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Newsletter January 2020

This year the FishPal Newsletter is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Every week we endeavour to keep you up to date with the latest news, events, fishing availability and information about salmon, trout and grayling.

In this weeks newsletter we have the Malloch Trophy winner, Ian Mitchell, and the story of his 32lb fish caught in the River Conon, understood to be the heaviest caught in the Easter Ross river for 35 years

Mark attended an event at the Scottish Parliament last night to address a looming crisis in wild stocks, he shares his views in the newsletter. The GameKeepers Fishing Group are asking you to sign a petition to the Scottish Parliament for the full consultation on stocking salmon rivers.

If you are out and about this week do keep sending in your photographs to [email protected] we love to see where you are and what species of fish you are catching.

Please call 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. For the latest availability online visit our find fishing page.

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8th January 2020

Fish Tweed

FishTweed | Salmon Trout Grayling & Stillwaters | Fishing Permits | Tackle Shops | Where To Stay | Guided Fishing | Contact: 01573 470612.

The Scottish Borders is perfectly positioned as perhaps the easiest destination in Scotland to reach. As you explore, let the scenery make its impression on you, from rolling hills and open countryside in the west to the gentle valleys and picturesque Berwickshire coastline in the east. The region is defined as much by the landscape as it is by its spellbinding abbeys, awe inspiring stately homes and castles, and the time honoured and truly unique Common Ridings.

The river Tweed is the second longest river in Scotland and takes great pride in the fact that it produces more fish caught to the fly than any other river in Britain. The river is divided into the Lower, middle and upper and its tributaries can offer some excellent sea trout fishing.

Whatever time you choose to visit the Scottish Borders you'll find that it really is a most wonderful place to unwind and get away from it all. Let us help you plan your next trip to the Borders. Call the office on 01573 470612 or visit FishTweed.

Visit the Isle of Mull

Ledmore | Total seclusion | Loch Fishing | Walking | Cycling | Activity barn | Dog & child Friendly | Contact: [email protected]

Surrounded by meadows, a loch and a small river, this traditional small farmhouse is perfect for families and couples who want to get away from it all and enjoy trout fishing, walking, cycling, eagle watching, canoeing, wild flowers etc, all without having to get into a car. Large barn for indoor games of tennis, football, basketball etc and the river provides paddling/swimming for children and an ideal waterfall picnic site.

Mull also has some of the best beaches in the UK and many walking routes, including the Munro, Ben More, from which you get an unrivalled view of Scotland's West Coast. Explore Iona Abbey and Staffa, or the colourful harbour town of Tobermory. Mull is also famous for its wildlife: On land with Sea eagles, puffins and otters, and at sea with whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

For more information, view the extensive website or email: [email protected]

Milne Graden River Tweed

Milne Graden Estate | 6 Properties | Sleep from 2 to 32 Guests |Dogs Welcome | Catering Available | Salmon Fishing | Contact 01573 470612

Milne Graden Estate welcome the new year and reflect on a very positive 2019 fishing season.

This double bank fishing provides Milne Graden anglers with exclusivity of a stretch of the Tweed, allowing greater flexibility and the scope to concentrate on the areas where we know fish are likely to be. Not to mention the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge in a beautifully tranquil setting! Read more.

For more places to stay and fish in the Scottish Borders please visit FishTweed.

Where To Stay River Spey

Mash Tun | 5 Chic Bedrooms | Whisky Bar | Restaurant |Dogs Welcome |Disabled Access | Contact 01340 881771

The building was originally constructed in 1896 by James Campbell, a sea captain, who instructed a marine architect to design the building in the shape of a small ship. The current name comes from the whisky and brewing industry.

The Mash Tun have five whisky themed rooms situated above the bar area. Comfortable and well appointed, each of their rooms are individual and named after local whisky distilleries.

Owners Mark and Karen Braidwood have a passion for food and whisky which is reflected in the locally sourced ingredients for their menu and their enviable selection of malts.

For more places to stay in Speyside please visit FishSpey.

Scottish Parliament Petition

Full consultation on stocking of salmon rivers petition.
Robert White on behalf of the Scottish Gamekeepers Fishing Group writes.

On some waters in Scotland, hatcheries are operated, enabling salmon eggs to be stripped from broodstock and grown on in controlled conditions before being released back into the river. The idea is to eliminate factors which can lead to early mortality, improving the chances of salmon reaching maturity, putting more fish into the system.

However, some ghillies and river workers with hatcheries are seeing increasing restrictions placed on the activity by Marine Scotland, who have developed a new position on stocking. They are concerned that the fisheries scientists' standpoint could become official government policy without proper consultation with ghillies, riparian owners and hatchery investors and employees - read more.

Please click on the link and sign as it only lasts until the 28th January.

