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Newsletter October 2018 - No. 36

When rivers close their doors for salmon fishing, you may think we put our feet up until the start of the next season. This could not be further from the truth. The close season is our busiest time of the year here at FishPal with fisheries adding availability, along with updating their content, photos, etc. We also have meetings with owners and rivers about permit pricing and marketing etc. All this whilst still listing availability for the very popular grayling, coarse and stocked fisheries.

Callum Simpson fishing BDAA club water last week on the Whiteadder, Tweed.

Today the Scottish Highlands and Islands have been named in the top five regions in the world for travellers to visit during 2019. Tom Hall, Lonely Planet said "This is a stunning area with so much to offer travellers, from its glorious natural landscape and rich history, to enviable local food and drink."

Fishing on a Hebridean Loch.

Part of the winning region is the Hebrides. The Peake Twins visited the Hebrides and produced a short film fishing wild Hebridean rivers and lochs in search of Atlantic salmon. The film is called Hebridean drift and is well worth a watch.

If you are planning a trip to the Scottish Highland and Islands during 2019, please give Tom a call in the office who will be able to give you advice on where to go fishing, along with fishing guides and where to stay.

2019 fishing availability is now being added across all our river sites. If there is a beat showing no 2019 availability and you would like to fish it in 2019, please give the office a call on 01573 470612 or email

I would like to thank everyone who sends us messages via Facebook, and tags #FishPal within their posts. Tom has asked if you can also keep sending your photos and news into info@fishpal.complease.

Tight lines


Fish The Tyne And Wear

James Stokoe filming on the Tyne for his show the Untamed Anglers.

Some notable catches have been made including a fish weighed at 30lbs and landed by an anonymous female rod on the North Tyne. Last Wednesday, Neil Gidden, a visitor from Lancashire, landed a 28lb fish at Haughton Castle. The fish took a small dark double fished on an intermediate line and is the biggest salmon from the beat for many years - read more.

FishPal caught up with the party of Welsh anglers at the weekend.

15 gentleman from the Pontarddulais and District Angling Association travelled from Wales for their annual fishing trip last weekend. Every year they choose a different river to fish for salmon after their season closes. This year they choose to fish the River Wear and Bishop Auckland and District Angling Club. Feedback from the anglers was very positive. They had an enjoyable trip with fish caught, including fish of 15/16 and 17lbers.

The Wear and BADAC water was also one of the host waters during the weekend for the Grayling Society annual get together

During the weekend we have heard reports that the nets men on the North East coast have had their best season for many a year.

Fish The Tay 2019

2019 fishing availability for the river Tay is now being added to the FishTay site. The FishTay site has the best and most welcoming places to stay for visiting anglers wishing to fish the river.

Just some of the beats with 2019 availability on FishTay site.

Stobhall is subdivided into two beats Upper and Lower Stobhall with anglers fishing on alternate days on a reciprocal agreement with Taymount, some 2019 dates have already been released - find fishing.

Newtyle. Two miles double bank with 16 named pools. Conditions are suitable for both the fly and spinning and can comfortably accommodate the novice or more experienced angler alike, with good vehicular access to both banks - find fishing.

Dunkeld Fishing. Situated immediately above Dunkeld's Old Tay Bridge, the beat has 17 named pools that suit fly fishing, spinning and an additional tactical boat approach - find fishing.

Edradynate and Upper Grandtully.
Fish can be expected on this beat at any time of the year. It holds spring salmon right from the start of the season but at that time probably benefits from a lower water. In summer the grilse arrive, often bars of silver straight from the sea. Then with autumn spates autumn fish push up from lower down the river - find fishing.

To find the best places to fish the Tay in 2019 or if the close season is getting to you already, there is grayling fishing available. Give Tom a call on 01573 470612. You can keep up to date daily with the latest fishing reports, catches, river levels, and availability online.

Missing Salmon Project


"Too many times, humanity has acted too late when a species is in decline. We have an opportunity to act now and make a lasting, positive impact so we'd ask everyone with an interest in preserving not only Scotland's wild identity, but one of the world's most famous species' future, to support this ground-breaking project." Dr Matt Newton, AST

PRICE REDUCTION - Fairnilee on Tweed

Fairnilee beat on the river Tweed is offering a vastly reduced fishing rate for its November Fishing.

Price Reduction from 5 Nov week £140+Vat to £80+Vat per rod/day. The last full week, has dropped from £100+vat to £50+Vat per rod/day. This very accessible beat with just under three miles of left bank fishing, offers the angler a great variety of fishing, with a good service from Mark Hislop the Ghillie. For further info please call 01573 470612.

