With the onset of Autumn our conversations are now turning to the back end run and the weather. September offers a mixed month of weather patterns with spells of drier weather interspersed by some wetter conditions - latest weather patterns.
This month we are pleased to announce James Stokoe, winner of BBC Two's "Earth's Wildest Waters - The Big Fish competition", will be a regular contributor to the FishPal newsletter. In this issue James goes on a Road Trip from the Tyne to the Lochy.
We also have Tom Leslie, owner of Fin & Game in Kelso sharing with us two of the best travel rods on the market. Malcolm Anderson from Caledonia Fly Company a regular, successful rod on the River Tay chooses his two top fly patterns to use this September.
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Have a great September
There has been many a conversation in the FishPal offices over the last few weeks or so, which have all centred round the wish for a decent amount of rainfall to really help flush out our rivers and give the back end a good chance of producing some late Autumn action. Tweed, Dee and Spey have picked away on their lower beats for a while as have others, but all have been praying for rain - and it’s raining as we go to press for the first time in ages and just what we were hoping for. The weekend forecast is pretty wet in the main and we just might get what we have all been praying for, a decent flush out and then hopefully, into some action. Keep all your fingers and everything else crossed that this gives our rivers the back end boost we have all been waiting for - bring on the rain!!!
Photograph courtesy of Helen Jobson Photography.
The winners of this year's competition Jordon Grant, William Thornton, Jess England and Joshua Hunt gathered on FishPonds beat, River Tay, Monday 16th August 2016 for a days fishing with tuition from world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie and SGAIC instructor and head ghillie of FishPonds beat Iain Kirk. We missed having Conol Sinclair, our other winner there too, but we look forward to catching up with Conol at the Glasgow Angling Open weekend later this month.
This years winners were presented with certificates by Tay Foundation Chairman John Wood and Scott Mackenzie and won a selection of prizes from our sponsors which included: a double handed rod, reel and line from Glasgow Angling Centre. A box of salmon flies from Caledonia Fly Company. a DVD and tuition on the day from Scott Mackenzie and Mackenzie Fly Fishing and fishing for salmon on FishPonds with tuition from SGAIC instructor and ghillie Iain Kirk.
The young anglers had a fabulous day salmon fishing with tuition and lunch. The morning saw the most action with Jess losing a fish to the net on a Mackenzie Graphene FX1 rod and Jordan, also using a Mackenzie rod, caught a grilse netted by Scott.
Thank you to photographer Helen Jobson who took photographs on the day which can be viewed on the FishPal Malloch Trophy Facebook page.
Finlay Thomson's 2nd entry to the Junior Competition this year.
Entries are now being received for the 2016 FishPal Malloch Trophy. If you would like to enter this year's FishPal Malloch Trophy and Junior Competition follow this link.
If you would like to speak to a member of the FishPal team about whether you should enter your salmon please call the offices on 01573 470612.
Travelling anglers can all relate to the struggle of managing your luggage restrictions when flying, made even more difficult when trying to include a salmon fly rod. The extra cost of sporting baggage just adds to the complexity.
As regular travellers to oversea fishing destinations, the team at Fin & Game recommend the following rods, Mackenzie Atlas and - read more.
This historic and world famous Tanyard Beat lies at Mainstone near Romsey. The beat is approximately a third of a mile of double bank and is an exclusive private stretch of the Test. Being part of the lower section of the river it offers lovely glides, runs and good fishing access from both bank and river. With its abundant brown trout stock, the anglers will also have a good chance of salmon, sea-trout and grayling.
September trout fishing £120 and October grayling £60 - read more.
The Atlantic salmon conservation schools network has been awarded substantial funds from the EU Erasmus programme to run a series of study visits over the next two years.
The first of the study visits will take place in Perthshire this November hosted by Perth High School. Students from schools in Greenland, France, Germany, UK, Finland, Canada and the United States will take part.
They will participate in a series of workshops: including electro fishing, hatchery systems, migration barriers and spey casting tuition to learn as much as they can about Atlantic Salmon in the Tay river system - read more.
FishPal are pleased to be involved in the visit in November and look forward to delivering a workshop about salmon fishing in Scotland.
