Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter - July 2015

Welcome to the new look FishPal newsletter which can now be viewed with ease on your tablet and mobile phone.

This month sees the launch of the first FishDee newsletter which contains everything you need to know about fishing the River Dee.
From July newsletters for FishTweed and FishTay will also be tablet and mobile phone friendly.

The weather has been in the news during the last week, with bulletins awash with spectacular photographs of thunderstorms and hailstones the size of golf balls. Certainly rubbish summer weather though, bearing in mind last Wednesday we hit 29.4C. What a difference a week makes!

Anglers out fishing this week have enjoyed some excellent sport with fish reported up to 2l lbs on the River Spey; River Lochy 18lbs; River Tay 20lbs and River Findhorn 17lbs. Galloway rods had a cracking start to the week with fish at 17lb and 22lbs - find fishing.

With more wet weather forecast, temperatures falling and summer salmon and grilse entering many river systems a fishing trip during July could well be more productive than recent years. Before you book your days fishing please check river levels and remember when you book a day online it comes with the option to add fishing insurance.

With over 133,000 rods/days available we have ample, affordable summer fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout currently on the system. Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 to help you find a day's fishing.

Keep sharing your stories and photographs to or give call me on 01573 470612.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

FishPal's Responsive Pages

On Friday, we changed our menu system at FishPal and many of our page layouts, to make as many as possible mobile responsive - i.e. easier to see on mobile phones without having to scroll horizontally. If you are using a wide screen you should not notice anything different. However if you view on a narrow screen on a PC, tablet or use a mobile phone you will see the normal menu replaced by a new pull down single menu system (with additional River menu, if in a River section on the FishPal sites).

Not all pages have changed, with the remaining ones being done in stages over the next few months. Your browser may be caching some of the old files and not using the ones needed to make the new system work, so please clear your caches or browsing data to make sure you are using the new files.

We hope that you will like the new changes.

FishPal Team

FishPal Insurance

If you are planning a trip and have not got round to booking it yet, do remember insurance cover is now available. This unique policy is the market leader, growing in popularity as you would expect, given the wonders of the UK weather!!

Full policy details can be found here or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you need any further assistance".

Scottish Game Fair

Mark Cockburn with Scott Mackenzie and Iain Kirk.

FishPal were at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace last week, meeting customers, owners and advertisers.

Mark and Anne are attending the CLA Game Fair this month at Harewood House. If you would like to book a meeting whilst you are at the show please call 01573 470612 or email .

Tay Ladies Day

Ladies day on the Tay at Meikleour & Islamouth Fishing.

Ladies from across Scotland and England gathered on the Tay at the weekend for a charity ladies day raising money for Angling For Youth Development. Claire Mercer Nairne hosted the day on her stunning beat at Upper Islamouth and Meikleour Fishing, set in the grounds of Meikleour Estate.

During the day fish were hooked and lost. One lady hooked into a significant fish in the Upper Islamouth pool – we hear it was 30lb plus, (according to Daniel the ghillie). After playing the fish for 10 minutes her tippet was cut on a rock - read more

Patience and Perseverance

Craig Sommervile, Angling Active Stirling, with a salmon he caught last weekend.

Many anglers have had an embarrassing day-to-catch ratio over the past couple of seasons for many reasons, which have been covered in magazines in great detail in recent times.

This season there are fish in the rivers and they are keen to take your offering, completely oblivious to all of your tweaks, trials and fish whispering - read more.

NEW Syndicate Rods

There is a NEW section on FishPal for anglers wishing to fish a beat on the same day of each week during a specific period - find rods.

Syndicate rods are a great way for local people to get good value fishing on a regular basis.

If you are part of a fishing syndicate and would like more information about adding your syndicate please contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 or email

Casting For Recovery

Casting For Recovery UK & Ireland helps women to overcome the challenges of breast cancer by providing fishing retreats in peaceful settings. Forbes-of-Kingennie Country Resort, close to Dundee, Angus, Scotland will host their fishing retreat in Scotland this September - read more.

Fishing For Sale River Avon

Lot 1 Burgate Fordingbridge.

A rare opportunity has arisen to buy land and fishing rights on the Hampshire, Avon, nationally renowned as one of Britain's premiere coarse fisheries.

Whilst the river is perhaps best known for its superb roach fishing, there are good numbers of barbel, bream, carp, chub, dace, perch and pike also present.

The Hampshire Avon also holds some salmon, which can be seen jumping up the slipways of the nearby weirs - read more

Specialist Agents in the South of England

Ian Gordon visits the Lochy

Mark Cockburn casting a line on the Lochy.

Having just returned from a nice couple of days on the River Lochy with Mark Cockburn of FishPal, I have to say, irrespective of the fish not playing ball, I enjoyed the experience and will return to the Lochy for sure. The river was low and with the unusually hot weather, dropped very quickly, conditions for fishing in the early morning and evening really. However, our schedule meant this was not possible and after sweltering in 28°C and wet on Wednesday afternoon we finally decided enough was enough - read more.

