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Newsletter May 2018

We love taking phone calls from anglers here at FishPal.

Today Tony Averill the newly appointed boatman on Horncliffe called with news of their first fish of the season, a 14lber fresh off this mornings tide. Then Thomas Buchanan called about his recent fishing trip guiding celebrity chef Rick Stein and his family on the River Lyon.

James Forster fishing Dilston, River Tyne at the weekend with a 12lb salmon.

In this weeks newsletter we have news on where to go fishing for salmon and trout. River reports and flies that are working. Fishing courses for beginners to those who would like to brush up on their skill set ready for the season ahead.

If you are looking for places to fish during May please give the office a call on 01573 470612. We have everything on the site, including advice pages for different species; where to fish; tackle shops; accommodation; places to eat and guides.

If you can't find what your looking for, then please give me a call on 01573 470612.

Tight Lines

9th May 2018

Sea Trout Festival

Bishop Auckland Angling Club Secretary Keith Robson with anglers going sea trout fishing on the River Wear.

After last years successful event, we have increased the number of nights for this year's Sea Trout Festival.

The evenings/nights this year are Friday 29th and/or Saturday 30th June. So far we have had interest from rivers across Scotland and England.

Please call Tom Carter on 01573 470612 or email if you are a fishery that would like to be involved in this years festival.

During the coming weeks Tom will have a list of all the fisheries taking part in the UK.

Fish The Spey

Fish have been reported from Kinchurdy to the sea. Not huge numbers but most beats are managing something. Last week Arndilly finished with six, including three to Ann Curtis - read more.

A fish caught this morning on Gordon Castle Fishing.

Grantown was lightly fished last week but fish were landed, and there are unconfirmed reports of the first seatrout. Abernethy Angling Club reported that the river rose slightly on Tuesday and Johnnie Gordon took advantage of this having seen a pod of fish. He caught a fresh hen of 6lb and the following day had another at 9lb - read more.

Two perfect springers at 19lb and 12lb for a female guest at Gordon Castle.

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

Fish The Dee


The tally for the week was 83, much the same as last week. Culter picked up their first of the season. Tilbouries picked up a couple of fresh fish last week and fish were also seen pushing through the beat all week.

"There are lots of reports of fish running the river, which has been encouraging" says Ross Macdonald.

Young anglers fishing Park with Gary Scott and Ross Macdonald.

Lower Crathes had ten, including fish for Arni Baldursson, Peter Bouverie and Bjorn Streinig. Banchory added three to their total and Lower Blackhall and Kinneskie fished well to finish the week with eight. The Ballogie beats produced fourteen. A group of Icelandic visitors had fishing at Commonty and landed some lovely looking salmon - read more.

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

Caledonia Fly Company

Early season trout are being tempted.

We asked Malcolm from Caledonia Fly Company to share with us a fly from their River Bug collection and suggest a pattern to hang nymphs or buzzers from.

The Light Olive Perdigon Nymph.

"The Perdigon nymph style or even a hares ear nymph work particularly well at this time of the year. Adjust your fly to the depth that fish are swimming. You will enjoy a very exciting way of fishing as you see the lightest of touches from the trout or grayling" say's Malcolm Anderson. Find River Bug stockists.

Latest Fishing

A sea-liced springer of 6lbs for David Tonks, Monday.

Discover the latest fishing added every day to the FishPal site. The Latest Fishing page lists fishing added to our database the previous day. Today we have over 186,000 day permits available on our site - find fishing.

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

Fishing Reports

Ken Scott fishing Dochfour last Saturday.

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 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.

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

First fish of the season for Bemersyde Beat caught today.

Above Kelso 20 fish were reported. Middle Pavilion rod Steve Howard landed a nice fish on a Gledswood Shrimp from the Spit. Wednesday proved to be a good day on Dryburgh Upper with 3 springers caught and released.

Steve Howard returning his first salmon caught on Middle Pavilion Beat.

Below Coldstream 7 fish were reported. Ladykirk caught fish on Wednesday and Friday, the latter by Mr Spencer Tolley on the fly. 53 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout were recorded for the week - read more.

The Tweed Foundation have recently reported that very few smolts have been caught at the new Gala smolt trap. Then on Sunday (6th May) over 1,000 went through the new smolt trap with another 700 on Monday. Normally a rise in water triggers smolt migration, but in this case it would appear that increased water temperature triggered their migration - watch video.

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. Visit Tweed fishing availability.

Ladykirk October Offer

Fish off the tide on Ladykirk for Spencer Tolley caught on Friday.

The owner of one of the most famous beats on the Lower Tweed has reduced the price to fish during the month of October. Prices start from £100 + VAT.

This is one of Tweed's most prolific low water beats which has has done exceptionally well in dry years - read more.

Give Tom a call in the office for more information on 01573 470612.

Horncliffe Syndicate


Horncliffe beat on the River Tweed has introduced a small syndicate of 2 rods per day starting this month until the end of July. The cost is £250 + vat per rod until the end of July. (Saturday rod £300+ vat each) - read more.

Seatrout permits will be available from mid June until mid August, starting at 8pm and finishing at midnight - read more.

Tweed Salmon Fishing School


Tweedguide will be holding a one day Salmon fly fishing school for people who want to learn to fly fish or improve their techniques for Atlantic salmon and sea trout on Saturday 2nd June.

If you live in Edinburgh then come down on the train. Take the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and Tweedguide will pick you up, take you to the fishing beat, provide all the equipment and take you back to Tweedbank for your return journey back to Edinburgh - read more.

Tweedguide have been guiding customers on the River Tweed for over 15 years.

Fish The Tay

The lower river above Stanley had another reasonable week with good water levels despite an unsettled river on Wednesday. Stobhall and Taymount had five between them. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had a busy week with regular clients managing five fish too.


The Middle river enjoyed similar water conditions throughout the week and fish continued to appear as they moved steadily up stream. At Delvine and Burnbane Jim MacFarlane caught a couple up to 8 pounds on fly and spinner. The Murthly beats had six between them up to 20 pounds and should see better sport in the weeks to come with a lower more settled river. Newtyle caught two in the week - read more.

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

Ladies Tay Salmon Fishing Course


Due to popular demand Glenda Powell, the Emerald World Master Ladies Double Handed World Champion, is hosting a second ladies course on the Tay in July.

The course content will include casting with double handed and single handed rods. Glenda will cover all the Roll/Spey casts, knot tying, safety around water and safe wading techniques, the salmon lifecycle - read more.

Unique Auction Lot


The Orvis store in Kelso in the Scottish Borders is auctioning a huge photograph of Junction Beat on the River Tweed to raise money for the Tweed Foundation. Bidding closes on Thursday 31st May.

For more information and to place a bid please contact Claire Cassidy on 01573 225810. Watch the video.

Gordon Castle Highland Games

Scotland's only highland games and country fair is now just over a fortnight away.


From caber tossing to parkour athletes, highland dancing to Indian runner ducks; the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair will be held on Sunday, 20th May, in Fochabers. Entering its eighth year, the annual family event looks to welcome 10,000 national and international visitors to the one day spectacle in the north east of Scotland - read more.

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