FishPal Ltd
Newsletter - February 2014     Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

Whilst the weather continues to throw everything at us, the thrill of catching a spring salmon does get your heart racing!

This month's newsletter is full of news about rivers, including top tips and places to stay in 2014.

With the days starting to lengthen and more rivers opening, it only leaves me to wish you good luck and happy times.

Tight Lines.



Marketing Director


Photographs



If you are taking a photograph with your prized spring fish, the best shots are typically in the water, holding the fish horizontally in or just above it, before you return it.

Don't forget to send us your latest catch photographs to info@fishpal.com.


GAC Weekend



Mark Cockburn & Anne Woodcock will be at this months Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend on Friday 28th February, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd March.

Paul Devlin and his team have pulled out all the stops this year to bring the best names in fishing, including a huge selection of representatives from major big brands. There will be a variety of free activities available for all members of the family - read more.


Facebook



For the latest fishing news and chat visit the Facebook pages for Tweed, Tay, Ayrshire, Dee and FishPal.

You can also share your fishing photographs on our Facebook pages by following this link.


FishPal App



The New FishPal App now offers a list of the best places to stay on your chosen river, along with the latest fishing availability, catches and river levels - read more.


Valentines Day



What better gift for the angler in your life than to give the gift of a fishing voucher this Valentines day.

The recipient can choose from over 700 fisheries on our system and new for 2014, guides and instructors - read more .


Top Salmon Tips



With the 2014 Spring salmon season upon us, Sportfish take you through some key facts and fly fishing tips in this seasons guide to salmon fishing on the fly - read more.

Book a Sportfish salmon course on Tweed - read more.


Mark's Blog



The new season sees a weekly blog post from Mark Cockburn, FishPal CEO, who will be sharing his thoughts, ideas and answering any questions from anglers across the globe - read more.

River Dee Opens



Sean Stanton reports "The fishing God's were kind to us for the opening ceremony, a pleasant surprise considering the amount of rain we had had on the Friday! The sun was shining and apart from the upstream wind it was a perfect fishing day - read more.

The Dee is internationally renowned for its Spring run. The best of the fishing from February to March can be found on the lower and middle beats. With 38 fish caught so far this week and a days fishing starting from as little as £24 we expect bookings to be busy - read more.

Congratulations to The Park Trophy winner Roald Meyer, who landed the biggest fish of the season from Lower Crathes weighing 28lb. The Callum MacKenzie cup winner is Oliver Lusby for the capture of an 18lb salmon on only his second day fishing - read more.


Swedish Angler Catches First Fish



The season has finally started on Tweed and although not for the faint hearted, this month is shaping up to offer anglers a good chance of catching a springer, so far this week five have been reported from lower and middle Tweed beats - latest catches.

The first Tweed Spring salmon was caught on opening day by Kent Hakansson from Sweden. Kent was fishing at Upper Floors on the Weetles pool, aided by Boatman Richie Donnovan, who netted and safely released the 9lb cock fish. The Springer was caught on a Cascade Tube fly, using a 15' Loomis Stinger and a Sage reel - read more.

With so much quality fishing available at reasonable prices and new beats added to the system, anglers currently have the opportunity to purchase fishing to suit all budgets for the 2014 season - find fishing.




Tay Welcomes The First Minister



Scores of anglers, TV crews and journalists flocked to the banks of the River Tay to mark the opening of this years salmon season. Over 200 people eagerly waited the words of Scotland's first minister, Mr. Alex Salmond who has promised to review game fishing in Scotland in his opening ceremony speech - read more.

Mark Cockburn, FishPal CEO, enjoyed a session on the Tay in January with Simon Furness on Dunkeld House beat - read more.

With the outstanding Spring season last year, April catches up by a staggering 126% and the spring season as a whole up by 73%, rods are quickly disappearing - find fishing.




River Spey



With the start of the River Spey season only days away and a good chance of a fresh run fish, we are pleased to announce availability for some of the most sought after Spey beats - find fishing.

Gordon Castle and Brae Water beats offer double bank fishing Each beat has the services of a ghillie, boats, nets and a fishing hut to shelter in and have lunch - read more.

Kinermory, middle Spey beat with around 1.5 miles of right bank fishing, offers 6 named pools fished by 3 rods. Limited Spring availability - read more.

Castle Grant offers excellent facilities and is ideally located to ensure the best that the river has to offer - read more.

FishPal are looking forward to attending the opening ceremony on Tuesday 11th February. Euan McIlwraith, BBC Presenter from the series 'Landward' and BBC Radio Scotland's 'Out of Doors' will be opening the river at 9am.


Salmon Netting Petition



As many of you will no doubt be aware Ian Gordon has started a petition asking the Scottish salmon netsmen to reverse their decision to recommence netting earlier in the year following a 14 year period of no fishing during the first six weeks of the legal netting season.

The petition has already collected almost 17,000 signatures, if you haven't seen the petition follow this link and please share this link with your fellow anglers.

February 2014 FishPal Ltd  Tel: +44 (0)1573 470612 |  Latest Fishing |  River Levels |  Reported Catches
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