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Newsletter May 2016

Anglers out casting a line have enjoyed some excellent sport during the last few weeks. The River Spey which was lightly fished in April produced a 27lber at Ballandalloch, a 25lber at Arndilly and 31 salmon on Gordon Brae Water beat.

The Ness at Dochfour have seen their best April in 5 years with 22 fish and so has Dee beat Lower Crathes & West Durris with 62 fish for March and 50 for April.

Esks angler's have had some good sport in April including a 30lber caught at Kinnaber and 31 fish for Canterland beat, their best for 5 years.

The River Tay is fishing very well with some beats seeing their best early season fishing for many a year.

May is the most consistent fishing month of all rivers for spring fishing throughout Scotland and Northern England. With a general warming of temperatures it really is time to dust down those rods and get out, and who knows you could be the next FishPal Malloch Trophy winner. The last two winners have caught their winning fish in Spring.

We don't know what the summer weather patterns will bring, we do know that May and June are good months to go fishing.

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.

Have a great May

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

Fish Of A Lifetime

Murray Stewart playing his salmon.

Congratulations to Murray Stewart who caught a fish of a lifetime on the fly on the North Esk at Kinnaber at the end of last month. You can read about Murrays fish in the July edition of Trout & Salmon magazine.

Kinnaber is numbered among the top fly beats in Scotland, thanks to its location as a streamy beat just above the mean spring tide mark, with the chance of catching a licer straight off the tide. The beat can be quiet one moment and then come all aboil the next - read more.

Sea trout tend to start early at Kinnaber, coinciding with the best runs of spring salmon in May and early June - find fishing.

Best April Recorded

Willie Broadly with his 12lber caught on Dochfour.

River Ness beat Dochfour have enjoyed their best April catches for 30 years with 22 salmon - find fishing.

Divine Intervention

This year the world commemorates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare and if, whilst in pursuit of Salmon, you are looking for divine intervention, consult the Shakespeare Oracle. Well that is what has been said about the “The Shakespeare Oracle”, tarot cards and accompanying Shakespearean orientated book. No doubt a touch of inspiration here for one of the best selling double hander ranges on the market - read more.

Angling Active Stirling says "This range of rods has caused quite a stir within the salmon fly community. The price point screams out as the main advantage, but we sometimes hear of customers buying them as a backup rod just in case they break their favourite (more expensive) rod and then end up switching to the Oracle because they just love it" - read more.

Tweed Totals 889 Salmon

Colin Tait, Springer Dryburgh Upper, April.

Colin Tait from Coldingham enjoyed a memorable day's fishing Dryburgh Upper last month and caught his magnificent fish on film. Using a Go Pro he filmed the take, playing the fish and Rob Dixon netting it and it's subsequent release - watch the video.

The total for Tweed last week came to 100, from all recording beats says Tweed Reporter Tim Pilcher from Tweedside Tackle and he says if his calculations are correct, the running total since the beginning of the season for the whole river from reporting beats comes to 889 - find fishing.

Tweedside Tackle are moving next to Ednam House Hotel and as a result are having a 'Re-location Sale' starting this week, so grab yourself a fishing bargain!

UK Fishing Holidays

Courses for trout, sea trout, salmon, grayling, bass & pollack catering for all levels of anglers from beginners to advanced, from 1 to 3 day courses - read more.

Three Day Course with guided fishing and tuition if required for wild brown trout on the Derbyshire Wye & Dove on 25,26,27th June. For more details please contact Bob Glynn on 07795 214934, North Wales Fly Fishing.

Fishing River Tees

Anglers seeking a fantastic wild brown trout, salmon and grayling fishing experience whilst staying in luxury holiday accommodation must visit Woden Croft Holiday Cottages.

Located on the banks of the River Tees, near Barnard Castle, guests staying in the cottages have exclusive access to one mile of double bank fishing and half a mile of single bank.

Prime months for trout are May to August and for salmon and sea trout July until the end of October - read more.

River Eden

Yorkshire Fly Fishers water on the river Eden near Wetheral has produced spring salmon on most days over the last week and, if sightings on Wednesday were anything to go by, anglers upstream could have a chance of a fish or two over the next few days - find fishing

Eden Lacy Fishing have produced a series of superb videos for their fishing, watch their latest video.


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Weekly River Reports can be found by following this link.

