Newsletter June 2017

Will June be the month that anglers see their fortunes change?

The Dee have caught 52 salmon this week up to 18lb, of which 24 were caught yesterday (8th June) and 74 sea trout. Reports coming in from the Dee are that fish are on the move and the river is now falling.

Beats reporting their catches on FishSpey are having a good week. Salmon up to 18lb have been caught on the Gordon Castle beat and the Upper Spey beats have enjoyed some good sport including a 10lb specimen sea trout on Grantown Association Water.

The largest fish so far this month has been caught on the Tay at 20lb on Lower Kinnaird. As of the 4th June 2,703 Tay fish have passed through the counter at Pitlochry Dam.

Finally, a decent amount of rain has fallen on Tweed which disrupted fishing in the catchment. Reports coming in are of fish moving and next week's sport looks promising.

One of our favourite sayings here at FishPal is that we have fishing on the site that is affordable and available. Day permits for salmon start from as little as £10 and permits for juniors start from £5 - find fishing.

If you are out casting a line this month tight lines. Please don't forget to send me your photos.

Anne Woodcock

Fathers Day


With Fathers Day only a week away, giving the gift of fishing is a lovely present. A FishPal Gift Voucher can be redeemed against fishing available on the FishPal website and is a lovely gift to honour the impact fathers and father figures have on the lives of their children - read more.

FishPal Weather

The weather for the weekend ahead is a mixed picture. It will slowly settle down next week and forecasters predict that summer will return.


You can now view rolling images of cloud, wind and rainfall on the FishPal site within the weather page.

Where To fish

Rivers should start falling back and clearing during the coming days and reports are that fish are moving. We are looking forward to hearing from anglers lucky to be out fishing this coming week.

A fine salmon caught in May on the River Forth.

Speak with Tom Carter in the office for the latest news on where to fish this month.

Latest Fishing Reports

Finally the rain arrived this week, which means that River Reporters on rivers needing rain have been updating the Latest Fishing Reports page. Below are just a few of the updated reports.

After the exceptionally dry spring on the River Annan, rain has finally arrived and the river has seen two decent spates this week. As a result of flooding the river has been running very coloured and has been mostly unfishable. It is likely to be the week commencing 12th June before we can get a better picture of the numbers of salmon and sea trout that have entered the system - read more.

Fishponds beat, River Tay.

At last some rain! The Towy has risen and is running coloured and fast. Weather forecast for the next five days is fairly dry and bright until Sunday, with intermittent showers which should keep the river lively. Rain again on Monday. Prospects very good - read more.

Ayrshire rivers have had a rise in water levels yesterday and it is bucketing down today. All six rivers are in spate and we are sure to see fish running and caught during the coming days - read more.

River Levels

We have been making changes to River Levels pages on the site.


Whilst you have always been able to view graphs of how levels have moved in the last few hours, few days and the year so far. Customers viewing Tweed and Tay levels can now view them via a map, which includes station icons indicating rising, steady and a falling river. This will be rolled out to all rivers on the FishPal site.

FishPal Insurance Policy


Covers disruption from flooding. Trip cancellation by you. Personal property. Personal Liability. Personal inability to fish.

Please do consider the benefits of insuring your fishing - read more.

Fallons of Carrigacunna


This is the first time this private beat on the Blackwater, Ireland has been made available to the general pubic.

One and a half miles of single bank fishing with numerous pools, each with unique characteristics due to a series of islands in the middle of the beat. Some of the pools can be fished from the bank but most require wading, which is predominately on gravel - read more.


FishPal Website News

Have you seen the new splash page? We have added this to the existing site to show you the sort of style we will be using for the new site. The high resolution extra wide photos move from side to side and, with the sound of running water, should make you want to be on the river, if you are not there already!


The site redevelopment work continues to make great progress and we are all genuinely excited about the new look and feel which we hope you will love too. You can help us by sending in your fishing photos of rivers, fisheries, beats, pools, huts, fish, etc. as we build our photo bank. We want to be able to show lots of pictures on our new look site and would appreciate all the help you can give!

