Newsletter July 2017

For once the fish obliged last week on Tweed with good catches made across the river and its tributaries of 213 salmon and 108 seatrout, making this the most productive week of the season so far on Tweed - read more.

Ghillies on the River Dee are seeing good numbers of fish push their way up the river. Lower Dee beats are starting to hold fish and should come into their own from August onwards. Park have caught 8 this week to 20lb, while Altries and Tilbouries are on 4 each - read more.

Tay beat Islamouth is now on 345 fish and have had another superb week with over 30 on the fly which were mostly good summer salmon and a few grilse. This seems to be the same on most Tay beats with the quality of fish being caught exceptional - latest catches.

North East rivers have seen a very encouraging run of fish for June. The Environment Agency have counted 7,581 upstream counts at Riding Mill, River Tyne and 3,174 at Durham on the River Wear, this mirrors last season's early run of fish.

Please give Tom a call in the FishPal offices on 01573 470612 for up to date news and availability on rivers and beats to fish during the Summer.

The ongoing work on our complete site redevelopment has made great progress in June and we are genuinely excited about the launch later in the year. If you have photos of your favourite beat, pools, hut, ghilles, etc. then please do get in touch as we would like to use them to show off the beats and rivers across the country. Don't be shy, send in your photos or give me a call in the office as we may be able to offer you something in return for helping us!

If you are out casting a line this month tight lines.

Anne Woodcock

Affordable Fishing River Nairn

A wee gem of a river, the Nairn.

"Lightly fished and always a good chance of a salmon or seatrout after a lift of water. Little or no wading required and a cracking day price" says Tom Carter.

The Nairn between Inverness and the Findhorn offers 8 miles of mostly double bank fishing. Anglers have enjoyed some great sport on this lightly fished water with 31 salmon recorded so far this year - read more.

Limited Availability On Dinnet

William Peake of Twin Peakes Fly Fishing with a cracking Dee fish.

Dinnet is one of the classic fly fishing beats on the River Dee.

The beat has sufficient space for each rod to have two major pools to fly fish in the morning and afternoon. Due to the fast-flowing nature of the Upper Dee and the variety of pools, the beat can be fished at all water heights which is distinctly advantageous in high water. There is now limited availability for the remainder of the season.

Salmon caught on Gordon Castle Beat, River Spey.

Fishing For Sale

We've received more good news this week from owners who have sold their fishing by placing an advert on FishPal.

If you are considering investing in fishing we have just added the following timeshares to our Fishing For Sale section.

Ireland: Roskeen Fisheries have a limited number of rods for sale from retiring members on the Cork Blackwater near Mallow. Members enjoy 3 separate rotating weeks in perpetuity. The fishery extends for over a mile with several named pools and has a fishing hut - read more.

Upper Scone week 36, offers over £25,000

Upper Scone, week 36. A rare opportunity to acquire, in perpetuity, 3 rods on a productive late September week (week 36). This week has been lightly fished by the current owner and has a current 10 year catch average of 9.1 fish, and is being marketed at offers over £25,000 for the 3 rods - read more.

3 rods for sale on Upper Scone, week 35 (starts 18th September in 2017) with a 10 year average of 16. The fishing in perpetuity on this Lower Tay beat is priced at £48,000. The owner is prepared to split the rods - read more.

Upper Mourne Ireland

Angler casting a line on one of the Estate's 4 beats.

A good number of fish have been showing in most pools on the Estate's 4 beats during the month of June. Last week saw 15 fish caught in 2 days with 4 fish to 1 rod - read more.

Get Your Rods Out, River Nith

We are hearing some very good fishing reports for the River Nith.

10lb salmon caught at Friars Carse, River Nith by Alastair Stuart, 4th July.

Mat Griffin fishing Friars Carse Hotel beat last week saw plenty of trout and grayling, along with the odd salmon. Whilst fishing for sea trout he hooked into something extremely big, that in the blink of an eye had him right down to his backing - read more.

Even with a drop in the number of anglers fishing the Nith, including Barjarg, the beat has seen a record number of sea trout caught in June with 28 reported. The owner of Barjarg called FishPal earlier this week to say there are a lot of salmon in the beat and their first salmon was caught at the weekend - read more.

Congratulations to Robert Harper aged 10 who has caught his first salmon on the DGAA water on the River Nith. Robert is their youngest club member.

First Salmon For Tom Mcintyre

Tom Mcintyre (aged 9) regularly fishes with his dad on their local river, the Wansbeck, near Morpeth and during the last year he has caught some good sized brown trout up to 3 1/2 pound, but had never hooked into a salmon.

If Tom could go fishing every weekend he would and regularly asks his dad when they are going fishing, last weekend was no exception - read more.

Sea Trout Fishing

Michael Fearns with one of three Annan seatrout last week.

With more settled conditions due this week for Scotland and hopefully some warmer weather, the seatrout fishing should improve for Aberdeenshire rivers Ugie, Ythan and Don.

Ugie Angling competition for adults and juniors runs from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd July for more information please follow this link.

Thank you to Michael Fearns for his fishing report on the Middle Annan at Shillahill beat. The river was a good height after recent rain and continued to drop in over the day. Total caught 3 sea trout, 1 salmon and 2 salmon lost.

Yorkshire Ladies Days

FishPal's Anne Woodcock will be joining Brian and Sue on both days.

