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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

5.6.19 Diseased fish. There are reports of small numbers of fish exhibiting signs of bleeding and/or ulceration being caught in Norway, Ireland and Scotland. These symptoms have been reported as being mainly along the area on the belly of the fish between the head and the tail. At the moment what is causing this trauma is unknown. Fisheries Management Scotland are liaising closely with Marine Scotland and samples have now been taken by the Fish Health Inspectorate.

 

If any members encounter such fish, The Dee District Salmon Board will collect it for sampling (any river). We would like them alive if possible, but freshly dead is also acceptable. Please contact the River Office on 24hr number 01339880411 and we will send someone over to collect ASAP.

28.5.19 Reopening of Loch Insch

Message from David Murray:

"Hi People. After a long time closed, we're ready to open in June.
We've drained all the lochs, removed 12,000 Tonnes of silt, relandscaped the banks, redecorated the lodge, installed a state of the art aerator system comprising 18 units, to keep the water super oxygenated, based on the Rutland boils. It works brilliantly.
All fish will be Westmill Grade "A"'s from 2lb to 20lb (ish) which I consider to be the best quality in the country.

As there is so much interest from anglers all over and I want it to be a weekend to remember, we're having a two day individual competition to open on the 22nd/23rd June. £4000 of prizes, hot lunch and drinks both days. Now the prizes won't just be for the top 10, we'll be giving great stuff away for various places down to last..... but don't turn up and not fish, just to win the last place prize.

It's £75 all in for the whole weekend. No cash on the day, transfer only which I will PM details of.

Places are limited, so please add your name in the comments if you'd like to attend. It's going to be a special weekend.

Thank you, David"

12.5.19. Fisherman Flycups-

an exclusive discount menu for ADAA members at the Maryculter House Hotel! Please see attached (available from Tuesday 14 May).

 

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

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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:

http://fms.scot/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FMS-2019.pdf 

 

7.4.19. Bothy Security. For the attention of all Pots and Fords members.  On the evening of Saturday 30 March the Associations contractor was contacted by a member of the public that the tea room door had been left open. Fortunately, nothing had been taken.

 

Please make sure you lock the door after use.

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:

 

https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

 

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:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/exchange-tickets

6.4.19 ADAA Catch Reporting Telephone Line

Management Committee members have decided to terminate this effective from 10 April 2019.

It was decided it was too expensive to keep (over £250 per year) for the use of the small minority of members who do not have a valid email address.

For these members they will need to get a friend or a family member to submit their returns from now on, or, as a very last resort, contact the Membership Administrator to do this on 01569 730198.  

Please remember the importance of reporting catches (there is no requirement to report kelts or any fish under the catch size limit, that is, 10" for brownies and finnock): 

  • There is a statutory requirement to report all migratory fish caught to the Scottish Government and the River Boards. There is a £3000 fine per beat for proprietors who do not return accurate returns. 

 

  • Records on non-migratory fish caught assist in the management of the Associations affairs, for example, stocking policies. 

Please also note it is a disciplinary offence not to report catches.

Reminder on how to submit catch returns:

Go to http://www.adaasales.co.uk/catchreturns.asp

Enter a valid email address, your surname, and pin (membership) number as per your photo id card. Enter your catch return (s).

FAQs (including catch returns ones) are posted on the Associations website:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

22.3.19. Commencing Monday 25th March 2019 the bridge across the Goval burn at Upper Parkhill north bank will be undergoing a complete refurbishment due to the structure being in a very poor condition. This means that upstream access on the north bank upstream of the Goval Burn at Upper Parkhill will not be possible during the period of the works. Weather conditions will dictate how long the work will take but hopefully all work will be completed within one week. The work is being done for safety reasons. Barriers will be erected to warn members.

 

Bob Dey

President

20.3.19 The Millpond Fishery at Newmachar will open on Saturday 30th March 2019 from 1.30pm. Booking using the online booking system is required as rod numbers are restricted to 10 for each session:

http://www.adaasales.co.uk/bookings/availability.asp

On the morning of the 30th from 10am until 1pm the fishery will be open to any junior members who comes along. No booking will be necessary for the session.

