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

Dear Angler

The last four weeks have seen more spring salmon caught over the 20lb barrier on the fly in Scotland and England. Anglers are seeing more fish, with reports from the weekend of sea trout starting to arrive in the Border Esk, Annan, Nith, Tay and Ayrshire rivers. Last week a specimen sea trout of 24lb was caught on the Don, you can read more about it in this months newsletter.

We can now share with you the full story of Tom Buchanan's fish, the first FishPal Malloch Trophy entry of 2015. Tom contacted our offices last month and when we heard his story we telephoned our colleagues at the Trout & Salmon Magazine and gave them this exclusive scoop.

If you are planning a fishing trip this week the Teviot is at a good height and colour, whilst middle and upper beats on Tweed are well worth a cast. The Annan is holding its height well and the river's temperature is just topping 9-10+ Celcius. For trout anglers there are some good hatches of Blue Dunn on the Annan. Levels and prospects are encouraging for those anglers casting a line on the North and South Esk. We would recommend you check the - latest fishing reports on the river you would like to fish, or contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 who can help to arrange your trip.

With conditions on many rivers looking promising, there is ample affordable spring fishing for salmon and trout - find fishing.

Keep sharing your stories and photographs with the team at FishPal and who knows, like Tom, your story could appear in the Trout & Salmon magazine. You can email info@fishpal.com or contact us on 01573 470612.

Tight Lines.


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River Annan Trout

Tobias Coe’s big 4lb

"The trout fishing has woken up on the River Annan and it's stacking up to be a pretty good season" says Nick Chisholm.

There have been a number of large fish caught throughout the river. The largest, a fish well over 5lb fell to a dry on the upper river during bright conditions. A stunning fish, with a smallish head, heavy shoulders and bright golden yellow in colour with black freckles all over. "A fish of a life time" - read more.

The Annan hosts the first of its sea trout evenings on Friday 12 June in aid of Cancer Research (2nd and 3rd on the 26th June and 17th July respectively). The evening will consist of a barbecue at Hoddom Castle before moving to your allocated beats. Contact Michael Fearn at the Annan Rivers Trust to book a place or email for more information.

Braelangwell Lodge

River Carron

The River Carron rises on the west coast and runs into the Kyle of Sutherland and, like most Highland rivers, it is a 'spate' river. Although primarily a fishing lodge, the variety of activities offered locally to Braelangwell make it an ideal location for a family holiday - read more.

A limited number of day rods have become available for June - read more.

We have more holiday accommodation with fishing available. Call Tom on 01573 470612 who can help you choose destinations suitable for all the family.

Flood 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.

Eden Lacy

Video of beat

Eden Lacy is one of the most attractive beats on the river comprising 12 named pools with a fishing hut set amongst a wooded and wild flower area opposite the renowned Lacy Caves - video of beat.

The estate has three holiday cottages overlooking the beautiful River Eden available for holiday lets or long weekends - read more.

Get Ahead

FishPal App

Get ahead of the game this season with the FishPal App, available to use on your iPad, iPhone, tablet or smartphone. You can now keep up to date with the latest catches, and much more, from you phone - read more.

River Don, Trout

The Don has seen its best start to the trout season for sometime, say most beats and anglers.

During the last few weeks some excellent specimen fish have been caught, with plenty in the 3 to 4lb bracket and a few tipping 5lb plus. Most fish have been caught on wet flies. However, when the evenings have settled and hatches have come on, fish have been taken off the surface.

Sea trout have started to arrive into the system, encouraging news for anglers who enjoy fishing for large sea trout - find fishing.

River Helmsdale

As predicted, the Helmsdale sprung into action last week with around 30 fish, including 2 belting fish at 20lb and 23lb, reports Ronald Sutherland.

There are some special angler offers during Spring with the Helmsdale Company - read more.

Fishing For Sale

River Don

A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase a delightful stretch of the River Don with salmon and trout fishing rights. Forming part of the upper river from Strathdon to Bridge of Alford, the beat runs for approximately 1.25 miles on the single north bank, extending from Buchaam Bridge downstream - read more.

Sea Trout Fishing

Don’t sit there on a Saturday night looking at fake tans and pearly whites on the TV say's Tom Carter - read more.

Biggest Spring Fish So far


Tom Buchanan

The largest fly caught salmon so far this year has been caught by Tom Buchanan on the South Chesthill Estate, River Lyon, a tributary of the Tay.

Tom's first fish of the day was caught in the Gate pool. He was fishing the pool fairly fast as he is a big believer of fishing pools quickly and resting them. Working his way down to the tail of the pool, his first fish, a salmon of 12lb came across and took his fly. He played the fish quickly and as it went into the net the fly fell - read more.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

20lb Plus Salmon

Helge Dahlen fish

During the last four weeks more salmon above the magical 20lb mark have been caught by anglers fishing UK waters.

