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Newsletter November 2018 - No. 39

Is your inbox cluttered with Black Friday emails?

Here at FishPal, we don't need a Black Friday event. We've built our reputation on offering you affordable fishing and honest advice 365 days a year.

Enjoy some light relief this week with fishing news from the land of fire and ice, Iceland. Also included, the Queen of Scottish rivers, the Lochy shares her Spring secret and much more.

Polly Murray first Scottish women to summit Everest.

BBC presenter and Arctic explorer Polly Murray will be the opening the River Tay on Tuesday, 15th, January, 2019. More information can be found in the newsletter.

Hot off the press Hendersyde beat on Tweed have just released their Spring availability.

There is something for all ages in this weeks newsletter. If you see a beat showing no 2019 availability and you would like to fish it in 2019, please call the office on +44 (0)1573 470612 or email

Please keep calling us with your 2018 fishing stories or email them with pictures to

Tight lines

22nd November 2018

FishPal Gift Vouchers


Wondering what gift to give the person who loves to go fishing, then 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.

Fish The River Tay

Upper Redgorton and another fine Tay Spring salmon.

The salmon season on the Tay and tributaries commences on 15th January, the first of the large Scottish rivers to open. Fish enter the Tay system from the start to the close on 15th October.

The Tay is certainly the place to come to for the chance of a fish of a lifetime. The sheer size of the river encourages large salmon. The 2018 season produced a 35lb fish in February on middle river beat, Glendelvine, the biggest fish caught during 2018.

The lower river produced a 32lber in August on Islamouth beat and Upper Tay had a 23lber on Farleyer Lower in October. The tributaries caught their biggest fish in April, a 26lber on the Tummel system Portnacraig, Pitlochry AC.

Availability for the River Tay has now been added and days for 2019 start from £30 plus vat for a bank rod and boat rods start from £100 plus vat - find 2019 fishing.

Grayling Fishing

Ashley Thomas with a winter grayling.

The fishing at Lower Itchen Fishery is within crystal clear water. Being able to sight fish was remarkable. I usually cover a lot of ground but the fishing was that good I barely covered a quarter of it, making the return journey even more exciting as my high expectations have been met! Find Fishing on the Lower Itchen.

A few hours spent on the Wear and a couple of grayling on BADAC club water. Find Fishing on the River Wear.

Grayling fishing on the River Tweed is available from November - find fishing.

The FishPal site has day permits for grayling fishing in England and Scotland. Please visit the Find Fishing page or alternatively give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

River Lochy

River Lochy Spring fish.

Speak to any stockbroker and they'll soon tell you that a falling market presents great opportunities. It's just the same with salmon fishing. There's little doubt that Scottish salmon fishing right now is in a bit of the doldrums, but premier beats (where dead men's shoes were usually earmarked for generations to come) are now becoming quietly available to those of us willing to do a bit of homework - read more.

Take the River Lochy – the largest and most productive salmon river on the West Coast of Scotland near Fort William. Something quite strange is happening on that river right now - read more.

To get a flavour of the river take a look at the River Lochy video filmed with Scott Mackenzie, Malcom Anderson and Anne Woodcock. Watch on Youtube.

For more information about fishing the River Lochy and availability for 2019 please contact Tom Carter at FishPal and/or visit the River Lochy site.

Spring Salmon Fishing

River Dee Spring salmon.

There are 8 weeks left before some rivers open again for salmon. The following rivers have added availability for Spring 2019.

In Scotland the season kicks off again in January, The Halladale, Helmsdale and Kyle of Sutherland open on the 11th January; the Borgie, Naver and Strathy (12th) with the Ness and Tay (15th). In England the Somerset Avon (15th), The Eden and Test (16th) and The Itchen (17th) also start their seasons, giving us all something to look forward to as the short days continue.

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.

Spring Fishing


The remaining availability for 2019 has just been released for Hendersyde, one of the most desirable and productive beats on the River Tweed.

Only two rods are allowed to fish at any time and each rod is looked after by one of the two expert ghillies. Due to the owner's decision to restrict rod numbers to two, there is more fishing available to each rod than almost any other beat on lower Tweed.

This and the expert gillie provided for each rod makes the beat so appealing and a rare opportunity to become a tenant - read more.

For all other beats 2019 availability is being added to FishTweed, which includes salmon and grayling fishing. If you want advice on the best places to stay when visiting the borders please visit the Fish Tweed where to stay section or give the team a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Iceland 2019


Have you dreamed about catching a 20+ pound Atlantic salmon on one of your many trips to Scotland, Norway or Canada and never succeeded? Well, here is your chance!

Laxa in Adaldal, which many simply call ‘Big Laxa', is one of Iceland's largest salmon rivers, and it consistently produces the country's heaviest fish every year, meaning fish of greater than 10 kg or 20 pounds.

Salmon fishing has become available for 4 days on Big Laxa from July 18th to July 22nd which includes accommodation in Reykjavik before and after your fishing - read more.

River Tyne

The Northumberland Branch of the Salmon & Trout Conservation have released sonar images of fish going through the fish pass on the Tyne on their Facebook page.

32,852 fish have gone through the counter until the end of October. If you would like to fish the River Tyne during 2019 please give Tom or Anne a call in the office on 01573 470612. Find Tyne Fishing.

Tay Opening 2019

Claire Mercer Nairne walking with anglers on opening day.

The Tay and District Salmon Fishery Board are delighted to announce that explorer Polly Murray, first Scottish woman to summit Mount Everest, will be opening the River Tay on Tuesday 15th January. Meikleour Fishing will be hosting the event by Kinclaven Bridge, PH1 4QW.

Polly Murray is a volunteer ambassador for the rural education charity Countryside Learning Scotland. They are currently working on an ambitious program to implement a Scottish Angling National Development Structure in partnership with several river boards and trusts, the TDSFB being one of them.

All anglers are invited to fish the Meikleour & Upper Islamouth beat after the ceremony for a £10 donation to Angling for Youth Development (pre-booking essential). Please contact Betty by email: to fish Meikleour Fishing on opening day.

River North Esk Ghillie Vacancy

A renowned salmon fishing beat on the River North Esk is looking for a full time ghillie to start before the beginning of next season. Customer service skills, good presentation, traditional country estate values and a welcoming smile are essential.

Applicants need to have previous ghillieing experience and must be seasoned salmon anglers. Regular bank and pool maintenance as well as out of season work is part of the job, contributing to the beats excellent reputation and amenity. Remuneration will depend on level of experience.

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

Tweed Ladies Days


FishPal's Anne Woodcock will be hosting a series of Saturday Ladies Tuition Days starting this weekend for the next six months with the Orvis Store in Kelso - read more.

The events are free, but if people would like to make a donation when they come along to the "Pets As Therapy charity box" in the store this will be brilliant.

For the first time she is opening her Tweed events to gentlemen. You are invited to join her on the afternoon session - read more.

Tweed Forum Champion 2018


Eric Hastings (69), a recently-retired river guardian from Drygrange who has dedicated his life to protecting the river Tweed, has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 Tweed Forum River Champion Award - read more.

CVFM Radio Gone Fishing


FishPal are weekly contributors to the angling radio show presented by Sam Harris. Catch it live every Saturday Morning from 8am until 10am on CVFM Radio.

Listen to last Saturday's Fishing Show again.

Next weekends guest is Irish angler Glenda Powell, regarded as one of the world's leading fly casting instructors.