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Newsletter February 2017

Last month we asked for your thoughts and ideas as we embark on the redevelopment of our site. A huge thank you to you all for the tremendous response.

It was really quite incredible that over 2,000 of you responded and gave us your feedback in the Customer Survey.

The four lucky winners of the prize draw from all those who completed the survey are:

Charles Black, Nairn
David Graham, Lowestoft, Suffolk
Keith Geddes, Largs
Michael Pitts, Sittingbourne

Your FishPal Voucher for £100 towards a future fishing trip is winging its way to you!

We will be hosting several face to face sessions as a follow up to the survey. It's fantastic to see so many of you wanting to be involved!

This month I handed out over £3,000 worth of cheques to the River Boards of the Tay, Spey and Dee from angler donations made when booking a days fishing with us.

I will be handing out more cheques to various river trusts during the coming weeks. It's all thanks to you, the angler, with your generous donations at time of booking that makes this possible.

Thank you for continuing to book your fishing on the FishPal system and in doing so supporting your local rivers trust.

Mark Cockburn

Chief Executive

River Spey Now Open

First fish off the river caught by Evie Glass on Rothes

It always feels a long time between other rivers opening and the opening of the Spey.
It was a cold start to the season this month and catches so far have been reported on Gordon Castles beats, Delfur, Rothes, Kinermony, Delagyle and Phones Knockando.

We are pleased to announce that catches are now being reported on most beats from Abernethy to the sea - read more.

This year we have some excellent fishing opportunities available on FishSpey, please give Tom a call in the office if you would like more information about booking a fishing trip to Speyside this year on 01573 470612.

The River Spey Anglers Association, Knockando Estate and FishPal's Anne Woodcock are hosting the first Ladies Salmon Fishing Festival next month. If you would like to join them please contact

FishPal's Mark Cockburn and Anne Woodcock will be at the open weekend along with Andrew Flitcroft and Donna Harris from Trout & Salmon magazine.

If you subscribe to the magazine during the show you will receive a £30 gift card to spend in store. Simply sign up for 13 issues for just £40 and Glasgow Angling Centre will give you a £30 gift card to spend instore on whatever you like.

Stillwater Price Freeze

Northumbrian Water has frozen day permit prices for the new fishing season, which opens at the company's reservoirs on Saturday, March 11 - read more.

Fishing In Ireland With FishPal

Fallons of Carrigacunna a private beat which has been unavailable until now.

The Munster Blackwater (or just Blackwater) is one of Ireland's most famous salmon rivers, both today and historically.

FishPal are pleased to announce that the following lower and middle beats of Careysville, Ballyduff Bridge, Fallons of Carrigacunna and Upper Bridgetown have availability now online.

For more information about fishing Irish rivers with available fishing on the FishPal site please give our offices a call to speak with a member of our team based in Ireland.

The Little Gem

River Nairn is often referred to by anglers as the hidden gem.

The club offers exclusive fishing for salmon and sea trout across eight miles of mostly double bank river on the River Nairn near Inverness. The Nairn is a relatively small river and can be very productive, both in terms of the quality and size of fish caught (5 year average is 125 salmon and 14 sea trout).

The river opens on the 4th March with the usual ceremony at 10.00am at the Jubilee Bridge A good turn out is expected and given favourable conditions there is every chance of hooking a fish from opening day onwards - read more.

Adult permit £25 and a Junior permit £10 - find fishing.

FishPal Fishing Insurance

Storm Doris stopped fishing on the River Tweed, Thursday 23rd February 2017

Covers trip cancellation by you. Disruption from flooding. Personal property. Personal Liability. Personal inability to fish. Given the recent high water we have seen across the country please do consider the benefits of insuring your fishing.

Trip cancellation by you: Travel within the UK, accommodation and 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.

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.


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Spring Fishing

Lukes first ever salmon from Lower Birgham, Tweed

As we slide towards the end of February, many rivers are now open for business. It's good to see some cracking springers so far have been caught by anglers fishing in some rather tricky weather.

The River Tweed is picking away with fish caught as far up as Rutherford on middle Tweed. Angler photographs on FishTweed show some decent fish being caught, even though there are fewer anglers out fishing.

Conditions on the River Tay are improving and fish caught so far have been of good size and depth, with many classed as typical Tay specimens. As we enter into March greater numbers of fish typically start entering the system.

Good to see some real crackers being caught on the Dee. The Spey is now open and fish have been caught as far up as the Knockando Estate.

First ever salmon and a 14lb springer caught by Daniel Stephen at Park on opening week.

Anglers fishing the Helmsdale, Findhorn and Teith to name but a few are also off the mark with February Springers. The Nith and Annan opened at the weekend reeling on the effects of Storm Doris. High water and strong winds meant that many celebrations were confined to the fishing hut.

There have been numerous stories of good numbers of kelts keeping anglers busy. Tales of heart stopping battles where the finale was a well mended kelt have had anglers discussing the difference between a rawner and springer on social media.

Conditions should now start to improve as we head into March. Historically anglers are keen to cast a line this month. The site has a lot of affordable, available fishing within the UK and Ireland, every reason to get your season started.

Tom Carter

Fish & Fly Winners

This week the winners and runners up of the inaugural 2016 Fly Fishing Industry Awards were announced. Fly anglers last year nominated and then subsequently voted for their favourite across 16 categories.

FishPal Gold Winner Best Travel Provider

Scotland Gold Winner Best Fishing Destination

River Tweed winner of a Silver Best River

River Dee winner of a Bronze Best River

“We are thrilled to have won the Best Fishing Travel Provider. This award means a lot to everyone at FishPal because we were nominated and voted for by our customers. Thank you” Mark Cockburn, Chief Executive.

Affordable And Available Fishing

One of our favourite sayings here at FishPal is that we have fishing on the site that's affordable and available.

During the last few months we have been working with owners, angling clubs, councils and rivers to add even more affordable fishing not only for adults but for the next generation of our sport young anglers.

As a result we have day permits for salmon starting from £10 and permits for juniors starting from £5 - find fishing.

Flies To Use This Spring

"Dressed Doubles – Posh Tosh Feeler and the Blue Angel Cascade both outstanding patterns for this time of year" say Malcolm of Caledonia Fly Company.

Fishing For Sale

Prime September week on the River Spey.

January has been a successful month for owners selling their fishing on the FishPal site. Feedback from owners include offers within 48 hours of a beat going live and a timeshare not only sold his own rods but also a fellow members rod who was going to advertise on the FishPal site.

Customers looking to invest in fishing maybe interested in 3 rods on the River Earn during week 35. The owner is prepared to split the rods. Closing date for offers by sealed bids is 31st March 2017 - read more.

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

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

Fishing The Derbyshire Wye

The Derbyshire Wye is now on FishPal. This insect driven river is renown as one of the best trout rivers in the UK and host to a large stock of wild trout, browns, rainbows and grayling.

Day permits for the Riverside Wye above the famous market town of Bakewell start from £25 plus vat - read more.