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Newsletter August 2016

This month sees the arrival of summer salmon and grilse with some fine specimens caught above 20lb on the Ness, Tay and Tyne. Tweed rods have caught a 30lb salmon and 14lb sea trout so far this month.

It's been encouraging to hear reports of good numbers of salmon in the River Eden along with grilse arriving from the beginning of July, including some larger fish. I had the opportunity to fish this stunning river last year at Eden Lacy, even with low water the beat produced a fish of 10lb to my rod - find fishing.

Tom has been out of the office visiting beats on Tweed and the new tackle shop in Kelso, Fin & Game. Today he met up with Head boatman Stephen Robinson of Horncliffe beat and got the chance to see the latest in bank maintenance, remote control lawn mowers/brashers, he has not stopped talking about this state of the art machine which is causing quite a stir with ghillies!

If you are looking for things to do during the summer holidays check out the FishPal Facebook page for hints and tips. We hope to share as many fishing activities for families during the holidays, along with helping on events. This month the Northumberland branch of the Salmon & Trout Conservation is hosting an introduction to salmon fishing for young people on the River Tyne at Eltringham beat, please contact me to book a place.

To find out what's happening on the rivers, check the latest fishing reports and catches. Let us help reduce the stress of planning a fishing trip with a little insider knowlege, give the office a call on 01573 470612 for up to date news and availability.

Have a great August.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com

Tay Fishing For Sale

24 consecutive weeks for 6 rods in perpetuity on one of the most renowned and admired salmon fisheries on the River Tay. The Stobhall beat extends to some 1.8 miles and is opposite Taymount and downstream from Ballathie and Cargill.

The fishings include some of the most famous pools on the river; The Linn Pool, Findford Head, Alderns and Kill Mou amongst their number. There is a good variety of water with a total of 30 pools. Stobhall is well known for its quality fly water - read more.

Conal Sinclair


FishPal Malloch Trophy winner Tom Buchanan with Conal and Blair

FishPal Malloch Trophy winner Tom Buchanan paid a special visit to Glasgow's Children's Hospital this week to see Conal Sinclair one of the Junior Malloch Trophy winners.

Conal came off a quad bike last week and badly broke his leg, after 2 operations 10 hours in total, he has to wear a metal brace for the next 8 months. Sadly Conal will miss this years winners fishing day on Monday 15th August on FishPonds Beat, River Tay with Scott Mackenzie.

Everyone at FishPal wishes Conal a speedy recovery. We look forward to taking him and his dad on a days fishing next year on the Tay when he is fully covered.

Fin & Game

Fin & Game opened their first store in the Scottish Borders at 36-38 Bridge Street, Kelso on Monday 1st August, 2016. The store, nestled in the busy border town of Kelso covers a total area of 4,000 square feet and houses clothing and equipment for fishing, shooting and country sports.

Displayed over two floors, the shop is dedicated to country pursuits. The light and airy ground - read more.

Good Catches On The Spey

Anglers fishing Gordon Castle Beats in July enjoyed good catches of multi sea wintered fish. The grilse are in very good condition, with few thin fish and more arriving daily. Resident fish are helping to slow the movement of fish which is proving the right recipe for success. Congratulations to a regular Gordon Castle angler in her mid-nineties, who took three salmon to her rod in one day last week.

Castle Grant beats have been picking away enjoying some cracking days, including some nice grilse. They have also had some quieter days, within the mix and anglers who have not fished the beat before, have really enjoyed the fishing and company of ghillies Bobby and Roddy.

The Spey is having a very encouraging season and fish numbers based on the last 3 years look to be increasing year on year - find fishing.


Jess England back on Tweed for a day catches 2 salmon, biggest 14lb and loses 4 more.

Thurso Fish Explosion

A truly exceptional week on the river with a total of 442 fish caught up to 22lbs of which 179 were salmon, with 31 at 15lbs plus and 4 above 20lbs. Thursday was the best day with 99 fish. A number of rods caught in excess of 40 fish for their week. The average for each rod was 18.

75% were fresh or sea-liced. With heavy showers earlier in the week, giving three good rises, the river remained between 22 and 14 inches which encouraged fish to run and catches resulted on all beats - find fishing.

Sport On Smaller Rivers

When the rain came, it produced explosive sport and good catches. Anglers fishing these rivers at the right time will have left with happy memories.

Last week Kinnaber on the North Esk produced 10 salmon to 17lbs, 10 sea trout and 139 finnock. This is the fourth year there has been a great show of finnock, thanks to the pioneering smolt shepherding which is now in its 5th year.

The South Esk enjoyed some excellent sport. Two young anglers fishing Kirriemuir beat on Monday 1st August with their grandad, went home hooked on fishing. Daisy McEwen caught her first sea trout using a size 12 silver stoats tail, single hook. Earlier that day her cousin, Charlie Stewart, hooked a salmon estimated at 9lbs, on a size 14 silver stoats tail. After a five minute struggle the salmon decided it didn't like the fly and was last seen heading upstream - without Charlie!

Read all the latest weekly fishing reports here.


