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Newsletter December 2016

You viewed the FishPal site over 20 million times during 2016 searching for the latest catches, river levels, fishing reports and much more in order to book your fishing trip with confidence.

As we steam ahead towards the new year, we are organising fishing trips for customers and we appreciate that a memorable trip starts with good planning.

As a result the office have been working long hours to speak with owners, angling clubs and associations across the UK to add as much choice as possible onto the FishPal site so you can plan your fishing trip next year with confidence - Find Fishing.

If you need help finding a place to fish, somewhere to stay, guides, fishing equipment, flies or the nearest tackle shop, we have it all on FishPal, alternatively give the office a call on (01573 470612) and speak to a member of the fishing team.

The offices this year will only close on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th December, and will re-open on Wednesday 28th December as normal to help you organise your fishing holiday.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com

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FishPal Gift Voucher

If you want to give someone a really special present this Christmas, consider a fishing gift voucher from FishPal.

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All you need to do is choose the amount you wish to give. Each voucher has the name of the recipient and also who it is from and is posted out to you.

Vouchers can also be emailed, perfect for last minute gifts - read more.

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River Spey

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Jason Briggs fish Brae Beat, Your Photos Fish Spey.

Speaking with Spey Foundation biologist Brian Shaw earlier this week, he expects to see more 3 sea wintered fish during 2017 on the River Spey. He explained that 2015 was a good year for grilse. 2016 was a good year for 2 sea wintered fish which were of a good average weight and fish caught between February and June this year were up by 38%.

If you would like find out more about fishing the River Spey in 2017 please give Tom a call in the FishPal offices (01573 470612). Tom caught his first ever salmon at the age of 8 on the River Spey and continues to enjoy fishing it.

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River Tay

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Ian Griffin fishing Bolfracks, Your Photos Fish Tay

With the first major four Scottish rivers opening on Monday 16th January, more availability has been added for this spring fishing destination. Fishing in January on the Tay has an adventurous feel about it! Early season Tay springers are a prized fish and make all the effort worthwhile.

With prices starting from £20 for a days ghillied fishing, this has to be some of the best value early fishing available in Scotland.

The FishPal team will be casting a line during opening week will you be joining them?

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To support our customers out of FishPal office hours, we are trialling a new Live Chat
exclusively for the River Tay. FishPal are working in partnership with respected Tay Guide Jock Monteith.

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Scotland Salmon Festival

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Planning some fishing in the Highlands in 2017? Tie it in with Scotland's Salmon Festival, a celebration of the economic and social impact of the ‘King of Fish' being staged by the banks of the River Ness on Friday and Saturday, September 1st and 2nd - read more.

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River Tweed

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Max Humphrey fishing Cornhill, Your Photos Fish Tweed.

Tweed has a deserved reputation as one of the world's great salmon fisheries. From opening day the river offers anglers the chance of catching a Tweed spring fish. This year fish up to 20lbs were caught during opening week.

If you would like to find out more about spring fishing on Tweed, speak to a member of the fishing team who will be out and about fishing Tweed during spring. Prices start from as little as £30 for a days fishing during spring.

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Available Tweed Salmon Fishings rods will be released on to the FishTweed site before Christmas.

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Mackenzie Travel Rods voted one of the best in Trout & Salmon Magazine.

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Crabtree & Crabtree

This year has seen the arrival of four newly renovated holiday cottages nestled on the banks of the River Tweed at Dryburgh near St. Boswells.

Sitting at the end of a no-through road surrounded by scenic parkland and woodland, the cottages are positioned just a stones throw from the the Dryburgh chain link bridge with notable middle Tweed beats including Dryburgh, Tweedswood, Bemersyde and Lower Pavilion close by and offering some excellent value fishing - read more.

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FishPal Malloch Trophy Winner

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John with his fish caught on the River Spean.

