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Newsletter - August 2019 No. 73

Rain last week encouraged fish to move and also bought fresh fish into many river systems. Those out casting a line certainly enjoyed some memorable fishing once the rivers had settled. Catches for salmon and sea trout were the best so far this year. We also have reports that some rivers and beats were lightly fished last week.

One of three from the Spey for Richard.

Richard Thompson from Wales booked a last minute trip with Tom Carter and caught fish on all three rivers he fished last week. The first four days he was fishing high to low water conditions on Castle Grant 3 and caught two salmon and a grilse. He then fished the Tweed at Upper Hendersyde on Friday and caught a fresh grilse and a salmon. Finally he fished his home river the Welsh Wye and caught an 8lb hen fish. A week to remember!

Lucas Parramore aged 8 playing a salmon.

Tom Carter spent his days off last week fishing the Thurso, courtesy of the Parramore family. The river caught 193 fish for the week. Contact Tom in the office if you would like to know more about fishing the river.

Jim Fleming fishing the South Tyne on Saturday had a cracking late afternoon session on Lambley Estate. When he arrived the river was high and running with colour. He was recommended by one of the local rods to stay and come back later as the river was falling. At 4.30pm he started fishing and 15 minutes into his fishing session he was into his first fish a 9lbr. Working his way down the pool he finished with three fish, largest at 23lb. Jim could not believe how fast the river had fined down. He went back the following day and the pool he caught his fish in was nothing compared to the previous day.

We have 870 fisheries on the site and over 91,000 fishing permits for trout, sea trout, grayling, stocked trout and salmon. Many of you are checking river levels, weather conditions and latest catches before deciding where to fish, calling the office if you need some guidance.

If you are out and about this week may we wish you tight lines and please keep sending in your fishing news and photos to

Tight lines


21st August 2019

Where To Fish

Mist rising on Canterland beat on the North Esk.

Canterland Beat on the North Esk has availability until mid September. If you want to fish one of the most productive beats on the North Esk you need to be quick.

Nairn Angling Association. At last decent runs of salmon and grilse arrived, mainly due to the rain which came almost every day last week. The angling association members took full advantage, and catches were the best of the season last week with thirty one fish, taking them to fifty two fish for August and one hundred and eleven so far this season.

Angler returning a fish in June on Rothes and Aitkenway.

Rothes and Aikenway have added day permits for the week of 2nd September without accommodation. This is a unique opportunity to fish this prestigious beat on the River Spey. The beat is just 50 miles from Aberdeen and Inverness.

Birgham Dub have just one day left in September, and a few dates in November. This highly sought after Tweed, two rod, two boat, beat fishes well in high and low water conditions.

River Don, Saturday. Sealiced and older fish up to 18lb caught.

Day rods out fishing the River Don are enjoying some good sport. Fish are now spread throughout the system from Grandhome to Kildrummy. Anglers have recorded thirty fish, some catching two or three fish on a visit and many more lost despite minimal angling effort across the system. This is a hidden gem of a river for salmon and also trout. Find Don Fishing.

Holiday Property of The Week


West Lodge, Milne Graden | Coldstream,
Scottish Borders | Sleeps 2 with 1 dog welcome.

Newly refurbished, this delightful gate lodge is presented in a perfect cottage style and offers three weeks of availability in September and October. With the river Tweed on the doorstep and rods available on the estate's own beat, where six salmon were caught on Monday alone, fishing parties are well catered for at West Lodge.

Ladies Fishing Days

Ladies learning to fly fish on the Dee.

Ladies from Inverness Angling Club are holding a ladies charity day on Saturday 31st August to raise money for the Highland Hospice. The day includes lunch and tuition from SGAIC casting instructors, including world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie. To book a place and for more information email

Ladies Day on the River Dee, Friday 13th September. This popular event is now in its fifth year and to mark the occasion two additional beats have been added. To book a place and for more information please contact Ross Macdonald by email or call 01339 880411.

FishPal Instagram

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.

Fishing Reports

21lbr caught on Delfur River Spey.

River Spey Report. Gordon Castle finished the week just short of two hundred, and Angus Gordon Lennox said they were not fully let!

