Newsletter - November 2014   Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

With salmon fishing still high on many anglers agenda this month we have asked our experts from Mackenzie rods and Caledonia Fly Company to share their Autumn tactics.

Unseasonably high temperatures will have encouraged fish to run upstream. Hopefully the cooler weather will slow some of these fish down and bring them on the take for those of us still chasing the silver tourist - Find Fishing.

We have launched a new and unique insurance policy this month and are very excited about this market leading initiative, developed exclusively for our customers.

Our CEO Mark Cockburn and Office Manager Tom Carter have been out and about visiting fisheries and owners during the last few weeks, sharing best practice to improve beat descriptions, joining instructions and availability for the next season. We've had many calls this week about availability for next year - we strongly recommend you book a Rod Alert for the rivers you wish to fish.

Season reports are steadily being published. The Dee had a good final three days of the season, which proved to be the most productive of 2014 with 161 fish reported to FishDee. The drop in temperature turned the fish on and catches went up accordingly. There were reports of some fresh fish among those landed- particularly small grilse, which were taken as far up as Ballogie - read more.

Congratulations to Gordon Smith and his 37lb fish from Birse, Dee on the last day. Mr Smith's salmon is currently the Largest Fly Caught Salmon in Scotland so far this year.

Keep sending in your entries to the FishPal Malloch Trophy. The winner will receive a prestigious trophy, along with a selection of prizes which include a place on Scott Mackenzie's casting school. Entry forms can be found here.

This month sees the start of a new feature called Agents Perspective. We will be sharing monthly news from leading UK specialists in the sale, acquisition and valuation of fisheries. Thank you to Mr Roddy d’Anyers Willis, Director of Savills Brechin for this months insight.

If you are out fishing for salmon and grayling keep sending in your news and photographs to

Tight Lines.


Marketing Director

Fishing Auction

Fishing Auction

West Sutherland Fisheries Trust Charity Auction ends on the 27th of November 2014. All the proceeds from this auction go towards protecting salmon and sea trout in the West Sutherland region - read more.

Rosehill, Nith

Rosehill Beat

Rosehill is situated 2 miles upstream of Dumfries and offers approximately 1 mile of excellent lower river double bank fishing over 10 named pools. The beat features some fantastic fly water for both salmon and sea trout - read more.

Cleuchhead, Annan

Cleuchhead Beat

Most of the pools are very streamy which ensures that they fish well at most heights of water and hold fish well. As the beat is only a couple of miles above the tide the majority of the fish caught will be very fresh. There are over nine named pools on this two mile double bank beat - read more.

Junction, Tweed

Junction Beat

The Junction and Hempseedford beat extends to some 1.5 miles of superb double bank fishing and boasts the famous Junction pool itself. For the spring and autumn fishing, the services of three boatmen/ghillies are included in the rent. Weeks rarely become available - read more.

Murthly 1

Murthly 1 Timeshare Rods

Both the Upper and Lower Beats mainly consist of swiftly flowing runs and pools which all have a good draw on them, ideal for the fly. Given a lift in the water big catches of back end fish can then be made in the autumn - read more.

Stay Dry

Packa Shack

This neat shelter fits to the tail gate of your vehicle and is perfect for anglers fishing during Autumn. Designed to fit most people carriers, estate cars and small vans it's roomy and extremely easy to use.

The Packa Shack was designed in Scotland by Allie Cherry and is manufactured in Cumbria to the highest quality. Fully water and wind proof, packs up to a small size ready for its next use - read more.

Fishpal App

FishPal App

Now with well over 270,000 views and growing the FREE fishing app from FishPal is fast becoming the must have app on your phone to keep you updated with the latest news and availability from rivers across the UK.

Follow the link to find out more, including how to download the free information app - read more.

New Fishing Insurance Policy

Fishing Insurance

We wanted to make you were aware of an exciting new product that has been developed exclusively for FishPal customers.

For sometime FishPal has recognised the problem and has been searching for an insurance scheme for tenants, but could find nothing that we could recommend.

We therefore decided to set up our own scheme and after much hard work and many months waiting for compliance agreement from the Financial Conduct Authority, we are now ready to launch it.

The policy provided by Towergate Insurance and only available through FishPal covers Trip Cancellation by tenants due to unavoidable events beyond their control. Flooding disruption where no fishing at all is possible due to flood conditions on the beat - read more.

Win A Mackenzie Rod This Autumn

Mackenzie Rods

FishPal with Mackenzie Rods are looking for the very best story, photograph or video of a salmon caught and released on the fly in Scotland this Autumn. Share with us your memorable Autumn fishing experience and in doing so be in with the chance of winning a Mackenzie rod of your choice. Your salmon does not have to be the biggest to be a contender, other factors have been included - read more.

