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

Newsletter July 2016

20lb plus fish have been reported so far in July on the Dee, Findhorn, Lochy, Ness, Spey, Tay, Tyne, Test and Itchen. With the rest reporting 12 pound plus salmon - latest catches.

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 July

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

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The UK's National Fish

Over 7000 votes were cast in the first National Fish Vote. The brown trout received the most votes (21%), followed by the stickleback (16%) and the tench (13%).

"The native trout is a special fish: it recovers from much of the abuse that humanity throws at it, lives in many of our rivers (even in some surprising places) and where it thrives, we know that the river or lake that is its home is doing ok" quote Wild Trout Trust - read more.

Summer Fishing

As we go to press in July we are seeing different weather patterns give different fortunes to rivers across the country right now and in amongst these varying fortunes, some real cracking fish are being caught. If you start in the Far North of Scotland the rivers are benefiting from some fairly localised showers which do seem to be helping to freshen things up with rivers like the Helmsdale, Navar, Thurso and Ness all reporting some decent catches.

The Dee is fishing well and there is still not the rod pressure you might expect, which means there are some cracking beats available right now to fish. It's a good time to be on the Dee. Keith at Park was on good form when I was there recently. We saw large numbers of fish in the pools at Park which was good news indeed.

Spey is fishing well with reports of fish caught the length of the river, Gordon Castle and Delfur are particularly doing well. There is limited availability on the Spey until the end of the season - find fishing.

Tay continues to fish well and has some excellent availability and is well worth a day out. I was on Dalmarnock recently, a cracking middle beat with excellent pools fishing well in low water and availability for this month is at an affordable price.

Tweed, much more of a difficult story right now, with the rain missing the valley, much to the annoyance of many other than lower beats. The river needs a good flush out to get fish up through the system. The forecast looks like there maybe some rain - they have said that before though so stay tuned!

Great to see rivers in Yorkshire having a really good time of it. Many new beats have been added recently and are well worth a look to see what you might fancy here, follow this Link.

It's summer time and the fishing may not be easy, but fish are being seen and jumping. Make the most of these long days, early mornings and late evenings, with light tackle and small flies. I am still amazed to see so many fish caught during the day in bright, sunny conditions and it just goes to show the old adage is true, "without your fly in the water, you have no chance".

If you need any help arranging your fishing then please do give us a ring in the office on 01573 470612. We have experts across the country who give us daily updates and many more who we can contact on your behalf if we need more information.

Mark Cockburn.

Salmon On Club Water

Nick Barker caught a 20lb salmon on Inverness Angling Club water.

From as little as £25 a day, there are some good days to be had for salmon on club water.

Inverness Angling Club Water offers salmon and sea trout fishing on some 10 pools from the edge of Inverness through the Ness Islands. Its wide, streamy pools are especially attractive for fly fishing. Wading is relatively easy in most pools - read more.

Ayrshire Rivers Trust. Just received a report of a 43" salmon caught on the upper Irvine at Hurlford Club water yesterday. As a rough estimate the fish was in the region of 27-28lbs depending on its condition. Another fish 35" long and estimated at 17.5lbs was also returned by a different angler on the same stretch - find fishing.

Contact Tom in the office for information on club waters near you - find fishing.

Fishing Festival

The Assynt Fishing Feis now in its fourth year will take place at Glencanisp on Tuesday 26th July. The event aims to promote environmental awareness through responsible and sustainable fishing, with a particular emphasis on reaching and engaging younger people - read more.

Families Try Fishing

After her first casting lessons Jessica McCulloch was very proficient in a short time and was rewarded with her first salmon.

Are you at a loss for something new to do during the Summer holidays?

The Northumberland branch of the Salmon and Trout Conservation are holding introduction to salmon fishing for young anglers on the River Tyne and a Family Trout Fishing day on Derwent Reservoir during August - contact Anne at FishPal to book a place.

Try fishing on the River Ness with free membership of Inverness Angling Club, available to everyone under 18? Mums and Dads can have a cast too with full and half day permits - read more.

Ladies Days

Gilly Bate with her 2nd fish of the day on the Spey this month.

Ladies Day will take place on 9 September on the River Dee, drop Ross a line at for more information.

