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Newsletter April 2018
No. 10

This week the Atlantic Salmon Trust launched the Missing Salmon Project. The largest acoustic tracking project for salmon in Europe which will track salmon smolts further than ever before - read more.

Our sport needs more research into why the numbers of fish returning to spawn have declined. It also needs to inspire the next generation of anglers and champion young people wishing to work within our sector.

Last week I attended the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. A celebration of talented apprentices in Scotland, recognised for their passion & early achievements in their chosen careers.

Scott Milne (aged 17), a fisheries apprentice at Stirling Council was a double winner at the awards. Winner of the Fisheries Management & Environmental Conservation Learner of the Year award and the Tam Tod Trophy. Congratulations Scott from everyone at FishPal.

Scott (R) with his fishery manager Scott Mason (L).

Last week Mark Cockburn was lobbying at a reception in the Scottish Parliament hosted by the Scottish Tourism Alliance. During the evening he had conversations with MSP's who hopefully now have a better understanding of the value of recreational salmon fishing to the Scottish economy.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in photographs of the fish you have caught. Please keep sending in your salmon, sea trout, trout and grayling catches to

Tight Lines


5th April 2018

Student's First Donegal Springer


During the Easter break, university student Simon Harkness returned home to Ireland. Fishing the River Finn in Donegal he caught and released his first March Spring salmon. The fish caught on the Glebe Angling Club waters is their first of the 2018 season.

If you would like to fish the River Foyle system and the Finn please give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Fishing Reports

We understand how important it is to you that our fishing reports, river levels and latest catch numbers are up to date.

We have built our reputation on helping anglers find places to fish. You always have access to book fishing permits whether online or by telephone with our customer services team.

Lesley Canavan first ever salmon.

If you have any news or photos for a river on our system, please share it with us. By working together everyone benefits within the angling community.

Salmologic UK

When you look through the Salmologic UK range of products you will notice all of their rods are recommended with a Grams and Grains rating, which they call the G&G system.


A company at the forefront when it comes to design, the Serenity Series is the first series of rods with a unique handle for fly casting and fly fishing - read more.

Spring Success


Meikleour Fishing have caught 18 springers so far this season with an average weight of 12.8lbs. Taymount are on 21 and Islamouth 26.

During the past week 60 fish were caught up to 23lbs on the River Tay. The sheer class of the fish caught continues to be outstanding and with hopefully a settled river in the coming week should see improved catches - read more.

The price of a days fishing in April on the River Tay starts from as little as £25 for a day permit and £168 in a boat - check availability.

River Ure Opening Day

This coming Friday, 6th April, sees the start of the River Ure salmon season.

Three large fish passes on Dales Rivers are currently under construction.

The Ure Salmon Group are hosting a breakfast day meeting starting at 8.30am in the White Bear, Masham - read more.

Spring 2018 newsletter from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust has now been published. You can read it here.

Over On Instagram


Whilst Anne was out and about last week on the Tay she added some vlog interviews with Bob White and Johnny Ross to the FishPal instagram page.

Screaming Reels


River Nith at Dalswinton started April with screaming reels. A 20lb sea liced fish caught by Lee Thompson (pictured).

The river is in fine form at the moment so it's well worth getting out there and having a go. Fishing the Nith in Spring.

Tweed Fishing Courses


The next Tweedguide fly fishing schools on the River Tweed will be on the following dates.

Trout school is on Saturday May 12th.
Salmon school is on Saturday June 2nd.

Both schools are a full day and all equipment, permits and guides are provided.

Young Anglers First Salmon


Nicholas Miles aged 15 caught his first salmon last week on Glendelvine beat, River Tay. His fish tipped the scales at 17lb.

If you would like to book fishing on the River Tay please call the office on 01573 470612 .

Australian Salmon Success


After visiting this years London Fly Fishing Fair, Ron Birmingham from Perth in Western Australia wanted to fish for the king of fish in Scotland. What better place than on the River Tay. The river holds the record for the largest fish ever caught on rod and line in the UK.

Ron spent three days with Bob White on Catholes and caught his first ever Atlantic Salmon at 9lb from the Back Dam using a fly designed by Bob.

One of Ian's 3 spring fish.

Ian McLaren chair of the Tay & District Salmon Board fishing Upper Kinnaird enjoyed a red letter day on Tuesday 3rd April. He caught 3 springers and lost another.

You can find the latest fishing availability on FishTay or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Insure Your Fishing

You can now insure your fishing with Fishpal. What is covered? Flooding disruption, personal property, personal inability to fish, trip cancellation by you due to unavoidable events beyond your control - read more.

New Caledonia Fly Brochure


The 2018 brochure is now online with the largest collection of Salmon, Trout, Sea Trout, Carp, Pike, Mullet and Saltwater patterns in the UK. Just click on the link 2018 Brochure

Easter Success


Jon Penny fishing on Canterland beat, North Esk last week caught yet another cracking fish. The beat has caught 12 salmon during March.

Canterland is one of the most productive beats on the North Esk offering a delightful balance of fly and spinning water dependant on water height.

Latest Fishing

Discover the latest fishing added every day to the FishPal site. The Latest Fishing page lists fishing added to our database.

To save you time having to repeatedly come back to this page to check for new rods, you can request an email alert.

Missing Salmon Project

Somewhere on their great journey from the river headwaters to ocean feeding grounds and back, wild salmon are dying in huge numbers. For every hundred that leave our rivers for the sea, less than five return – a decline of nearly 70% in just 25 years.

Missing Salmon Project

If this trend continues, this iconic species will become endangered in our lifetime.

That's why the Atlantic Salmon Trust has launched The Missing Salmon Project. Aiming to raise £1 million by the end of 2018, it will fund the largest acoustic tagging project in Europe. This will help us discover where mortality is occurring so steps can be taken to improve their survival and halt the decline of the species.

Please follow this link for more information or to donate.

Spring Fish On The Annan


Wintery conditions are still clinging on and fishing has been challenging with cold, strong winds.

Water conditions were favourable on the lower river last week and Newbie anglers enjoyed some action with two fresh fish lost and a lovely 10lber landed by John Bamford - read more.

Please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information and permit availability for the Annan.

North West Angling Fair


The River Mourne at Strabane is hosting the North West Angling Fair this weekend, 7/8th April. This 'Free Event' is suitable for all the family

Angling celebrities include world spey casting champions Scott Mackenzie and Andrw Toft. Along with Tom Brown, Mark Patterson, Stevie Munn, Glenda Powell and many more - read more.

Fly tyers row is graced with some of the finest fly dressers demonstrating their art - read more.

FishPal's Joe Early will be at the show on the Salmologic stand.

Paul Procter Joins Mackenzie Rods


Paul Procter is delighted to be joining Scott Mackenzie of Mackenzie DTX to help develop and extend his revolutionary range of single-handed Graphene rods.

Paul stated: "I'm thrilled at the prospect of working with and representing an enthusiastic UK company who have an ethos of designing fly fishing equipment based on years of experience. Scott is widely known for his Spey casting skills. He's taken this knowledge and injected it into an extremely popular range of award winning double-handed rods as well as a number of single handed rods. Mackenzie DTX have recently launched a new selection of ground breaking Graphene single handed rods and I'm confident our combined efforts will prove influential in further developing and enhancing these single handed rods. Already we are working on several projects that seek to shape the future of fly fishing".

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