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Newsletter - October 2016

During the last two weeks we have seen some huge salmon caught by anglers fishing for the King of fish in Scotland.

In this month's newsletter we have the latest news from the FishPal Malloch Trophy contenders, who have been lucky enough to catch one of these prized specimen fish.

The fly everyone is talking about is the Red Francis. We have asked fishing expert Ross MacDonald from the River Dee why it is proving such a successful fly this month.

With the onset of Autumn our thoughts are turning to the weather patterns and rainfall for October, you can now find the latest weather information online at FishPal.

As we head towards the last few weeks of the season on rivers that remain open, please remember that if you have fishing booked or you are thinking of taking some last minute days, you can add our FishPal Insurance to your booking up to 14 days before the fishing is due to take place. Follow this link to find out more.

To find the best places to fish in October and November, give Tom a call on 01573 470612. You can also keep up to date by checking the latest fishing reports and catches.

Remember to enter the 2016 FishPal Malloch Trophy.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com

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Postcard From The Findhorn

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Daryl Ewer with a fresh fish of around 15lb.

After a long dry August, we welcomed with open arms the rainfall during the last month of our season. Daryl Ewer and Rob Thomas enjoyed some great sport on the back of a small rise. Daryl hooked and released a fresh fish of around 15lbs and later a larger, coloured, cock fish of around 20lbs. Rob had two grilse at 4 and 5 pounds the same afternoon.

Leslie Tyson hooked and lost a very big fish in the top of Palamore Island. The fish managed to snag the poly leader between some rocks and shredded it completely. Leslie got a good look at the monster cock fish a couple of times and reckoned it was 20lbs plus!

The season ended on a high note after decent rainfall gave the river a good lift. Altyre had a total of eight fish for the last few days of the season up to 12lbs.

Ian Neale, Altyre Estate.

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Trip To The Tay

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Congratulations Iona Hoare with her 32lbs fly caught fish from Islamouth beat.

These last few weeks FishPal's Tom Carter has been taking some time out to get onto rivers in Scotland to meet ghillies and boatmen in order to get a better understanding of their beats, the river and the men who look after you when you come fishing. He was kindly invited to fish Murthly beat last week by the Gilchrist family - read more.

Meikleour Fishings are hosting three one day casting seminars with angling legend and founder of Salmologic products, Henrik Mortensen from the 28th to 30th October. The one day seminars will focus on casting, watercraft and fly presentation - read more.

The Tay Ghillies Association are holding a fund raising Race Night on Friday 14th October starting at 7.30pm with the first race under orders at 8.00pm - read more.

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2016 Malloch Trophy

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David, aged 12, with his first ever salmon. He caught and released a further 3 fish on his recent trip to Delfur on the Spey.

Entries are now being received for the 2016 FishPal Malloch Trophy. If you would like to enter this year's FishPal Malloch Trophy or the Junior Competition follow this link.

If you would like to speak to a member of the FishPal team about whether you should enter your salmon, please call the offices on 01573 470612.

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Mackenzie FX1 At Fin & Game

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Junior Malloch Winner Jess England playing a salmon on an FX1.

Since the Mackenzie FX1 was introduced in March 2016, it has created quite a stir amongst salmon fishermen. Claims that the FX1 is made of a material that is stronger than bullet proof vests and 300 times stronger than steel have raised a few eyebrows.

These rods are made in Britain, using a process not normally used in the production of fishing rods. The process of autoclaving the rod removes any air in the carbon, leaving you with an extremely strong rod - read more.

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Pink Linda Charity Day

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Emma Jackson with a Tyne salmon.

Anglers enjoyed some fine fly fishing on Tyne beats earlier this month and raised £1,600 for local charities.

During the two days, a total of fifteen salmon and sea trout were caught up to 15.2lb. Two 15lbers were caught by Jim Wennmark from ScUFt and DJ/Producer Nick Warren. Ed Ford fishing for the first time with a double handed rod caught the first fish, a 4lb sea trout, on Monday morning - read more.

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Irish Fly Fair

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Show organiser and a Marryat rod consultant Stephen Munn.

Ireland's biggest fly fishing extravaganza, The Irish Fly Fair, is now one of the top fly fishing shows in Europe.

The event will again feature a huge host of world famous fly dressers and angling stands, under one roof in Ireland. Fly dressers, fly casters and angling celebrities from all over the globe will gather at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, to participate in the 7th Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show - read more.

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River Luce Salmon

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Darrell Dyer with his salmon caught in the River Luce on a Red Francis.

A 30lb salmon and FishPal Malloch Trophy contender was caught on beat 1 of the River Luce on a Red Francis last month.

The Luce is a spate river and thus fishes best for salmon after a rise of water - read more.

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Angling Club Support

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FishPal have been appointed as delivery partner to the Scottish Government for the proposed programme of help to Angling Clubs to mitigate the impact of mandatory catch and release - read more.

Any clubs wishing to register an interest in how we might help, are being encouraged to complete a registration form on our site, so we can then contact them. The link to this page can be found here.

