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Newsletter May 2019 - No. 60

This week's newsletter includes the latest fishing reports and availability added to the site this week. News from Ireland on monster trout, wildlife photography courses, fishing with accommodation and a new initiative for salmon conservation in Ireland.

Earlier this week BBC Panorama aired their programme, "Salmon Farming Exposed". Reporter Lucy Adams asks whether salmon farming really is sustainable and investigates the farming practices of some of those responsible for producing the fish Britain loves to eat.

Anglers are the ears and eyes of the rivers and waterways we fish. Your findings shared over many years with your local River Trust, including conservation charities which include the Salmon and Trout Conservation UK and Atlantic Salmon Trust to name but a few is driving change. We ask you all to keep supporting these charities and your River Trusts to ensure their vital work continues.

We sought anglers opinions after the programme was aired. These can be found on FishPal's Facebook page.

If you are out and about this coming week please keep sending in your photos and fishing news to the team at FishPal. We have been sharing your photographs and stories on Instagram and Facebook.

If you like to speak to a member of staff about where to fish this bank holiday weekend, please give us a call on 01573 470612.

Tight lines


22nd May 2019

Large Wild Trout


Earlier this month, Fulling Mill's Kieron Jenkins and his friend enjoyed a near record breaking day on Lough Corrib. Taking a whopping 15 fish, averaging 3.8lb to the boat, it's a day he'll never forget - read more

It's not often he gets nervous when fishing, but when you have a number of large wild trout up to 6lb in weight moving all around you, it can make any angler weak at the knees. He set up a two-fly leader from 5.5x Masterclass Fluorocarbon with a team of two buzzers equally spread 8ft apart - read more.


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

Spey. Day rods available on the River Spey for Castle Grant beats.

Castle Grant 1 has superb fly water with a total of 10 named pools, offering exclusive double bank fishing in quiet tranquil surroundings.

Castle Grant 3 is double bank and has superb fly water. A total of 5 named pools ensuring there is more then adequate fishing at different water levels.

River Tweed. More availability for the Tweed has been added, including:

Hendersyde Beat is one of the top Tweed beats and often achieves the highest catches per rod fished in Scotland. Only two rods are allowed to fish at a time and each is looked after by one of the two gillies provided - read more.

Tillmouth beat is one of the top performing beats on Tweed in the last few years. The beat offers privacy and seclusion across it's 4.4 miles of fishing. Each rod has their own boatman. The beat has a luxury fishing hut with all facilities - read more.

The Tay at Islamouth is arguably the most famous beat on the Tay. The beat starts where the River Isla, the most prolific tributary of the Tay, enters the River Tay just downstream of the Kinclaven road bridge. Availability has been added for Islamouth.

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 info@fishpal.com

Fishing Gift Vouchers


Fathers Day falls on Sunday 16th June so let's make sure Dad is treated to a special Fathers Day present. We have a great range of gift ideas at FishPal to remind him of your favourite memories together.

From fishing permits and guided days for salmon to wild brown trout, rainbow trout and sea trout in the UK and Iceland.

If you're spoilt for choice, we do have over 168,000 fishing permits on our site, give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 or email tom@fishpal.com. If you don't have a date in mind, do consider buying a FishPal gift voucher so the recipient can choose exactly where and when they would like to go.

Special Limited Reel

International Year of the Salmon

Launched last week, the timeless limited edition ‘International Year of the Salmon' Loop Classic reel has been very popular.

There are now only a limited number of these special edition reels available in the 7/9 size range in left and right hand wind - read more.

£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. Read more.

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The river Tweed continues to be the best performing river. Below Coldstream 22 fish were reported. Tillmouth had the best of the fishing with 7. Between Kelso and Coldstream 33 fish were reported with Junction 7, Hendersyde 8, Birgham Dub 8, 6 of which were caught on Saturday, having the better of the fishing. Above Kelso 15 fish were reported, Lower Pavilion had 3 for the week. The week finished on 78 salmon. The largest at 18lb caught on the Sprouston beat. Find Fishing.

Mr Fox with a fish off Lower Pavilion on Tweed.

Findhorn. It was cooler on Saturday with heavy rain at times and the river temperature dropped to a healthier 56˚F. Niall Ballantyne got on the scoresheet on Dunearn on Saturday, catching a fresh 10lber in Upper Falls on a hitch, with a team effort to land it with daughter Isla and son Freddie. Quentin Ballantyne then finished off his remarkable week by landing a fish of around 19lbs in Lady Mary's on a Dusty Cascade size 9. Read more.

The Tay. Last week fish were caught from Loch Tay down to Ballathie. Loch Faskally, as well as the River Tummel, also produced some nice fish. With water temperatures rising, any fresh fish entering the system will be running hard. With a more promising weather forecast this week there is a chance of picking up that silver tourist anywhere on the Tay system next week so why not wet a line? There might just be some hard fighting Tay silver with your name on it. Find fishing.

The Spey. A slow week, but enjoyable to be out in the sun. An exceptional sea trout of 12lb for John Garnet from the Long Pool. Rothes had a slightly better week with half a dozen landed. Wester Elchies had six, with Dave Sadowski and Stuart Yates finishing on a couple each. Find fishing.

Sea trout are starting to arrive in better numbers on many rivers.

For reports on the Lochy, Dee, Nith, Don, Esks, Tyne, Yorkshire, 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 for the latest availability for the Bank Holiday weekend.


Fishing With Accommodation

Cottage on the Isle of Mull with trout fishing.

From cottages nestled along the wall of a Victorian kitchen garden to Country houses and lodges overlooking trout lochs. Perfect for a family break and an ideal base for a fishing trip - read more.

Let us help you find your perfect place to stay when booking your fishing trip. Just contact the office on 01573 470612 and let us take the hassle out of searching for accommodation.

Wildlife Photography Courses

Nuthatch photography course in the Scottish Borders.

Award winning photographer Ron McCombe offers a range of courses and days from his location in the Scottish Borders and across Europe. He has workshops which are ideal for the beginner to the experienced photographer wishing to extend their portfolio.

Workshops include Kingfishers, woodland birds, Owls, Osprey, Grouse and much more. For more information on courses please contact Ron McCombe on 01450 870044.

Salmon Protection Ireland


Jason Corcoran owner of Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery started the Salmon Protection Program on February 1st. He set up the scheme to reward anglers for the safe return of fish caught on his fishery, and in doing so they have a chance of winning a year's free fishing. Other fisheries and beats have now joined - read more.

Congratulations Sam Mutters

Sam Mutters is the first female to pass the SGAIC double-handed qualification. She passed the six month casting course last month and hopes this will encourage more females to take a fishing qualification.

If you would like more information about the Scottish Game Anglers single and double handed qualification, please follow this link.

Fishing News

Keep sending in your photographs and fishing news to share with our social media followers, including Facebook and Instagram. The best will be included in the weekly newsletters. Email to tom@fishpal.com