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Newsletter February 6th

Last week more rivers in Scotland, England and Ireland opened. Rivers witnessed the gathering of clans of fishing folk proudly marching to the banks of their local river to the sound of pipe bands to celebrate the start of their season.

Mark Cockburn attended the opening of the Dee at Banchory Lodge where Andrew Flitcroft, editor of Trout and Salmon magazine, had the honour of the first cast of the Dee season.

Mark handed a cheque for £1437 to Mark Bilsby of the Dee River Board from angler donations.

Andrew's speech talked about the need to introduce more people to fishing. He asked the audience to pick up the challenge and take a friend fishing this year. We have more news from the opening of the Dee in this weeks newsletter.

Anglers of all ages gathered on the banks of the River Teith at Callander to celebrate the start of their season. The event, organised by Stirling Council Fisheries Department, had a great atmosphere and buzz about it too from anglers keen to enjoy free salmon fishing until February 10th.

The council have also reduced the price of all fishing permits and increased the age limit for youth permits. At a time when councils are cutting back, it's great to see the support angling is being given by Stirling Council.

More good news last week. The Environment Agency in England and Wales announced that it is following international best practice and calling a halt to mixed stock fisheries. Recent genetic testing work on salmon has shown that 70% of fish caught by the North East drift net fishery are of Scottish origin, demonstrating just how mixed that fishery is, and how many fish have been prevented from reaching their home rivers - read more.

If you have not yet decided where to go fishing this year, please give Tom a call in the office. We have everything from a days fishing through to fishing with accommodation. We have information on guides, instructors, and where to buy and hire equipment. If your looking for somewhere to rest your head after a days fishing we have places to stay along with where to eat.

Tight Lines


6th February 2018

Win A Holiday For Two

The London Fly Fishing Fair are running a competition to win a holiday for 2 in Argentina at the Pira Lodge, one of South America's most important freshwater reservoirs.


Ranked the second-largest wetland in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil, it's also enormous. The area encompasses more than 3 million acres of flowing water – crystal clear creeks, shallows, lakes, swamps, and lagoons - read more.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, or somewhere in between, the London Fly Fishing Fair 23/24th March 2018 is the ideal place to get involved in the sport.

Edradynate Fishing

Thomas Kolesinskas of Custom Tied Flies has taken over the lease for salmon and trout fishing on Edradynate Estate on the River Tay.


Edradynate and Upper Grandtully water set against the splendid backdrop of the Strathtay Hills is one of the best known beats on the Upper Tay. Just over 3 miles in length and with six named pools of which the Church Pool is the best known and probably one the most productive on the Aberfeldy to Strathtay stretch - read more.

Tweed Opens

Water conditions were looking really good in the lead up to opening day. But a 1ft lift last Wednesday scuppered beats below the Teviot with a "road-wash" muck that was not ideal.


Those beats above this enjoyed the first of the seasons fish. Upper Floors landed the 1st fish off the river and continued to land a total of 5 in 3 days. Junction beat landed three fish with two to Mr Miller's rod - read more.

Anglers considering a syndicate rod on Tweed this season please contact the office. Fairnilee have rods to let for the season from February to Mid September at £124 plus VAT.

For places to fish during the season on Tweed please visit the website or call 01573 470612.

New Salmon Flies

The Phoenix Shrimp has been catching salmon for the last few years.

With the season well underway on many of rivers and more openings this month Caledonia Fly Company have just launched a new range of exciting patterns created by their salmon fishing ambassadors - read more.

Spey Casting Course

A unique opportunity to experience exclusive tuition in the ultimate Spey Casting experience.

Spey casting tuition with Scott Mackenzie.

Join 3 x World Spey Casting Champion and AAPGAI qualified casting instructor Scott Mackenzie, assisted by one of his pro team on the River Ness during April and May.

Tuition is tailored to the individual needs of each caster. From complete beginners to the more advanced levels. All tackle can be supplied free of charge - read more.

Fishing In 2018

We have a great selection of places to fish and stay in 2018 for salmon, trout and grayling in the UK, Ireland and Iceland.

If there is a beat we don't yet have availability for, don't forget to book a free alert so you can be notified by email when rods are added, or give Tom Carter a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Tillmouth Beat


Tillmouth enjoys prolific runs of hard fighting fresh salmon throughout the Tweed's ten-month season and the 22 main holding pools offer both good high and low water fishing.

