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Newsletter May 2019 - No. 61

This week's newsletter includes where to fish, who is catching what, top flies to use and a postcard from America.

What better way to celebrate Fathers Day than being outdoors with the family. Here at FishPal we believe that we are the fishing experts, from places to fish suitable for all abilities, to fishing permits and gift vouchers that can be redeemed at a later date.

Colin Mathieson fishing the River Conon.

Thank you for sending in your photographs and stories. We have picked a few to include in this newsletter and shared the rest on Instagram and Facebook. If you would like to join the FishPal conversation on social media please head over to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Keep sending your fishing news and photographs to

If you like to speak to a member of the team about where to fish and where to stay, please call us on 01573 470612.

Tight lines


30th May 2019


We understand that finding the right place to stay is as important as the fishing for many of you. So whilst you are looking for somewhere to fish, let us recommend places to stay near your fishing.

For places to stay on the River Tay please visit our where to stay section or give the office a call on 01573 470612


Tay. Salmon were caught last week from Loch Tay down to Cargill. There were also fish landed on Loch Faskally, the River Tummel and River Ericht. Many of the fish caught were sea liced and with the warmer water temperatures, any fish entering the system are likely to be running hard. Find fishing.

Andrew Potts fishing Lower Birgham River Tweed.

Tweed had another week of low water conditions, but the fish continued to work their way up through the river system and last week was one of the best weeks catches for the season so far. Considering the water levels are pretty much at Summer level, fish have really pushed up into the middle river last week where in these conditions you would be expecting the bulk of the fish to be caught below Coldstream - read more.

Brian Tolmie fishing the river Lochy.

Lochy. With the river at minus 4 inches, it was verging on a miracle that Henry Anson got us off the mark this week with a fresh run 10lbs fish from Croy Pool, our most upstream pool! It just goes to show that fish will run even in these conditions. A ‘large and glittery' Sunray Shadow did the damage - read more.

Antonia and her Dee fish.

"Monday morning and on her fourth cast, Antonia came into contact with a specimen Dee fish", says TwinPeakes Fly Fishing (see picture).

Dee. Ross Macdonald reports that water levels look good for the week ahead on the Dee. There is a little more rain to come, but all being well it won't make too much of a difference. Hopefully more settled conditions will help deliver good sport. For flies to use and tactics - read more.

Trout fishing News. River Don at Monymusk, Alexander Nelson reported in excess of 20 fish to his rod, the largest at 4.25lb. Mostly to the nymph with a few of the smaller ones on the dry.

For more Fishing Reports in Scotland and England 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.

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Will Haggas fishing River Tweed.

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

River Cassley at Glencassley permits have been added until the end of the season. The river is one of the prime salmon fly fishing spate rivers in Northern Scotland. The beat extends to 5 miles of double bank fishing.

River Dee Heughhead, full and part day permits for the season have now been added. The River Feugh is the most important tributary of the River Dee and is well known for the salmon leaping at the Falls of Feugh. The beat is situated 2 miles upstream from the Falls and is ideal for beginners to learn to fish with no necessity for a long cast.

River Tay Kercock, permits until September have been added. A beautiful lower middle Tay beat with excellent fly water, easy wading and superb ghillie.

River Tweed Tiptoe, permits for day and evening only are now online. This beat is at its peak in June. Wild fishing using small fly rods.

River Tweed Tillmouth, rods have been added for June. There is limited availability on the site for this popular lower Tweed beat.

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

Essential Summer Flies


As the water levels start to drop, and we move into Summer fishing conditions, those heavy tube flies are going back in the box and anglers are fishing Summer Salmon flies such as Silver Stoats. It's also essential to have some Sunray Shadows in your box, your Ghillies will expect you to have them for backing up the pools.

Peaks Fly Fishing have worked with the Caledonia Fly Company as well as top Salmon anglers and Ghillies to prepare concise selections of Summer Salmon flies for all the major UK rivers as well as general Summer selections for all UK Salmon fishing - read more.

Where To Stay Speyside

Award winning Culdearn House at Grantown.

The Spey is one of those destinations anglers visit not only for salmon but also its sea trout and wild brown trout.

The new Where To Stay section on Fish Spey has a selection of some of the best places to stay on Speyside. Culdearn House at Grantown on Spey, winner of the Good Hotel Small Country House. For example, Guisachan House set in 1.6 acres overlooking the Spey Valley near Craigellachie, perfect for Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, Arndilly and other Lower Spey beats.

Gordon Arms Hotel and Red Lion Tavern Fochabers are now also included on Where To Stay.

So if you are looking for a place to stay from a country estate to a Bed & Breakfast visit FishSpey or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Postcard From America


California has more than 8 million hectares of forested public land, making access to lakes, rivers and streams to the general public relatively easy. Fishing all of it is free - read more.

Fishing News

River Tyne The Riding Mill fish counter recorded 1,373 upstream counts up the 29th May. This is the highest count for May since records began, bringing the count for the year-to-date to 1,697 which is the 2nd highest total recorded for this period. - read more

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