The River Dee flows from the massive Cairngorm mountains, carrying waters more than fifty miles to the North Sea near Aberdeen. On the course of this river lie Braemar, Balmoral, Ballater, Aboyne and Banchory and the river reaches the sea in Aberdeen (which means "Over the Dee"). The Dee valley is often referred to as Royal Deeside because of the Queen's Scottish residence at Balmoral Castle. The River Dee is a salmon river principally, but it also has a substantial run of sea trout from May onwards.
It is in its upper section, roughly from Braemar to Ballater, tha some fine beats, such as the ones near Invercauld where one will find small fish pools and interesting streams curling round boulders and pouring over rocky ledges.
The longer streams and pools of the Cambus o' May and the superb rocky holding pools of Dinnet begin the fishing area of middle Dee proper. Then, from Aboyne down through Ballogie and Carlogie to Blackhall and Cairnton the Dee defines itself . From Banchory the river broadens having received the waters of the Feugh and begins to take on the character of its affluent lower reaches embracing such famous beats as Crathes, Park, Durris, Altries and other fine waters as the river slows down for its meeting with the North Sea at Aberdeen.