Meikleour Hotel
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Newsletter December 2018 - No. 41

Thank you for purchasing a day, week, syndicate or season permit this year. In doing so you are supporting the river you're fishing, it's infrastructure and the local community, from the ghillies and guides who look after you, to the fishing tackle shops who help you with flies and tackle, to the accommodation providers and restaurants.

The offices will be closed lunchtime on Monday 24th December and re-open Thursday 27th December as normal. For the New Year we will close lunchtime on Monday 31st December and re-open Wednesday 2nd January.

We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tight lines


17th December 2018

Trout Fishing In Iceland

If you find yourself Googling ‘Trout fishing in Iceland' at regular intervals, standing on the shoreline of your imagination, trying to read the expanse of crystal-clear water whilst your daydream distracts you from more mundane things, then FishIceland is here to help - read more.

One of the hardest decisions to make when planning your fishing trip to the land of fire and ice is choosing where to go to find the best angling experiences amidst this 40,000-square-mile wilderness. In a bid to narrow down your choices, but not your options, why not take a moment to consider Lake Heidarvatn and the Vatnsa River? - read more.

Fishing Alphonse Island

Alphonse Island is famous as one of the best saltwater fly fishing destinations on the planet with ten thousand acres of white sand flats providing easy wading and world class fishing.

The pristine atolls are home to huge populations of bonefish, three different types of triggerfish, barracuda, snapper, grouper, permit, parrotfish and eight species of trevally, including the giant trevally. The most challenging fish to catch, though, is the fabled milkfish, a turbo-charged algae-eater growing up to 40lbs.

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is delighted to offer this unique lot to Alphonse Island of 2 Rods, for one week 11th-18th May 2019. For more information please contact Atlantic Salmon Trust Ambassador and the CEO of FishPal, Mark Cockburn on 01573 470612 or email

All monies raised will go towards the Missing Salmon Project.

Latest report on the Loch Laxford Sea Trout Tagging Project, see film.

Tay Fishing Course

Gary Scott and Ballathie House Hotel are hosting two luxury fishing breaks during February and March. They include accommodation at Ballathie House Hotel, tuition with Gary Scott and salmon fishing on Ballathie Beat. Five course dinner on both nights in the hotel's 2AA Rosette restaurant, full Scottish breakfast and picnic hamper lunch each day - read more.

Fishing For 2019

It's been a busy week in the office with a flurry of availability for beats on the Annan, Cassley, Dee, Findhorn, Lochy, North Esk, Shin, Spey, Tay and Tweed added to the system. Find Fishing.

In addition, by the end of this week we are releasing the availability for Tweed Salmon Fishing rods after the completion of the annual renewal process. Find Tweed Fishing.

More availability will continue to be added during the coming weeks, so if there is a river or beat you would like to fish we would encourage you to register for a free rod alert.

If you would like to find out more about where to fish in 2019 please visit the website, alternatively give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Luxury Fly Rods

"Serious fly fishers understand what's special about a split cane rod," says Chris Clemes, whose company crafts them in Worcestershire.

Finely crafted, bespoke sports equipment is a labour of love for its artisan creators – and could make a present for family and friends who are passionate about their pastimes, says Emma Crichton-Miller, Financial Times.

Chris Clemes Fly Rods appear in the Financial Times feature, How To Spend It and the British Airways First Magazine - read more.

Family Fishing Destination

Where best to get a young child to catch their first fish? Here's a way that all the family can enjoy. Go to the Isle of Mull where a new property has just come onto the holiday letting market.

A traditional Island house in a lovely and totally secluded location next to a loch where many a child has caught their first trout and where sea eagles fish too - read more.

Upper Shin 2019

The River Shin is, with the Oykel, Carron and Cassley, one of the Kyle of Sutherland's four famous rivers. Like the Awe, Ewe and Kirkaig, the Shin has long been famous for being a small river that holds huge fish. Unlike the others though, it's water level is held up by a hydro dam meaning the river remains at a very good fishing height thoughout the summer months.

Every week holds a chance of landing a great fish. It is certainly one of the most reliable rivers in Scotland. Prices start from £20 for a days fishing and availability for 2019 is now live - find fishing.


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