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Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

August 2021 - No. 19

FishPal is looking for a Commercial Manager to join the team. This exciting role will include fishery support, marketing, sales, partnerships, team recruitment and management - read more.

The FishPal offices will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday. There will be very limited support answering Help Centre messages this weekend, so please, if it is not urgent, then it would be appreciated if you could leave this till we are all back on Tuesday.

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Mark
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27th August 2021


Malloch Trophy Winner

The 2019 winner of the Malloch Trophy – for the most outstanding salmon caught by an angler on a fly and safely returned during the year in Scottish waters – was announced back in December 2019. However, the successful angler, Ian Mitchell (of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire), was unable to be presented with the Trophy until now because of Covid restrictions - read more.

Mr Mitchell caught a 32 lb salmon in the River Conon, understood to be the heaviest caught in the Easter Ross river for 35 years - read more.


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River Dee

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Ian Wood fishing Park 19th August.

Conditions over the past week on the River Dee couldn't have been much better for fishing, with good water heights and cloudy skies most of the mornings and brighter afternoons.

Overall a good spread of fish with one hundred and fifty one salmon and fourteen sea trout caught all along the river from Maryculter right up to Crathie - read more.

You can find all the latest Dee availability here and if you would like to be informed when rods are added to the site, you can sign up for a Dee email alert.

Customer Feedback

Crathes Castle - John the ghillie very helpful, gave my son some casting tuition. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Knappach - Jamie is a nice guy. He gave us lots of good advice which made the day. Highly recommend this beat.

Tilbouries - Nicol was waiting for us on arrival. He gave a detailed decription of the beat, pools and where fish have been rising. The beat is well maintained with easy access to the named pools and good wading at about 4' depth. Saw plenty of fish, but sadly none in the net today.


FishTweed Donation

Mark Cockburn recently visited the Tweed Forum with a cheque for £4,572 from donations made by anglers when booking fishing on Tweed through FishPal and FishTweed.

The donation will be spent on Tweed Forum's riparian planting work, where trees are planted in key riverside locations to help provide vital shade for the salmon population in the freshwater phase of their lifecycle - read more.


Salmon River Gradings

An assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland is carried out each year and each river or assessment group is assigned a grading depending on the outcome of that assessment.

You can submit your views on the proposed gradings and regulations until 10 September 2021 - here.


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River Tay

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Barry Ward fishing Islamouth.

Anglers at Stobhall enjoyed some good sport with some cracking fish landed through the course of the week, including a lovely sixteen pounder on Tuesday.

Taymount Beat finished the week with twenty two fish. Cargill nineteen, Benchill eleven and Islamouth finished on forty four, including a fine specimen caught by Barry Ward (pictured) - read more.

On the upper river, there were some nice fish landed. Successful beats included Upper Farleyer, Upper Bolfracks and Edradynate beat. There are a few places left on the Spey Casting Course to be held on Edradynate beat, Saturday 11th September, please contact Tomas Kolesinskas for more information and to book a place

You can find the latest Tay availability here and if you would like to be informed when rods are added to the site, you can sign up for a Tay email alert.

Customer Feedback

Farleyer Upper - A very nice beat with a great selection of fly water. The beat map and fishing hut are excellent.

Lower Bolfracks - When you arrive at the beat it's obvious Jim has spent a lot of hours maintaining the beat. Putting paths right along with walkways and steps down to the water and bird boxes, squirrel feeders and bat boxes in the trees.The fishing itself was the best I have had in over 4 decades of fly fishing with numerous trout including a few over 2 pounds and two over 3 pounds and a handful of above average Grayling. My advice would be book a day and contract Jim before you go as he has a wealth of knowledge of the beat which is invaluable.


Summer Giveaway

Win A Redington Classic Trout Rod

Peaks Fly Fishing is offering the chance to win a lovely Redington Classic Trout Rod. This 9 foot #5 weight has a classic, forgiving action and is a delight to play fish on. For a chance to win, enter here.


River Tweed

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Paul Little fishing Junction on Monday releasing a sea trout.

Beats reported two hundred and twenty nine salmon and twenty sea trout, the largest fish at 17lbs was on Hendersyde. Horncliffe anglers caught twenty three salmon, Ladykirk twenty six, Tillmouth twenty one and Hendersyde seventeen - read more.

Thoughts are now turning to this week and then next week as we turn the clock into September. There were fish caught this week as far up as Boleside with the beats below Kelso seeing what action there was - read more.

TweedGuide are hosting their popular salmon fly schools on Thursday and Friday 16/17th September - read more.

You can find all the latest Tweed availability here and if you would like to be informed when rods are added to the site, you can sign up for a Tweed email alert.

Anne was out and about on the river last week and caught up with Scott Povey on Lower Pavilion on the last day of his annual August courses - watch video.

She also popped into see Brian Lile, the new head ghillie on Tweedswood beat - watch video.

Customer Feedback

Tweedswood - River had dropped off so we knew it would be a struggle, but we managed to get a couple of fish. Brian the new gillie on the beat looked after us really well. He is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Lower Pavilion - Scott is an excellent instructor who quickly identified my casting faults and pointing out the areas on which to concentrate. Through his guidance and instruction, I'm now in a much better position to identify casting errors and how to rectify them. I highly recommend the 3 day course run by Scott Povey.


International Year of the Salmon


Galloway rivers interactive map.

The International Year of the Salmon ‘Small Grants – Sharing Good Practice' fund was set up by NASCO in 2019 to support activities in countries around the North Atlantic Ocean. The purpose was to inspire outreach and encourage learning during and beyond the International Year of the Salmon.

The Galloway Fisheries Trust, Forth Rivers Trust and The Aire Rivers Trust received funding from the 'Small Grants - Sharing Good Practice' fund - read more.