Entries are arriving into the office for FishPal Malloch Trophy for the largest salmon on the fly caught and returned in Scotland. Every entry we receive this year will receive a Malloch Trophy fishing hat - read more.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

November Salmon, Flies And Lines

Flies To Try In Autumn

At long last the colder weather and a welcome drop of rain has changed the fishing conditions. For those of us wishing to extend their season the following rivers are open during November Tweed, Nith, Annan and Urr Find Fishing.

Our experts Scott Mackenzie and Malcolm Anderson share with us their tactics on how to get the best from your days fishing. Anglers who change to suit conditions have a better chance of tempting fish during this month.

Malcolm Anderson says "Being 'Different' is always worth a try, so once you have fished your Autumn Willie Gunn’s and Francis patterns, get your thinking cap on. If the water is clear then keep to red, black or orange patterns. If you have bright conditions fish subtle patterns like a lightly dressed Willie Gunn or a small Willie Gunn Snaelda with very little flash - read more. Contact your Caledonia Fly Company stockist for the complete range of Autumn flies.

 Caledonia Fly Company

"What works one day may not work another day" says Scott Mackenzie. This is the time of the year to adapt to changing conditions 'think out of the box', are you fishing deep enough, is your fly too big, having the right fly lines within your bag will help you to adapt to the conditions - read more. Contact a Mackenzie stockist to discuss the best line for your rod.

Mackenzie Rods

The Met Office have issued a amber 'be prepared' warning of heavy rainfall affecting many parts of Scotland throughout Friday. The rain is expected to gradually clear from the west later on Friday, with outbreaks of rain and sunshine in Scotland for the weekend. We recommend before your trip to speak with your ghillie, check the Farson Digital cameras and FishPal's - river reports.

Sky Sports Fish Tweed

Sky Sports Fish Tweed

The first of two programmes from Sky Sports Tight Lines featuring salmon fishing on the Tweed is now live. In this episode Keith Arthur is joined by FishPal’s Anne Woodcock on rather a wet Monday to fish Middle Pavilion with Mick Charlton - read more.

On this weeks show Keith is joined in the bothy by Hywel Morgan and is back on Tweed with Fin Wilson chasing the lady of the stream. If you would like to chase grayling this winter on Tweed, Fin with Mike Allen and Martin Stewart are hosting two grayling courses - read more.

River Dee Success

Largest Fish In Scotland So Far This Year

The first salmon ascended the Culter Dam in over 200 years on the 3rd October 2014, thanks to a fish pass installed on the dam. The project was funded entirely by two businessmen Martin Gilbert and Stewart Spence. The dam at Peterculter is the largest man-made obstruction on the River Dee and has opened up 76 miles of habitat in the previously inaccessible Culter burn for migratory salmon and sea trout to re-establish natural populations - read more.

Congratulations to Gordon Smith fishing Birse on the last day of their season. His fish weighed 37lb and measured 26 inches and took a conehead Cascade. To enter the FishPal Malloch Trophy please follow this link.

 FishPal Malloch Trophy

Agents Perspective: Savills

Estates With Fishing For Sale

After a rather dismal fishing season there is a need to look both ahead and back. Those of us who have been around for a while remember good seasons following poor seasons; we should now be looking ahead hoping that our luck will turn; fishermen should always look on the bright side.

Besides concerns about the lack of fish, particularly grilse, fishermen, and those with fishing interests, have been concerned this year about proposed changes in legislation. The market has been sorely affected by uncertainties arising from the Referendum, Land Reform and the Wild Fisheries Review, the latter only recently submitted to the Scottish Government. Interestingly, there is evidence of salmon fisheries changing hands after 18 September; purchasers had made their offers conditional upon a ‘No’ vote. Confidence is returning slowly - read more.

Fishing For Sale

This month sees the launch of the new Fishing For Sale section keeping you up to date on the latest fisheries, timeshares and estates/houses with fishing in their portfolio for sale - read more.

A Beat To Try This Month

The Tweed tributaries of the Rivers Ettrick and Yarrow which run through the Duke of Buccleuch's delightful Bowhill Estate, converge only 1.5 miles upstream of the characterful Selkirk. The Ettrick provides 12 miles of mainly double bank fishing with 80 named pools. Our 5 different beats each hold a maximum of 4 rods with the exception of the smaller Beat 3 which can only accommodate 3 rods - read more
Middle Ettrick


Congratulations to John Johnston fishing the Dee at Park South on the last week of the season who caught/released 2 salmon at 14lb. Best of luck on your Tweed days this month.