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Newsletter July 2018 - No. 23

Summer holidays are here. For everyone at FishPal, it's about casting a line with the family and introducing youngsters to fishing.

It's been a busy week here at FishPal taking calls from anglers asking our advice on what rods and lines to use on rivers they normally fish with a double handed rod.

If fishing a single handed rod is not for you and you have decided not to fish your rod/permit this week, do call your ghillie/boatman. Please let them know that you will not be attending. Since January we have had calls from beats where customers have failed to turn up. It's part of fishing etiquette to advise the beat if you're not going to turn up or will be late.

Wilderness TV capturing late evening dry fly fishing on the River Annan.

With no sign of a cool-down for the coming week, forecasters expect this to be one of the hottest summers on record. We are keeping anglers up to date on our Facebook page and in our latest river reports section of freshets, releases.

Please take a moment to watch this short film on catch and release.

Kevin Paterson Tweedswood beat, says "In this low water and heat we need to be very careful. We need to treat spring fish in our rivers with kid gloves. We have protected them so far, but I have seen three dead over last few weeks floating down the Tweed. It tells a story and it is in our hands to help these fish".

If you would like to go fishing during the summer holidays, do give the team at FishPal a call on 01573 470612. We have fishing for wild brown trout, salmon, sea trout and rainbow trout on the site. Days for beginners to experienced anglers, including places to stay, tackle advice and where to eat.

The River Nith are holding two introduction to fishing events during July. Dates are Tuesday 10th and 24th - read more.

Have a wonderful week whatever you are doing and don't forget if you are out fishing keep sending in your river photos.


Sea Trout Festival

Success on Stirling Council Water.

Anglers from across the UK were out fishing last Friday and Saturday night in search of the sea trout. In the words of Hugh Falkus, fishing for the elusive fish falls into four parts in much the same way as a game of football, these being: the first half; half time; the second half and extra time - read more.

Friars Carse on the River Nith caught seatrout as did anglers fishing with Stirling Council's Fishery Manager Scott Mason, on their waters on the River Teith and River Forth.

We are already planning next years Festival to cover more rivers. Thank you to all the owners, beats, angling clubs, ghillies, guides who gave their time and fishing.

Tom Carter
Event Organiser, Sea Trout Festival.

Fish Tweed

Stewart Binns Lower Birgham.

"The best weekly catch of the season so far was followed by the hottest week of the season with the air temperature ranging from 28-32 degrees over the week" says Tweed Reporter Martin Ritchie.

Fishing in the early morning paid off with 33 Salmon and 36 Sea Trout. The best fish for the week was a 14lb Salmon caught on the Dryburgh Upper and Lower Birgham Beat's - read more.

Keeping fish in the net at Milne Graden.

West Learmouth beat had a good June with 25 fish for the month - read more.

Ian Hook grinning from ear to ear on Monday.

Yesterday we took a call from the head ghillie on Pedwell. New syndicate member Ian Hook had caught his first salmon on the fly on Monday 2nd July at 7lb. The fish took a small Cascade fly in the Bridge Stream. Pedwell beat caught the first salmon of the season on the lower river back in April.

Please be advised that SEPA has requested a freshet on Whiteadder Water, St Mary's Loch, Baddinsgill/West Water and Fruid/Talla this week 2nd July 2018.

The Tweed is one of the late closing Scottish rivers with fishing available into November. Due to the length of the river, parts of it can more be successful at different times of the season. If you would like to fish the river this year, please give Tom a call on 01573 470612.

Fish Tyne

Will Clay with his fish on Chollerton.

William Clay landed a 14lb salmon from Chollerton this week where Johnny Griffiths also landed a salmon and two very fresh sea trout. On the same Kielder release, Neil Lobban landed a 13lb salmon on the fly from Dilston early on Saturday morning - read more.

The Northumberland Branch of the Salmon & Trout Conservation are hosting a talk on salmon, smolts and conservation from S&TCUK CEO Paul Knight and Matt Newton from the Atlantic Salmon Trust. Please email Phil Adams if you would like to attend.

