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Newsletter - July 2019 No. 67

This weeks newsletter includes the latest fishing reports, catches and flies to use for Summer salmon.

We also have an extract from Harpers Weekly magazine, December 27th, 1873, about salmon marking on the River Tweed.

The new book from Henry Giles called "How To Catch More Salmon" is now published.

Rod maker Chris Clemes has a special offer for all FishPal customers.

There are 820 fisheries on FishPal and 110,000 permits for trout, sea trout, grayling, stocked trout and salmon. If you are looking for advice, guided days, fishing permits and places to stay, give Tom, Anne, Mark or Gail a call on 01573 470612.

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11th July 2019

Salmon Marking


An extract from Harpers Weekly magazine from December 27th, 1873 about salmon marking on the River Tweed.

"Young salmon are taken from the river Tweed at certain season to be marked. This process is performed by inserting in the upper part of the tail a piece of fine silver wire with a small plate attached, on which is inscribed in cipher a number, referring to a corresponding number in a book" - read more.

Where To Stay


We understand that finding the right place to stay is as important as the fishing available for many of you.

Every river on FishPal has places to stay and eat. Give Tom or Anne a call in the office on 01573 470612 and let us recommend somewhere to stay near to your fishing.

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Ladies Day


This years eagerly awaited ladies charity event on the River Ness will be on Saturday 31st August. All monies raised will be donated to Highland Hospice.

World spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie will be in attendance along with SGAIC instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle. They will be assisted by coaches and members of Inverness Angling Club - read more.

Summer Salmon

Bent rod on the river Earn.

This time last year we were in to two months of drought conditions. Twelve months later and some rivers are enjoying a decent season so far, with good river levels allowing fish to run. This week, Caledonia Fly Company have chosen their top flies to try in Summer.

Llandovery Angling Association member Steve Manning with a fresh run fish.

Cane Fly Rods


As the rush hour traffic settled and red tail lights started to move off into the distance I managed to find a parking space outside the Half Moon pub in Putney where I was to meet the enigmatic and charming Chris Clemes. Highly respected for his cane fly rods and hand made reels this quietly spoken and knowledgable young South African is passionate about his trade.

In a bespoke made wooden case was one of his beautiful cane rods of honey coloured cane with red and black whippings, the cane impregnated and everything about it delicate. In his eyes I could see the passion for what he does, a slight smile because every rod made gives him that sense of pride. His rods are not just rods they are tools of the trade of traditional fly fishing - read more.

How To Catch More Salmon


Whether your passion for fishing takes you globe trotting or not, "How to catch more Salmon" by Henry Giles invites you along for the experience, sharing sporting insights at all levels, including luminaries of today's on and offline media.

Think and catch more fish is a central theme, but to enjoy the sport via more nuanced and philosophical aspects is key. Get it, teach it and share it, in the UK and Ireland but also on the rivers of Norway, Canada and Russia. Enhance the common good and turn the dream of a fishing lifetime into new reality with the rest of us - read more.

FishPal reviewed the book and gave it a 5 star rating. You can buy a copy online, or if you're in London, pop along to Farlows at Pall Mall and pick up a copy.

Fishing Reports

Sam Mutters with one of two fish caught on Murthly 2.

The Tay Report. Catches on the river improved significantly last week and hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Islamouth finished with 29 for the week. Murthly 1 Beat and Kercock had fish 20lb plus. Find fishing.

The Tweed reported 90 salmon and 78 sea trout. Total caught so far this season, 1808 salmon and 728 sea trout. Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Rutherford, Tillmouth and Ladykirk beats which should have a chance of some action this week. Find fishing.

Stuart Sneddon fishing Park caught one of the six fish.

River Dee reported 86 fish. With little rain forecast a full floating line and accompanied tips will work best. As for flies, the classic hairwings, Silver Stoat, Executioner and Crathie will all be worth trying down to size 14. A few flies with tails and or feelers are a good second string. If the fish won't come up, go down. Find fishing.

River Tyne report that 7,843 fish have gone through the EA fish counter at Riding Mill up to 10 am on July 8th. Find fishing.

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.

Anglers Wanted


Fancy fishing Junction the week of September 23rd, we have single rods wishing to make up a group booking. Give Tom a call in the office to register your interest on 01573 470612.