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Newsletter January 2016

Scotland is recognised across the world as the destination for salmon fishing. This months newsletter features Scotland's salmon rivers opening up in February. Anglers are travelling from across the UK, Europe, USA and Russia to cast a line for Scotland's silver leapers.

This months newsletter features the best flies to use to catch a spring salmon and with some great offers on Simms clothing, accessories and Hardy rods, now is the time to check your fishing gear and contact one of the largest fishing shops in the UK, Angling Active in Stirling.

This month we met Dr. Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform who formally opened the River Tay with the symbolic first cast. She also presented the FishPal Malloch Trophy to the 2015 winner Tom Buchanan.

Whilst at the opening she informed us that she was planning to launch the next stage of the wild fisheries reform programme which will confirm the Government's ongoing commitment to manage, conserve and develop Scotlands wild fisheries.


Video of Dr McLeod talking to the angling community.

This has now been published. Please follow this link which will update you on the package of conservation measures to manage the killing of wild salmon in Scotland.

We would love to hear your stories this year. If you have a photo to share, a beat you would like to see featured or something you think fellow anglers might be interested in, please give the office a call. It is always good to get news from the river and share it with the angling community.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip in 2016, please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612 or follow this link for the latest availability.

The thrill of catching and releasing a spring salmon certainly gets the heart racing.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com


River Dee Opens

The Dee District Salmon Fishery Board has been informed that Potarch Bridge and the alternative approach roads will be closed on February 1st for emergency repairs. As such they are having to relocate the Opening Ceremony. Banchory Fishings and Banchory Lodge Hotel will be hosting the opening ceremony at the hotel on Monday morning at 10:30am - read more.


opening day on the Dee

Ross MacDonald in his weekly FishDee Prospect Report say's "Big tides and high water this week are well within the usual range of river heights. As the river drops and temperatures fall we should have good conditions for opening week. Intermediates and slow sinkers will be popular, as will floaters with long tips and a Black and Yellow fly"

Find the latest fishing available in February and for the rest of Spring follow this link.

Where to buy flies for the Dee, including Ross's recommendation Black and Yellow flies - read more.

River Lochy


Video of the River Lochy.

With the majestic Ben Nevis as a backdrop, mouth-watering pools and glides, it is, without doubt, "The Queen of Scottish Rivers" - read more.

To find fishing on the River Lochy in 2016, please follow this link.

Can We Expect Big Fish In 2016?

David Summers of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB) has observed a gradual increase in the size of salmon returning to the Tay with more spring fish and fewer grilse.

We asked him if we can we expect a "Genuine 40lb'er" on the Tay in 2016? - read more.

Prices for a days spring fishing on the Tay start from as little as £20 for a bank rod and £100 for a boat and two rods - find spring fishing.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip in 2016, please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612.

Spey Casting Day 18th March


After the success of last years course, Meikleour Fishing are excited to offer a series of fly casting tuition and fishing days throughout the 2016 season. Courses will be suited to your needs, whether you are a beginner or a competent caster wanting a refresher. They run from 8:30am to 5:30pm with a lovely lunch at the hut. Instructor will be casting maestro Tom Brown. Price £185 inc VAT with lunch - read more

Salmon Flies For Spring

Well it's not long now until the rod's will be out of their cupboard again. We have high water levels and higher than normal water temperatures at the moment, what will the Salmon Spring run bring us on the rivers in 2016?


Bright flies with yellow in them is always a good start.

I think we will all be pleased to see it start and we will just have to knuckle down and find out where the fish are lying in our fast flowing rivers. Fast heads and bright flies will be the order of the day I am sure, plus a few monkey patterns thrown in there as well -read more.

Angling Active SIMMS SALE

FishPal Malloch Trophy


Dr. Aileen McLeod with Mark Cockburn and Tom Buchanan

The presentation of the 2015 FishPal Malloch Trophy to Tom Buchanan was a true highlight of the River Tay opening at Dunkeld.


Tom with his guitar in one hand and his own tied monkey fly in the other, a copy of the one he caught his winning fish on. He brought so much enthusiasm to the day, a true talent, character and worthy winner - watch the video.

Thanks to Angling Active Stirling who captured it all on film.

Angling Active HARDY SALE

River Spey Opens

The Annual Opening Day Ceremony will take place on Thursday 11th February 2016 at 9:00am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour with the traditional pouring of whisky into Spey and first cast - read more.

With the new season approaching, the Spey Fishery Board is full of optimism for another successful year following the much improved catch in 2015. Last year's grilse catch was the best since 2010, so the prospects are good for the 2016 spring/summer salmon run! Find Spey fishing.

FishPal Insurance Policy Update

Mark Cockburn says "The 2016 fishing seasons are about to get underway over the next few weeks and I am sure, like me, you are looking forward to that first cast of the season and to other dates you have secured throughout the coming year. I wanted to remind you that we have our very own exclusive FishPal Insurance Policy that has four main areas of cover -read more.

I am sure we can all remember days when we were unable to fish because the river was in flood. The “Flooding Disruption” cover that comes with this policy is clearly deemed to be one of the most important features on offer within the policy that will prevent you from losing out financially if the river is in flood and unfishable.

We have learned a number of things from having had the policy now for over a year and I wanted to share some of these with you. The list is not meant to be exhaustive in any way and we will no doubt add to the list as we continue to learn of other different scenarios throughout the year" - read more.

River Tweed Opens


Guide Fin Wilson with a Tweed Spring fish.

Those of us looking for an early opportunity to fish in spring should consider fishing the River Tweed.

With prices for February starting from as little as £30 to £40 for beats at West Learmouth, Boathouse & Canny, Lower & Middle Pavilion and Tweedswood its tempting to get the rods out of storage in search of a Tweed Springer.

You will certainly be well looked after by the ghillies & boatmen on these beats - find Spring Tweed Fishing.

Wear A Lifevest

Many of our rivers have experienced some of the heaviest rainfall in living memory. This has had a significant effect on the banks, gravel formations, runs and pools. It is essential that anglers take extreme care if they are fishing and wading.

Although angling may seem like a harmless activity, the dangers that large bodies of water pose should always be considered. Tragically we see a number of anglers lose their lives to drowning each year - read more.

Fishing Auction

The 2016 annual auction for the Wessex Chalk Stream and Rivers Trust has some exclusive fishing on private and club waters which cannot normally be accessed by the general public.

This is a real opportunity for keen fishermen and women in 2016 - read more.

Owners and Angling Clubs

SEPA Advice Note. Repair work in rivers after recent floods

Significant engineering works in rivers require authorisation under the Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) 2011. However repair works and smaller scale activities do not require contact with SEPA before proceeding - read more.

FishPal Newsletters

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