Arndilly played host to the winners of the Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction. Arndilly Fishing generously donated prime fishing which was won by an equally generous bid by Mr Iain Laing. What a lovely week they had, finishing with thirty eight salmon and grilse. Iain started the week off with two on Monday morning. Mrs. Shona Martin caught her first fish and so did Claire Newlands who finished on three for the week. Find Spey Fishing.

John Marshall fishing Upper North Wark River Tweed.

The River Tweed Report a combined catch of four hundred and fifteen salmon and sea trout with fish caught on most beats across the system from the lower to the upper reaches.

The following beats had the best of the fishing, above Kelso: Middle Mertoun 17; Upper Floors 14; Lower Floors 15; Rutherford 13 salmon and 22 sea trout; Lower Pavilion 10 salmon and 23 sea trout.
Between Kelso and Coldstream: Lower North Wark 14; Junction 10.
Below Coldstream: Tillmouth 7; Ladykirk 6; Pedwell 5; Milne Graden finished on 5, which included a fish of 18lbs for Mr Ian Hayward. Find Tweed Fishing.

FishPonds River Tay, one of 5 yesterday.

The Tay Reported its most productive week to date with almost two hundred salmon, the largest at 21lb caught on Meikleour and Upper Islamouth beat by Mr Tuffy.

The upper river continued its run of form with fish for Edradynate up to 16lb. River Tay veterans Mr Willie Cumming and Mr Jimmy Lapsey both landed fish up to 15lbs on Burnbane & Delvine. Mrs Cooper from South Africa had her first ever salmon, a 19 lbr, on Kercock Beat. Mrs Claire Mercer Nairne caught a very lively 17 lbr on Meikleour & Upper Islamouth. Mr Will Haggas fishing Islamouth landed a magnificent 20 lbr on Saturday. Ballathie beat finished the week with fish to 17lb.

Almondmouth had its best week of the season so far with forty fish. Anglers fishing Upper Scone had their rods bent with fish caught every day. Mr Silvio Erne enjoyed the best of the action landing ten fish to his own rod. Find Tay Fishing.

One of one hundred and fifty eight fish caught last week on the Dee.

River Dee Report their best week of the season so far with one hundred and fifty eight fish. Park finished on twenty six up to 20lb, caught by Mr Robert Dawson. Lower Crathes had thirteen for the week, the biggest caught by Jim Fleming fishing Wednesday with three fish up to 16lb. Tim Larkman caught a cracking 16lbr at Cairnton on a red Francis. Waterside and Ferrar had three and Dinnet managed twelve. Alan Ward had three to 13lb. Charlie Keyser had three to 16lb. Find Dee Fishing

Some beautiful trout being caught in the Outer Hebrides, as well as salmon and grilse.

The Hebrides Report. Grimersta recorded twenty salmon/grilse. Garynahine has been very lightly fished, salmon are boiling at the flies but not taking which is frustrating. The lochs have been hardly fished, Iain Mackenzie and Jim Cairney had three grilse and seven sea trout for their two days, all caught on muddlers. Gress Angling Association recorded seventeen sea trout and numerous finnock. The Barvas River and loch produced thirteen salmon/grilse. Stornoway Angling Association recorded nine salmon/grilse. Find Hebrides Fishing.

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


Mortimer & WhiteHouse Gone Fishing


Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing on BBC2 go salmon fishing this week.

In this episode Bob has harboured a childhood dream to catch a salmon, so he and Paul set off for the River Tay in Scotland full of hope and excitement for this special trip.


Calum McRoberts guided them during their time fishing Meikleour and Upper Islamouth beat. Under the guidance of Calum they fished using various methods in search of the elusive king of fish. They discuss luck, fate and the part it has played in their lives, and as the sun sets over the mighty river Tay, they reflect on the dream of catching a salmon.

Customer Feedback

Fishing the Gala Angling Association water last week, Luke from London enjoyed six days fishing with his children catching trout and grayling from the upper reaches. A sea trout took a size 16 gold headed GHRE on a 4 weight rod. Trying to land the fish with a net the size of a tennis racket was impossible so number two son had to get very wet indeed!

Fishing Cortachy beat on the South Esk last Saturday Graham from Aberdeenshire caught one salmon and four sea trout.

FishPonds River Tay "An altogether fantastic experience. What an amazing location, it's breathtaking and absolutely stunning. The ghillie's knowledge, experience and advice made the day an unforgettable experience. Many thanks Luisa, London."

Specialist Books

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