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Newsletter - August 2019 No. 71

Just off the phone with Illtyd Griffiths (AAPGAI Master) who had 11 fish up to 14lbs using a fly called Kitchen Sink on Brae Water. The party of 4 finished last week on 23 fish.

He said "Thursday night rain fell further upstream and by Friday the river rose about 6" and now coloured and frothy. We did catch a few after the rain, but we were scratching around for them. If we had not had the water on Friday we definitely would have caught more fish!"

"Big and small pods of fish were racing through on Friday. I saw about 80 fish in 10 minutes running hard. They were also head and tailing in turbulent fast water between pools which is the first time I've seen them doing this on the beat, which I've fished for many a year. Some of the beats further up the system will do well when the fish slow down."

We asked him why he was so successful and he said "Sometimes you're lucky, and this year the party had a good trip to the Spey." Illtyd runs fishing courses with fellow AAPAGAI Master Glyn Freeman.

If your fly is working as soon as it hits the water you have a better chance of connecting with a fish. A lesson with a casting instructor or if you have more time a course, enables you to learn new techniques, iron out any bad habits and will give you confidence when you next go fishing. On the FishPal site we have recommended casting instructors as well as beats that offer help and guidance.

Give the team in the office a call on 01573 470612 if you would like to book a fishing permit, arrange a days fishing with a guide or book a lesson or course with a casting instructor.

We currently have 845 fisheries on the site and over 120,000 fishing permits for trout, sea trout, grayling, stocked trout and salmon.

Tight lines


8th August 2019

Places To Fish

Hendersyde on the River Tweed.

Hendersyde on Tweed often achieves the highest catches per rod fished in Scotland. Due to the owner's decision to restrict rod numbers to two, there is more fishing available to each rod than almost any other beat on lower Tweed. This and the expert gillie provided for each rod makes the beat so appealing to tenants. Very limited availability left. Find fishing.

Birgham Dub on Tweed has a wide variety of pools and streams making it ideal for high and low water conditions. Not only the Dub itself with its half dozen pools, but also (above and below) are the streaming waters known as the Brose, Magrie, the Cradle, the Weil and Jillys Cast, making this a beat which anglers want to return to again and again. Very limited availability left after just being added to the system in the last 24 hours. Find fishing.

The Alness/Novar Estate is a hunter's river where 'river craft' and persistence are generally rewarded. Long casting is rarely needed. The average length of each beat is just over 1 mile, with typically 15 to 20 named pools per beat. A 12-13 ft double-handed rod or 10-11.5 ft switch rod with AFTM #8/9 lines are suitable for most conditions, though in summer months, great sport can be had with a 10-11 ft single-handed rod. Find fishing.

Memorable Tweed Trip


Pedwell boatman Peter Lee enabled Eric to achieve a lifetime ambition at the age of 74. During the day he was very supportive, helpful and aware that Eric is suffering from terminal cancer.

Eric is determined to have another day on the river with Peter and said he learned more in that single day from Peter than he has in 40 years of fishing.

It's the little things that ghillies, boatmen and guides do that make your trip memorable.

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Your Photo's


Skilfully netting a fish on Tweed. Archie Patterson age 12 was fishing Cornhill beat when the opportunity arose to net a fish for a fellow angler. He's been fishing for a few years and is a member of a salmon fishing syndicate on the Ayr and goes fishing with his dad on other rivers weekly.

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 them to

Tweed Guide


This is Brandon Smith from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA with a nice salmon, fishing with Tweedguide's Ken Herning on the upper Tweed.

Come and learn to fly fish on the fabulous River Tweed with Tweedguide. Their trout dates are Sunday 18th and 25th August from 9.00 to 4.30pm - read more.

First Salmon

First salmon for Chay Hedger.

Chay Hedger's first salmon and caught on the River Tyne in June.

After being rained off for the first two days, day three he lost one and on the morning before he left, he had one last cast and caught this Tyne beauty.

