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Newsletter September 2018 - No. 29

We have entered the month of September where the sun warms your back instead of beating on your head, and the garden is awash with orange flowers.

Our thoughts are turning towards rivers closing from mid September into October and the last chance to fish them in 2018 for salmon and trout - find fishing.

Rick Hardman fishing Burnfoot, Border Esk.

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A better week with ninety-eight fish reported, which was not bad considering the water height - read more.

Tilbouries hooked into fourteen and landed six of them. All the action was on a fast stripped Sunray.

Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had six. Ewan Maclachlan had three of those. John Bell celebrated his first visit to the Dee with two. Dess picked up seven including a lump of a fish for former Board Chairman, Ian Scott. It measured 38 inches and was estimated around 20lb. Find Dee Fishing.

The season on the Dee closes for beats above Aboyne Bridge in 25 days the 30th September. For beats below Aboyne Bridge, 15th October. If you would like to fish the river before it closes, visit latest availability or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

News In Brief

Neil Lobban fishing Beaumont Beat with Glynn Freeman.

A lot of fish holding up below Carlisle at Beaumont and Grinsdale with the low water conditions, both salmon and grilse. The lower beats have had some good sport the first week of the month, while above Carlisle the water level remains a little too low for fish to travel - read more.

Delphine Manivet first salmon on Chipchase Castle River Tyne.

It was good to see fish running after such a long dry period and we are hoping that given more water before too long we will see many more fish running through the Altyre beats on the River Findhorn in the upcoming weeks ahead - read more.

48 inch salmon caught on Cawdor Estate.

Keep up to date with the latest salmon catches and the biggest fish caught so far this year.

With less than 7 weeks left to fish many salmon rivers in the UK, please give Tom a call on 01573 470612 for the best places to fish. Alternatively visit find fishing with over 69,000 permits available to purchase online.

Fish The Tweed

50th salmon caught on Pedwell, Tweed.

Tweed catches the last couple of weeks have remained steady, with the bulk of fish caught below Coldstream which is expected in the current conditions. Last week a total of 183 salmon and 8 sea trout, with fish caught as far up as Ashiestiel. The bulk of the fish were caught earlier in the week. Warmer weather returned and the river dropped back to nearly summer level by the end of the week - read more.

Ladykirk and Tillmouth continue to be the best performing beats with 36 and 35 fish, Milne Graden sandwiched between these 2 beats managed 10. Sprouston picked away and finished the week with 15 - find salmon beats.

Fish returned on Junction beat.

Lower beats should have a chance of some action this week - find fishing. Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 for the latest news and catches on the river.

The coming months are the best time to fish the Tweed. If you would like to find out more about beats on Tweed please give Tom a call in our Kelso offices on 01573 470612.

TweedGuide Beginners Day

Joseph with his first salmon, caught on Ashiestiel.

Tweedguide introduced anglers to salmon fishing last week at Ashiestiel with fish caught.

For more information on their Fishing Schools and guided fishing for salmon and trout please contact Ron & Lynn McCombe

Monster Sea Trout

Why go to Argentina when monster sea trout are only hours away in Iceland.


Sea trout fishing in Iceland normally starts late August and continues into early October. Our FishIceland expert Jon Sigurdsson recommends fishing during September when you can fish for 10-12 hours. Pricing is very reasonable. From £150 per rod/day without any lodge accommodation - read more.

If you are new to Iceland, Jon would recommend that you hire a guide with a 4wd vehicle. The reason is simple, you get the fishing knowledge from an expert for free and you're basically only paying for the 4wd vehicle.

If you're looking to catch the sea trout of your lifetime and do not want to spend a fortune in doing so, then Iceland is the place to go - read more.

Win 2018 Tweed Fishing


A wonderful opportunity to win salmon fishing on the Upper North Wark beat of the River Tweed on dates mutually agreed upon by the winners and the beat. Prize to be used during the 2018 Salmon Fishing Season - read more.

Upper North Wark is situated approx 2 miles above Coldstream and offers fishing on a daily basis for 2 rods, a 3rd rod can be fished at the Head Ghillies discretion. 2 Full Time ghillies/boatmen are provided - read more.

Report From Norway

Morten Harangen fly fishes around the globe with his brother Terje. This year he's fished his home water in Norway, along with trips to the Dee, Spey and Tweed for salmon and the Test for trout.

Terje caught the first Dee Spring fish of 2018.

What a strange year it has been. After the coldest and most snowy winter I can remember, we got the summer we hoped for – and more. Many salmon rivers have been extremely low and warm, some were even closed for a period of time, in order to protect the fish. Some of us still managed to connect with the odd salmon, and here is a summary of my season – month by month. Hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave a comment or feedback - read more.

Wear A Lifevest

Please wear a lifevest when you go fishing.

Henry Gilbey at the RNLI HQ finds out what it's like to fall in wearing waders and no life vest - read more.

"I expected to see the benefits of wearing a lifejacket as opposed to not wearing one on Monday, and I did, the single thing that scared me the most was how hard it was to get out of that RNLI pool when my waders had filled up." Read more.

Fish The Tay

Most beats on the lower river have good sport last week. Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill beats reported fish which confirms a decent run of fish has entered the river in recent weeks - read more.

Rain and cooler temperatures improved sport for anglers last week with 151 fish, the largest of 22lbs at Meikleour and Upper Islamouth - find Tay fishing.

There are less than 5 weeks left to the end of the 2018 Tay season. If you would like to fish the river before it closes on October 15th, please visit the FishTay site or give Tom a call in the office on 01573 47612.


Last Week Sale


Deecastle on the River Dee between Aboyne and Ballater are offering a last week price drop from £73+vat to £60+vat PPPD, for the week. New Rod prices are now live.

Ness Ladies Day

Sam Mutters with a fresh run Ness salmon.

21 ladies travelled to the River Ness from as far as Kendal and County Durham for Inverness Angling Club's ladies charity day. The event organised by Sue Munro, Anne Woodcock and IAC members, raised over £700 for the Highland Hospice.

The event introduced 10 complete beginners to fishing, one of whom was the Inverness Provost, Helen Carmichael, who thoroughly enjoyed herself. During the day the ladies saw fish, hooked and lost fish, and finally a fish was successfully landed by Sam Mutters.

148 salmon have been caught on Inverness Angling club water during August - find fishing.

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