The rules and maps are available on the ADAA Website: 

 

https://www.adaa.org.uk/millpond-fishery

https://www.adaa.org.uk/beats-and-maps

Fishing is catch and release unless a separate permit is purchased entitling the member to keep the first fish caught. Available in the ADAA online shop:

http://www.adaasales.co.uk/shop/shop.asp

A reminder to members that Millpond premises are used as livery stables so there could be horses going about and care needs to be taken when driving. Please also keep the area free from litter and discarded fishing line.

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

22.2.19 New Fishery for ADAA Members

 

The Association has reached an agreement to lease the former Millpond Fishery at Newmachar.

 

This is a fairly small fishery which will accommodate up to 12 anglers at a time. The fishery is well maintained and there is a hut/ kitchen area and toilet facilities available adjacent to the fishery pond.


Fishing will be available by booking online sessions via the adaa website. There will be 2 or 3 daily sessions available daily depending on the time of year. A little work is needed before it will be available, and a stocking licence needed before fish can be purchased. The fishery will be stocked by rainbow trout.

 

As this a new facility not budgeted for when fees were set for the season a small daily charge will apply.

 

Further information will be posted in due course.

 

Please remember that all subscriptions for 2019 must be paid by 28 February and for those of you still to do this:

You can pay by Direct Debit: http://www.adaa.org.uk/direct-debits

On-line: http://www.adaasales.co.uk/shop/shop.asp

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

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:

http://www.adaa.org.uk/direct-debits

On-line:

http://www.adaasales.co.uk/shop/shop.asp

 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:

http://www.adaasales.co.uk/Welcome/NewMembers.asp

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:

26.1.19. ADAA AGM 2019. That’s the unapproved minute junior members media release, and various other reports and presentations posted:

see link

26.1.19 River Ythan Trust. Minutes of Directors Meeting of 17th January 2019.

3.1.19 ADAA AGM


The 72nd Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held in the New King’s Building, room NK1 Aberdeen University, Kings College, Aberdeen on Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 7.30pm.
The detailed AGM Notice, including the agenda, agenda reports, and so on are posted here:


https://www.adaa.org.uk/agm-2019

Update at 17.1.19:

Members who attended last nights AGM took two important decisions to address the trend of declining membership numbers with the resultant drop of income threatening the long- term sustainability of the Association.

The first was the radical step of reducing Junior subscription fees to zero (with a small postage fee of £5 if paid on-line).

President Bob Dey believes this will make taking up the pursuit more affordable for youngsters and their families. As Bob stated “these youngsters are the lifeblood of the sport and without them membership of Associations like Aberdeen’s will steadily decline and will struggle to make their ends meet as time goes by”.   

The second was to increase other subscription fees by £20.

As Bob stated “we have not had any fee increase since season 2015. There have been strong arguments within the Management Committee since then for and against any increase to help us retain members but at the same time it was agreed back in 2015 at the AGM that fees should be reviewed annually in line with the Retail Price inflation index”.   

Exact details of the changes can be found here:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

You can now pay by Direct Debit:

http://www.adaa.org.uk/direct-debits

On-line:

http://www.adaasales.co.uk/shop/shop.asp

 or at:

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

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

6 1.19 ADAA Maps of fishing’s.  

I have recently updated the pages of these per river/ loch/ fishery:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-don-1-of-2

https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-don-2-of-2

https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-don-3-of-3

https://www.adaa.org.uk/dee

https://www.adaa.org.uk/ythan

https://www.adaa.org.uk/loch-of-loirston

https://www.adaa.org.uk/parkhill-fishery

I have also included beat summaries where we have them.

If anyone fancies having a go at doing any of the missing ones, please email them to me at secretary@adaasales.co.uk

To help find the beats they are also in Google Maps:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/beats-and-maps

 

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

24.12.18. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the Aberdeen and District Angling Association!

22.12.18. 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 recently updated FAQ's posted on this page: https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

22.12.18. I have recently optimised the view of the website on mobile devices. Hopefully this will make viewing the site on mobile devices easier. 

