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SEPA, who provide our Scottish river level data have been hit by a serious ransomware attack, which appears to have crippled most of their systems including their data feeds. Hence we will probably not get any more river level data from them until they rebuild their systems, which may take a very long time. More details can be found on our System Status page.
With the new season starting, we didn't want to be without any river level data, so we have come up with a temporary solution, using data texted by volunteers on the riverbank. You can see this already running on the River Tay (NB you may need to clear your browser's cache to see the new table properly) .
We will shortly be adding it to the Tweed and Dee and any other river we can get volunteers for. We are deeply grateful to those volunteers. If you would like to join them by helping on your own river please email me at email@example.com
Hopefully normal service will resume soon, but in the meantime I hope this temporary fix helps you out.
20th January 2021
Fish at Egton Estate.
Egton Estate on the Yorkshire Esk has now added its 2021 availability. The river enjoys strong runs of salmon and sea trout from May onwards. The estate was featured on the Mortimer & Whitehouse Christmas special - read more.
Marina Gibson guiding customers on Swinton Estate water.
Abbey Beat on the mid River Ure is set in a stunning parkland setting and offers the angler a good mix of slow and faster pools. Guided fishing is available from Brian Towers a AAPGAI master casting instructor - read more.
Image courtesy of the Atlantic Salmon Trust
From pollution to climate change and over-extraction, the world's waterways are under assault. And the plight of the Atlantic salmon tells the story.
Many years ago, I stood mesmerised by the flowing waters of the River Ettrick in the Scottish town of Selkirk. The place was alive with leaping fish, an astonishing sight as salmon migrating from seas off Greenland and Iceland leapt upstream over the town weir in their dozens. The wild fish were coming back to their home waters to spawn, as they have done for millennia - read more.
It was a quiet day on the river last week on the first day of the Tay salmon season. Local anglers out on the river have not yet reported a springer, but plenty of kelts have been hooked and carefully released by those who have been lucky to be out. Latest catches.
A spring week of timeshare salmon fishing on one of the most productive beats on the River Tay is now for sale.
Taymount is one of the most legendary beats on the Tay and is subdivided into two beats upper and lower which Taymount rods fish on alternative days. Week 3 for sale price £2100 for all 6 rods. Contact Iain Wood on 01250 883713
Four days exclusive salmon fishing on the Blanda river in June from 24th to 28th.
The Blanda is a glacial river, located in the northwest of Iceland rising in the foothills of the mighty Hofsjökull glacier - read more.
The average catch for the past ten years is just under 2300 salmon annually, with the best year in 2015 exceeding just above 4800 salmon. Fishing the Blanda is a 37 km long adventure, where anglers encounter fast flowing rapids, long calm stretches and a canyon on the uppermost section of the river - read more.
The Blanda lodge provides guests with the best there is in Icelandic cuisine and offers a distinguished selection of wines from around the world. The food in the lodge is prepared by a renowned team of award winning chefs coming from some of the best restaurants in Reykjavik - read more.
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