Bonhams Sporting Sale

Two very scarce sporting books lead Bonhams Sporting Sale in Edinburgh on May 18th. The Stalking Journal of Major General Henry Hope Crealock (estimated at £35,000-50,000) and a first edition of William Jardine's British Salmonidae, offered with an album of Jardine's original sketches, (estimated at £25,000-35,000).

Other highlights include an extra illustrated edition of Izaak Walton's classic The Compleat Angler in ten volumes published in 1836. This copy came from the Robert Hoe library and must be one of the most important extra-illustrated Waltons, it is estimated at £15,000-20,000 - read more.

Bonhams Sporting Sale comprises of 482 unique lots which include angling and sporting books, reels, flies, fishing rods and art - read more.

Magazine To Read This Month

The June issue of Trout & Salmon is out now!

This month salmon fishing expert Jim Coates offers advice on tactics and techniques for high summer salmon. Stuart Foxhall explains how to make your flies more visible to salmon by mastering the J-swing. There is an exclusive interview with Peter Fine, captor of a 40 lb plus salmon from the Hampshire Avon - read more.

Stan Headley visits Lake of Menteith as the fishery celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Paul Procter goes in search of the thriving wild brown trout in Yorkshire's River Nidd. Plus all the latest news, tackle, fly tying and features from the world of game fishing. You can now buy a single issue of the magazine by following this link.

River Spey

Terje Vidar Harangen from Norway caught his 27lber on Ballindalloch Castle beat in April.

Thank you to Malcolm Newbould for the weekly Spey Fishing Report. Again the catches are reasonably well distributed from above Grantown to the sea. It is nice to see a few sea trout being caught, judging by the cold nights I assume most are being picked up whilst fishing for salmon. As the catches improve, availability is disappearing fast.

The Spey Fishery Board and Spey Foundation Briefing for May 2016 has now been published and is available to read and download here.

Monroe (aged 12) first time casting a fly on the River Spey caught his first ever salmon, a 6lb beauty on a Greenwell's Glory and a single handed rod. Congratulations from everyone at FishPal.

Fish The Tyne

North Tyne, May 4th caught by Dave Brown on the fly.

Catches have been more spread recently with fish reported from Wylam to Chollerton on the North Tyne.

Last week fish were seen moving at Chesters and a fish was lost after a brief tussle. As word spread, just upstream above Chollerford on Chollerton water, gillie Johnny Griffiths also saw fish moving and again had a brief tussle before parting company with a good sized springer. A very large fish was also lost by a female angler last week below Corbridge - read more.

Catches at Bywell and Styford have continued and fish seem to be ascending the pass more readily in the lower flows and slightly warmer water - find fishing.

Ask An Angler

FishPal has teamed up with Angling Active, Caledonia Fly Company, Gary Scott, Andy Gunn, Simon Furniss and Visit Scotland on their #ScotSpirit campaign to answer any fishing questions asked by our customers.

Over 40 questions were sent in and filmed last month on the River Tay at Dunkeld Fishing and Newtyle beat.

Fishing The Findhorn

Ian Neale with a springer around 14lbs from Darnaway, Findhorn in April.

Ian Neale reports "Fourteen fish and one sea trout for the week which was really a great result. There were certainly some good numbers of fresh fish seen running through both beats over the last couple of days of the week. Hopefully, these fish will soon push on up river towards the middle beats over the forthcoming weeks" - read more.

FishPal Insurance Policy

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.

David Graham 14lb on a Dee Monkey, Lower Blackhall, River Spey.

Tayside Catches

John Furniss 26lb on the fly at Islamouth, Tay, April.

Spring salmon fishing on the Tay is entering May after another successful April equalling last year's totals. Last week was by far the best week of the season so far with 161 fish landed and the biggest one recorded was 23 lbs caught on Islamouth - find fishng.

Live entertainment at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel this month, check with the hotel for dates. The hotel is perfect for anglers fishing Murthly, Newtyle, Dunkeld Fishing and Dalmarnock beats - find fishing.

Tay salmon course 23rd-25th May on Lower Kinnaird has 1 place available due to a last minute cancellation.

Borve Lodge Estate

We are pleased to announce that anglers can now book salmon and sea trout fishing on the Borve Lodge Estate in Hebrides. The fishery lies amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Western Isles.

New for FishPal, we have a weeks hind stalking on the estate in October available online - read more.