Ladies Day River Ure, Saturday 24th September. A great way to spend a day fishing on the River Ure at Wensley, meet fellow anglers and brush up on your casting skills with AAPGAI instructor Brian Towers email to book a place.

Latest Reports

Anglers fishing Gordon Castle Estate water on the River Spey have caught 286 fish in June which is their best June since 1956. A total of 70 fish caught up to lunch time on Friday 8th July, most have been multi sea wintered and all have been in tremendous condition. Large fish continue to be caught with three 20lb plus. Grilse are now beginning to show and again they are in great condition - find fishing.

The River Dee started July in a buoyant mood. Anglers have seen quality summer salmon, many in the mid to high teens and a few over 20lbs. The grilse have appeared earlier than in the past few seasons, and while salmon made up the bulk of the catch, these little silver torpedoes are a wonderful addition to sport on the river - read more.

Expectations remain high on the River Tay for 2016 with over 2000 fish recorded so far. The river has had fresh water and is hovering around or just above summer levels despite some heavy localized rain giving reasonable conditions at times for fishing plus warming temperatures, and catches are being maintained - find fishing.

The River Tyne has enjoyed a very good run of fish for June and early July. The EA reported the upstream count for June at 7,113, this is a large number of fish for June compared to recent data. The count for the year to date is 9,933 - read more.

The River Bann is something else this season; the water is alive with fish which appear to be running in a never ending stream. It's a taste of the good old days when we were spoilt with multitudes of fish in our system - read more.

In the last week a good number of fish have been showing in all our pools on the upper section of the River Mourne. Yesterday a 20lb hen fish was caught and released by a local angler - read more.

Read all the latest weekly fishing reports here. Please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you need any help arranging a last minute fishing trip.

River Annan

Annan is currently at a good height for salmon on the lower and middle river. Salmon reported from Cleuchhead, Hoddom, Halleaths up to 14lb.

Good conditions are likely to continue and both yesterday and earlier today salmon were seen running through beats on the lower river - find fishing.

2lb brown trout from the Lower Kinnel.

NEW Your Photos Page

First ever salmon caught on the Annan, Friday, at 10lbs for Matthew Purser.

Anglers can now upload their fish photos for the Tweed, Tay, Spey, Annan, Ness, Findhorn, Cumbria, Tyne, North and South Esks - more rivers will be added in the coming months - read more.

Please note that it is our policy to encourage the safe return of fish, so we discourage photographs of dead fish or fish held too far away from the water surface which might imperil their health.

New Spey Beat

The Pitchroy Beat of the River Spey is one and a half miles of double bank fly fishing for four rods. There are nine pools with the Bridge pool having a good sized car park and fishing hut - read more.

The Rivers Spey and Avon flow through the grounds and offer excellent fishing.

Milne Graden Experience

Hamilton House on the banks of Tweed.

Nestled on the banks of Tweed within the Milne Graden Estate is Hamilton House. This classic Borders house is well-presented, with an elegant interior decorated in a traditional, country house style. A particular highlight is the cosy drawing room with open fire and double doors leading to a patio seating area with magnificent views of the River Tweed.

The house is perfect for parties fishing the lower Tweed. FishPal have secured a special rate for customers wishing to stay in the property during Autumn of £725 per week - read more.

Gary Scott Course

3 person only exclusive course with Gary on Dunkeld House with lots of opportunity to get 1-2-1 help with your fishing - a great way to spend a few days fishing a great beat with tuition from a world spey casting champion - read more.

Cliff Johnston 1938-2016

Photograph courtesy of Helen Jobson

I wanted to let the broader angling community know that we sadly lost of one of our own this month with the passing of Cliff Johnston. For those who knew Cliff, he a true gentleman and an expert fisherman who was always only too happy to help out both young, new and old to the sport.

Cliff was always a great help for us here at FishPal with him helping us and Anne out at numerous charity or ladies days and various Game Fairs across the country. He was also an excellent photographer and has contributed to many of our site pages, newsletters and other communications.

He had an amazing ability to make people laugh and was always such good company both on and away from the river bank. I know I speak for so many when I say the world has lost a true gentleman in the fishing world and as a father, leaves a family that will always remember him so fondly for everything he has done over an amazing lifetime.

We are going to miss you Cliff, hope the rivers are full where you are now and you are showing them all how to do it!

Mark Cockburn.


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