In a week when salmon is back in the national news, many anglers on rivers that have now closed are reflecting on a season that can only be described as challenging.
Salmon making their way up the River Dee.
When fish have entered the river systems, there has again been some specimen fish over 30lb caught this year - largest salmon.
Marina Gibson with a hen fish caught on the River Ure, Yorkshire.
With more rivers closing later this month, if you would like some advice on where to fish during half term for you and your family, please give the office a call. Currently on the site we have salmon, grayling and coarse fishing, along with guides offering introduction and guided fishing days. Please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 or visit the site.
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Boatman Pud keeping Helen Drummond's fish wet on Junction Beat.
After more than 5 months since we had some water in the river, we finally got a decent lift on Saturday night. The river reached 6ft 2in on the Sprouston gauge on Fishtweed. The week finished on 153 salmon and 20 sea trout, with the best fish for the week being a 20lb Salmon caught on the Sprouston Beat.
26 fish above Kelso, 61 between Kelso and Coldstream, the best of the fishing being at Hendersyde with 14. Below Coldstream 53 were reported and Tillmouth continued to be the top performing beat with 30 fish - read more.
3 fish at 3lb, 9lb and 28lb for Paul Kay on Aboyne Water.
"The mild weather last week didn't help us at all, with higher water temperatures and then a deluge at the end of the week. I wasn't at all surprised that we reported 123 for last full week of the season" Ross Macdonald, River Dee Reporter.
Culter has had a decent back end thanks to an increased angling pressure. The rods there added another eleven last week. Altries and Tilbouries had five and four respectively. Park delivered another twenty-eight fish. Woodend had another six, giving the beat their best October in a few seasons. Another longstanding Dee angler, Lars Terkildsen was at Birse, where he and friends Sune Hornquist and Ove Werben shared twelve - read more.
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Henry Giles keeping his fish wet.
Henry Giles caught and released this 8lb hen salmon on a Flamethrower fly at the lower beat of Closeburn Castle Fishings on the River Nith. The fish was caught on Thursday 11th October before the arrival of storm Callum and 7 foot floods hit the river.
The autumn months of September through November are the prime months for salmon on the Nith - read more.
The Environment Agency have reported the upstream count for October so far at 1,788, which brings the count for the year to 30,124. The River Wear below the Tyne have reported 6,402 until the end of September, this should also have seen a decent increase after the rainfall at the weekend.
Robson Green with one of his Tyne fish.
The midweek saw showers which provided some good fishing on the South Tyne. Kielder water helped the North Tyne and main river too - read more.
Sarah Iveson fishing the South Tyne had two and lost another on the fly. Carlos Calderon landed a salmon of 10lbs and lost another, also on the Ghillie fly. Robson Green had salmon on consecutive days from the South Tyne of 14lbs and 15lbs on a Kylie shrimp fly.
NERAC rods have reported some good catches too recently including a 28lb salmon for Phil Briscoe who amongst others, also kindly donated prizes for the clubs charity day held for members and guests which raised £700 for Prostrate Cancer UK.
James Stokoe keeping his fish wet.
Mandy Reed playing a 15lb fish on Meikleour Fishing, watched by her husband Kevin.
The Tay, Perthshire has seen out the last complete week of the 2018 season. Catches were again consistent after conditions improved. The week finished on 180 with the largest caught on Cargill at 23lbs.
The Lower river had another reasonable week with the bottom of the river continuing to catch. Fishponds had another reasonable week with 11 fish up to 16 pounds. Ballathie and Cargill continued to do well with the best part of 40 fish between them up to 23 pounds in weight - read more.
Samantha Datta one of 3 fish whilst fishing with her husband Sandy.
Last week Neil French captured his 50th fish off Cargill for this season and caught several last week.
The Middle river had been really struggling, but catches have improved dramatically in the last few weeks due to a steady rise in water levels. Dalmarnock landed 6 up to 13 pounds and the Lower Kinnaird beat had a similar score with a biggest of 16 pounds.
Kemnay Angling Club have opened up their fishing for October to day ticket anglers Mon-Thurs at a rate of £30/day. It's normally restricted to the membership due to it being the best month of the season.
They hope to encourage a few anglers to try the beat and see if they can entice some salmon out of the pools - read more.
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Tom Carter reflects on the River Spey season.
Well it's been a wee while since the river closed it's doors to the Angling fraternity and there is now time to digest the season, and it has not been good. This is not only reflected on the Spey but for many other rivers as well.
First Spey fish for Jess England during Summer.
The season started with the usual snow on the ground and good numbers of kelts being caught in the early few weeks. The spring was hit with very cold easterly winds (do you remember the beast from the east?) and they stayed until the end of April, when the river and area was then hit pretty much with an almost non stop heatwave/lack of rain until mid September - read more.
If you would more information abut fishing the River Spey in 2019, please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 or find fishing.
"Bob was in good fettle last night when I saw him. After being away for the week it was encouraging to see some progress in Bob. This process will take a long time as it has been very severe. Bob is still struggling with his right hand side (arm and speech) but he is slowly becoming back with a sense of humour and general frustration of being couped up!" Tom Carter
Please do keep sending Bob emails of support and any jokes so Tom can read them to him. He is getting very bored of daytime TV, but he likes the quiz shows as he can answer the questions. The BGH staff have been great to him. He is getting few visitors at the moment. Please email Tom@fishpal.com