Fish The Tweed

Clare Haggas playing a fish on Tweed.

316 salmon and 36 sea trout up to 25lb salmon - latest catches.

After the flood hopes were high of fresher fish making their way up the river. Other than a few reports of the odd fresh fish caught, this still remains very disappointing for the time of year. The largest fish last week was caught on the river Till on Tiptoe beat at 25lb.

There is an increased number of bigger fish in the system. Yesterday (Monday), 24 fish were reported on the latest catches page including fish of 27lb and 30lb.

Simon Torkington returning a hen sea liced fish caught at Ladykirk on Friday 19th October.
During his three day fishing trip to Ladykirk he caught three fish which included a 7lb coloured fish within his first hour of fishing. Day two was a blank although fish were seen moving into the pools.

Simon Torkington keeping his fish wet.

Day three was glorious says Simon "Back on the top beat I hooked a strong fish on a Red Francis tube. There was a tantalising flash of silver as the fish rolled. After a dramatic 10 minute fight the most glorious 14lb sea-liced hen fish came to the net. It looked more like a springer than an Autumn fish! An hour later I was into another strong fish that took the same comet tube as the day one fish. After another big battle that ran well into the lunch break, another 14lb hen was in the net. This fish had a bit of colour about it, but was still a lovely specimen. A truly fantastic morning that was. I should say that all three fish were returned and all swam away strongly. I should also say that the Ghillie, Nick, recommended the flies that caught"

Craig Duncan keeping his fish wet.

Teviot caught on 18/10/2018 on a yellow Monkey bottle tube. Craig was using his 10ft trout rod as he was on the upper river and with the conditions being as they were, he really didn't fancy his chances of catching any fish. He didn't weigh it, as he wanted to get it back asap, but it was around 42-46" in length. Craig said "Tweed ghillie friend guestimates it around the 26lb mark. But who cares"

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "After losing a day at the start of the week due to a rise over the weekend, the river settled and we started picking away. Mostly old fish but the rods had some good sport with a couple 20 lb plus. We finished the week with 10 up to 24 lb, including a sea trout - read more.

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

2019 fishing availability is now being to FishTweed. Looking to find the best places to stay when visiting the borders, check Fish Tweed where to stay page.

Annan Grayling Events


Join the River Annan Trust on a grayling fishing masterclass with Kieron Jenkins on Saturday 17th November 2018. Kieron has twice won the coveted Brown Bowl trophy in the Home International river fishing competition.

The workshop will deliver both theory and practical sessions to equip anglers with a sound technical understanding of effective nymph fishing techniques for grayling - read more.

Tees Salmon Weekend

Robson_Green with his fishing buddy, James Stokoe on the Tyne.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October beats on the River Tees are open to the general public. You must book a place with Olly Shepherd on 07850 506870

Names attending the day include: Robson Green, Neil Lobban, James Stokoe, Phil Ellis, Marina Gibson and Charlie Keyser. Please call Olly Shepherd for more information and to enrol on 07850 506870.

Junior Permits


United Clyde Angling Protective Association (UCCAPA) have announced that all junior annual freshwater permits are £1 and junior salmon permits are £10.

The club offers affordable fishing for everyone and is definitely worth a fish. News just in.... 9 anglers fishing during the weekend on UCAPA water caught a total of 15 salmon on Saturday.

Keep sending in junior fishing news and junior permit prices to

AAPGAI Success

Brian Towers with AAPGAI Chairman, Clive Mitchelhill.

A busy three days on the Wye at Builth Wells resulted in the following awards: Brian Towers, Yorkshire Fly Casting achieved his Master qualification, (Double Hand Master). Gilly Bate (Single Hand Advanced), Clark Colman (Single Hand Advanced), Craig Evans (Double Hand Provisional), Jonathan Morris (Single Hand Provisional).

Congratulations to all from everyone at FishPal

Fish Photographs

Matt Cole from the USA with a 20lb fish, caught, photographed and released on Upper Kinnaird on the South Esk yesterday.

We are always pleased to receive your photos of your special fish be it salmon, Seatrout, Grayling, etc. DO keep sending them into us here at Fishpal and we will try and get your special moment in the newsletter.

It's not always possible to get the “best in the water photo”, but as anglers we know how special that moment is, so keep your photo's coming to for the attention of Tom Carter.

Online Survey

Rivers are a major focus of restoration programmes all over the world. The AMBER project aims to provide insights into improving European river connectivity in relation to dams and barriers, to aid fish migration and to understand and support communities that interact with rivers. The project has recently been featured on Nature magazine and the BBC - read more.

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