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6.7.20 8lb plus brownie! It was caught by member Richard McHattie on the River Don at the Upper Fintray beat a week ago. It was 685mm long and 5.5” deep between 8-9 lbsin weight and caught on the fly. The fish was returned safely to the river. A cracker! Well done Richard.


I9.6.20. Visitor, Exchange, and Guest Permits. Further to yesterday’s briefing by the First Minister on the Scottish guidelines and the “Route Map” the FM has made it clear that the 5 miles travel restriction for outdoor sport and non contact activities will remain in place until the next Route Map review on the 16th July.


With this in mind, the Association continues with our current policy to not issue visitor, guest or exchange permits until on, or after the next route map review on the 16th July, where we may move into Phase III. 


28.5.20 COVID-19 – Framework for Decision Making. Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis


The First Minister for Scotland has given the green light to fish again!


The Association is therefore open again for fishing from Friday 29 May, subject to Scottish Government guidance and the related Association additional rules: ADAA Additional rules 2020


Also please travel within your own local area within reason in line with Scottish Government advice on this.

As far as Culter, the Pumphouse Pool, and Millpond Fishery are concerned the online booking system will be made live as soon as possible.


The latest relevant Association newsletter is posted here: ADAA Newsletter late May 2020


Please do not forget to submit catch returns and salmon fishing effort without success as usual: Catch Returns and salmon fishing effort


For those of you keen on Stillwater fishing you may be interested in the following page! : Return to angling!



25.3.20 (see updates 6.5.20,11.5.20, 23.5.20, and 25.5.20, as below)


Due to the threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the country in the state of a lockdown, all Aberdeen & District Angling Association fishings have been CLOSED with immediate effect until further notice.

Stay safe!

6.5.20 Update


Angling National Bodies and the Association have been engaging with the Scottish Government on allowing angling again subject to observing social distancing guidelines and so on.

Sana’s response can be seen here:



As of yesterday, 5 May the Scottish Government has now launched a public consultation wanting the publics views on how we overcome the challenges ahead.

Already there are several comments about allowing angling again and Management Committee members would encourage you to participate:


Please note you have until 11 May 2020 to share your views with the Scottish Government- This dialogue will be open in the first instance until 10pm on 11 May 2020. 

11.5.20 Update


Although the UK Government are allowing angling again in England from Wednesday 13 May 2020 subject to social distancing the Scottish Government guidelines in Scotland have not changed as far as angling is concerned.


Therefore all Aberdeen & District Angling Association fishings are still CLOSED until further notice. 

23.5.20 COVID-19 – Framework for Decision Making. Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis


Just to clear up any confusion on the position of the ADAA following the announcement from Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday 21 May 2020.


You will be aware that on Thursday 21 May 2020 the Scottish Government published the above document: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis/


The ADAA Fishings will remain closed until the Scottish Government have formally announced dates in which fishing is permitted once again.


There have been several dates mentioned but at this moment in time, there has been no official date set for fishing to recommence. The statement planned for lunchtime on Thursday 28th May will hopefully give us an exact date when we can open up the fishings again.


Unfortunately, until such time we know for sure, we will remain closed and continue to follow the guidelines laid down by the Scottish Government.

25.5.20 COVID-19 – Advice when we get back to fishing - Angling Scotland Limited- see link:


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3.4.20 Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Review 2020: 

1.4.20 An Update from the Atlantic Salmon Trust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhp07X-mzqU

20.2.20 ADAA Members. 

Members are reminded that you can now pay by Direct Debit:




 or at:

Somers Fishing Tackle Shop (you must show your 2019 permit)

9.2.20 Update. Family announcement in Aberdeen Journals 8.2.20:  


Originally printed on February 8, 2020.

DEY (Aberdeen) With great sadness we announce the passing of Robert Alexander (Bob), aged 68 years, suddenly yet peacefully at ARI on January 30, 2020. Son of the late Dorothy and Alexander and brother of Ian. Beloved husband of Lorna, loved and loving father of Susan and Neil, devoted granda to Grady, President of the ADAA and friend to many. Funeral Service at Aberdeen Crematorium (East Chapel), on Thursday, February 13, at 1.45pm. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only, resting at Wm.Gilchrist, Rose Street. Donations if desired, may be given at the service, to CHSS and Macmillan Cancer Support. Very sadly missed and forever in our hearts.


30.1.20. We are very sad to report that our President Mr Bob Dey sadly passed away this afternoon following the effects of a stroke.   

Bob was taken ill on Monday shortly after taking his wife into hospital for a major operation and was found to have had a severe stroke.   Unfortunately he did not recover from this.