Depending upon river levels, most of the pools offer easy wading from accessible banks. For boat fishing, Tillmouth has 12 boats spread between all it's main pools - read more.

A prime September week for 6 rods is now available and perfect for a party of anglers wishing to fish this exclusive beat. Please contact Tom Carter on 01573 470612 for more information and places to stay.

35lb Tay Salmon

We could not let the newsletter go out with out sharing this cracker of a fish caught this afternoon, Tuesday 6th February.


The 35lb salmon caught on the River Tay at Glendelvine is the largest salmon so far in Scotland this year.

River Dee Opens

The 2018 season got underway on February 1st. The opening ceremony was again held at Banchory, courtesy of Alistair Thomson of Banchory Fishings and with hospitality from the amazing team at Banchory Lodge Hotel. Trout and Salmon Magazine Editor, Andrew Flitcroft, was joined by over 300 people as he offered a toast to the river before making the first cast.

Terje Harangen with the first Dee fish of 2018.

It wasn't too long before news arrived of the first fish of the season. Terje Haranagen landed an 8lbr from the Hut Pool at Lower Woodend on a Gold Willie Gunn. Brother Morten got in on the act with a similar fish later in the day - read more.

If you would like to fish the River Dee in 2018 please visit the FishDee website and give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

The FishDee website has everything you need for a successful holiday to the river Dee. If you are fishing in and around the Banchory area, the Tor Na Coille Hotel has 25 individually styled rooms that have all been fully refurbished. Double rooms including breakfast start from £60 per night.

27lb Tay Spring Salmon

Caught by Andrew White on a pearly pink tomic.

When you are one of the largest beats on the River Tay with almost 3 miles of double bank fishing and located three miles downstream from the confluence of the Tay and Tummel it's not going to be too long before you start catching fish.

You may remember in last weeks newsletter David Summers, head biologist of the TDSFB, said at the Tay opening at Meikleour Fishing that "Tay salmon are getting bigger". Since opening day more fish over 20lb have been caught on Tay.

If you would like to fish Dalmarnock beat with Colin Mcfayden, one of the most experienced ghillies/boatmen on the river, please give Tom a call on 01573 470612 or book online by following this link.

Dalmarnock customer feedback 28th January 2018. "Just returned from a fantastic trip yesterday. The kids were well catered for and the serious angler in the family was more than impressed. All down to the ghillies Colin senior and Colin junior. Loads of pools and stretches of water to explore. We will definitely be back."

Places to stay: We would recommend staying in the Dunkeld area or at the beat's self catering cottage. For anglers wishing to stay in a hotel, The Royal Dunkeld has fishing accommodation packages.

Simms Clothing Sale

We are pleased to announce for FishPal customers, Fin & Game have reduced the price of some of their Simms range which includes waders, wading boots, jackets, shirts, socks etc - read more.


Spring Offers River Tyne

If you hook into a fresh fish on the River Tyne during Spring, it is likely to be one to remember for a long time, both in terms of quality and often size!

Ben Thompson with a Tyne Spring fish caught last year.

We have some excellent days available on the Tyne during Spring on beats near Corbridge right up the river to Chollerton on the North Tyne close to Hadrains Wall. Beats include Styford, Bywell, Dilston, Warden, Chollerton - find fishing.

If grayling is more to your liking, then Axwell Park and Derwent Valley AA have 4.5 miles of fishing which is definitely worth a visit. Located just 13 miles from the Metro Centre at Gateshead, it's the perfect excuse to enjoy a few hours fishing whilst your partner/family enjoy a day at the Metro Centre.

Give Tom a call in the office for more information about short breaks for all the family to the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Spey Ladies Fishing Festival

The River Spey Anglers Association and FishPal's Anne Woodcock will be hosting the 3rd Ladies Fishing Festival on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March.


The two day event is aimed at beginners to ladies who go salmon fishing and includes tuition from Scott Mackenzie, Ian Gordon and David Mateer - read more.

All monies raised from the event will go to the RSAA to introduce young anglers into fishing. If you would like to book a place please contact


We admire Ian and Annie who sent in this photo fishing the Tay on the second day of the season.

We know a lot of you take some super photos and video clips on your mobile phones. If you have a photo to share or would like to see something featured in our newsletters or on social media, please do give the office a call or send your photo via email to or direct message it to us via the FishPal Facebook page.

FishPal On Facebook

During the last seven days we have been sharing photographs and videos from openings in Scotland, England and Ireland on our Facebook page.