Newsletter - February 2015   Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

It's been a memorable start to the salmon season on the Dee, Tweed and Ness.

Tweed had the best opening day at Junction since 1976, according to head boatman Billy Jack.

Martin Gilbert casting the first fly of the year on the Dee was quickly into a fish.

The River Ness celebrated the opening of their season at Holm Mills and Inverness Angling Club announced day tickets can now be purchased on FishNess.

During the last 48 hours we've seen additional rods now available for Scottish Rivers Dee, Tay, Tweed, Findhorn, Spey, Beauty, Lochy. England's River Tamar and Welsh River Usk also have rods online - find fishing.

If you are out fishing for salmon or grayling during February keep sending in your news and photographs to

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Annan Grayling Days

Adam is hooked on grayling

Well done junior angler Adam. Fishing the Annan Rivers Trust grayling day, he caught this fine two pound grayling (pictured) on Hoddom beat.

Next grayling day on the River Annan is Saturday 7th February. Your catches and information from these events is used by the Annan Rivers Trust. There is no need to book as they have lots of water available - read more.

Keep up to date with Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the River Annan .

Fishing Insurance

Insure your fishing

The policy provided by Towergate Insurance covers Trip Cancellation by tenants due to unavoidable events beyond their control. Flooding disruption where no fishing at all is possible due to flood conditions on the beat - read more.

Beauly Availability

The River Beauly is one of the best Scottish salmon rivers and while set in wonderful highland scenery it is only 12 miles from Inverness and its airport. A rare opportunity to buy day rods is available on the Lower Beauly from April - read more.

Where To Stay on the Beauly.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the River Beauly.

Tay Availability

Taymount 22lb

The season is well and truly underway after the excitement of opening day celebrations last month. Anglers who have braved the elements have caught spring fish up to 22lb. A day's Spring fishing on the River Tay in February starts from £20 - Find Fishing.

Where To Stay and Eat on the River Tay in February.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the River Tay.

Gary Scott Course

Tay Course Gary Scott

This three day residential course on the River Tay is structured to suit all levels of Speycasters from the absolute beginner to more advanced anglers - read more.

Spey Availability

River Spey Salmon

The season opens this month on Wednesday 11th February. For the 2015 season we have availability on some exclusive beats - find fishing - if there is a particular beat you would like to fish with no availability please contact Tom on 01573 470612.

Where To Stay on the Spey.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the River Spey.

Wear Availability

The River Wear is regarded as one of the premier rivers in England for sea trout and salmon. Bishop Auckland District Angling Club is keen for visitors to the area to enjoy their sport, and with that in mind they offer very affordable day and season fishing - read more.

Where To Stay on the Wear.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the River Wear.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

Follow the link to find out why the Free Fishing Information App from FishPal received over 10,000 visitors in January - read more.

Top Tackle Tips

Top tips from Sportfish

Tom Festing from Sportfish offers his tips & tackle recommendations for the spring salmon season- read more.

Opening of the Dee Salmon Season

Ballogie Salmon

The opening ceremony, to celebrate the start of the 2015 Dee season was held at Potarch Bridge on Monday, courtesy of Ballogie Estate, and was attended by an enthusiastic crowd. Martin Gilbert, had the honour of casting the first fly of the year and was quickly into a fish.

Mark Bilsby, River Director of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board (DDSFB) and the River Dee Trust, said "October 2014 was historic for the Dee. The first salmon ascended the Culter Dam in over 250 years, made possible by a fish pass we had installed on the dam just days earlier. This was funded entirely by the generosity of Martin Gilbert and Stewart Spence - read more.

Maisie Stanton

The Park Trophy, awarded for the largest fish of the year on the Dee went to Gordon Smith for his 37lb fish from Birse. Maisie Stanton, daughter of Ballogie Head ghillie Sean, was presented with the Callum Mackezine Cup, which is awarded to a youngster whose catch is selected as the most notable capture of the season - read more.

Opening day and the river finished on 11 fish, the largest fish at 15lbs was caught by Tom Marshall fishing Carlogie. The conditions are excellent for the start of the season with lower water temperatures and reports from the riverbank are that springers are appearing in pools - Find February Fishing.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports from Dee reporter Ross Macdonald and the latest Rod Alerts for the River Dee.

STV news reporters were at the opening of the Dee and Ness.They produced a combined report for both events - watch coverage.

