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Newsletter May 2019 - No. 59

This week's newsletter includes the latest fishing reports, successful flies anglers are using, the latest availability added to the site, fishing courses in June and August and programmes focusing on salmon on the BBC this month.

The Riverfly Census Report has been central to Salmon & Trout Conservation work for the past three years and coincides with the United Nations' recent statement on the catastrophic state of the global environment. The Salmon & Trout Conservation study reveals pollution from agriculture, sewage-treatment works, septic tanks and chemicals from many sources is killing our rivers - read more.

In light of 2019 being the International Year of the Salmon, Loop Tackle Design have engineered and designed a timeless limited edition ‘International Year of the Salmon' Loop Classic reel. Unique in design the reel displays both an inscribed outline of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean on each face. £200 from each reel will be donated by LOOP Tackle Design to the Atlantic Salmon Trust in support of the Missing Salmon Project, and the Likely Suspects Framework - read more.

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 give us a call on 01573 470612.

Tight lines


15th May 2019

Special Limited Reel


Loop Tackle have designed a timeless limited edition ‘International Year of the Salmon' Loop Classic reel - read more.

Unique in design, the reel displays an inscribed outline of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean on each face.

There are only 200 numbered limited edition reels available in the 7/9 size range in left and right hand wind - read more.

The reels are available from Tuesday 14th May and cost £730. £200 from each reel will be donated by LOOP Tackle Design to the Atlantic Salmon Trust in support of the Missing Salmon Project, and the Likely Suspects Framework. This project aims to gather clearly defined evidence of where our smolts and salmon are suffering the most significant losses, and develop improved fisheries management policies.

Latest Fishing Added

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

John Slapp returning a fish on Junction beat 14th May.

Junction Beat on the River Tweed has added new availability for the rest of the season and it's not as expensive as you would think for this world famous beat. A chance to fish the iconic Junction pool, with boatmen responsible for creating flies which include the Junction Shrimp, Gav's dog, etc. - find fishing.

Orton Fishing on the River Spey is one of the more prolific beats on the Spey in numbers of fish caught, and in size. This beat is on many an anglers bucket list. Fishing comes with accommodation which includes a Scottish Farm house or a grand riverside country house sleeping up to 10 guests - find fishing.

Birse Fishing on the River Dee is a picturesque beat, with 16 named pools providing the fly fisher with a variety of classic fly water pools, enticing riffles, runs, glides, and deeper holding pools which can produce fish from opening day until the end of the season. Most pools are easily fished from the bank or by wading and are enjoyed by both the novice and more experienced angler alike.

Cargill Beat on the River Tay is one of the best known and one of the most productive beats on the Tay. This is highly deceptive water though because under the apparently placid surface strong tongues of flow have worn deep holes into the ledges of rock producing some of the most attractive lies for salmon on the Tay. Especially in lower water conditions salmon pack into this water and can be quite easily fished for by spinner or fly - find fishing.

Keep sending in your photographs and fishing news. The best we will include in the newsletters and share across our social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

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

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Trout Fishing

Fishing for trout, grayling and rainbow trout is available on many of the rivers we represent on the FishPal site.

Ryan Davis from Utah, USA fishing Tweed.

A nice brownie for Ryan Davis from Utah, USA fishing on the upper River Tweed, guided by Tweedguide's, Ken Herning.

Whether you are looking for a guided day trout fishing or searching for a day permit on our find fishing page, we have something for all budgets and ability. Call the office if you would more information on places to fish for trout, grayling and rainbow trout on +44 (0)1573 470612.

What To Watch

BBC Countryfile are in Aberdeenshire. Anita Rani meets a farmer and her daughter who have a passion for the hardiest of livestock, Highland cattle. She also visits some farmers with a hankering for heritage vegetables. Joe Crowley turns detective to track down the disappearing wild Atlantic salmon - watch.

BBC Panorama, 20th May, will be airing Salmon Farming Exposed. Panorama explores the £600 million industry producing the UK's biggest food export and the country's favourite fish. Reporter Lucy Adams asks whether salmon farming really is sustainable, investigating the farming practices of some of those responsible for producing the fish Britain loves to eat - read more.

The River Dee have produced a short film on the nutrient restoration trials on the River Muick. In the past, the decaying carcasses of 100's of adult salmon would fertilise the stream and create an environment which boosted the growth of young fish. Streams that lack dead adult salmon have fewer insects (less ‘fish food'), so that the surviving fish fry are smaller and from fewer parents - read more.


Hendersyde Fishing

A rare opportunity to fish a prime beat on the River Tweed during Autumn.

