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Fishing on Leys Estate

River Dee, Crathes Castle Home Water

The beat can provide some of the finest salmon fishing on the River Dee and is available from February to October. The fishings stretch for 2½ miles of the left bank, immediately below Banchory and are normally let for 4 rods, and are divided into 2 beats each with 4 major pools.

All the pools are accessible by car. Each beat has a hut with a fire and toilet. The lower (principal) hut has electricity, a solid fuel stove, microwave and a barbecue. Fishing can be from the bank or by wading. There is a new hut (photograph below) being built which will replace the existing Lower hut and should be completed shortly. There is a boat on the lower beat close to the hut and is accessible for wheelchair users. There is a full time ghillie and a second available if requested. Tuition is available for less experienced by arrangement.

There is strict observance to the Dee District Conservation Code which permits only 100% Catch and Release for salmon, grilse and sea trout.