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Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter March 2017

Anglers fishing Scottish rivers this spring are heading there with a sense of optimism.

Just about all beats on the Spey from Grantown to the sea recorded fish last week, including 4 up to to 28lbs for anglers fishing Gordon Castle beats.

Several mid-teen fish were caught on the Dee last week, with the best from Borrowston beat at 20lb.

Fishing Junction on Tweed, the Morrison Party had 23 fish for the week up to 16lbs, with 10 of these caught in a single day. Hendersyde beat said "all their fish caught during the week were fresh fish carrying sea lice".

The Tay had 60 last week with daily reports of 20 pound plus fish caught and a superb 31 pounder from Meikleour and Upper Islamouth, the largest salmon caught in the UK so far this year.

River levels have been reasonably kind during the last month, although rainfall at the start of this week has turned many rivers un-fishable. There are some fantastic spring fishing offers available across the site and worth taking advantage of during the Easter holidays.

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

I'm out and about next week on the Spey on Knockando beat with the River Spey Anglers Association co-hosting the first Ladies Salmon Fishing Festival in Scotland. If you are in Aberlour on Friday 31st March please come and say hello.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock


Caledonia Salmon Flies

Malcolm Anderson with one of his spring salmon.

Malcolm reports: The last two days I've been out product testing for Caledonia Fly Company and have enjoyed some of the best spring fishing in Scotland for many a year. Fishing Tay tributary the Tummel I had three fish at 16, 18 and 19lb.

Two excellent spring patterns to try this month are a Junction Intruder and a Blue Angel.

Caledonia Fly Company Ltd was formed with the sole intention of providing the highest quality fishing flies to the retail market - read more.


River Findhorn

Ian Neale reports from the River Findhorn that Altyre Estate and Darnaway have been enjoying some great early season sport with spring fish up to 25lbs recorded.

Tom Brown fishing Altyre got the season up and running on March 3rd with a lovely sea liced fish of around 8lbs. David Tisdale managed another sea liced fish two days later, also from the Roan pool, on his favourite Willie Gunn tube.


Ian Neale (photographed) hooked and released a superb deep fresh fish of around 17lbs from the Soldier's Hole pool on March 15th, on a ½"Purple Cascade tube.

There have been good numbers of fresh fish seen running through the lower Findhorn beats recently and it will not be surprising to hear of fish being caught on the middle beats before too long - Find fishing.


Discover Scotland

Discover Scotland

Two self catering properties located within easy reach of the Findhorn are Relugas Mill at Forres and Sandspoint in Findhorn - read more.

Whether you are looking for an active holiday or just want to laze on the beach. Mountain scenery, islands, lochs and a host of activities are here on your doorstep with Discover Scotland.


FishPal Fishing Insurance

Flooding disruption: The full cost of the fishing rent paid to FishPal, including booking and card charges and any Fishery VAT. Maximum £1,500 per rod/day with £50 excess - read more.


New Video Is A Hit With Anglers


FishPal have teamed up with the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Angling Trust to produce a series of three ten-minute advisory films called “The Gift” to promote best practice for fishing for salmon. The videos have been warmly welcomed by anglers, with thousands viewing them on You Tube even before the official launch today - read more.

The Fish Are Here
Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon can arrange fishing and runs casting courses.

It interests me greatly to see so many beats lightly fished at this time of year. We have a great product and with rods on the water, it offers great sport for visiting anglers.

Given the swing towards spring fish being the main stock component (March/April/May), when I do decide to venture out, I need to know there's a chance.

For the past couple of years opportunities of a spring fish on the Rivers' Spey, Dee, Ness, Tay, Tweed, Findhorn and many more, have been higher than the previous ten years - read more.

If you would like find out more about fishing in Scotland during 2017, and guided fishing trips with Ian Gordon please give Tom a call in the FishPal offices Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on 01573 470612.


Largest Salmon So Far


Fishing the House Pool on Meikleour and Upper Islamouth under the guidance of his ghillie John Ross, Mr. Moses caught a 13lber in the morning and then a wonderful sea liced 31lb'er in the afternoon (see photograph).

His fish is the largest salmon caught in Scotland so far this year.


Fishing For Sale

Fishing for sale on the River Spey.

For sale 1 rod, week 7 (starts 27th March in 2017) on Craigellachie Fishings. The fishings extend to approximately 2 ½ miles with 15 named pools - read more.

Opportunity to acquire in perpetuity up to 4 rods, week 15, on the renowned Brahan Beats of the River Conon, Ross-shire - read more.

SEALED BIDS BY 31ST MARCH 2017. Lochlane and Laggan is famous for its sea trout and large salmon. For sale 3 rods in perpetuity, week 35 - read more.

If you would like to be contacted when Fishing For Sale is added to the site, please email


Fishing The Esks In Angus

Angler with a fresh fish last Friday on Canterland.

There is a very good head of fish in the North Esks and with conditions settling, we will be in for some good returns in a new week - read more.

Rowanlea Lodge enjoys spectacular views over the Cairn O' Mount and is perfect for anglers fishing the North & South Esk. The lodge offers comfortable accommodation for up to four people and features an open plan kitchen and living area with log burner - read more.


The Restigouche River

Would you like to fish the famous Restigouche Salmon Club on the Restigouche River, Canada from the 17th to 20th July for two rods, including accommodation, meals and beverages?

This private club formed in 1880 is steeped in history and fishing is only accessible through its members and special offerings like this for charity. A guide and canoe will be provided for each guest to fish the fabled waters of the Restigouche River. Please contact for more information.


Fishing Reports

Early days for the Don salmon season. The few rods that are out fishing are starting to see fresh fish more often, which is encouraging news - read more.

Munster Blackwater, Ireland. Guideline power team member Kieran Conlon came very close to landing a good double figure fish with the hook pulling - read more.

Cumbria. When river levels settled fish have been caught up to 22lb - read more.

Ness. A cracking sea liced 20lber on the fly caught by David Main on Dochfour.
First salmon from the Inverness Angling Club water caught by Derek Proctor at 17lbs. Anglers wishing to enter the Club's Centenary Speycasting Tournament please follow this link.

A successful work party took place on the lower waters of Llandovery Angling Association last month. It included bank clearance on a very productive stretch which should provide good sport for the coming season - read more.