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Newsletter April 2019 - No. 54

Last Thursday Rachel Hamilton, Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, highlighted the downturn of salmon numbers to the Scottish Parliament.

Parliament noted that angling in Scotland supports around 2,800 jobs and contributes £100 million to the economy; acknowledged that fishing generates significant employment opportunities in rural areas; recognises that there are significant challenges ahead if salmon stocks are to return to previous levels, and notes the calls for the Scottish Government to take urgent action to devise effective conservation and management plans in conjunction with relevant bodies to help address what it sees as the persistent decline in salmon stocks - watch again.

Later this month four friends will be running 3 marathons in 3 days along 3 of Scotland's iconic salmon rivers; Oykel, Spey and Tweed. On day 4, Will Davies will also run the London Marathon. They are doing this in aid of the Atlantic Salmon Trust, who are the only UK charity whose work is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout. You can find out more about the 4 marathon challenge and support the guys by following this link.

If you are out and about this coming week please keep sending in your photo's 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


9th April 2019

Spring Salmon

Meikleour Fishing Spring salmon. Photograph taken 3rd April.

1,718 people agreed on FishPal's Facebook post that Spring salmon are just beautiful fish. When you see these fine specimen fish, regardless of size up close and personal, you can't fail to appreciate their beauty.

Here at FishPal, we understand that catching a Spring fish is a huge achievement. If you want to be part of the Spring Salmon Club and would like to know the best places to fish, give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

Fishing Flies


Peaks Fly Fishing work alongside ghillies, guides and successful salmon anglers so they can offer you one of the best salmon fly selections available within the UK. Their flies are tied by Caledonia Fly Company, stockists of the largest selection of salmon flies in Europe.

If you are out fishing during the coming few weeks, take a look at the essential flies for spring - read more.


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.

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.

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Fishing Reports

Paul Norman fishing Ballathie on the River Tay.

The Dee finished the week with 33 fish to 17lb. Lower Crathes had 5 for the week. Banchory had 2 for the week. Swedish visitor, Anders Thylen had a 9lbr from Jock Adams and Yusuke Mii from Japan had 1 from Greenbank. Alan Lankshear had Cambus' only fish from the Long Pool. Alan is 95 years of age, and I am sure I am not alone in being hugely impressed and not a little inspired by him. Find Fishing.

The Tay. Those anglers that did brave the elements on the River Tay last week were rewarded for their efforts, as the Tay system continued to produce some lovely hard fighting spring salmon on a regular basis. Cargill Beat seemed to be the place to be on Monday with rods bent galore. There were a total of nine fish hooked and five springers landed weighing up to fourteen pounds. Find Fishing.

David Clark fishing with Ian Neale on the Findhorn.

The Findhorn had ideal river levels for the first two days of last week, however, it was quiet on both of the Altyre beats, with very few fish seen. It seemed that we were in between runs of fish and needing a little more in the way of water to encourage more fish into the river system! Little did we realise what was on the way, hurtling in from the Atlantic! 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.

Trout Fishing


In the middle stretches of the river Don there is a hidden gem. Kemnay Angling Club is nestled between the famous beats of Monymusk and Fetternear Estates and consists of one and a quarter mile of South bank fishing and a short section of North bank fishing.

The water holds a good number of salmon throughout the season due to the various pools, fast rushes and long deep glides present. It also does very well for sea trout from June onward. Wild brown trout are abundant in this part of the river with some large specimen trout of 5lb+ not uncommon. April and May are the best months to try for these brownies but they can be caught throughout the season with some skill - read more.

Please mail your fish photos to with your name, where you caught it and what fly/lure you caught it on. Please note we are not in a position to post your photos if the fish is on a bank, stones, etc. Ideally in a net, water or as close to the water if possible, cheers I look forward to seeing your catches!

Rods Available

Two rods are wanted to join a fishing party on the Spey, Castle Grant 2, from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July. The price, £2,000 per rod, includes accommodation at Inverallan House, all meals including lunch, and your fishing for the week.

Tom Carter says "I have had the pleasure of staying in this house and fishing a different beat on the estate, it is a great experience. The party who take the week are a family and friend from Luxembourg".

For further details please call 01573 470612 or email

Job Vacancy

The Ness and District Salmon Fishery Board have a vacancy for a Fisheries Officer based at their offices in Beauly, Inverness-shire.

Working as part of a wider team, the Fisheries Officer will be responsible for assisting in the protection, monitoring and management of wild salmon and sea trout populations and their habitats in the rivers, lochs and coastal areas of the Ness district - read more.