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. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the Aberdeen and District Angling Association!
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:
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:
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).
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.
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. 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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
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 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
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:
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:
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:
You can now pay by Direct Debit:
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 email@example.com
6 1.19 ADAA Maps of fishing’s.
I have recently updated the pages of these per river/ loch/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To help find the beats they are also in Google Maps:
29.12.18 ADAA Xmas Fly Fest 16 December 2018. Thanks to TwinPeakes FlyFishing (email@example.com) for sharing their photos of the event:
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:
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:
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.
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: