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Newsletter August 2018 - No. 26

Today we held this year's Junior Malloch Winners day on FishPonds beat, River Tay.

It's days like this that you enjoy more than most! In the expert hands of world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie and head ghillie Iain Kirk the young anglers were full of enthusiasm and grinning from ear to ear.


This year the winners were aged 8 to 15 years old and were brilliant. Boy could they fish! We have a full report, including fish caught in next weeks newsletter.

FishPal created the Junior Malloch Award three years ago with our friends Scott Mackenzie of Mackenzie Fly Fishing, Malcolm Anderson of Caledonia Flies and Iain Kirk of Scone Palace Estate. They have continued to support us with their time and energy since the start and we would like to thank them. This award has encouraged more young people to go fishing in Scotland.

I'm sure Mr Peter Duncan Malloch, a man of humble parentage, would be proud that young anglers fishing any Scottish river for salmon, can be recognised in this national award.

We believe at FishPal that salmon fishing is for all ages and abilities. We have fishing on the site from as little as £10 a day. Currently there are 99,413 fishing permits on the system.

Give the office a call on 01573 470612 and let us organise your fishing trip.

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



Fish Tay

Philip Taylor with his 32lb salmon off Islamouth on the fly, Saturday.

Salmon were landed last week in far more favourable conditions with improving numbers after the change in conditions. The numbers were very encouraging with around 130 salmon recorded, making it the rivers best week of the season so far, signaling a better summer run and improving grilse numbers. The improving conditions also meant some of the resident fish became more active also. The coming week will show how strong a run comes as it will be by far the best conditions we have encountered for weeks - read more.

The Tummel is seeing fish continue on their journey now, with around 2000 fish through the ladder.

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.

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Tweed Salmon Course


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

October Fishing


An exclusive week including accommodation on the North Esk has just become available.

Rods fishing this week last year caught grilse from 5lb and salmon up to 23 1/4lb.
The fishing is single bank and is approximately 1.8 miles in length with 10 named pools and streamy water in between - read more.

Stuart Paton fishing the North Esk.

Kinnaber on the North Esk enjoyed a lift of water and this brought in some fresh fish off the tide. Find fishing.

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Smaller Than Small


You can't fish too small a fly for salmon in low water conditions.

You look at the the vast display of flies in front of you and pick a few size 12 doubles and a few 1/2 inch tube flies. Go smaller, they will be more likely to come to smaller patterns than a large size 10 or 12 - read more.

Size 14 or a size 12 Nordic double sparsely dressed, another great option is size 16 micro trebles these are deadly when fished on full floaters with a fluorocarbon to get them just to sit in the surface film. Rod and line choice are critical as well, switch rods or even a single handed rod is advisable with a 7 weight floating line - read more.


Fish Dee

Philip Black releasing his fish.

The rise in water levels brought fish into the river in good numbers last week and the accompanying drop in water temperatures also brought the resident fish on the take. It also helped produce an exciting few days. Things tailed off later in the week, as the water temperature crept upwards. A final score of 217 fish was a welcome boost for everyone. Most of the fresher fish and some of the residents were grilse - read more.

Dee Ladies Day on Invery and Tilquhillie Friday 7th September - 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.

Fish Tweed

Finally a slight change in the conditions and a couple of small lifts along with some cloud cover seems to have made a bit of difference and some nice fresh fish entered the river.

Some good catches were made in the bottom river where you would expect fish to be caught in the current water levels. Tillmouth led the way with 27 for the week, Ladykirk 20, Horncliffe 19 and Tweedhill 13, all had decent weeks - read more.

Daisy with her Mum fishing Tweed at Junction.

Well done Daisy who has finally caught her first salmon on the fly at 8lb. Mum Clare Haggas, is over the moon. Daisy has been entered into this years Junior Bemersyde Trophy, for the best salmon caught and released by an angler 18 years and below on the River Tweed.

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


Fish The Ness

Fish entering the Ness.

Ten fish for anglers fishing Inverness Angling Club Water, including one for Bill Hunter who has caught his first fish. Well done from everyone at FishPal.

The river is holding fish from the Association water at the bottom to beats up to Loch Ness. Grilse as well as resident fish are slowly making their way into the Loch and beyond - read more.

There are a few places left on the ladies charity fishing day on Saturday 1st September - read more.

Firth of Forth Salmon

Stirling Council Water, 2 Monday morning and 2 lost.

Anglers fished hard from tide to tide and were rewarded for their efforts. This is one of the best weeks on the river for many a year with 21 salmon landed for the week and around 30 lost. There was also some sea trout. Most of the fish were grilse with the biggest fish for the week at 12lb - read more.

Frank with his fourth fish today, Tuesday 7th August, fishing Junction on the River Tweed. Find Tweed fishing.

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