As the summer unfolds in front of us, there's no better time than to start planning a staycation.
The office is busy with enquiries focused around fishing hotspots as well as those wishing to include a fishing experience within their holiday.
For all the latest availability added to the FishPal site please check the find fishing page, register for a rod alert or contact the office on 01573 470612 and speak to a member of the team who can advise you on where to fish and places to stay.
11th June 2021
Due to late cancellations there are days available to fish the famous Balmoral Beat on the River Dee. This fishing is incredibly special and interested anglers are asked to contact head Ghillie, David Fernie direct for more information - telephone number 07557 092706
This was one of the fish caught in June 2020 on Upper Floors. Captured in stainless steel by Jason Sweeney.
A virtual exhibition showcasing some of the finest wildlife artist in the UK runs until 20th June - read more.
The artists are defined by their talent and passion for representing their vision of nature and wildlife through their work. They are all deeply knowledgeable about the rural environment and the countryside and their commitment to conservation shines through everything they do. They have held numerous exhibitions as a group, throughout the UK, over the past 20 years and their work is collected worldwide and has been reproduced in dozens of books and publications - read more.
Redspot Artists have chosen to support two charities this year, The Atlantic Salmon Trust and the Countryside Alliance - read more.
John Taylor fishing Junction, Monday 9th June.
The week was mostly ruined by coloured water. Fifty eight salmon and four sea trout were landed for the week with the best fish a 15lb salmon caught on the Lower Pavilion beat. Above Kelso twenty seven fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream twenty, and below Coldstream ten. The best fishing being on the Junction beat where eight salmon were landed - read more.
Over the last week the RTC has received a number of calls from boatmen and members of the public concerned about the poor water clarity in the Tweed. The RTC reported these concerns to SEPA and requested that they investigate the possible cause, SEPA have provided the following information from this investigation - read more.
Looking at the availability for the week ahead, the river is really busy with not much availability for the next few months. If you are looking to fish Tweed, we would suggest booking sooner rather than later, to avoid missing out - find Tweed fishing.
Hendersyde - Beautiful few days on the river, great fly water and John and Nigel both very friendly and helpful. Will certainly come back.
Pedwell - The ghillie is excellent company, of good cheer and full of sound advice about how best to fish a beat he knows inside out.
Horncliffe - the ghillie altered my fishing tackle, gave advice on length of cast and the run, will certainly go back.
Full time ghillie required for a middle beat on the River Tweed. A competitive salary and package will be offered for a rewarding role on a prime Tweed beat.
Principal responsibilities will include maintenance of the beat and provision of a first class guest experience. Assistance with a wild bird shoot and vermin control will be a requirement in the off-season.
The applicant should be physically fit, capable and have experience of working as a ghillie, with proven good communication and customer service skills and have a keen interest in fishing.
Applicants are invited to send their CV with a covering letter to: David Platt, FBR Seed, Abbey Row, Kelso, TD5 7JF. Application deadline: 18/06/2021.
Get The Right Salmon Flies For Your Fishing Trip
Peaks Fly Fishing has worked alongside some of the UK's top salmon anglers and ghillies to produce unique collections of flies for UK salmon fishing. Not only do they have seasonal selections of flies but collections that are developed for many major UK salmon rivers. If you are planning a trip to the Tay, Dee, Spey, Tweed, Tyne or other UK salmon rivers, take a look here.
13 year old Camryn Stewart fishing Finavon Castle Water caught her first ever night-time sea trout just before midnight on Saturday. The ghillie reports the first signs of sea trout beginning to build up in the beat & if things stay warm, cloudy & settled this week as per the weather forecast they might be on the cusp of some sport - read more.
Catches remain patchy for the time of year but what fish there are seem to be well spread with fish certainly well up the North Tyne already - read more.
Dilston - Although we were relative beginners this is clearly a lovely stretch of water. Our gillie (Victor) was very helpful. No fish caught but it didn't matter. We will be back.
Andrew McKimm, age 16, with his PB fish caught on Aboyne Castle and Craigendinnie.