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Monster Lochy Salmon

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John with his 118.3cm salmon.

Lochy Ghillie John MacIssac caught a fish of a lifetime on Thursday 29th September on a Mackenzie DTX rod. The fish measured at 46.6 in (118.3cm) and was estimated between 38 to 41 pounds. It's a PB for John and, for now, the biggest salmon landed on a Scottish River this year and a potential winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy.

John hooked and lost a similar sized fish a few years ago on the Queen of Scottish Salmon rivers, the Lochy and said “You know they are there in the Lochy system, and to catch one this size, you need someone with you to witness it!” - read the full story.

You know it's a big fish, when your friend arrives to help you to be told “we are going to need a bigger net”. The length and depth of the fish dwarfed the net and it had an adipose fin the size of an apple. “I was unable to get my hand around the tail“ said John."

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Spring 2017 Fishing

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18 pound springer from Meikleour Fishing River Tay.

Availability is starting to be added for Spring 2017 for the Rivers Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed and we don't expect this prime fishing to be online for too long - find fishing.

FishPal's Tom Carter says "If you are planning a fishing trip for Spring, we would advise that you book your fishing earlier rather than nearer the time. If you are looking at May we are expecting this month to have limited availability".

If you need help or advice on arranging a fishing trip for 2017, please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

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Red Francis

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Image courtesy of Caledonia Fly Company.

The Francis has earned a reputation on the UK salmon scene as a fly that will take reluctant fish. It will come as no surprise whatsoever that the pattern was designed to be a prawn imitation and in common with all good fly stories, it caught a lot of fish and soon came to dominate catches in Iceland.

Fishing the Francis varies, it can be fished conventionally with great success. Aficionados, at least the ones I know, insist it is when it is fished at depth and worked through a pool, that the Francis really comes into its own - read more.

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Junior Success On The Clyde

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Harris Reid, 9 years old, caught his first salmon of 6lb on the fly this month. Using a Tay Raider, he hooked the fish on his local club water UCCAPA (United Clyde Angling Protective Association), the fish gave a few good runs which were quickly placed back in control by young Harris, he netted the fish and returned it to continue it's journey.

Two days later whilst fishing after school and proudly wearing his new FishPal Malloch Trophy hat, he caught his second fish on the fly, a 3lb grilse.

We would like to encourage more young anglers, aged 18 and below to enter this year's Junior Malloch Competition. The four winners will spend a fabulous day next August, salmon fishing on Fishponds beat of the River Tay, with fishery manager Iain Kirk, SGAIC and world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie, designer of the Mackenzie FX1 rods - read more.

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Mackenzie Travel Rods

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Mackenzie Travel Rods, voted one of the best in Trout & Salmon Magazine.

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Dee Hatchery Meeting

Last week saw Mark Cockburn travel to Deeside for the long awaited follow up Dee Hatchery meeting taking place at the Banchory Lodge Hotel.

The presentation was delivered by the Forth Rivers Trust who had been commissioned by the Dee board to look completely independently, as to whether having a hatchery on the Dee was a good idea and should be progressed, or whether there was sufficient evidence to say that a hatchery was not recommended at this time.

A very robust presentation with a decision made to not progress a hatchery on the Dee at the present moment in time. The full presentation report can be found here at this page.

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Visit Scotland This Autumn

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World's tallest beech hedge near Meikleour Hotel on the River Tay.

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to witness majestic natural sights from landscapes of burnt reds, oranges and golds to the fleeting flocks of birds heading south for winter, it is a season of breathtaking spectacles and it's no wonder The Lonely Planet recently voted Scotland as one of the top places in the world to see Autumnal colours.

Although 'fish watching' might not hold the same appeal as bird watching, the return of the Atlantic salmon is one of the most spectacular displays in the animal kingdom. A visit to Pitlochry Dam Fish Ladder on the Tay, or Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre on Tweed are well worth a visit this month, as salmon make their way up river to their spawning grounds.

Whether you are visiting Scotland to fish, shoot, stalk, or simply to get away and enjoy the peace and tranquility, visit the FishPal site for the best places to stay in Scotland or speak to a member of the team on 01573 470612.

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60th Anniversary Match

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Tom Carter joined in the fun last month on the 60th anniversary match between Newton Stewart and Stranraer Angling Clubs on Loch Ochiltree and Loch Fyntalloch.

Newton Stewart won the fly fishing competition with fifteen fish for 23lb 4½oz and the bait competition was won by Stranraer with fourteen fish for 38lb 9oz.

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Annual Auction

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The Salmon & Trout Conservation Annual Online Auction offers anglers across the country an absolute feast of fishing days and much more. In all there are over 100 lots in this years auction for fishing days on rivers, lakes and streams - read more.

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Finally

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In next weeks FishTweed newsletter read the full story of Laura's 30lb Lower Makerstoun salmon and Ian Storey's 32lb salmon on Middle Mertoun. Both anglers are contenders for the FishPal Malloch Trophy and Bemersyde Award.

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