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

Newsletter February 2016

The start of the salmon season is well and truly underway with the main Scottish rivers now open. In this month's newsletter we have reports from Mark and the team who have been out meeting anglers, river trusts and owners at opening ceremonies and fishing events across Scotland.

February's newsletter also includes news from the Spey, Clyde, Teith and Dee, including where to find affordable spring fishing. We also have the latest offers from Angling Active on Simms and Hardy.

An early date for your March calendar, we are at the Glasgow Angling Open Weekend Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March at the front of the superstore next to the fly rods. Come along and meet the stars of the sport, grab a bargain and book a days fishing.

If you are in Ireland this weekend Stevie Munn, Hardy Proteam, will be giving casting demos and showcasing Hardy rods at Angling Ireland EXPO, National Show Centre in Dublin.

Please contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 if you need any help arranging your fishing trip in 2016 along with recommendations on where to stay or guides to use. For the latest fishing availability please follow this link.

Remember the famous saying “you need to have your fly in the water to stand a chance of catching a spring fish” so get yourself out onto the river soon and you just might strike it lucky. You could be the next FishPal Malloch Trophy Winner.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

Popstar Opens The Dee

Dougie Vipond with Ross Macdonald

Dougie Vipond from BBC Scotland's rural affairs series, Landward, opened up the River Dee this year. Dougie is one of the founding members of 80's pop rock band Deacon Blue. Their finest album "Raintown" features songs such as "Born in a Storm" and "Dignity", lyrics appropriate in 2016 with the dedication and resilience of the River Dee Board, Dee ghillies, owners and local businesses to the damage caused by Storm Frank to the river and surrounding area.

Mark Bilsby, River Director of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board, said: "We are determined that, as far as possible, it is business as usual."

Terry Paton with a Dee springer

Opening week finished with 30 fish, well distributed between Park and Carlogie and
Kincardine. If conditions had been more favourable the number would have been greater. Notable catches came from Phillip Black who landed a brace of springers at Lower Crathes. Terry Paton 2nd ghillie on Bywell Beat, Tyne, landed a 12lb fish on his old beat, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo. Iain Wilson also scored with a 15lb fish off Invery.

The second week of the season is often accompanied by a dip in catches and last week was no exception. Conditions were favourable throughout the week but angling pressure was reduced, we can't help but think this will have had some effect.

Ross Macdonald Fisheries Development Officer for the river writes a monthly newsletter which you can read by following this link. If you would like to receive the monthly FishDee newsletter by email you can subscribe here.

For the latest fishing available in February and for the rest of Spring follow this link or contact Tom on 01573 470612.

Helmsdale Suisgill Beat

Without doubt one of the most productive salmon rivers in the whole of Scotland, those lucky enough to fish the River Helmsdale will have a chance of hooking a fish from the opening day of the season on the 11th January right through until the river closes on 30th September - read more.

FishPal Insurance Policy

I am sure we can all remember days when we were unable to fish because the river was in flood. The “Flooding Disruption” cover that comes with this policy is clearly deemed to be one of the most important features on offer within the policy that will prevent you from losing out financially if the river is in flood and unfishable.

The FishPal Insurance Policy has four main areas of cover - read more.

34lb Tay Salmon

In January's newsletter we featured a video
with David Summers of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) where we asked him
if we can we expect a "Genuine 40lb'er" on the Tay in 2016?

The first 30lb plus Scottish spring salmon has been caught by an angler fishing the Tay on Upper Kinnaird beat. This is the biggest salmon in Scotland so far this year at 34lb.

Will you be the angler who catches a Tay 40lber - find fishing.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip in 2016, please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612.

Hatchery For Sale

A unique opportunity to purchase a fish hatchery with land at Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire.

Approximately 3.47ha (8.57 acres) of land. For further information please contact Ross Wright - read more.

