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Newsletter July 2018 - No. 25

The UK is enjoying a double digit drop in temperatures and much needed rain. Forecasters are now predicting that some areas of the UK will see their wettest day ever, with a month of rainfall in 24 hours. Latest weather patterns.

Those rivers that have had a decent downpour are seeing fish moving. We had reports this morning of fish on the move on the Rivers' Forth & Teith. One angler has lost 6 and landed a grilse so far on Stirling Council Water. Read more about the Firth of Forth.

Stirling Council Water this morning.

Our colleague Gail who is based in the Hebrides for FishPal said "The lochs near to where she lives are topped up with water and the rivers are running." With high tides starting to retreat this week, she's hoping for some action. If you have not fished the Hebrides we would recommend you add this award winning destination to your family holiday list.

Last weekend The Telegraph featured Scotland and its islands. "Who needs the Mediterranean when you have Scotland with its wildlife. From orcas to golden eagles and award-winning restaurants and distilleries".

Ness have caught an Atlantic salmon (left), migratory sea trout (centre) and a resident brown trout (right) all in the same shot.

There are pockets of fish out at sea and in estuaries waiting for more rain so they can move into river systems. Last week the salmon at the mouth of the river Thurso were giving visitors a fine aerobatic display - watch video.

This week we have seen the extraordinary closure of salmon fishing in River Gaula, Norway, due to high temperature and low discharge. This is one of Norway's largest Atlantic rivers; 212 km available to salmon, 5100 salmon caught last year (62% released).

Please give the office a call for advice and the latest fishing news, if you are considering purchasing a permit on the FishPal site during the coming week.

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


Tweed Salmon Course


TweedGuide will be hosting their next introduction to salmon fishing on the River Tweed on Wednesday, August 29th. The price includes all equipment including waders, permits and a shared guide (one guide to two guests) - read more.

1000 Plus Miles

In January of this year we admired the determination of Ian and Annie who sent in a photo of them fishing the river Tay on the second day of the season.


After travelling 1000+ miles this year, Ian has at last caught his first salmon of 2018 on the fly at 15lb. He caught it half a mile from home on the River Itchen, Southampton.


Congratulations Ian from everyone at FishPal.

Fish Norway


If you have never fished the River Verdal in Norway then maybe 2019 is the year when you can join John and Gunn Olav Oldren who are the magnificent hosts of the amazing Tingvoll Salmon fishing on the River Verdal. The link below allows you to get a feel for just what is on offer and the limited availability for 2019.

If you would like to know more about fishing in Norway then please speak with Mark Cockburn in the office. Mark fished the beat on opening week and caught the first salmon of their season - see more.

Dee Spey Casting Course


River Dee, Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie beat - Spey-casting course with full board - September 2018 hosted by Gary Scott.

Join Gary Scott on his next Spey casting course on the beautiful river Dee at Lower Invercauld and Monaltrie beat in September. The two day course with full board at the excellent Glen Lui Hotel, in Ballater will be on the 19th and 20th of September then an extra day on the 21st for fishing.

Lunch each day will be provided by the river side and there will be the latest LTS fishing equipment available for anglers to try out.

There are only TWO places left on this course and to avoid disappointment contact Gary on 07734 387775.

Fish The River Tyne

David Burton with a 10/12lb sea trout on the North Tyne.

Further Kielder releases have at least given a nice fishing height recently, as without them, the system would have been pitifully low. More sea trout and a few salmon have been about and the first of the grilse seem to have arrived too - read more.

If you would like to fish the River Tyne before it closes on Wednesday 31st October, please contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 or visit latest fishing.

Tweed Juvenile Salmon Stocks


With the recent decline in Tweed salmon catches due to reduced marine survival and changes in run timing, discovering whether this has effected the numbers of juvenile salmon in the river is an important part of the work of the Tweed Foundation.

The "rule-of-thumb" is that two hundred 8lb females will give one million eggs – and more than 90% of these will hatch successfully under normal conditions - read more.

There are now less salmon parr in the system as more fish are smolting after one year (not reaching parr stage), in response to better growing conditions in the river (e.g. milder winters) - read more.

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Fish Iceland

Mark with one of his fish during the trip.

Fishing in Iceland is a magical experience. Mark Cockburn's trip last week was informative as he increased his knowledge about the country and the fishing available - read more.

Jon is a talented all round angler.

Jon Sigurdsson based in Reykyavik, is our expert in Iceland. His knowledge of Icelandic fishing whether it's river, lake or sea is simply outstanding read more.

Dwindling Fly Life


The River Test is one of our most famous, if not the most famous trout river in the country. S&TC now have significant evidence that it is sadly in decline.

How does the S&TC know the River Test is in trouble? - read more.

Fish Dee

Keeping them wet on Lower Dess.

Finally, we have had a drop of water. It's not quite the spate I have been fantasising about, but it's a welcome start. And I know of a few fish hooked already this morning (30th July).

Keeping them wet on the Dee.

The Dee finished with thirty fish last week. The Sunray produced a couple of fresh fish at Tilbouries. But most of the action was at Park, where the rods landed nineteen - read more.

Scott Mackenzie Tuition Day on Park 23rd July ironed out many bad habits.

Needing something to do during the Summer holidays? Why not come along and try fly fishing for rainbow trout on the exclusive Chap Quarry Loch near Drumoak. All fishing kit can be supplied if required. Spaces limited so please message Aberdeen & District Angling page to secure your place - read more.

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.


The use of Large Woody Debris is becoming increasingly recognised as an important management tool for accelerating the rehabilitation of degraded watercourses. River Operations Manager for the Dee, Edwin Third explains how they are using LWD on the Dee catchment - read more.

Fish Tweed

The lower beats are seeing good numbers of fish. With the downpour at the weekend, these lower beats have caught 8 fish up to 12lbs so far today (30th July) - latest catches.

The annual ladies charity day on Middle Pavilion raised £500 for Casting For Recovery UK. Four ladies fished the beat during the two days and were still smiling after they lost two decent fish.

The Tweed finished on 32, with the best fish a 12lb Salmon caught on the Hendersyde Beat.

If you would like to fish the River Tweed, give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Fin & Game

Fish Tay

Mark fishing Cargill this morning. Keep Em Wet.

"The river is up a bit and a few fish running" says David Godfrey, head ghillie on Cargill Beat. (30th July)

"Cooler fresh water in Tay, Perthshire could be the catalyst for improving salmon fishing catches this week" says Bob White, Tay River Reporter.

Tay angler keeping his fish wet.

If you would like to fish the River Tay before it closes on Monday 15th October, please visit the FishTay 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.

Instant Fishing News

Janet with a grilse on Nessside.

Keep up to date with the latest river reports across the FishPal site here.

Gary Hendry with a 17lber on Ness Castle.

If you would like to go fishing for all species of trout, sea trout and salmon in the UK, Ireland and Iceland give the team at FishPal a call on 01573 470612. The site has everything for those who are new to the sport along with fishing for more experienced anglers. We have places to stay, tackle shops, guides and instructors. Everything for a successful fishing trip - find fishing.

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