Trout and Salmon Fishing on the River Don

Trout and Salmon fishing on the River Don

The River Don is recognised as a premier salmon and sea trout river, but is also renowned for the quality of its brown trout fishing. Find out about Trout and Salmon Fishing on the River Don


Gentle gliding river

Streamy to gentle gliding water, offering the dry fly angler considerable scope. Fishing in Kintore

Inverurie - Ury and Don


Stretch of water passing through wooded countryside, approximately 2 miles on the north bank of the River Don, and approximately a further 2 miles on the west bank of the River Ury. Inverurie fishing


AlfordHere the Don has all the qualities of a Highland river and the stream is surrounded by mountains, moorlands and mature woodland slopes. Alford fishing

top of pageFlies and Tactics

featheryInformation for all featured beats. Read about flies and tactics

Seasons, Permits and Returns

Season dates, permit outlets and permit charges. Read more about seasons and permits Catch returns can now be made online using this form online returns form

Five year Average Catch

The average catch for salmon and sea trout from 2009 to 2014 inclusive

 Alford HaughtonAlford WatersideKintoreInverurie
Salmon 26.6 12.2 72 97.4
Sea Trout 2.6 1.2 5.6 12.4


top of pageFishing the Fly

A useful guide to fishing for brown trout on the River Don. Produced in association with The Don District Salmon Fishery Board.


Your attention is drawn to the Don and District Salmon Fishery Board's Conservation Policy, adopted in part by Aberdeenshire Council and to measures to prevent the introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris.

In addition Aberdeenshire Council has adopted in part the River Don Brown Trout Conservation Policy and this is incorporated within the permit conditions.

The River Don Trust

River Don TrustThe River Don Trust's main remit is:

"To advance for public benefit, environmental protection and improvement by conserving and enhancing all species of freshwater fish and their environments primarily but not limited to the inland and coastal waters of the River Don".

However, the Trust has also has tasked itself with a general role of educating the public at large in understanding aquatic ecosystems. This includes their fauna, flora and economic or social activity, river catchment management and the need for, and benefits of, protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of aquatic environments.

The Trust has initiated a number of projects including salmon in the classroom, genetic and scale sampling, habitat surveys and a biosecurity plan to name a few. More details and up to date information on what the Trust is doing can be seen read here


Visitor Attractions

Links to other visitor attractions, including:

  • Grampian Transport Museum, Alford
  • Duff House, Banff
  • Macduff Marine Aquarium
  • The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. Fraserburgh
  • VisitScotland castle and whisky trails

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