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

Newsletter September 2019

The River Tweed continues to lead the way on catches with 89 fish so far this week. The largest at 18lbs caught on Birgham Dub yesterday.

The Tay known for its big fish reported fish over 20lb from Taymount and Upper Scone beats on Monday and Tuesday. The river has caught the largest fish in Scotland so far this year. A 30lber caught on Dalmarnock Beat earlier this season.

The Dee have some big fish with 20lbers reported on Crathie and Lower Crathes and West Durris Monday and Tuesday.

Dave Macleod with a 20lber caught on an evening fishing session after work.

The weather continues to be unsettled this week with many checking river levels, weather conditions and latest catches before deciding where to fish. Please call the office if you need some guidance.

If you are out and about may we wish you tight lines and please keep sending in your fishing news and photos to

12th September 2019

Fishing Permits

At FishPal we have the most fishing permits on our system anywhere in the UK. Currently there are over 120,000 fishing permits for salmon, sea trout, grayling and trout. Fisheries are now starting to add their 2020 availability.

Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information on beats across the FishPal system, along with places to fish for all abilities and budgets. Alternatively visit our find fishing page, or, if you're in an area you've not been to before, try our Search by Map page. Put in your dates and number of rods and find matching beats. You can then zoom into whichever area to see what's available there.

Hotel of the Week

Aerial view of the river at Dunkeld just minutes from the hotel.

Royal Dunkeld Hotel | Hotel, Restaurant, Bar | Location Dunkeld, River Tay

Set within the picturesque town of Dunkeld, often known as "The Gateway to the Highlands", the hotel is the ideal base for those who enjoy the outdoors. Walking and cycle trails, golf courses and some of the finest shooting and fishing to be found in Scotland is on their doorstep.

Just a short stroll from the hotel is Birnam which was the holiday destination for Beatrix Potter as a child and much of her inspiration is said to come from those times.

Contact the hotel reception direct for the latest fishing offers including weekend and mid week breaks.

Big Fish Little Fish

Laurent with her fish.

Another successful "Big Fish Little Fish" on the River Dee at Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo. Some of the participants travelled over three hours to attend this special salmon fishing day on the Dee.

Well done to teen anglers Lauren and Lewis who caught their first fish. Lauren predicted she would catch an 11lber at 2.30pm she caught it at 3.30pm.

Huge thank you to Gary Scott, Martin Robson, Mark Paterson, Ross Macdonald, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo, River Dee Fishery Board, LTS Fly Fishing UK, Orvis Banchory and Paul Devlin from Glasgow Angling.

Fishing For Sale

A portfolio of time-share rods on one of the Highland's best known rivers, Lower Beauly.

Six individual weeks each with five time-share rods in the Lower Beauly Fishing Syndicate. All rods held in perpetuity. Two weeks with benefit of Lodge accommodation. Weeks ranging across late May, June, September & October - read more.

For more information on Lower Beauly time share rods for sale please email Please let him know that you have seen the timeshare in the FishPal Newsletter.

Where To Fish

Rothes and Aitkenway have six rods available on the last day of the Spey season. This is ideal for a group of anglers who wish to finish their Spey season in style. The price for all six rods is £500 plus vat. Contact Tom Carter at FishPal on 01573 470612 or visit find fishing.

Monymusk Beat River Don.

Monymusk Beats are spread over 10 miles of the River Don. Mr Antonielli fished beats 5/6 and 3/4 last Thursday. Fishing with
dry fly he rose 20 and netted four. If you enjoy stalking fish then the Don is the place to fish. The beat has some bank erosion. Overgrowth of nettles, fern, bramble. It truly is a wild place to fish. He booked his permit via the FishPal office and thanked the team for the customer care/service.

Nairn Angling Association. Six miles of fishing for salmon and sea trout across four beats, 34 named pools and some excellent fly water. Mr Czerniakiewicz fished the leat last week and had an enjoyable few hours and saw plenty of fish in the pools. Two fish caught caught up to 8lb.

Fishing With Accommodation

Borrobol Estate | Self Catering Cottages | Location Strath of Kildonan by the River Helmsdale

Enjoy the privacy of a true wilderness with your own loch, paddle a kayak, bike a deserted track, spy an eagle, run your dog and wind up by a log fire.

Stay at a cottage built for the estate gardener in 1904 or a single storey cottage which was originally a bothy. Both have been traditionally renovated and include Wi-Fi connections.

