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

Newsletter April 2016

This month fish over 20lb have been caught on the Dee, Tay and Tweed. Congratulations are due to Peter Fine fishing the Royalty Fishery who enjoyed a very special day with a magnificent 40lb plus and a 20lb plus salmon during a mornings fishing session.

We have NEW fishing available this month on the River Teith, arguably one of the best value for money fisheries in Scotland. River Spey at Castle Grant is in a prime location on the river and is now available without restrictions. New availability has been added on rivers above Inverness this season on the Beauly, Kyle of Sutherland, and Easter Ross.

Starting from this month, Andrew Flitcroft, Editor of Trout & Salmon, shares with us a brief overview of May's edition. This month the magazine includes features by Ian Gordon and Junction boatman Gavin Brown, along with places to fish and your photo gallery in association with FishPal.

Jim Fearn, Jim Wilson from Rio & Vision, Andrew Sowerby from Hardy, Greys & Shakespeare will be at Anglers Lodge in Darlington this weekend. They will be on hand to help you try new rods, match lines, fishing tips and much more.

Please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you need any help arranging your fishing trip this year, including recommendations on where to stay or guides to use. For the latest fishing availability this month please follow this link.

Tight lines if you are out on the river this month and who knows you could be like Tom Buchanan who last April on the River Lyon caught the best fish in Scotland for 2016 and won the FishPal Malloch Trophy.

Have a great April

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

Firth Of Forth Now Online

Brian Stewart with his 25lber caught on the fly last year.

With the Rivers, Forth, Teith and Tyne on the doorstep, there's a wealth of great fishing to be found in the Stirling and Edinburgh areas.

Stirling Council own one of the last remaining local authority salmon fisheries in Scotland, which is arguably one of the best value for money with fishing available on the Teith and Forth.

Predominantly the main runs of salmon come in early season, with prime time being March, April and May. They have in previous seasons had springers landed on opening day - read more.

Lantra Award

Ryan and Scott with Paul Young

Congratulations to Stirling Council who have scooped 2 national awards at the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, LANTRA. Apprentice bailiff Ryan Binnie won learner of the year award for Fisheries Management and Scott Mason won Scottish Mentor of the year award.

April Tactics

Alistair caught this wee beauty at the Dam at Pitlochry.

This is truly the best month for getting out there and trying to catch your first or even your second spring salmon. Water temperatures are nearly all in the forties and air temperatures are in double figures what more could we ask for to help us get a take from the wily salmon.

A great Caledonia Fly for April is the Yellow Moose, still keeping those black and yellow colour variation but with the copper body which the salmon likes in the stained spring waters. I would also not forget the Girnal Shrimp great attractor for any salmon that is in the mood to take. If I am looking to get my fly down a little bit further a fantastic tube pattern is the Pump House Shrimp Conehead or the Gledswood Tosh loop bottle tube - read more.

FishPal Insurance Policy

A popular question asked by customers "Can I still take out insurance cover after I have booked my fishing trip?"

Yes, if all these are true: You have booked and paid through FishPal (using either our online booking system or our call centre); your booking is at least 14 days away; your fishing is in the United Kingdom; you are a United Kingdom resident.

Full policy details can be found on our insurance page or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you would like a quote to insure your fishing.

Cumbria is Open

Rob Jolly with a 16 pound springer in March

The first salmon on the Eden when the water levels eventually dropped, was caught on February 24th, a little later in the season than usual and was 18 pound, followed by a 9, 14 and two 15 pound fish over the following couple of days. When conditions allowed, fish in the mid-teens were caught all through March for those who ventured out - read more.

The Eden Valley has and always will be a place of beauty to treasure, get out during the spring and enjoy it. As soon as we get past this wet and cool spell of early April and the weather warms, sport will also improve.

Follow the Eden Reports page for the latest weekly update on catches and conditions from our River Reporter and Guide Glyn Freeman.

Salmon are coming off most tides now, at the beginning of April and river conditions are favourable after a slight rise - find fishing.

Fishing Hideaway

Within 140 acres of picturesque, privately owned, ancient woodland lies Shank Wood Log Cabin, perfect for anglers fishing the River Lyne, Cumbrian Eden and Border Esk.

The cabin is heated by a wood burner and enjoys split level accommodation sleeping up to 4 people. The perfect family experience - pony trekking and cycle hire nearby - read more.

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.

Fishing Sale

Borders Gunroom annual 2 day spring sale is the 9th & 10th April. If you are looking for a rod, reel or line give Ian Wilson a call on 01835 822844 for the latest deals. They are offering up to 25% off all fishing clothing.

