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Newsletter November 2018 - No. 38

Gail and I were answering the FishPal telephones last week whilst our colleagues were enjoying some R&R. We had a "hoot" listening to some of your recent fishing tales.

My week started off with a Bob Dylan quote from a customer who said "Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them". He's had a memorable fishing season like a few customers I've chatted to. I also appreciate that some of you have had in the words of Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Hall, "A disaster darling!"

Gerard Beeby contacted me about his fishing trip to the Tyne at Haughton Castle with Tim Walker who had a 24lb fish. The fish surpassed Gerard's "rather pretty 14lb hen fish". Tim did manage to unhook the fish without touching it, which Gerard said "The fish and I are truly grateful that he managed this". They left the Tyne in high spirits and the last I heard they were on their way to fish the river Annan.

Tim's fish caught on Haughton Castle, Tyne.

At the weekend, the North East Fly Casting Club had their yearly Tweed outing and the ladies caught some very nice fish. FishPal's IT Manager, Joe Early, was also enjoying a hard earned break on Tweed and caught fish nearly every day.

If your appetite has been to have a cast before the end of the season on rivers still open, please give Tom a call in the office on (+44) 01573 470612.

We know anglers are already counting down the days to the start of the 2019 season. Tom is speaking with owners and getting them to add their fishing. This is the 2019 availability we have on rivers so far.

If there is a beat showing no 2019 availability and you would like to fish it in 2019, please call the office on (+44) 01573 470612 or email

Please keep calling us with your fishing stories or email them with pictures to

Tight lines


This Girl Can

Cheyenne is determined to catch her first Spey salmon.

Cheyenne Stronach is this years winner of the RSAA Allan Smith Trophy for most improved angler.

She has been one of the River Spey Angling Associations most dedicated youth members for several years and has demonstrated significant determination and progress on RSAA river days and trout loch days. She is always cheery, never gives up in any weather and is determined to land her first Spey Salmon!

FishPal's Anne Woodcock says "Cheyenne is a talented angler and one to watch. We are starting to see more women and young people going fishing and it's because angling associations are hosting regular events for young people to get them into the sport."

Silk Fly Lines In Saltwater


Silk Fly lines are enough of a novelty to turn most heads when used on a Chalkstream, let alone when using one in Saltwater. Having just returned from casting in the face of the Alisios trade wind on Fuerteventura, Chris was pleased to discover that the same qualities which make these lines popular on the rivers also prevails in the salt.

Bonito on the fly.

Two weeks ago Chris was happily engrossed in preparing for a last minute trip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. What he was really excited about was the prospect of testing out a Silk Fly Line in the Salt. He is a big fan of silk fly lines, and has used them now for many years in freshwater, but would they perform as well in the Salt? He was eager to find out - read more.

FishPal Gift Vouchers


With Christmas only 7 weeks away, if you're wondering what gift to give the person who loves to go fishing, do consider giving a fishing gift voucher from FishPal. All you need to do is choose the amount you wish to give. Each voucher has the name of the recipient and also who it is from and it is posted out to you - read more.

FishPal Gift Vouchers can now be redeemed against Chris Clemes fly rods and accessories.


Alan Herd (photograph) was fishing the Cauldron Beat on the Border Esk before the end of the season 31st October. He said his fish was "3 split shot short of 13 lb" and safely returned.

Fish The Tweed

Tweed salmon for beginner Zoila on Ladykirk beat. She started salmon fishing in August.

The total catch for last week was 246 salmon and 21 sea trout spread throughout the system. Notable catches included Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 21, Hendersyde 15, Dryburgh Upper 10, Tweedswood 10, Lower Pavilion 11, Traquair 11 and Boleside 25.

Neil Sayers caught the largest fish off the river at 30lb on Dryburgh Lower last Monday and then caught a 25lb fish on Wednesday on Dryburgh Upper.

The North East Fly Casting Club enjoyed a few days on Tweed. Ian White caught his first Tweed salmon at 16lb fishing Old Melrose.

The clubs female members were certainly showing the gentlemen how to catch fish. Heidi Williams caught her first Tweed salmon on Dryburgh Upper weighing 15lbs and Zoila Brozas who only started spey casting in August, caught her first Tweed fish on LadyKirk Lower.

Heidi with her 15lb fish caught on Dryburgh Upper.

FishPal's Joe Early and his friend fished Tweed last week and caught fish on Milne Graden, Ladykirk, Dryburgh Upper and Junction. His biggest fish were 16lbers. Whilst fishing Floors on Saturday he was broken on a decent fish, which he said "had a shovel of a tail".

Kevin from Tweedswood reports. Will November go off like a rocket or fizzle away? We've been catching fish that have been in the system for a while during the last week and it's good to see anglers enjoying themselves. I'm being constantly asked what's the winning tactics this week and I can say happy fishers are using Skagit with T10 tips and Red Frances, it's that easy - read more.

A total of 4,551 salmon and 656 sea trout have been caught so far this season. 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.

One of 4 fish for Michael Graham fishing Lower Birgham.

2019 fishing availability is now being added to FishTweed for salmon and grayling. Looking to find the best places to stay when visiting the borders, check Fish Tweed where to stay page or give the team a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Free Family Fishing Day


The River Annan Trust is delivering a family fishing event on Sunday 18th November, to encourage families and youngsters to learn more about fishing and our freshwater environments. Tuition will be delivered by Borderlines, a registered charity that provides instruction from fully qualified and experienced coaches - read more.

Sea Trout Tagging Project


The Peake Twins were invited to join the team of scientists from Atlantic Salmon Trust / West Sutherland Fisheries Trust / University of Glasgow & Marine Scotland Science with their Loch Laxford Sea-Trout Tagging Project.

The scientists were recovering receivers from Loch Laxford so that the data can be downloaded and analysed. The receivers will then go to the Moray Firth for next year's The Missing Salmon Project to track movements of salmon smolts - read more.

Spring Salmon Fishing

There are 10 weeks left before some rivers open again for salmon. The following rivers have added availability for Spring 2019.

Fishing permits during the month of January on the river Tay start from £20 for bank permits and boat fishing starts at £100 - find fishing.

Anglers looking to fish Tweed during the month of February you can fish beats on the river from £35 - find fishing.

Prices to fish the river Dee during Spring start from £40 per day - find fishing.

News In Brief

Edradynate Beat on the river Tay invite FishPal customers to join them for the opening of their beat and blessing of the river on Tuesday 15th January 2019. All anglers are welcome to fish the beat for free on Tuesday 15th January - read more.

The closing date for nominations to the Lantra learner of the year awards for Scotland is fast approaching. We would encourage employers, teachers and training providers across the sector to submit their entries before the deadline of Friday 9th November - read more.

From 8am until 10am on Saturday mornings tune in to Gone Fishing with Sam Harris MBE on CVFM radio. It's a weekly show covering fishing across the UK and internationally for all species. FishPal are weekly contributors to the show. You can listen to last weeks show by following this link.