GAC Open Day Sept 2017
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Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter September 2017

This weekend the FishPal team will be at the Glasgow Angling Show. During the 3 day event we will be showing a sneak preview of some of the new pages.

The new FishPal site continues to make great progress and we are still on track to deliver the River Dee site first towards the end of October.

A huge thank you to the Dee team, Ross MacDonald in particular, for all the help in getting the beat pages looking great! This is very much phase 1, with plans for further development work next year, allowing us the opportunity to add more information pages with new content as requested in the FishPal survey earlier this year.

Having literally thousands of pages on the site, it has taken us almost a year to get to this stage with many hours of work behind the scenes. I am genuinely excited to be so close to going live with the Dee and then the rest of the river sites following.

Please do call the office on 01573 470612 for up to date news and availability on rivers and beats to fish during October and November.

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

Mark Cockburn CEO

Glasgow Angling Show

Come and meet the stars of fishing at Scotland's biggest angling show from September 29th to Sunday October 1st - read more.

FishPal staff will be at the show with pages from the new site. You can find us next to fly tyers row.

NEW Mackenzie Fly Lines

Scott Mackenzie will be at the GAC Open weekend launching his new range of Density 5 Spey and Skagit lines, the first lines of their kind for double handed rods - read more.

The full range of Mackenzie rods and lines on reels will be available to try during the weekend.

The Mackenzie team will be happy to match their new range of lines to any make of fly rod during the open weekend. Bring your own fly rod and match it with one of their new lines at the Glasgow Angling Show.

The Red Bobby

A favourite with large Autumn fish.

The Red Bobby was designed around the famous General Practitioner Shrimp. The GP fishes with great success at this time of year for many an angler. Malcolm from Caledonia Flies says "I designed the variant a few seasons ago when I was fishing the Benchil beat on the river Tay. It has plenty of movement with its feelers jumping about and is a favourite with those large autumn fish" - find a shop.

Fishing For Sale

Yesterday we added two fisheries to our Fishing For Sale pages for Strutt & Parker.

A share of Huntington Fishings on the River Awe.

A one twelfth share in a productive beat of salmon fishings on the picturesque River Awe in the heart of the west Highlands of Scotland. The purchaser is entitled to two weeks fishing for two rods in perpetuity over 1,050 metres of single bank fishing with 15 named pools. The beat has a 5-year average (2012 to 2016) of 70 salmon/grilse.

A share of the River Lochy.

A one sixteenth share in the ownership of the majority of the River Lochy system, one of Scotland's beautiful salmon and sea-trout systems, providing fly fishing of the highest quality in dramatic West Highland surroundings.

Please contact Robert McCulloch for further details on 0131 718 4593 for more information.

If you are considering investing in fishing please visit the Fishing For Sale section.

Latest Fishing Reports

Anglers have continued to catch summer fish this month with the odd clean fish within the mix. There is still some availability on the FishPal site for those of us in search of a huge Leviathan. Don't forget last years winner's of the FishPal Malloch Trophy and the Bemersyde Trophy were fish caught during the month of October - find fishing.

Annan: Over the past couple of weeks there have been reports of salmon from most beats on the Annan and with good water there were continued runs of grilse during the first couple of weeks in September. The river has remained fairly well topped up since - read more.

Mike Sutton strikes again! This time a 15lber from the Glide, Dalmarnock Beat, River Tay.

Cumbria: The river conditions are about as good as they get for the time of year, levels are dropping off and clearing. There are salmon about, plenty of summer fish around - read more.

Dee: We had another good week on the Dee with 233 fish reported to the website and another nine which weren't uploaded. So we will settle for 242. Conditions worked in our favour with good water levels for the first half of the week, but we were hampered slightly by a rising river in the second half of the week - read more.

Findhorn: Ian Neale had something of a red letter day on Monday with a total of four fish hooked and released. He caught two summer salmon of around 15lbs and 16lbs from Palamore Island Pool, another summer salmon of around 18lbs from Roan Pool, plus a fresh grilse of around 4lbs from the Roehillock Pool - read more.

Tay: Currently the river has dropped back after rain recently and settling with improving conditions (around 2'8 on the Ballathie gauge) however rain from the west will put the river back up by Monday am to hopefully encourage more salmon to run - read more.

Mr Michael Schoder playing his fish at the Boxwood Bush on Meikleour Beat River Tay.

Junction fish being returned.

Autumn is a difficult season to predict what the weather will be, so it is great to be able to remind you that you can now insure your fishing which covers if the beat you are booked on to fish is in flood and you can not fish.

Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 for the latest news from ghillies and boatman on the river. Latest river reports.

Tay Hotel Nomination

A Perthshire chef has been nominated for a prestigious UK award.

Jack Marsh image courtesy of The Courier.

Chef Jack Marsh from the Meikleour Arms in eastern Perthshire has been shortlisted for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award after being put forward by Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart - read more.

The Meikleour Arms, hotel and self catering cottages are perfect for anglers fishing in and around Islamouth - read more.

Ahrex Hooks

Why risk losing the fish of a life time!

Salmon angers are always looking for the edge, and what better place for this edge to be than at the hook. Ahrex hooks have been designed and developed without compromise by a select group of Scandinavian fly fisherman.

Fin and Game have been testing these hooks throughout this season and have been seriously impressed with fish caught up to 42lbs so far. These tube hooks are available in both trebles and doubles.

Your Fishing Photos

Phil Adams capturing his Tyne salmon on camera last week.

We understand the difficulties you can experience taking a photo of your prized catch when you are on your own. We also appreciate you want to put the fish back quickly.

If you are out casting a line this month and you do manage to get a photo, please send it in to us either via the your photos page or email it to

We would love to hear from you if you have any photos of the rivers and beats you've fish, please call Anne on 01573 470612 or email

Joe Brandie

Speyside landlord Joe Brandie who manned the bar of the famous Fiddichside Inn in Craigellachie for nearly 60 years has sadly passed away this month.

Image courtesy of Press And Journal.

Mr Brandie who trained as a cooper and previously worked as a ghillie, met and fell in love with his late wife Dorothy at the pub - read more.