BBC Big Fish Finalist Ripon with a Tyne Salmon.
Reports in from North East rivers look promising. Fish are well spread throughout the River Tyne system, and good numbers have been reported so far this week on the North Tyne beats.
Chairman of Bishop Auckland & District Angling Club, Len Hird, reported that sea trout up to 15lb have been caught on the Wear, including salmon on black and silver half inch finely dressed copper tubes. Their Tees club water so far this year is out fishing their Wear water for salmon. Day permits and memberships are still available - read more.
FishPal's Anne Woodcock joins Sam Harris every Saturday at 8.40am for his weekly radio show sharing the latest salmon news on rivers in the UK.
Paul Devlin and his team have pulled out all the stops this year to bring the best names in fishing, including a huge selection of representatives from major big brands.
Scott and his pro team will be in attendance during the weekend with the latest FX1 Graphene rods.
Mark Cockburn and Anne Woodcock will be there to answer your questions on where to go fishing in the Autumn.
There will be a variety of free activities available for all members of the family and great offers - read more.
Malcolm Anderson shares with us the flies he will be using this month. To find your local Caledonia Fly Company stockist, follow this link.
Caledonia Flies success on the Tay on Benchil Beat.
Water levels on the river this month have been dropping and when this happens it can unsettle the fish from taking. There are a few fresh salmon running and a few grilse. Most of the beats have a good number of resident fish which are proving hard to tempt, but are switching on from time to time. I think if you are heading out, go for the fresh runners which will take more freely.
I will be using two top patterns in September they are the Shadow Shrimp - read more.
Fellow contestant Ripon with his first ever salmon, the first of the day for the Big Fish reunion.
It's always hard to justify fishing another river when you have, in my eyes one of the best rivers in England, the River Tyne, literally on your door step (well 300 yards away to be precise), but when there's the chance of a Big Fish reunion with the smiling assassin Emma, the coarse king Ripon and a weeks salmon fishing on the River Lochy. there was only ever going to be one answer……. Road Trip!
As I was watching the guys fish the pool through, Ripon handed me his rod and said "Have a few casts" while he had a stretch, something he would regret as minutes later, on my fourth cast, I connected with a fish which had power like I hadn't felt for a long time – I instantly knew I was into a something big that would give me a fight to remember - read more.
If you would like to fish the River Tyne and River Lochy please contact Tom Carter on 01573 470612.
Meikleour Arms have added four stunning new bedrooms to its busy country hotel. Their comfort will please traditional guests while their style and attention to detail will appeal to boutique hotel aficionados - read more.
Meikleour Fishings will be hosting three one day casting seminars with angling legend and founder of Salmologic products Henrik Mortensen from the 28th to 30th October. The one day seminars will focus on casting, watercraft and fly presentation. Lady anglers will find them especially useful, as Henrik has developed a casting style suited to smaller body frames. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to book a place.
Meikleour Fishings have released their 2017 Spring availability onto Fishpal, including the prime months of April and May - read more.
Steven Ross about to release his first ever salmon, 8.5lbs.
Salmon and grilse run Inverness Angling Club water throughout the year, so there's always the chance of a fish for the dedicated angler, from opening day.
Wading is relatively easy in most pools and chest waders are recommended. Shrimp flies work well along with the - read more.
We are pleased to announce that FishPal have been appointed as delivery partner to the Scottish Government for the proposed programme of help to Angling Clubs to mitigate the impact of mandatory catch and release - read more.
Any clubs wishing to register an interest in how we might help, are being encouraged to complete a registration form on our site, so we can then contact them. The link to this page can be found here.
As we go to press Yellow Weather Warnings have been issued across Northwest England and Southern Scotland for this evening. Scotland and Northern Ireland will have some fine periods, but also some showers and perhaps one or two longer outbreaks of rain. This should encourage fish to enter systems and rivers where all the sport has been on the lower reaches, should start seeing action in the middle to upper reaches.
You can now receive daily updates from the river for latest catches and river levels during the day by email - read more.
Don't forget to add your fish to the new Your Photos page - read more.