FishPal Win National Award

FishPal have won the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism at the National Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.

The Scottish tourism 'Oscars', now in their 28th year, are led by a panel of industry experts, celebrate tourism businesses or suppliers across the country who have gone the extra mile to offer an outstanding visitor experience - read more.

Mark Cockburn CEO FishPal would like to thank our customers, owners, ghillies and boatman and those who help represent FishPal at shows and festivals across the globe, spreading the word that Scotland is a world class fishing destination.

Tyne Fish Pass

Gary Turner 15lb springer on Bywell

Robson Green officially opened the Hexham Fish Pass which gives migrating fish an alternative route by-passing the bridge footings to swim up two low-gradient channels to continue on their journey up the Tyne.

Robson Green says: “It's an honour to mark the opening. Since childhood the draw of the Tyne always gives me a sense of belonging and goes some way into defining who I am. Salmon tend not to reside in ugly places so the fact that good numbers are still journeying up the Tyne is testament to its clarity and health" - read more.

This month the Tyne has continued to produce some quality fish, many in the high teens, when levels have been kind. The majority of catches continue to come from the beats below Riding Mill with Bywell and Styford rods enjoying the lion's share. Bywell have now recorded 28 fish to date - all caught on fly and carefully returned, and Styford have recorded 11 to date. Eltringham have 4 so far - their catches hampered by the lack of anglers fishing the beat - find fishing.

Magazine To Read This Month

Trout & Salmon on sale now!

The May issue of Trout & Salmon is out now! This month salmon-fishing expert Ian Gordon compares the benefits of floating shooting-heads versus spey-lines. If you have yet to fish a salmon river from a boat, then Tweed Junction boatman Gavin Brown offers invaluable advice, while Jens Bursell, editor-in-chief of Danish magazine Fisk & Fri, explains why his groundbreaking salmon and sea-trout hooking rigs have doubled his catch rates.

From the USA, the founder of Patagonia clothing, Yvon Chouinard extols the virtues of fishing with one simple fly for both fresh and saltwater species, while back on home turf Peak District guide Don Staziker reveals clues to what's hatching while you're on the river.

If you're thinking of making the pilgrimage to Ireland's famous Mayfly loughs, Dennis Moss tells you which waters offer the best spent gnat and greenfly (dun) sport. And there is much, much more in T&S this month, including the latest edition of Country Sport for those of you that have a desire to take up shooting and who enjoy the wider country lifestyle.

Andrew Flitcroft Editor Trout & Salmon Magazine.

Bonhams Sporting Sale

The Bonhams Sporting Sale on 18th May in Edinburgh will include a fine library of angling books and rarities (approximately 100 lots) , including Jardine's British Salmonidae and an extra-illustrated edition of Walton's Angler, further details in the May FishPal newsletter.

Fishing For Sale

Fishing on Lochlane and Laggan for salmon with the fly has given me some memorable moments over the years.

The early flight from Gatwick had us on the river soon after 10am and in 2 days we were into 3 fish including my friend Nick hooking into a monster! John Young the ghillie had to jump into the river to hold onto Nick as this fish towed him down the fast water at alarming speed - read more.

Dee Customer Feedback

Dee springers for Mr Thomas

After two bad seasons, I was not considering taking any rods on the Aberdeenshire Dee for 2016. However, the fact that several of the fishery owners decided to substantially drop their prices at the end of the year made me think again and book rods with FishPal on Lower Crathes and Ballogie for this season. Some beats look after their customers and therefore deserve to be supported.

My two days on Lower Crathes in March were excellent and two of us took 3 springers up to 15lbs. The photo shows the excellent gillie, Robert Harper, returning the fish. Find fishing.

Fish are now starting to spread out into the middle river. The Dee is currently leading the way on catches in Scotland as I write this months newsletter - find fishing.

Events in April

Salmon running on most tides on the River Annan

Each month we will be sharing events in the UK for salmon and trout offering tuition and advice. This months events include: Scottish salmon courses; Ladies days in Hampshire and Yorkshire; Junior salmon and trout days in Scotland and England - read more.

Welsh Gem

Llandovery Angling Association has over 10 miles of mainly double bank fishing on the Towy at Llandovery, South Wales.

Unchanged for centuries these lies that the fish favour, have deep ledges and channels with a gravel bottom. For the solitary angler such waters can be very exciting to explore,
anything from a fresh run grilse to a ten pound sewin is a possibility - read more.

FishPal Newsletters

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

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