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

Newsletter March 2016

Anglers have enjoyed some fabulous fishing during the month of February with catches of salmon up to 34lb and sea trout up to 9lb. Young angler Jess England, ventured out onto Tweed during half term with her father James, and caught 3 spring salmon all on the fly. You can read more about Jess and other notable catches in this newsletter.

The start of March sees conditions on many rivers favourable, maybe a little chillier than some would like, and fewer anglers out fishing. The forecast for next week is fine, dry weather with some pleasant spells of sunshine, and with rivers/beats offering some very affordable spring fishing with prices ranging from upwards of £8 a day, now is the time to start planning that fishing trip.

We have secured some new and exciting fishing during the last few months to the website. We now have availability on the Dee at Crathes Castle, one of the top beats below Banchory, and the magnificent stretch of salmon fishing within the Balmoral Estate. More availability has been added to the Spey with rods now on Upper Arndilly and Easter Elchies. We are looking forward to announcing later this month salmon fishing on the River Teith, a category one river.

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.

There will be some special fish on the move this month and I hope you will connect with one. You could be the next FishPal Malloch Trophy Winner.

Have a great March.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

One Place Left

Enjoy three days salmon fishing on Makerstoun beat (double bank); three nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Ednam House Hotel; casting tuition and advice from Eoin Fairgrieve and the Trout & Salmon magazine.

Contact the magazine on 01733 395144 for more information.

New Fishing Destination

We are pleased to offer 8 miles of double bank fishing on the River Glass which forms on the famous River Beauly system. Erchless Estate have 8 rods to offer per week over six beats, let on a rotation basis giving the angler an opportunity to fish a new beat each day.

The visiting angler will have the opportunity to fish a great variety of water, which includes: short and long pools, riffles, glides and fast runs, set within the most spectacular scenery of the glen and close to the famous Glen Affric. The river levels are enhanced by water releases from the Hydro station at Fasnakyle. The fishing starts mid July and finishes mid October - read more.

The estate can offer accommodation by the week in Erchess Castle and a cottage within the grounds. Nearby there are local B&B and hotels for shorter stays.

A great destination holiday for fishing, walking and relaxing.

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.

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.

Timeshare For Sale

Taymount is one of the most legendary beats on the River Tay. This is a superb opportunity to acquire all 6 rods or an option to buy 2 rods on a prime May week on one of the Tays premier beats - read more.

FishPal Newsletters

The latest monthly newsletters for the Rivers Dee, Tay and Tweed can be found here.

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Beats With Restrictions

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.

Holiday To The Hebrides

This string of windswept and mostly treeless islands, with golden beaches and spectacular scenery has some of the best summer salmon and trout fishing in Europe.

A natural wilderness, where golden eagles are readily seen soaring high above, red deer look down from the hill tops, and otters survey their competition on an early morning outing.

To complement this, the islanders' warm hospitality makes the Hebrides a game angler's paradise - read more.

TwinPeakes Media have produced a super video called Hebridean Drift, you can watch their video by following this link.

Kent Hakansson with his 19lb spring salmon caught on Crathes last week.

Bemersyde Trophy Winners

Congratulations to this years winner of the Bemersyde Trophy, Fin Wilson, who caught and released a 24lb spring salmon on a Monkey tube fly at Lower Floors on February 13, 2015. He used a Hardy Demon 14' rod, Rio S1 Hover and 10ft medium sink tip and a Monkey tube fly.

Lady Haig has announced a junior competition and this years winner is Jess England, fishing the Faulds pool she caught her fish on a aurora shrimp, size 8 measured at 35" and estimated at 15lb. She caught a second fish of 13lb on the fly during her session on the 31st July 2015.

Which Lures For Salmon

There are so many lures, plugs, jerk baits out there at the moment it is hard to decide on which ones to tackle up with for our rivers here in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

We thought we'd put a little guide together explaining what we recommend from our experience. There are seven popular styles of lure that our knowledgable customers rate all with their own advantages - read more.

River Spey

The 3rd part in the River Spey Opening Day series covers the management of the River Spey by the Spey Fishery Board.

Mr Doran explains the Wild Fisheries Review and its effects on the Spey. The A9 widening project, fish farming, wind farms and the known/unknowns of smolt migration out at sea.

Our thanks go to the Spey Fishery Board for this tremendous explanation of what is current now on the Spey and further afield. Thank you to Angling Active, Stirling, who filmed the video.

Congratulations to Mr Boyd on his first ever salmon, caught on Gordon Castle beat 3

Tweed Hat trick

Fishing during half term, Jess England caught 3 springers on the fly during a morning session on Hendersyde Beat, River Tweed.

All 3 springers came from the Cottage Pool, a great pool for spring fish, and caught within its length (150 yards). Head boatmen John Kitchingham said “she was not fishing her fly too deep”.

Jess has only been fishing for 8 years. During this time she has caught a staggering 50 salmon up to 18lb. Jess uses her dad's equipment: rod an Orvis shooting star 14ft; line Airflo Ultra Spey with a multi tip head; fast sinking tip; fly black and yellow variant.

Jess is a winner of the Junior Malloch Trophy and the 2015 winner of the Bemersyde Junior Trophy.

All About The Fly

Congratulations Steven Cope with the first of his 2 Tay spring salmon caught on Newtyle beat

We are settled into normal spring conditions, bright sunny mornings, dropping water levels and your breath can be seen by your fishing friend in the next pool. Yes its perfect for that Spring fish to take your fly and knock off those ice particles early in the morning sun.

March is one of the most important months on the spring salmon calendar as they start to move from lower beats into middle beats, spreading themselves more evenly through the system.

It's now all about the fly being seen this month. Fast sink tips, intermediate lines and sinking lines will help you find your quarry but you will need the all important fly on the end of your setup.

With this in mind I would like to point you in the direction of the most successful patterns that the MD of Caledonia Fly Company, Malcolm Anderson has fished with over the years. The Aurora Cascade is a favourite along with the Flame Thrower, Tosh which is a truly standout black & yellow pattern.

Other patterns that catch fish regularly are the Cohn's Spring Willie Gunn, Girnal Shrimp, Ally's pearl shrimp and for those of you who like using a bit of pink, the beautiful Lady Meikleour pattern or Cohn's Pinky Pearl and the Blue Pearl are sure to go down well.

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