Your data security is always on our mind. Ever since we started many years ago, we have run an SSL secure server for both our booking engine and control panels as well as for other services too. We have also long been registered under the Data Protection Act, to ensure we comply with its provisions. Further EU regulations are coming next year and we will be making sure that we comply with these too, which will give you even more protection.

In addition we continue our policy of NOT storing your card details when booking online or by telephone.

We will keep you up to date with developments via our newsletters and site pages - stay tuned!

Mark Cockburn
CEO FishPal

Sea Trout Festival

Sea trout caught on Newtyle beat, River Tay.

On the 16th June 2017, FishPal in conjunction with angling clubs, associations, river trusts and fisheries in Scotland are organising a sea trout evening to encourage anglers to go fishing for the prince of darkness.

We have received a superb response with beats on the Annan and Tweed fully booked and on social media, it's been a popular topic of conversation with anglers.

Beats in Scotland have generously given fishing free of charge for the evening of Friday June 16th and with weather patterns expected to settle down during the coming week, it could be a night of screaming reels. If you would like to join in on the action, you can find details of fishing available in this link.

Tom Carter

Sea Trout Flies

Skated river patterns, spectacular way to catch Sea trout.

Sea trout are one of the most exciting fish that swims up our rivers and lochs. They can be caught by many methods, but the fly is the most exhilarating and heart pumping action you will have. Depending on what river or loch in the UK you are fishing, conditions will decide the style or method you choose - read more.

Sea trout flies, where to buy.

Affordable Fishing in Scotland

Affordable fishing on some of Scotland's angling club waters.

7 miles of double bank fishing for salmon and sea trout on the River Beauly, downstream from Lovat Bridge to Wester Lovat, including the Beauly Firth. Day permits start from £5.00 - read more.


Approximately 8 miles of mainly double bank fishing on the River Almond from Cramond to Kirkliston. The main species is brown trout with fish between 1lb-1.5lb regularly caught and occasionally fish between 3lb - 4lb have been recorded. The river benefits from good runs of sea trout and some salmon. Day permits start from £5.00 - read more.

Membership of the Perth District Angling Association offers some of the best-value salmon and trout fishing in the country. Beats for 2017 include Rome Croy, Stobhall, Benchil, Pitlochrie, Murthly and Findynate, among many others - read more.

Success For Annabel


Annabel fished her local river after school last month and hooked into her first 2017 salmon, a lovely fresh Springer of about 10lbs, caught in the stream at nutbank on the Mochrum Park beat of the Bladnoch. She needed a bit of help from her dad and her 'Uncle Dave' to negotiate the banking and play the fish.

Well done Annabel from everyone at FishPal.

Your Fishing Photos

If you are out casting a line don't forget to send your photos in to FishPal.

Record Hardy Reel

Grant Harris, UK & European Managing Director of Pure Fishing with the record breaking reel.

Last month at the Atlantic Trust's 50th Anniversary Dinner a Hardy Hotspur Cascapedia Salmon Reel, numbered 001, sold for £55,000 – thought to be a world record for the sale of a fishing reel.

The fundraising auction generated more than £300,000 to help pay for new research announced at the dinner.

HRH Prince of Wales gave a speech at the dinner and said: “Our greatest concern is that today a very small proportion of salmon smolts leaving their rivers, return as adult salmon.

Thirty years ago, one in four would make it back. Today, it is only one in twenty, yet we do not know why this has happened and until we do, we will not be able to put solutions in place."

With numbers continuing to decline, the Atlantic Salmon Trust hopes its Suspects Framework research will identify the exact causes leading to increasing salmon mortality. Likely suspects identified by AST in preparing the framework include predation from species such as seals, cormorants and dolphins, the impact of aquaculture through sea lice, pollution - read more.

If you would like to support the Atlantic Salmon Trust by becoming a friend, it costs £20.00 a year, the equivalent of six salmon flies or two nice bottles of wine - read more.