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4.7.21 Non native Pacific pink salmon.

Non native Pacific pink salmon are on the increase in Scottish Rivers. Recently these fish have been caught on the River Tay, Ness & Dee.

If you catch any please dispatch and report to us asap or call the river bailiffs 01467 642121 so we can arrange to take samples. Distinctive features include small scales which easily rub off, spotty tail fin and black tongue.

Further guidance, app and topic sheet are available at the link below :


Update: One was caught in the River Don, Upper Parkhill, Top Streams 2 July. The fish has been collected and sampled and information shared with Fisheries Management Scotland.

26.6.21 River Don, Lower Parkhill, North Bank.

Management Committee members are delighted to announce that the Association has secured some additional fishing on the River Don Lower Parkhill North Bank. These fishings were once enjoyed by our members a few years back and it was very popular with both Salmon & trout anglers alike. The beat was very productive back then and it is hoped that it can be again.

The beat will be available from 1st July 2021. Details and rules are as they were before: North bank from Parkhill Road Bridge downstream to the marker post. Access from Parkhill Road Bridge only to north bank fishings. Strictly no dogs allowed. No Sunday fishing. No worming at any time. Trout fishing by fly only.

A map of the beat has been posted on the Associations Website (the map also has ADAA Lower Parkhill South bank Fishings shown on it):


26.5.21. The ADAA presented to well-known Aberdeen Hotelier Stewart Spence MBE, Lifetime Membership for the Association for all his valued support to the Association and game angling in the North East of Scotland. We trust Stewart will have many happy days and tight lines on the Associations fishings.


In the picture presenting the award is Acting President Paul Adderton and Past President Alastair Hume MBE.

27.4.21 ADAA Local Competitions. Due to the Scottish Government lifting of restrictions 26/04/21 we can now run competitions, but must still adhere to the social distancing guidelines. 

The ADAA Senior Club Championship (over 18s) will kick off on Monday 3rd May. At the Pots & Fords 10.30am - 2.30pm.

Registration at the ADAA bothy an hour or so before the start time. Entry fee is £3. Please bring the correct change to avoid handling money. 

This is a catch & Release competition, all fish must be returned to the water. Fishing with barbless or debarred flies only. 

Catch verification is by fish measuring and photo. Measures wil be provided, but bring your own phone and or camera. 

The ADAA competitions are open the all Senior members of the ADAA, so hope to see some new faces this year.

ADAA Newsletter (May 2021)

ADAA Newsletter (February 2021)

ADAA Newsletter (November 2020)

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ADAA Newsletter (late May 2020)

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After discussing the rules for the Millpond, Committee members have now decided to allow the use of floating devices. The use of various types of floating strike indicators has became more and more popular recently, and we would like to move with the times!

There will also be a sign placed at the Millpond for clarification.


Aberdeen and District Anglers Association Group Facebook page

As many of you will be aware from reading the AGM Newsletter, the Association is moving on to a new communication system for our members.

As such, I am now pleased to announce the launch of the Aberdeen and District Anglers Association Group Facebook page.

This new site is open to all members and further information together on how to access the group can be found on our website. It is a fresh new venture for the Association and I am sure members will take full advantage of it and engage more with each other. So, let’s hear about your days fishing, use it as a platform to inform members on related topics, and to share your views, news, and opinions. I for one will most certainly be taking full advantage of this facility, I hope you do too!

Paul Adderton, Acting President, Aberdeen and District Angling Association


To apply follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/adaagroup

When you click on the button to request to join, you will be prompted to agree to the rules of the group, and to enter your membership number. To qualify to join, you must have paid your membership fees for this coming season (or have a direct debit set up). This is simply to keep the group exclusively for current members, and to avoid any spam/sales accounts from attempting to join.

A few members have already pointed out that with this being a closed group for current members only – it keeps any new potential members from joining. This will be addressed in that there will be a post visible to non-members, that will inform them of the exclusivity of the group, and that should they have any questions before joining the Association, they should be directed to via message to the ADAA facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenAngling), or emailed to the secretary at: secretary@adaasales.co.uk .

As a reminder, the group is to be used as a place for members to socialise. It is not a place to direct questions or express opinions regarding the Association's business to Management Committee members. As per the Constitution complaints or questions for the Association/Management Committee members should be emailed directly to the Secretary, at secretary@adaasales.co.uk

1.2.21. Tight lines to all for 2021! Please note that from today I  (ADAA Secretary)  have a new landline number 01224 414869. There is an answer machine so please leave a message and I or someone from the Association will get back to you. My email address is still secretary@adaasales.co.uk  All the best, Paul.

Covid-19- Update 5.1.21

The Scottish Government have now provided updated guidance for anglers during Coronavirus, see link: https://blogs.gov.scot/marine-scotland/2021/01/05/guidance-for-anglers-during-coronavirus/

18.12.20 ADAA AGM 2021- Update 8.1.21

Given the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the uncertainty over what restrictions may still be in place at the beginning of next year, the Management Committee have taken the decision that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) can not now be held on the planned date of Wednesday 20th January 2021.

It would be impossible, whatever rules were to be in force at that time, to guarantee the safety of Association members at such a gathering. This is an unprecedented situation, but It is hoped that an AGM may be held later in the spring if, and when, restrictions are eased sufficiently to allow it to take place. Members should check the Association’s website for any updates.

A Newsletter, Presidential Remarks, Annual Accounts, and so on, is now posted on the website:  AGM-2021 (postponed) | adaa-2014 and will be distributed by email and hardcopy (for those members without email addresses) prior to 20 January.

There will be no increase in subscriptions and renewals can commence immediately after 20 January (those paying by Direct Debit do not need to do anything) on-line and at Somers.

You can submit questions via email to Management Committee members via email at agm21@adaasales.co.uk up to two weeks after the scheduled AGM date (20 January). You must include your name and membership number.

17.9.20. New River Ythan website. There is a new website for the River Ythan District Board and River Ythan Trust: www.riverythan.org 

There you will find out much about the Ythan in general with loads of links to items of interest.

9.8.20. Covid19- Aberdeen in lockdown again. As you will be aware the First Minister announced on 5 August Aberdeen is in lockdown: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-local-measures/ This is due for review again on 12 August. In the meantime, no visitor, exchange, or guest permits will be available.

17.7.20. Multiple Catch Returns. In response to feedback from some of our more successful (!) trout anglers that the existing catch return system is not user friendly for reporting multiple catches we have invested in an additional catch returns portal (the existing system is still in place: adaa existing catch return portal)

The new portal be accessed here:

adaa new multi catch portal

It is easy to follow, once logged in you simply enter the date & beat/loch/fishery from the drop- down list & the species from the drop- down list. There are also optional fields for pool etc.

You then add as many fish you have caught by the click of the button, the only thing still to input is the rounded -up weight for each fish. Once done save & that is it!

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:


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.

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

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 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.

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. 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. 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:

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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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. 

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. 

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.

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