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Newsletter - September 2016

There are less than four weeks to go until the end of this years Tay salmon season.

During Autumn, the Tay is world renown for big salmon, remember Georgina Ballantine's 64lber was caught on the 7th October 1922. This week there have been some big fish caught on the system and our fingers are crossed a Tay angler will be this years FishPal Malloch Trophy winner.

This month we have guest writers from Angling Active, Craig Sommerville recommending Autumn lines and from Caledonia Fly Company, Malcolm Anderson who shares with us his winning Tay flies.

Congratulations to the teachers and students at Perth High School who will be hosting the first Atlantic Salmon Conservation Schools study visit. Students from across the globe will be descending on Tayside during November.

If you are going fishing this month, let us help reduce the stress of planning your next Tay trip. Give the office a call on 01573 470612 for up to date news and availability.

For the latest fishing available this month please follow this link.

Have a great September

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com

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Where To Fish

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Fish on for an angler fishing Benchil with Bob White.

There is a great selection of affordable fishing available on the system this month, with a days fishing starting from as little as £20, here are our top picks.

Luncarty. September and October can be very productive with sizeable salmon in the high teens and upper twenties caught from both bank and boat - read more.

Baldarroch, marches upstream with Murthly and downstream with Kercock and can be fished at almost any water level with fly or spinner - read more.

Stenton. Half a mile long and fished from both banks by wading and from the boat. It is located two miles from Dunkeld and marches with the Glendelvine water where Miss Ballantine caught the British record salmon of 64lbs - read more.

Dalmarnock, comprises of classic fly water with easy wading as well as lovely spinning water. The average catch over the past 4 years is over 100 fish, making it one of the most prolific beats on the middle/upper Tay. It holds big fish and many fish up to 30lb have been taken during the past 4 years - read more.

Kethick Mains. If bigger fish are sought then September and October can provide both numbers and size with the arrival of the main late run of fish who will spawn in the Isla itself - read more.

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Meikleour Hotel

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3 fish in an hour up to 6lbs. Meikleour Fishing

The Meikelour Arms Hotel and restaurant is the perfect country retreat, whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday, a salmon fishing trip or a golf break with friends.

This month the hotel opened four new bedrooms which are nestled in the picturesque listed building behind the main hotel. They all feature supremely comfortable SuperKing beds and beautiful spacious marble bathrooms - read more.

This week's specials menu in the restaurant is full of flavour and takes in some of the glorious local produce that Scotland has to offer - read more.

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Funding Success

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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.

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Two fish up to 17lbs on FishPonds beat.

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Newtyle Salmon Course

Gary Scott will be hosting a salmon fishing course on Newtyle beat on the 3rd to 5th October.

This three day residential course is structured to suit all levels of Speycasters from the absolute beginner to more advanced anglers. The price includes fishing for Autumn Salmon on Newtyle beat. Anglers can either use their own equipment or we can supply the latest Oracle rods at no extra cost.

Accommodation is at the Atholl Arms hotel and includes bed, breakfast, evening meal and BBQ lunch at the fishing hut - more information.

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Claire Mercer Nairne fishing Meikleour.

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Glasgow Angling Weekend

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Come and meet the stars of our sport at the Glasgow Angling Open Weekend on the 23rd, 24th and 25th September. There will be a variety of free activities available for all members of the family and great offers during the weekend - read more.

Pre Event Deals.

Buy a pair of Greys Strata CTX Waders and receive a free pair of CTX boots - read more.

Zephrus, with SINTRIX®440 technology, single handed rods reduced to - read more.

Mark Cockburn and Anne Woodcock will be at the open weekend to answer your questions on where to go fishing this Autumn.

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Caledonia Fly Company

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Fly boxes sent to the junior Malloch Competition winners from Caledonia Fly Company.

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 - read more.

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Weekly Fishing Update

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Bent rods this morning on Cargill

During the last 10 days, fish have been scattered throughout the lower river as we await the start of the Autumn.

With the current weather patterns those beats in the lower river have enjoyed some steady sport. The majority of fish have been caught on lower middle beats which includes some big fish over 20lb for Kercock and Cargill beats - latest catches.

With fish across the system and few fresh fish running, a massive spate is needed to stir things up and encourage fish to run - read more.

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Royal Dunkeld

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You will never be bored staying in Dunkeld. With a seemingly unlimited amount of walks through the hills, activities such as shooting, cycling, fishing and golf, there is always plenty to keep you occupied - read more.

Contact the hotel for angler specials this Autumn.

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Which Autumn Line

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The rivers have been filling up all season from the top down like a bottlenecked motorway. There are coloured resident fish stationed in what they have made their territory, becoming more and more aggressive. These fish will have probably seen a few temptations from anglers on their journey here, that have either convinced them or not.

Either way, these fish are more savvy to your offerings and it is time to think smart and make the most of your last days of the season - read more.

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Angling Club Support

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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.

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FishPal Malloch Trophy

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The FishPal Malloch Trophy is the most prestigious Salmon trophy in Europe and its main aim is to promote the conservation of salmon through catch and release on all Scottish rivers.

The FishPal Malloch trophy and Junior Competition are awarded annually to the captor of the best salmon caught in Scotland and safely returned to the water - how to enter this years competition.

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Finally

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 Tay fish to the new Your Photos page - read more.


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