the ADAA have introduced a savings scheme. Details can be read here or on the link in the left hand menu.
Want to be Committee Member? (30 April)
The Management Committee is currently seeking from amongst the membership persons willing to become a potential Committee member or assist on an advisory capacity with any of the following expertise and experience: IT Management, Commercial expertise, P.R, Civil Engineering, Legal, and Finance.
The Management Committee usually meets on the first Monday in the month in the evening at the bothy on Riverside Drive, Aberdeen. If you are interested or have any queries about this please
email our Secretary, Paul Toseland, in the first instance Here detailing your particular experience or expertise.
Paul Toseland, April 2008.
ADAA Savings Scheme (24 April)
In order to smooth out those costs in these days of the credit crunch the ADAA have introduced a savings scheme. Details can be read here or on the link in the left hand menu.
Don Annual report 2007 (9 April)
Every year the Jim Kerr, the River Don Superintendent produces his annual report for the Don District Salmon Fishery Board on the work done, the state of the river, whats programmed etc.
This year is no exception and you will find the whole report, excluding plans now on site--Here
Somers Open Day (8 April)
Some photos of Somers Fishing Tackle open day now on site --Here
Water Voles V Mink on the Ythan ( 13 Mar)
Jamie Urquhart of Aberdeen University is conducting research into water voles on the Ythan. Some of the sharp eyed among you maybe have seen the mink traps at Ardlethen. Read Jamie's feedback and photos -Here
Angling Special Offers (6 Mar)
Additional special offer added check-- here
Webmaster Wanted (2 Mar)
After seven years or so developing the ADAA web site and Forum I feel its time to hang up my mouse and get some fishing done. With this in mind I have advised the Committee that I am resigning from the Committee in five months which also will mean someone else is required to take over the website and Forum reigns. If interested you should have
some basic computer technical knowledge
be a member of the ADAA
understand web design and appropriate software use
be enthusiastic !!
be prepared to devote a reasonable amount of time to it
A laptop will be provided and a broadband connection is required. No remuneration is offered but the gratitude of the Committee Interested or have a query? Then email me here at email@example.com
ADAA Visitor Angling Tickets (26 Feb)
Visitors to the North east can now get a weekly roving angling permit on certain ADAA waters for most of the angling season, see visitor link on the navigation menu.
ADAA Special Fishing Tackle Discount (25 Feb)
Aberdeenfieldsports have advised that all ADAA members registered with them are now entitled to gold standard discount on all fishing tackle.
Fishing Tackle Dealers Special offers (20 Feb)
I've opened up a page that can be used by Fishing Tackle dealers to promote special offers Here
Knappach (22 Jan )
As you can see if you have read your newsletter we have negotiated a deal involving the Dee Beat at Knappach near Banchory. Details now on site!! fishTay reports 10 springers for its first week, why not and get you own one at Knappach..
Photo Comp 2008 (11 Jan)
First Photo Comp entry for 2008 now on site, thanks Mark
Casting Tuition (10 January)
With the new season its time to think of brushing up on the casting. Specific dates for casting lessons have now been added and have started. Check your dates-Here
Yet Another ADAA Initiative (7 January)
The ADAA are pleased to announce yet another new initiative this time with Raemoir Trout Fishery just north of Banchory. For only £5.0 you can fish catch and release for rainbow, blue trout and arctic char. See the new link on the navigation menu on the left to access full details or here. More added value for being an ADAA member!
Change of Address? (5 Jan 2008)
Changed address recently? Please advise our Membership administrator --Here
Tilbouries Booking now open! (4 Jan 2008)
Once again ADAA in association with Willie Banks of Tilbouries are pleased to offer day tickets for ADAA Members on the Tilbouries beat for 2008 and we are now open for bookings, see side menu link for details. Another reason to join! Keep watching, there are other initiatives in the pipeline!!
