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Newsletter February 2019 - No. 46

There is a feeling of Spring in the air this week which has seen anglers contacting us to book some last minute fishing for the weekend. Fishing pressure for salmon has been light during the last month, so tight lines to those out in the coming days.

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FishPal prides itself at being on the 'front foot' in the fishing industry. Our aim is to enhance our customers experience by delivering relevant content in a clear format with speed.

The team and I are always pleased to hear your views and ideas as we continue the journey of delivering you more fishing opportunities in the year ahead.

News in from the Tyne. Cliff Dent fishing Styford has caught the beats first salmon of the season at 10lb just below the fish pass. We are led to believe that this is the first fish off the Tyne this year.

Finally I would like to thank the ghillies and boatmen across our rivers for their daily catch updates and the telephone calls into the FishPal office with news and photographs of their customers catches.

Tight lines

14th February 2019

River Spey Opens

Speyside opened its door this week to anglers from across the globe on a bright and chilly Monday morning. Kevin James, last years Quaich winner, poured an entire bottle of Aberlour Whisky into the river accompanied by the sounds of piper Alan Sinclair. Read more.

The conditions this year were again favourable and it was not long before anglers were enjoying some welcome sport. Stuart Martin fishing Arndilly caught and released a 24lb salmon with the help of his ghillie Keith McLaren - read more.

If you would like to fish the Spey please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 for email

Fish The Tay

Howard Lane fishing from a boat on Ballathie Beat, keeping his 13lb salmon in the net.

Last week saw an improvement in catches recorded with a few small runs working up the system. It is early in the season but after a good spate, expectation should be far better for next week. This week has got off to a better start with 3 fish recorded on Monday and fish caught every day so far - read more.

Huge congratulations to David Gardner on catching the first Spring fish of the year on Newtyle Beat. 7lb bar of silver from Ferry Pool. A days fishing on Newtyle beat starts from £35. Find Fishing.


What Makes A Perfect Trip

What makes for the perfect salmon fishing trip? We all probably value different aspects more or less than others. For some catching a fish is paramount, for others the friendly company of the other rods, for some it's the quality of the pools we are fishing and for some it's the gillies we are fishing with, and combinations of the above. Like us all Colin Chisholm enjoys catching a fish, but it's not top of his list - read more.

River Tweed

Junction fish 13th February 2019.

Another three fish were reported on opening day with Lower Floors, Carham and Hendersyde all landing one. Mr Ashley Temple fishing at Carham landed a stunning 15lbs fish while on Hendersyde, Mr Paul Holland landed a fine fish of 9lbs, not to be done with his opening day fish, Paul landed another two springers weighing 14lbs and 9lbs. On the 3rd, Birgham Dub got off and running with a lovely 8lb springer for Mark Jackson - read more.

Prices for a days fishing start from £20 per rod per day - find fishing.

Tweed Syndicate Rods

Maxton beat on the River Tweed near St. Boswells has syndicate rods available for the 2019 season.

The beat is let as a 2 rod beat and offers 3/4 mile of single bank fishing opposite Middle Mertoun. There are 4 named pools and whilst Maxton is primarily a salmon beat, it has had good runs of grilse and sea trout though the summer months. This very attractive beat has considerable potential. It is run on a family syndicate basis and tenants are expected to be friendly and help each other - read more.

FishPal Donations


Mark Cockburn at the opening of the River Spey handed over a cheque for £400 to biologist Brian Shaw of the Spey Fishery Board.

A total of £15,478.60p will be handed out to rivers across the FishPal system. This would not be possible without anglers who make a donation when they book fishing on FishPal and their River sites.

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

River Dee


The first full week of the season produced thirteen springers. It was a fair return, all things considered. The ice and grue that plagued opening day began to melt away which allowed Graeme Arthur to catch the first fish of the season, a 10lbr at Crathes Castle on a Dee Monkey - read more.

The River Dee Trust auction is now underway with some fantastic lots in the auction again this year. The online auction will close at 21:00 on Sunday 24 February 2019.

A days fishing on the Dee for February and March starts from as little as £25 - find fishing.

July Fishing In Iceland


One rod has become available on East Ranga during prime time from July 28th until July 31st. Anglers who fished this week last year caught between 15 to 20 salmon each. East Ranga was ranked as number 2 in catches last season in Iceland.

For more information please contact Tom Carter on 01573 470612 or Jon Sigurdsson in Iceland on email

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Win Spring Flies


Win a complete selection of Spring salmon flies in the Peaks Fly Fishing Competition - read more.

Peaks Fly Fishing is one of the UK's leading high spec' fly retailers. They have teamed up with Caledonia Fly Company to offer salmon anglers the very finest quality salmon flies.

Especially for FishPal customers they have created an essential seasonal selection designed to catch fish on all UK rivers - read more.


News In Brief

Timeshare Rods for sale in perpetuity on the River Tweed.

Upper Morwick Fishing on the River Coquet is just under 2 miles of prime salmon, sea trout and brown trout water and is successfully run by James Armstrong. Situated only a few miles upstream of the tidal water at Warkworth, it currently is fished by a private syndicate of four rods. This year the beat is offering two rods every Monday, Wednesday and Friday - read more.

Guests on last weeks Countryside Show discussed the North East Drift Nets, Bob White chatted about the Scottish Game Keepers and the beats he manages on the River Tay. Richard Wade from Lycetts covered the HSE crackdown on farms and Duncan Thomas chatted about BASC. Listen to the show again.

Could you be a River Tweed Commissioner?
Scottish Borders Council are looking for Borderers with an interest in the River to serve on the River Tweed Commission. For more information and how to apply.

River Reporters Required. FishPal 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 you would like to know more, please call Mark Cockburn on 01573 470612.

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.