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Newsletter - August 2019 No. 72

When most of the UK was being battered by heavy rain, anglers were searching the FishPal site for rivers that were still fishing.

George Boyne's determination to cast a line on Saturday took him to the Upper Findhorn on Moy beat and he caught a 9lb salmon. The Findhorn have reported 77 fish to 17lbs so far this week.

One of eight on Orton River Spey. Wednesday.

"Rewarding morning for rods fishing Orton, eight landed and many more pulls" Richard Hold, Orton Beat.

Ian Tennant, Gordon Castle, called to up date their catches for Tuesday. They finished the day with 46 salmon, largest at 23lb, and one of their beats has not been fished this week! The Spey has dropped about 4" in the last 24 hours, water is looking perfect and there are plenty of fish in the pools. Last week's newsletter reported pods of fish racing through the beat, Illtyd Griffiths counted 80 in ten minutes. If the rain does not arrive, the river is definitely on your list to fish this weekend. Find fishing.

The Tay is continuing to fish well with over 100 fish so far this week. Congratulations to Mr Tuffy fishing Meikleour & Upper Islamouth beat on Monday. He had a day to remember hooking several fish and finally catching a 21lber. Calum (Meikleour Head ghillie) reports eight fish so far this week with countless more lost, and also a first fish for a young lady called Hattie.

One of seven hooked on FishPonds Beat River Tay. Wednesday.

Kate Fleming tackle shop on the Tay said "The river Ericht is currently running at a perfect height and definitely worth a cast. It's one of those rivers worth considering if the main Tay system is un-fishable." The Ericht flows through Blairgowrie where her shop can be found next to James Crockart and Son.

The River Alness is in perfect condition and has been lightly fished. Guests fishing Novar Estate on Monday caught nine fish up to 12lbs. One of the rods has had to take a day off because they are tired after catching so many fish. This is a hunters river where 'river craft' and persistence are generally rewarded.

Marine Scotland reported more fish over the Logie Counter during July than at any time in the last 10 years and not all of the counter is working! The North and South Esks are seeing increased numbers of fish since the nets were bought out and with the current conditions prospects are looking good - find fishing.

The office is currently inundated with calls from anglers enquiring about fishing across Scotland and England. Many of you are checking river levels, weather conditions and latest catches before deciding where to fish, calling the office as a last resort if you need some guidance.

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


15th August 2019

Tweed Report And Availability

Bemersyde House can accommodate 22 guests.

A much needed flood on Tweed pushed the gauge at Norham to over 10ft at the weekend and once the river settles down the big question is how many fish have entered and how many have moved up the system.

The river started fishing Tuesday. Brian Lile on Lower Birgham had two fish by lunch time. The beat finished the day on six fish. Sea trout have certainly been stirred up by the heavy rain. Rutherford had twelve and Lower Pavilion finished on nine. This takes Lower Pavilion's sea trout catches to thirty four so far this month.

Yesterday's conditions allowed more rods to cast a line which saw catches spread across the system, from the lower to the upper beats, including tributaries. Anglers fishing Fairnilee were seeing fish and one rod caught a fish that had not been in the system long, a bar of silver.

Bemersyde reported four salmon, lost at least five and caught one very fresh salmon. The river is at a good height, 2ft 4". Those searching for self catering accommodation close to Melrose should consider the impressive Bemersyde House set within fine gardens and 1200 acres of the Scottish Borders. It is also minutes away from the estate's fishing. Day permits for Bemersyde beat are available from September.

Congratulations Mike Allan a reserve Bailiff. He is the winner of the Institute of Fisheries Management Trophy.

Since the start of the season, Tweed has been one of the top two rivers on the FishPal site. As we move into mid August the upper river starts to awaken which opens fishing options right across the Tweed catchment.

Consider making a long weekend of it this August and go fishing on Tweed. The Edinburgh Festival is in full swing this month, so jump on a train at Tweedbank or Galashiels and enjoy a Sunday or an evening soaking up the festivals shows and atmosphere.

Looking at the availability on the system our Tweed reporter suggests Boleside, Upper Hendersyde, Hendersyde and Upper North Wark beats should see some action this week. Find fishing.

Check the Tweed site for places to fish and stay or call the office on 01573 470612.

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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.

Spey Availability

Casting a line. Photo courtesy of The Spey Fishery Board.

There are only seven weeks left before the 2019 season on the River Spey comes to an end. If you want to go fishing on the river, FishSpey has a limited amount of availability for August and September.

Beats from Gordon Castle right up though the system, including Castle Grant, Knockando, Orton, Delagyle and Upper Arndilly are catching fish and we know you will want to fish them. August Availability.

In addition there is a small amount of September availability on Craigellachie, Rothes and Aikenway and Pitchroy. Find September Fishing.

Give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you want to fish the Spey before the end of the 2019 season or visit Find Spey Fishing.

Fishing Reports

Congratulations Robert Dawson with a cracker of a fish on Park. Wednesday.

River Dee Report. The Dee started the week with good water levels, although there was a stain in the river coming out of the Feugh. The river has caught eighty three fish to 20lbs so far this week. Catches are spread throughout the system from the lower to the upper river. Find fishing.

Park River Dee finished last week on thirty-one. So far this week they are on twelve fish, the largest at 20lbs caught yesterday by Mr Dawson.

River Annan Report good numbers of sea trout on the upper river and we would expect more to have joined them after the latest water. For anglers looking to learn more about fishing for grayling and trout on the Annan there is a guided spider and dry fly fishing workshop for grayling and trout on the 15th September at Hoddom - read more.

River Tyne. The Environment Agency reported 7,146 fish through counter in July. This brings the count to the end of July to 13,625. This figure is up on last year by 570 fish. Find Tyne Fishing.

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

Silk Fly Lines vs Synthetic Lines

Special fly fishing gifts and accessories.

Why choose a Silk vs Synthetic Fly Line? The answer is simple says Chris Clemes.

When fly fishing in the traditional realm of streams, rivers and small still waters, where modern tapers are not a requirement, they allow for improved casting efficiency, a more delicate presentation, greater adaptability on the water and if cared for correctly, a longevity not possible with modern synthetic fly lines.

Often viewed as an expensive luxury for the purist, silk fly lines do cast and present better whether using split cane or carbon fly rods, thus enhancing your fly fishing experience - read more.

Silk fly lines are enough of a novelty to turn most heads when used on a chalk stream, let alone when using one in saltwater - read more.


Ladies Go Fishing


Ladies from Inverness enjoyed a day fishing on the River Ness at Ness-Side, with Ryan Rutherford and Scott Mackenzie on Monday.

The ladies have organised a charity fund raising day on Saturday 31st August to raise funds for the Highland Hospice. Last year over 20 ladies from across Scotland supported the event and enjoyed a great day fishing on Inverness Angling Club Water where fish were caught.


Please come along and support this ladies event on Saturday 31st August. The day includes breakfast, lunch and tuition from SGAIC casting instructors and is priced at £60.

World Spey Casting champion Scott Mackenzie will also be in attendance. For more information and to book a place please email

Beginners On The Tay

The view from Dalguise fishing hut.

Seven anglers were introduced to fishing on the Tay at Dalguise at the weekend. They hooked five fish, landed two up to 17lb and three got away.

Stewart Collingswood from Alba Game Fishing said "Happy customers who flew into Scotland from the Bahamas for a few days to fish, cycle, walk and absorb the culture".