Hendersyde Fishing, two miles downstream of Kelso, offers the visiting angler some of the best double bank fishing on the Tweed.

Only two rods are allowed to fish at a time and each is looked after by their own personal ghillie. Due to the owner's decision to restrict rod numbers to two, there is more fishing available to each rod than almost any other beat on lower Tweed.

The fishing varies from the long streams at the top of the beat, through the deep Sprouston Dub to the fast waters immediately below the cauld at Banff Mill.

Boats are provided and there is a hut on each of the top and bottom beats. This and the expert ghillie provided for each rod makes the beat so appealing to tenants, hence the pricing of this special fishing - read more. Call Mark in the office on 01573 470612.

Fishing Reports

Jon Amos 9lb fly caught fish on Newtyle beat, River Tay.

The Tay. The weather is set to get milder in the days ahead as high pressure exerts its influence on our weather. Winds will be light and salmon fishing should be a much more pleasurable experience than of late. It will also feel noticeably warmer with temperatures in the early 20's, so short sleeves could be the order of the day. The fine weather will continue for the rest of the week with light winds and spells of sunshine. There is a chance of more unsettled weather next weekend. A day fishing in May starts from £25 on the Tay and its tributaries from £8. Find fishing.

Yorkshire Esks Olly Foster of Egton Estate says "Rain on the Yorkshire Esk will encourage fish to move during the weekend once the river has fined out and dropped off". Nick Wilkinson fishing the beat last Sunday caught a 3lb sea trout on the estate water. This spate river near Whitby is definitely one to keep an eye on.

River Tyne. Recent low water had really slowed sport but on the back of the small lift at the weekend, a small number of fish were landed and more lost from the main river in the Hexham area. A 13lb sea liced fish was caught on fly on the South Tyne Baddox beat by visiting angler Pascal Dufour who was ably assisted by Andrew Jackson - read more.

One of four caught on Lower Brigham River Tweed.

River Tweed. "High pressure will sit over the North Sea and UK from Tuesday through mid-week, keeping things fine, dry, warm. There will be plenty of sun, but it may be hazy at times with spells of high cloud. Some mist or fog patches are likely overnight as well. From Thursday, winds will begin to shift easterly, bringing in some cooler air, although it should stay mostly dry" say's Martin Ritchie.

Flies to use on Tweed this week include Gledswood Shrimp, Pot Belly Pig, Underghillie and Cascade. All are capable of tempting that springer on half inch to inch or dressed flies in size 8 and 10. A day salmon fishing starts from £20 and trout fishing is £10. Find Fishing.

Richard Meigh with a 103cm fish caught on Birse, River Dee.

The Dee. "We begin the week with a fine fishing day. The breeze has swung west, which is a relief and we should have a much more pleasant week on the river. Air temperatures will rise to 22c, in Aboyne. Water levels are good and we will get some rain towards the weekend. A little often will suit me just fine" says Ross Macdonald.

The ghillies have had success on a mix of successful flies last week. Small hairwings will be increasingly prominent and the Dee Monkey will work its magic, perhaps in smaller sizes as conditions warm up. Water temperatures are around 50f/10c. A day salmon fishing for May starts from £30. Find fishing.

Gordon Rennie caught and returned a 16lb fish on the Nairn.

For reports on the Hebrides, Findhorn, Nith, Don, Esks, Spey and more, please click the link.

North of Scotland catches: Cassley 14, Lower Beauly 5, Helmsdale 35, Thurso 20 and Borgie 2. FishPal Latest Catches.

Sea trout have been seen moving and have been caught in both the lower South and North Esks. There are also reports of sea trout moving at Finavon, a mid-catchment beat on the South Esk. Fishing in the evening and night time can well compensate for a couple bright sunny days.

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.

Nordic Low Water Flies

Hot weather and low water conditions.


New range of Nordic low water singles. This is a very strong hook and allows these small patterns to swim beautifully in the rivers. These are also a great double-up pattern for Sea Trout fishing say's Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company.

These are reliable and will give you great confidence in fishing a single iron and landing big fish - read more.

Casting Tuition


Inverness Angling Club wish to invite members and non members, young and not so young, to the annual series of Casting Clinics which will take place on the River Ness at the Little Isle Pool every Wednesday night in June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 7pm.

Accredited Club coaches will be joined by three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzie, who will be giving his top tips, and instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle.

The clinics have a long history of helping novices to learn and master a variety of casting techniques for salmon and trout fishing. Traditional single and double Spey casts are joined by the recent developments like the Snake Roll and Snap-T - read more.