Newsletter - July 2014   Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

Those of us out targeting sea trout have enjoyed some good sport in Scotland and England, with specimens above 12lb caught. Salmon catches have been sporadic, with the best results from anglers fishing 'out of hours'. Notable catches and potential FishPal Malloch Trophy entries have come from anglers fishing the Rivers' Lochy, Tweed, Spey. You can read more about this and how all rivers are faring in this months newsletter.

We are proud to announce that we have now taken over as the new sponsors of the FishPal Malloch Trophy from Savills at the Scottish Game Fair. Thank you to Savills for their kind words at the award ceremony last week.

This months newsletter is packed with news of rivers to fish this month in the UK and Iceland. Sportquest holidays highlight Cuba and the best place to fish for tarpon.

The Dee are hosting an introduction to salmon fishing for all ages with celebrity casting instructor Gary Scott next month. This free event is just one of the many initiates Dee Fisheries Development Officer Ross Macdonald has been organising.

Thank you to the fantastic response from female anglers who came along to the charity ladies salmon days we held this month for breast cancer charity Casting For Recovery UK & Ireland. We have raised just over £2,000 for the charity and these days would not have been possible without the kind generosity of owners and their ghillies. Thank you to the following beats; Bywell (River Tyne), Meikleour & Islamouth (River Tay), Middle Pavilion (River Tweed) who hosted ladies salmon days this year.

Finally if you are at this years CLA Game Fair, please say hello to the FishPal team attending the show. If you are out and about this month please send us your news and photographs to

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

River Lochy

River Lochy

The river is fishing exceptionally well at the moment with some notable 20lb plus fish being caught - top fly were hear is the Sunray Shadow - read more.

The Lochy comprises of 10 miles of prime double bank fishing for up to 16 rods. Each beat enjoys complete exclusivity and offers some mouth-watering pools and glides. Divided into 4 beats, each fishing 4 rods and each beat is about approx 2.5 miles in length. July, August and into September sees the grilse run predominate - read more.



Braelangwell is situated on the left bank of the Kyle of Sutherland River Carron, and offers approximately four miles of fishing with 33 named pools. There is a full time ghillie available. Salmon rods £60 - read more.

Exclusively for FishPal customers day rods without restrictions have been made available for July & August. Availability is disappearing fast on this much sought after beat, since we added it to the FishPal Facebook page.

East Wing

East Wing

Meikleour & Upper Islamouth beats enjoys over 1.7 miles of double bank fishing and 13 pools starting at the famous junction, where the Tay meets the Isla.

Anglers fish from either the boat or bank. The Meikleour Arms can deliver to the hut wonderful picnics or more substantial lunches to make your day on the river most enjoyable and convivial - read more.

Anglers wishing to fish during the Ryder Cup week - the recently refurbished East Wing of Meikleour house sleeps up to 12 guests in five ensuite bedrooms and apartment. Three nights cost £2,000, additional night £500 - read more.

Laggan, Ness


The most productive period is from early July until the season ends in October.

The owners have just added availability on to the system - we don't expect it be available for very long with prices starting from £50 plus vat per day - read more.

Dess Fishing


Over two miles of left bank fishing with 19 named pools offering an excellent mixture of fast flowing and calmer water. Guests have the use of the award winning Upper Dess fishing hut - video of the beat.

In recent years both Lower and Upper Dess have seen an increase in average catch of both salmon and sea trout and in particular the beats offer excellent sport for the Spring and Summer - read more.



Lochaber have a new fishing site promoting available fishing within the area around Fort William in the stunning Scottish Highlands - read more.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

With over 80,0000 views and growing each month the fishing app from FishPal is fast becoming the must have app on your phone to keep you updated with the latest news and availability from rivers across the UK.

Follow the link to find out more, including how to download the free fishing information app - read more.

FishPal Malloch Trophy

FishPal Malloch Trophy Presentation

The highlight of last week was to be officially announced as the new sponsor of the now FishPal Malloch Trophy at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone.

The ceremony at Scone to present Shamus Jennings with the 2013 Savills Malloch Trophy was a well attended affair. Nigel Fell, head boatman on Boleside where the mammoth fish was caught was also in attendance picking up his award. After John Wood from the Tay Foundation made his speech it was the turn of Savills to formally announce that FishPal would now be the official sponsor of the Malloch Trophy and a huge thank you to all for your kind words of support - read more.

Thank you to Linda Mellor, professional field sports photographer and writer who captured the event perfectly through the lens of her camera - see photographs.

In the coming weeks Mark Cockburn will be announcing some new and exciting plans to help make sure we bring the FishPal Malloch Trophy to life.

FishPal Malloch Trophy

River Reports


You can read the latest river reports for all rivers on FishPal in the UK, Ireland and Iceland here.

