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Newsletter September 2018 - No. 32

We understand from letters sent into us that photographs of fish out of the water in the weekly FishPal newsletter are frowned upon.

We try our best to show you photos of fish in or just above the water. We hope our stance on this will encourage anglers posting photographs of salmon on social media to follow our lead and keep their fish wet.

Robert Young with his fish caught yesterday on West Newbiggin, Tweed. The fish was estimated at 17lb and never left the net.

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

The office phones will be closing early this coming Friday, 28th September, at 2.30pm. It is rare we have to do this, but it can't be helped. Mark will be at the Glasgow Angling Centre Open Weekend and Gail and Anne are on a well deserved holiday.

If you need to get in contact please email and make the subject "Urgent". We will try our very best to contact you within a reasonable time. The office will be open as usual from Monday 1st October.

Please note that Tom is away on holiday next week.

Tight Lines


Fishing For Sale Beauly


A portfolio of time-share rods on one of the Highland's best known rivers is now up for sale. The Lower River Beauly Fishings are regarded as the prime beats of the Beauly system, accounting for around 60% of all salmon caught.

The owner is selling six individual weeks, each with five time-share rods. Two weeks have the benefit of Lodge accommodation - read more.

Weeks range from late May, June, September & October in each year - read more.

If you would like FishPal to promote your fishing for sale please contact on 01573 470612.

Fish The Tweed

Jo Butcher keeping his fish wet. Junction Beat.

After a steady week with catch numbers increasing, last week conditions included hurricane winds on Wednesday, followed by dirty water at the end of the week. Thursday was a total wash out with chocolate water. Given the challenging conditions the catch of 208 salmon would seem very respectable - read more.

The week finished on 208 Salmon and 59 Sea Trout. The best fish for the week a 22lb salmon caught on the Boathouse & Canny Beat.

Looking at the availability for the coming week lower beats are performing well. The middle river has available rods for Rutherford and Dryburgh beats, which will be worth a cast. Angling pressure is light on upper beats. Find Fishing.

The new Tweed reports page shows catches each month on the right hand side for each beat. A total of 731 fish and 89 sea trout were caught during August on beats reporting on FishTweed - read more.

Ex Scotland Ruby player Robbie Bremner with his Horncliffe 100th fish.

Horncliffe beat has caught its 100th salmon of the season. Congratulations to everyone who has fished the beat this year and has assisted with hitting this milestone - find fishing.

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.

Robert Harrison


Sadly last Monday lunchtime Boatman and Ghillie Robert Harrison of West Learmouth beat collapsed and suffered a severe stroke.

Fishpal's Tom Carter assisted the paramedics at the beat. Bob has been taken to the BGH Hospital near Melrose and is in a stable condition. Tom is visiting him regularly.

Many of you will know and will have fished with Bob on West Learmouth. If you would like to send him a message please email or call 01573 470612 and he will pass this on for you.

Job Vacancy

Glenormiston on the river Tweed between Innerleithen and Cardrona (Peebles) have a vacancy for a part-time ghillie for October and November, other times to be discussed. This is primarily a hosted service with some additional bank works, Please call or email, Tom Carter on 01573 470612, or mail


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Fish The Dee

Photo credit Twin Peakes Fly Fishing.

Another week of good sport on the Dee, breaking the 300 barrier for a second week in a row. It was a similar story to last week, with mostly river fish being caught; there were a few fresh ones among them, but there has been no autumn run as such. Sport has been brisk so far today, with several beats getting off the mark early.

The Grainger party had nineteen at Altries. Pat and John Watson shared seven, with landing Pat a first fly caught fish on the Dee. Park had twenty. Lower Crathes picked up fourteen. Gaye James celebrated her first and second ever salmon at 12lb and 14lb. Crathes Castle had a dozen. Banchory had nine. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had eleven for the week. Birse landed twenty-two, Andrew Goodenough had the lion's share with fourteen - read more.

Photo credit Twin Peakes Fly Fishing.

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 for 47 beats on the FishDee site or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Murray Smith caught his PB 19lb salmon on Inchmarlo.

If you don't have your own tackle, it can be hired from Somers Fishing Tackle. Visit the NEW FishDee site for everything you need for a successful fishing trip to the River Dee.

Missing Salmon Project


The Missing Salmon Project is the largest acoustic tracking project for salmon in Europe and will track salmon smolts further than ever before.

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. They need your help. For more information and to make a donation please follow this link.

Fish The Tay

Mrs Mueller from Germany with one of eight fish to 19lb for Meikleour Fishing, Monday.

Encouraging results in recent weeks due to rain and cooler weather conditions. Over 230 salmon were recorded making it another best week of the season and signals a reasonable run of summer fish in recent weeks - read more.

Beats on the Lower river had the best sport last week. Almondmouth, Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill all had decent numbers including fish into 20 plus pounds. Lower Redgorton recorded a 28 pounds fish.

The new reports page on FishTay includes fish numbers since January, along with catches for the last week - read more.

Limited day permits have become available this week for Meikleour Fishing, until the end of the season.

There are just a few 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.

Buccleuch Arms


There are some great offers available at the Buccleuch Arms at the moment.

From a wine lovers delight including 2 nights accommodation for £109, to three nights B&B for just £130. Please quote "FishPal" upon booking - read more.

Tweed Grayling School

Grayling caught on the Tweed.

TweedGuide will be hosting 2 full day grayling Schools during October. Dates are Sunday 7th and Sunday 28th October - read more.

Tweed Guide are offering 15% off all fishing bought before the end of December 2018. This includes days for 2019 and gift vouchers. Please email Ron at for details.

Gift vouchers are now available for their fishing schools, guided days and workshops - read more.