New Angling experience Opens! (1 January 2008)
Aberdeen and the Northeast has a new angling outlet. Aberdeen Fieldsports, located at 35 Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen is now open for business! As part of the well known Watersports Group, Aberdeen Fieldsports stocks a wide range of fishing tackle which is increasing daily and organises angling trips to a number of locations. It also has a very sophisticated online shop which you can find --Here
New Community Stadium Site(12 December)
A proposal to site a new Community Stadium at Loirston will be considered by the City Council later this month. I'll keep you advised but here is a plan of its possible location -Here
James (Hamish) E. Harper (27 December)
We are sorry to hear that James (Hamish) E. Harper had passed away after a long illness on 23 December. Hamish was a member of the Committee for many years and, as he lived very near the Bothy, was one of the original "Bothy boys" who did a great deal to help the Association in our early days.
Hamish was very much a 'hands on' person who gave willingly of his time and knowledge and was always ready to come and assist when requested, he was a very keen angler in his younger days and I can recall very many enjoyable and successful outings in his company at the Machar Pool along with the late Stewart Simpson. Our thoughts are with his family.
ADAA Membership -Apply Now!( 4 December)
The ADAA Membership application form has gone electronic!! By clicking on the application button on the navigation bar on the left you can now fill in an online form which is automatically forwarded to ADAA admin. Want to know more? Read about the benefits of being an ADAA member HERE.
You can still apply by printing off an application form and sending it in from the same page if you wish. Please fill in all the form and expect to see a thank you letter in response when the application has been sent.
N.B. From today ie 4 December there is no guarantee, all other criteria being acceptable, that new applications for membership of the ADAA can be confirmed for 2008
Butterworth Calendar (12 Nov)
Details of how to purchase a Butterworth Calendar 2008 in aid of the River Dee Trust can be accessed via the link on the right hand menu on this page
2008 Rules ( 8 Nov)
I've added a short summary to the 2007 rules page providing the main rule changes for 2008
Ardlethen Car Park ( 7 Nov)
The ADAA have received planning permission for a new car park to serve the Ardlethen Beat. We will advise you when construction starts but meantime you can see the location plan---Here
New Strategic Angling Consultation (25th. Sept)
A consultation on a new Strategic Framework for Scottish Freshwater Fisheries, prepared for the sector by the sector, was launched today (25 th September 2007)
The framework seeks to outline the actions required to develop the direction within which the future management of fisheries in Scotland should work.
Launching the consultation, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment richard Lochhead said:
"We are not promoting a prescriptive approach to fisheries management but are looking to establish priorities for action to allow management structured to individual circumstances to evolve. ." The Scottish Government is seeking responses to the consultation by January 4, 2008. You can read the document (PDF) all 88 pages of it --HERE
River Seasons closed but......(1 November)
Remember you can still fish at the Loch of Loirston and we still have our special arrangement with Haddo. See side menu for details.
ADAA Baseball Caps (1 November))
ADAA Baseball caps are now available see ADAA shop link for details.
Tilbouries Season (4 October)
Willie Banks, whose beat is not on Fishdee, has had his best season ever. Read his brief note on reaching a magic number, its under fishing reports.
2006 Salmon Numbers on the Up! ( 26 September)
The Scottish Government have released the total catches for 2006. Read the detail --HERE
The Dee board have also issued the 2008 Dee Voluntary Conservation Code which can be read --HERE
Dee Season Extended for trial period (relocated 7 th Nov.)
Following representations by the Dee Salmon Fishery Board and others the Scottish Executive / Government has granted an extension of the season on the Dee for a trial period of three years, which will commence in 2008.
The Scottish Government (this is the new name for the Scottish Executive) has decided to grant this extension and is currently undertaking the legal process to amend the Statutory Instrument that governs the length of the season on the Dee. This legal process will be completed at some stage in the autumn.
In order to help the fisheries make plans for bookings and staff for the 2008 season the Scottish Government have agreed the following wording with the Board:
“Barring technical difficulties with the legislative process the season for salmon fishing by rod and line on the Dee will be extended in 2008 until October 15th and again in 2009 and 2010.
