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Newsletter May 2018

Customer feedback is important to us at FishPal. We all know ghillies and boatman that go the extra mile to make your fishing trip memorable.

This week we received the following feedback from a customer who has recently fished Tweedswood beat on the River Tweed.

Kevin Paterson, Head Ghillie on Tweedswood Beat.

"This was my 1st time fishing Tweedswood and it definitely won't be my last and this is simply down to 2 things. It is a stunning bit of water, so picturesque to fish and most importantly Kevin Patterson is the best Ghillie l have ever fished with. Never before have l had such a helpful, knowledgeable and friendly ghillie, nothing is too much trouble." - read more.

This weeks newsletter includes places to fish, tackle, special offers and conservation projects.

If you are looking for fishing recommendations 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

15th May 2018

Sea Trout Fishing


The River Ugie, once respected as one of the best sea trout rivers in the UK, is starting to see numbers of seatrout beginning to flourish, thanks to its present owners Lunar Fishing Company.

A fish counter has also been installed by the owners including digital imagery that enables Lunar to capture fish as they migrate upstream - read more.

If you would like to fish the River Ugie, please contact Tom Carter on 01573 470612 or visit the website.

River Don

Fetternear have reported three fish so far this month.

Fetternear on the River Don are off to a great start this season with nine salmon so far. This has beaten last years total already for Spring - find fishing.

Fish The Spey

Last week the top of the river was certainly more prolific than the bottom. Arndilly had half a dozen with Mr Adrian Cawood the top rod with four! The middle river was hard going, Wester Elchies, the best with three landed. Ballindalloch had around half a dozen - read more.

Mrs Cordery Junction Ballindalloch.

The river dropped during the week and fishing together with the wind became difficult, but fish were seen as well as a number of sea trout - read more.

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

We came tantalisingly close to breaking the 100 fish barrier. Park had seven for the week. Crathes Castle had three, two of which went to Bill Oddie. Invery and Tilquhillie had four - read more.


Banchory kept up its recent form with another six. The Lockwood party fished at Commonty and Ballogie and had nine fish. The Graves party fished Carlogie and had six.


Birse had five. Dinnet and Deecastle shared twelve. Sarah Gilbert hit the high notes with a 20lbr from Logie - read more.

If you would like to know more about fishing the River Dee, please call the office on 01573 470612. Check the latest Dee availability.

Large Arbour Reels

Fin & Game

The popular range of SL large arbour Shilton Fly Reels have proven to be top performing fly reels. The Shilton SL series of reels are world class and cannot be beaten on quality and affordability. For anything that swims - read more.

Fin & Game

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.

Isle of Islay

"The Isle of Islay (the whisky Island) offer the adventurer some great distilleries to visit, Bowmore, Laphroaig along with some excellent sport" said FishPal's Tom Carter.

Whilst Tom was on the the island last week he visited a couple of small "trout like" rivers that have a run of salmon and some exceptional seatrout fishing in the bay at Bowmore - read more.

For further info, call Tom in the office on 01573 470612
Tom Carter

Casting Tuition With Andrew Toft

Photograph taken by Linda Mellor.

As we head towards summer using a single handed rod can increase your chance of catching a salmon or sea trout. Or maybe you're heading internationally to Alaska or Icelandic rivers where the single handed rod will be the order of the day.

AAPGAI casting instructor Andrew Toft will be able to take your casting and river knowledge to the next level.

Fish The Tweed

John Slapp with a 10lber on Junction yesterday morning.

Above Kelso twenty fish were reported and between Kelso and Coldstream seventeen fish. Yesterday seven fish were reported from Tweedhill to Rutherford, including one for the BDAA water on the Whiteadder - latest catches.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "The rods had a bit of reward for their efforts last week landing four springer's. With the chance of a few more. Nice to end the week with a nice fresh 16 pounder on a full floating line" - read more.

Fish for Horncliffe beat on Saturday.

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.

The Orvis store in Kelso 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.

Tweed Matters is the newsletter of the Tweed Forum. To read their latest newsletter about conservation on the river please follow this link.

Tweed Foundation

Autumn Fishing Hendersyde


Hot off the press. We have some very limited single rod availability for Hendersyde beat on the River Tweed in September and in October for 2 rods - read more.

Please contact Mark Cockburn or Gail Tunnah on 01573 470612 if you would like to know more details - this will likely sell fast so please do give us a ring asap.

Fishing Reports

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 - latest reports.

Latest Fishing Report - River Findhorn - read more.

Latest Fishing Reports - River Annan - read more.

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

River Lyon


Celebrity chef Rick Stein and his sons have fished in Scotland and Ireland for the king of fish and have never been successful, until one of their friends recommended the River Lyon within the Tay catchment.

Rick and his three sons, Charlie, Jack and Edward spent 3 days with the Malloch Trophy winning duo Tom Buchanan and head ghillie Hamish Rae on the Chesthill Estate.

Tom guided Rick and his son Charlie to their first salmon. Rick's fish was a hen 10lb bar of silver and his son Charlie caught a 25lber. After lunch on day two Edward caught his first first with Hamish in the Roadside pool at 8lber. To catch 3 anglers their first fish in a short fishing trip is testament to the passion of Tom and Hamish. Tom said "Keep your fly in the water and cover as much of the water as possible during your fishing session. Start early, keep fishing and never give up"

Rick and his sons were 100% behind catch and release to preserve the gene pool of the big fish in the river Lyon. If you would like to fish the River Lyon please follow this link or give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Tweed Trout School


The weather was perfect at the weekend for the Trout Fishing School by Tweedguide on the River Tweed. Eight anglers spent the day learning/improving their casting, including guiding by four specialist trout guides across two miles of the river Tweed.

A total of twenty fish where caught up to 1 1/2lbs and one fish estimated at 4lbs lost at the net. Top rod for the day was Lynne Wimpenny from Warrington with her seven fish tally.

If you would like to join Tweedguide on their next trout or salmon school please contact Ron McCombe on 07962 401770 - read more.

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

Fish The Tay

Sea-liced 14lb'er on Meikleour Fishing.

Although the month has been disappointing so far. The river still continues to produce 20 pound plus fish week in week out which has put the Tay again at the centre of everyone's attention - 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.

Salmon Restoration Project

Brood fish at Drimsallie Hatchery.

The first hatchery-reared eggs from the Upper Garry Salmon Restoration Project have been stocked into the river by the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board.

It is the first time in Scotland that applied genetics has been used to influence fisheries management practices. Wild River Garry salmon smolts were captured as they made the journey downstream to the sea in spring and grown on to maturity in captivity at the Drimsallie Salmon Hatchery in Lochaber - read more.

Impact On Welsh Rivers

Wild Trout Trust attended a seminar by S&TC Cymru in Builth Wells in early April which highlighted issues around mega-dairy units in west Wales and intensive poultry rearing towards the east of the country. The impacts on Wales' rivers and their really important trout stocks is headlined in official data on the number of pollution incidents reported: around 1.5 significant events per week and a Category 1 or 2 event (the most serious episodes, killing fish) about every other week - read more.

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