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

https://www.adaa.org.uk/adaa-xmas-fly-fest-december-2018

6.11.18. The 72nd Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held in the New King’s Building, room NK1 Aberdeen University, Kings College, Aberdeen on Wednesday 16th January 2019 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-2019

 

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.

8.7.18. ADAA Grass Cutting. Works completed at 2.7.18:

Kemnay

Upper Fintray car park

Lower Fintray Manse to 1/3rd Streams

Upper Parkhill South

Upper Parkhill North Road bridge to tree above Goval Burn

Lower Parkhill

Upper Stoneywood

Banchory Devenick

Garthdee

Loirston

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

13.6.18 YTHAN BIODIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS.
RIVER YTHAN INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL 2018 REPORT:

30.5.18
Salmon and Trout Conservation: Press Release


S&TC welcome the new agreement between the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF), and commercial fishermen in Greenland and the Faroe Islands; which will protect thousands of adult wild Atlantic salmon.

 

 

NASF & ASF Agreement

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF) have signed new agreements with commercial fishermen in Greenland and the Faroe Islands that will protect thousands of adult wild Atlantic salmon from commercial nets and longlines, allowing them to return to North American and European rivers.

We welcome the NASF & ASF agreement with open arms, especially the deal to buy-out the commercial quota at Greenland,  and look forward to seeing its effect on the wild fish we work hard to protect.

 As Paul Knight, CEO of Salmon & Trout Conservation, says:

“This is an excellent deal to protect wild Atlantic salmon from excessive exploitation in one of its major feeding areas. 

We now hope that the Greenland Government will support the initiative with an effective monitoring programme to ensure that only a subsistence fishery takes place over the next twelve years. 

We also look to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) to recognise the deal and to add its support, and to urge the Greenland Government to continue its involvement in tighter regulation, monitoring and sampling that has resulted in better control of the fishery in recent years.”

 

Read More >> https://www.salmon-trout.org/2018/05/30/nasf-asf-agreement/?mc_cid=f994dc7546&mc_eid=331d759733

 

What is the agreement?

The new Greenland Salmon Conservation Agreement will be for a period of 12-years (2018- 2029).

Representatives of ASF, NASF, and the Association of Fishers and Hunters in Greenland (KNAPK) finalised the agreement on May 24th in Reykjavik, Iceland, after more than 12-months of negotiations.

The Faroe Island agreement between ASF, NASF, and the Faroese Salmon Fishing Vessel Association (Laksaskip) was signed in Reykjavik on May 22nd, continuing a decades-long suspension of commercial salmon fishing dating back to 1991.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Greenland and Faroese delegations to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) will declare zero commercial quotas at next month’s international summit in Portland Maine. As a result, mature salmon that would otherwise be removed by commercial nets will begin returning to their home rivers in the spring of 2019.

In exchange for no commercial salmon fishing in Greenland, ASF and NASF will financially support alternative economic development, scientific research, and education initiatives focused on marine conservation. A subsistence harvest by licensed recreational fishermen for personal and family consumption will continue.

 

Why is is it important?

The coastal waters of Greenland and the Faroe Islands are critical ocean feeding grounds for large wild Atlantic salmon from hundreds of rivers in North America and Europe.

Commercial catches in these areas are known as “mixed-stock” fisheries because salmon are captured from relatively healthy populations as well as endangered ones.

This impacts vulnerable rivers like the Penobscot River in the US and the St. John River in Canada, as well as iconic rivers with reduced counts, such as the Tweed in Scotland, Iceland’s Bix Laxa, and the Alta in Norway.

A12-year commercial fishing hiatus will provide relief for two entire generations of wild Atlantic salmon and population benefits are expected to be significant.

 

Words above based on original press release from NASF
Read more on our website: 

https://www.salmon-trout.org/2018/05/30/nasf-asf-agreement/?mc_cid=f994dc7546&mc_eid=331d759733

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.