The 2016 winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy – for one of the largest salmon caught by an angler on a fly and safely returned during the year in Scottish waters – has been announced. The successful angler is John MacIsaac, a gillie from the River Lochy in Lochaber, who caught the fish of a lifetime in the River Spean (the Lochy tributary) on 29 September. The salmon was estimated as weighing between 38 lb and 41 lb; it was just under 47 inches long - read more.

This year's competition attracted international entries and judges short listed five anglers which included three ladies who had caught fish over 30lb. The judges were delighted to see an improved handling of fish and weigh nets used by entries this year.

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North East Fishing

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Bywell angler on Your Photos Fish Tyne.

More availability for the River Tyne the number one salmon river in England and Wales has been added for 2017. Over 32,661 fish passed through the fish counter at Riding Mill up to the 31st October. The Tyne is a fishing destination to consider during the coming year and is perfect for anglers wishing to add a days fishing on a Sunday - Find Tyne Fishing.

Early season fishing is now online for some of the Yorkshire beats. With improved runs of spring salmon in April and May, beats worth considering are Swinton Park and Bolton Estate - Find Yorkshire Fishing.

Members of the FishPal team fish North East rivers and have a good level of knowledge to help you plan a fishing trip to this region - Find Fishing.

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River Dee

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Tim Lea, Dee Springer, Your Photos Fish Dee.

The character of the river's fast-flowing, crystal clear waters are home to a succession of salmon pools that offer some of the finest fly water in Europe. We understand how special this river is for the fly angler, Mark has fished this river for many years with friends.

Ross Macdonald the River Dee manager, has been working closely with beats to ensure you have some of the very best early season fishing to choose from. Prices start from £25 for a days fishing with a ghillie and facilities of a fishing hut and we are sure you will agree this is excellent value spring fishing on the fly - Find Dee Fishing.

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Fishing For Sale

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September timeshare on Craigellachie beat, River Spey.

If you have considered owning a share of a salmon beat, the following timeshares on the Rivers' Spey, Tay, Tweed and Annan are worth considering:

River Spey: Three much sought after early September rods have now become available on Craigellachie beat on the river Spey, a fly-fisher's paradise. The owner may consider splitting the rods - read more.

River Tay: Ballathie is one of the best known and one of the most productive beats on the Tay. One rod for sale, ownership in perpetuity, on a highly productive mid-September week - read more.

River Tweed: A rare opportunity to acquire one rod unit in perpetuity on Lower Pavilion Beat. The double bank beat extends for approximately two miles, offering fishing at varying river heights across its 8 named pools - read more.

River Annan: A chance to own a much sought after week for salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Annan on the Newbie beat. This productive beat of about 2 miles, most of which is double bank can produce fresh fish in even the lowest of waters - read more.

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If you would like to be contacted when Fishing For Sale is added to the site please email anne@fishpal.com.

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River Tweed Champion

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A Coldstream octogenarian with an outstanding commitment to the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed and its surroundings has been named the Tweed Forum's first ever River Champion.

Frank Turnbull (85) becomes the first recipient of the Award and was chosen by the judging panel because of his exceptional and continuing hard work and enthusiasm for the preservation of the river and it's environs, an enthusiasm he developed when he started to fish on the Tweed at the age of 15 - read more.

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Fish and Fly Awards

FishPal have been nominated in the category of Fishing Travel Provider for the Fish and Fly Awards 2016.

We would really appreciate it if you would cast a vote for FishPal, by clicking this link to the nominations.

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FishPal Thank You

We would like to thank you for purchasing a day, week or season permit on FishPal this year. In doing so you are supporting the river infrastructures and the local communities from the ghillies and guides who look after you on beats, to the fishing tackle shops who help you with flies and tackle.

The hotels, B&B's, pubs, self catering accommodation, who make your stay memorable and the places to eat and drink from sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants where the chat about fishing conditions and the ones that got away is on everyones lips.

And finally a huge thank you to our River Reporters for all their wonderful report writing throughout the season! Not an easy thing to do, but so much appreciated by the thousands of anglers who read them each week.

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