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

Dear Angler

It's been a busy month at FishPal adding new fishing and rivers. The Munster Blackwater in Ireland is now live.

We've been out and about - our CEO Mark Cockburn met customers at the very popular Glasgow Angling Open Weekend. Tom Carter, Gary Scott and Hoddom beat introduced journalists from 10 leading German publications to salmon fishing on behalf of VisitScotland.

FishPal are in the Trout & Salmon magazine for October with our popular fishing recommendations and fishing report for the Spey. Beats on the FishPal system feature in the packed magazine - Bluestone Tweed, Finsbay Fishing in the Hebrides, Halleaths on the Annan and Nunwick, Dilston on the Tyne and of course river levels.

The final one hour programme filmed on the Annan with iFish Australia has just been aired in Australia and South Asia. More salmon filming last month, Anne Woodcock visited one of three beats on the Tyne with Rae Boris for Discovery Channel and BT Sport. Anne's off filming next week on Tweed with Tight Lines presenter Keith Arthur for Sky Sports.

More entries for the FishPal Malloch Trophy have been steadily arriving into the office during the month, along with news of some notable 20lb plus salmon caught during September on the following Scottish rivers Ayrshire, Beauly, Esks, Ness and England's Tyne - Largest Salmon.

We are out and about again visiting rivers this month, please come and say hello. Don't forget send us your news and photographs to

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Dee Auction

Dee Auction

The River Dee Trust is holding its annual auction to raise funds to allow for practical river improvements. This is to ensure the river environment and its wildlife thrives in the future and to develop a local stewardship of the river - read more.

Salmon School

Tweed Guide

Tweed Guide's fishing school have limited places available on their October Tweed salmon courses. For more information and to book a place please follow this link.

Hoddom Beat

Hoddom Beat

With rain forecast in the South West of Scotland for the coming week, fish should hopefully start moving into the system. Lower beats will be the first to benefit.

Much of Hoddom offers the angler classic fly water with strong flowing streams interspersed with steadily flowing glides. The beat is generally fairly easy to access, though care should be taken when there is a rise in water. The beat has three huts, their main one is equipped to a high standard - read more.


Finsbay Fishing

October sees the arrival of more rain which should freshen up rivers and hopefully fish will be more in a taking mood. Anglers fishing Grimersta and Garynahine Estate caught 16 salmon for last week - read more.

Fishing on Harris is highlighted in this months Trout & Salmon magazine with another super feature by Jon Beer fishing Finsbay.

The Hebrides offers the visiting angler some spectacular salmon and trout fishing and is a world class fishing destination closer than you think. The Hebrides was the only UK destination mentioned within the National Geographic 'Tours of a lifetime' - Find October Fishing.


Sportquest our international partners latest newsletter focuses on escaping to warmer climes when the weather turns cooler.

If you are thinking of a salt water winter holiday or international destination chasing salmon and sea trout contact Peter Collingsworth who will help you find a destination to match your requirements - Sportquest.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

Now with well over 120,000 views and growing. The FREE fishing app from FishPal is fast becoming the must have app on your phone to keep you updated with the latest news and availability from rivers across the UK.

Follow the link to find out more, including how to download the free information app - read more.

Fishing Shows

Midlands based anglers - The popular Burton Fly Fair is Sunday 5th October. The show is organised by the super talented Wendy Gibson. Leading names in fly dressing and retail will be in attendance - read more.

London based customers - Sportfish have a jamboree and sale this weekend at Reading. Casting demonstrations, talks and huge savings - information.

Northern based customers - the first fly fishing dedicated Film Festival runs from the 3rd to 5th October - read more.

River Reports

Fishing Reports

The current forecast for the coming days is outbreaks of rain across Scotland and England. Keep up to date and check the following by either downloading the free FishPal App or visit the website.

River reports and prospects pages will keep you informed on how the river is currently performing, including links to all main weather pages. If you are unsure about a beat, please contact the office and speak to a member of the team who will be able to advise you on current conditions. On a daily basis we speak with ghillies and check social media, these are just some of the proactive things we do to keep you updated.

In a sport where success can be directly related to the particular weather and water conditions, accurate information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is invaluable. By regularly checking our links to the sites you can be well informed on how the current conditions are - river reports.

Today we have over 56,000 rod/days for salmon and trout fishing to let in the UK. Our searchable lists are constantly updated by the fisheries on our system - Find Fishing or call Tom Carter on 01573 470612.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

Flies & Lines For October

 Mackenzie DTX

Continuing our series on flies and lines this month Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company shares his Autumn gems with us. Iain Kirk (pictured), Mackenzie DTX and Fishponds beat River Tay, talks about the new G2 lines.