14.4.18. Banchory Devenick Beat, Pumphouse Pool. Please note that the booking of the 4 rods after 1st June is now to be done via the on-line booking system rather than telephoning Somers Fishing Tackle shop. The same booking conditions apply, that is, members must fish a pre-booked session before they may pre-book another session. ​

14.4.18. Cruives Beat. Please note that a members car was recently vandalised at the car park beside the old works near Mill Court and just off Station Road.

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. 

27.3.18. Roy Ritchie RIP

20.3.18. On-Line Booking System new facility. You can now view and cancel your own bookings at any time, just click on the my bookings link:  http://www.adaasales.co.uk/bookings/availability.asp

 I have also updated the guidance and faqs to reflect this: https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-dee-culter

17.3.18 Fintray Road, The road from Parkhill road bridge to Fintray via the Manse Pool etc. is now open, though currently subject to temporary traffic lights just after the new traffic light junction. That is now saving the detour if heading up to the Manse or Fintray from Parkhill bridge.

12.3.18. Culter Beat update. Members can now book a rod from Monday 19 March online! Just click on the adaa shop link and navigate to booking from there: http://www.adaasales.co.uk/welcome.asp

You need to click on a date and you will see the rods available. Click on the rod and enter your email address, surname, and pin number (membership number as per your ID card) to book.

The system requires your surname, PIN number (membership number, and a valid email address as an email will automatically be sent with details of any booking made, i.e., this is your permit to print off or show on your mobile if requested to.

For any member who has not already advised us of their email address, if you enter a valid email address, the system will harvest that address for the Associations records and future reference.

Unfortunately, if there is no email address the system will not accept a booking. The system is designed so that only current members can use the system and the public will not be able to input fake bookings. This however means any member without an email address will be unable to make a booking.

Booking conditions are as per the rules: Members must fish a pre-booked session before they may pre-book another session.

Please note that the booking system is closely monitored and failure to comply with the booking conditions will be dealt with as a disciplinary offence.

There is a new page on the website where you will find further guidance and faq,s on the above:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-dee-culter

12.3.18. New on-line catch returns arrangements. The system now requires a valid email address and not only your surname and PIN number (membership number) as before.

For any member who has not already advised us of their email address, if you enter a valid email address, the system will harvest that address for the Associations records and future reference.

Unfortunately, if there is no email address the system will not accept a catch return. The system is designed so that only current members can use the system and the public will not be able to input fake catches.

This however means any member without an email address will be unable to make a catch return online and will have to make it via the Catch Reporting telephone answering machine arrangement 01569 731949.

There is a new page on the website where you will find further guidance and faq,s on the above:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-dee-culter

12.3.18. Parkhill Fishery new boat booking arrangements. From today just click on the adaa shop link and navigate to booking from there: http://www.adaasales.co.uk/welcome.asp

You need to click on a date and you will see the boats available. Click on the boat and enter your email address, surname, and pin number (membership number as per your ID card) to book.

The system requires your surname, PIN number (membership number, and a valid email address as an email will automatically be sent with details of any booking made, i.e., this is your permit to print off or show on your mobile if requested to.

For any member who has not already advised us of their email address, if you enter a valid email address, the system will harvest that address for the Associations records and future reference.

Unfortunately, if there is no email address the system will not accept a booking. The system is designed so that only current members can use the system and the public will not be able to input fake bookings. This however means any member without an email address will be unable to make a booking.

There is a new page on the website where you will find further guidance and faq,s on the above:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/river-dee-culter

8.3.18 Post of Volunteer Co-ordinator. The River Ythan Trust and Ythan Biodiversity Volunteers have been carrying out control of Invasive Non- Native Plants throughout the whole of the Ythan Catchment for the last 4 years.

 

They are now working with the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Charitable Rivers Trust in continuing this work as part of the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI)

 

They are currently advertising for the position of Volunteer Co-ordinator (Ythan and Ugie) – see right-

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.

23.2.18 Ardlethen Footbridge- almost there!- see message & photos opposite:

 

“See attached photos of bridge erected this week. There are still a couple of things to tidy up at bottom of steps and it still has to be drilled and secured to top of abutments. There is also a section of handrail to replace at the join between the 2 sections.

