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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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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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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: Medicinskt nödvändiga i 15…

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Season Opening Report

Wednesday 1st February, the official opening of the season on the Lower Dess beat of the river Dee, saw plenty of action with several kelts hooked and landed. No fresh fish caught as yet but it is very early days. Watch this space!

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 Fisherman. Here’s A Special Deal For You

February 1st – 31st March 2017 The Lower Dess Estate invites you to stay at our wonderful Mill of Dess Lodge on the river Dee close to Aboyne. Toast yourself in front of our wood burner whilst your kit dries off in our uber-efficient drying room. Enjoy a delicious two course supper and a proper Scottish breakfast to set you up for another day on the…

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St Andrews’s Day Sunset

Eoin Smith, the Lower Dess Estate ghillie, took this stunning photo from the river bank below our Mill of Dess Lodge on Wednesday. Come and see what a special place we’ve got on Royal Deeside. Bookings now being taken for 2017 and beyond. Contact Antonia on 01763 264249 or Antonia@lowerdessestate.com

First Ever Salmon !

After a very welcome 1 foot rise in the river level today, I am very happy to report that Mrs Jane Blevin caught her first ever salmon in Jock Rae this afternoon on a size 8 Green Highlander fly.  The fish was a coloured cock salmon of 9lbs

Butterflies on Buddleia

Our ghillie, Eoin Smith, sent me these wonderful photos of butterflies on the Buddleia close to the river bank. The peacock, red admiral and small tortoiseshell are the first he has seen this summer – they have been very scarce this year. What a treat! Equally as important must not exceed 100 mg per day or our start-up, in 150 characters and the same company…

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Repairing the river bank

The photo on the left shows how the jetty was left after the Hurricane Frank flooding 800+ tons of rock later, the photo on the right was taken at dusk on Thursday 28th January. Our wonderful contractors will be working all weekend to make sure the river bank is ready for the season opening on Monday. They have also repaired the road to the fishing…

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