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

Dear Angler

Rain combined with high tides improved the run on some rivers during the end of last month with catches showing a slight increase. Cold weather returned and fortune favoured those who braved the elements.

Twenty seven spring salmon up to 35lb were landed last week on the Tay. Fewer rods were casting a line on the Dee last week, but still they finished on a respectable 22 fish, the largest at 22lb on Lower Crathes and West Durris beat. Anglers fishing Tweed were disrupted with high winds, snow melt and rain in the West resulting in 11 fish up to 14lb for the week - latest fishing reports.

There has been more heavy, wintry showers across Scotland at the start of this week. The few hardy souls braving the cold snap have seen red letter days and fish up to 25lb.

Towards the end of this week we should see much milder and more settled conditions on many rivers - find fishing.

If you are casting a line in March send in your news and photographs to

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Iceland East Ranga

This year FishIceland is offering a much sought after package for 3 days on the East Ranga from 9-12 July 2015 for £1,990pp (excluding transfer and guiding service - read more.

The East Ranga and West Ranga are without doubt the two most productive rivers in Iceland and as such rods on either fishery are much sought after. In an average year the East Ranga lands over 3,000 salmon which are typically 7-8lbs in weight - read more.

Keep up to date with Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts for the Iceland .

Findhorn Availability

Drynachan is located in a beautiful, flat-bottomed valley, where the river meanders gently between the heather-clad mountains giving a wonderfully pleasant environment in which to relax.

There are 3 beats, the top beat is Ballachrochin and Shennachie, which borders on to the neighbouring Moy Estate, the middle beat is Daless and the lower beat is Dalbuie each beat has a few good pools and a lunch hut. The three beats rotate together over the course of the 6 day fishing week - read more.

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

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.

Hebrides Trout


March sees the start of fishing on Harris. Anglers are spoilt for choice with 50 lochs on Finsbay, 35 on Flodabay and 17 on Stockinish in a variety of shapes and sizes, each with two separate tributaries to the sea. Easy access with some near the road and most reached within thirty minutes walk and the farthest within an hour - read more.

Anyone looking to fish purely for Brown Trout on Finsbay during the months of March, April and May can obtain a weekly permit for £30 - read more.

Where To Stay on Harris.

Getting to the Hebrides is very easy with daily flights and ferries read more.


Sportquest Holidays Newsletter, lots of great information like Steelhead fishing in Argentina! YES - Argentina check it out - read more.

Salmon Courses

Salmon Courses on Meikleour

The Spring & Summer fly fishing courses at Meikleour Fishing on the Tay start this month. Whether you are a complete beginner or a competent caster wanting a refresher, each one day course starts at 8:30am and finishes at 5:30pm. Lunch, equipment and fishing is included - read more.

Tyne Availability

Tyne at Bywell

Tyne Waters Meet is a great gathering place for both salmon and sea trout. The beat includes the North and South Tyne Junction Pool known as the Waters Meet. Migratory fish ascending the Tyne are averaging around 32,000 per season. The great majority of these fish will be in the Junction Pool at some stage of their journey - read more.

FishTyne's Where to Stay offers a selection of hotels, pubs, B&B's and cottages catering for visiting anglers and their families.

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

New Availability

We are pleased to announce Bedburn Estates fishing is now available online. Fishing is fly only and all pools are fished by wading. The beat offers single and double bank fishing, long fast flows and good tail runs. Anglers have caught salmon up to 27lb, sea trout, wild brown trout and grayling - read more.

Fishing is all about confidence so choose the tackle which you feel comfortable. Tackle advice for the River Wear.

Keep up to date with Free Fishing Reports for the River Wear.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

Follow the link to find out why the Free Fishing Information App from FishPal is in the top 3 - read more.

Salmon Conservation

Conserving Scottish wild salmon

Ian Gordon has sent us a wee update on the petition. Ian feels that it's a step in the right direction by bringing the issue slightly further up the political agenda.

Please forward the clip to 1 hour and 37 minutes for the relevant part of the video. - read more.

Spey Ladies Day

Ladies Day

The River Spey Anglers Association are hosting a ladies introduction to salmon fishing day at Knockando Estate in April. The day includes casting tuition, fishing and lunch - read more.

FishPal Malloch Trophy

FishPal Malloch Trophy

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".

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

35lb Salmon on the Tay

Dunkeld Fish

Its good to see anglers catching salmon over 20lb in February and March. The first of the 30lb plus salmon for 2015 has been caught on the River Tay at Dunkeld House Fishing. Mark Ogilvie’s cracking 35lb fish was taken on the harle using a Blue & Silver Kynoch in the gauge pool. After a 20 minute battle the fish neared the boat, giving Mark and head ghillie Gordon Pollack the first good sight of the fish, it was then they realised the size. After quickly weighing the fish in the new 'fish friendly' McLean rubberised mesh net the salmon was returned. Speaking with head ghillie Gordon Pollack last night the beat lost another big fish last weekend - read more.

