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Newsletter June 2018 - No. 21

World Fishing Day is this weekend, Saturday 24th, and to celebrate there are free fishing events along with a 24 hour live broadcast across the globe.

Matt Hayes starts World Fishing Day at midnight with a live broadcast from Norway. FishPal will be joining Fiona Armstrong Jones in their London Studios with Deirdre Brennan, director of the film "Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea" and Guy Edwards from the S&TC. We have been asked to take part in a live discussion on the future of Atlantic Salmon. If you have a question for the panel please follow this link.


Congratulations to David Munt and everyone at Charltons Pond who are this years winners of the Community Spaces Award. David has worked with the local community to help change a disused pond and nature reserve into a fishing venue for local people and children. Spending time near the water has physical and mental health benefits.

Happy angler Jim Cowie with a sea trout off Tillbouries River Dee yesterday.

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to try the new Helios 3 fishing rods at my local Orvis store. Even in a swirling wind, which is not the best time to try a rod, the rod performed with accuracy. Visit your local Orvis store and take a test cast and receive a Free H3 Hat, whilst stocks last.

If you're eager to cast a line for your favourite species in between the World Cup and Ascot, give the team in the office a call on 01573 470612.


Fish Tweed

Liam fishing on his 10th birthday caught his first fish on the fly.

With the rise in water moving the fish up through the system, the week finished on 82 Salmon and 32 Sea Trout. The best fish for the week a 16lber caught on the Tweedhill Beat.

Most of the catches have been reported above Kelso. Last week workman were working on the cauld in Kelso, which is built above the confluence with the Teviot. Anglers struggled on beats below Kelso as the river was carrying colour. There were numerous reports of lost fish during the week, maybe just not taking well with the unsettled conditions - read more.

Utti with her biggest brown trout caught whilst fishing with TweedGuide.

Speaking with Willie Elliot on Monday, he said there are fish in the river. His anglers lost six fish at the back end of the week and so far this week eight fish, bars of silver, up to 16lb have been caught. The biggest fish so far this week has been caught on Junction at 20lbs - latest catches.

For the coming week Tweed Reporter Martin Ritchie recommended Dryburgh Lower and Upper Dryburgh, Lower Birgham, Ladykirk, Horncliffe and Tweedhill beats. He said "they have a chance of some action this week. If there is any rise in water Upper North Wark at £25 per rod per day could be a good shout." Unfortunately when he asked for rain at the weekend, Martin wasn't aware of the 3 feet of water which came down and stirred up a lot of dirt on Wednesday (today). Once it fines down, then hopefully some fun will be had!

Sea Trout


Congratulations Sean Tighe for a fabulous sea trout, caught on Castle Grant No 2 beat of the Spey. He used a half inch silver stoat tube on an 11 ft rod. The fish measured approx 75 cm and its weight was estimated by the ghillie "at least" 12 pounds.

Anglers travel to far flung places for sea trout fishing. We are lucky to have specimen fish like this in rivers in Scotland, England and Wales.

If you would like to find out more about places to go sea trout fishing during the day and night please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.


Eugene Burzler with a 24lb sea liced fish caught last week.

A lift of water from both the South and North Tynes in early June, (both very coloured initially), saw a run of fish enter the river and another smaller lift on the 11th saw a lesser run, but levels have been low in general and tough conditions have seen relatively little angling pressure throughout the system recently. The EA report 1462 fish have gone through the counter at Riding Mill during the first 14 days of the month - read more.

Also reporting fish last week were Chipchase Castle. We have heard reports of fish well spread on the North Tyne, so hopefully a little bit of Kielder water might just freshen them up a bit - read more.

Some distressed and dead fish have been seen recently in the river with infections of white fungus. Please report any such sightings to the EA on their hotline number 0800 807060.

If you would like more information about fishing the River Tyne please visit FishTyne for the latest fishing availability. Tom is available in the office Monday to Friday 9am-5pm to answer any questions you may have, including where to fish, flies to use, fishing rods, and where to stay.

Salmon Lecture

Dr Ken Whelan returning a Tyne Salmon for The Gift Series.

Northumberland branch of the Salmon & Trout Conservation are hosting their yearly lecture evening on Thursday 5th July. The event will include talks on salmon and conservation from S&TC UK CEO Paul Knight and Matt Newton from the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

If you'd like to attend this free meeting, please Email Phil Adams, S&TC UK Northumbria Branch Secretary to confirm your attendance. Email:

Test The H3 Fly Rod

Visit an Orvis store this month to test cast an H3 fly rod and get a free H3 cap (while stocks last). Find your nearest Orvis Store.

World Fishing Day

There are an estimated 750 million anglers worldwide, but since it is often a solitary activity, anglers are not well connected with each other and it can be tricky to bring young people into the sport.

World Fishing Day 2018 is the first ever attempt to bring anglers all over the world together to celebrate the joys of angling, bring new people into the sport, and highlight the incredible power of angling to make positive changes in the world and in people's lives.

