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

Dear Angler

We are pleased to announce the 2014 winner of Scotland’s most prestigious angling award has been won by Wayne Longstaff fishing Hendersyde beat, River Tweed.

It may be a quiet time of year for fishing, but it has been a truly hectic time for us. We have taken a record number of telephone calls from anglers in the UK & internationally for 2015 fishing availability. We have also had a huge number of enquiries about the newly launched insurance policy.

Christmas and the New Year are peak times for booking fishing, as they are for the travel trade in general. We are open on weekdays as usual, but not on 25th/26th Dec or 1st Jan.

We strongly recommend you book a Rod Alert for the rivers you wish to fish during 2015 and to keep up to date with the latest availability added by owners, agents and angling clubs for the coming season.

If you are out fishing for grayling this month keep sending in your news and photographs to

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


Marketing Director

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Flow Auction

There is a forgotten corner of Britain that is as fishy and fecund as Iceland. It is called The Flow Country and it boasts some of the finest wild salmon and brown trout fishing on earth. For generations fishermen - read more.

Dee Availability

FishDee Availability

The character of the River Dee makes it ideal for fly fishing. Its fast flowing, crystal clear waters are home to a succession of salmon pools that provide the angler with some of the finest fly water in Europe - Find Dee Fishing.

Tweed Availability

FishTweed Availability

The Tweed is the second longest river in Scotland and takes great pride in the fact that it produces more fish caught to the fly than any other river in Britain - Find Tweed Fishing.

Tay Availability

FishTay Availability

The River Tay, situated right in the geographic centre of Scotland, is the largest river in Britain. The Tay is the home of record fish including the largest ever rod caught salmon in Britain - Find Tay Fishing.

Spey Availability

FishSpey Availability

The River Spey is a jewel amongst some of Scotlands finest salmon rivers, not only for sport but also for its picturesque scenery - Find Spey Fishing.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

The free fishing app from FishPal is one of the must have apps this Christmas. VisitScotland have now added the FishPal App to their information pages.

Follow the link to find out more, including how to download the FREE Fishing Information App - read more.

Opening Hours

We are open on weekdays as usual during the Christmas and New Year period, but not on 25th/26th Dec or 1st Jan.

FishPal Malloch Trophy Winner

2014 Winner

The 2014 winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy – for one of the largest salmon caught by an angler on a fly and safely returned during the year in Scottish waters – has been announced. The successful angler is Wayne Longstaff for a fine spring salmon caught on the River Tweed.

Mr Longstaff’s salmon, accurately weighed at 33 lb with a length of 45 inches, was landed on May 5 in the Cottage Stream pool on the Hendersyde beat of the River Tweed, before being carefully released back into the river. To be eligible for the trophy a fish must be caught on a fly in a sportsmanlike manner and be returned to the water.

At the FishPal Malloch Trophy Committee meeting on December 17th several possible contenders were considered. Mr Longstaff’s entry, which fulfilled the relevant criteria including best evidence and was endorsed as the winner for 2014. His name will be engraved on the Tay Foundation’s trophy, joining an illustrious list of previous winners which stretches back four decades. He will also receive a Malloch winners trophy to keep to keep, £250 FishPal Voucher, Mackenzie DTX rod and a place on Scott Mackenzie's Spey Casting Masterclass - read more.

The runner-up was Gordon Smith of Buckie for a heavy salmon caught in October on the Birse beat of the River Dee. Gordon will also receive a £200 FishPal Voucher.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

The 2014 Season From Mark Cockburn

Mark Cockburn

As we go to press in our final newsletter of the year I reflect on a very trying year for all us anglers. High temperatures, long sunny days, river temperatures high most of the year and then floods giving us all a real sense of frustration to say the least across the country. The continued, well documented problems at sea only making the current position all the more challenging.

The highlight for me in 2014 was undoubtably the launch of our FishPal Insurance Policy at the beginning of November. The policy has taken around a year to get to market, not easy launching a new Financial Product in our current economic climate but delighted to be able to report that after a successful trial period through the month on November, you will be able to take out this extensive cover on all bookings for the new season - read more.

Fishing Gift Vouchers

Fishing Gift Vouchers

If you are stuck for a gift idea for the angler in your life, or your family struggle to buy you a present, then ask for a Fishing Gift Voucher from FishPal. The recipient can book their fishing on a date to suit them, choosing from fisheries on our system with availability - read more.

So whether you wish to book a beginners/introduction day, a days salmon, trout or grayling fishing, you choose the value and let us do the rest.

Gift Vouchers

Grayling Fishing

Grayling Fishing

Grayling, Thymallus thymallus, is currently enjoying favour amongst fly fishers, especially those who seek to extend their season. Remaining active throughout the colder months, grayling can provide us with memorable sport even in the depths of winter.

Fairly widespread, grayling can now be found in many UK river systems. However, those worth trying north of the border include the Annan, Earn, Tweed, Teviot, Test & Itchen - read more.

Grayling courses for January 2015 are being held on the Tweed and Annan.

Meikleour by Linda Mellor

Feature by Linda Mellor

Meikleour House and Upper Islamouth beat offers the angler something very special. The beat is set within the beautiful and private Meikleour estate and only a fifteen minute drive north of Perth. The mature grounds are home to a vast range of magnificent trees, providing an inviting backdrop to the 1.7 mile double bank beat where anglers can enjoy some of the best fly fishing, accommodation and facilities on the Tay system.

The estate has invested a great deal of work into the beat over the last 12 months improving the river banks, renovating the Ferry Cottage Boathouse and the charming Meikleour House lunch hut - read more.

River Tay Opening Day

The 2015 Tay Salmon Season will be officially opened at the Hilton Dunkeld Hotel, 9.30am, Thursday 15 January 2015. A mystery guest has been arranged and its being kept under wraps for the time being. Previous years opening ceremonies have been well attended with anglers, owners and TV companies all keen to mark the start of the new season. FishPal will be represented at the opening with both Mark and Anne along to offer support on the day. If you haven’t managed to attend the opening day event before then please come and join in the fun, always gets the heart pumping as the new season finally gets under way!