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Newsletter May 2019 - No. 57

May is the month when many of us start to cast a line for our favourite species of fish. Nights are getting lighter, birds are singing in the trees and we have two Bank Holidays to look forward to, which means three days fishing. This month's full moon is May 18th.

Congratulations Blair Watt a local angler from Carron. He has caught his first ever salmon measuring 38 inches and estimated at 21lbs on the Knockando Estate. Fish have been seen all week on the beat.

Robert MacQueen has finally caught an "April fish" on the last day of the month. He was fishing Dochfour, Ness. He said "It's probably the best take I have ever had. The sea liced fish stripped a tungsten monkey on a fast sink tip. It went ballistic!"

Derek Ramage on his first day out this season has caught the first mid Clyde salmon of 2019. He hooked into the fish on his fourth cast, such was the power of it, that twice it ripped into his backing line.

Anglers fishing Edradynate Beat at the weekend still buzzing!

Jim Cowie caught a cracking 10lber on the MacAllan beat on Spey. Jim took up the sport a couple of years ago, and it's fair to say "He Loves Fishing".

Last weekend anglers enjoyed a cracking day on Edradynate beat on the Tay. Fish were caught and they told me they are still "buzzing" about their fishing trip.

Smiles all around for junior members of the RSAA.

Sunday was the first outing for young members of the River Spey Anglers Association and it was an enjoyable day for all involved. Smiles were all around at Mill of Kellas Trout Fishery. Lots of juniors were trying fishing for the first time and some cracking 4lb+ fish were caught.

Congratulations to Will Davies, Freddy Paske, Richard Chambers and Will Todd who ran 3 marathons in Scotland in 3 days. Will Davies also ran the London Marathon on Sunday. The chaps have raised a staggering £14,428 for the Atlantic Salmon Trust. The money will go towards the Missing Salmon Project.

Whether you are new to the sport and in search of your first species or someone who's fished all their life, we all have a common interest, a love of fishing.

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

Tight lines


2nd May 2019

Introduction To River Fishing

To celebrate the "Year of the Salmon", Scottish Youth and the Countryside Education Trust (SYCET) in conjunction with BASC are holding an introduction to the conservation of salmon for young people on Meikleour Beat, River Tay, on Sunday 9th June, 2019.

This fun packed free event includes tuition, fishing, salmon conversation and much more. The event is open to young people from the age of 8-18 years. More information.

Blair Watt with his first salmon caught on Knockando Beat, River Spey.

Latest Fishing Added

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

River Don trout, 23rd April.

Cottown on the upper reaches of the River Don is a hidden gem. The beat offers the visiting angler 0.75 miles trout and salmon fishing. The river is known for its wild brown trout fishing. A day trout fishing is £10 - read more.

Strathfillan Association waters inlcude salmon and trout fishing on 5 miles of the River Fillan, 0.5m of bank fishing for salmon and trout on Loch Iubhair, 5 miles of trout fishing on the River Lochy and trout fishing on Lochan Na Bi. Ben Lui is known as the source of the River Tay, the water from here flows down Glen Cononish where the river changes its name to the River Fillan. A day fishing is £8 - read more.

Moy beat on Findhorn offers visiting anglers 3 miles double bank fishing for salmon and sea trout in the upper reaches of the river - find fishing.

Family fishing and learn to fish sessions at Northumbrian Water.

Northumbrian Water have added day permits for their fisheries from Kielder in Northumberland to Scaling Dam in Teeside. They also have fishing for upland wild brown trout at Cow Green reservoir, descendants from the wild brown trout which lived in the streams before the dam was built in the 1960's - find fishing.

If you are a beat or angling club and would like to speak to a member of the team about adding your fishing please give the office a call on 01573 470612 or email

River Ure Salmon

Jeremy Wade fishing the Ure with tuition from AAPGAI Master Brian Towers.

The Ure Salmon Group (USG) has been established to help increase the quantity of migratory fish (principally salmon, sea trout and lamprey) in the River Ure system.

Last weekend Jeremy Wade was the guest speaker at their annual Fishy Dinner which raised money for the River Ure hatchery & conservation work during 2019 and 2020.