If you would like to fish the River Tyne give the office a call on 01573 470612 for fishing permits, a list of recommended fishing guides and places to stay.

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Fishing Reports

Mr Beale and his family fishing Meikleour. Dad had a fish and so did 5 year old Joe and his mum.

The Tay Report. Fish were caught from Findynate down to Almondmouth with the majority caught on the middle and lower river. With the recent lift in water probably the best chance of success would be on beats situated in these areas of the river. Find fishing.

The Tweed Report. 163 salmon and 71 sea trout. The biggest fish for the week was a 17lb salmon caught on Ladykirk beat. Above Kelso 37 fish were reported, Floors had 10. Between Kelso and Coldstream 49 fish were reported with fish catches scattered. Birgham Dub 8, Lees 7 and Sprouston 6 had the best of the fishing. Below Coldstream 53 fish were reported, Tillmouth 25 and Ladykirk 11. Find fishing.

River Dee Report. We had 75 fish last week, a frustrating total for the time of year. Park had 16. Lower Crathes 12. Banchory had 6. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo had 5 with a 18lber for Murray Smith. Decent tides will persist for a few more days yet, so with the river at a decent height, there is every incentive for any fish coming to the coast to make their into the river. Find fishing.

Brian Parker with a 30lber caught on Easter Elchies.

River Spey Report. Gordon Castle were close to 50 for the week, mostly grilse. Delfur, over 20 for the week, with a good start but the fish went off the take with the rise of water. Arndilly finished the week with 21 salmon, grilse and sea trout also caught. Find fishing.

River Annan Report. We've finally had some heavy rain during the last 10 days and despite very low angling pressure there are reports of salmon and grilse throughout the lower and middle river. So far it's been a good year for sea trout with reports of fish throughout June and July with the herling also arriving mid July. Thank you to the Annan report writer Michael Fearns for his weekly updates. He has a series of dates for grayling and trout workshops and now offers a guiding service on the river. For more information and contact details, check out the weekly Annan Fishing Report - Find Annan fishing.

We produce Fishing Reports for rivers on our system in Scotland and England please click the link for the latest report.

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.

Caledonia Fly Company

Hotel of The Week

Located in the heart of Dunkeld.

Royal Dunkeld Hotel is the place to stay in Dunkeld for families, couples and individuals. The bedrooms are comfortable and cosy. Their restaurant, bar, bistro and beer garden all serve food and drink. You will be spoilt for choice and they boast probably the best meal in town!

The hotel is perfectly located near to walks, cycle trails, golf courses, whisky distilleries and some of the finest shooting and fishing locations to be found in Scotland.

The Royal Dunkeld consistently receive great reviews and have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. They have 514 reviews with a rating of 4 out of 5.

Photograph credit The Courier who recently reviewed the restaurant saying that it was good value honest food.

Feedback from a guest from New York. Staff excellent, friendly, helpful and welcoming at the Royal Dunkeld. Food also high quality and dinner was beautifully presented. Breakfast also very quick and good quality.

My husband and I stayed at the lovely Royal Dunkeld hotel for one night. The staff were very friendly. We had a meal in the hotel and the food was great, sea bass was delicious. A very relaxing time and will definitely be back. Guest from Glasgow.

They are the preferred hotel of choice in Dunkeld for anglers and shooting parties with accommodation and full board packages to suit all budgets. Contact the hotel on 01350 727322 and quote FishPal when enquiring.

Big Fish Little Fish


As part of our efforts to encourage youngsters into Fishing, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo fishing have teamed up with the River Dee Fishery Board to put on a "Big Fish, Little Fish" event on Saturday 7th September.

This is a FREE EVENT, however spaces are limited to seven parent/guardian and child pairs. For further information, or to book a place, please contact the River Office on 01339 880411 or email

River Nith Salmon Experience

On Saturday, 31st August the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board is providing an opportunity for all anglers to try salmon fishing on some beats on the Nith for free.

Registering and booking for the event is essential. Please visit their website to download an application form which should be e-mailed to, no later than 18th August.