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Newsletter February 2019 - No. 47

There is a feeling of optimism in the angling community this week. We've seen more fish reported and the start of fish in the high teens and above 20lb being recorded.

Lucinda with her Tweed fish.

Lucinda Ewin has been in search of a Spring fish since the season began. She's cast a line on rivers in England and Scotland since January and her determination has paid off. Last weekend fishing the river Tweed she caught her first spring salmon.

Thank you to the anglers who've contacted with your fish reports and photographs. Congratulations go to Willy Broadley who had his first fish off the River Oich and his friend Gary Hendry, who caught the second fish off the river at the weekend. Ian McLennan on the Canterland beat caught a cracking fishing in the Ghoil pool this week.

First fish off the River Helmsdale. Caught 15th February.

Tony Davies, 81 years old, caught two springers on the fly on Hendersyde River Tweed on the 15th of February. Lower Birgham are off the mark with their first of the season caught on a black and yellow monkey.

Please remember that the fish you are catching during Spring will be in the system until they have spawned. We are being reminded by anglers about keeping fish wet. Please take a look at the catch and release film The Gift, which we participated in along with the Atlantic Salmon Trust and the Angling Trust.

We 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

20th February 2019

Latest Fishing Reports

Neil Lobban, FishTyne Reporter, fishing the Tyne Monday, 18th February.

On the Tyne, anglers are using a range of tips and slower sinking lines to get a bit of depth and to slow the fly in the cold Spring water. The usual patterns dressed slightly larger on tubes will all produce fish - read more. Give the office a call if you would like to fish the Tyne or visit FishTyne's latest availability.

River Spey Our reporter says that it has probably been the best opening week he has seen since he started writing a report on the Spey - read more. We know that many of you would like to fish the Spey. If you want advice on this river give the office a call on 01573 470612.

River Nith. The Nith District Salmon Fishery Board, in association with Dumfries and Galloway Angling Association, are hosting an opening event for the 2019 salmon fishing season on the River Nith at Carnsalloch on Monday 25th of February. This event is intended to bring the river community together to celebrate the commencement of the 2019 season, which is of course the "International Year of the Salmon" - read more.

A days salmon fishing during the next few months starts from as little as £20 a day - find fishing.

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Fishing Added

Cracker caught on Lower Birgham last week, River Tweed.

The following rivers have added availability this week.

River Cassley at Glencassley. A private fishery for many years, the proprietors are delighted to once again invite anglers to experience the varied and exciting fishing the Glencassley Estate beat of the River Cassley has to offer - read more.

River Ericht at Blairgowrie. West Grange Fishings are pleased to offer approx 5 miles of salmon fishing on the River Ericht in the heart of Perthshire. On any given day we have available 3 miles of mostly double bank fishing exclusively for 4 rods giving varied and exciting opportunities to catch atlantic salmon on classic fly water - read more.

River Nairn at Nairn. The Association has 6 miles of fishing offering arguably some of the best salmon and sea trout association water in Scotland - read more.

Yorkshire Esk at Egton. The Egton Estate water is approx. 1.25 miles in length of double bank fishing with some very exciting pools and riffles for resident and passing through seatrout and salmon - read more.

If you would like advice on where to go fishing or with booking permits etc. please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 or email

Dean MacAlister 16lb fish on Styford 16th February.

FishPal Donations

Earlier this week Mark Cockburn visited Mark Bilsby, CEO of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, in their new premises at Battleby in Perthshire. During his visit he handed over a cheque for £6,486.40p from angler donations made when booking their fishing on the FishPal site in 2018.

Mark Cockburn said "The money will go towards the AST's Missing Salmon Project, a project I know that is gaining real momentum and vital for the future understanding of our salmon stocks.Thanks to everyone who has donated throughout 2018, great to know that so many people care and want to do their bit to help".

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.

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

River Tweed

Fin and Game's Tom Leslie with a fish on Monday, 18th February.

Finally a week with settled water and fish numbers are promising going by the catches. The condition of fish being caught has been good. Hopefully they continue to come in better numbers as Spring progresses. This week saw fish reported above Kelso - read more.

Hendersyde Head Boatman, Ketch reports "Had a good start to our season with a fish on the opening day and have been lucky enough to have some cracking fish since. Wednesday past turned out to be very memorable with 4 springer's, both rods landing 2 each. Friday was pretty special too with an 81 year old gentleman landing 2 double figure fish on the fly. He's taken the fly home to frame it" - read more.

Give Tom a call in the office if you would like to fish Tweed this year. Prices for a days fishing start from £20 per rod per day - find fishing.


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Old Melrose Beat

The Old Melrose Beat offers a stunning and secluded place to fish the Middle Tweed. The beat is situated below Scotts View on a large meander of the river and offers one of the most beautiful spots on the river to relax and contemplate life whilst fishing.

For 2019 the Beat has decided to focus on ensuring that guests have the best possible experience when fishing at Old Melrose. Autumn rod prices have been reduced to £95 per rod per day and the number of rods fished has been reduced from 4 down to 3. The fishing hut is being improved with electricity and running water due to be connected over the summer. There are also two self catering cottages, making it an ideal destination for those wanting a fishing holiday at a very reasonable price - read more.

River Dee

One of 23 fish caught last week.

The week finished with twenty-three fish and catches were spread out, with fish landed as far up as Carlogie and Dess. Conditions were decent for the most part, although the river was a bit up and down with meltwater - read more.

Tactics remain deep and slow, with the holy trinity of gold Willie Gunn, Black and Yellow and Dee Monkey the go-to flies. As the water temperature creeps up, adjust accordingly.

Auction closes this weekend. The River Dee Trust auction has some fantastic lots in it this year and will close this coming Sunday 24th at 21:00.

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

News In Brief

Free Event. Northumberland and Durham branch of Salmon and Trout Conservation UK are holding a Beginner's Day on the River Tyne, Sunday May 19, 2019. Equipment and tuition will be provided free of charge. Interested parties should contact the secretary by email:

If you would like to join the exclusive club of anglers 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.

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