Fish Tay

FishTay | Salmon & Trout | Fishing Permits | Tackle Shops | Where To Stay | Contact: 01573 470612.

Aeiral view of Meikleour Fishing.

The Tay season opens on Wednesday 15th January and Meikleour Estate is again organising and hosting the Opening Ceremony on behalf of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board. Singer and song writer Dougie MacLean will perform the iconic first cast. Pipe Major Alistair Duthie and his Perth District Junior Pipe Band will lead anglers to the river.

The extensive river Tay system is famous for offering fishing for all ages and abilities. It's many smaller tributaries are also excellent salmon fisheries and include the Earn, Isla, Ericht, Tummel, Garry, Dochart, Lyon and Eden. A recent Malloch winning fish was caught on the River Lyon by Tom Buchanan.

Perthshire offers so much to the visitor from its awe-inspiring scenery and stunning views as you wander through forests and woodlands. Tee off on some of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in the world. The region is also know for its film locations and its one of the places where Outlander was filmed. With so much to see and do visitors from far and wide are visiting the region.

Those wishing to try fishing contact the FishPal office as beats on the river offer introductory days for those wishing to experience salmon fishing.

Take in the region's breathtaking atmosphere, history and culture, you won't be disappointed. Call the FishPal office on 01573 470612 if you would recommendations on where to fish and stay, we have something for all abilities and budgets.

Where To Stay River Tay

Meikleour Arms | AA Pub of the Year | Award Winning Restaurant | 5 Cottages | 11 bedrooms |
Salmon Fishing | Contact 01250 883206

The Meikleour Arms is a unique boutique hotel and pub in Perthshire, at the heart of the conservation village of Meikleour, internationally renowned for its spectacular trees and great salmon fishing while only a short distance away from Perth, Scone Palace and Dunkeld.

The hotel has elegant, contemporary bedrooms and cottages with superking or king-sized beds, impressive bathrooms and quirky French furnishings; ground-floor rooms have baths and separate walk-in shower.

An attractive restaurant, with a private dining room, serves high quality local produce. The resident's sitting room, with it's attractive fireplace, is perfect for enjoying the property's own real ale or choosing from the extensive wine list.

For more places to stay in Perthshire please visit FishTay.

Making Salmon Conservation A National Priority

I was invited to join a reception at the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday 8th January) hosted jointly between Fisheries Management Scotland and the Scottish Government on a matter dear to all of our hearts – making sure that conservation of our precious wild salmon is at the very heart of Scottish Government's priorities going forward and I have to say that that the evening and the speakers came across as being completely joined up and genuinely keen to work together in their approach to take matters forward.

The reception was preceded by a working group which consisted of a good mix of MSP's, (present was Michelle Ballantyne, Roseanna Cunningham and Dean Lockhart) and representation from across the fishing community including river boards, proprietors, the AST and of course, Fisheries Management Scotland who all got their sleeves well and truly rolled up and set about the task of getting to grips with plans for the future - read more.


Malloch Trophy Winner

Ian Mitchell (of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire) is this years winner of the Malloch Trophy with a 32lb fish caught in the River Conon, understood to be the heaviest caught in the Easter Ross river for 35 years.

Ian landed the salmon on 21 September in the Junction pool of the Lower Fairburn beat of the Easter Ross river. The fish was measured, at 44 inches long with a girth of 22 inches, by gillie Max McKinstrie and was witnessed by both Max and Andy Hindhaugh. In addition, it was weighed by Max in a McLean Weigh Net, registering 32lb.

Ian Mitchell said: "It was a day of bright sun and unseasonably hot at some 23C – very difficult fishing conditions. However, as I was fishing close to the spot where I had caught and returned a 20 lb salmon the previous year, I persevered and was rewarded with what is clearly the fish of a lifetime.

"It is interesting to note that one evening earlier in the week an angler fishing the Brahan beat on the opposite bank had hooked and lost, after a lengthy tussle, a very large fish in the next pool down. One wonders if it was the same fish?

River Dee

FishDee | Salmon Trout Loch Fishing| Fishing Permits | Tackle Shops | Where To Stay | Contact: 01573 470612

Spring fishing on the river Dee

The Dee is one of the most attractive rivers in Scotland and in the words of Crawford Little, author of The Great Salmon Beats, it's 'a scenic treat'. Famed for its spring salmon fishing it still remains one of the best rivers to try for an early run springer on the fly - find fishing.

Traditionally, given a cold winter, the best of the early spring fishing in February and March is on the lower and lower-middle beats.

Water height and temperature influence the speed at which fish migrate upstream. In the spring snow and rain in the western catchment can change water conditions dramatically, and with the right conditions, fish run quickly upstream - read more.

For places to stay and fish in Aberdeenshire please visit FishDee.