Only 2 rods for 3 days are now available for the rest of the season on the Lochy.

Where To Fish In July

Mike Ewan holding Bill Warburg's 18lb salmon caught on Rothes and Aikenway River Spey last week.

The largest salmon caught in the UK so far this month has been caught in Scotland on Dochfour beat, River Ness at 22lb. Other notable rivers in Scotland catching big fish this month are the Spey, Gordon Brae at 20lb and the Dee on Dess at 20lb. They are all worthy entries to the FishPal Malloch Trophy for the best salmon caught in Scotland this year, the most prestigious game angling award in Europe.

With conditions changing as the week progresses salmon and grilse are being caught on the Tweed, Tay, Hebrides, Galloway, Findhorn and Dee. Check all the latest catches.

A Sutherland salmon River Shin.

There are reports of good runs of fish on the River Spey with several sightings of some big fish. Spey beat Rothes and Aikenway has been fishing well this year with a total of 193 salmon to 25lbs caught up to the end of June. A September week has just become available on this prime spey beat - read more.

We are hearing reports that this could be the best season for many a year for sea trout in Scotland, with very few anglers out there fishing for them. Sea trout are being caught in good numbers on the Spey 80 for last week, Dee rods 57, Border Esk 22 and Tweed 31 - recent catches. this page

If you are looking for somewhere to fish this month there is plenty of summer fishing availability on beats across the UK and with prices starting from a little as £7.00 for a days fishing there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

Tom Carter
01573 470612

July's Featured Guide

Glyn Freeman of Cumbria Fly Fishing is a full time and fully qualified AAPGAI instructor and guide who is based and has fished on the river Eden in Cumbria for over twenty five years. He is also an appointed fly casting instructor and guide for John Norris of Penrith.

Glyn Freeman returning a 20lb plus sea trout.

Glyn is also a keeper on the lower river and a member of the team working with youth for Borderlines in Cumbria and south-west Scotland. Teaching is one of Glyn's great passions in life, to see someone smile after they make their first good cast or catch their first fish is absolutely priceless - read more.

Chasing Eden Lacy Silver

Anne Woodcock playing a 10lb salmon on Eden Lacy.

FishPal visited Eden Lacy beat last month on the Eden. The river was at its lowest and with mixed weather conditions, connecting with a salmon was going to be tough. After some sound advice from the beat's owner Victor Gubbins we started before 9am. Fishing a greatly reduced channel in the viaduct pool, Anne cast a size 16 Red Francis into the fast flowing water. Watching the fly skate quickly across the flow, she changed it to a size 12 (Victor's fly choice). Half way down the pool she had a knock, taking two steps back up the pool she cast her fly again and this time had a successful connection.

Eden Lacy fishing is one of the most attractive beats on the river comprising of 1.8 miles of left bank, 12 named pools with a fishing hut set amongst a wooded and wild flower area. Accommodation is available in one of their beautiful holiday cottages overlooking the river.

One of the well appointed cottages on the estate.

Best Catches In Ireland

River Blackwater, Ireland has seen its best June catches for 13 years. However, when one considers the angling effort the achievement becomes much more apparent. In 2002 there were 132 fish caught in 796 rod days, in 2015 a total of 88 fish caught in 179 rod days.

Given sufficient water, fresh fish will enter the river at most points of the season with the result that, later in the season, the pools may contain an interesting mix of both grilse and large fish up to 20 lbs or more. Visit the new Munster Blackwater site on FishPal.

Glencalvie Sutherland

Angler playing a salmon on Glencalvie.

August and early September are the best months to visit the Carron. The annual catch returns are in the region of 800 salmon/grilse. Two rods fish the Glencalvie beat which has some of the best fishing on the river including the famous Falls Pool. Gruinards beat is a four rod beat and lies opposite Braelangwell. The two estates have a longstanding arrangement to ensure there is no one fishing opposite - read more.

Stan Pelc, Scottish Salmon Guide, visited Braelangwell in June. The week before he arrived rods caught 15 salmon and the first grilse, with the best day bringing 6 fish when there was a wee rise in water. Find out how Stan's party faired for the week - read more.

Stan with one of his fish.

Junior Salmon Day

One to one coaching by casting instructors.

Northumberland branch of the Salmon & Trout Association will be hosting their introduction to salmon fishing for juniors on the River Tyne, Wednesday 29th July. If you would like to book a place please contact Cliff Johnston on 01388 605340 or email

Grant Morrison fishing Bywell Beat River Tyne at the weekend on a charity day. First of 3 fish for the party.

Morven Peninsula

As you sit at home or at work thinking about your next fishing trip, what do you see? If you are dreaming of an area of stunning natural beauty, crystal clear waters, surrounded by rolling hills and mature woodland you will be hard pushed to find anywhere more perfect than the beautiful setting of the Morvern peninsula, in the Scottish Highlands - read more

Salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Aline.

Every entry to this years FishPal Malloch Trophy and Junior Malloch will receive a fishing hat and be in with the chance of winning a Scott Mackenzie salmon rod - read more.