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Newsletter June 2018 - No. 19

As we glide into June the weather is at the forefront of our minds. Tropical temperatures sweeping in from the Continent signal the start of what could be a rather warm month. With temperatures cranking up a notch, experts warn of the risk of thunderstorms and torrential downpours. With fish waiting out at sea and in estuaries, let hope we get a decent deluge of the wet stuff. Latest weather patterns.

This month signals the arrival of increasing numbers of seatrout into our rivers. The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board have issued a quick reminder to look out for sea trout kelts. They say if in doubt release it.


The Atlantic Salmon Trust learning zone is a great resource for anglers wishing to find out more about the differences between salmon and sea trout - read more.

We know the weather may affect our fishing this month, but if you are like us, eager to cast a line for your favourite species, do give the team in the office a call. We have salmon, trout, sea trout, stocked trout and coarse fishing on the site for the UK, Ireland and Iceland. So if you are looking for somewhere to fish give us a call on 01573 470612.


5th June 2018

The Hidden Gem


Classed as the number 2 salmon river in England and Wales with up to 27,000 fish going through the counter in Durham. The river Wear is often overshadowed by it's big sister the River Tyne.

This intimate river is the smallest of the North East rivers at 100km in length from source to tidal limit. Much of its finest fishing is to be found in the middle reaches where the Wear winds its way through rich pastures and arable land. Deep holding pools are interspersed with the long gravelly runs that make fly fishing so rewarding and productive.

The river Wear this morning. Photograph taken by Anne Woodcock

When fly fishing on the Wear, there is no real requirement for huge double handed rods. Single handed and switch rods cover most eventualities. The best time for both types of migratory fish is when the river is clearing after a flood.

Anne Woodcock fished with Bishop Auckland & District Angling Club - this is what she had to say - read more.


Visit FishWear to find out everything you need to know about fishing the river or give the office a call on 01573 470612. Day permits for salmon and sea trout start from £25 per day - find fishing.

Fish The Tay

The Lower river saw its share of catches last week especially at Islamouth where the influence of the Isla has a benefit - read more.


The Middle river enjoyed excellent water conditions despite some bright days throughout the week and fish continued to appear in modest numbers as they moved steadily up stream

The Lyon has seen a run of spring salmon recently, however there was no news form the area. Loch Tay is also seeing sport. Loch Faskally reported their first two salmon of the season last Friday, the largest at 14lb.

Fish on for angler fishing Meikleour Fishing.

The Tummel was also seeing sport with two reported last week form the Pitlochry Angling Club stretch at Portnacraig up to 15 pounds and now around 750 plus fish have ascended the ladder with temperatures rising - read more.

Visit FishTay to find out everything you need to know about fishing the river 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.

Ladies Charity Day


This years eagerly awaited ladies event on Inverness Angling Club water on the River Ness will be on Saturday 1st September. All monies raised from the event will be donated to Highland Hospice.


World spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie will be in attendance along with SGAIC instructor David Mateer. They will be assisted by coaches and members of Inverness Angling Club. For more information and to book a place please click the link.

Fish The Spey

Bettina from Austria fishing Knockando.

Delfur finished the week into double figures. Arndilly had five on Saturday which boosted the weekly total to six. Kinermony started the week well. Knockando had a least a couple.
Grantown Association had a least four salmon, 18, 14, 13 and 6 lbs with a handful of seatrout. Bettina from Austria caught a 12lber on Knockando, a year ago to the day she landed a similar sized fish from the exact spot - read more.

Catch of the day for a youngster on the RSAA fishing day.

The River Spey Anglers Association juniors were invited to fish on the Pityoulish beat near Aviemore by the owners and the very supportive ghillie Ali MacPherson. The young anglers had a super day finished off with a bbq. The Pityoulish beat set within a fabulous location, enjoys great wading for young and old.

Visit FishSpey to find out everything you need to know about fishing the river or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Latest Fishing Reports

Graham Mackenzie with a 13lber caught on Dochfour Ness, today.

