ASF Sustaining Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Upper latitudes of the Western Hemisphere
You might consider staying at the Raemoir House outside of Banchory if you plan to fish the Dee, as I did earlier this year. Amazing place, amazing river. Unfortunately for me, the weather and my trip were at odds and it was not until after I returned home that they had a massive snow fall and even bigger influx of fresh fish, resulting in anglers landing rediculous numbers of salmon the following week. To illustrate, I spent two days fishing the lower Dee and my wife sat on the bank in shorts and a tanktop getting a tan... in late-March. That week, I think that only a handful of fish (i.e. <6) was landed on the entire river. That's the way it goes sometimes.
I certainly hope that the fish gods cooperate and that the timing of your trip works out. And seriously consider Raemoir; the atmosphere, food, and service were all top-notch, and my wife and I (both of whom are true "foodies") thoroughly enjoyed every minute. During our stay, a number of salmon anglers were present, and the decor of the place is very angler-friendly.
If you plan on being in Edinburgh for a few days, PM me and I'll send you the names of some great places to eat there, also. We're hoping to get back over to Scotland in '14.