 

We will get the remaining bits and pieces carried out as soon as we can but bridge can be used as it is. Need to be careful at the step off at the quarry side”.

1.2.18. Call for bird cull to save River Dee salmon stock: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-42894855

1.2.18. RIVER YTHAN TRUST ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR THE JANUARY 2018 YTHAN FISHERY BOARD AGM:

28.1.18. AGM 2018. That’s the unapproved minute and various other reports and presentations posted:

https://www.adaa.org.uk/agm-2018

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.

12.11.17. Rivers Don & Dee Trust websites. Links now added:  https://www.adaa.org.uk/links 12.12.17 Ythan District Fishery Board added.

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).

6.8.17. DiverDaves Wader Repairs. ADAA members discount. I have added a link to Dave's website:  https://www.adaa.org.uk/links  His current list of stock waders, new and warranty replacement are listed there. Dave is also happy to give an additional 10% off our wader and repair prices for ADAA members.

15.7.17 Ardlethen Footbridge Replacement. I have added a new page to record the progress of this: https://www.adaa.org.uk/ardlethen-footbridge

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:

18.6.17. Associations bank grass cutting arrangements. 

The Association has over 30 miles of riverbank to maintain. This work is mainly carried out by our works contractor and his team.

We have an annual maintenance contract in place. This was put in place some years ago.  This is managed by a Sub Committee of the Management Committee, the Works Sub Committee.

The contract specifies that grass cutting must take place between June and September. The contract also specifies the priority for cutting of beats. This timing is based on experience over the years. The priority is based on the most popular area of beats for fishing. Obviously, all the vegetation is growing at the same time so cutting will be sequenced in line with the set down priorities.

The works contractor carries out the work on most beats but due to the amount of banks to be dealt with some work is farmed out to two other contractors who are engaged to cut the banks at Kemnay, Methlick and Ardlethen.  

We get complaints every year from members complaining that their favourite beat is badly needing cut but the Contractor is required to follow the set down schedule of priorities. If your favourite beat has not been cut, it’s turn will come.

It should however be appreciated that we have no control over matters like weather conditions which can have a significant impact on the cutting. Obviously when it is too wet it is unsafe to cut and equally very dry weather makes the vegetation tough and difficult to cut. These factors can slow down the set down schedule of work, but it will eventually be done. Conditions can vary from season to season. 

Grass cutting is a significant expense for the Association. Even once cut the vegetation will regrow and it may be necessary in some areas for a second cut to be made before the end of the season.

If you do have any concerns contact the Secretary with details which will be passed onto the Works Sub Committee. 

 

This has been added this to FAQs:https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

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:

23 May 2017 Access to Upper Fintray Fishings. The Association has received complaints of anglers walking over the grass to the left of the new steading house. This is the owners garden.

To access the river up- stream from the car park, turn right along the track to the stile and follow the river bank up stream.

To access the river down- stream from the car park, turn right along the track to the stile and follow the river bank down- stream to the stile beside the bridge, cross the road carefully and cross over the style at the other side of the bridge and then down the embankment to the river. In low water conditions, it is also possible to wade below the road bridge.

Please do not leave any gates open!

13 May 2017 Methods of fishing. A fairly common question we receive is what sort of methods are ok to fish on Association fishing’s.

The Association owns or leases over 30 miles of riverbank on four separate rivers, a loch, and a fishery.

This allows us to offer anglers a wide choice of what fish they wish to try to catch (remembering enjoying angling is not just about catching fish!) and what methods they wish to use, this dependant on a range of factors such as which river, beat, loch, or fishery, the day of the week, the time of the day or night or the year, and the age and physical condition of the angler concerned.

This enables both salmon and trout anglers the opportunity to either fly fish, spin, or worm all times in the season, dependant on the above.

To find out in detail please see our Rules & Fishing’s: https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq (the structure of these is that general rules that apply to all fishing’s are at the start, specific rules for each river, loch or fishery next, & specific rules for each beat and, in some cases, pool, last). 

I have added this, along with some examples, to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document posted here: https://www.adaa.org.uk/rulesfaq

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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