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Newsletter - July 2019 No. 69

In this weeks newsletter you can win a selection of low water Summer salmon flies with Peaks Fly Fishing.

Rod maker Chris Clemes is offering a special discount to FishPal customers and their friends until the 15th August - read more.


Last year we had the pleasure of working with the production company for Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing. We are pleased to announce that they will be transmitting on BBC2 from Friday August 2nd at 20.00. The shows are in the following order: Wales - brown trout (August 2nd). Essex - carp (August 9th). Scotland - salmon (August 16th). Cornwall & Devon - perch (August 23rd). Northern Ireland - pike (August 30th) and Yorkshire - grayling (September 6th). We hope you will enjoy them and notice some of beats on the FishPal website.

We have 820 fisheries on the FishPal website and over 101,000 permits for trout, sea trout, grayling, stocked trout and salmon. If you are looking for advice, guided days, fishing permits or places to stay, give Tom, Anne, Mark or Gail a call on 01573 470612.

Tight lines


24th July 2019

Your Feedback

Annan sea trout caught by Steffan on Hoddom Beat. Photograph courtesy of Steffan Jones.

"A very tough day fishing the River Annan. Heavy rain resulted in high and coloured water. No fish showing at all so stuck to streamer patterns, fished quickly and close to the surface. Managed trout up to 3lb and a very fine sea trout. St Mungos Parish is a beautiful beat, even in awful weather conditions and well worth a visit" say's Mr Corkhill.

Mr Slater sent feedback after fishing the Tyne. An enjoyable days fishing at Dilston. Lots of running fish which makes it more challenging to connect.

"Farleyer Upper is the best looking water I've fished on in Scotland. It's a lovely piece of water" said Mr Montgomery.

Travelled from London to fish Bishop Auckland and District Angling Club water on the River Wear. Beat 2 is a lovely secluded stretch of river to fish for trout.

Guided Fishing

Casting instructor and guide Glyn Freeman owner of Cumbria Fly Fishing with a guest.

When you are fishing somewhere new, or have a limited time in an area, hiring a local guide will help you get the best from your fishing trip. You won't need to worry about bringing equipment as many provide you with everything you need, including rods and waders, but do check when booking the guide.

FishPal have been working with guides in the UK, Ireland and Iceland since 2003 offering a variety of fishing from salmon, trout, grayling and saltwater.

You can contact all our fishing guides on the FishPal site via telephone and/or email. Alternatively give the FishPal office a call if you would like to speak to a member of our fishing team on 01573 470612.

Ladies Fishing

Head ghillie Stephen with Ladies Fishing.

Since 2013 Ladies Fishing have organised a charity fund raising day on Middle Pavilion with all monies raised donated to a cancer charity for women. For the last 2 years this money has been donated to Casting For Recovery UK & Ireland.

Anne returning her fish.

Every year we have caught fish and this year was no exception. After her third cast Anne Henderson hooked into a 10/12lb salmon under the guidance of our ghillie - read more.

Memorable Tweed Trip

Mark with his fellow fisherman Paul Mason.

Due to recent surgery Mark Roberts didn't think he would be able to go salmon fishing on Lower Birgham last week. With the help of his boatman Tom Davis, he was able to get on and off the boat and enjoy a few days doing the thing he enjoys most, fishing with friends on the river Tweed.

It's the little things that ghillies, boatmen and guides do that make your trip memorable. If you have a good news story send it in to

Your Photos

Congratulations to Joe Early with his first Irish fish of this year.

We have been sharing your photographs and stories on Instagram and Facebook. this week.

If you would like to join in the FishPal conversation on social media head over to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Keep sending your fishing news and photographs to

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Fishing Reports

Fiona Brown with an 8lber caught on a Monkey fly.

The Tweed report. Some much needed rain came and the river rose nearly 2ft on Monday so there should be fish on the move this week. Would expect a few sea trout to be caught in the early part of the week and some fresh salmon hopefully entering the river. 58 fish reported up to 16lbs on FishTweed. Above Kelso 19 fish were reported and below Coldstream 33 with Tillmouth rods catching 14. Find fishing.

17lber caught on Park 22nd July by John Martin.

River Dee reported ninety-nine fish last week and it was pleasing to see some of the lower beats get in on the action. Tilbouries produced five losing another seven in the process. Park had twenty-two, Steven Mackenzie had a memorable first Dee fish, a cracker of 20lb. Steven is better known for managing the fishing on the Oykel, so it was nice to have him pay us a visit. Park had another visitor from the Highlands. Scott Mackenzie was invited to hold one of his casting clinics for the regular rods at Park. Lower Crathes had sixteen - ten salmon and six grilse. Find fishing.

Sea liced fish from Cargill River Tay.

The Tay Report. Many of the fish caught last week were fresh into the system and carrying sea lice. Anglers also caught a number of larger Summer salmon and grilse. Fourteen fish were landed at Islamouth beat at the start of the week, they finished on seventeen. Stobhall had twelve, FishPonds, Meikleour & Upper Isalmouuth and Benchil all caught five each. The river is currently at a great height for fly fishing. Find fishing.

Jill Elkington fishing Arndilly.

The Spey Report. Gordon Castle were lightly fished and still finished the week with close to fifty salmon landed, a mixture of grilse and salmon. Orton and Delfur ended with almost twenty fish. Kinermony were seeing plenty of fish running through and finished with nine. James Bleaney's party fishing Laggan had a good week with sixteen landed. Find Fishing.

The Annan Report. After substantial heavy rain last night we finally have a spate worthy of the name (biggest since early Spring). Without doubt sea trout will start from the lower beats and as the river drops in, the first of this years summer salmon and grilse should start to appear. Find Fishing

River Nairn. The river continued to drop away back to summer level and grilse up to 5lb were caught. Fish have been seen in the estuary along with dolphins. Given the forecast we may see a decent rise and more fish enter the river. With the recent rainfall access has been affected and hopefully anglers will have an easier time getting to the pools after a work party has been out clearing at the weekend. 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.

Alternatively visit our find fishing page, or, if you're in an area you've not been to before, try our Search by Map page. Put in your dates and number of rods and find matching beats. You can then zoom into whichever area to see what's available there.


Holiday Property of The Week


Saddler Cottage | Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland | Sleeps 4 with 2 dogs welcome.

This charming country cottage is set against a tree-lined backdrop with a characterful interior and makes an ideal base for fishing parties with the rivers Tweed and Till a short drive away. Purchase fresh, local produce from the village shop and enjoy balmy summer evenings in the pretty garden; a delightful sunny spot for holiday relaxation.


Saddler Cottage is perfectly situated for beats in and around the Coldstream area and down to Norham.

Win A Selection Of Low Water Summer Salmon Flies

Low water Summer salmon flies.

Peak Fly Fishing are offering FishPal customers the opportunity of winning a complete selection of beautiful low water Summer salmon flies - enter here:

Peaks Fly Fishing is one of the UK's leading high spec' fly retailers. They have teamed up with The Caledonia Fly Company to offer Salmon anglers the very finest quality Salmon flies.

Ghillies and top UK Salmon anglers have worked with Peaks Fly Fishing to perfect concise collections of flies tailored to all the major UK Salmon rivers. They have also created an essential seasonal selection that is designed to catch fish on all UK rivers.