Will with a cracking double figure Tay fish last week

News from the Dee

Dee catches so far this season have exceeded last years monthly totals. The largest fish so far this year at 28lb was caught on Upper Blackhall in May.

Ballogie is the middle of the three Ballogie Estate beats on Dee. Above lies Carlogie and below Commonty, all on the right bank of the river. Like Carlogie, Ballogie is attractively located in forest and farmland and has a selection of unique four star accommodation set in beautiful and varied locations around the estate.

The beat enjoys classic fly water catering for all tastes, from streamy pools to the deeper water with easy access to all pools - read more.


Family fishing with You Fish Scotland this month

2500 Tay Salmon To July

The run is developing and catches are improving as the Tay enters August, with over 2500 fish up to 34lbs caught so far this season.

Summer salmon on several beats around 20lbs and increasing numbers of grilse were landed throughout last week. The river has had fresh water and is now hovering around or just above summer levels, despite heavy localized rain - find fishing.

Some Big Fish Seen On Tweed


Head Boatman on Horncliffe Stephen Robinson nets a customers fish.

July on Tweed has been a roller coaster, from extreme temperatures one minute to dirty high water the next. However, fish have been seen and caught by many who have endured this strange month on Tweed. Spring catches remain encouraging with 2000 fish registered from all beats by the end of June.

Some big fish have been seen on Tweed this week, upwards of 18lb plus. On Tuesday an experienced angler caught a 30lb salmon using a 13ft 8" rod and a size 12 Stoats Tail. The fish measured at 123cm, was running with colour and was released to continue its journey. Fish are now beginning to ebb into lower beats - find fishing.

Ness Monsters

The Ness maybe a small river, but it is a sleeping giant. Dochfour have doubled their 2015 July catches this year with 47 salmon. Very few anglers have been out fishing on the river and despite this, Inverness Angling Club have matched their 2015 July total.

With low water levels, fresh fish in the system and schools still on holiday, there is nothing stopping you from getting out onto the river and having a great day fishing - find fishing.

Meikleour Fishing


First salmon for french angler Gaelle Courtois

Due to a cancellation, some prime dates in September and the final day of the season have now become available. Meikleour is a prime spawning ground and Autumn fish do accumulate on the beat - read more.

Meikleour Arms have added four stunning new bedrooms to the hotel and they become available from September 1st. The rooms are all to a very high standard, and include super king beds, luxurious marble bathrooms and country French furniture.

Take Care

As we write this newsletter gusts of 68mph have been recorded over Scotland with 115mph at the top of Cairngorm! With these conditions, take advice from your ghillie and for his and your sake, do as he says and wear a cap, life vest and eye protection, preferably poloroid to take the sheen off the water so you can see your line as well as hopefully your fish! You only get one pair of eyes, take care of them.
Tom Carter says "Do take extra care when casting in windy conditions, make sure your fly is a safe distance from your body and face."

Also for those of you about to undertake the annual pilgrimage to your favourite water, do not expect it to be the same. Most rivers suffered in the winter storms, so take a wading stick and be prepared for changes.

Lower Beauly Peak Season

Five rods to let in mid-August when the river, weather and scenery is at its best. The rods are available for the week commencing 15 August 2016, which historically falls during the peak grilse run - read more.

The Cruives Lodge which accommodates up to 12 and is positioned on the banks of the river Beauly is also available during the week.

Ryan's First Fish


Congratulations Ryan from everyone at FishPal

Ryan's dad sent in a report to the FishPal office of his son's first fish spinning the River Clyde last month. Using his 7wt rod and lucky toby given to him by his Grandad, he hooked into a fish and was not sure he had one on until it jumped out of the water! He was so excited and at the same time in a panic!

The fish exposed father and son's skills, the drag was set too low, allowing the fish to run for what seemed an age. Once adjusted the rod doubled and Ryan gave it his all. A proud dad watched him deal with this new hi-stress situation.

The fish put up a great fight and 10 mins later he was unable to lift it onto the bank, so dad nervously helped him, if at this point it got away it would be so disappointing (previous experience!).

Ryan's first Brownie weighed in at 3.25lb, it's bigger than any his dad has caught in 15 years of fishing! Ryan is now totally hooked and enjoys fishing most weekends. They both enjoy the peace and quiet and buzz of catching a wild fish!

Ryan is currently being treated at the Royal Children's Hospital for a neurological development and is expected to be there for up to 12 weeks. He struggles with the usual confines of social interaction, which makes busy places and groups of people difficult for him. Getting him out into the hills and going fishing is where he excels. Hope you are again soon Ryan.


2nd entry to the Junior Malloch Trophy for talented angler Finlay Thomson fishing the Fhorsa.

Post Brexit

Paul Knight, Chief Executive, Salmon & Trout Conservation outlines some scenarios post Brexit for our aquatic environment.

Now we are coming to terms with the decision to leave the EU, we are beginning to look at the different scenarios around the UK's future relationship with Europe, and what that might mean for environmental protection, particularly for our rivers, lakes and fish -read more.

Daiwa Precision

The NewEra fly reel is a world first and takes the cartridge spool system to a whole new level - read more.