The River Tyne closes on Wednesday 31st October. If you would like to fish the river, please give Tom a call on 01573 470612.

Anti Tick Clothing

In the UK tens of thousands of people are bitten by ticks each year, from these tick bites it is estimated the UK sees 2000-3000 new cases of Lyme disease discovered each year. Ticks are active year-round, however, they are most active in the months between March and October.

Anti tick socks.

Fin & Game stock a range of clothing which has been impregnated with the Zech-protec. Tests have shown, on average the tick will exit the host after 20 seconds. Each item stays active for up to 100 washes - read more.

Keep Them Wet


Can we remind everyone that the water temperatures will be high this coming week, so take great care when handling your fish, even foregoing photographs to keep the fish in the water - read more.

When taking a photograph of your catch, do remember that salmon have the best chance of survival if kept in the river.

Catch & Release
Catch and release leaflet, click photo for link.

Please take a moment to watch this short film on catch and release.

Fish Dee

Keep fish in the net.

Late evening and night time fishing was the best way to tackle the heat, although a few rods did score in the hot conditions.

The conditions were as tough as we have experienced in many years fishing the Ballogie beats, with temperatures building during the week and the river warming markedly and shrinking to very low levels. Despite this, we were heartened to see good numbers of fish, a distinct improvement over the lean years of 2014/15. Under the circumstances, we were pleased with our tally of 5 salmon and 17 sea trout.

5050 Event
Orvis store in Banchory 5050 Event at Raemoir Fishery.

Dess had six for the week. Local rod Ewan Maclachlan had a couple of those and a sea trout. A couple of Swiss visitors benefited from a late-night session on Wednesday, sharing three fish between them read more.

Dr Hawkins explains the Dee smolt work.

Watch Dr Lorraine Hawkins, River Dee Director, and her team working to protect the Dee's most precious resource, Atlantic salmon smolts - watch video.

If you would like to fish the River Dee before it closes on Monday 15th October, please visit the NEW Fish Dee website. If you are new to the river or would like to experience another beat, then give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Fish Tay

Benchill Beat yesterday with a salmon on the fly.

Tay Reporter Bob White reports. Lower Redgorton can be a bit of a barometer in current conditions with the Bleaching's being an excellent low water pool. The low water is certainly suiting anglers fishing Ballathie and Cargill beats with their deeper pools. Anglers last week managed 7 fish - read more.

Cargill will be featured on STV news this evening in a piece about river levels.

The upper river has featured recently in Bobs reports as fish are moving up the system. The ladder counter at Pitlochry Dam is now showing 1480 fish up to Sunday 1st July. The fish-friendly design of the blades at the dam act like a revolving door. The fish ladder has been crossed by over 250,000 salmon since it was built in 1952.

Claire Mercer Nairne chatting about her beat to the presenter.

Yesterday Claire Mercer Nairne and her team were filming on the river. Another day of 'challenging' fishing conditions, but it was perfect weather for the production company who were visiting Meikleour Fishing. They are filming the River Tay from source to sea over the four seasons for a 90 minute programme that is scheduled for broadcasting next spring.

This year the River Tay closes on Monday 15th October. The river is renowned for its record breaking fish, e.g. Georgina Ballantyne, 7th October 1922, caught the biggest rod caught salmon in the UK at 64lb. If you would like to fish the river Tay, where there is the possibility of catching a fish of a lifetime then please give Tom a call on 01573 470612.

Edinburgh Angling Centre


This weekend is the Edinburgh Angling Open Weekend (7th and 8th July)

Special guests include Paul Little, Alan Liddle, Jim Fearn, Jim Curry - read more.

With loads to see and do, including the biggest stars in fishing, free activities, free parking and a massive sale on all the top brands, Edinburgh is the place to be this weekend.

Allan Liddle chasing gold in Orkney.

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