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Newsletter November 2017

The FishPal website and phones are busy this month with anglers enquiring about beats and rivers to fish in 2018.

We are currently working with owners who are adding their 2018 available fishing to the site. During the coming months, most of the fishing for the 2018 season will be added. Do book a rod alert if you would like to be notified by email as soon as fishing is added to the site.

With Christmas only 7 weeks away, if you're like me thinking what gift to give the person who loves to go fishing, do consider giving a fishing gift voucher from FishPal. 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.

I'm already planning my 2018 fishing and looking forward to going to the opening of the rivers Helmsdale and Tay in January. If you're thinking of somewhere new to fish in 2018, please call the office on 01573 470612. We have a great selection of places to fish and stay in 2018 for salmon, trout and grayling.

Counting down the days.


Fishing In November

Autumn is a difficult season to predict what the weather will be, so it is great to be able to remind you that you can now insure your fishing if the beat you are booked on to fish is in flood and you can not fish.

William Kerr with his 19lb Tweed salmon caught on a Cascade.

The Tweed, ranked as one of the world's best rivers, has salmon fishing availability during the month of November. In December grayling fishing is also now available to purchase online - find fishing.

Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 for the latest news from ghillies and boatman on the river. Latest river reports.

Fishing Reports

The Annan has been running fairly clear and has also been clearing quickly after heavy rain. The salmon have taken full advantage of this with some good numbers of fish now present on the upper beats. Earlier this week salmon were seen running through the Annandale Estates water near Johnstonebridge and fish were also seen showing in most pools and runs - read more.

Tweed fish have continued to push up through the system to the spawning grounds with the bulk of the weekly catch being caught well above Kelso. Last week 208 salmon and 28 sea trout were reported with the best fish for the week a 30lber caught on Boleside beat - read more.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "Finally got a couple of days of settled river at the end of the week. Fish now showing in lies instead of being scattered all over the beat. We ended up with 8 for the week, biggest 17lbs plus 2 grilse with sea lice. Latest Tweed Catches.

Starter Day For Grayling


River Annan Grayling Workshop, Sunday 26th November.

A guided day grayling fishing and workshop on various nymphing methods including Czech nymphing and French nymphing (also referred to as short and long line nymphing). The day is tailored to both novice grayling anglers new to the sport and anglers looking to perfect and refine their technique and will be held at the Hoddom beat on the lower river Annan - read more.

The River Annan Trust are hosting their monthly annual grayling days starting this month on Sunday 19th November. Then every month: 10th December, January 14th, February 11th and March 11th - read more.

River Tyne News

A total of 1109 salmon have been reported on FishTyne this season. Anglers who have been out during the last few weeks have enjoyed some sport. Congratulations to Damon Valentine (London FlyFisher) who visited the region for two days earlier this month and caught his first salmon on the South Tyne at Warden Fishing and then went on to smash his brown and rainbow PB's at a local trout fishery.

Damon with his first Tyne salmon.

Mr Patterson fishing Alston and District Angling Club caught 3 Salmon at 18lb. 14lb and 6lb and lost 4 more during his day fishing. Gilbert Fenwick fishing Styford caught 4 fish last week, taking his total this year to 50 fish from Styford Beat.

Actor Robson Green was out and about on the Tyne last week and in amongst the action with the help of guide & FishTyne reporter Neil Lobban. Not only did Robson catch a salmon, he also caught a beautiful fresh sea trout of 7lbs on Lambley Estate, a lovely fresh fish so far up the system and late in the season!

Robson Green with a sea trout caught on Lambley Estate.

Robson Green will be the guest speaker at the annual fund raising dinner for the Salmon & Trout Conservation Northumberland branch. We look forward to hearing about his Tyne fish at the dinner on Friday 17th November. If you would like to support the dinner or donate a raffle prize please contact branch secretary Phil Adams

Vision Fly Fishing Sale

Mag, Vipu and switch rods are now all on sale!

Save up to £200 on a new Vision fly rod with Fin & Game, Kelso. The Mag, Vipu and switch rods are now all on sale in our Kelso store and online.

Season Reports

Ian Neale with a March fish of around 17lbs.

Findhorn: The salmon fishing season got off to a flying start with our first and second fresh Spring salmon caught in the first week of March, both sea-liced fish caught and released from the Roan Pool on the Lower Beat. As we moved into early April, river levels fell away slowly and fish were there to be caught.

Ron Sutherland with a Summer grilse of around 5lb.

After heavy rainfall in the upper River Findhorn catchment, the summer run salmon and grilse arrived right on time in the first week of July. As we moved into early August, we started to see a more unsettled weather pattern developing, with some heavy rain falling over the River Findhorn catchment. Another good run of grilse and multi-sea winter salmon kept on running into the river system and offered some great sport to our fishing guests - read more.

