The Ythan catchment area lies between the catchments of the rivers Don, Deveron and Ugie and being mainly spring fed it is regarded as a spate river. The river rises at the Wells of Ythan to the east of Huntly in Aberdeenshire and flows 40 miles to enter the North Sea at Newburgh. From its source the river flows northeast to Auchterless before turning sharply to the southeast to flow past the villages of Fyvie, Methlick and the town of Ellon to its estuary at Kirkton of Logie Buchan. The estuary is 4 miles long and enters the North Sea approximately 15 miles north of Aberdeen.
When to fish
Although the Ythan is better known for its runs of sea trout, a small run of spring salmon in March leads to grilse runs in July. Summer salmon also enter the river in July and the later months of September and October see larger fish entering the river. In recent years sea trout runs have declined and the annual catch returns are now in the region of 1000. Between 80 and 100 salmon and grilse are caught each season. Season: 11th February to 31st October.
Where to fish
The estuary beat known as the Newburgh Fishings has 5 beats with 17 named pools. Our entire rod fishery is entirely open and unrestricted in terms of rod numbers. Anglers can fish wherever they choose on the Newburgh beat. Although fish can be taken at low tide the beats are best fished on a falling tide. There are three angling associations on the river - Fyvie, Newburgh and Aberdeen and all have provision for visitors at reasonable cost's. A number of estates have parts of their fishing available to visitors - among them are Esslemont Estate, Ellon Castle, Haddo House, Shiva's Estate and Udny Estate.
Ythan South East Estuary
Where to stay
Many fishers stay in lodges or cottages provided with the fishing, but for other alternatives, some of whom can offer fishing packages, please see our list of Banff and Buchan accommodation providers.