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Newsletter October 2018 - No. 37

It's Halloween and the final day of the 2018 season for rivers in England in search of Atlantic salmon. In the words of William Shakespeare "What's done cannot be undone." Macbeth.

Fish being returned on Junction beat Tweed.

The Scottish Government has completed the latest assessment of the conservation status of salmon and Ministers are now consulting on proposals for changes to the regulations and to river gradings for the coming season - read more.

The Forth Rivers Trust reported last week that a Bluefin Tuna had washed up a few miles upstream of the Forth Road bridge near Culross. Apparently it was around 6ft long and could have weighed around 160lb+.

Bluefin Tuna found on the Forth.

Chatting with Sam Harris MBE on his weekly fishing show on CVFM Radio, he said "They travel the same route, following the herring shoals and herring are back in larger numbers". He believes they have always travelled up the North Sea coast during migration.

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, register for a rod rod alert 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 please.

Tight lines


River Tay Job Vacancy

Renowned salmon fishing beat on the River Tay is looking for a full time ghillie to start ideally from the 7th of January. Customer service skills, good presentation, traditional country estate values and a welcoming smile are a must.

Applicants need to have previous ghillieing experience and must be seasoned salmon anglers. Regular bank maintenance as well as out of season work is part of the job, contributing to the beat's excellent reputation and amenity. You will be joining a dynamic rural tourism business, remuneration will depend on experience.

For more information and to apply please kindly send your application and CV to

Bamboo Fly Rods

Chris Clemes is a classic bamboo or split-cane fly rod manufacturer, as well as making modern carbon fibre rods and contemporary fly reels.

John Stephenson from Thomas Turner Fishing Antiques chats with Chris about his bespoke range of fly rods - watch the film.

Fish The Tay

Tay river reporter Bob White keeping a Spring fish wet.

Amid the splendid scenery of Perthshire, one of Scotland's most beautiful and enchanting regions, is the chance of landing a fish of a lifetime. The sheer size of the river produces very powerful double figure salmon.

The extensive river system comprises many smaller tributaries which are also excellent salmon fisheries and include the Earn, Isla, Ericht, Tummel, Garry, Dochart, Lyon and Eden - find fishing.

From now until the season starts on January 15th availability is being upload onto FishTay find fishing. Keep calling the FishPal offices on 01573 470612 if you are looking for fishing that has not as yet been added to the site.

Today Cargill have added their entire 2019 availability for the season. To avoid disappointment we would recommend you book your fishing for this popular beat now.

To find the best places to fish on the Tay in 2019 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.

This Girl Can

Introducing the Wolshingham WI to fishing.

FishPal's Anne Woodcock is one of the women in angling involved in the 'This Girl Can' campaign from Sport England. This year it's about "no right way to get active" - "if it gets your heart rate up it counts".

Since 2009 she's been getting women into fishing with ladies events, you may know Anne as Ladies Fishing.

Fishing is a great way to get active and it all counts!


Fishing The Tweed

Danny McGrath, Junction beat, keeping his fish wet.

Anglers fishing Tweed caught a total of 246 salmon to 30lbs last week. The biggest fish was caught on Sprouston beat. Fish are being caught across the system and anglers fishing the lower river are enjoying some excellent sport.

Mr Charles fished Tillmouth last week for five days. He praised the boatman for their excellent advice which resulted in 13 salmon up to 15lb and a sea trout.

Tillmouth boatman Kyle Brown with a guests fish.

Mr Mcdougal fishing Milne Graden caught a sea trout and he found both ghillies good company and really appreciated their advice too. If you would like to fish Milne Graden before the season closes permits are available from £60 per day.

Ralph with his 18lb fish.

Congratulations Ralph from Austria with his first ever salmon, caught on Ladykirk beat last week. We heard that 24 hours later he was still smiling like a Cheshire Cat.

Congratulations also to Harry Gotzheim (13) who caught 2 fish at 13lb and 20lb and lost another fishing Traquair beat on the 23 October on his first ever days salmon fishing. Harry was staying at the Tontine Hotel in Peebles with his family.

Harry learnt to spey cast watching YouTube videos a couple of days before. On the way up to Tweed his dad bought him his first spey line to go on his 11 ft switch rod from John Norris.

10lb salmon caught on Fairnilee beat by Charlie Atherton.

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 added to FishTweed. Looking to find the best places to stay when visiting the borders, check Fish Tweed where to stay page.

Grayling Fishing

One of many grayling for Phillippa Hake river fishing last week.

Anglers are enjoying some excellent grayling fishing on rivers.

Mr Forshaw enjoyed a days fishing on Lower Itchen fishery last week, with a bag of 3 barbel, 3 chub and too many grayling to count.

2019 Fishing

This month we have been inundated with calls from anglers looking for availability and advice on where to fish in 2019.

If there is a particular river you would like to fish in 2019 please take a look at our new river pages which include videos on some rivers. You can register for a rod alert at this page. If however you would like to speak to a member of the team, our offices are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or email

Junior Awards


Do you know a youngster who has enjoyed angling success on the River Dee this year?

The Callum Mackenzie Cup is awarded by Ballogie Estate Enterprises for the most notable fish, of any species, caught by a youngster within the Dee catchment, including Rivers Cowie and Carron or one of the many trout fisheries in the district.

The angler must be under 18 years of age at the time of catch - read more.