River Tyne. Whilst the water remains very low some fish are making there way into the river and in particular sea trout have been seen often making their way through the low water. Catches are still few and far between with few anglers out in force due to the tricky conditions but one or two fish have been caught by those prepared to put the time in and small numbers of fish have been seen running on most days more recently - read more.

River Lochy. Down in the estuary beat (Tailrace) fish were seen daily, coming in and out on the tide. Club anglers had some welcome action with three salmon up to 20lb, all sea-liced. It is pleasing to know fish are waiting to run the river when conditions change! - read more.

James Thomson first salmon on the fly at 17lb. Caught on Inverness Angling Club Water

River Nith. With the warm weather and settled conditions, seatrout are here in good numbers and they have been spotted in most pools, some big ones too - read more.

Friars Carse. Good number of sea trout in the system. John Cameron on a fishing session again had four to 3 lbs and dropped six more. Salmon have been showing in the Island Pool.

A stonking Cumbrian trout for Paul Procter of Mackenzie Fly Fishing .

Dalswinton Estate & Blackwood Fishing. "The odd salmon and the sea-trout are starting to arrive on our beats. With the latest weather conditions the river is worth a cast at night and early morning." said Andy Edgar.

Visit the FishPal website for the latest river reports along with catch numbers, river levels, fishing added and much more.

If you can't find what you are looking for give our angling team a call in the office on 01573 470612 or email

Fish The Dee


Crathie had six up to 12lb. John Vickerman had Dinnet's fish, a 5lbr from 29. The fish took a Silver Stoat fished on the dropper off a very long leader. Aboyne Water, Nick Walshall had a small grilse from Lummels of about 4lb and topped it with a sea trout also about 4lb - read more.

First fish on the fly for an angler fishing Dess

With no rain forecast, conditions will remain challenging and tactics should reflect that. The small fly and long leader is a good starting point. The Silver Stoat and Crathie are as good a bet as anything. The Editor is also a popular choice for grilse and sea trout. A stealthy approach to each pool is a must and casting should cause as little disturbance as possible.

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

Fish The Tweed


46 salmon and 8 sea trout, with the best fish for the week a 16lb Salmon caught on the Milne Graden Beat. The lower river caught the lions share of fish with rods on Tillmouth catching 7 and Birgham Dub 6 respectively. The largest sea trout caught at 10lbs on Hendersyde - read more.

Bemersyde beat was recently filmed for a new program called Secret Scotland.

With levels finally starting to drop and temperatures starting to rise a floating line with poly leader on the end should cover most fishing conditions. Dressed flies around size 8 to 10 should be the order of the day. Copper Cascade, Stenton Shrimp, Gledswood Shrimp, Underghillie and Sunray Shadow should bring success.

Next Trout Course is on Sunday June 17th.

Learn to fly fish for wild brown trout on the River Tweed. One to one tuition, all abilities welcome - 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. Visit Tweed fishing availability.

Sea Trout Festival UPDATE


There are plenty of permits available for anglers wishing to take part, all you need to do is contact the person who is hosting it by clicking this link. For example if you would like to fish Dalswinton beat on the River Nith you need to contact Andy Edgar by clicking this link.

Permits for the River Ure at Swinton Park have been added to the sea trout festival today. Contact Phil Ellis 07930 073921 to book a place. BYO tackle and rods.

Fishing Gift Vouchers

We have a great range of gift ideas at FishPal from fishing permits and guided days for salmon, wild brown trout, rainbow trout and sea trout in the UK and Iceland.

If you're spoilt for choice, we do have over 168,000 fishing permits on our site, give Tom a call in the office. If you don't have a date in mind do consider buying a FishPal gift voucher so the recipient can choose exactly where and when they would like to go.

Tweed Veterans Challenge


The Tweed Challenge is a bid by two inexperienced kayakers to navigate 97 miles of the famous Scottish river to raise funds for Veterans Aid.

The challenge starts this Friday - read more.

It's aim is to help VA prevent ex-servicemen and women in crisis from becoming street homeless – and providing an immediate way out for those who are - read more.

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