Fishing

The Monymusk Waters are spread over 10 miles of the River Don and provide excellent salmon and trout fly-fishing. There are 24 named pools over 13 beats set in beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside. The Monymusk fishing season runs from 1st April - 30th September. The river banks are subject to natural summer growth, and in the June/July months the vegetation will be at its highest point. Please take extra care when approaching the river bank for access in and out of the water. See here for the Estate Fishing Rules

Permits for Trout or Salmon/Trout fly-fishing are available to book via the Fishpal website. 

Fishing Info & Prices 2014
Fishing Info 2013
Upstream from the road bridge. Beat 7 on left and beat 6 on right 
Upstream from the road bridge. Beat 7 on left and beat 6 on right
The Monymusk Waters
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Trout

Beats 1 and 2 are two rod beats for salmon or trout fishing. Access from the banks is difficult, so wading is essential and a key is required for access. Booking for beats 1 and 2 is via the Monymusk Estate Office directly, tel: 01467 651333 or email: monymuskestate@monymusk.com - Office hours Mon - Thurs 9:00am - 3:00pm.

Beat 3 is a two rod beat for salmon or trout fishing on the right bank of the river. The river runs alongside farmland and is clear to fish from the bank. There is a fishing hut near the bottom of the beat.

Beat 4 and 5 are one rod beats for trout fishing on opposite banks. Beat 4 is on the right bank and runs alongside Paradise Woods, an 18th Century planted woodland, with tree cover along most of the bank. The river is fairly fast flowing and mainly shallow with boulders, but there are also pools suitable for wading.  Beat 5 is on left bank of the river, also with tree cover.

Beats 6 and 7 are two rod beats for salmon or trout fishing on opposite banks. Beat 6 is on the left bank and both start from opposite a ruined building. They continue for half a mile downstream of the road bridge, which is approximately the middle of the beat. The beats run along the edge of fields with no tree cover. Beat 7 is on the right bank of the river.

Beats 8 and 9 are private beats of the Monymusk Homebeat - and are not available to let.

Beats 10 and 11 are two rod beats for salmon or trout fishing on opposite banks. Beat 10 is on the left bank of the river and runs alongside fields without tree cover.  Beat 11 is on the right bank, also alongside fields and without tree cover. There is a fishing hut in the middle of Beat 11.

Alan Noble Princess- Fly-tie

Up-to-date RIVER LEVEL information about the Don at Alford (Bridge of Alford), located about 5 miles upstream of Beat 1 of the Monymusk Waters, can be found on the SEPA website. This information is automatically uploaded at 15 minute intervals so is very accurate.  River level information can also be found on Visit Scotland's FISH IN SCOTLAND website which includes accurate graphs showing data from the past year, the past 28 days and the last few hours. There are also recent FISHING REPORTS from local anglers which give a good idea of local weather and fishing conditions and what to expect.

The website FISHING THE FLY is a very good local site with fishing tips and info on fishing on the River Don and on local lochs and trout fisheries. See our FISHING LINKS for other recommended fishing websites.

Paul Procter catches a Brown Trout
Paul Procter catches a Brown Trout

A number of reviews have been written about the Monymusk Fishing Beats in 'Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine', and 'Trout & Salmon Magazine'. Expert fly- fisherman Paul Procter has written some wonderful reviews and articles in Trout & Salmon Magazine and on his blog about the Aberdeenshire Don and Monymusk's excellent brown trout and there have been other excellent reports in several French and Canadian publications.