As we march through week four of lock down and the frustrations of not being able to get out fishing continue to be uppermost in our minds and further exasperated knowing that actually, conditions out there are really good for fishing, we know we need to do the right thing and stay at home. Thank you to you all for adhering to these instructions. I know it's not easy but we will get there.
I have been busy speaking to those I think can help us with the current position, i.e. helping us potentially be part of a gradual release of restrictions on what we all do and I have been trying to make the case that fishing, even with conditions attached, would be a welcome reintroduction for so many and help get people doing healthy things outside that still adhere to guidelines. The good news is those I am speaking to are very much listening and so I will keep at it, to make sure our industry is listened too and supported with some practical suggestions to hopefully help influence things.
Eoin Fairgrieve is a guest on Wednesday 29th April.
The Facebook live sessions daily at 11am are going down really well with some excellent guests and some cracking stories. Ian Gordon, who was brilliant first time around is back this Friday for a special Q&A session. We have got some really interesting guests on the stream again next week including Robson Green, Charles Jardine and Eoin Fairgrieve. I will keep joining in on a Thursday to bring you the latest news and developments from all the sources I am currently speaking too.
Charles Jardine is a guest on Tuesday 28th April.
It's a busy time at the moment with re-bookings and a huge thanks to the team for getting to grips with this. This means that anglers can hopefully look forward to some fishing later on in the season, having missed their fishing due to lock down. It's a massive task, but we are getting there.
And lastly please do keep an eye on availability on the site, particularly for August and September, as these months are starting to see some momentum in online bookings. I don't want anyone to be missing out!
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 we will get there, soon hopefully having a cast once again in our favourite pools.
Telephone 01573 470612.
23rd April 2020
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Fishing Mugs have launched a range of Megan Boyd mugs paying homage to one of the world's real experts in fly tying. Boyd's Helmsdale Shrimp is available in three limited edition styles.
The David Miller collection consists of 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.
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The weather has improved significantly over the past few weeks; indeed, it has been one of the driest April's so far in recent years. With high pressure in charge for the foreseeable future, this trend is set to continue. Currently, the river is at a perfect height for many beats especially on the middle river and this has coincided with it being a prime time of year for spring salmon fishing on the Tay.
Ghillies have reported seeing fish splashing in many of the pools on their beats on almost a daily basis when they have gone down to check on their boats and huts, so stay safe, stay at home and we will get there, soon hopefully having a cast once again in our favourite pools - read more.
Fishing for Schools started in 2007 and offers young people the opportunity to discover the joy of fishing, whilst learning new skills in a fun and proactive way.
It is delivered by the Countryside Alliance Foundation and world famous angler Charles Jardine, and to date over 3,000 students have benefited from Fishing for Schools.
The charity helps pupils re-engage with education, building their confidence and self esteem, while at the same time assisting with new qualifications and skills - read more.
Robson Green is a guest on Monday 27th April.
Every day during lockdown FishPal are hosting a mid morning live on Facebook at 11am. Guests to May 5th include Ian Gordon, Robson Green, Charles Jardine, Eoin Fairgrieve, Paul Procter, Allan Liddle, Lucinda Ewin and Matthew Wright.
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.
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 angler's 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.
Valgardur with a 91cm sea trout from Huseyjarkvisl.
Iceland opened its trout season on April 1st with a huge bang in all regions of the country.
In the south massive sea trout were caught in rivers Tungufljot, Tungulaekur and Geirlandsa measuring between 70 cm and 100.5 cm despite the snow and cold weather. Huge brown trout were caught on another southern river West Ranga on opening day.
In the west, many rivers produced beautiful and well kept sea trout like rivers Leira and Laxa in Kjos. The northern rivers Huseyjarkvisl and Eyjafjardara produced many huge and magnificent sea trout during the first days of the trout season.
The weather in Iceland has started to warm up and lake fishing will start on April 20th. Jon will be delighted to report on the Ice Age brown trout in Lake Thingvallavatn where these landlocked monsters grow as large as 30 pounds.
Our friends at Peaks Fly Fishing are currently serialising "Where The Bright Waters Meet" by Harry Plunket Green as an audiobook. You can listen to it here.
With our present time at home, if you have a young angler (10-16 years old) in the family interested in salmon fishing, Eoin Fairgrieve's My First Salmon is a free interactive book covering all aspects of fishing for Atlantic salmon.
The publication features embedded video files and touch-screen information on a range of salmon subjects including water safety, the lifecycle of the Atlantic salmon and speycasting. It also highlights audio files featuring some sounds of the riverside environment and wildlife. The book is downloadable to any iOS system via iBooks.
David Buley a ghillie on Gordon Castle water is raising funds for the NHS Doctor Greys hospital in Elgin with a silent auction. There are lots for classic salmon flies and salmon fishing flies by John Anderson and a chance to fish with Al and Will Peake of Twinpeakes Fly Fishing.