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Newsletter December 2015

It may be a quiet time for fishing, but it has been a truly hectic time for us. We have taken a large number of telephone calls from anglers here in the UK and internationally, in particular Russia, Canada and the USA.

FishPal's fishing insurance policy has been re-launched. This new product covers flood disruption, trip cancellation and, now, ‘Inability to fish' if you were to fall ill, suffer a sprain or are injured during your period of insurance.

During the last two months consultants have been working with our IT Department to develop a new, exciting update to the FishPal site. This ground breaking angler friendly feature will be ready to launch later this month. We will be sending you a newsletter to tell you all about this dynamic new service for salmon and trout anglers.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip in 2016, please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612 or follow this link for the latest availability.

With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from all the FishPal team.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

2016 Availability

More and more beats are adding their 2016 fishing availability. To be one of the first to be notified we recommend you book a Rod Alert to receive emails denoting new availabilities on your selected river and beat(s) - Find 2016 fishing.

NEW FishPal Insurance

Building on the success of our market leading "Cancellation and Fishing Disruption Insurance", we have re-launched our fishing insurance to the angling community. This new product covers flood disruption, trip cancellation and now, 'Inability to fish' if you were to fall ill, suffer a sprain or are injured during your period of insurance cover.

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

Perfect Place To Stay On Tweed

When Sir Walter Scott transformed a modest farmhouse (Cartley Hall) into the world-renowned ‘romance of stone and mortar' that he renamed Abbotsford, he must have known its stunning location on the banks of the River Tweed would set it apart for many decades to come.

A keen fisher – but more excited by the prospect of ‘lighting the water' (that is, fishing with torches and spears by moonlight) – Scott loved to relate personal tales of fishing and hunting in his novels - read more.

Grayling Weekend

The Nith and Annan Fishery Trust's are hosting a grayling weekend on Saturday 9th and 10th January 2016. The purpose of the weekend is to provide an opportunity for anglers to experience Grayling fishing on the various beats of the Nith and Annan. Anglers catches will help the trusts with valuable information on the distribution of these fish and status of Grayling stocks on the river Nith and Annan read more.

Springkell House

Springkell House and cottages set within 100 acres of parkland on the Border Esk is the perfect destination for anglers and fishing parties visiting the Annan, Border Esk and Nith - find accommodation.

A Tay Gem

Having scooped Scotland's ‘Fishing Hotel of the Year' for 6 years in a row, this 4 star country house hotel offers anglers a warm welcome and hospitality at the very highest of standards - read more.

FishIceland In 2016

"Atlantic salmon fishing in Iceland is real fun" says Jon Sigurdsson, FishIceland.

With nearly 100 salmon fishing rivers in Iceland and most of those allowing between 4 and 20 rods to fish per day, there is a lot of fishing to be had in Iceland, but without the feeling of ever being cramped for space.

Iceland is only a three hour flight from the UK, with several airlines providing plenty of options.

Idyllic Scottish Rural Retreat

In the far north highlands, just two hours from Inverness is an idyllic rural Scottish retreat. The family-run Borrobol Estate offers some of Sutherland's finest trout fishing and lies in one of the most remote landscapes in Scotland - read more.

FishPal Gift Vouchers

If you want to give someone a really special present this Christmas, consider a fishing gift voucher from FishPal?

All you need to do is choose the amount you wish to give. Each voucher has the name of the recipient and also who it is from and is posted out to you. Vouchers can be emailed upon request, perfect for last minute gifts - read more.

Salmon Rivers Open In January

The salmon season in Scotland starts on the 11th January with the opening of the River Helmsdale.

The first of the large Scottish Rivers, River Tay opens at Hilton Dunkeld Hotel, 9.30am, Friday 15 January 2016. A special guest will be opening the river this year. Previous years opening ceremonies have been well attended with anglers, owners and TV companies all keen to mark the start of the iconic Scottish Salmon Season.

If you haven't managed to attend an opening day event before then please come and join in the fun, it always gets the heart pumping as the new season finally gets under way.

The FishPal team will be in attendance and wish you all tight lines for 2016.

New Middle Tay Beat

Delvine & Burnbane Fishings on the middle Tay opens its doors to general public on Friday January 15th. This new Tay beat starts 600 metres below Caputh bridge at Murthly and offers visiting anglers 2 miles of left bank and 1 1/2 miles of right bank salmon fishing - read more.

Fishermen have long come to the River Tay and stayed at the Meikleour Arms in pursuit of the King of Fish. They are just a few minutes from some of the best salmon fishing and their cosy, country pub is the ideal place to recount just how big that fish was!

Malloch Trophy

Entries have now closed for the 2015 FishPal Malloch Trophy and we are delighted to announce a record number of adult and junior anglers have entered the competition with salmon caught and released on rivers across Scotland.

The River Annan led the way with the largest number of entries for the senior competition.

The junior competition received the most entries from beats on the Tweed and Ness.

The esteemed panel of judges now have the hard task of choosing this years winners on Wednesday 16th December. We will be keeping you up to date with the latest news as it happens on the FishPal Malloch Trophy Facebook and Twitter pages.

Scottish Highland Castle

Breathtakingly wild, with stunning views and a most welcoming atmosphere with all the quirks and idiosyncrasies of a historic castle.

Erchless Castle at Struy near Beauly sleeps a maximum of 16 people and is let on a self catering basis. Prices start from £1,750 per week

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. It also has two very useful tributaries, the rivers Glass and Farrar which are well worth fishing in their own right. Please contact Tom at FishPal for 2016 availability.

Secret Lochs And Special Places

Bruce Sandison's Secret Lochs and Special Places takes the angler on a journey through some of Scotland's most wonderful areas to discover little-known lochs and others that are outstanding simply because of their beauty. This book is not about huge trout, although they are there, but rather about the supreme joy that is fishing.

FishPal Newsletters

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