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Newsletter - August 2019 No. 74

"Grilse-tastic couple of days on the River Tay. These obliging little fish have made a welcome return. Keep it reel and come and fish" says Cornelius O'Dea, head ghillie on Taymount.

Grilse being returned on the river Tay.

The good news continues, Fishponds reported a few fish on Saturday morning and then caught three, adding to the ten or so fish landed during the week. Murthly beat also recorded a 25lb salmon last week.

Saturday morning Scott Roberts fishing Junction caught his first fish on the fly and he finished the day with two fish. Beginner Alan Keenleyside caught his first salmon on the Tyne this morning at 7.30am, well done Alan the first of many.

Anglers who are out casting a line are enjoying their fishing. We have reports of grilse and salmon mid-teen to 20lb plus. Beats are now reaching their 100th fish and beyond.

Sarah Wright caught the 100th fish of the season for Dochfour on the River Ness on Saturday, the beat is now on its 103rd fish.

Photo of Sarah's fish swimming out of net.

The Rivers Findhorn and Nairn are reporting 85 fish above last season's final number. Darnaway are currently on 176, Glenferness 119, Lethen 153, Drynachan 135 and Nairn Angling Association 120.

The Lower Beauly have reported 326 fish so far. River Borgie in the Far North 405 fish. The lower Cassley report 160 fish, an increase of 71 fish so far. The Lochy have reported 114 fish so far this season, just 14 shy of last years total and still have six weeks left of the season.

Hebrides, Grimersta are currently on 243 fish and Garynahine have reported 85 fish, an increase of 29 fish on last years total.

Scott Roberts with his first salmon on the fly. One of two he caught on Saturday on the River Tweed.

We say this every week, if your fly is not in the water you're not catching!

Beats on the Tweed, Tay and North Esk have also reported 100 plus fish. River Tweed, Ladykirk have reached 126 fish, Tillmouth 193, Birgham Dub 141, Sprouston 132, Hendersyde 120, Junction 189, Rutherford 114. River Tay Cargill are on 126 fish and Isalmouth 262. Morphie beat on the North Esk 108 fish.

Beats on the River Dee are now over 200 fish, Park are on 207 and Lower Crathes and West Durris 219 fish.

River Spey and Gordon Castle continues its good run with 595 fish so far this season, which is an increase of 348 fish on last years figure.

Well done Harry fishing the Spey with the RSAA.

Junior angler Harry Macintosh fishing Wester Lower Elchies has caught his first fish. The River Spey Anglers Association hold free events for young anglers on the River Spey and salmon have been illusive until last Saturday. Congratulations to everyone involved.

At FishPal we have the most fishing permits on our system anywhere in the UK. Currently there are over 91,000 fishing permits for salmon, sea trout, grayling and trout.

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


28th August 2019

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Autumn Salmon Flies


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Hotel of the Week

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel | Hotel, Golf, Spa | Location River Tweed.


Nestling on the banks of the upper Tweed at Cardrona, this 4 star hotel offers 99 well appointed bedrooms, an AA award winning restaurant, state of the art leisure and spa facilities and an 18 hole championship golf course.

The hotel overlooks the beat.

The hotel also boasts its own fishing at Horsbrugh. Two and a half miles of single bank salmon fishing with eleven named pools. Anglers can now book through FishPal two nights bed and breakfast, including a packed lunch and a single day permit for £195 plus vat. Read more.

Fishing Reports

Tom Brown have a cast on River Tay on Newtyle Beat.

For all 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.

Fishing For Sale


A unique opportunity to acquire salmon fishings on one of Scotland's premier salmon rivers together with woodland and a fully functioning hotel. For the first time since 1985 a section of the Lower Cassley has come to the market. Lower Cassley Fishings – two beats, 23 named pools, 1.86 miles of the east bank; Kyle Fishings – about 3.8 miles from the left bank and rights for one boat; Achness Parks – about 42.6 acres (17.3 ha) of permanent pasture rough grazing and attractive mixed conifer and broadleaf amenity woodland; Achness Hotel (part share) – 13 letting rooms owners' flat and 5.7 acres (2.3 ha) - read more.

Now sold 4 rods on the Spey for week 31. The buyer came via the FishPal website and newsletter.

River Nith

River Nith at Dalswinton Beat.

On Saturday Tom jumped into the car with fellow and avid angler James Dickson-Leach (ex Hong Kong) and drove over the river Nith and to have a cast at Dalswinton.

With the temperature on the rise and not many clouds in the sky at Hawick, I thought we might be in for a shocker! However, the clouds remained in the West and were a great help for the days fishing. The river was in good order and the word "grilse" was mentioned as well. The river has been very lightly fished in recent weeks and it is worth going over for a day

When the weather patterns are keeping the river nicely topped up. The bottom rods took two fish in the morning and James D_L had a lovely 5-6lb grilse on the upper beat in the morning as well. Nothing touched in the afternoon as far as I know.

At £30 per rod per day with two fantastic fishing huts, the Dalswinton beat is well worth a visit this season.

A nice grilse from Dalswinton.

Holiday Property of The Week


Miss Ballantine's Cottage | Caputh Bridge, River Tay | Sleeps 6

Miss Ballantine's Cottage overlooks the Boat Pool at Glendelvine, Murthly 1 beat. Her former home is now an enchanting fishing lodge recently refurbished with a wonderful first floor sitting room overlooking the pool where she caught the UK's largest salmon at 64lb. Perfect for rods fishing Murthly, Kercock and Newtyle beats.

Ladies Day River Ness


Ladies from Inverness Angling Club are holding a ladies charity day this 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:

The Galloway Fisheries Trust - Annual Auction

The Galloway Fishery Trust Annual Auction and dinner is this weekend 31st August 2019. In aid of the Trust and Marie Curie, Combat Stress, there are some great lots on the night and also the silent auction. To see the auction please download the catalogue at this link.

First Fish


Marching up and down the river with her pink spinning rod singing songs from the musical Frozen and shouting at the sheep, Owen Macgregor's daughter aged 4, thoroughly enjoyed her first fishing trip.

She has not stopped talking about the sea trout she caught.