As we go to press with this weeks newsletter you could be forgiven for going crazy during this lock down period only to find that last night the government has indeed, as suspected, extended the lock down period for another 3 weeks.
Trips to your favourite river or lough are becoming a distant memory! This is one of the reasons we have started hosting daily facebook live sessions to bring anglers together during these difficult times. Each day a fishing guest shares their story and answers questions from the angling community. Guest's have included Scott Mackenzie, Paul Procter, Andy Murray, Ian Gordon. The feedback has been fantastic and a huge thanks to Anne for hosting it and delivering it in a way that only Anne can!
The lock down fly tying competition which closed on Easter Monday certainly grabbed everyones attention with literally hundreds of entries. I have seen a few of the flies but not all and I have to say we have some talented people out there who will be looking forward to giving their master pieces a swim soon. Maybe the next competition needs to be for fish caught on these incredible flies?
The office is taking calls for advice and information on where to fish and it's interesting to see more of you are now looking to book fishing later in the season, September in particular proving to be very popular.
We are still hugely busy helping anglers who have missed out on their fishing trip because of lock down. There are literally hundreds of this type of booking to sort out, so please bear with us. As many are now being rebooked for later in the season, availability on some beats is starting to become limited. You have been warned!
The office is currently looking after anglers bookings week by week. Every Friday we are sending an email to customers who have fishing booked for the following week. We will ask them to look at the beats availability later in the season and come back to us by email with alternative choice of dates. This seems to be working well so far and will continue like this until we are finally allowed to go back fishing.
Office hours are still restricted to 10am until 2pm daily for now whilst we work through re-bookings etc. Our preferred option for you to contact us is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org where a member of the team we will come back to you as quickly as possible with a response.
Thanks for all your ongoing messages of support, we are no different to any other business that has been affected by these most difficult of times. We are trying to do everything in our power to come through the other side, still trading, still being proactive, still passionate about looking after our customers and still managing all of your bookings for years to come.
Stay safe, stay at home and see you all on a river bank just as soon as we can.
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16th April 2020
Back in 2012, while managing the salmon fishings on the River Lochy, I was fortunate to experience a moment in my fishing life I would never forget.
At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the importance of moments like these as you tend to think there will always be another one coming along.
Well, it's now 2020, we are in the middle of a virus pandemic, all rivers are currently closed for fishing and the Lochy is now a distant memory. So, what better time to self-indulge, revisit and relive that special Lochy moment and share it with you all read more.
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Pure Fly Series 2 is a stunning 8 part series that shows off some of the best fly fishing New Zealand has to offer. From the alluvial fertile plains in the Southlands to the inaccessible gorges in the Eastern Cape, you'll be transported into a fly fishing paradise where the rivers run clear and trout are huge and prolific, though not always that easy to catch even for the expert guides that fish their way through each episode - watch trailer.
Every day during lockdown FishPal is hosting a mid morning live on Facebook at 11am. Guest's include Scott Mackenzie, Paul Procter, Andy Murray, Ian Gordon, Clare Shaw, James Stokoe and talented up and coming young anglers including Gordo and Cheyenne Stronnach alongwith many more.
Questions include when they started fishing, top tips for others starting in the sport. Highlights of their career, favourite places to fish, fly choice, conservation and much more. They share fishing stories and answer questions from anglers joining them in the live stream. Please tune in Monday to Friday at 11am on the FishPal Facebook page.
Clare Haggas Competition Winner Dr Colin Halliday.
Every Thursday at 11am Mark Cockburn hosts a question and answer session, with a weekly update on the work FishPal have been doing that week, including answering anglers questions during the live feed.
If you would like to watch them again please visit FishPal's Youtube channel where we have uploaded them all.
David Miller has launched a range of limited edition handmade mugs. The collection will consist of just ten designs depicting classic salmon flies of a bygone era. Each one is individually hand printed to ensure the colours remain sharp, vibrant and clear. They are microwave and dishwasher-friendly - read more.
They are the perfect fishing gift.
Fishermen are privileged. We get to see beautiful places, meet wonderful people and, every now and then, our efforts with rod and line are rewarded.
This spring, everything is different. Something we can't see, hear or smell, has changed our world. We can't travel, we can't meet and we can't pursue our favourite sport. All due to a virus.
I've just had to cancel the highlight of my flyfishing season: My annual week fishing the wonderful Ballindalloch beat on the Spey, accompanied by great chums from both sides of the North Sea. If you have ever visited this estate, located between Aberlour and Grantown, you know what a gem it is. If you have been fortunate enough to fish their beat on this famous river, including the extraordinary Junction Pool, you know their water is second to none in the salmon fishing world. So, calling my week off, just a month before I was supposed to go, breaks my heart. Ballindalloch has become a home away from home - read more.
At the same time, it was the right thing to do. We all need to do our bit in fighting this virus. It is not about you and me now – it is about us. We can and we must handle this situation together. That is the only way - read more.