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March 2021 - No. 7

This week sees lockdown restrictions starting to ease in England allowing families and friends to mix in groups for the first time in weeks.

With government guidance in England allowing you to travel, we wanted to remind you that travel between Scotland and England is still banned by the Scottish Government, unless you have a 'reasonable excuse' such as going to work - read more.

We would like to remind all anglers before booking a fishing permit to check that you are fishing within the current rules - read more.

During the Easter break the office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. There will be very limited support answering Help Centre messages, so please, if it is not urgent, then it would be appreciated if you could leave this till we are all back on Tuesday 6th April.

Tight lines

Mark
mark@fishpal.com


March 31st 2021


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North Esk

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One of 15 fish caught on Canterland this month.

Once the river settled to a steady level of 1ft 5in to 1ft, the river has fished extremely well with most beats reporting fish daily. The river is holding a good flow of water and more importantly a good head of springers - read more.

We are seeing fish in most the pools every day and more importantly catching a few, very encouraging to be catching fish with sea lice on them and to confirm that what we are seeing on a daily basis is fresh running fish, including some resident fish. No kelts caught for a while now so when that line tightens it's likley to be a fresh run bar of silver - find fishing.

Anglers fishing Canterland have reported 15 fish so far this month. The beat is one of the most productive sections on the North Esk offering a delightful balance of fly and spinning water dependant on water height - read more.


River Tweed

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Congratulations Ainsley Robertson on catching his first Tweed spring salmon.

The week finished with 23 salmon and 1 sea trout, with the best a fish of 18lb caught on Horncliffe beat. Above Kelso 14 fish were reported and between Kelso and Coldstream 18 were reported. Below Coldstream 4 were reported. The best fishing was on Junction beat, where 7 springers were landed - read more.

Tweed Smolt Survival.
Results are in from the Tweed Foundation tracking studies in 2019 and 2020 of which there will be more news in the next newsletter, in the meantime there is a chance to join in with the 2021 survey - read more.


Cumbria

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Eden Lacy Beat has salmon and trout fishing and two holiday cottages.

When anglers were able to cast a line, Low House had the first fish of the season on the fly, a twelve pounder caught by David Noble on a Willie Gunn on the 4th March. On the 20th March Mike Noble fishing a Willie Gunn caught an eight pounder on the same beat.

Not the Eden's best start to the 2021 season, it is nothing to do with numbers of fish in the river - read more.


Annual Review 2021

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Fisheries Management Scotland have published their 2021 Annual Review which sets out their activities over the last year. The report highlights some of the work of their members, including catches.

Many rivers recorded excellent catches, particularly those rivers in which angling effort could be maintained - read more.


River Tyne

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One of two fish for Ian.

The first fresh fish from the Tyne was reported from Styford on Friday morning 5th March. The sea-liced fish was weighed at 18lbs before being returned and was landed in the fish pass pool below the pass. The following week Ian Greenset (pictured) landed two fish at 13lbs and 14lbs from Bywell both on a copper Cascade tube fly, a morning he won't forget in a hurry - read more.

The latest guidance on Conservation Angling for Salmon on the Tyne (CAST) can be found here and has now been adopted by many Tyne beats and syndicates.

Anglers wishing to fish the Tyne please follow this link for the latest fishing available and places to stay.


Anglers Donate £22,000

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Generous anglers during the coronavirus pandemic have donated a total of £22,000 when booking a days fishing through FishPal.

Rivers Trusts in Scotland, England and Wales will benefit including two conservation charities The Wild Trout Trust and The Atlantic Salmon Trust. The Wheelyboat Trust that provides disabled people with independent access to activities on the water will also benefit - read more.


River Tay

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Derek Main fishing Cargill.

There have been some cracking Tay springers landed in recent days. Things got off to a flyer last week on the Tay system when on Monday thirteen fish were landed which was great to see. In actual fact last week ended up being the most productive week of the season so far and hopefully, this is a sign of things to come as we move towards Easter and beyond - read more.

Loch Tay has produced some stunning fish in the past few weeks and there was a lovely fish landed from the loch on Tuesday. The magnificent eight pounder was caught by Mr Grant Tigwell and on his first run down the loch. There were also a couple landed from the loch on Saturday including a fine sixteen pounder - read more.

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22lber caught on Dunkeld House.

Local rod Alan Lumsden had a week to remember catching the first springer for Upper Redgorton and then two days later a 22lber (pictured) from Dunkeld House - find fishing.

Anglers wishing to fish the Tay this year more availability for has been added this week - Find Fishing.


River Dee

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Congratulations Ken Reid fishing Aboyne Water.

Several beats recorded their first sea liced fish as pods of these springers entered the system throughout the week - read more.

Many of the beats picked up a single fish this week with Crathes on three and Cairnton two for the week. With low fishing effort for the week Lower Blackhall and Inchmarlo also had a single fish. Ghillie Martin Robson landed a 6lber on Wednesday from the Roe Pot. Find Dee fishing.

We have some big spring tides this week (up to 4.6m) which will help lift some fish into the system. Intermediate lines and slow sink tips could be an option paired with the usual gold bodied willie guns, monkey's and black and yellow tubes - read more.


River Spey

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Ronnie Fraser fishing Wester Elchies.

The general consensus up and down the river is that the spring run is building and the river has seen a good early run of salmon thus far. This is obviously great news for the anglers who are within the travel boundaries as there's plenty choice on where to fish and it would appear that all parts of the river now offer a good chance of encountering a springer - read more.

It's always an encouraging sign to see spring salmon showing as they enter a pool or migrate upstream. In the colder conditions, which we have in March, sightings can be few so it's very heartening to hear that fish are being seen on most beats, most days – this is usually an indication there's a few about - find fishing currently on FishSpey.


Vision Stillmaniac Giveaway!

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Peaks Fly Fishing are offering you the chance to win a brilliant Vision Stillmanaic 10ft #7 fly rod. These rods are absolutely superb still water rods with some serious power, whilst being light enough to cast all day long!

To have a chance of winning, just sign up to the Peaks Fly Fishing weekly hatch report which is packed with the latest news on what's hatching and catching each month - read more.


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