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Newsletter April 2019 - No. 56

The 2018 Salmon Fishery Statistics have been released by the Scottish Government. Fisheries Management Scotland said "Salmon conservation must become a national priority in what is the International Year of the Salmon. We are calling on all regulatory authorities urgently to place a renewed emphasis on the crucial importance of salmon conservation."

This morning BBC News were on the River Tay with Claire Mercer Nairne at Meikleour. Claire was discussing salmon catches and the importance of salmon fishing to the rural economy and green tourism.

Today the Atlantic Salmon Trust's Missing Salmon Project research team deployed the final receivers in the Moray Firth Tracking Project. It's taken just over 2 weeks to position a total of 358 receivers in the rivers Deveron, Spey, Findhorn, Ness, Conon, Oykel and Shin, as well as the inner and outer Moray Firth. They are ready to detect over 850 salmon smolts as they begin their migration to their marine feeding grounds. For the latest Atlantic Salmon Trust update click here.

Since FishPal's inception in 2003, we have continued to work closely with river trusts, angling groups and conservation charities. We believe that anglers on the river are the ears and eyes for scientists.

Mark handing over a cheque to Ceri Gibson of the Tyne Rivers Trust last week from angler donations when booking a days fishing on the Tyne.

If you are out and about this week, please do keep sending in your photo's and fishing news. If you would like to speak to a member of the team about where to fish, please call us on 01573 470612.

Tight lines


25th April 2019

Win Salmon Flies


Peaks Fly Fishing are running another popular giveaway to win a selection of their premium salmon flies.

Enter the competition here.

Tied by the world-class Caledonia fly company, their salmon flies are grouped by river and season to make sure you get the right flies for your trip!

Unique Opportunity Tyne

All proceeds from this Wild Trout Trust auction lot will be used to help fund work in the River Tyne catchment.

A unique opportunity for three rods for two days (fixed dates: 12 & 13 August 2019) to fish two private beats on the River Tyne: Lee Hall for one day and Countess Park for one day. The Tyne is consistently England's top salmon river and salmon of 20lb and 30lb have been caught on the Countess Park beat recently. The Lee Hall beat lies immediately downstream and has been under-fished in recent years. The beats are on the edge of the Northumberland National Park near Wark, where the river runs through a mixture of woodlands and pasture giving the most unspoilt and beautiful environment to fish. Proceeds will be used to help fund work in the Tyne catchment. Price £600

Please contact Denise Ashton of the Wild Trout Trust if you would like to make a bid on 07802 454157.

Customer Feedback

Tom Smith with one of his three fish.

I booked Tillmouth with FishTweed for Friday 12th & Saturday 13th April and what a fantastic time I had.

Three fish on Friday, all spanking fresh and carrying sea lice. One sea trout about 3lb and two salmon 8lb & 14lb. The 14lb fish was a silver bar of pure spring muscle. It kept taking line with run after run and my arms were honestly hurting when we finally got it to the net. They were all taken on my own tied black & yellow shrimp tube fly.

Thank you for providing a great service and I genuinely love the new style website.

Mark Cockburn's View


The opening paragraphs of todays newsletter focus on the 2018 catch statistics and the ongoing problems with our salmon stocks and I am proud to be supporting so many different initiatives that hope to help, not just with the conservation of our beloved salmon, but also get behind some seriously well thought through initiatives that hope to finally help address some of the issues and then do something about it! - Read more.

Fishing Reports

Robson Green with a Tyne Spring fish from Bywell Beat.

The Tweed started the week cold. A howling up stream wind played havoc with casting and white horses thundered across the river. Anglers who braved the changing and challenging fishing conditions caught a total of 71 salmon and 6 sea trout. Lower beats benefitted when river levels started dropping. Ladykirk finished on 13. Above Kelso 19 fish were reported with the lions share caught by Floors. Junction finished the week on 8. A day fishing starts from £20. Find Fishing.

The Spey reports fish catches from Castle Grant to Gordon Castle. Orton was lightly fished and produced four. Delfur finished into double figures and Rothes had a better week finishing in the mid-teens plus two large sea trout. A day fishing starts from £36. Find fishing.

First salmon on his first trip to Tweed with Instruction from Eoin Fairgrieve for Mark Brook fishing Tweedswood.

The Tay reports anglers on Loch Tay enjoyed a terrific start to the week with five fish caught within the first two days. Catches on the River Tummel seem to be going from strength to strength with seven fish landed from the Portnacraig Beat during the first two days of the week. Dalmarnock Beat finished the week on a high. Murthly 2 Beat had a magical Monday with three lovely springers. Middle/lower Tay beats Meikeleour, Islamouth and Cargill continued their run of catches. The river finished on 63 fish. A day fishing starts from £25. Find fishing.

The Tyne - April has seen some lovely fish caught. Again numbers have been unremarkable so far due to the lack of anglers on the river. 50 fish have passed through the fish counter at Riding Mill so far this year which is similar to figures in previous years. The majority of fish have been caught on beats above and below Corbridge. Eugene Burzler and Robson Green have had some beautiful fish from Bywell. A day fishing starts at £30. Find fishing.

The Wear. We watch with interest as the River Wear sees its best upstream fish counts since records began in 1994. A total of 181 fish have passed through the Durham fish counter since January. The North East Drift nets were removed at the start of this year for salmon. This river is a hidden gem. A day salmon fishing is £25. Find fishing.

For more river reports please click the link.

Give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information on beats across the FishPal system, along with places to fish for all abilities and budgets, or visit our find fishing page.


Tay Success


Congratulations Paul Jamieson fishing Murthly on Monday with ghillie Donald Triton.

He caught the fish using the new Sage Igniter 15ft rod and an Intruder Fly. Paul works for Kate Fleming Shooting and Fishing and was using the demo rod. He said "Come into the shop and try it."

The shop is just 6 miles, 10 minutes from the Tay at Meikleour and is also ideally placed for the Ericht and Isla rivers.

They also stock Caledonia Fly Company Flies and they have everything you need including rod and wader hire.

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Lower Pavilion For Sale

An opportunity to purchase prime timeshare salmon fishing rights in perpetuity on the River Tweed at Lower Pavilion with each rod unit having a Spring, Summer and Autumn week.

There is a late September rod unit for sale at £6500 per rod unit and a prime October rod at £18000 plus transfer costs.

To request further details please contact Elizabeth Hull on 01785 716690.

Strathfillan Angling Club


A nice spate river with added lochs. Perfect for some good brown trout fishing and at £8 per day superb value.

Located around Crianlarich on the A85 To Oban or Fort William. 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!