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

Dear Angler

Reports are coming in from most rivers that fish are in the estuaries, nudging up and down on the tide, waiting for rainfall in order to finally move into the system. Now that the rain has arrived, it's time to get those rods into the water.

The sea trout season is now in full swing with anglers enjoying some great sport, in particular during the evening and at night.

Entries for the FishPal Malloch Trophy have been steadily arriving into the office during the month, along with news of some notable fish over 20lb caught on the Spey, Tay, Lochy and Lower Itchen during July - Recent Catches.

We are out and about again visiting rivers and attending shows this month, please come and say hello. If you are out and about please send us your news and photographs to

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director



This is the closest beat to the sea on the River Doon. The beat excels in low water conditions, but can always be fished, due to the compensation water released from Loch Doon.

The fishing is varied with streamy water and pools and is recognised for its ease of fishing and wading, we have a number of disabled fishers who manage very well - read more.

Border Esk

Border Esk

Late July usually heralds the arrival of the summer run and, if conditions remain suitable, will continue until they merge with the main autumn runs around mid September - read more.

Fish are reported to be ebbing in and and out on the tide. Anglers should check weather reports and those that can book a days fishing at short notice will see benefits. Fishing during August starts from £30 a rod per day - find fishing.

River Wear

Bishop Auckland and District Anglng Club

August is one of the best times to have a go at night fishing. Seldom does it become really dark and the warmer weather encourages one to stay late on the river.

Bishop Auckland Angling Club report that sea trout have been seen pool hopping during the evening, with fish seen in numbers at Witton Park Ford by one of their bailiff team. There have been no reports of salmon caught since early summer, but no doubt the sea trout and salmon run will accelerate as soon as the river gets it’s first significant floods - find fishing.



A rise in water levels allowed salmon/grilse and sea trout to enter the majority of rivers. However, the bright sunshine and light winds made catching fish difficult. Nevertheless, 62 salmon/grilse and 15 sea trout were recorded on the Fish Hebrides website - read more.

August is the perfect time to go fishing for all species on the Hebrides. Salmon, grilse and sea trout are now in the majority of fisheries throughout the Hebrides and weather permitting, should provide decent sport. The forecast is suggesting a chance of rain - find fishing.

River Itchen

Lower Itchen1

Anglers have enjoyed some excellent fishing during July on the Lower Itchen Fishery with 18 salmon up to 20lb caught on the fly - read more.

Special offer for FishPal customer. Itchen House Fishery are offering the chance for customers to purchase a salmon evening/night ticket for £20 or a day ticket for £40- 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.

River Reports

Fishing Reports

Top tip this month, leave your rods, waders, reels and flies next to the door. Now that the rain has arrived, you need to have your gear at the ready to get going!

We've spoken to ghillies and boatmen during the last few days and are hearing reports that fish are being seen in many estuaries. Tweed report grilse in the lower pools, tentatively nudging up and down with the tide. Spey fish are in Spey Bay, small pods are moving, but, waiting for water and cooler temperatures. Fish are held up at the cauld at Dumfries on the River Nith. River Nairn, fish in the tidal pools, but again waiting for conditions to change. Doonfoot are seeing fish ebbing in and and out on the tide. A few fish coming into Ayrshire and similar reports on the Border Esk to name but a few.

With the rain having arrived, those anglers who enjoy the luxury of being able to go fishing at short notice will experience some first class fishing and fresh running fish on many rivers.

You can keep up to date with the latest river reports for all rivers on FishPal in the UK, Ireland and Iceland here.

Today we have over 125,000 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.

Country Hotel Restaurant & Pub

Flies & Lines For August

 Mackenzie DTX

Continuing our summer series of flies, Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company shares his low water gems with us. Scott Mackenzie of Mackenzie DTX talks lines.

Malcolm says "Remember the higher the water temperatures and lower the river levels, fish are going to be a bit of a devil and frustrating to get them to take a fly. Move down to a very small (tiny) fly or if patience fails – take the bull by the horns and cast a Sunray Shadow, giving it extra movement as it swings across in front of their paths. Remember first run down – a small pattern, then change to a Sunray and continue - read more.

Switch rods are very popular with anglers targeting sea trout and grilse on small rivers in the UK & abroad. Mackenzie have introduced a new range, the Compact Multi Tip Switch lines. The new lines come with four, 10ft tips, floating, intermediate, sink 3/4 and sink 6/7 the overall length with tip on, is 10m or 33ft , this line will suit 6/7 and 7/8 weight switch rods. They have been using these lines recently in the low water conditions, they work really well and absolutely fly, being compact they fish well at both close range and distance when needed - read more.

 Caledonia Fly Company

International Destination


"Your chance to join me in Argentina battling with giant Sea-Trout" Peter Collingsworth, Sportquest Holidays CEO

If you are a single angler or just looking to travel in a group with like-minded people who all enjoy the art of fly fishing for big wild Sea Trout well this trip is designed just for you. We have some exclusive weeks on offer for our very own hosted Sea Trout fishing weeks - read more.


4x4 Car Hire

 4x4 Hire

Have you considered hiring a 4×4 for your next fishing trip?

It’s not uncommon for the approach to many of our favourite fishing spots and accommodations to be along country lanes where hiring a 4×4 vehicle would be advantageous to a regular car. The good news is that hiring a 4×4 needn’t be significantly more expensive than a hatch back - read more.

Our friends at Rhino are offering FishPal customers a 10% discount on any car hire booking - read more.

S&TA Donation At The CLA Game Fair

S&TA Donation

FishPal handed over a cheque again at this years CLA for just over £2,986 to Salmon & Trout Association Chief Executive, Paul Knight. The second of two cheques for the charity so far this year.

Nearly £5,000 has been donated by anglers when booking a days fishing on the FishPal website. This money will go to continue the great work of the S&TA - read more.

Salmon & Troout Association

Septembers Newsletter

Meikleour House

We have a report on the River Tay, including a special feature on the Meikleour Estate and why its fast becoming a popular destination for salmon anglers and corporate days.