FishPal Newsletters

The latest monthly newsletters for the River's Dee, Tay and Tweed can be found here.
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River Spey Opens

Jimmy Gray MBE opened the River Spey

Jimmy Gray, MBE., former Superintendent of the River Spey from 1978 until his retirement in 2001 was the guest of honour at this years opening. Well liked by so many around the country and recognised as integral to the River Spey by anglers, ghillies, owners, management and clubs/societies up and down the river, it was fitting that he be the guest of honour.

In the first of a series of Spey Opening Day videos from Angling Active in Stirling, one of Scotland's premier angling stores. Jimmy Gray MBE speaks of his fond memories of the river and wishes everyone well for the 2016 season- watch the video.

Graham with one of his two fish

Congratulations to Graham Ritchie who will go down in the Spey records for the first angler to catch the first salmon and second salmon on opening day - read more.

Fishpal donated a £200 voucher for a raffle prize, the proceeds of which went to the Spey Foundation. The lucky winner kindly donated the prize to the River Spey Anglers Association to further their Junior Angling Development Programme.

The Spey Fishery Board Annual Report 2015 has now been published and is available to download and read by following this link.

Spey Where To Fish In 2016

Spey Fishery Board is full of optimism for another successful year following the much improved catch in 2015. Last years grilse catch was the best since 2010, so the prospects are good for the 2016 spring/summer salmon run

We would like to welcome the popular Spey beat Easter Elchies onto FishSpey. Availability for this sought after beat has been live for a few days and most of the rods have subsequently sold out - find fishing.

For sea trout enthusiasts June and July on the Spey are productive months with beats from Castle Grant 3 up to Kinchurdy highly recommended - find fishing.

If there is a particular beat you would you like to fish and there is little or no availability and/or booking restrictions please contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612.

Ray Mears Opens The Teith

The River Teith was opened by Ray Mears whom is in no need of an introduction. His words are meaningful to every angler, but further still to any member of any community bound to its traditions. The life cycle of the salmon is a miracle and we are dependant on their survival. Recognising them and welcoming them back annually should be shared with our youth.

Ray Mears said "River Teith has gained Catergory 1 status this year. Not only is it one of the very finest salmon rivers in Scotland, it's one of the finest in the world". Thank you to Angling Active, Stirling who have produced a series of opening day videos.

If you would like to fish the Teith this year please contact Tom Carter on 01573 470612. We look forward to welcoming the Teith onto the FishPal site.

Salmon Fishing In Sutherland

The Lower Cassley beats extend to 1.5 miles double bank fishing with over 30 recognised pools of varied type, and most of easy access suitable for all ages of fisherman.

For their length the Lower Cassley beats comprise some of the most prolific salmon fishing in Sutherland - read more.

FishPal Donations

In 2015 a total of £15,000 has been donated to river trusts across the country from donations made by anglers when booking their fishing through our website.

A cheque of £8,348 was sent to the Atlantic Salmon Trust in January.

Tony Andrews Chief Executive of the AST said "A big thank you to all concerned, for their generosity and support. Tight lines and a great fishing new year to all! read more.

Minister Guest At Clyde Opening

Over 200 anglers gathered at the Popinjay Country Hotel & Spa to celebrate in style the opening of Scotlands third longest river the Clyde. Invited guests included the Minister for Children and Young People (Aileen Campbell) and SNP MSP for Hamilton constituency Christina McKelvie.

Hywel Morgan blessed the river with whisky and had the honour of the first cast. Hywel spent some time with Aileen and Christina introducing them to salmon fishing.

We would like to welcome UCAPA onto the FishPal site. Trout and grayling permits are now available to purchase online for 60 miles of double bank fishing - read more.

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Great Magazines are offering an additional 15% off all print and digital subscriptions - read more.

Simply use voucher code FABMUM15 at the checkout!

Valid until Sunday 21st Feb 2016!

Your Fishing News

We would love to hear your stories this year. If you have a photo to share, a beat you would like to see featured or something you think fellow anglers might be interested in, please give the office a call. It is always good to get news from the rivers and share it with the angling community.

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