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

Dear Angler

Well, the month of May quite simply has been a great month for Anglers across many of Scotland's rivers with tales of some big fish caught and even more lost. The West Coast of Scotland has seen more fish through their counters than in many a year. The Tay, Spey and Ness have been doing particularly well as have many of our Far North rivers. Fair to say that at the start of the season anglers were feeling a tad pessimistic about the 2015 season and great to now see so many happy faces out there! See our latest fishing reports.

Catches reported do NOT relate to the actual action on many rivers, with plenty tales of fish hooked and lost. One ghillie tweeted, "since Saturday we've hooked 23 fish, but landed only 4 - shrink needed for ghillie and anglers."

The Eden in Cumbria is another river having a super season with 200 plus fish so far this year. Eden Lacy owner, Victor Gubbins, said "there are a lot of fish in the beat's lies & pools". The owner of Low House can't remember when they have had so many fish on the beat - find Cumbrian fishing.

Tom Carter will be attending the first sea trout evening this Friday on the River Annan at Hoddom with all proceeds from the event donated to Cancer Research. Yesterday Hoddom rods caught 6 sea trout and a salmon, and hooked and lost a number of running fish - find fishing.

Visiting the Nith last week we met the team at Dalswinton Estate. Walking the beat with assistant ghillie Andy we saw a lot of sea trout lying in pools. This bodes well for the start of the Nith Sea Trout Experience which started at the weekend. You can read more about the Nith in this month's newsletter.

Steve Beale, from Dalmally Beats Argyll, has called to tell us that salmon are in the system, conditions are looking good with plenty of water in the river, and fish being caught - read more.

Anne Woodcock will be attending a ladies charity day on Meikleour Fishing later this month. The following day (Sunday 21st) rod makers Bruce & Walker will be demonstrating their latest products on the beat. Please come along and support the day - read more.

With conditions on many rivers looking promising this week there is ample, affordable summer fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout on the system - find fishing.

Keep sharing your stories and photographs with the team at or call Tom in the office on 01573 470612.

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Father's Day

Father's Day

Show your dad just how much you care on the 21st June with a thoughtful gift of a FishPal fishing voucher to use on a day's trout, salmon or sea trout fishing. Gift vouchers start from £10 - read more.

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.


Lethan Estate

Daltra & Altnahara beats on the River Findhorn offer a very wide variety of fishing in all water heights with excellent opportunities for the fly on the beat's many pools - read more.

Keep up to date with Free Fishing Reports and Rod Alerts from Findhorn - read more.

For Sale

River Calder

For sale 1.17 miles (0.89 miles double bank) lightly fished fly water for salmon and sea trout on the River Calder, including approx 3.9 acres of riparian woodland, islands etc. Contact Smiths Gore for more information.

Visit our new Fishing For Sale section which includes timeshares, properties and fisheries for sale.

Get Ahead

FishPal App

Get ahead of the game this season with the FishPal App, available to use on your iPad, iPhone, tablet or smartphone. You can now keep up to date with the latest catches, and much more, from you phone - read more.


Fishing For the Future project

Borderlines is a not for profit company formed in 2005 with the aim of removing as many of the barriers to participation in angling as possible for all groups of the population regardless of age, ability, race, religion or social background with particular emphasis on the disadvantaged, disabled and those requiring rehabilitation.

The last few weeks they have been working very closely with the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust, introducing young people to angling by delivering - read more.

Rothes and Aitkenway

Lethan Estate

This famous Spey beat lies close to the village of Rothes and comprises 1.5 miles of double bank and a further 0.5 miles single left bank - read more.

Records over the last 10 years show an average annual catch of 465 fish from 13 named pools. The beat is fished by five rods using fly only - read more.

Dalswinton Beat

Dalswinton beat

Dalswinton Estate, situated 7 miles north of Dumfries, has 2.5 miles of single bank fishing. It is a particularly attractive stretch of the river and in recent years has benefitted from good sea trout returns in the Spring and late Summer - read more.

The FishPal team visited the beat last month, and enjoyed a day walking the river, spotting sea trout and salmon before the opening of the Nith Sea Trout Experience - read more.

20lb Plus Salmon in June

Head ghillie David Buley with the 29lb Spey fish

Only ten days in to the month of June and anglers are catching and releasing some salmon and sea trout of a lifetime in Scottish rivers.

River Spey: Congratulations to Mr Edward Bisset, fishing Beat 4 Brae Water yesterday, who caught a 29lb salmon on a yellow and black Monkey fly, size 8. Head ghillie David Buley says "Glorious weather and this whopping great lump of silver - an absolute beauty at 29lb - no lice but as fresh as a daisy". Speaking with Dave Duncan this morning he informed us on the same day Beat 1 lost an even bigger fish, played for 15 minutes - find fishing.

River Dee: The Mitchell party enjoyed their fishing last week on Upper Blackhall beat and had a couple of very good sea trout and grilse including a fish of a lifetime for their guest Mrs Dhileas Lukas, a fantastic 20lb fish - find fishing.