To find out more about the World Fishing Day. Watch the live broadcast and find events in your local area please follow this link.

Fishing For Schools


"The reason I started Fishing for Schools. The reason I remain passionate about the initiative and the reason I will fight "tooth and nail" for the brilliance of our young people. No video games, no grumbling, no prejudice, no hatred: Just joy and harmony...and fishing" Charles Jardine.

Fishing For Schools offer short educational angling courses to schools across England and Wales. They would not exist without it's supporters, and they can only continue their work with the support of people like you - read more.

Sea Trout Festival

River Annan guided sea trout fishing

Since we reported last week that fish are arriving, we have seen a rush of anglers booking a place. We now have a few permits left on rivers, including the Border Esk which was once one of the best sea trout rivers in Northern England.

If you would like to take part all you need to do is contact the person who is hosting it, by clicking this link.

This is mostly a FREE Event so please do try and get out for the evening's of Friday 29th June and/or Saturday 30th June afternoon/evening. Please call 01573 470612 or email for info and advice.

Tom Carter
Seatrout Festival Organiser.


Gordon Castle

"Catches have picked up a little, not before time" says Spey Reporter, Malcolm Newbould.

Gordon Castle had at least sixteen fish till teatime on Saturday. Fochabers Angling Association had fish up to 10.5lb. Rothes finished with eleven - read more.

David Wood fishing Delfur wrote "We had a wonderful week on Speyside at Delfur and were very lucky indeed with the fishing conditions and fish. We ended the week very comfortably into double figures, with Jill Elkington receiving a Delfur badge for her first ever fish. Willie Mair and Mark Aitchison both qualified for a Delfur badge with 20 pounders - read more.

11lbs sea trout caught by Andrew Davie

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


Fish caught yesterday on Meikleour Fishing

41 salmon up to 25lbs were caught last week. The Lower river saw its share of catches last week with the river gently dropping away until Friday. The Middle river enjoyed excellent low water conditions with the exception of the end of the week when rain unsettled the river a bit. Kercock continued their better spell with 3 fish in the week including a superb fish - read more.

Peter Cardosi releasing his 18lb salmon caught on Kercock beat.

Calum McRoberts head ghillie on Meikleour Fishing reported yesterday "A better morning with two fish and a sea trout. A 13lbs fish from the Castle Pool and a wee coloured 3lb'er from the Pumphouse Croy that's been hiding somewhere for a week or two! And a cracking fresh sea trout from the Meadows. Water height is 0.37m with a wet night coming up so hopefully a wee lift on the back of it."

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

Beat The Heat by Paul Procter

Paul Procter with a Cumbrian wild brown trout.

We know it's quintessentially English to parade around in waders even in the baking heat. To a huge degree the advancements in breathable waders has made this somewhat bearable. Yet, given the unseasonable hot weather we've experienced throughout June, even those who claim to have been born in waders secretly pray for a respite.

Trout fishing enthusiast and Mackenzie Fly Fishing consultant Paul Procter has adopted the wet wading philosophy often seen in far flung corners of the southern hemisphere. Granted, the idea of exposing your delicate legs and feet to the outside world sends a shiver down the spine of many gamefishers - read more.



We had a bit of a break with conditions last week and enjoyed an upturn in catches. A small rise in water levels and much better cloud cover helped matters greatly.

Ardoe picked up a couple of fish, benefitting from the low water. Brian Ingram fished Middle Drum where he landed one on a hitched tube. Across the river, Tilbouries ghillie Daniel Wright filmed fish going over the gravel bar on several occasions last week, so there are some coming in despite the low water - read more.

Banchory landed six, including a lovely fresh fish of 17lb-18lb for Charlie Robertson. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had a couple. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had two.


Simon Brown and Alan Wilson had fish at Ballogie. Martin Knowles party had two salmon and a dozen sea trout at Carlogie - read more.

Please call Tom in the office for places to fish on the Dee and where to stay in Aberdeenshire during Summer.

River Reports

Another good week for the River Forth.

Fish Findhorn. Reports of fish seen on the Forres Angling water started to move upstream. It was really heartening to end the week on a high note and it would appear that there are some good numbers of fresh salmon and grilse moving in off the high tides and into the river system - read more.

Mike Martin 12lb salmon Dochfour River Ness.

River Lochy. In short, the Lochy is back on form. The rains finally came, the river rose and the salmon were there - read more.

Lewis fishing Inverness Angling Club Water.

Inverness Angling Club member Lewis Thomson had a memorable fishing trip. He caught a six pound grilse in the Weir Pool on the River Ness. The salmon, attracted by a size 10 Cascade, was a first for Lewis. He said: "It was a good wee fighter and I'm absolutely delighted!"

Read all the latest fishing reports here. Please keep sending in your news, including catches and top fishing tips to

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