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Newsletter March 2018
No. 8

The London Fly Fishing Fair is taking the world of fishing by storm. Everyone we are speaking to is talking about this show, created by talented father and son team John and Fergus Kelly.

"There are not enough superlatives to describe the London Fly Fishing Fair. From the best indoor fly casting pool I have worked on, the floor lay out, to the stunning video screen and sound system and arguably one of the best atmospheres I have ever experienced at a Fly Fishing show. The genius of John and Fergus Kelley and their team, should be applauded from every river, lake and shore line for being brave enough to put this show on in the capital. If you don't go, frankly, you're bonkers." Charles Jardine, expert angler and fishing legend.

FishPal will be at the show this weekend. We are pleased to announce that Jon Sigurdsson from FishIceland, world spey casting champion Gary Scott and Scott Mason, Fishery Manager at Stirling Council, will be on the stand.

Fin and Game of Kelso are also at the London Fly Fishing Fair. On their stand are some of the worlds best tackle companies and Mikael Frodin from Sweden will be tying exclusively for Fin and Game at the show.

Tight Lines


21st March 2018

First Tay Salmon

First Tay salmon caught on Meikleour beat.

They don't come much better than this!

Due to work and family commitments, it's been 18 years since Mr. Fraser Marshall caught his last salmon! He reckons this 21lb'er caught on Meikleour Fishing was worth the wait.

The London Fly Fishing Fair

Fin and Game are bringing the world's leading tackle companies to the London Fly Fishing Fair this weekend 23/24th March.

Come and meet the stars of fishing from Hardy, Simms, Guideline, Rio, Costa sunglasses and Mackenzie DTX on their stand 47/48.

Fishing specialists will be on hand to help you choose the right outfit whatever species you target. From salmon fishing in Russia to chasing sea trout in Argentina, make the most of your fishing with the right equipment.

Whether you are chasing Bonefish on the flats or trying to lure a sailfish up from the depths Fin & Game have the gear to give you the best chance of succeeding.

Fin & Game
Mikael Frodin will be fly tying on the Fin and Game stand.

The Fin & Game stand overlooks the casting arena and is the largest exhibition space at the show. During the weekend they will have exclusive show deals, along with fantastic offers.

Fin & Game

River Temperatures

Why are river temperatures important?

Records from the past century show that Scottish rivers are warming - read more.

River Dee

One of Arni's two fish Monday 19th March.

A beautiful sunny day on the Dee and Arni Baldursson enjoyed every minute of it. Two beautiful fresh salmon and lots and lots of kelts on the day.

Despite some tough conditions at times, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo Fishings finished the week with 5 fish which were well spread through the beat, a highlight of which was 2 of our anglers landing their first Spring Salmon.

Fish on for Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo angler.

Lower Crathes was again the most productive beat with Jim Fisher landing seven including fish of 17, 18 and 20lbs for his three days. Mr. Burnham had four fish to 11lbs, Mr. Tunmore had three fish to 16lbs and also a 4lb sea trout while Mr. Mason and Mr. Carson had a fish each - read more.

Your Photos


Thank you to professional guide and angling celebrity John Tyzack for this cracking grayling photograph taken on the River Tweed last month.

He was using a French leader with three flies. The fish took the orange tag in the middle. The French leader was designed by the team at FishOn Productions.

River Spey

Dani Morey with a 14lber. The fish is Orton's first fish of the season.

The highest beat to report a fresh fish is slowly creeping up the river, with both Carron and Laggan getting their first of the season late in the week. I am confident that Grantown will have their first of the season before Easter, if not before the clocks change - read more.

London Fly Fishing Fair

FishPal are exhibiting at this years London Fly Fishing Fair. The show at the Design Centre this weekend, 23/24th March, brings together the very best of what the fly fishing world has to offer, all in the heart of London.

FishPal's CEO Mark Cockburn is a guest speaker.

Jon Sigurdsson from FishIceland is flying in for the show to meet anglers who would like to fish for salmon, sea trout, trout and Arctic char in Iceland.

FishIceland will be joining FishPal.

Scott Mason, Fishery Manager at Stirling Council, will be joining us. He manages one of the last remaining local authority owned salmon fisheries in Scotland, it is arguably one of the best value for money with fishing on the Rivers Teith and River Forth.

FishPal's Anne Woodcock introducing ladies to fishing.

Casting instructor and guide Gary Scott is on the FishPal stand (73). He has a huge knowledge of fishing in Scotland, including destination fishing to Norway.

Whether you are new to fishing or an experienced angler, FishPal will be there to help you find your next fishing trip to Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, Iceland and Norway.

We are running a competition at the show to win £250 of FishPal Fishing Vouchers. Come and visit us on stand 73.

London Fly Fair

River Tay

Another specimen fly caught springer from Murthly 2. Congratulations Adrian Cawood.

Glendelvine, the beat where the largest fish so far in Scotland has been caught in 2018, recorded 3 fish on Saturday including 2 fish for John Dewar up to 22 pounds.

The beat's Head Ghillie, Steve McIrvine, reported to Bob White that last week they lost another monster from the same lie where the 35 pound fish came from. Apparently the "air was blue" - read more.

The new fishery beat pages for the River Tay and it's tributaries are now live. You can book fishing online or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Salmon Beat To Let


Fishing on the River Nairn at Nairnside Fishing for 3 rods. The beat enjoys a variety of fly water across its 1.13 miles of double bank water for salmon and sea trout. The beat has been lightly fished - read more.

Caledonia Fly Company

Andrew Khakoo from the House of Bruar with a specimen Tummel fish last week.

Fishing does not get much better than this. The happy angler caught the fish last week using a Mirage Snaelda from Caledonia Fly Company fly. Visit your local stockist.


Farewell To A Fishing Legend


He fished with U.S. presidents, CEOs and common folks, cast his line on every continent but Antarctica and cranked out 32 books revered by anglers all over the globe. To the end, Bernard Victor "Lefty" Kreh was recruiting new sportsmen, reeling them in as he did the 126 species of fish that he landed in his lifetime, from the Monocacy River to the Amazon watershed.

Kreh, who had been ill for some time, died peacefully in his sleep of congestive heart failure Wednesday afternoon at his home in Cockeysville, surrounded by family members. He was 93 - read more.

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