Well done to everyone involved.

Fishing Reports

Just off the phone with Colin from Dalmarnock beat. They have caught a 30lb fish on the fly out of the Clach an Taggart yesterday afternoon. The length was 108cm, and it was a bar a silver.

A great week at Lower Birgham.

The Tweed. Fish that are being caught do seem to be mostly sea liced fish. The week finished on 66 salmon and 8 sea trout, up to 16lb caught on the Ladykirk beat.

Between Kelso and Coldstream 33 fish and the bottom river reported 17 fish. Tillmouth landed 6 for the week with 5 of these caught on Saturday. Mr Eric Bell caught a lovely 16lber, Ladykirk's biggest fish so far this season. Lower Birgham had a great week considering the conditions with 6 fish, the biggest a 15lber covered in sea lice. Anglers also saw quite a few fish running and lost others. Hendersyde got off to a good start with 5 springers by Wednesday night. A day salmon fishing on the Tweed starts from £20 and trout fishing is £10. Find Fishing.

Curtis Brunker fishing Catholes on the Tay last Wednesday.

The Tay. Catches on the Tay system were down on previous weeks to 48 fish, but there were still some top-quality spring salmon landed which was great to see. Dalmarnock beat produced a fine brace of springers on Wednesday.

Last week Andy Donald had a magical day on Newtyle beat and so did Glynn Hall with two fish up to 15lb. Cargill got the week off to a flyer with two fine springers landed on Monday. Taymount Beat enjoyed a good end to the week with two lovely springers landed on Friday. A day fishing on the River Tay starts from as little as £8. Find fishing.

The Dee. Last week's catches followed a familiar pattern and we ended with 50 for the week. Jerk Sönnichsen and friends fished at Ballogie and Carlogie. Jerk managed 6 to his rod.

Andrew Goodenough fishing Birse had 2 in Trees pool. Nick Marriner had 2 at 6lb and 12lb from Jocky Fyfe at Craigendinnie on a Sunray fished on a full floater. Dinnet and Deecastle shared 11 last week. Mark Trasenater had a 14lbr and Toby Buckler had 2 to 13lb. Mark Purvis also had 2 as did James Hamilton Stubber had 2 to 16lbs. A day salmon fishing on the Dee starts from £30. Find fishing.

Tara Spiers fishing Lower Crathes on the Dee.

The Findhorn. Jason McCruden on an evening visit to the Altnahara beat on Monday 22nd April lost a big fish at the net in the Black pool but 5 minutes later he hooked and released a good fish of 12lbs. He was using his normal set-up of a floating line with a 5ft slow sink tip and his special Sparky tube fly. Read more.

The Don. Trout fishing is in full swing with some steady catches across the beat. Hatches have been sparse during the cooler conditions of late but when there has been some brightness and warmth, a flurry of LDO's and March Brown's have appeared with trout responding and coming onto the rise. Don't overlook this hidden gem of a river. Find out more about trout and salmon fishing permits.

For reports on the Spey, Ness, Tyne, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Esks please click this 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.

Guisachan House, Craigellachie

Easter Elchies, Craigellachie and Arndilly beats nearby.

Set in 1.6 acres, with rolling countryside views of the Spey Valley, Guisachan House is a large home that serves as excellent holiday accommodation for families, fishing/sporting parties and whisky tourists alike.

A property furnished to high standards.

Comfortably sleeping 9(+1) in 5 spacious bedrooms, the property is ideal for those looking for a rural retreat which is easily accessible to nearby amenities and attractions. The beats of Easter Elchies, Craigellachie and Arndilly are just a short distance from the house - read more.

Fishing For Let

To let fishing for 3 rods on 1.13 miles (double bank) for salmon and sea trout on the River Nairn. The beat has been lightly fishing over recent years.

The River Nairn produces salmon throughout the season with the peak months being from June to September and sea trout can be prolific when targeted - read more.

Trout & Salmon Magazine


This month's issue of the Trout & Salmon magazine features Makerstoun beat on the River Tweed. Writer and river guide Fin Wilson fished the beat under the guidance of Colin Pringle.


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