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Newsletter September 2018 - No. 31

It's been the coldest spring, hottest summer and now the first snow arrived last night in the Cairngorms.


Tom in the office says "The Spey could be worth a cast next week! Is this the spate everyone has been waiting for?" Find Spey fishing.

With conditions conducive for salmon we are hearing reports of fish moving into the river systems and further up into the headwaters. To find the best places to fish in Autumn give Tom a call on 01573 470612. You can keep up to date daily with the latest fishing reports, catches and availability.

Please remember to handle the fish you catch with great care. The females are filled with eggs, if you need to lift them out of the net, please support the whole body.

Tight Lines


Keep Them Wet


May we remind everyone to handle their fish with great care and keep fish in the net.

Robert White, River Tay Reporter shares with us his best practice of releasing a salmon - read more.

Phil Adams from the Northumberland Phil Adams from the Northumberland Branch of the Salmon & Trout Conservation explains how he now takes photographs of the fish he catches - read more.

We understand from letters sent in by you that photographs of fish out of the water are frowned upon. We try our best to show you photos in or just above the water.

Fish The Dee

Paul Whitehouse with fish number 2 on Park.

Excellent week last week, with over 300 fish caught.

A bit of water, a drop in the water temperature and generally favourable conditions coalesced in our favour. The vast majority of fish were residents, many of which had coloured in the lower reaches as they waited, like me, for a rise in the river level. When it came there was a large movement of fish upriver - read more.

Lower Crathes had seventeen. Crathes Castle had eight. Scott Rutherford, fishing with son Leo at the Big Fish Little Fish event held on Saturday, had a grilse on a Calvin's Shrimp. Joe Robinson had one, as did Victor Beamish. Patrick Ingram had three, the best of which was a 20lbr - read more.

Young anglers fishing Crathes Castle on Saturday.

The season on the Dee closes for beats above Aboyne Bridge on the 30th September. For beats below Aboyne Bridge it's the 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.

Alice Foster 14lbr on Park.

Fish The Tay

Claire returning a salmon on Meikleour Fishing.

The river finished on 208 fish up to 25lbs. Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill continue to work away with 15 between them which included a day of 4 at Waulkmill. Further up Fishponds and Upper Redgorton had 10. Ballathie and Cargill had 11 fish between them which included a 16 pounder.

Steve from Colorado guided to his first salmon by Alba Game Fishing on Dalguise Beat.

The past week has seen better catches after rain and cooler temperatures greatly improved sport in an extremely difficult year so far, so let us hope that continues.

There are less than 3 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 website or give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Fairnilee Ladies Day

Flora, centre, with friends.

Earlier this year Fairnilee Estate held a competition to win a days fishing on the beat with ghillie. Flora Cooke from Northamptonshire was the winner and along with invited friends and family, she fished the beat last Saturday.

The forecast was much better than given, and a great day was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Fairnilee Estate for offering this fantastic prize and encouraging more people to try fishing.

Fishing For Sale

Rare opportunity to purchase full ownership of 4 rods on opening week on Craigellachie beat on the river Spey. The fishing consists of 2 beats offering 2.5 miles of single bank fishing with 15 named pools - read more.

Missing Salmon Project


The Missing Salmon Project is the largest acoustic tracking project for salmon in Europe, to track salmon smolts further than ever before. In 2019 work will start in the Moray Firth, the route taken by 20% of all salmon that leave the UK.

The scale of the undertaking is critical to its success. The Atlantic Salmon Trust need to raise enough money to tag and track over 1,000 juvenile salmon from the headwaters to the sea. Receivers will then track the salmon's journey so everyone can understand where mortality occurs.

The findings from this work will identify why stocks are declining, so that decisive action can be taken to protect the species. They need your help - read more.

Customer Feedback

Chris Adcock with his son William on the River Thurso.

River Beauly. Brilliant 3 days on the Lower Beauly and thanks to John the ghillie for his excellent support and attention. 3 salmon to 20 pounds all caught on either a cascade or willie gun.

North Tyne. This was our first visit and we will certainly be back. Easy access, wading and we caught 3 fish and lost 2.

Decent sea trout for Duncan Pepper on a Scottish West Coast river.

River Tay. For the recreational angler fishing a premier beat on the Tay can be a daunting experience. Both Callum and John on Meikleour Fishing made my son and I feel at ease and offered expert guidance throughout the day. We shared lots of laughs with fellow fishermen during lunch which just added to the days enjoyment. I caught a bonnie sea-liced fish.......it doesn't get much better, a day to remember.

Well done Zoila catching your first ever salmon.

Flies For Autumn


Malcolm Anderson from Caledonia Fly Company shares his fly choice for the backend.

Two successful backend flies are the Red Bobby Shrimp and General Practitioner, which fish well in all water conditions.

When there is a rise in water levels, the Aurora Cascade feeler is well worth a cast (size 8 or 10). If you're fishing faster streams and need a fly to hold in the flow longer, use a Sunburst Cascade copper tube, deadly fly for the backend fish. For older fish that have seen a lot of flies a plain subtle pattern - read more.


Fish The Tweed

Keeping em wet on Junction Beat.

After dirty water and rise on Wednesday, catches increased on Thursday with 87, Friday 63, and Saturday 60. The week finished on 353 salmon and 39 sea trout. The largest fish caught on Milne Graden at 21lb by Ian Hayward on a size 12 Munro fished on the dropper.

Hendersyde Head Boatman, Ketch, reported "The rods enjoyed sport every day last week, a bonus considering the dirty wee lift on Tuesday, leaving a fair bit of colour for the rest of the week."

On Middle Pavilion success for Ray Borras and Tim Briggs with 3 fish.

3 fish for Upper Dryburgh and a few fish lost.

The Tweed is now fly only until the end of the season. If you would like to find out more about beats on Tweed, please give Tom a call in our Kelso offices on 01573 470612.

Tweed Fishing Cottage


To celebrate Milne Graden's 10th Anniversary year Swan's Nest cottage has a special offer for the remainder of the year - read more.

The cottage is the perfect fit for four guests or two.....with doggy friend welcome too. Swan's Nest enjoys magnificent views of Ladykirk and Milne Graden fishing. The remaining week in October is priced at £400.

Fishing is also available on the Lower Tweed on these dates.

Fish The Spey

Gordon Castle were very close to three figures, finishing with ninety-six up to 20lb. Delfur again finished into double figures. Arndilly finished with fourteen fish, including a few freshish ones. There were three octogenarians in the party and all three landed at least one fish - read more.

The Spey closes on the 30th September. If you would like to fish the river before it closes, visit latest availability or give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.