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Newsletter April 2019 - No. 53

Friday week I had the pleasure of attending the Fisheries Management Scotland Conference in Edinburgh entitled "Salmon and People in a Changing World." An audience of interesting like minded people from around the world, all meeting to get stuck into some really challenging and topical agenda items that certainly made for some great debate.

Given that everything that was discussed is underpinned by the fact that without anglers we do not have an industry, my only criticism of the day was that the angling community was not represented in any of the workshops which to me seems like an obvious omission which needs rectified for future conferences - read more.

Yesterday I was on the Tay at Dalmarnock beat, visiting John Olav from Norway with 9 students who are all here to experience Scottish Salmon fishing as part of their college course in Norway - read more.

If you are out and about this coming week please keep sending in your photos and fishing reports. If you would like to go fishing and are looking for places to fish, please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Tight lines


3rd April 2019

Hebrides Trout

Image courtesy of Euan Myles.

The Outer Hebrides is a game angler's dream location. Whether you are a solitary angler, form part of a larger group or are simply looking for a tranquil family vacation, the Outer Hebrides has it all.

If your target species is large brown trout they are often caught throughout the season. However some of the weightier fish, particularly the elusive ferox trout, tend to be caught in early and late season. April and May are generally considered good months for the larger fish on the Hebrides. Find fishing.

Customer Feedback

Gordon Castle fish caught yesterday, 2nd April.

Thank you for the feedback and kind words you send in about the staff in the FishPal offices in Kelso and the beats you fish.

Those of you who book a fishing permit with FishPal will know that we ask for your feedback after your days fishing. This is added to the individual beat page under reviews.

Feedback received from anglers fishing the last 10 days.....

Castle Grant, River Spey. The ghillie was attentive and very helpful. He had a vast knowledge of his beat and was very willing to share his knowledge. One salmon at 20lbs caught on a Monkey Fly.

Dochfour, River Ness. One of the most well kept river banks I've seen. Ghillie goes above and beyond. I'd fish here every day if I could.

Rutherford, River Tweed. Tremendous bit of water & ghillie knowledge priceless. One Springer landed & possibly another lost!

Dumfries Burgh, River Nith. Allan Blyth went above and beyond to make sure we had a good day. One salmon caught.

Meikleour Fishing, River Tay. What an amazing couple of days. 22lb springer on the fly and the brace of a lifetime. Ian was fantastic in the boat, very knowledgeable and full of useful tips. Both Callum and Ian were great fun to chat to and gain knowledge from. I look forwards to returning. Three Springers 22lb, 18lb on the fly and a 8lb on spinner.

Tweed Trout Fishing School

Ralph Kasper with a 4lb Tweed brownie.

Anglers visiting the Scottish Borders since the opening of the trout season are enjoying some fruitful guided fishing days with Tweed Guide. Last Thursday Ralph Kasper from the USA fished with Tweed Guide and caught a specimen brown trout on a March Brown.

There are a few places left on Tweed Guide Trout Fishing Schools on Sunday 14th and 28th April. For more information please contact Ron McCombe on 07962 401770 or visit their website.

Fishing Hut

Perfect by the side of the river.

Due to a house move Rob Herbert is selling his beloved shed. After taking advice from friends and Dougie on Craigellachie Fishing he feels that it is perfect by the side of a river as a ghillies hut - read more.

Fishing Reports

Mrs Shaw with her fish caught on Knockando Estate River Spey.

The Tweed anglers caught 66 salmon and 10 sea trout last week. Fish are continuing to push their way into the middle river with 21 fish now reported above Kelso and as far up as Bemersyde. Find Fishing.

The Dee had good fishing conditions last week with 36 fish up to 21lbs. The Norwegian party caught 6 fish with Petter Gaustad topping the list with 4, 3 of 9 lbs from Pantoch and Birkwood Window and a 5 lber from Hollybush on Invery and Tilquhillie beat.
Bjorn Salquist had 2 at Ballogie.
John Sumner had a liced fish at Carlogie and Wayne Napier-Gibbons had cracker of 21lb on Saturday. Find Fishing.

The Tay system continued to produce top quality hard fighting spring salmon last week. 56 fish were landed, with fish weighing in excess of 20 pounds on almost a daily basis.
There were bent rods galore on the Meikleour and Upper Islamouth Beat on Monday with 4 springers landed. It was a day to remember for Mr Tim Wood who landed 2 fish on the fly weighing 18 and 22 pounds.
Mr Martin Wilson was in the thick of the action again landing a terrific 23 pounder from the Portnacraig Bank. Find Fishing.

With conditions improving give Tom a call in the office if you would like to discuss the best places to go fishing or visit our find fishing page.


Four Marathons For Charity


This April, four ex-Army friends, Will Davies, Freddy Paske, Richard Chambers and Will Tod will complete three marathons in three days along three of Scotland's iconic salmon rivers – the Oykel, Spey and Tweed in aid of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.

Will Davies will then travel to London to complete the fourth on day four of the challenge. He will be running the Virgin London marathon - read more.

FishPal would like wish them every success on the way and we will be joining them as they run down the Tweed.

You can made a donation and give your support by following this link.

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Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction

A day fishing on Birgham Dub on Tweed is one lot within the auction.

The Atlantic Salmon Trust 2019 annual auction is now live and you can view lots and bid via their dedicated auction site.

The AST have launched Sponsor A Smolt. You will be able to name your smolt and choose which river you would like to sponsor a smolt from.
These smolts start their incredible migration from the headwaters of The Spey, The Deveron, The Findhorn, The Ness, The Oykel, The Shin and The Connon.

Your Photographs


We appreciate at FishPal that taking a good photo is not that easy.

Take for example our very own Tom Carter who finally bumped into a 10lb bar of silver on West Learmouth, River Tweed last Wednesday. This was the photograph (pictured) that was taken of Tom with his fish!

Keep sending in your memorable and not so memorable fishing photos to