Opening of Tweed Salmon Season


Junction rods caught 10 spring salmon up to 16lbs. Head boatman Billy Jack said "it is the best opening day on the beat since 1976". The first fish of the season and winner of the prestigious Tweedside Tackle trophy was won by Derek Clover fishing Junction. Congratulations are also due to Mrs Stewart Graham for the first fish of the season on the Teviot - read more.

Team FISKEBLOGGEN.SE also had a fantastic day at Floors, catching 6. Magnus Klintheim caught the largest fish at 19lbs (pictured), a perfect example of the quality of fresh spring fish caught throughout the day on the river - find fishing

The presentation of the Tweedside Tackle trophy enjoyed an excellent turnout of both anglers and boatmen. Talented local piper Angus kicked off the night with some tunes whilst everyone enjoyed wine and shared their stories of the numerous fish caught. Thank you to Caroline Pilcher, Tweedside Tackle, for the opening day report.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for Tweed.

Where To Stay, a selection of the best places to stay for anglers on the Tweed.

Tweed Foundation Seminar

The FREE seminar at Ednam House Hotel, Wednesday 25th March, will focus on all aspects of Tweed Salmon, including what happens to these incredible fish during their life cycle as they make their way up and down our river system each year. Spawning, Tweed salmon at sea, catches, and trends in size and age will be some of the topics covered during the evening by their speakers - read more.

FishPal Malloch Trophy Presentation

We are pleased to announce the FishPal Malloch Trophy will be presented to this years winner on Wednesday 25th March at the Tweed Foundation Seminar at the Ednam House Hotel.

Mark Cockburn FishPal CEO says "This year we wanted to bring the most prestigious trophy in game angling to the winning river. What better place than in one of the iconic fishing hotels in Scotland, on the banks of the Tweed overlooking the famous Junction pool and at a Tweed Foundation seminar on salmon".

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

Lochaber Wild and Dramatic Fishing

Fishng in Lochaber

If you are looking for fishing that’s wild & dramatic, look no further than Lochaber in the Highlands of Scotland. This is not a land of calm water and docile fish, this place is special. Untamed, and with fish to match, Lochaber offers the experienced angler an abundance of choice. You can fish the River Lochy, known as the “Queen of Scottish salmon rivers”, in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain or tempt wild trout from Loch Morar, Britain’s deepest loch.

From lochs and coastline to forests and mountains, Lochaber has it all - read more.

River Lochy

Being the biggest and most productive river on the West Coast of Scotland, comparable with the middle Dee in terms of width and flow, the Lochy is not your typical west coast spate river. With it's choppy gravelly runs, open-banked deep-flowing pools and tantalising glides, it is quite simply a fly-fisher's paradise - read more.

Win A Mackenzie Rod

Opening of the River Tyne

John Little opens the Tyne

John Little performed the first cast of the season on the River Tyne at Bywell beat where local anglers gathered to fish one of the most productive spring beats on the Tyne. With temperatures below freezing anglers have been concentrating their efforts on the main river at Styford, Bywell and Eltringham. It was, however, from the middle river that last year's first fish was landed just above Dilston - find fishing.

David Carrick has informed me that The Northern Game Angler trophy for the first springer of the year on the Tyne is still up for grabs - read more.

The Environment Agency are encouraging anglers to send scale samples of Tyne fish (fresh or kelts) - read more.

Keep up to date this year by subscribing to Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the Tyne.

The Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction 2015

Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction

There is a selection of superb salmon fishing in this year's annual auction, with lots on the rivers Restigouche in Canada and Orkla in Norway, along with most major UK and Irish fisheries.

As well as wild sea trout, brown trout and grayling fishing, that offer extraordinary value, there are a number of unusually interesting shooting and stalking lots including a once in a lifetime chance to bag a MacNab!

The annual auction of 167 lots, ends on 14th February, Valentine’s Day - view auction.

Hosted Sea Trout Report - Argentina

Hosted Sea Trout Report

With many fish over 20lb - Peter Collingsworth shares with us Sea Trout fishing in Argentina at Las Buitreras Lodge. The group for the week had over 120 fish and also lost some spectacular fish - read more.

Scott Mackenzie Master Classes

3 x World Spey Casting champion and AAPGAI casting instructor Scott Mackenzie and his pro team are hosting two courses on the River Tay (14 - 16th May) and River Ness (21st - 23rd May) - read more.

Win A Mackenzie Rod