Fishing The Fly In Aberdeenshire, Scotland

fishing the fly in aberdeenshire, scotland

brown trout fishing on the river don

The River Don is well known for being a good salmon river, it also has a good reputation for sea trout, but the reason why most anglers visit the River Don is for the excellent brown trout fishing. Explore the River Don section of the website, where you will find fishing beat information and some useful flies and tactics that will hopefully help you to tempt one of these beautiful trout.

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Mike on the River Don A nice River Don Brown Trout

rainbow trout fishing on the stillwaters

Aberdeenshire anglers enjoy some great small stillwater trout fishing. Many of these lakes are set in scenic locations, offering high quality rainbow trout fishing with easy access for the visitor. Some fisheries encourage competitive fishing, while others are simply a nice place for a relaxing day out on the water.

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Haddo Trout Fishery Lochter Fishery

Barrio Fly Lines

Fishing The Fly is hosted by Mike Barrio, Mike offers a superb range of fly lines that he researches and develops in Aberdeenshire. Barrio Fly Lines are ideal for fishing our lochs and rivers and have gained an excellent reputation for innovation, quality and value for money. With their nice supple feel and very low memory, they are simply a pleasure to fish!

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In the early days, Barrio Fly Lines was based at Haddo Trout Fishery, which Mike enjoyed running for over 10 years. Barrio Fly Lines

Sandy's Custom Fly Rods

Sandy Nelson is a local angler with a passion for building fly rods. Sandy has been building fly rods for more than 25 years and for 10 of those, worked closely with Mike Barrio to produce a range of Barrio fly rods. Sandy's custom built fly rods have an excellent reputation in the North East of Scotland and are also being enjoyed by their owners in many locations throughout Europe.

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An Epic 580 fibreglass custom fly rod built by Sandy Nelson A custom cane fly rod built by Sandy Nelson


Ben Dixon is an AAPGAI, FFF & SGAIC qualified fly fishing instructor based in Aberdeenshire at Kintore on the River Don. In addition to guided fishing days, Ben can provide casting tuition on all techniques to anglers of all levels from basic overhead casts to advanced techniques such as singlehanded Spey casts, presentation casts and distance casting techniques.

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Ben Dixon - Casting Tuition & Guiding Ben Dixon - Casting Tuition & Guiding

Barbless Flies From Peter McCallum

Peter McCallum is a passionate trout and grayling fisher who has developed a strong belief in the catch and release approach. He is a qualified fly dressing instructor and has demonstrated fly tying in Scotland for over 20 years. Peter produces top quality Scottish flies on barbless hooks and bespoke patterns can be tied to your own specifications on request.

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Peter McCallum tying barbless flies at the Scottish Game Fair Peter McCallum Barbless Flies

Fishing Tackle Shops in Aberdeenshire

Local fishing tackle shops for all your fly fishing needs, including fishing permits of course!

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Orvis tackle shop at Banchory Sloans Tackle Shop at Inverurie

Popular Places To Stay in Aberdeenshire

There are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and self catering places to stay in Aberdeenshire and one or two camping sites. I cannot attempt to list them all, nor offer any recommendations I'm afraid, but the ones listed are popular with anglers.

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The Kildrummy Inn Strathdon Lodges - Self catering

Fishing The Fly Forum

If you can't find what you are looking for on the main website, have a read through the Forum. This is full of useful information and includes regular fishing reports from our local trout fisheries, discussions about tackle, tactics, flies, rod building, fly tying, float tubing, casting and all manner of fly fishing subjects. You will find the members a friendly and helpful group, please join in the discussions!

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Fishing The Fly Forum Fishing photos and reports on the forum

Barrio Fly Lines, Aberdeenshire, Scotland