The River Dee Trust are delighted to announce an Introduction to Salmon Fishing event to be held on the river on 2nd August with places available for adults and children. The proprietors at Invery and Tilquhillie have kindly given them exclusive use of both beats for the day. It was a quiet week for anglers fishing Deeside last week, with 49 fish and 56 sea trout reported. Latest Dee availability.

FishTweed enjoyed a reasonable week with 44 salmon and 25 sea trout reported from Tweedhill up to Middle Pavilion, good to see sea trout caught as far up as Cardrona, and news of sea trout running hard through middle river beats earlier in the week. Tillmouth were top scorers the week with 15 salmon reported. Latest Tweed availability .

River Spey reported a relatively decent start to June with cooler conditions and rain that put the levels up and down, bringing in fresh fish into the beats from Gordon Castle up to Grantown. Fish were reported on all beats and some cracking fish as well, a 22lber from Gordon Castle and 23.5lb from Grantown Association. News just in - thirty seven fish caught last week on Gordon Castle & Brae Water beats. Latest FishSpey availability.

Scotland's west coast premier big fish river delivers some exciting sport despite the difficult conditions. Johnathon Ireland's party landed 2 salmon in excess of 20lbs and lost another of the same weight - read more

What a wonderful June we have enjoyed on the southern chalkstreams. Although the weather in the first half was very different to the second, the net effect was to prolong the mayfly and provide some wonderful late evening fishing - read more

The river Tay continued to catch salmon as water levels dropped most of the week with the warm weather. Currently there is a weak run of summer salmon and odd grilse on the river but expectation are high with a pending improving summer run. Latest Tay availability and river report.

FishTay special accommodation rate at Royal Dunkeld Hotel. Rate includes Bed, Breakfast, Dinner and packed lunches (minimum stay 3 days) Single £90.50 Double £75.50 per person, please quote FishTay when booking.

Today we have over 150,000 rod/days for salmon and trout fishing to let in the UK. Our searchable lists are constantly updated by the fisheries on our system - Find Fishing.

Accommodation Special Offer

Lines & Flies For July

River Tyne Salmon

Continuing our summer series of equipment and flies, our specialists this month are James Robbins UK & Europe Brand Manager for Shakespeare and Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company.

Switch rods are very popular with anglers targeting sea trout and grilse on small rivers in the UK & abroad. Anglers are now enjoying the benefit of this rod now that many larger rivers are on their summer low. James Robbins, Shakespeare say’s 'These rods excel in situations where longer two handed salmon rods are simply too big and where long single handed rods are tiresome to use'- read more.

Malcolm Anderson recommends three patterns that will bring sport to you throughout the summer months. Remember low weather conditions and high water temperatures mean that the salmon will become reluctant to move from their summer lies, deeper pools and fast flowing streams, unless of course there are summer spates to liven things up and the introduction of the summer grilse - read more.

 Caledonia Fly Company

International Destination Iceland


One of the hardest decisions to make when planning your fishing trip to Iceland is choosing where to go to find the best angling experiences amidst this 40,000-square-mile wilderness. In a bid to narrow down your choices but not your options why not take a moment to consider fishing Lake Heidarvatn and the Vatnsa River?.

Vatnsa River & Lake Heidarvatn fishing packages are available from £150 per rod per day and include self catering accommodation in the lodge read more.

CLA Game Fair

 CLA Game Fair

The FishPal office are eagerly looking forward to visiting this years CLA Game fair at Blenheim Palace, catching up with anglers in Fisherman's Row.

One new thing for this year from the CLA is that they will not be charging youngsters for entry – we think this is a great idea and are right behind any initiative that encourages and inspires young people to take up fieldsports.

Our friends at Sportfish are offering customers a full day ticket refund if you spend over £150 on the Sportfish stand. We hear that they have many more show offers available too, so definitely well worth a visit to their well stocked stand that has clothing for male and female anglers - read more.

International Destination Cuba

 Sportquest Cuba

If you have ever wanted to target huge migratory tarpon this is definitely the best location in Cuba. For 2015 Sportquest have secured two amazing weeks hosted by Jack Simpson - read more.

Anglers travelling by themselves, these hosted weeks are perfect for you to join in with a group at no additional charge - read more.

Big Tweed Fish

Big Tweed Fish

Iain Wilson from Borders Gunroom enjoyed a once in a lifetime red-letter-day on the Tweed.

As the evening progressed, Iain changed his rod so he could focus on the sea trout entering the beat. Using a single handed Hardy Swift 10ft 7" - read more.

Mark Cockburn says "Just an early heads up folks, great to see the Tweed remaining so popular, but don't leave booking your fishing trip too late - it's being snapped up right now.

November remains the month where there is still some availability, as many anglers typically leave it late to book, whilst checking the long range weather forecast.

Last year, not a single days fishing was lost in November and whilst it is still too early to try and forecast the weather, if you are looking to fish the back end on the Tweed then fairly soon the last two weeks in November will be all that is left" - find fishing.