Bob has been President of the Association for 13 years and was re-appointed to the position only a fortnight ago.   Prior to becoming President he was Vice President for 4 years and prior to that was Secretary for quite a number of years.

The loss to the Association of someone so influential and knowledgeable so suddenly is devastating but he has given us a great deal to live up to in the future.   

 Our thoughts go out to Lorna and his family at this very sad time.  

5.2.20 Fisherman Flycups. 

An exclusive discount menu for ADAA members at the Maryculter House Hotel! Please see oposite:


Exclusively for members of the Aberdeen District Angling Association, who must show their membership cards to get the menu.

18.1.20 Belmuir Fishing’s. The Association received an email on 17 January from the owner of the River Ythan, Belmuir beat. The Association has been renting the beat since 2014.

The owner has arranged for the Haddo House Club to buy the fishing so it is no longer available to the Association, though she does advise visitor permits will be available at the local shop in Methlick.

She hopes that Association members will understand her wish to give the fishing to the local club and wishes the Association many happy years of continued fishing.

16.1.20 ADAA AGM 2020

88 members attended last nights AGM. Key decisions made were:

The election of Bob Dey as President, Kenny Riddell and Paul Adderton as Vice Presidents

To increase the annual subscription rates for Members and Senior Citizens by £20. The new rates will be updated soon on the following page: https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

To amend the current Byelaw about Senior Citizens to:

A Senior Citizen shall be a person over the State Pension age before the 1st of March of the current season and a member for at least the five preceding years.

The unapproved minutes of the meeting and reports will be posted here once ready: https://www.adaa.org.uk/agm-2020

22.12.19. Whats the benefits of joining the Association? How do I pay my subs? How to I make a catch return? How do I book a rod at Culter or a boat at Parkhill Fishery? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in our FAQ's posted on this page: https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

17.11.19. The 73rd Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held in the New King’s Building, room NK1 Aberdeen University, Kings College, Aberdeen on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 7.30pm.

The unapproved minute and various other reports and presentations will be posted on the AGM 2019 page once available: https://www.adaa.org.uk/agm-2020

5.7.19 Pink Salmon. The first pink salmon this season on ADAA waters was caught on the Dee at Garthdee yesterday.

Please see advice received 2 July from Dr Lorraine Hawkins CEnv, River Director, Dee DSFB and River Dee Trust (it is the same reporting arrangements for any caught in the the Don and Ythan as well).

“Dear proprietor/tenant,

The first pink salmon of 2019 was caught on the Dee today. Following the large numbers of these Pacific salmon observed across Scotland in 2017, we were aware that they may return this year, and the first one we know of in the UK was caught in Donegal last week. The Dee fish was caught at Tilbouries and was removed and handed to us, and we are in the process of making all ghillies aware of the situation.

In 2017, pink salmon were caught in the lower Dee in July and August. Spawning occurred in August and no further sightings/captures were then recorded. We assume the pattern will be similar this year, however, it would be prudent for everyone to be on the look out for them. We would be grateful if you could inform us of any pink salmon captures on your beat and please note that we would like to collect specimens if possible - just phone our 24-hr number, 013398 80411.

Any pink salmon that are caught must be killed and not returned to the river. I have attached some information from Marine Scotland, and the main thing to note is that it is an offence to deliberately fish for them, or to release them back into the river if you have one in your possession.

We will be monitoring the situation with the aim of attempting to remove any pink salmon from the river later in the month and into August, on the basis that any fish can be netted out of areas without harm to our Atlantic salmon”.

For further information and advice about these fish see: http://fms.scot/pink-salmon-in-scotland/

Also please remember to record any caught in the ADAA catch returns.

16.6.19. How would you like to invite a fellow angler to fish with you as a guest of the ADAA?

A new initiative for the Association is for members to invite a guest to accompany them for a day’s fishing on any of the Associations waters. It is anticipated that this initiative will encourage their guest, after seeing and experiencing what a diversity of fishing that the ADAA has to offer anglers, to consider joining the Association.


For details on how to obtain permits and the conditions of use see the pdf document opposite or link: https://www.adaa.org.uk/adaa-member-guest

7.4.19. Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Review 2019 (this also gives the recorded salmon and sea trout catches for most Scottish Rivers in 2018). Please see link:



7.4.19 Salmon fishing effort. For the attention of all ADAA salmon anglers


In December 2018 the Association, along with all other proprietors in Scotland, were advised by Marine Scotland that to enable a full statistical analysis of salmon fishing catches it is now a requirement that fishery owners and tenants report salmon fishing effort, in the form of rod days spent fishing for salmon, regardless of whether any salmon are caught.


