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Newsletter - September 2019 No. 75

We start the newsletter on a sad note with the news issued on behalf of the Innes Ker family and Roxburghe Estates on the 29th August 2019.

"The family of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe are sad to announce that the Duke has today died following a lengthy battle with cancer. Guy Innes Ker died peacefully at his family's ancestral home, Floors Castle, near Kelso, in the Scottish Borders".

The statement added: "He was a wonderful and loving husband to Virge and devoted father to Rosie, Charlie, Ted, Bella and George and it is a desperate loss to us all.

His family meant so much to him and he was always there to offer love, guidance and support.

He really was a Corinthian figure who was a great sportsman, a passionate fisherman who made a huge contribution to fisheries management on the River Tweed and a successful businessman who modernised and turned Roxburghe Estates into the successful business it is today."


4th September 2019

Farm Fish Table

Northumbrian Water have produced a series of three films about their fish, reservoirs and tips on how to cook them. Don Coe (Head of Fishing) takes viewers on a road trip to meet members of his team and anglers fishing for their hard fighting fish. In the final episode a local chef joins him and shows you how to cook these prime rainbows. Watch the series.

You can book a days trout fishing on Northumberland Water Fisheries through FishPal. Find Fishing.

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Fishing Reports

Happy angler fishing the River Dee.

River Dee report. Park produced eighteen last week. Lower Crathes had eleven. Mr Richmond had four to 8lb, Mr Potts had five to 9lb and Mr Chisholm had a 12lbr and a 14lbr. Crathes Castle produced five. Tommy Humphries had three of those and River Dee Damsel's Tara Spiers and Shona Mutch also had fish. Little Blackhall accounted for six. Monaltrie and Lower Invercauld had some nice fish among the six they had last week. Gary Finlayson had the biggest at 15lb. Ninety-five fish reported last week. Find fishing.

River Tweed report. Above Kelso one hundred and eighteen fish were reported, Rutherford twenty-four, Lower Makerstoun eleven. Fishing Rutherford Mr Jonathan Reddin landed his 40th fish of the season. Between Kelso and Coldstream eighty-eight fish were reported with the fish scattered about a few beats with Junction on thirty. Below Coldstream seventy-nine fish were reported, with Tillmouth eighteen, Ladykirk sixteen and Milne Graden thirteen having the best of the fishing. Find fishing.

Happy angler fishing Gordon Castle.

River Spey Report. Gordon Castle finished just short of sixty fish, a mixture of fresh and coloured fish. Delfur were mid teens again, with another fin clipped grilse landed. The fish were being a bit difficult on Arndilly but there were plenty of them. They managed to get thirteen including four first ever fish. Find fishing.

River Tay Report. Catches on the river were spread out from Findynate down to Almondmouth. Murthly 2 had a productive midweek with seven fish in three days, five to ladies on Thursday. Kercock Beat had four fish up to 18lb on Thursday. Meikleour and Upper Islamouth Beat also caught two good fish last Thursday. Taymount had rods bent on most days and so did Waulkmill. Almondmouth finished the week on seventeen. The river is dropping nicely after a big flood over the weekend and there is a decent chance of a fish anywhere on the system. Find fishing.

Dalswinton beat rods caught two salmon and a grilse.

River Nith Report. Good rainfall in the Nith valley during the last few weeks and the river is in good order and worth a cast. Grilse have been seen, caught and lost in the last ten days. 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.


Hotel of the Week

Mash Tun photograph by Ryan Barlow.

Mash Tun | Hotel, Restaurant, Whisky Bar | Location Aberlour, River Tay.

The Mash Tun is in the heart of Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail within the beautiful village of Aberlour overlooking the River Spey. Enjoy locally sourced food and Scottish whisky, and stay in one of the five recently refurbished whisky themed rooms situated above the bar area.

The hotel has one of the best whisky selections to be found in Scotland.


Five Salmon Five Ladies

First salmon for Sheelagh Putnam, well done.

For the last 10 years Anne Woodcock at FishPal has been hosting ladies events for salmon in the UK. Last week ladies travelled from as far as London to fish the Tay, Murthly beat, with Tony Black and everyone caught a salmon. This is the first time she has hosted an event where all participants from beginners to advanced have hooked, played and landed a salmon. Lesley Weaver hooked into a 20lb plus fish, sadly it spit the hook out as the torpedo gave an aerial display, but she caught a grilse later in the day.


Anne then travelled north to Inverness for the ladies charity day. Even though the weather was dreich it didn't stop 17 ladies having a enjoyable time and raising £1,165 for the Highland Hospice. Thank you to organisers Sue Munro, Tracy Stronach and everyone at Inverness Angling Club - read more.

Where To Fish

Fiona Brown with a fish on Bemersyde.

Bemersyde Fishing. Set within a beautiful wooded gorge in one of the most stunning locations on the river Tweed.

The beat offers anglers some excellent fishing opportunities along it's one mile length, two-thirds double bank, with a pool or stream for every height of water. Week commencing September 9th rods are priced at £80 plus vat - find fishing.

Murthly beats have some of the best fly fishing waters on the Tay. Murthly 1 and Murthly 2 consist of swiftly flowing runs and pools which all have a good draw on them, ideal for the fly. Fly fishing is the preferred method of fishing unless the water is high. Until the end of the season rods are priced at £95 plus vat - find fishing.

Customer Feedback

Just a few of the many comments we receive here at FishPal about your fishing experiences.

Edzell Beat on the North Esk. Fishing on this part of the river was superb, it's a hidden gem. Stunning water with deep pools and when the adverse weather kicked in there was natural shelter under foliage. One point should be highlighted, access to the river is not easy, steep banks with man made ladders. Once down them all good, however anglers should be made aware of this. Overall a delightful experience - read more.

Lower Pavilion fishing course.

Lower Pavilion three day fishing course. Just wanted to thank Scott Povey for hosting an enjoyable and informative three day course. Both my partner and I are novice anglers and wish we had been on a course like this when we started fishing. We learnt so much during the course and fish were caught too. Thank you for making homemade soup and sandwiches they were delicious. We are both looking forward to the next course.

Snabdough Beat is a lightly fished beat on the North Tyne. Normally fish the river at the back end. Fished 29th August and caught and released two fish of 14lb and 16lb both on shrimp patterns I tied myself - read more.

Thank you Tom for helping me plan a three day fishing trip to the Tweed at short notice. The conditions and the choice of beats provided an interesting variety in their own right and the contrast in weather helped.

I went to Boleside on Thursday, Ladykirk on Friday and Lower Birgham Saturday. It was great fun indeed and I appreciated the help and support provided. Delighted that on Boleside I managed two salmon, a blank on Ladykirk (v windy conditions) despite Mark's patient efforts and one salmon and a sea trout today on Lower Birgham. I look forward to returning to these fisheries again.

First Salmon

Congratulations Finn on catching his first salmon.

Finn Collet (8) will remember his fishing trip to the Tay with his family.

Fishing Stanley Beat with Robert White, he caught his first salmon a 10lb beauty casting a spinner under the guidance of his ghillie from an anchored boat.

Can you remember your first salmon? If yes send in your photographs and story to

Guided Fishing Highlands


The Highland Angling Experience specialise in fishing in Fort William and Fort Augustus for atlantic salmon and wild brown trout. They have access to some fantastic locations and are able to offer clients guided fishing including equipment.

They can offer salmon fishing on the River Lochy at Fort William, including days near Fort Augustus on the River Garry and River Oich. In fact, all three of these rivers are accessible within 40 minutes drive of either location read more.