Fishing in Aberdeen

The River Don is reasonably well known as a salmon and sea trout river, but the reason that most anglers visit the River Don is to enjoy some 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.


Aberdeenshire anglers enjoy some great small still water 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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


Don't leave without exploring our Fishing The Fly Forum, you'll find many years of useful information on there, both local and global and you would be very welcome to join in the friendly discussions!



They have extensive fishing on the Rivers Dee, Don, Ythan and Feugh. Between them, these waters offer superb game fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout. Membership opens to anyone, not just residents of Aberdeen. They also have still water fishing on the Loch of Loirston and the Parkhill Fishery, both stocked with Blues & Rainbows.

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morayfly fishing

Morayfly Fishing

Glen of Rothes has 6 acres of water, set in magnificent Highland scenery in the Northeast of Scotland, and provides excellent Stillwater bank fishing for Rainbow trout, as well as for Browns, Blue rainbows and Brook trout.

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Mossattrout Fishery

Situated in peaceful surroundings in a rural Aberdeenshire, you can fly fish amongst beautiful Scottish scenery and wildlife. Fly fishing is available over 3 lochs for high quality rainbow trout and brown trout. Also available is a stretch of the Mossat burn for wild Scottish brown trout. They can provide tackle hire and offer fly fishing tuition and instruction with our low cost fishing lessons.

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