River Dee

On the River Dee, we have fishings in the heart of the city

Overview

On the River Dee, we have fishings in the heart of the city, at Garthdee, Banchory Devenick, and Pots and Fords in front of our Bothy on Riverside drive.

Beat Summary

The main pool is the pumphouse pool almost directly opposite Sainsbury’s supermarket.

There is a gateway about 25 yards west of the last house on the right side on Leggart Terrace leaving Aberdeen. There is a layby area on the left before you cross the bridge over the leggart burn. You can see the actual pump houses down beside the river. Just follow the path down round to the left and the burn is the top of the pool.

Remember later in the season you need to book a session as detailed in the rule booklet.

Going further out the south Deeside road you will see a track leading through trees on the right leading down to a former farm. There is a car park there.

The Beltie pool is just down from the old fishing bothy/garage.

Walk upriver you come to a sharp left bend with a deep pool on the bend.

Continue upriver you come to old bridge parapets with a pool below.

Again continue upriver across boggy ground and you will see a shingle island. Fish down from the island towards the old bridge until it gets too deep. Difficult wading hard into the bank.

Drive further upriver you come to a church with an opening to your left with wide grass verges either side. Park on verge and cross road at side of hedge and there are steps down to the Manse pool at top of the beat.

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As of the 1st of February 2022, the Ardoe & Murtle beat is only available to ADAA members on a Monday. Pre-booking online is required the same way as booking a rod on the Culter beat in previous seasons.

Situated just three and a half miles outside Aberdeen, this fishery consists of about 1.5 miles of double bank fishing and contains 15 named pools.

With salmon running throughout the season, and sea trout and finnock joining them from April onwards, there is always a chance of intercepting them – after all every fish in the river has to pass through the beat.

The Ardoe and Murtle beats are on the Lower Dee where most of the fish caught are fresh and sealiced. They are renowned for an excellent Autumn run, and when the Spring fishing returns to its former glory, both the Ardoe and Murtle should be amongst the first beats to benefit.

The record Dee fish of 56lb was caught on Ardoe water by the ghillie in the Autumn of 1886. In the recent past the fishery was run as a timeshare and very little fishing had taken place in spring and summer, and only light fishing throughout the year, so catch statistics are not truly representative of the potential catches. Night sea trout fishing can be good in May to July.

Ardoe has a total of 7 pools and Murtle has 8. Most pools are readily fished from the bank, the remainder fished wading in safe conditions. Many of the individual pools are very long, and on several of them more than one rod can comfortably fish a pool. The beat offers prime fishing in most water conditions.

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As of the 1st of February 2022, the Kingcausie beat is available to ADAA members from Monday-Saturday. Pre-booking online is required the same way as booking a rod on the Culter beat in previous seasons.

Records of fishing on the Kingcausie beat go back to the 1500s when the current owner’s ancestor Henry Irvine bought the land from the Knights Templars.

At that time, netting was done from cobles and the fish transported by pack horse into Aberdeen for sale. Unfortunately, we do not have the catch returns from those dates, but Kingcausie remains a good beat, with historically good catches for a lower river stretch.

The fishing is split into 8 beats. There is good casting and wading on the North bank, with a slowly shelving river, which is very good for beginners and experienced anglers alike.

The Bridge Pool is a fast-running stretch below Maryculter Bridge. The Flats is from the bridge downwards with safe, unimpeded casting.

Powberry is a shingle beach, quite steeply shelving, but often attracting fish into the deep water under the south bank.

At low and medium water levels the beat fishes very well with 14 ft rod and floating line. 

Parking

The best place to park for access to the beat is in the lay-by on the B979, as indicated in yellow on the google maps beat map below. Vehicle access from Beaconhill Road is unfortunately no longer available due to private residence.  

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1) The Beat Description

As of the 1st of February 2022, the Culter beat is only available to ADAA members on a Monday. Pre-booking online is still required the same way as in previous seasons.

The Culter beat is directly upstream of the Maryculter Bridge and is over 1.7 kms long offering a wide variety of pools to fish. The beat has both banks throughout its length which ensures the water can be covered effectively irrespective of the wind direction. There is also a drying room and rod box beside the hotel. The beat has been historically being lightly fished by a fishing syndicate or fishpal. Fly-fishing is encouraged at all times.

Due to the length of the fishing season the beat offers a wide variety of opportunities. In the spring with cold water, fresh run spring salmon will be found in the pools. In the summer there are opportunities to catch running salmon, grilse and sea trout with night fishing possible. The beat has some super fly fishing pools including the very productive Peter’s Pot, Greenbank, High Bank and Camphill. Given suitable conditions the beat has the potential to produce salmon catches in the region of 100+ per season. With fishing from both river banks and reasonable wading to cover the lies, the beat will suit the mobile fly fisher with access to the pools from both sides of the river. In late summer the pools fill up dramatically with very large numbers of fresh fish which will spawn in the lower river later in the year.

2) Parking South Side

There are a couple of places to park on this beat, one parking place will be the hotel and other on rough grass which will allow 6 cars in at the bottom of the private road behind the Old Mill Inn, we will have to make sure we have ample parking as you can only get one car down the road at a time and we can’t block the road. People living down there will not be able to pass if ADAA members double park for any reason, so this needs to be stressed to the ADAA members. But ample parking is available with simple grass maintenance.

Hotel, South Bank

2.1) Hotel Parking is available at the MaryCulter house hotel, when any ADAA members make use of the hotel parking we must remember that this is a place of business and we should respect that we are getting to use the parking at the hotel to access the top of the beat. When entering the Hotel car park, you drive to the bottom of the car park which is a one-way system round the car park and you will see water in front of you at the bottom of the road beside the hotel. From there you walk down the grass on to the river bank and follow the river to the right and follow signs to the start of the beat which is a strimmed walk way to use once passed the wall which will be on your right walking down the grass.

Behind Old Mill Inn, South Bank

2.2) Parking in the lower beat, take the lower South Deeside Road and take the turning at the Old Mill Inn follow the road round to the right which is the back of the Old Mill Inn and follow until you pass the caravan site on your left and 100yrds on you will see signs on the right where you will see the parking for the ADAA. This is a private road and we should not go past the signs that lets the ADAA members know that they should not go any further down the road and have to turn in the parking provided. We will look to have parking for 4-6 cars a (we don’t want to upset the people living on the road there so if we can’t give them anything to complain about, they can’t complain) all cars must use the parking provided as this is a private single track road and members will also have to look ahead on that road to see if anyone is coming the other way to let the cars get down the road as there is no turning points or passing points for a section of the road. (ADAA members to take care).

Parking North Side

2.3) There is a car park which you can see sign posted Culter which is for the general public.

Layby on north side of culter bridge, North Bank

2.4) There is parking on the north side of the river in a lay by just over the Culter bridge going north, you can then walk back to the bridge and enter the beat by the gate. The path takes you all the way up to the top of the beat.

Culter Heritage centre, North Bank

2.5) From the North Deeside road take Station Road East then follow the road down till you see the heritage Centre in front of you and park in the upper car park which says Culter. 3) Pools

(HW) High Water Pool) (LW) low Water pool (AHP)all height pool

1. The Burn

2. Peter’s Pot

3. Crockleback stone

4. Green Bank

5. Tree Cast

6. Camphill

7. High Bank

8. Bridge pool

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4) House Rods

To be used maybe 2-3 times a year. But been advised they will probably never be used. But have also agreed that if they are used and we get enough notice we will book the rods out on our system for them to fish.

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