You might think the FishPal office is quiet now the salmon season has closed. Actually it's our busiest time of the year, as anglers look to sort out their 2021 fishing trips and owners add availability. Tweed, Dee, Tay are extremely busy at the moment with anglers searching for 2021 availability on their favourite beats. If you are an owner and have not added your fishing yet please get in touch so we can manage customers expectations.
For anglers in search of winter grayling day and season permits, we have been adding more onto the site. Permits were added yesterday for Crieff Angling Club, read more about their water in this weeks newsletter.
Thank you for using the Help Desk. We appreciate that some of you would like to speak to us instead of writing a message, the office phone line is open Monday to Friday from 1pm till 2pm on 01573 470612.
2nd December 2020
Lady Haig and Sarah Anderson interviewed for All Around Britain.
ITV Border Life and All Around Britain filmed a fishing feature on the River Tweed in October, which is being broadcast this Sunday morning on ITV at 11.20am.
Lori Carnochan caught up with anglers and FishPal on Bemersyde beat to find out why fishing has been booming during the pandemic. The Tweed Foundation updated her on how the fish are fairing in the river when she joined them electrofishing in the upper catchment.
Crieff Angling Club offer some excellent fishing on the River Earn, amongst the beautiful Strathearn scenery, rich in wildlife. The Earn is smaller than the River Tay and
is a very manageable size. The river varies in speed throughout its length and can offer a delightful mix of water for grayling - read more.
Permits are available on the Drummond Castle water which starts at the bridge in Crieff and runs downstream for 2.7 miles. River access is principally limited to the south bank and mainly requires the use of thigh waders for fly fishing. Six grayling permits are available until mid January - find fishing.
Dyryburgh Upper 2021 availability now online.
Upper Dryburgh is overlooked by the famous 'Scots View' and Wallace Statue in a glorious and secluded setting downstream of Bemersyde. The one mile of double bank fishing is highly productive and has seven named pools holding fish through spring, summer and autumn and with a pool to suit all water levels. There is a well equipped and easily accessed hut next to Dryburgh Mains - read more.
The beat was fished from June this year and catches have exceeded their 5 year average for both salmon and sea trout. Permits for the 2021 season have now been added online.
Anglers looking for accommodation near by, you will find Dryburgh Abbey Hotel nestled on the banks of Tweed next to the beat. Just a short drive away is Whitehouse Country House B&B, a 19th century Dower House built for the Duchess of Sutherland and Bemersyde House which dates from 1535 and now offers luxurious holiday accommodation. Places to stay River Tweed.
FishPal fishing vouchers are the perfect gift for the angler who has everything!
Their versatility means that the recipient can choose exactly where and when he/she would like to go from the availability on the FishPal site and which species, be it salmon, trout, sea trout, grayling or coarse fishing.
Each voucher is individually prepared in the name of the recipient together with any details of services which we feel may be helpful. You can purchase a voucher online, speak with a member of the team on the Help Desk or call our offices Monday to Friday from 1pm till 2pm on 01573 470612. The voucher will be emailed to you.
Monday we are chatting all things River Spey and will be joined by Mortimers Fishing Tackle at Grantown on Spey. Tuesday it's the River Tay and Kate Fleming's Tackle Shop will be sharing with us flies and tackle needed for the Tay and its tributaries.
Wednesday it's an insight into the Ness, Beauly and Kyle of Sutherland with Sport & Model Shop. Thursday we are joined by Somers Fishing Tackle at Aberdeen and we will be focusing on the Dee, Don, Ythan including sea and pike fishing.
Friday it's the River Tweed and Iain Wilson from Borders Gunroom will be joining Mark and Anne.
February fish caught on Pitlochrie.
With just over a month before anglers can fish this iconic river that's famous for offering fishing for all ages, abilities and budgets.
Anglers have the chance of catching a spring fish from opening day and early season fishing has an adventurous feel about it! However, the early springers are the most beautiful and prized of fish making all the effort worthwhile - find Spring fishing.
For anglers looking for somewhere to stay on Tayside, the area enjoys a range of award winning accommodation. Whatever your budget we have a list of accommodation providers on FishTay, which includes highland lodges, country estates and even Georgina Ballantine's cottage.
"Crabtree & Crabtree is the undisputed leader in exclusive holiday home rentals in Northern England and Southern Scotland. Born on the riverbank, we started out organising holidays for friends and family on the Tweed. We love to share our on-the-ground knowledge, not just of the best accommodation but also the best of the region; from our fishing beats, instructors and tackle hire, to chefs, wine-delivery and unbeatable places to eat and drink during your stay. Contact our friendly team to discuss your 2021 plans." — Emma Crabtree
We appreciate that your family and friends may be searching the internet to find you the perfect gift, which can be a daunting task if your a non angler. So this year we've asked anglers young and old for their suggestions, including what they would like this Christmas.
We have created a gift guide for anglers of all ages. There is something for everyone from rods, flies, fisheries to try, books to read, art, fishing TV and much more.
Every retailer we have included is open and links have been added from their websites on to the gift guide. For a list of stockists please follow this link.