Far North: As another season on the Helmsdale closes out, there is much optimism in the air for spring 2018. The final tally will be knocking on for around 1700 fish, not bad for a river so lightly fished. The trend this season has been on a par with other Northern rivers with bigger fish dominating the run and grilse numbers coming a poor second - read more.

Brora recorded a 32lb salmon. James Stewart Richardson being the lucky angler.

Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information on places to fish in 2018.


Spring Salmon


The latest Malloch Trophy entry is Colin Wighton's fish, a 32lb sea liced salmon, (length 110cm, 43 inches). The fish was caught on a fly designed and tied by himself (the Keir Osprey) on Friday 24 March 2017 from the Minister's pool on the River Teith at Doune.


A scale sample was sent to Forth Fisheries Board. Their biologist Sylvian Barry reported that it was a 6 year old fish which had spent 3 years in freshwater and 3 winters at sea. There were not any spawning marks on the scale which suggest that it is the first time this fish came back to his river. From what she could see, it is likely to be a cock fish (bigger head, longer jaws).

Orvis Fly Sale

Orvis Fly Sale runs until November 30th.

Caledonia Fly Company are pleased to announce that you can now buy their range of flies in the Orvis Flagship Store on Regent Street, London - find fishing flies.

Dee Auction Now Live

This years River Dee Auction went live on Monday with some fabulous lots including creating your own cask of whisky, Black Grouse safari to days fishing and guiding. River Dee Auction.

With bids taken so far, this years auction has raised £6765

The work of the River Dee Trust is guided by the principle of how they can better understand and improve the river, so that they may look after it for this and future generations. To achieve this, the River Dee Trust must raise sufficient funds so that these works can be achieved to the highest standard. With your support they will be able to meet their aims and continue looking after the Dee and the surrounding area, for many years to come - read more.

Haddo House Angling Club

Junior angler Andy Wallace.

Well done Andy Wallace with his first ever salmon caught on the fly on Haddo House Angling Club waters in Scotland. Andy is one of the club's junior members.

River Nith November

The Nith is one of just three rivers that stay open for salmon during November. Given the right river levels, it offers anglers the opportunity to fish for salmon and also grayling, many of which are of specimen size.

Young anglers being introduced to fishing by the Nith Fishery Trust

Dalswinton Estate fishing on the Nith have reduced their day tickets from £40 to £20 for the month of November with all monies from tickets sold going to the Atlantic Salmon Trust. A great beat, with great facilities well worth a day out! Find fishing.

Ian Griffin, APGAI & GAIC Instructor, will be running his last fishing and fly tying course of the year next week at the Friars Carse Hotel. If you would like to find out about this excellent course please contact Ian on 07760 884450 for more information.

We Need Your Votes

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust (NCFT) runs an education initiative called "Fishing for the Future" where they deliver a series of outdoor education sessions to schools along the length of the River Nith in Dumfries and Galloway. These sessions have been very popular and teach the participants about the aquatic environment, providing them with the opportunity to explore the outdoors by taking them on field trips to their local river, fishing and exploring the shore.


The Fishing For the Future project has entered the Aviva Community Fund which offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community. Please follow this link and support them with your vote.

2018 Fishing

2018 availability is now being added to the FishPal site for beats on our system. You can now start planning and booking your fishing trips for the Tay, Tweed, Dee, Ness, Findhorn and Nith - find fishing.

River Dee fish in the net.

During the coming months more fishing will be added to the site. If there are beats that don't yet have availability don't forget to book a rod alert so you can be notified by email when rods are added or give Tom Carter a call in the office on 01573 470612.



Robert Windsor emailed FishPal after the passing of Ori Vigfusson as he was mindful both Ori and Brian Marshall were good friends and worked together on many campaigns highlighting the plight of salmon. Many of you will not be aware that one of Brian's biggest campaigns was taking the Irish Government to court, where they accepted that the Irish drift netting industry was seriously damaging salmon stocks in Southern England as the salmon were being netted before they could reach the southern rivers to spawn - read more.

Brian Marshall

He also mentioned Brian's work on the decline of the Avon and its tributaries and shared some recent salmon catches with us.

Somerley Estate in Ringwood, Hampshire Avon:

  • 88 (2015)
  • 120 (2016)
  • 34 (2017) Low water conditions.

  • Royalty Fisheries, Christchurch, Hampshire Avon (1 Mile from the estuary):
  • 110 (2015)
  • 170 (2016)
  • 106 (2017)

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