The Aboyne Water Fishings are situated on the north bank of a delightful stretch of the Dee and extend from Aboyne Bridge for some 2.5 miles downstream.

Into a fish on the Lummels

The fishings are sub-divided into three beats (two in July and August), each of which fishes one rod. Anglers fish through the beats in a fair rotation. The Upper Beat comprises the Bridge, Stone and Jetty pools, with the last named being the most productive. The Jetty has a good head run followed by a long glide and holds fish throughout the season. The main pools on the Middle Beat are the Red Rock and Upper Irrigation. The Red Rock is a fine pool, which fishes the fly beautifully. The headstream on the south side forms a graded run, which strikes a rock outcrop and slackens off to form a wide tail. The Upper Irrigation has a long, fast headstream which flows down beside the stone bankworks to form first class varied water with both deep holding lies and shallower resting places. The pool bank is strongly reinforced and provides a fishing ledge for anglers, enabling them to cover most of the productive water. The pool develops into a deep glide which can fish well in high water and provide excellent sport.

The Lower Beat comprises the Lower Irrigation, Lummels and Red Brae pools. The Lummels is the classic of the whole stretch. It is formed below a fast run of water which takes the river into a deep concentrated headstream rushing in from a high clay bank on the south side. Fish lie in the long head rush and various basins below. The pool then deepens considerably and the current pace slows to provide a fine body of water with an even steam. This section offers, what at times is quite outstanding, floating line fishing.

The magnificent holding pool of Red Rock at summer level

  • Wading is generally easy and may not be required in high water. A wading staff is advised when wading the Stone, Red Rock and Lummels pools.
  • There is access for vehicles to the Bridge, Upper Irrigation, Lower Irrigation and Lummels pools. All other pools are easily reached on foot.
  • A comfortable fishing cabin is located on a site below the Lower Irrigation pool. There are, in addition, huts by the Jetty, Irrigation and Lummels pools.
  • Rods are asked to meet the ghillie, Charles Booth, at the fishing cabin just below the Lower Irrigation pool at 9.00 am each morning.


Aboyne Bridge downstream to Tarland Burn.

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5 year average catch 62.8 salmon and grilse & 33.4 sea trout
2.5 miles left bank fishing
Maximum rods 3
Ghillie, fishing cabin