Dry bright and hot conditions were present across the catchment last week which made for challenging conditions. However, there was still some reasonable water about and this week we had another 100+ total reported through FishDee - read more.
The first of the grilse are starting to show and are spread throughout the river already, with some as far as Dinnet and Dee Castle - find fishing.
Birse - A good variety of pools. Plenty of space for 4 rods. Lovely beat to fish. River banks nicely strimmed and access roads well maintained, as good as you get anywhere. A vey professional attitude at all times. A good balanced approach to the guests. There if needed. Freedom to fish as you feel comfortable. No pressure. A lot of enthusiasm. Very few Ghillies tick as many boxes as this young man.
Invery And Tilquhillie - The most interesting gillie I've ever fished with. I could have talked to Colin all day. Tom in the FishPal office was very helpful.
Sluie - Loved this beat. We could have done with a bit more water to hold fish in more of the pools. I rose 9 fish so had my chances. I'd definitely go back to Sluie.
Gualin Estate are seeking an experienced fishing ghillie to provide a professional ghillie service on the River Dionard, Durness. The beat extends to circa 7.5 miles of double bank fishing in stunning Highland scenery and encompasses the renowned Loch Dionard; arguably one of the finest sea trout lochs in Scotland.
It is not unusual to see catches upwards of 140 salmon & grilse and 100 sea trout per annum and the estate benefits of well-appointed fishing huts and good bank access.
Seasonal ghillie position is also available. Both roles include some general estate management duties.
If you would like an informal chat about the role please call Kathryn Bontoft on 07826 201429 or email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
One of two fish for Philip Black fishing Murthly.
The cloudless skies and splitting sunshine coupled with warm temperatures definitely made fishing challenging last week but there were still some nice fish caught from the Tay system. It was good to see grilse start to make an appearance on the river - read more.
Mr Philip Black celebrated his birthday in style with his brother Tony on the Murthly 2 Beat. Presents don't come much better than a fine birthday brace and there was more success at Murthly 2 on Friday. It was a much better week at Islamouth with the water dropping. Mr David Clarke and his party had a great first half of the week landing a total of ten fish including fresh grilse which was good to see. Mr Jim Ferrie and his party were fishing at Islamouth during the second half of the week and enjoyed some superb sport with most of the fish taking a striped Sunray. There were also several fish lost which proved to be frustrating for some!
Summer is a fantastic time of year to be out in the great Scottish outdoors - find Tay fishing.
Lower Kinnaird - Excellent beat with some of the best fly water on the Tay. It also has the added bonus of a cracking ghillie. Martin always takes the time to explain and show you the pools and runs to fish.
Dalguise - The ghillie was really welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable.
Stobhall - This was our first trip to the Tay. The two gillies, Ernie and John, were very welcoming and made our day even better. Two really nice lads who go out of their way to help you catch fish. We can't wait for a return trip!
The Isle of Mull is a perfect family staycation.
It's the perfect place for children to learn to fish. Eagle watching, wild swimming and canoeing can all be done at Ledmore. There are plenty of good walks and cycling routes and you can rent the owners boat to go fishing for trout or just go to the loch for a leisurely picnic - read more.
Ian Neale reports from his Upper Home Beat at Darnaway on the River Findhorn, that his clients the Nick Brown party got off to a great start. After days of heavy rain and really not fishable until Wednesday, Fred Brown hooked and released a cracking fresh Spring fish of around 15 lbs from the Craigie pool (Photo above).
David Bristow caught his first Findhorn salmon on Thursday, another fresh fish of around 9lbs from the Rising Pot. On Saturday Hugo Brown caught and released his first ever salmon of around 7lbs from Essiemore pool, followed by father Nick who also caught another fresh fish of around 7 lbs, also from Essiemore pool. There were several other fish hooked and lost, with many other pulls throughout the week!
A coble built by retired boat builder John Ferguson of Stanley is for sale. For more information please contact the owner Tiffy Laing on 07836 357520.