The Association were also advised by Marine Scotland that, under section 64 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act, failure to return the information within the required timescale, or make a false statement, as an offense.  


The letter and form received associated with this have been posted on the Associations website:




Along with some other proprietors, Salmon Fishery District River Boards, and Sana a case to Marine Scotland that this was placing an additional administrative burden on anglers, particularly those who are members of Associations and Clubs, and that generally this would be very unpopular with whose who fish for salmon.  However, despite this they have advised everyone that the law must be complied with.


 All Association members are therefore instructed, with immediate effect, is that, when fishing for salmon and grilse on Association waters, even just for an hour or so, is that they must now also record if they have not caught anything.


The existing catch return system is to be used to do this. Obviously if a member is successful, they record their catch in the usual way. If they do not, they are required to enter the river/beat they fished without success, the method they fished (that is, fly, worm, or spin) and the weight as 0 (zero).


By capturing this information, we will then be able to comply with the law.

6.4.19 Inverness Angling Club Exchange Permit

We received the following feedback from a member who recently took advantage of the exchange permit scheme:

“Just a wee note on my return from Inverness. the fishing on the Ness was excellent, I called in at Graham's on arrival just for a heads up on the beat, pools etc they were very helpful and really nice guys. I also purchased a new fly rod from them, and they gave me a discount when they knew I was an adaa member. which I thought was very nice of them, then on to the river which was excellent. very nice height, (gin clear).

Air temp 48. Water temp 43. Weather windy most of the day, rain in afternoon.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a Ness salmon (next time). All in all, I thought the conditions for me were fine. I got the river to myself except for one other chap at the side from me in one pool, he gave me a wave which was returned. I also spoke to a lot of people walking past, all very interested in me and enquiry about how the fishing was going (very friendly people). I will certainly wish to fish there again if I may, my wife and I had an excellent weekend (she went shopping). Hotel was also great, very friendly staff. so, Paul as I am sure you can tell I would recommend fishing the Ness to all the other members”.

If any members are interested in this or any of the other exchange permits information on how to book them and so on can be found here:


26.2.19 The Wild North East of Scotland. Thanks to Alec Paterson for bringing this excellent film to our attention:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef9lES0zYts

21.2.19. First springer of the season! Well done to experienced angler Andy Ashcroft for catching the first salmon of the season on ADAA waters, see photo opposite. Andy caught the fish on the River Don, Kemnay stretch. He estimated its weight around 12lb 

13.2.19 ADAA Members. 

Members are reminded that you can now pay by Direct Debit:




 or at:

Somers Fishing Tackle Shop (cheques & cash only, you must show your 2018 permit)

13.2.19 Prospective New ADAA Members. 

If you want to join the Association apply here:


13.2.19 Junior Members FAQS. We are starting to get a few queries about how the recent decision by members at the AGM to reduce junior subscription fees to zero works in practice and how it affected other related rules. I have prepared a junior members FAQs that can be found here (these are also included in the main FAQs document): https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

13.2.19. Pots & Fords. The Pots & Fords Angling Association took the decision at their recent AGM to offer 4 daily permits on the Pots & Fords beat on the River Dee to Non ADAA members at a charge of £10 daily. Permits are available via the ADAA Website shop at https://www.adaa.org.uk/shop

1.2.19. New Season. Tight lines to all for the new season on the Dee and Don and Ythan from 11 February. Remember you need to have renewed your subscription to fish. You also need to record all your catches. Also please send in stories and/or photos of any fish caught to share here- just email them to secretary@adaasales.co.uk

1.2.19. Catch Returns. Please note there is no requirement to report kelts or any fish out of season or under the catch size limit. also see opposite that indicates the differences between a spring salmon and a salmon kelt:

19.1.19. ADAA Member Fly Tying Sessions. Message on behalf of Stewart Horne, ADAA Management Committee member.

Firstly thanks for those that attended the first session, although it was a cold evening, the bothy was warm & hopefully the session provided a few pointers.

Whether you are an experienced fly tyer, novice or just interested in taking it up, come along to the bothy to share & learn new techniques for tying trout & salmon flies.

The next planned session will be Wednesday 23rd January at the bothy 19:30 to 21:30. £1ea to cover heating costs.

Please bring your own equipment if you wish to tie your own flies during the sessions.

