Join Date: Nov 2009
82coug, at the moment there's a serious downturn in Scottish Salmon(well the whole UK to tell the truth),you need to be aware of that in your expectations.
This however means some long term tenants have walked away from previous dead mans shoes beats and you will have good chance of excellent availability.
Dee is indeed a good river, very picturesque and with your kit you'll cope just fine.
Park and Barlogie/Carlogie are very good, but you may well struggle to get availability as they will be in demand.At that time of year you may well be subject to low temperatures and higher water levels so still be in big flee/sunk line territory.This doesn't mean Skagit n tips, you'll be far better with a Scandi presentation approach.Dee is relatively shallow, raking about on the bottom will only result in lost flee's and an elevated temper.Light sink tips and maybe intermediates could be needed.Also the weather will be unpredictable, you could well get a scorcher and shirt sleeves or freezing snowy weather so bring clothes to suit!.
Now here's a tip, look for a beat called Sluie on Fish Dee,its a small intimate beat for two rods, it's in the right place geographically and its all easily read and sorted out.There's a very good hut but no ghille(or guide) and you can drive right to the hut.Move on it soon as possible as it will be open for bookings pretty soon.As it's small it tends to get overlooked.Thing with the Dee is many beats run right alongside the A 93 a major road that can spoil the ambience for some with the road noise.3 beats that won't have that problem are Birse just downstream at Aboyne and Dinnet and Deecastle slightly upstream of Aboyne,it's maybe a tadge early for them, but they have the scenery,history and some of the best and most famous Dee pools going, they will be popular though!,but worth the experience completely.
When you get sorted, get in touch and i'll help you all I can.