Kincardine Fishing Beat
Kincardine Beat is in the middle of the River Dee approximately 30 miles from the sea and close to the village of Kincardine O’Neil. The beat has superb fly-fishing water which fishes well in a wide range of heights. At normal water levels, much of the fishing is from the bank.
The water is suitable for 3 rods in spring, early summer and again in the autumn. In July and August it is reduced to 2 rods.
The March and Calm Pools, Lucky Hole, Whinbush and Clay Pot are all sheltered from cold northerly winds. Downstream the Willow Bed, Lower Willow Bed, Bend and Boat and Village Pools are all encouraging casts. In higher water you can even try your luck in the Ford. Almost the whole of the 1.25 miles of water is fishable. The beat fishes very well with a small fly and floating line most of the year.
The riverbank is a treasury of wildflowers, with oyster catchers, curlews, dippers and long tailed tits among the many birds to look out for. Watch out too for the otters and deer.
Rod-for-rod Kincardine Beat provides some of the best sea-trout fishing on the Dee. In the summer while some sea trout are caught during the daytime by salmon fishers, the best results come from the activity of skilled and dedicated sea-trout fishermen around midnight.
A splendid fishing hut is located approximately mid-point along the beat overlooking the rushing river at the Bend. It is spacious and well-equipped with running water, log-stove, composting toilet and BBQ. It has large windows facing the river and an even larger covered verandah. A picturesque secondary hut with log fire commands the view over the upper pools.