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Newsletter April 2019 - No. 55

The first bank holiday of the year is forecast to be sunny, the perfect weather to get outdoors and go fishing.

On the site we have day permits for salmon, wild brown trout and still water fishing. If you are a solo angler, group or family we have permits that can accommodate all abilities and budgets. We also appreciate that you may be looking for fishing which includes accommodation. The new look Holiday Cottages section has a list of places to stay which includes fishing.

Rory Campbell with one of four fish he caught fishing Dochfour yesterday.

Here at FishPal the staff are all passionate anglers. I've been on Spey for the last few days, fishing Upper Arndilly with friends I introduced to fishing. Alas we didn't catch any fish. Later this week I'm catching up with owners on the river's Tyne and Annan, two rivers with some fabulous fishing opportunities.

Anne is off to the Orvis store in Harrogate this Saturday, 20th April, for a free workshop on the double handed rod with AAPGAI master and Yorkshire guide Brian Towers. Give the store a call and book a place on this excellent day. Joe is off for the next week and will be getting in amongst the action on his local rivers in Northern Ireland and Tom will be casting a line on Tweed during the Easter break.

If you are out and about during the Easter break, send in your photo's and fishing news. If you would like to speak to a member of the team about where to fish, give the office a call on 01573 470612, but do remember we will be off on Good Friday and Easter Monday, so make your plans now. You can always book 24/7 online, however if you want to talk to us in the office we will be back Tuesday morning.

Tight lines


17th April 2019

Jonathan Howitt with a 22lb fish caught on Darnaway, Findhorn last week.

Fishing Reports

Tweed had the best week of the season so far with 90 fish up to 17lb. The vast majority of fish caught were fresh off the tide carrying sea lice. Between Kelso and Coldstream 41 fish were reported. The following beats had the best fishing; Junction 12, Hendersyde 6, Sprouston 5 and Lower Birgham 5. Find Fishing.

The Dee reported 55 fish up to 17lb. Lower Crathes had 10 for the week and Jan Tryk had 4 of them up to 12lbs. Dee Damsel, Tara Spiers, was delighted to have her sister on hand to expertly net the 10 lb fish which took her 1-inch Monkey. Eighty-eight-year-old Dee regular David Dearman from near Peterborough also caught a 7lber in Pantoch. Find Fishing.

River Eden - There have been a few salmon caught of late as far up as the middle river with a couple in the high teens. Find Fishing.

The Tay - A cold easterly wind does not stop anglers from smiling on the River Tay. 75 fish were caught up to 23lb. Mr Scott Sykes had a day to remember on Friday on Kercock Beat after landing 2 cracking springers. He then continued his good form by rounding off the day with a fabulous sixteen pounder. However, Mr Sykes was not finished there as he landed another cracker from the beat on Saturday. Find Fishing.

The Annan. March was a difficult month for many of the Southern Scottish rivers, due to storms. However when the weather patterns settled there was an opportunity of a fish. Towards the end of the March the Annan enjoyed 9 consecutive days of fish caught every day. Fresh off the tide multi sea wintered fish, bars of silver - read more.

We have updated river reports for the Tyne, Findhorn, Esks and Nith. Conditions are improving so 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.

Tweed Trout Fishing

James Midyett, from Jackson Tennessee with a brown trout he caught on a guided day of fishing last week with TweedGuide.

There are some decent trout being caught on the Upper Tweed at the moment. f you would like to fish the dry fly, catches improve from May onwards, particularly in the last hour of falling light.

The Tontine Hotel in the Royal Burgh of Peebles overlooks the Upper Tweed and the water of Peeblesshire Trout Angling Club. The town has much to offer its visitors and is ranked as the top independent retailing town in Scotland and 2nd in the UK. Peebles is 23 miles from Edinburgh (37 minutes in the car) and also has a good bus route to and from the capital.

If you would like a days guided fishing on the Upper Tweed consider using Fin Wilson of FishWild and/or Ron McCombe of Tweedguide.

Give Tom a call in the office for more information about where to fish for trout and grayling, including guided fishing throughout Scotland.

Latest Fishing Added

During the last week availability has been added for the following river and beats.

Pol Dornie is on the River Garry, a beautiful river within the Tay system. The river flows down through the Pass of Killicrankie and into the Faskally Dam in Pitlochry. A day permit until the end of July costs £30 to £45 plus VAT. Find fishing.

Laithers beat on the Deveron have just added their May fishing. We now have day rods available, accommodation is also available separately. Prices start at £35+vat per day, fantastic value! Find fishing

Morphie Beat on the North Esk. One of the top fisheries on the North Esk, we have day permits to let for the coming weeks. A comfortable cottage is available at an extra cost. Well worth a trip as the weather patterns are on the change. Find fishing.

Moy Beat on the Findhorn. Located near Tomatin just off the A9, it offers a nice variety of pools and glides without the climbing issues in the gorge. The 2 beats are let per day, as a 3 rod beat. Weeks are being released, so please keep an eye on the FishPal website - read more

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about fishing for salmon, trout, sea trout and grayling in the UK, Ireland and Iceland please give the office a call on 01573 470612.


Monster Sea Trout

Gary Scott with 10lb sea trout.

Why go to Argentina when monster sea trout are only hours away in Iceland.

Sea trout fishing in Iceland normally starts late August and continues into early October. Our FishIceland expert Jon Sigurdsson recommends fishing during September when you can fish for 10-12 hours daily. Pricing is very reasonable. From £150 per rod/day without any lodge accommodation - read more.

If you're looking to catch the sea trout of your lifetime and do not want to spend a fortune in doing so, then Iceland is the place to go - read more.

Fishing Courses

TweedGuide are holding a ladies only trout fly fishing day on Sunday 5th May. The day includes tuition, fishing permits and equipment - read more.

Gary Scott has one place available on his two day fly-fishing course on the Dee at the beginning of May. The course includes an extra day fishing on Monaltrie and Invercauld .
Arriving Sunday 5th May the course is 6th and 7th, with an option of fishing the 8th. Staying at the Glen Lui Hotel in Ballater with full board accommodation - read more.

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In the last few weeks water levels have been falling and heavy tube patterns are just bouncing along the bottom of streams, it's time to move to lighter tube flies or even a dressed fly - read more.

For Sale Week 35

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. Week 35, 10 year average is 16.

Week 35 is a mid September week for 3 rods. Price has been reduced to £19,500 and the owner is prepared to split the rods. Contact Tom Hough on 07789 114483.

Positivity Through Angling

Tom helping a young angler play a fish.

Last weekend FishPal's Tom Carter went along to the Positivity Through Angling Event in aid of SAMH (Scotland's Mental Health). In total 80 children fished the family pond over 2 days (49 Saturday and 31 Sunday) and 34 anglers fished Moffat Fishery, just off junction 15 of the A74(M).

Well done to Michael Fearns, Scott Rutherford and John Bell for hosting and organising this full weekend of trout fishing for young and old - read more.

Please mail your fish photos to with a 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 as possible, cheers I look forward to seeing your catches!