Newsletter - May 2014   Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

The first 30 pound plus spring salmon of 2014 has been caught on the fly last weekend.

Mr Wayne Longstaff (pictured) fishing Hendersyde beat, Tweed, caught the magnificent 33lb sea liced springer. The fish took a pot belly cascade, purchased that morning from Tweedside Tackle - read more.

The Tay are enjoying another excellent Spring season. For the third month in a row the River Tay salmon catches have exceeded the 5 year average. Their lastest fishing report mentions more multi wintered fish have entered the system.

The following rivers have reported salmon above 20lb in April: Spey 29lb, Dee 26lb, Findhorn 24lb, Tay 30lb - read more.

This month sees the launch of Lochaber on the FishPal system. Working closely with the Lochaber Fisheries Trust we are pleased to promote and sell the fishing from the region, which has been called by anglers a "West Coast Heaven".

If you are out and about this weekend, don't forget to send us your news and latest catch photographs to

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Father's Day

Fathers Day

Giving a gift voucher of a day's fishing is a great way to mark this special day.

Their versatility means that the recipient can choose exactly when and where they would like to go and which species to fish for be it salmon, sea trout or trout - read more.

Junior Salmon Day

Junior Salmon Day

The Northumbrian Branch of the Salmon & Trout Association are holding an introduction to salmon fishing for 12-16 year olds on the River Tyne during half term - read more.

Angling Column

Finlay Wilson professional guide and fly-fishing instructor showcases some of the spectacular fishing and scenery that Scotland has to offer in his weekly fishing column for ScotlandNow - read more.


FishTweed Competition

Rule Valley Simulated Game in conjunction with FishTweed are offering the chance for one person to win a day’s fishing for two on the River Tweed in May at West Learmouth - read more.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

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



We now have availability on the number 2 salmon river in England & Wales, offering anglers over 24 miles of middle and upper Wear salmon and trout fishing - availability.

The Environment Agency this week reported "Record numbers of salmon were captured by anglers fishing the River Wear last year, 1,731 fish were reported by anglers. Sea trout catches on the river were also up last year. Catches rose from 1,427 in 2012 to 1,523 in 2013".

Witton Castle Lakes are holding a Country Sports Experience day on Saturday 17th May for more information please follow this link.

Fly Dressing Workshop

Fly Dressing workshops in Dumfries, Scotland with APGAI instructor Wendy Gibson are back by popular demand. To book your place and for more information email Wendy Gibson

Tyne Open Day


North East Fly Casting Club are holding their annual open day at Eltringham fishery near Prudhoe on the Tyne, Saturday May 10th. The day will run from 10.30 am to 4pm and is totally free - read more.

30lb Plus Spring Salmon


 Hendersyde Salmon

FishTweed: The extra water at the beginning of the week encouraged a movement of fish making their way upstream with some fish caught as far up as St. Boswells fresh and sea liced. Tweed reported catches of 66 salmon up to 33lb and 16 sea trout last week, spread throughout the system from Boleside to Horncliffe. Mr Wayne Longstaff fishing Hendersyde last Saturday caught the largest fly caught spring salmon in Scotland so far this year. Latest FishTweed availability.

FishSpey: April always provides fish of real quality on the Spey and in terms of size this year certainly didn’t disappoint, with most beats recording fish of around the 20lb mark. Conditions have been favourable with catches spread from beats above Grantown down the length of the river. Visiting angler Mike Broadey from Corbridge caught four fish on his three day trip. The largest Spey fish so far is 29lb, and was caught on Delfur last month. Latest FishSpey availability.

FishDee: Recorded 70 fish for the week ending 3rd May. It was another challenging week for rods and ghillies with successful anglers using lines of varying densities to present the fly at different depths. Congratulations to Jerk Sonnichsen, President of the Fly Fishers of Denmark, fishing Ballogie last Monday caught nine springers with his biggest at 26lbs. Latest FishDee availability.

FishTay: Catches were maintained as the river dropped steadily and the weather continued to improve with a total of 108 salmon and grilse up to 27lbs and sea trout to 7lbs. A reasonable run of spring salmon continued on the river and there was the continued sign of some more bigger multi sea winter fish with more mid twenty pounds salmon landed. Latest FishTay availability.

Today we have over 213,000 rod/days for salmon and trout fishing to let around the world. Our searchable lists are constantly updated by over 670 fisheries on our system - Find Fishing.

You can find the latest reports for all the rivers on FishPal by following this link.

 Royal Dunkeld Hotel

Lochaber Fishing Now Available


 Lochaber on FishPal

For fishing as wild as the dramatic surrounding landscape.

The west coast of Scotland has some of the most varied and spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in Scotland. These rivers vary from being truly wild, unspoilt spate rivers that fish best on falling water following a rise in levels, to rivers such as the Lochy which will fish well at a variety of water heights.

Lochaber is not a land of calm water and docile fish. Getting here as you pass through Glen Coe or Glen Mhor you will realise this place is unique - untamed and with fish to match. For fishing with a sense of the untouched and the wild, Lochaber will reward you with superb game, course and sea fishing against a backdrop of the most magnificent scenery read more.

Fishing in Argentina


 Sportquest Argentina

Another amazing month gone by, with record numbers of customers travelling to many exciting worldwide destinations. This month we focus on Argentina with Peter Collingswood.

The Rio Grande is arguably the best sea trout river in the world, offering the adventurous angler the opportunity to pit their skills against the explosive sea trout of the region.

Sportquest offer six destinations which are available either as individual or hosted. Peter Collingswood suggests "Why not break the trip of a life-time up with fishing for Golden Dorado or Jurassic lake rainbow trout - read more.

Sportquest and FishPal

Spot Light: Irish River Course


 Sportquest and FishPal

The Farlows Group are delighted to offer FishPal customers the chance to join them on two salmon courses on the Glenmore Estate’s River Finn in Northern Ireland. The river enjoys one of the best spring salmon runs in Europe.

Your hosts and casting instructors during the three days are; Tom Festing AAPGAI & Sportfish, Sean Clarke, Farlows and Glenmore Estate Fishery Manager Sim Hay and Chris De Margary, saxophonist in the band Simply Red - read more.

Mention FishPal and receive £150 off your booking.

 FishPal Customer Offer

Lines & Flies For May


 Posh Tosh MK 111

Anglers fishing this month will mainly be using full floating lines with sink tips, depending on water height full intermediates or heavier. Anglers using shooting head systems will be using floating heads with appropriate sinking tips or intermediate tips attached. Contact your ghillie before your trip to get advice on the correct line to use - read more.

Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company says "Without question one of the most prolific Spring salmon patterns is the Posh Tosh Mk III, devised by his friend and salmon fly tying guru Iain Wilson from the Tweed - read more.

 Caledonia Fly Company

FishPal Are At The Sportfish Open Weekend


 Sportfish Open Weekend

Come and meet the FishPal team this weekend. Daily competitions to win Kiss The Water DVD's.