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It's a crisp, cold, winters day here in the UK. This time last year we had weather warnings across England and Wales and up to 10cm of snow.
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21st January 2020
Jordie Sinclair is the new ghillie on Lower Blackhall and Banchory.
There has been something of a ‘ghillie-go-round' on Deeside during the close season. Brian Brogan has returned to Cairnton and Middle Blackhall, while Terry Paton has moved up to Aboyne Castle and Craigendinnie where he takes over from Will Peake. Most recently, Daniel Wright has joined Lower Crathes as under-ghillie.
The biggest change on the river must be the merging of Lower Blackhall & Kinneskie and Banchory into a one double bank beat for up to six rods. The merging of the two beats follows discussions between proprietors Lawrence Ross and Mike Wilson. The new beat combines good early spring fishing with summer salmon and grilse, which will be an enticing prospect for visiting and local anglers - read more.
Driving West over the scenic Sperrins of County Tyrone, you arrive at the beautiful Baronscourt Estate the home of the Duke of Abercorn's family since 1612. Within the historical grounds are two holiday cottages in the converted and refurbished Stable Yard. With large windows letting in natural light and the beautiful views over the park land sweeping into the cottages, these stunning cottages have kept the feel and charm of the Estate.
The estates fishing on the River Mourne has been a well kept secret. Those who have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed sport on the estates water have been a small local syndicate or friends of the owner - read more.
River Tay | Upper Scone | Syndicate Rod | Week 3 | Maintenance Charge £400 | Contact: 07971 282152
Rarely does syndicate rods become available on this famous lower Tay beat. The owner of one rod on week three purchased it in an auction many years ago and wishes for someone else to benefit from the fishing. He has decided to sell it for the same price as he paid for it, one pound, £1.00. The maintenance charge is £400 per annum.
The early part of the season kelts can be commonly mistaken for a fresh run salmon and this week we've seen some well mended kelts caught on the Tay. Kelts must be returned unharmed to the water.
The Atlantic Salmon Trust have produced an anglers guide to salmon recognition - read more.
Peter Dobson with Sam & Sandy Datta and Andy Gunn on Newtyle Beat
The first fish off Taymount looked a superb specimen and was in perfect condition. There would have definitely been more fish caught from the river on opening day if the conditions had been a bit more favourable. Unfortunately, more wet weather affected much of Perthshire on Thursday and this led to even higher river levels and this put pay to any meaningful fishing on many beats.
Mr Peter Dobson who turns 80 this year from Blackburn in Lancashire opened Newtyle beat. This year will be his 50th year fishing on the Tay.
Conditions this week look much more promising. Coupar Grange, Taymount, Dalmarnock and Newtyle caught fish yesterday up to 18lb - latest catches.
With 63 salmon fisheries on FishTay there is something for all abilities and budgets. Latest Fishing. Give the office a call on 01573 470612 or email email@example.com if your looking for guided fishing, recommendations and places to stay.
Aerial view of the river at Dunkeld just minutes from the hotel.
Set within the picturesque town of Dunkeld, often known as "The Gateway to the Highlands", the Royal Dunkeld is an ideal base for those who enjoy the outdoors. Walking, cycle trails, golf courses and some of the finest shooting and fishing to be found in Scotland is on their doorstep - watch the hotel video.
Dougie Maclean founder of the Amber Festival was given the honour of the first cast on the river Tay last week. The Royal Dunkeld has been host to the Amber Festival's musicians for the past 5 years and will again in 2020 become "The Wee Festival Hall". The music flows through the night and the atmosphere is truly magical.
During the fishing season the hotel hosts regular live music, quiz nights etc. Please call the hotel reception for the latest fishing offers including weekend and mid week breaks.
Alba Game Fishing have organised a free fishing day for youngsters on Sunday 15th March at The Whinney Loch, Coldingham, Scottish Borders.
There are 10 places up for grabs and Alba's team of guides will introduce the young people to the sport of fly fishing and hopefully help them catch their first fish. The first 12 subscribers will secure a place - read more.
Edenside House | Kelso, Scottish Borders | Sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms | Contact: 01573 226711
Hidden away at the end of a leafy drive in a substantial private garden, this elegant Georgian townhouse with classic period styling is a warm and welcoming gathering place for fishing parties. Close to renowned Lower and Middle Tweed fishing beats and just a short wander to the charming amenities of popular Kelso.
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