If you wish to contact Stewart about this his email address is stewarth@adaasales.co.uk

29.12.18 ADAA Xmas Fly Fest 16 December 2018. Thanks to TwinPeakes FlyFishing (info@twinpeakesflyfishing.com) for sharing their photos of the event: https://www.adaa.org.uk/adaa-xmas-fly-fest-photos

22.12.18. ADAA Xmas Fly Fest 16 December 2018. I have created a page about this: 


20.8.18. Grey Seal at Upper Parkhill. Members reported seeing a grey seal there on 18.8.18. The bailiff team have been advised about this so they are aware of the issue and will be vigilant when on patrol in this part of the catchment. If there are any more sightings please report them to the Board, Tel: 01339 880411 or Mobile: 07786 176152

18.8.18. THE MISSING SALMON PROJECT- PREDATION. A letter was sent recently to Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government on behalf of the Associations Management Committee members to express concerns that predation was potentially having an adverse effect on Atlantic Salmon stocks as highlighted in the River Dee Trusts presentation to our members at our AGM in January 2018.

A reply has now been received, both posted opposite.

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1.7.18 Cruives and Netherdon beats. Members should be aware that it was decided not to enter a further agreement with the co -proprietors for these beats for Association members to have exclusive fishing rights. Members therefore may possibly encounter persons fishing with the permission of another proprietor.


There was a misunderstanding around this recently which was dealt with immediately the problem was brought to our attention. Members can be reassured they can continue fishing as normal.

21.6.18. ADAA Privacy Notice. That's it posted on the Rules, FAQs, etc page: https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq


3.5.18. More springers! Thanks to member Eric Wiseman for sharing his photos of 2 salmon recently caught from the River Don, Lower Fintray beat. 7 & 6lb.  

15.4.18. Another springer! Thanks to member Neil Alexander for sharing his photo of his recent catch from the River Don, Upper Parkhill beat. 10lb. Sea liced. 

14.4.18. Upper Parkhill Beat, Cockers Car Park. The water table in the area has been affected. The car park is basically floating and members risk getting stuck as the surface is breaking up and being churned into deep mud. The only alternative for the time being is the streams car park.

4.4.18. At last! Thanks for member Graham Duthie for sharing photos of 2 fresh springers (1 was sea liced) caught off the ADAA River Don, Kemnay beat recently. 

5.3.18- Exclusive lease on a prime lower beat on the River Dee for Association members! The Association have secured a 4 year agreement for exclusive fishing rights to the Culter beat of the River Dee for its members effective from 12 March. There is a six rod restriction as part of the agreement. Details of rules, maps, and how to book a rod etc are to follow.


11.1.18. ADAA Communications. To improve communications, we require all members to email the Association at secretary@adaasales.co.uk their personal email address (if they have one) and date of birth. See right for ones required.

This will allow the Association to communicate more effectively with its members in the future, for example, a newsletter could be emailed out and so on.

Members can also be assured that we will not share their personal email address with any other party without permission.

Also, the Association currently relies on members telling it when their membership category changes, for example, to Senior Citizen. By having all members dates of birth the Association will know this in advance and will not have to rely on being contacted.

Management Committee members appreciate that many members will have already provided these details but for reasons unknown our records are not as complete as they should be.

8.10.17 Outdoor Empire article: 11 reasons how fishing makes you healthier and happier  shows that fishing is more than an enjoyable pastime and it actually provides many mental, emotional and physical benefits too ( according to science): https://outdoorempire.com/11-reasons-fishing-makes-you-healthier-happier/

15.8.17 Pink Salmon. Please see opposite the latest briefing from Fisheries Management Scotland. Please report any sightings of pink salmon or potential redds on any of our local rivers to the River Dee office: 013398 80411 (24-hour number).

13.7.17. Pacific pink salmon. Fisheries Management Scotland have produced a general advice note on the recent captures of Pacific pink salmon in Scottish waters, see opposite. This provides general background information on the species and the recommended action to take:

11 June 2017. Catch and release best practice advice/leaflet. Fisheries Management Scotland have worked with Fishing Megastore and others to update the latest advice on catch & release best practice. A copy of the new advice is opposite:

25.3.17 Become a fishing buddy. When you began fishing did you struggle to know when and where to fish and with what? We are looking for experienced anglers willing to pass their knowledge on to those just starting out, as below. All Management Committee members have signed up to this.

If you are willing to be added to the group email address: buddies@adaasales.co.uk please email the Secretary at secretary@adaasales.co.uk

Please remember that if you do respond to a query to use the “reply to all” function of your email account so that everyone in the group is aware a response has been posted (or just cc buddies@adaasales.co.uk when replying)

25.3.17 Are you a new member looking for advice on where to fish etc? Management Committee members know it must be a bit daunting for you when first starting off.

To help you out we have this website, a forum, various events organised throughout the year, and now, a group of experienced anglers ready and willing to pass on their help and advice by email. To contact them just email them all on buddies@adaasales.co.uk

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