Arguably one of the finest Spring Salmon rivers in the world, the River Dee salmon fishing season opened on the first of February with a well attended opening ceremony hosted by The River Dee Board and Trust at Ballogie.
BBC presenter Fiona Armstrong, a keen angler performed the ceremonial first cast and commented about her love for salmon fishing and her fondness for the River Dee where she landed her first salmon 25 years earlier. She also was the first celebrity to open the river and hook a fish in the process.
Catches on the opening days were excellent with over 90 fish in the first two days-in anyone’s book a tremendous result ensuring the local hostelries were full of delighted anglers enjoying the new Dee Dram whisky toasting their good fortune.
The River Dee offers outstanding potential for anglers looking to catch their coveted Springer with beats from Aberdeen to Kincardine O’Neil having fresh fish arriving weekly-solid bars of hard fighting silver.
Last year over 2,500 springers were landed and it’s hoped this year we will see over 3,000 landed by the end of May.
The Tor Na Coille Hotel in Banchory has a fisherman’s wing with good accommodation, super food and at a very reasonable £50 a night for bed and breakfast.