Newsletter - April 2015   Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

The rivers are shaping up nicely with more salmon over the magical 20lb mark now being reported - latest fishing reports.

Most rivers have seen some very encouraging catches and well wintered fish. The weather conditions however have somewhat curtailed periods of good sport on most rivers. The water temperature is remaining constant and with rain keeping many rivers topped up, fishing prospects for April are looking promising - find fishing.

If you are casting a line in April for salmon or trout please send in your news and photographs to

Please note the FishPal offices will close Friday 3rd, Monday 6th April and will re-open again on Tuesday 7th April at 9am.

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Field Sport Magazine

Mark Cockburn

In this months FieldSports magazine there is a feature on our CEO Mark Cockburn and FishPal - read more.

River Orchy

River Orchy

In 2014 the Dalmally and Craig Lodge Beats were combined to create over 6 miles of double bank fishing for 12 anglers. Beats 1, 2 & 3 are situated on the middle and lower reaches of the river amid the majestic scenery of Glen Orchy.

These lower reaches are on more level ground with 22 named pools, many of which have natural gravel beds. For the adventurous fisherman there are miles of attractive water that have never been fished - read more.

Keep up to date with Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts from Argyll.

Flood Insurance

Insure your fishing

The policy provided by Towergate Insurance covers Trip Cancellation by tenants due to unavoidable events beyond their control. Flooding disruption where no fishing at all is possible due to flood conditions on the beat - read more.

Canterland Beat

River Esks

One of the most productive beats on the North Esk offering a delightful balance of fly and spinning water dependant on water height. Last month a rod fishing the beat caught a spring salmon estimated to be between 25-30lb - read more.

Where to stay on the North & South Esks catering for anglers - read more.

Casting For Recovery

CFR UK & Ireland provide an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer to gather on a fully funded retreat in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing.

Retreats for 2015 have been announced for Scotland, England and Ireland - read more.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

The Free Fishing Information App from FishPal is easy to download and is becoming very popular with international anglers visiting Scotland - read more.

Tyne Trophy Winner

Barry Williamson from Aspatria, Cumbria is the winner of the Northern Game Angler shield. His fish weighing 10lb caught using a Willie Gunn on Bywell beat at the Fish Pass was the first salmon of the Tyne season.

Keep up to date with the latest reports and rod alerts from FishTyne - read more.

Learn To Fish

Trout Fishing

For a number of years branches associated with the Salmon & Trout Association have held courses aimed at individuals wishing to experience fly fishing.

The days are suitable for all those interested in fishing and with little or no experience of fly fishing. One day events starting in May are available across England - read more.

Caledonia Fly Company

New Brochure

The NEW Caledonia Flies Brochure launched this week is now available online. This innovative and colourful brochure is packed full of salmon, trout, predator, carp and saltwater flies - read more.

Starting in May Caledonia Fly Company pro-guides will be sharing their expertise, top tips, tactics and flies in the FishPal newsletters.

Tweed Flash Sale

Conserving Scottish wild salmon

At only £50 per room per night with breakfast you'd be foolish not to take advantage of the Tontine Hotel, Peebles, great April offer - read more.

Now is the perfect opportunity to try trout fishing on the upper Tweed or even sneak a guilt-free early season fishing session. Treat your partner to a pamper day at Stobo Health Spa and fish Dawyck beat, which just happens to be right on the beats doorstep - Dawyck beat.


Bruce & Walker Rods

Ladies and Gentlemen! You are warmly invited to join Bruce & Walker rods and Meikleour Fishing on Sunday 21st June, the longest day of the year. Try their new range of rods on the stunning water at Islamouth, under the famous Kinclaven Bridge, on the River Tay. What a beautiful setting to meet up and talk fishing!

Bruce & Walker would love to see their followers, new and old so come along, say hello, try out some new rods and have a thoroughly enjoyable day - read more.

FishPal Malloch Trophy

FishPal Malloch Trophy

Where better to present the most prestigious game angling trophy in the UK than on the winning river to an audience of Tweed anglers and owners. Last Wednesday evening at Ednam House, Wayne Longstaff received the FishPal Malloch Trophy from Mark Cockburn and Tay Foundation Chairman John Wood.

John Kitchingham and Hendersyde Beat, River Tweed received their awards for boatman and winning beat. Photographs from the evening.

Wayne received a magnificent solid silver replica of the FishPal Malloch Trophy. A Mackenzie DTX rod and a place on Scott Mackenzie's salmon fishing course. He also received a FishPal fishing gift voucher worth £250.

Every entry into this years trophy will receive a FishPal Malloch Trophy hat and the chance of winning a superb quarterly prize of a Mackenzie DTX rod, designed by 3 times world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie.

