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Newsletter January 2019 - No. 43

To catch a Spring fish is the highlight of many an anglers fishing season and to catch one in January is ranked at the top of the list. John MacIsaac a previous Malloch Trophy winner has finally caught his first January salmon and what a fish it is.

First Spring fish off the River Moriston caught by John MacIsaac.

If you would like to join the exclusive club of catching a Spring salmon please give Tom a call in the office for beats to try. A days salmon fishing during the next few months can start from as little as £20 a day - find fishing.

If you are like me and enjoy casting a line for the "Lady of the Stream", we have some excellent fishing available on the Itchen. Tweed grayling are in great nick and it's well worth the effort in the colder climate. Finlay Wilson has some great days planned at Dawyck and rods are available on line.

If you are out fishing this coming week tight lines.

22nd January 2019

River Tay

Spring salmon caught from a boat kept in the net on Stobhall.

The Tay welcomed guests from three continents, all excited to be part of such a traditional Scottish event. The opening event also raised £2000 for the charity Angling For Youth Development, which enables children from all walks of life and abilities to have access to angling and river related activities.

Salmon were caught at Stobhall, Portnacraig, Pitlochry and Ballathie produced the largest fish at 18lb. Sea trout were caught on Waulkmill and Taymount.

Well done Claire Mercer Nairne and her team at Meikleour Estate. There is a tremendous amount of work involved when opening a river. To receive media coverage in national newspapers in the UK, Spain and the USA is a credit to her leadership.

If you would like to experience the hospitality of the River Tay this year, please give Tom or Mark a call in the office on 01573 470612. We have beats on the FishTay site that are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Fin and Game Invitation


To celebrate the first day of the 2019 Tweed salmon season, Fin and Game would like to invite you and your friends to join them in their Kelso store on Friday 1st February from 5-8pm for drinks and nibbles. There will also be a raffle with some excellent prizes to kick off the season - read more.

Fin and Game are sponsoring The Tweed Trophy for the 2019 season. The trophy will be awarded to the angler who catches the first Spring salmon of the season on the River Tweed - read more.

Fishing In Iceland


East Ranga is one of the best known salmon rivers in Iceland. In the past 10 years East Ranga river has either been number one or two in the number of salmon caught every year. This beautiful river is fished with double handed rods and is easily accessible for most anglers, no advanced wading is required - read more.


Fishing For 2019

New to the sport? Please give FishPal a call.

Fishery owners, angling clubs and river managers have been adding availability across the FishPal site this month. We still have more to add, so if there is a fishery with little or no availability please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 or email

We understand and appreciate that this may be your first fishing trip you are organising or that you may be new to the sport. Everyone at FishPal goes fishing and is passionate as you are about our sport. We are just a call away on 01573 470612 and the offices are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

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River Spey

Carron and Laggan beat

With the mild winter and very little snow in the Cairngorms so far, this river could well fish early this season and March could be an interesting month! Find Fishing.

Week beginning the 11th March on the Carron and Laggan beat, River Spey has become available - read more.

Courses & Offers

FishPal introducing ladies to fishing. Photo courtesy of Helen Jobson.

Neil Lobban and Glyn Freeman are hosting a fly fishing event for salmon and sea trout with tuition on the river Tyne, 28th and 29th June 2019 - read more.

Dalmarnock Fishings on the river Tay are offering one rod every month and four extra rods to be taken throughout the season. That's 14 days fishing at £35 per month. Contact Tom at FishPal for details on 01573 470612.

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, salmon fishing on Ballathie Beat. Five course dinner on both nights in the hotel's 2AA Rosette restaurant, full Scottish breakast and picnic hamper lunch each day - read more.



This months Trout & Salmon magazine has another excellent feature by Craig Sommerville on the River Ness and Inverness Angling Club. Last Summer, FishPal's Anne Woodcock joined Craig and helped out on a fund raising ladies day organised by Sue Munro for the Highland Hospice.

If you would like to fish the River Ness during 2019, please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

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