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Newsletter October 2018 - No. 33

We've heard reports of some big fish being seen and caught. Brian Anderson fishing Tweed for three days last week caught seven, lost another seven and had fish at 24lb 27lb and 30lbs on Birgham Dub - latest catches.

Lee Currie from Orvis keeping his fish wet.

The last few weeks on the Border Esk has seen decent catches of fish. Burnfoot are currently on three hundred fish of which one hundred and ninety one were recorded in September and seventy two up to 21lbs last week - latest catches.

Laura Mattioli keeping her fish wet on Junction beat yesterday.

Lower Redgorton on the Tay had a bumper week with sixty fish. Last week an angler fishing the River Nith had an encounter with a huge fish estimated at over 30lb. Is this one of the notorious grey-back salmon the river is famous for?

To find the best places to fish give Tom a call on 01573 470612. You can keep up to date daily with the latest fishing reports, catches and availability onine.

Tight Lines


Fish The Tay

Magnus from Sweden fly fishing with Scotia Fishing hooked seven fish on Meikleour beat.

The week started with a couple of memorable days and finished on just under 400 salmon, making it the best week of the season so far. Lower Redgorton and Waulkmill had a good number of fish including some specimen 20lb plus. Lower Redgorton had a bumper week with sixty fish. Fishponds finished in double figures with fish up to 27 pounds. Upper Islamouth and Meikleour had another good week with nineteen fish. Dario Ferrari fishing the House Pool had a 19 pounds fish and went on to finish the day with eight fish and a further six lost - read more.

Christian Mueller keeping his fish wet on Meikleour Fishing.

So far this week fish over 24lbs have been caught on Cargill and Taymount - latest catches.

There are just days 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.

Keep Them Wet

One of 3 fish caught by Phil Adam this week.

The feedback has been positive about FishPal's stance on using photographs of fish in or just above the water in the weekly newsletter.

We appreciate your comments that it is hard to take photos on your own and how do you take a photo of a 20lb fish?

This week we spoke with Phil Adams who has written about how he now takes fish photos when fishing alone. He shares with us how he takes photos of big fish using his mobile phone - read more.

FishPal in conjunction with the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Angling Trust produced a short film on catch and release.

Thank you to the ghillies and boatman who have been contacting the office with their support. We need more ghillies and boatman on board to share best practice on catch and release. Please join our list of supporters by emailing

Iceland 2019 Fishing Offer


Sog river is the largest spring fed river in Iceland and is renowned for its amazing bird-life, beautiful surroundings and high percentage of multi-sea-winter salmon. Also, Sog has a very good stock of Arctic char and every year char of size 5-7 pounds are caught.

The river is all private water and has six salmon beats and a total of thirteen rods. The salmon season is from June 24 until September 24. The Sog Bildfell beat has been the most productive beat on Sog and frequently produces the heaviest salmon each year, meaning salmon of 20 pounds or bigger - read more.

Lower Birgham For Sale


For Sale a one member share of three rods for the Lower Birgham Fishing Club with the right to fish for salmon and sea trout on weeks 16 and 30 in perpetuity - 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.


Fish The Tweed

3 landed, 2 lost for Clare Shaw fishing Tweed.

Excellent start to the week with fish over 20lb recorded.

One hundred and eighteen Salmon were caught above Kelso which included sixteen fish for Boleside, fourteen Tweedswood, fourteen Rutherford and the Dryburgh beats with thirteen had the best of the fishing. One hundred and twenty eight Salmon were reported between Kelso and Coldstream, the best of the fishing at Birgham Dub twentyfive and Hendersyde twenty. Below Coldstream, one hundred and fourteen fish reported, Ladykirk and Tillmouth continue to be the best performing beats with twenty two and forty eight, Milne Graden sandwiched between these two beats managed nineteen - read more.

First salmon for Matthew Hamilton guided by Tweedguide on Ashiestiel beat.