This September Bolton Hall Estate beat on the River Ure will again welcome ladies from across the country. Sue & Brian Towers AAPGAI Casting instructor are hosting their successful ladies days for all abilities for salmon and trout. If you would like to join them - read more.

Latest Fishing Reports

Ian Neale, FishFindhorn reports that river levels continued to remain at a good fishable height for the first few days of the week and there were good numbers of fresh salmon and grilse running in off the tides - read more.

James aged 7 with his first salmon. We hear he out fished some of his granddad's friends.

Martin Ritchie from FishTweed reported that above Kelso there were 77 salmon caught with good catches from Middle Pavilion 7, Lower Pavilion 5, Bemersyde 9 and 2 seatrout. While on the Dryburgh beats 10 salmon and 6 seatrout were landed. Between Kelso and Coldstream 98 salmon and 47 seatrout were reported with catches spread out over this area. Some of the better catches made on the Junction 18 salmon and 22 seatrout which included a superb day of sea trout fishing on Wednesday with 20 landed - read more.

Phil Adams with 1 of 4 salmon he caught last week on the river Tyne.

Bob White on the River Tay reports that summer salmon are certainly entering the river in numbers with Almondmouth producing 13 fish. Upstream Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill are fishing well. On Benchil beat owner Francis Jennings enjoyed success on the fly with fish up to 16 pounds landed during the week - read more.

Congratulations Will Haggas and wildlife artist Clare Shaw who have just got engaged last week whilst fishing Orton beat on the Spey.

Tom Carter reports that the Border Esk is in the best order for many years. After the lift on Tuesday, the river is holding good numbers of seatrout and there is also a very good chance of a salmon - read more.

Congratulations Caroline Pilcher, her first salmon on the fly, caught on Bemersyde, Tweed last week.

Neil Lobbans on the Tyne says sport has been very good recently with the recent rise in water also helping over the weekend in particular. Fish have been caught throughout the Tyne system with the biggest at 23lb on Tyne Waters Meet beat. Bywell had 8 fish on Friday their best day of the season so far this year - read more.

On Spey, things continue to be doing just fine with good numbers of fish reported throughout the system. The bit of water towards the end of last week seemed to do the trick nicely. Anglers are enjoying some good seatrout fishing in the upper regions with 36 caught so far this month on Grantown Association Water taking their tally to 193 so far this season. The week ahead promises to be a good one and if you are able to, find some fishing on the Spey, as it's going fast.

23lber on Tyne Waters Meet Beat, River Tyne

There is some very good fishing availability on the FishPal site for July & August in the UK and Ireland. The site has day permits for salmon starting from as little as £10 and permits for juniors from £5. Weekly fishing permits start from £96.00 - find fishing.

Hendersyde Availability


Rarely do rods become available on Hendersyde, one of the top beats on Tweed which often achieves the highest catches per rod fished in Scotland.

Only two rods are allowed to fish the 2 mile left bank beat. Boatmen are provided for each guest and there is a hut on the top and bottom beats - read more.

River Annan Trout Fishing


Stephen Japp fishing Hoddom at the weekend caught 20 trout of which 12 ranged from 2 to 4.4lb on nymphs. He lost count of the number of grayling and included 3 sea trout to his tally on Hoddom beat.

He saw a few salmon moving through the beat and plenty of sea trout as well - read more.

Meikleour Arms Receives Rave Reviews

Head Chef Jack Marsh has focused on classic French cuisine for the last 10 years.

Anglers are in for a treat when visiting the Meikleour Arms Hotel & Restaurant near Tay beats Ballathie, Islamouth and Meikleour.

Their newly appointed head chef Jack Marsh is creating quite a stir with his dishes in the pub and private dining room. All ingredients used are sourced locally, with the Estate farm producing mainstream vegetables and the head gardener growing “more interesting” things like Jerusalem artichokes, edible flowers and vintage varieties of salads and berries. With venison, it is very much field to plate with the Estate deer stalker providing beautiful meat, alongwith the occasional pigeons.

Owners Sam and Claire Mercer Nairne are wine enthusiasts. Claire was brought up in Bordeaux, France, and enjoys working with the regions wine producers. Their wine list is far from mainstream - read more.

Your Fishing Photos

David Clark with a fresh fish of 10lb on Altyre Estate, River Findhorn.

If you are out casting a line this month don't forget to send your photos in to FishPal. We would also love to hear from you if you have photos of the rivers and beats you fish. Please give Anne a call on 01573 470612 or email

Last Minute Dee Rods

STOP PRESS - last minute availability in July on one of the most productive beats on the River Dee, Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld. Give Ian Murray a ring to find out more on 07889 887470.

Tags Wanted


Marine Scotland is tracking salmon from July 2017 and would like your help. If you catch a salmon with a tag (as shown in the attached photograph) near the dorsal fin, then please remove it by cutting through the plastic cord to remove the acoustic tag (black cylinder).

Please note that the colour of the cord may vary from yellow - read more.

Peter Kleine

A great friend of Fishpal and fellow angler, has left the Fishpal office in shock about this tragedy on the River Spey.

Angus Gordon Lennox's words sums up Peter and our thoughts.
"Peter Kleine absolutely adored his fishing and was much loved by the team for his charm, enthusiasm and engagement throughout the year with gillies and office staff alike and for being a thoroughly wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and particularly with his wife”.

Orri Vigfusson

FishPal are also saddened to hear about the passing of Orri Vigfusson, Founder and Chairman North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF). In memory of Orri, the next FishPal newsletter will feature his work.