FRS Needs your help!( relocated 4 October )
Fisheries Research Services has issued a request for help from anglers after a widely noted feature of this years run of grilse are reports of fish with distended and bleeding vents.
There has been speculation as to what might be causing this, the most prevalent being that it could be due to the infestation of a small round worm which is quite common in wild fish. Anisakis simplex is such a worm which is often found in wild fish and can cause problems in humans if the fish is eaten raw.They emphasise, however, that no formal identification of the problem has yet been made.
Fisheries Research Services are actively investigating this matter and are requesting all anglers who come across this phenomenon to advise them of the details. Further information on this matter and how you can assist can be accessed HERE
Further information on questions posed by the ASFB can be read HERE
Dee Season Extension (relocated 10 sept)
The Dee Board have applied for an extension of the season to the Scottish Executive. Read the details and how to make representations or comments
Jim Kerr ( 19 th August)
As some of you may know Jim Kerr, former River Don Superintendent , has died very suddenly. Those of you who knew Jim will remember him as a man you loved the Don and willingly passed on information and advice to anyone he met on the river bank. I particularly remember Jim on the ADAA visits to the Don Hatchery where we always received a great welcome from Jim, his son and his colleagues; where nothing was to much trouble and young anglers were allowed to assist providing lifelong memories for them. The thoughts of the ADAA Committee, members and I'm sure all those who knew Jim are with his family. The ADAA will be represented at Jim's funeral and a tribute will be made to Jim at the next Don Board AGM.
Project Leader Required (19 August)
As I've mentioned a few times before on the Forum and Web site the ADAA have been in discussions with the program leader of the Scottish National Angling Program, Ian Robertson, for a few months and are now actively trying to identify a member of the Association who would like to put his or her name forward as SNAP program leader for the ADAA. The Program Leader would require to put together a team of individuals who would then drive the ADAA's initiatives forward within the SNAP framework. Details of the framework can be read here
There is no financial recompense attached to this, other than expenses, only the gratitude of the Association. Should you wish further information please contact me initially here firstname.lastname@example.org
Trial Video of Tilbouries Beat (relocated 7th July)
A trial video of the Tilbouries Beat is now on site, go to the Tilbouries fishing page to view
Netherdon Beat Trial Video (relocated 7th July)
I've put a trial video on the Netherdon beat summary page. Tell me what you think of the principle through the Forum or feedback at the bottom of the page
ADAA Open Day (relocated 4th July)
Despite the very inclement weather approx. 60 anglers braved the rain to attend the Aberdeen and District Angling Association open day, sponsored, by Somers, on Sunday 24 June.
The casting instructors Jim Fearn, Willie Banks and John Legg made it look all so easy and gave individual instruction to us mere mortals!
Inside the fly tiers had an audience all day long with their superb tying while answering a steady stream of tricky questions. Don River Superintendent Jim Kerr and his colleague Martin were also on hand as was Dee River Director Mark Bilsby.
ADAA Committee members were there with a supply of our new badges, newly arrived tee shirts and application forms for those not already members.
Thanks particularly must go to ADAA Committee Members Stuart Fleming and John Jamieson and Stuart's wife Julia for the amount of work they all put in getting things organised to make the day such a success. Photos and short video clips on site here
ADAA / Tilbouries Angling Available (relocated 25 June)
ADAA in association with Willie Banks of Tilbouries are pleased to be able to provide a syndicate day to ADAA members at a discounted price. See the link on the left for details. Spare days to fish currently available now out with syndicate day! see forum for details!
ADAA Casting Initiative (relocated 18 June)
The ADAA casting initiative with Willie Banks is now open to non ADAA members. See link for details
Somers Special offers to ADAA Members (relocated 18 June)
Somers Fishing Tackle, in association with the ADAA, are pleased to offer special discounts on selected items to ADAA members. These Special Offers will be changed every few weeks. Check regularly for changes!! They can be accessed here