Red Letter Day on the Spey

One of Four Fish

Congratulations to Melville McDonald from everyone at FishPal. "Very, very occasionally a 'red letter' day comes along in the course of your fishing life. Today was one of those days for me with four beautiful fresh Spey springers hooked and landed in the course of 4 hours on the 'first day of spring' at the Rothes & Aikenway beat of the River Spey. Ghillie Robbie Stronach was on hand to net the first and fourth and the other two I landed myself. A day to remember for a long time to come on - Rothes and Aitkenway". Thank you to Melville McDonald and Don Milne for the photographs of your day.

20lb plus salmon in March

Congratulations to the angler fishing the North Esks at Canterland. Using a monkey fly he hooked into a fabulous spring fish. After a 30 minute fight the sea-liced covered fish was netted and returned. The fish was estimated to be between 25 to 30lb.

Congratulations to Mr John Lawrie fishing a Dee Fox fly tied by Phil Glendinning, he hooked into a 24lb springer on Crathes at the floating bank pool. After a 25 minute battle the magnificent fish was safely netted and weighed by head ghillie Brian Sim and quickly returned to continue its journey.

Tilbouries Open Day - 21 March

Join Mads for his first open day at Tilbouries. Mads will be demonstrating Scandi casting techniques and sharing some of his secrets about fishing the sunk line. Ross Macdonald from the Dee Board will also be on hand tying a few flies in the bothy - read more.

River Ness - Hidden Gem

Inverness Angling Club

The productive season of the Ness system is a long one with the first large 'spring salmon' captured from January onwards. Catches of these large and prized fish typically peak in April and May - read more

Angling effort on the River Ness generally increases with the onset of summer when anglers from around the world travel to fish for grilse and salmon until the season finishes on October 15th - find fishing

Inverness Angling Club

Inverness Angling Club offers visiting anglers three miles of water from the estuary to the Clachnahagaig Stone at the top of the Red Braes. The lower beats, in the centre of the city, are dominated by the picturesque Inverness Castle from which Flora Macdonald’s statue gazes west to the Isle of Skye. Wading is relatively easy in most pools and chest waders are recommended. Day tickets start from £17 - read more.

Grahams of Inverness


Established in 1857, Grahams supplies the outdoor enthusiast. Their range of products cover fishing, shooting, outdoor clothing, footwear, optics and gifts. Suppliers of Highland estates. The shop is located opposite Inverness Castle or visit their online shop which offers a price match promise - read more.

Grahams are currently running a very special competition on their Facebook page.

Linda Mellor launches dedicated angling image and writing service

Linda Mellor

Photography and countryside sports have been life-long passions for Linda Mellor. She has been a professional photographer for many years, specialising in country sports namely, angling and shooting.

Fishpal have collaborated with Linda to create an exciting, new photography and editorial package tailored to promote salmon, trout and coarse fishing businesses throughout the UK. The new package will showcase fishing locations with professional photography and a magazine style feature - read more.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

Wild Trout Trust Auction 2015

Wild Trout Trust

The Wild Trout Trust's annual fundraising auction will take place from 3-12 March on eBay and by post. There are 260 lots, mainly trout fishing but also including tackle, flies, art and books. Over 100 of the lots start at £100 or less, so there is something to suit all pockets and tastes.

The Trust is well known for its efficient use of funds; so, if you do win in the auction, you’ll not only get a fabulous lot but also be donating to great work for our trout and sea trout - read more.

Glasgow Angling Open Weekend

Mark Cockburn

FishPal's Mark Cockburn & Anne Woodcock will be at Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th 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.

Saturday 7th March, Anne will be hosting ladies introduction to fishing sessions in salmon with Gary Scott and trout with Paul Procter - read more.

Win A Mackenzie Rod

Featured Instructor/Guide - Iain Kirk

Iain Kirk Guide & Instructor

This year we are featuring guides, instructors and ghillies. The first in our series is Scottish guide/ghillie & instructor Iain Kirk.

Iain Kirk is the head ghillie on Fishponds beat, River Tay and a guide on Russia's mighty River Yokanga. A fully qualified casting instructor with SGAIC, he is also part of the Mackenzie DTX pro staff and design team, involved in development and testing new Mackenzie DTX products.

Anglers fishing Fishponds beat enjoy the added luxury of tuition in the double handed rod for the novice and informative advice on flies//ures/lines etc for more experienced anglers - read more.

Fish and S'Tay

Take advantage of our Fish S'Tay offer and try your hand at catching a 'Springer' with Iain Kirk on Fishponds or Waulkmill beats on the Famous River Tay in Scotland and enjoy two nights luxury accommodation in the 5 Star Balvaird Apartment at Scone Palace - read more.

Scone Palace Fishing Offer

And Finally

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, FishPonds (14 - 16th May) and River Ness, Ness-side (21st - 23rd May) - read more.

Yorkshire Availability

This week sees the launch of a new site for Yorkshire rivers. This will be live by the end of this week and will feature in next months newsletter.


Monthly Tweed newsletter - read more.

This month sees the launch of a new newsletter for the river Tay and will be published at the end of March. Please email if you would like to receive a copy of the FishTay newsletter.