Ness System: Helge Dahlen, visiting from Norway, caught and released a fantastic 23.5lb spring salmon on the River Moriston last week - find fishing.

River Spey: Grantown Association Water rod Les Nek caught a 29 pound fish last Monday, the largest on the Spey so far this year. Other notable catches of 23lb plus fish were by Mr Baxter fishing Ballindalloch and Simon Browne fishing Delfur - find fishing. This weekend, Sunday 17th May, is the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair.

River Findhorn: Guernsey angler, Keith Clarke and his wife Ros, were fishing with Ian Neale on Altyre Estate in April. Fishing the Palamore Island pool on Altyre Estate, he caught and released a magnificent 22lb fish on a Cascade Snaelda tube fly. Ian Neale said "They really enjoyed their trip and what a great way to start their fishing season, with a springer from the Findhorn" - find fishing.

River Dee: There were notable catches for Phillip Bellamy (a superb 22lb spring fish on Park), Derek Wiseman (22lb from Lower Crathes) and a real beauty at 24lb for John Laurie on a Dee Fox at Crathes - find fishing.

River Don: There was a lovely 24lb River Don Salmon landed and returned from the middle reaches last week. The fish was 40inch long and very deep. - find fishing.

Border Esk: Several good sized spring salmon have been caught on the Border Esk, including a 20lber on Gilnockie Tower & Hollows and a 19lb from Irvine House Beats - find fishing.

River Tay: Good numbers of fish are being caught on the river including a couple of 30 pounders from Dunkeld Fishing, Findynate and South Chesthill - find fishing.

River Tyne: Several sea-liced fish over 20lb have been caught last month on the main Tyne - find fishing.

Flies For May

Flies For May

With freshwater and higher water temperatures salmon are starting to move up the rivers and with these changing conditions beats further up will now start to fish well. Salmon will be moving higher up in the water, making them more receptive to the fly. You can now safely move on to floating and hover lines with sink tips as fish become more active in the warmer water - find fishing.

Top fly patterns for May are the Holo Silver Cascade, Junction Gunn, Spey Dog and Willie Gunn. For those anglers who like to fish tube flies my recommendations are a Gold Willie Gunn, Monkey, Kinermony Killer and Arndilly Monkey. If the water levels drop a Bobby Dazzler and the Silver Stoat are always worth a cast - read more.

Ladies Casting a Line

Jean Mattereson

Ladies have been out and about casting a line for salmon with great success during the last few weeks. Congratulations to Jean Matterson, fishing Bywell beat in low water who caught a sea-liced 21.5lber. At the weekend Miranda McHardy caught a 16 pound bar of silver on Waterside, River Dee - find fishing.

Fourteen ladies travelled to Speyside from across the UK for a special introduction day to salmon fishing on the River Spey at Knockando Estate last month, organised by the River Spey Anglers Association - read more.

Milne Graden Experience


Milne Graden Estate

FishTweed were invited to a pre-season tour of the riverside holiday cottages within the Milne Graden Estate last month. We met the team from Crabtree & Crabtree in Hamilton House which is perched high on the banks of the Tweed, with magnificent river views of Milne Graden and LadyKirk beats - read more.

Milne Graden Estate enjoys 1.4 miles of left bank salmon and sea trout fishing. The proximity to the tidal waters result in a reasonable run of spring fish in addition to the late summer and autumn runs. The beat has good runs of grilse and sea trout throughout the summer months and fishes particularly well in low and mid water conditions, where other beats further upstream might struggle - read more.

Wodencroft Cottages, Teesdale


 Tees Trout Fishing

Fishing for wild brown trout on the Tees last weekend, on a stretch of water only available to guests of Wodencroft Cottages, I met up with two members of the England Ladies Fly Fishing team, Phillippa Hake and Lisa Isles. The weather was not ideal for trout fishing with bright sunshine and a cold easterly wind. The Tees is fed by Cow Green reservoir so temperatures don’t tend to rise much until the reservoir starts to warm up around June - read more.

Lease a stretch of the River Esk, Yorkshire



River Esk

A rare opportunity to lease a significant beat on the River Esk. The Grosmont Estate Fishery extends to 8,400 yards. There are 6,750 yards double bank and 1,650 yards single bank. The Grosmont Estate Fishery has the benefit of 19 named pools and many other good fishable stretches and has a five year rolling average of 34 salmon and 135 sea trout - read more.

This new section from FishPal offers a comprehensive list of timeshares, businesses and fisheries for sale from the UK's leading rural agents. If you would like more information about advertising your fishing for sale, timeshares and leases or looking for investment opportunities and would like to be the first to be contacted then please call Anne Woodcock on 01573 470612 - Fishing For Sale

Father's Day



Fathers Day Fishing

With Father's Day only a few weeks away our fishing vouchers are a great way to mark this special occasion and are the perfect gift for the angler who has 'everything' - read more.


Fishing in Iceland

Arctic Char and trout fishing starting from £40 with lodge included - read more.