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Newsletter January 2019 - No. 44

Anglers are looking forward to getting out for a cast this Friday as more rivers open up in Scotland and England for salmon.

The outlook for the river's Brora; Dee, Earn; Teith, Tweed and English Tyne opening on Friday is for a cold, frosty start with crisp winter sunshine and temperatures typically around -4. Further south we could see up to 10cm fall across parts of Wales and England, where salmon seasons open up for the rivers Lyn; Aln; Coquet; Calder; Crake; Dart; Derwent; Duddon; Ehen; Ellen; Esk (Cumbrian); Irt; Kent; Leven; Lune; Ribble; Severn; Teign; Tees; Wear; Usk; Wye and Wyre to name but a few! Tight lines to all who venture out at the start of their season.

Ian and Annie fishing the Tay last year on the second day of the season .

With snow and ice warnings please be careful if you're out travelling to river openings and fishing. Do send us your images to share of any river or beat openings you attend.

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.

Tight lines

22nd January 2019

River Reporters

With the new seasons opening up on rivers across the country, everyone is getting excited about the prospects for the year ahead. To keep anglers up to date with what is happening out on the river our fantastic river reporters send in the latest news.

We are looking to widen our river reports in 2019. Are you an angler or do you know someone who has the latest news with what is happening on the ground? If so, we would love to hear from you and discuss how we might be able to work together.

If you would like to know more, please call Mark Cockburn on 01573 470612.

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Tay Fishing Course


Upper Islamouth and Meikleour beat is excited to offer a series of fly casting and salmon fishing tuition throughout the 2019 season. The June dates are currently sold out but they still have availability in March - read more.

Fishing For Sale

One rod on Week 3. Upper Scone consists of 23 named pools over 2 miles divided into upper and lower beats with 2 ghillies, 2 boats and 1 hut per beat. Pitlochrie being the upstream beat, located at Stanley and Benchil the downstream beat. The fishing in perpetuity on this famous and spectacular Lower Tay. The maintenance charge is £400 per annum. This has been priced at £50 for a very quick sale - read more.

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.


FishPal Donations

Mark handing a cheque to Luke Comins, Director, Tweed Forum.

Huge thanks to all of the anglers who fish the River Tweed and its tributaries, who have so kindly donated £1,986 when booking fishing on FishTweed. The money will be used to assist the work of Tweed Forum - read more.

We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation when booking their fishing. A total of £15,478.60p will be handed out to rivers across the FishPal system during the coming weeks.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of being part of FishPal please contact

Simms Layering Range


Staying warm is the trick to staying out all day, no matter the weather. The Simms layering range has been designed to keep you warm and offer insulation, but not restrict your movement whilst fishing.

Fin and Game have a wide range of Simms gear including Fleece Bibs, Thermal Pants and Mid Layer Tops & Bottoms to ensure you get the best of your time on the water - read more.

River Spey

FishPal have secured availability on another prime Spey beat with accommodation for the 2019 season. The famous Rothes and Aikenway beat is available for the following weeks - read more.

Spey Lower Pityoulish, Located opposite Kinchurdy and between Boat of Garden and Aviemore - 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 sites 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 the first fishing trip you are organising or that you may be new to the sport. Everyone at FishPal goes fishing and is as 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.

Holiday Cottages

The Boathouse at Norham.

With expert local knowledge and a longstanding relationship with the River Tweed fishing fraternity, you could say that Crabtree & Crabtree was born on the river bank.

They started out organising fishing trips for friends and family on the Tweed, using their local know-how to find the very best places to fish and handpicking perfect places to stay. These homes are chosen for their personality, warmth, charm… and of course proximity to the renowned River Tweed and its tributaries - read more.

Tweed Fishing Course

Come and learn to fish on the fabulous River Tweed. Open to all, absolute beginners very welcome.

During April, TweedGuide are hosting a series of trout and salmon courses for all abilities - read more.

Living in Edinburgh, come down on the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and TweedGuide will pick you up, take you to the fishing and bring you back to Tweedbank for your return journey to Edinburgh. It's very easy - read more.