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Newsletter July 2019 - No. 66

The Tay have had 50 salmon so far this week, including 20lbers caught at Murthly 1 beat and Newtyle beat.

Shirley Wright fishing the River Ness.

Anglers fishing the Ness have caught some nice fish too, including this cracking fish (pictured) caught on Dochfour beat on Saturday.

Gordon Brae on the Spey have caught fish up to 21lb so far this week. The River Don in Aberdeenshire is having a cracking season, including a 20lb plus fish caught on Monday.

Specimen Annan trout

The Annan is still the place for specimen wild brown trout and grayling. Sea trout have been running the river since June, with some good size fish reported in recent weeks. The River Nith is also the place for sea trout. Some anglers are reporting that it's been the best June on the Nith for a few years.

The River Orchy has seen a good improvement of fish through the counter at Loch Awe so far this season. With recent and frequent river rises the river has fished well in recent weeks. It is well worth a trip - find fishing.

Give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you are looking for advice, fishing permits and places to stay. We have over 105,000 permits for day and evening fishing for trout, sea trout, grayling, stocked trout and salmon.

Tight lines


4th July 2019

Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust Auction

This year's annual fund raising auction for the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust includes something for everyone from fishing to tackle.

Some new items have been listed which includes fishing lots for Morsgail, Borve and Finsbay Fishings - find lots.

When You're Not Catching

Have you ever been on a fishing trip and everyone around you is catching fish?

Gavin with one of his fish.

For the last ten years Gavin Brown from Junction Beat on Tweed has fished Brae Water. The last two years he has not touched a single fish, and his colleague, Billy, has caught between eight to fourteen fish. We have all been there at some stage, including the banter you get from your fishing party when you blank!

The last few years he's being saying to everyone "This is my last trip to the Spey!"

We asked him how he felt about his trip last month and he admitted that he didn't feel confident. On the first day he had one on and then off, which didn't make him feel any better "'cause it fell off" and the rest of the party were catching fish. Finally his hiatus ended on day two with a fish and he finished the week with four to 12lb.

Driving back home, he said to himself "I've not lost my touch!"

It just goes to show that even the best have blank fishing trips. As Mark Cockburn would say "If you don't have your fly in the water, you won't catch a thing."

Celebrating 15 Years In Business

Stewart Collingswood founder of Alba Game Fishing.

Alba Game Fishing are celebrating 15 years in Business. Since 2004 they have been bringing guests from overseas to fish for a variety of freshwater and saltwater species - read more.

Well done to Stewart Collingswood and his team at Alba Game Fishing for providing such a comprehensive fishing experience to many anglers across the world.

CAST River Tyne

Anglers fishing the River Tyne, the existing "Voluntary Code of Conduct" has been superseded by the CAST guideline - read more.


Many rivers have seen a week of two halves. Good numbers of fish caught at the start of the week and then the arrival of sunshine and cloudless skies reducing it to a fizzle by Saturday.

Angler playing a fish on the Dee.

River Dee Report. After a promising start, with fifty eight fish landed over Monday and Tuesday, things tailed off and we ended up with eighty-seven. Park had seven, Bernard Bimboes from France had five of them up to 16lb. Lower Crathes had a half dozen including a 20lbr. Find Dee fishing.

River Tweed Report. Eighty salmon up to 16lb and one hundred and thirty three sea trout. Above Kelso the following beats had the best of the fishing, Boleside, Dryburgh Lower and Rutherford.

Beats on the FishPal system reported 388 salmon and 304 sea trout for June. Find Tweed fishing.

Susan Haugh with her first salmon caught on the Spey.

River Spey Report. Most beats were in to double numbers of fish. Gordon Castle had twenty one up to 21lb. Delfur were again into the thirties. Rothes landed sixteen, mostly caught in the first half of the week. Mr Bladon was the top rod with half of them. Arndilly had seventeen for the week up to 16lb. Congratulations to Susan Haug who caught her first ever salmon at 12.5 lbs. Find Spey fishing.

River Tay Report. The upper river continues its recent run of good form, with fish caught on Edradynate Beat, Upper Bolfracks Beat and Upper Farlayer Beat to 14lb. The middle river caught fish from Lower Kinnaird to Meikleour. Dalmarnock had five for the week. Anglers fishing Islamouth had six fish on Tuesday, Cargill finished the week on six. Find Tay fishing.

Hebrides Report. The Blue Elver fly was successful for anglers fishing Grimersta last week. Many of the twenty nine salmon/grilse recorded succumbed to it's charm. Good to see Garynahine increase their tally to twenty fish with five last week. Find fishing.

River Nith report decent catches of sea trout in June with anglers saying that its been one of the best in recent years - read more.

For all Fishing Reports in Scotland and England and Latest Catches please click the highlighted links.

Please call the office on 01573 470612 if you would like 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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Difficult To Catch


"Difficult conditions need subtle colours and not too much flash" say's Malcolm Anderson from Caledonia Fly Company.

We all love to see fish jumping in the pools and runs but get frustrated when they don't take. Well here are a few flies to out fox them -
read more.

Special Offer Spey

Garden Cottage within the Gordon Castle Estate.

Fishing for 5 rods on the Brae Water Beats and accommodation in the Estate's Garden Cottage. Dates are 14th July to 21st July in the cottage and fishing between the 15th and 20th of July. The price for this week would normally be £9,138 but they are offering the whole package for £6,850.

Please contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 or the estate.


Tweed Salmon School

Due to demand, Lower Pavilion have added another salmon fly fishing course starting on Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th August.

The course which includes tuition is ideal for everyone, from beginners to those looking to improve their casting and fishing techniques. The price includes fishing for salmon, fly fishing equipment and lunch.

The cost is £300 for the three days and can be booked online or call the office on 01573 470612 for more information.