Welcome to Deeside Fishing Guides, your premier destination for unforgettable fly fishing adventures in Scotland. Founded in 2023 by Scott Rutherford, Deeside Fishing Guides is more than just a guiding service – it's a passion project born out of a lifelong love for the rivers and the sport.

As an Orvis Endorsed guide, I've dedicated myself to sharing the beauty and excitement of fishing on the River Dee, River Spey, River Don, and beyond. My roots run deep in Deeside, where I've spent countless hours exploring its waters and honing my skills.

Having managed an Orvis store in Banchory, nestled along the banks of the Dee, I've cultivated invaluable connections with river owners and ghillies. Through these relationships, I've gained unparalleled insights into the intricacies of fishing the various beats, ensuring that every excursion with Deeside Fishing Guides is filled with local knowledge and expertise.

But more than just fishing, Deeside Fishing Guides is about creating unforgettable experiences. Whether you're a seasoned angler looking to test your skills or a newcomer eager to learn the ropes, I'm here to make sure your time on the water is nothing short of extraordinary.

So, join me as we embark on a journey through Scotland's most pristine rivers, where every cast holds the promise of adventure and every moment is infused with the magic of the great outdoors. Welcome to Deeside Fishing Guides – let's make some memories together.

What our clients say

Had a great experience working a beat on the River Spey in Scotland.

Scott (guide) really knew the water and was able to level up my casting. Lewis (ghillie) managed the guests well and provided a proper experience.

Top notch, 5 stars, highly recommend!

Tim (USA)

Just had a wonderful day fishing on the river Dee for salmon. All the organisation and attention to detail was nothing short of fantastic. Also great casting tuition on the double handed rod. So all in all had one of the best fishing days out I ever had!!

Nuno (Portugal)

Thanks very much for the day, really enjoyed it and it was good to learn new a new technique which obviously works!

David (Tasmania)

Thanks again for making today a memorable day for us.  Photos look lovely! We will be back for sure.

Gustaf (Sweden)

Hi Scott, Thanks for your patience the other day on the Spey! I valued your instruction on Spey casting. I will treasure the experience. I will look you up should we make it back to Scotland some time.

Geoff (Australia)

First trip to Scotland and such a wonderful experience fishing the River Spey for the Atlantic Salmon springer run! Guides and ghillies were top notch, Scott was by my side all day and provided fantastic mentoring on my fairly rusty spey casting. Managed to hook and land my first salmon on the fly, a 10lb bright silver fresh Spey springer! Thanks guys!

Steven (USA)

Scott, it was great to meet you yesterday and have you as my guide on the Tay. Your fly worked for us! What an amazing time on an amazing river and the fish made it all so much more memorable

Sergio (Texas, USA)

I can’t remember the last time a day went so quickly!! The entire organisation from Stewart was second to none and Scott gave us the best day’s fishing – so incredibly enjoyable and so many excellent personal touches. He took us through the foundations of spey casting and we were wading in the water within the hour. What a great day, great location & great experience. Thank you so much – we will be back next year!

Charlotte (UK)

I’ve worked with guides and ghillies throughout Scotland for 20 years, and Scott is one of the best. Scott will always go the extra distance to ensure guests enjoy their day and his angling knowledge and personality shine through. He’s trustworthy, friendly, and just a damn good bloke.

Stewart (Founder/MD Alba Game Fishing)

Many thanks for a great day on the River Don. I was really a dream come true for me. I will surely recommend you to any of my friends, if they are going to fish in Scotland

Anders (Sweden)

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