Your stay in the cottage includes a boat and trout fishing on Loch Ascaig where there are also a canoe and a kayak for your use - read more.

Fishing Reports

Young angler casting a line on the Dee. Big Fish Little Fish Event.

River Dee reported one hundred and thirty-eight fish last week and these were, by and large, residents. Park landed thirty fish, including several in the 15-18lb bracket. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had six last week. Two of those were first fish landed by juniors who were attending our Big Fish Little Fish event on Saturday. That's two more converts to the cause - read more.

Find Fishing on the River Dee.

91 year old Frank playing his fish on Junction, River Tweed.

River Tweed report. Above Kelso 143 fish were reported, with the Dryburgh Beats 20, Middle Mertoun 22, Rutherford 31 and the Floors Beats with 23. Between Kelso and Coldstream 110 fish with fish scattered about a few beats, Birgham Dub 17 and the Lees 30 having the best of the fishing. Below Coldstream 52 fish were reported, with Tillmouth 14 and Ladykirk 14 having the best of the fishing - read more.

Find Fishing on the River Tweed.

Fish being returned on Gordon Castle water, River Spey. Photograph Castabroad Media.

River Spey Report. Gordon Castle were close to seventy for the week. Orton were again lightly fished but still managed to finish the week in the thirties. Another good week at Easter Elchies with the Hulley & Kirkwood and Doig & Smith party ending up with 14 - read more.

Find Fishing on the River Spey.

Paul Cottrill christens his new fishing rod on Taymount River Tay.

River Tay Report. A productive week at Kercock with fourteen fish. Dalguise Beat had fish up to twenty pound. Dalmarnock upto eighteen pound. Taymount finished on 16 fish, Fishponds 13 and Almondmouth 17 fish -read more.

Find Fishing on the River Tay.

Joe Beale age 5 with his first trout caught on Dalmally Beat River Orchy.

River Orchy in the Argyll catchment is fishing well and conditions remain good. Ian Coley MBE fishing Dalmally Beats caught his first salmon last week, a fine fresh 12lb hen fish, closely followed by a 4lb silver grilse - find fishing.

River Nairn Another great week on the Nairn with plenty visitors again thanks to FishPal. We have received reports from day ticket anglers who have been very complementary about the fishing. The river remained at a lovely level for fishing all week. This resulted in the best catches of the season 30 fish up to 16lb. The forecast for next week looks like Monday may have more rain so levels should stay good - find fishing.

For more Fishing Reports in Scotland and England please click the link.

Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information on beats across the FishPal system, along with places to fish for all abilities and budgets. Or visit our find fishing page.

Restaurant of the Week

Lemon and Thyme | Fine Dining | Location Kelso, River Tweed.

An award winning fine dining restaurant located in Kelso serving cuisine created with local produce and inspired by international flavours. Signature dishes include seafood and game, with daily specials offering seasonal favourites.

Head chef and owner Piotr Dziedzic has taken the stage at Michellin starred restaurants The Kitchin and The Castle Terrace Restaurant in Edinburgh.

Recent winners at the restaurant awards in Scotland, they were placed in the top 20 of the best 100 restaurants in Scotland - read more.

New Fishing Hut

Upper North Wark Beat on the River Tweed has undergone a major transformation since the beat came under new ownership. It's seen investment in staff and now employs two experienced boatmen to look after guests.

Last Friday international sporting artist Claire Haggas opened up their new state of the art fishing hut - read more.

Upper North Wark owner Jonathan Hufford said "The investment is already paying off. The catches this year are up by 65% on last year, with three months of the season left to run".

B&B of the Week

Whitehouse Country House | B&B, Fine Dining | Location St Boswells , River Tweed

A night at Whitehouse is not so much a B&B for the night as a taster of country life in the Borders

The Scottish Borders is the perfect destination to enjoy the great outdoors and Whitehouse is ideally placed for you to access its many varied attractions. A warm welcoming country house run by enthusiastic fishing hosts and perfect for middle beats on Tweed - read more.

Looking for B&B for your horse? They can provide that and you are welcome to stay too!

Salmon Fly Discount

Autumn Salmon Flies | Peak Fly Fishing

There are just a few days left to save up to 20% on your Autumn salmon flies from Peaks Fly Fishing.

The collection has been developed alongside top ghillies and salmon professionals, giving anglers the confidence that they have the right flies for their fishing trip. Find out more.