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Newsletter August 2018 - No. 27

Whilst writing this weeks newsletter my phone has been pinging away with messages from friends out fishing. Tom is also away on holiday this week, he too is fishing in Scotland.

Fish number one for Sue today.

This morning Sue Munro caught two salmon in an hour on the River Ness and on the Tay, Mr Davis fishing with Robert White has had two fish in two casts.

Fish number two for Sue today.

The weather is increasingly unsettled this week with Scotland, Ireland and Northern England expecting to see the most rainfall. This should improve prospects during the coming days - latest catches salmon, grilse and sea trout.

If you would like to go fishing please give the office a call on 01573 470612 or visit the website. This week we have over 90,000 fishing permits for Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland and Iceland. Something for everyone from river permits to stocked trout fisheries.

Wherever you are fishing this week don't forget to keep sending in your photos.


Ugie Angling

First grilse of the season on the Ugie has been caught/released this week. The river is a wee gem located not far from the Rivers' Dee and Deveron.

There are promising reports of large numbers of Finnock in the "lower reaches" of the river. The flats, once prolific, has been extremely busy with local anglers out fishing. One angler had over 20 finnock and a sea trout at 3.5lb on an evening session and described his visit as "just like the old days."

All Finnock must be returned and numbers reported to the Smoke House. Find Ugie fishing.

Fish The Spey


Euan Reid the head ghillie on Arndilly netting a 12lb fish for John Dickinson. Thursday 9th August.

Gordon Castle finished last week with close to forty. A mixture of grilse and salmon upto 17lb. Delfur were again into double figures - read more.

Great start to this week for David Buley on Gordon Castle Water. Three fish yesterday and the forecast looks promising, although the rains may not have an impact on the river height - find fishing.

Harry Goes Fishing

Harry walking the beat.

Harry Brownlow (9) won a £250 FishPal gift voucher at the London Fly Fishing Fair earlier this year. He has spent some of his voucher fishing the Border Esk at the weekend and sent in a few words about his trip. Thank you Harry.

"Daddy spoke to Tom at Fishpal last week and booked a day at Lower Irvine on the Border Esk. I took rods for grandpa, great uncle, daddy and myself. We had great fun and I loved fishing here. My favourite place to fish is below the fishing hut.

Harry casting a line on Lower Irvine.

We had a lovely lunch with everyone. My grandpa lost two sea trout and dad saw a sea trout swim right past him. I can't wait to go back before the start of term. Thank you for the advice Tom at FishPal."

Casting Instructor

A lesson will help you before you get to your beat.

We regularly hear from anglers going on their yearly salmon fishing trip who spend the first day reacquainting themselves with a salmon rod and how to cast. Why waste a valuable day when you can book a lesson with an instructor before your arrive?

We know a lot of customers will break up their journey with a visit to a tackle shop. Have you considered pre-booking a casting lesson as well?

Anne fishing the Ness popped into Grahams of Inverness for flies and advice. Excellent Customer Service.

AAPGAI casting instructor Glyn Freeman said "A little instruction can be very helpful. If you can enjoy and understand effortless casting, then you can begin to enjoy other aspects of fishing and your surroundings".

Glynn is based just minutes from the M6 at Junction 40 and is perfect for anglers visiting John Norris of Penrith.

Find Guides & Instructors on FishPal or give the office a call for help and advice on 01573 470612.

Ythan Estuary


The Ythan Estuary is still producing some cracking sea trout. This brace (pictured) was caught on the 8th August - read more.

Fish The Tay


With the unsettled forecast and the potential of more rain this is certainly a river to keep an eye on this coming week - latest river levels.

Monday, 33 fish were caught mainly in lower beats with the largest on Waulkmill at 17lbs - latest catches.

Speaking with Bob White on Benchil beat this morning there are some fresh fish around, one of his customers Mr Davies has had two fresh fish on two casts.

For the latest availability please visit FishTay, latest fishing or give the office a call on 01573 470612.


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.

Angling Club Feedback

3 miles of double bank fishing on Inverness Angling Club.

Bookings from Fishpal provide valuable income for Inverness Angling Club, moderating membership fees and helping to keep the club afloat in increasingly difficult times. They also provide welcome feedback from those who use FishPal's booking system.

Recent comments from anglers fishing Inverness Club Water include William McDonald of Buckie who described the description of the fishery, booking facility, value for money, general upkeep of the fishery and condition of the huts as good.

Importantly, he added that he found members of IAC to be "very courteous, friendly and helpful." Read more about the water and book a days fishing.

Junior Malloch Winners

This years Junior Malloch Winners.

The junior trophy is a much more flexible affair than it's senior counterpart The Malloch Trophy, in so far as you can catch your salmon by any method. The fish must be returned safely to continue its journey. When we created the junior competition we wanted to have more than one winner and a day that would be memorable to the young anglers. What could be more memorable then a day with World Spey Casting Champion Scott Mackenzie and Iain Kirk, head of Scone Palace Fishing.

This years youngest winner fishing from the boat.

Fishponds has so much good water the young winners were spoilt for choice. Scott took two young anglers in the boat to fish the opposite bank, whilst Iain headed for the Craig's Pool with Tom who expertly fished the fly under Iain's careful guidance. Craig's Pool has a lovely new Croy and certainly looked like it was going to surrender a fish - read more.

Edinburgh Festival

Jump on a train from Berwick, Galashiels, Tweedbank and enjoy the festival.

Throughout August, Edinburgh is home to the largest arts festival in the world and we highly recommend combining the best of both worlds – fishing and the Fringe!

Locate yourself close to the river and away from the city crowds and catch the train to Edinburgh for a day of festival fun as part of your holiday! The Borders Railway and East Coast Main Line connect Crabtree & Crabtree's cottages in under an hour by rail and make day trips as easy as pie...

Tempted? Crabtree & Crabtree cottages offer some August availability and sit within good proximity to Berwick-upon-Tweed or Tweedbank railway stations:

Scottish Borders properties perfect for Border Railway stations.
Dryburgh Farmhouse Two, St. Boswells. Juniper Mill, Lauder.
Monteviot Stables West, Jedburgh.

Northumberland properties perfect for trains for Berwick upon Tweed.
Heritage Cottage, Whitsome.
The Apartment, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The Meeting House, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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