Malcolm says "Low Summer water levels are still with us this Autumn and with a few flash floods lifting our rivers up for a few days introducing pulses of salmon heading up to their birth place to start the cycle all over again. Caledonia Fly company recommend the following October colours, Orange, Red and even Purple, these will provide you with most sport on whatever river you are fishing - read more.

Iain says "As soon as the temperature starts to drop think intermediate lines. Whether you are targeting resident or running fish the choice of line is important. Our new G2 head lines have been cleverly tapered to give a balance between ease of casting, stable flight and positive controllable turnover. They feature a lengthened rear taper and more even distribution of mass for smooth easy casting, predictable presentation in all conditions and excellent turnover of poly-leaders. The new range of lines also feature small welded loops at each end allowing anglers to change heads or leaders quickly and easily whilst on the water. We offer a variety of lines to suit different rated rods and every style of casting from those who use a shorter faster stroke to those with a longer more traditional stroke - read more.

 Caledonia Fly Company

Tay Spot-Light

Tay Ghillie Calum McRoberts Meikleour Estate

The River Tay, situated right in the geographic centre of Scotland, is the largest river in Britain. There are many lochs in the catchment, some of which have been harnessed to produce electricity, this helps to regulate the flow in the Tay, dampening out big floods but maintaining a sufficient flow to allow salmon to enter the river even in the worst droughts.

Anglers from across the globe visit the Tay to experience not only Spring but also Autumn salmon fishing. Again this year more multi wintered fish have entered the system in Spring, with catches for three months in a row exceeding the 5 year average. For the visiting angler the river offers excellent fishing opportunities for all abilities and budgets - find fishing.

Meikleour and Upper Islamouth

Meikleour and Upper Islamouth beat is located within the private grounds of Meikleour Estate and offers visiting anglers some of the very best fishing on the river. From the moment you arrive your party are looked after by one of their experienced boatman.

Fishing commences at the junction of the Tay with the Isla, starting at the famous Islamouth pool. The beat then extends for approximately 1.7 miles of double bank fishing, with a good mix of glide, stream and riffle along 13 named pools. Anglers can both wade and fish from the available boats - the beat is ideal for those new to fishing and to seasoned rods.

Both fishing huts are highly appointed and can accommodate parties wishing to entertain their family, friends and corporate clients. The Meikleour Arms can deliver picnics or more substantial lunches to make your experience memorable - read more.

After a day on the river the estate has a choice of accommodation exclusively within the grounds. The grand East Wing surrounded by its own private mature gardens over looking the river. The iconic Meikleour Arms hotel with its traditional pub, fine restaurant and comfortable highly appointed bedrooms. If you like the intimacy of home but the convenience of an hotel then the Walled Garden cottages are for you - read more.

 Meikleour Arms Hotel


Iain Kirk, Mackenzie rods consultant, is the head ghillie on Fishponds. The beat offers the visiting angler some excellent double bank fly water which drops into slightly deeper water as you move downstream towards Knowesbank. Twenty named pools with evocative names such as Black Rock, Black Craigs, Lodge End, Benchil Green, Fishponds Green, Well Hole, Lindy and Alec's Hole never cease to get your heart racing as you cast your line across them - read more.

Where To Stay When Visiting The River Tay

Places to stay near Perth - Meikleour Hotel and East Wing, Murrayshall Hotel and Golf Course, Scone Palace - Balvaird apartment - read more.

Places to stay near Dunkeld - Royal Dunkeld Hotel, Miss Ballantine's Cottage, Wester Gourdie house within the Glendelvine Estate - read more.

Royal Dunkeld Hotel

Fishing For Sale On The Tay

Taymount is one of the most legendary beats on the Tay and is subdivided into two beats, upper and lower, which Taymount anglers fish on alternative days. Week 4 for sale - 6 rods 'in perpetuity' - read more.

River Spey

Gary Scott River Spey

This week has seen the final days of the 2014 Spey season with mixed fortunes for rods fishing. The general consensus from anglers has been the volume of fish seen in the river this month, many not in a taking mood, but it can only bode well for this years breeding - read more.

This season more beats have offered daily availability. The beats offering this service have seen more new customers fishing the river. The feedback from customers fishing the river for the first time has been very positive, great experience, enjoyed the fishing and exceptional feedback about the ghillies and facilities. This is a positive end to a challenging season due to the constantly changing weather patterns.

Photographs Gary Scott fishing Gordon Castle Estate and Miss Marina Gibson fishing Delfur.

Miss Marina Gibson