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Prime Fishing Week Available June 2021

**THIS WEEK IN JUNE HAS NOW BEEN BOOKED HOWEVER PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR OTHER AVAILABLE DATES** Due to international travel restrictions, one of our prime fishing weeks at Dess has become available. Seven nights accommodation at Mill Cottage from Sunday 13th June 2021, with six days fishing for four rods from Monday 14th June to Saturday 19th June 2021. For more details please contact…

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FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ULTIMATE LONG WEEKEND IN ROYAL DEESIDE!

HOST A PRIVATE HOUSE PARTY AT OUR STUNNING LODGE IN ABERDEENSHIRE ! Due to a cancellation we can offer you and your family and friends Exclusive Use of The Mill of Dess Lodge Thurs 21 – Tues 26 June incl We’ve even got some rods available too. What’s not to like??? Contact Antonia to find out more: 01763 264249 or antonia@lowerdessestate.com  

Fish Are Like Buses! You Wait For Ages Then Three Come Along At Once

A triumphant last day of the family fishing holiday. The final return was a sea trout (a first ever fish for James) and TWO salmon for Stuart who almost needed a torch for his last fish – a 10lb salmon caught at the eleventh hour. Well done the team!  

Our Friday 13th Present To Lucky You!

To celebrate the reopening for 2017 – on Friday 13th January – of our beautiful Mill of Dess Lodge we have slashed our nightly B&B rates to just £120 for a double room and £90 single occupancy. This amazing rate will apply through to the end of March so contact Antonia and make your reservation now ! Antonia@lowerdessestate.com 01763 264249 www.lowerdessestate.com  

Late Availability – Sunday 9th October

Due to the lack of grouse in the area this season, one of our sporting guests has cancelled his reservation for Exclusive Use of our beautiful Mill of Dess Lodge in Royal Deeside on Sunday 9th October We are now able to offer this luxury accommodation for one party of ten guests at a 30% discount (£1,050) per night. Alternatively we can offer top end…

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First Fish Of The Year !

 

Welsh fly scores on the Dee!

A TWO INCH “THE REVEREND MOLE” FLY This fly from the River Usk in Wales, and new even to our ghillie, was used with tremendous effect by our visiting  rod Michael Pearce to catch an 8lb salmon  

We Are Going to Need A Calculator !

RE-NAMING 16TH MAY 5 FISH MONDAY. 2 fish in 2 hours turned into 5 fish across the Lower Dess beat before close of play. This morning a delighted estate owner, Jeremy Clayton, caught a 6 lb sea-liced hen fish with a size 8 Blue Charm.  Looking like a great week for the Dee and Dess – and it’s only Wednesday.  Watch this space!    

Is it a whale??

Well not quite – but George Cartwright was understandably delighted with this 17lb uber-fish caught recently from the middle of our beat at Lower Dess on a size 8 Cascade fly.  

We’ve been busy winning awards from VisitScotland!

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded SEVEN VisitScotland Welcome Scheme Awards And here they are …..  

Mistress Of All She Surveys

Meet Flo, a Springer Collie cross (Sprollie!) who belongs to Anna our lovely Lodge Manager. As you can see, she has taken to life in Royal Deeside with some style.  

Combined Weight of 60 lbs!

A party of three fishermen from Yorkshire have had a blinder of a week on the Lower Dess beat.  Seven fish in three days with a combined weight of 60 lbs (including a very serious 16 lb salmon). Once again the achingly accurate little black fly was responsible for all but the Big Fish (which was caught on a size 6 Ally Shrimp fly). Meanwhile,…

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Season Opening 2016 – Half Price fishing!

8th February and no fish caught (yet) on the Dess beats though there have been several connections which is promising. The river is a bit too high just at present but whilst we wait for this to normalise, the ghillie and our visiting rods are working out where the new best places are to fish since the flooding caused by Storm Frank has changed several pools….

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Scottish Salmon Fishing Surgery

We were delighted to host Samantha and Sandip Datta from the fantastic SSFS who had a day on the Lower Dess beat at the end of June.  This dedicated online Scottish salmon fishing magazine also design tailor-made fly fishing holidays in Scotland and will be sending some of their clients to fish with us in the future. They took this rather charming and unusual photograph taken…

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SOME PRIME FISHING STILL AVAILABLE FOR NEXT YEAR

Now that the window has closed for this year’s rods to take the Dess beat in the 2017, I’m going to let you into a secret. There are just a few cracking April and June days still available. Have a look at our beat page on FishPal http://www.fishpal.com/Scotland/Dee/RodsFishery.asp?dom=Dee&btnm=Dess&btcd=DEDE or just call Dan Newcombe @ Strutt & Parker on 01330 826819    

Almost into double figures …

Our most recent fishing party had a cracking week at Dess.  Nine fish were caught, the heaviest of which was a 14lb salmon taken on the lower end of the beat with a small black and orange fly. One of the party had considerable success at Upper Dess with a size 10 stoat tail which yielded him three fish. Mr Glover (below) took this 5lb salmon from a…

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The Ghillie’s Office !

Tough work – but someone’s got to do it! After some very welcome rain in the early part of the week, a rising & dirty Dee did not deter a longstanding fishing tenant of the Lower Dess beat from landing two salmon (4lbs & 11lbs respectively) and a fine 3lb sea trout.

KING ROY!

THREE FISH IN TWO HOURS !! Regular Dee rod Roy McGline repeated his historic success on the Lower Dess beat this week with the biggest fish of the season (so far…..). A magnificent 18lb salmon caught on a size 12 Sweep. Such was the excitement of the moment that there were not enough hands available to take a photo – so here is a picture…

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A FISHY FOUR WEEKS!

There were 23 (!!!) fish caught on the Lower Dess beat whilst I was on annual leave. The largest was 12 lbs with several runners up around the 10lb mark. A Willie Gunn and various sizes of black fly assisted. NOTE TO SELF: Take more holidays! The fish seem to oblige when I’m not paying attention………. Early July has been busy and especially pleasing to report a…

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A Fantastic June On The Lower Dess Beat!

The lack of rain has presented our rods with (more than) challenging conditions in the last month or so. It’s amazing what a serious bit of rain can do. The river rose by more than 2ft and, once the peat stain had cleared, the fishing conditions have been borderline perfect. So have the results! Here are just a few of the cracking fish caught & released…

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Calling All Munroists

The Mill of Dess Lodge is the perfect base camp for your climb up Lochnager and Mount Keen. Prepare for the climb in comfort and style at Lower Dess Estates. And when you return you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the River Dee. Can’t wait to see the view from the top? See some spectacular drone footage below:

Lower Dess Fishermen have some competition !

This morning our ghillie managed to film this family of otters playing in Mill Pool. Eoin counted two adult cubs and their mother enjoying the delights of the Lower Dess beat just below the steps at Mill Cottage.

Spring Watch At Lower Dess

Spring is definitely here, even if the Spring salmon don’t want to play!  Flocks of swallows, sand martins and several redshanks moving up the river daily.  The first lambs have appeared on the farm and young mallard ducklings (several broods) showing on the river. Numerous birch trees in leaf (two weeks early), gean and blackthorn trees in good blossom. It’s a wonderful time of year, full…

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Swedish Rod Lands A Corker!

17lbs of fresh sea liced springer caught on Thursday 6th April. After a bashful week,  the fish are now biting on the Lower Dess beat. Yay!