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Newsletter April 2018
No. 12

Anglers sending in their photos have been saying that the salmon they are catching are their "personal best".

Yesterday Calum McRoberts, head ghillie on Meikleour Fishing phoned me to tell me about one of his most memorable days guiding on the beat. He was with Tommy Saville who caught and released his largest ever salmon at 21lbs. While the weight may not be remarkable, the fact that Mr Saville caught it at 93 years young, is pretty tremendous. He truly is an inspiration to us all.

Will a fish caught in the Spring take the greatest honour in game fishing, the Malloch Trophy?

We understand that up to date information on the rivers we report for is key to helping you decide which tactics to use along with organising any last minute fishing trips. Please keep sharing your fishing news with the river reporters and our team on Facebook. Everyone needs to play their part to keep the sport alive for future generations.

If you are out fishing, please remember that any fish caught during Spring will remain in the river for many months before spawning. Please treat them with the utmost care when returning them.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in fishing news and photographs whilst you have been out and about.

Tight Lines

17th April 2018

Young Angler Success

Bemersyde Trophy
Debbie winner of the Bemersyde Trophy and Junior Malloch Award.

Last week Tom Carter met Debbie Harris (10), this years junior winner of the Bemersyde Trophy and Junior Malloch Award - read more.

Debbie caught her first ever salmon weighing 10lbs at Lower Birgham under the careful watch of Ryan Morrison last year.

Ellie playing her first ever salmon at 8lb.

It's great to see more young people out and about fishing. Congratulations to Ellie Cormie (11), fishing with her father Stuart last weekend. She caught her first salmon, a bar of silver on the Balglassie Beat, South Esk.

Caledonia Fly Company

Caledonia Fly Co.
Bonny Donny with a Tay salmon on the Posh Raider.

The Posh Raider pattern is a take on the famous Tay Raider by Robert White from Stanley, with a few materials changed to give it an advantage in colder Spring waters. For stockists please follow this link.

Posh Raider Patriot Double

"River levels are up and down during the day due to snow melt and the occasional rain fall. With slight colour in the water, salmon are sure not to miss this vibrant coloured fly, it has been around for a couple of years now and doing very well" Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company.

Fish The Spey

We have heard of catches in the area from Castle Grant to the sea.

Gordon MacDermid's annual three day trip to Wester Elchies last week produced 3 springers. He said that the successful trip was made all the better by Sam the ghillie and his excellent hospitality. They are looking forward to next year already.

Mark Hancock's fish in the net.

On Saturday Mark Hancox fishing Aberlour Angling Club water caught a fish of a lifetime, a twenty eight pounder.

Chris Preland returning his fish on Delagyle.

Members of the North East Fly Casting Club enjoyed their annual trip to the Spey last week with fish caught on Delagyle. Speaking to members, they had a thoroughly enjoyable time on the beats across the Spey system.

If you would like to know more about fishing the River Spey please call the office on 01573 370612. Check latest availability.

Fish The Dee


Ross Macdonald writes in his Dee report. "We had a better week last week. It started off in promising fashion; catches dipped away midweek and crept back up on Saturday. While numbers aren't where we want them, and I don't think the Dee is alone in that, we have been getting some lovely salmon. There were three reported over 20lbs last week and several double figure fish were among the catch" - read more.


The Dee is renowned as one of the great salmon rivers of the world. Anyone who has ever cast a fly for Atlantic salmon will know the allure of this wonderful river during Springtime. Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 for more information and places to fish and where to stay.

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.

Fish The Tweed

66 Salmon and 7 Sea Trout were reported last week with the best fish for the week a 20lber caught on the Birgham Dub beat.

Makerstoun Head Boatman Colin Pringle, said "Another cold and fairly quiet week apart from an exciting half hour for the Beresford-Davies lads, 13 year old Archie catching his 1st salmon then older brother Ollie 15, jumping into the boat while the seat was still warm to take his fish off the same lie, well done boys, you're the future."

Norman fishing Junction beat yesterday returning his fish.

Weather forecast, any early rain on Wednesday will soon clear, with most of the day dry and sunny, although still rather breezy. It will be very mild. Thursday will be a fine and dry day with light southerly winds, and it will be rather warm - read more.

Looking at the availability for this coming week, Tweed reporter Martin Ritchie, recommends Lower Birgham and West Learmouth beats, as well as beats above Kelso now that fish are starting to creep up river past Kelso. Upper Dryburgh beat should also have a chance of a springer this week - find fishing.

We have been asked to remind anglers fishing Tweed about the Spring salmon code - read more.

Tom Carter is in the office Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and can offer advice on where to go fishing on Tweed. Give him a call on (+44) 01573 470612.

Fish The Tyne

Terry Paton with a salmon caught just below Hexham Bridge.

"Fish have begun to ascend the pass at last with Dilston reporting a fresh fish this week, one really good fresh fish lost in the Corbridge area and two others landed in the Hexham area" writes FishTyne reporter Neil Lobban, within his weekly report.

For the latest Tyne availability and information on the river give Tom a call on 01573 470612.

Trout Fishing Course

Fish caught in the last week with TweedGuide

TweedGuide will be 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.

TweedGuide customer last week.

Crabtree & Crabtree Fishing Offer


Enjoy a River Tweed fishing offer including accommodation and rods on the Milne Graden Estate this October.

Offer comprises 3 rods plus accommodation for 6 guests at the School House – 3 and 4 day options are available. The Estate sits in a spectacular location with School House, a beautifully presented holiday home, set high on the banks of the River Tweed - read more.

Fish The Tay

There are encouraging figures in the past week, however 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 with a settled forecast as well.

Happy angler fishing Kercock beat.

The Lower river had another reasonable week with clear water despite some gradual snow melt which continues to keep the water temperature favourable for the lower beats - read more.

The Middle river enjoyed good water conditions throughout the week and fish continued to appear. The Murthly area seems to be holding a few fish with 14 off the area last week for Glendelvine and the 2 Murthly beats. Find fishing.

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.

EWF Show Germany


What an amazing show the EWF is! A setting like no other, with a Monastery and gardens as a backdrop which are simply stunning and fly fishing people from all around the world, all congregating for this the 13th year of the EWF.

Mark sent us a report with photographs from the 2 day event - read more.

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