River Tay: Expectations remain high on the river for 2015 after recent consistent catches. The river has equalled last years catches so far and is improving on the 5 year average. Salmon have been caught throughout the river this past week in reasonable numbers with memorable catches coming from Helen Spacer (27 pounder) and Stewart Scott with a personal best of 24 pounds - find fishing.

River Tweed: The catches reported do NOT relate to the actual action on the river, with many tales of fish hooked and lost, some having been on for a fair bit of time too. Congratulations to the Junction rod on their 20lb salmon. Yesterday Paul Little caught his personal best sea trout on Junction at 12lb on a size 10 Executioner - find fishing.

FishPal Malloch Trophy: salmon over 20lb, caught on the fly, can enter the trophy, the most prestigious in Europe. We have been asked recently if the angler does not take all measurements required can they still enter. The answer is a resounding YES. Every entry receives a FishPal Malloch Trophy fishing hat, along with recognition for your capture, so please complete and send in your entry form. There is a New Award for Juniors in 2015, open to young people who catch and release an Atlantic Salmon on a Scottish river using any legal method - read more.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

Flies For Summer Salmon

Flies For June

Malcolm Anderson from Caledonia Flies writes "No lined trousers and skirts, yes it's summer, but don’t tell the fish as they still think it’s spring time. I feel we are running a few weeks behind this season with water temperatures steady around the high forty’s and low fifty’s on most rivers and they are surely going to rise slowly with little snow melt to come. Welcome rainfall is keeping our systems rising and falling weekly, with this fluctuation in water heights we are seeing fresh runs of salmon shooting past - read more.

Top performing Caledonia Fly patterns for June are Arndilly & Gold, Beauly Gunn, Silver Stoats Tail" - read more.

Caledonia Fly Company

Ladies Casting a Line

Linda Blair

Taymount beat, River Tay, had a superb week with Helen Spacer catching a memorable 27 pounds beauty, measuring in at 41", from the Flats. This was Helen's first ever salmon! It put up an incredible fight running in 60 yard bursts, sub surface, all over the pool. Congratulations Helen - read more. Mrs Dhileas Lukas, fishing Upper Blackhall on the Dee, had a 4lb sea trout topped off with a fantastic 20lb fish on Friday - read more.

Ladies enjoyed an introduction to salmon fishing on Bywell beat, River Tyne, at the weekend, with great success. The day was exceptionally windy, a downstream wind seeing a few hats lost to the river. After mastering the double spey, Linda Blair caught her first fish of just under 8lb (pictured), Congratulations from all the team at FishPal. Find a days fishing on the River Tyne.

Save Our Salmon

Save our salmon

This month sees the 60th Anniversary issue of the iconic fishing magazine Trout & Salmon. The packed magazine includes an article on pioneers who have changed game-fishing. FishPal are proud to be included within this inspirational feature.

Trout & Salmon have launched Save Our Salmon, a campaign that seeks to highlight the plight of the wild Atlantic salmon and raise funds to return the species to abundance. Last month they invited interested parties to pitch ideas that they believe will help us reach that goal. The best eight can be viewed here. Please read each pitch and decide which you think is the most deserving of your vote - read more.

Fishing Insurance

Insure your fishing

Mark Cockburn writes "The NEW FishPal Insurance Policy has really come in to its own in recent weeks with disappointed anglers turning up to find the river in flood.

We all want to fish, but to have the cost of your fishing covered does give anglers a feeling of at least being compensated for their lack of fishing due to flooding. The policy also covers trip cancellation, personal property and personal liability. If you have already booked your fishing with ourselves and have not yet taken out insurance cover, the good news is that you can still do so.

If you are planning a trip and have not got round to booking it yet, do remember insurance cover is now available. This unique policy is the market leader, growing in popularity as you would expect, given the wonders of the UK weather!! Full policy details can be found here or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you need any further assistance".

Sea Trout Fishing With Angling Active

Angling Active

Craig Somerville, Angling Active, writes "Sea trout are into nearly all the river systems with good runs as I write and with more to come. Preparation is well worth doing as it will be dark when you are trying to find a replacement fly for the one you have just left up a tree. Leader material to hand and a well sorted out fly box are a must with, of course, a torch.

There will be some huge sea trout taken off several of our rivers and lochs this season. It’s got to be one of the most exciting times for the angler who can’t see the fish until it is at their feet" - read more.

Angling Active

Guide For June

Callum Conner

This year we are featuring guides, instructors and ghillies. This month we feature Callum Conner, founder of Scotia Fishing, who has an unsurpassed passion for fishing for salmon and trout.

Callum was one of the first anglers in Scotland to fly fish for Pollock, embrace LRF (Light Rock Fishing) and experiment with lure fishing for Wrasse (HRF – Heavy Rock Fishing). Predator fishing is a real passion of his, with many special fish to his name on the fly, including numerous pike over 20lbs and pollock to over 9lb - read more.

If you want to fish somewhere you haven't been to before, then a Guide can make all the difference between success and failure. The best Guides in the UK are included on the FishPal Guide site - read more.