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Newsletter April 2018
No. 11

With warmer weather and settled conditions forecast from this weekend onwards, maybe Spring is just around the corner.

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 into the office at

Tight Lines

11th April 2018

Fish The Dee

Conditions continue to improve on Deeside with fish on the move.

Thomas Rytkonen from Finland with a cracker from Commonty yesterday.

Crathie have reported their first three fish of the season. Lower Crathes had eleven for the week including fish for Stephen Paterson and a nice brace for Stuart Yeats - read more.

Torbjorn Wellrath landed this 25lb on Upper Blackhall this week.

Water levels are good and river temperatures are much improved, which is good news. If you fancy fishing the River Dee this month a days fishing starts from £20 - find fishing.

Fishing Reports

The River Forth produced its 1st fish of the year last Tuesday evening. The fish was liced and caught on the high tide. Salmon and sea trout fishing on the Firth of Forth system starts from £10 per day - find fishing.

River Spey. Although there have been a few, the cold easterly wind made things difficult at the start of the week.
Mattias Helde's party of Scandinavians fishing at Orton and Knockando started the week well with a couple of fish from Orton on Monday, but it was hard going after that - read more.

River Tyne. The high levels and cold water have left anglers frustrated for the main part. A fortnight ago there were some lovely fresh fish seen and caught below the fish pass at Riding Mill, which included Styford, Bywell and the Federation waters and Wylam area - read more.

We understand how important it is to you that our fishing reports, river levels and latest catch numbers are up to date, so are always looking for new reporters and reports. If you can help email

Yorkshire Ure


Yorkshire's River Ure is off the mark with their first salmon of the season caught by Phillip Ellis on Saturday 7th April. He then went fishing with a friend on Monday the 9th April he managed to hook 6 fish and landed 3. Well done Phil.

An exciting season to look forward to!

Fishing is available on the Yorkshire section and starts from £30 for a days fishing - find fishing.

River Tweed

After a couple of weeks of some better fishing conditions we were back to miserable rising water on a daily basis. A combination of snow melt and some rain kept the river pretty much un-fishable which resulted in a very low catch for the week - read more.

Some of last week's catches on Junction.

With a few fresh fish now moving through Kelso, beats in the lower middle Tweed should have a chance of fish this week. For the latest fishing information visit the FishTweed website and give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612

Availability has now been added for Rutherford for the rest of the season.

Fishing Course River Tweed


Tweed's fame as a salmon river has meant that it has often been overlooked when fishing for other species. This is quite wrong as it's brown trout & grayling fishing is excellent and often underestimated.

TweedGuide are hosting a trout & grayling school on Saturday 12th May. The day will cater for all abilities from those new to fishing to those wishing to improve their techniques - read more.


Fish The Findhorn

Leslie with his first Findhorn salmon of the season.

Leslie Tyson and Ian Neale enjoyed a great afternoon of sport with a total of four Spring salmon between 8lbs to 12lbs hooked and released from the Scur pool and the St. Johns pool on Darnaway - read more.

A day's fishing on the River Findhorn for April starts from £45 per day. Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 for more information or book online here.

Fish The Tay

Gus Carruthers with a 27lber caught on Kercock.

The middle river enjoyed good water conditions mostly throughout the week and fish continued to appear. Kercock had a single fish for the week but again it was another fish to remember, a superb 27 pounds beauty caught by a delighted Angus Carruthers from the boat.

Further upstream Delvine Burnbane had a 20 pounds fish on Friday caught by Colin Ince from the boat. The Murthly area continues to do well with fish off both Murthly beats and Glendelvine. On Thursday the Murthly 2 beat had a superb 28 pounds fish - read more.

Fishing in April on the River Tay starts from £30 for a day. Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 or visit the River Tay Find Fishing page.

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.

EWF Germany

On the back of a very successful trip for FishPal to the London Fly Fishing Fair, Mark Cockburn will be flying out to Munich this weekend to one of Europe's largest fly fishing shows, the EWF.


"Fantastic reports from those who have attended the show over many a year means that I'm really looking forward to being able to meet up with friends old and new. The EWF is expertly organised by Robert and Michaela Stroh and I really look forward to meeting them both again" say's Mark Cockburn.


The show attracts fly fishing companies and enthusiasts from all around the world covering every aspect of fly fishing.

Latest Fishing

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