Junior Malloch Trophy

FishPal Malloch Junior Trophy

Tay Foundation Chairman John Wood had the pleasure of announcing a new award for young anglers fishing for salmon in Scotland at the Tweed presentation evening. The top four junior anglers catching and releasing a salmon on a Scottish river this year will be invited to attend a special day fishing for salmon with world champion Scott Mackenzie and members of his pro-team on the River Tay at FishPonds.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

28lb Salmon on the Tyne

Bywell Fish

Anglers fishing the River Tyne have enjoyed some excellent spring action on Bywell and Styford beats. Merton Croisdale-Appleby (pictured) with a 28lb spring salmon from Bywell, on the same day our very own Anne Woodcock caught a 22lb spring salmon further down the river. Anglers fishing the Tyne last month have caught fish in the high teens and over 20lb - find fishing.

Spey's Man of March

Speys Man of March

The Spey's Man of March, Melville McDonald, is having a great start to the season with 6 salmon from Rothes and Aikenway since the beginning of March, and a further fish from Delagyle this week. We look forward to catching up with him on the River Spey Anglers Association ladies day this weekend and getting some top tips off him.

Ballindalloch normally start catching salmon a little later in the season, this year they started on opening day. Since then Mr Baxter has caught a cracking 23lbr on the Castle Beat and Mr Pinsent a 17lbr off Pitcroy. Apparently there are fish showing in the pools and a really positive start. Hopefully with spring like weather around the corner more will follow - find fishing.

FREE FISHING - From Monday 13th April to Saturday 18th April the Abernethy stretch of the River Spey are offering anglers the chance to fish it for free to encourage more anglers to try salmon fishing. If you would like to fish during the week you will still need to obtain a free of charge permit from the club secretary - read more.

20lb plus salmon in March

Jan Christersson with Dinnet's first of the season.

Rods fishing Lower Makerstoun on Tweed caught 11 salmon with the biggest at 22lb in March. There seems to be a decent head of fish still making their way up to Junction which is good to see, with reports from anglers seeing running fish - find fishing.

Findhorn rods fishing Darnaway had 18 fish up to 20lb in March. The river is still being lightly fished. We expect to see catches improve in April - find fishing.

Crathes rods enjoyed some excellent sport with 14 fish up to 24lb in March. The Dee has plenty of availability during April with a days fishing on this iconic spring river starting from as little as £30 - find fishing.

Open Days on the river

Tilbouries open day was well attended last month. Anglers enjoyed casting and fly tying demonstrations, along with the opportunity to fish the beat. A few rods had a couple of good offers, but sadly nothing stuck! The beat is running a summer event and head ghillie, Mads, will be sharing some more top tips and tricks, with special attention to fishing the hitch. Keep an eye on the Tilbouries Facebook page for dates - read more.

Middle Pavilion's open day last Friday attracted anglers from far away as Holland. Head boatman Mick Charlton was pleased to see so many anglers from beginners to seasoned rods. Everyone who attended was impressed with the beat, in particular the easy wading and said they will be back - read more.

On Saturday 11th April fishery owner Andrew Lee is offering anglers the opportunity to fish Bluestone beat on the River Whiteadder free of charge during a morning or afternoon session with lunch. This under-fished beat has caught 3 spring salmon so far for March - read more.

The Yorkshire Esk

Egton Estate

The Yorkshire Esk is an understated and under publicised river. Recognised by many as one of England’s best kept secrets for salmon and sea trout, with double figure sea trout caught annually.

Egton Estate is located on the North East fringe of the North York Moors National Park. Outstanding views, steep valleys, heather moorland, coastal fringes and woodland outcrops greet the visiting angler. The beat is seven miles inland from Whitby and enjoys approx 1.25 miles of prime double bank fishing - read more.

Featured Instructor/Guide - Gary Scott

Gary Scott Guide & Instructor

This year we are featuring guides, instructors and ghillies. The second in our series is guide/instructor and design consultant with Shakespeare salmon rods, Gary Scott.

Gary is recognised as one of the finest fly casters in the world today with experience around the world in all aspects of game angling. Double-handed Spey casting and single-handed casting can be taught to the highest standards - read more.

Salmon Courses

Gary hosts spey casting courses in Scotland & Norway. His three day residential courses on the Tay at Dunkeld Fishing are structured to suit all levels of Speycasters from the absolute beginner to more advanced anglers. His Tay course in October including tuition, prime fishing and 3 Nights Dinner B&B in the Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld costs £650 per person - read more.

Big Laxa, Big Trout

Big Trout in Iceland

Wild brown trout fishing is rapidly gaining popularity amongst visiting anglers. This comes as little surprise given its quality which won't leave you out-of-pocket. FishIceland can arrange rods throughout the season on the stunning river Laxa in Adaldalur or 'Big Lax.

FishIceland is proud to offer world-class brown trout fishing packages to this wonderful destination in 2015 following a highly successful season this year. Anglers can chose from self catering accommodation in a nearby bed and breakfast or full board accommodation in a guesthouse with views over the river, just two minutes from the beat.

Full board with three meals a day is £275 per rod/day whilst self catering with breakfast included is £199 per rod/day - find fishing.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy


March newsletter from FishTweed - read more.

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