Mr Brian Anderson fishing 24/25/26th September caught seven fish including 24lb, 27lb and 30lbs. He also lost another seven fish.

Hamilton House within the Milne Graden Estate. During November stay for four nights from Thursday to Monday and receive three days fishing for three rods Friday, Saturday and Monday for £750 - read more.

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.

We are pleased to announce that Crookham Eastfield Farmhouse B&B is now on FishTweed. The B&B is perfect for beats from Coldstream down river - read more.

Fish The Dee

It was another big week on the Dee with over four hundred fish being landed on the river. The past few weeks have accounted for over a thousand salmon. After a prolonged drought put a dampener on things from May to September, it is heartening that we have performed well of late.


Park had another bumper catch with fifty-nine fish reported. Lower Crathes had twenty four. Luca Meozzi's big fish from Bulwarks measured 107cm and was an estimated 29lb.
Aboyne Castle and Craigendinnie had a good week with eighteen fish in the book up to 22lb. Dinnet had eleven for the week. Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld rounded off their season with another fifteen. Crathie finished in style with another thirty-two - read more.

For beats below Aboyne Bridge the season closes on the 15th October. If you would like to fish the river before it closes, visit latest availability on the FishDee site or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Season Update From Mark

It's been an interesting year that's for sure! Rarely have I reflected on the weather patterns quite so much as I have done this year with some really extreme conditions to have had to contend with, making fishing trips once again challenging at times but you know what, still many a memory from this year that makes me smile - read more.

Craigellachie Beat For Sale


Four early September rods have now become available on Craigellachie beat. The fishing consists of 2.5 miles single bank, divided into two with fifteen named pools. Rods fish top and lower beats each day, rotating at lunchtime - read more.

Endrick Record Chub


A chub caught on the River Endrick on the fly last week at 6lbs 10oz could be a new Scottish record. The current record of 6lbs 2oz caught using luncheon meat is held by a young girl aged ten on the River Annan.

The fish was caught using a shrimp pattern fly while the angler was salmon fishing and gave an amazing fight. A chub of a lifetime, well done Massimo Calesso

Customer Feedback

Weem, Upper Tay. I see myself returning to this beat soon. Great value for money and beautiful surroundings. Drew the ghillie was very helpful showing me where to fish and I lost a salmon.

Meikleour, Middle Tay. Our ghillie was Calum who looked after us impeccably, a real gem. The facilities were superb. I caught 1 salmon and my son hooked a salmon but lost it after 3 minutes. A great day.

Crathie, Upper Dee. John Fyfe is an excellent ghillie, great knowledge of the beat, tuition and patient!

Horncliffe, Lower Tweed. Tony Averill was most welcoming and very pleasant in all respects. He has done a very good job to get up to speed with the fishery in his first season and lets hope that he stays as the incumbent for many seasons to come. He is a good fisherman and gave excellent service to myself and the other rods. Thank you.

Castle Grant 3, Middle Spey. I've been struggling to get a decent line onto the river when using a single spey. Simon rectified my bad habit. He is worth his weight in gold. I caught an 8lb salmon on a Kinermory Killer. I went home with a smile on my face after 3 days excellent fishing and tuition. Thank you.

Salmon & Trout Branch Dinner


Northumberland branch of the Salmon & Trout Conservation are holding their annual fund raising dinner on Friday 16th November.

Ronnie Glass has agreed to say a few words, and then answer questions after the dinner. Many of you will know Ronnie from working at Orvis in Kelso as their Fly Fishing Manager, or from the competition scene as a champion still water angler, or perhaps from his watercolour paintings, or his fish reproductions.

The branch has made a decision not to figure salmon on this years menu choice. We are sure we don't need to explain why this change has been made. They suspect that mackerel is a more sustainable option. In addition, downward pressure on mackerel stocks may preserve food for post-smolts to eat on their way out to their ultimate feeding grounds!

Members and non members are welcome to attend please contact Phil Adams on 079677 51144 for more information and to book a place and/or to donate a raffle prize.