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Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter No 6 (Feb 2020)

Welcome to this weeks newsletter. We have the latest news from the River Tweed and storm Ciara. The River Dee Trust have made an announcement to plant a million native trees in the Cairngorms. Fishing for sale includes a Tweed timeshare and we have news of a salmon fly fishing course in May.

Mark attended the opening of the River Spey this morning at Aberlour and the editor of Trout & Salmon magazine was guest of honour. Andrew Flitcroft congratulated the Spey Fishery Board for sticking with a hatchery and said "We can't do enough to save the Atlantic salmon!"

There is a consultation this month on the potential extension to the Yorkshire and North East coastal sea trout netting season. Any extension to the season is incompatible with the published goals and policy of the Environment Agency, you can read more about this in this weeks newsletter.

FishPal caught up with David Godfrey, head ghillie, on the River Tay at their new fishing hut. We asked him about salmon conservation, owner investment, salmon catches on the Tay now and in the past - watch video.

The River Don opened this morning and the wind is certainly not putting folk off having a cast. Anglers fishing Alford Angling Association water have been enjoying some excellent sport.

If like us you are itching to cast a line this year, please give the office a call, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on 01573 470612 our help desk staff are all anglers themselves and can give you advice on where to fish. Alternatively visit the FishPal website for news and information on over 800 fisheries covering the UK, Ireland, Norway, Chile and Iceland. All fishing permits can be purchased online 24/7 and when you make an online booking you will automatically receive a booking confirmation.

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11th February 2020

River Spey

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

The official opening ceremony at Penny Bridge in Aberlour's Alice Littler Park was attended by 100 plus folk. Stuart Martin the 2019 winner of the Spey Anniversary Quaich poured a bottle of single malt whisky (12 YO Aberlour) from Penny Bridge into the river to the sound of bagpipes and Trout & Salmon Magazine editor Andrew Flitcroft was guest of honour.

Andrew congratulated the Spey Fishery Board for sticking with a hatchery and said we can't do enough to save the Atlantic salmon!

The river yesterday was 3 feet on the gauge at Tulcan, running with a wee bit of colour and perfectly fishable. Today the river has dropped to 2' 6" and is at a very good spring height. River temperatures and water levels last week will have distributed fish across the river, giving anglers an equal chance of catching a fish as far up as Castle Grant beats.

Mark is fishing the river today and has caught kelts up to 20lb, he said "The 20lber certainly got the heart racing after the third run down the pool we all thought it was a spring fish."

Call the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information on places to fish on the River Spey this Spring. We have fishing for all abilities and budgets, on the Spey website - find fishing.

We would like to remind you that a commemorative memorial statue to remember the soldiers who served in The Highlanders is being unveiled at Baxters in Fochabers on Friday 14th February and to celebrate the occasion, Gordon Castle Estate are offering Highlanders Veterans free fishing on the Estate's beats.

Tweed Timeshare For Sale

Lower Pavilion Fishing | Telephone 01785 716690

An opportunity to purchase Prime Timeshare Salmon fishing rights in perpetuity on the River Tweed with each rod having a Spring, Summer and Autumn week. To request further details on Lower Pavilion timeshares please contact Elizabeth Hull on 01785 716690.

Tay Fishing Report

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

Gary Weir caught the first fly caught spring fish of 2020 on the Tay.

We don't have a Tay report this week whilst our reporters are enjoying some well earned R&R. The river was lightly fished last week and finished on four up to 20lbs. Congratulations to Gary Weir fishing Stobhall on Saturday who caught the first salmon on the fly on the River Tay in 2020. He said "It was a chilly day with storm Ciara threatening from about lunchtime. The weather started to turn nasty about 4pm, just about the time I hooked into a 20lb fish. Ghillies Ernie and Johnny were superb at assisting and the fish went away strongly".

Dunkeld Fishing reported "It's 5'6" on the gauge down 2 ft, Monday 10th February, and we've lost a springer at the net from the Chestnut Tree pool this afternoon, size about 10lb".

Taymount Fishing reported "3rd Spring Salmon of the Season from the Linn Pool on Wednesday. The hard fighting 9lber was netted by Calum King and returned untouched to continue on its way".

Stanley beats reported "Last week saw a dropping water for most of the week until the weekend storm Ciara started to take effect and rise river levels steadily on Saturday. Although very lightly fished a few Kelts were landed. Heavy rain and wind over the weekend has brought the river up and it is currently in spate. Much colder weather is forecast, which is ideal as it should help clear the river quickly and keep the temperature down giving the Stanley beats a great opportunity of landing a springer. Another plus point are the high spring tides, so fingers crossed there will be some action".

Cargill beat reported "Graham Ritchie enjoying the sunshine this morning (Saturday 8th February) at Cargill with a bent rod or two and young Rowan Ritchie playing a fish this afternoon, lovely to see youngsters getting into the sport".

With 63 salmon fisheries on FishTay there is something for all abilities and budgets. Latest Fishing. Give the office a call on 01573 470612 or email [email protected] if you're looking for guided fishing, recommendations and places to stay.

Fishing With Accommodation

Edenmouth Holiday Cottages | Four Cottages | Sleep 2 - 6 Guests | Ideal For Beats In And Around Hendersyde And Upper North Wark | 3 Miles From Kelso | Dog Friendly | Games Room | Contact: 01890 830391.

Edenmouth Holiday Cottages are 300 yards from the Tweed at Hendersyde and perfect for beats in and around Kelso down river to Coldstream. These four well equipped holiday cottages are perfect for anglers and their family. All bedrooms are ensuite, WI-Fi is included within the price and drying facilities are available - read more.

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River Tweed

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

River Tweed on Sunday. Photograph taken by Borders Gunroom.

The first full week of the 2020 season has come to an end and we've been hit with Storm Ciara, and she did not hold back! There is damage to buildings in the Hawick area and massive flooding all around. Tweed at Junction is at 7 feet plus and dropping. Keep up to date with Tweed river levels and FishTweed Facebook for the latest photographs of flooding across the river system.

If you are thinking of fishing the river this week, please call the office on 01573 470612 for an update, before booking. We are always happy to recommend places to fish on Tweed in 2020. Find 2020 Fishing.

Hotel of the week

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel | Award Winning Country House Hotel | 38 Ensuite Bedrooms | Tweed Restaurant | Abbey Bistro | Wallace Lounge | Free WIFI | Swimming Pool And Sauna | Complimentary Trout Fishing | Dog Friendly | Contact 01835 822261.

The award winning Dryburgh Abbey Country House Hotel by the River Tweed is nestled within a wooded 11 acre estate, next to the historic Abbey, and in the middle of the two Dryburgh salmon beats.

After a days fishing or sight seeing, relax in the lounge by the log burner or unwind in the sauna and heated swimming pool. Indulge yourself with a 3-course dinner chosen from their mouthwatering a la carte menu and wrap your stay up with a hearty full Scottish breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.

Located only an hour from Edinburgh and Newcastle, it is the perfect setting for your Scottish Borders Fishing holiday. The hotel has a Winter break offer - read more.

Salmon School River Tweed

Tweed Guide | Tuition & Guiding | River Tweed | Salmon Trout Grayling | Salmon Fishing School | All Fishing Equipment Supplied | Contact: 07962 401770.

Guests from the USA.

TweedGuide are hosting a salmon fly fishing school on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th May. The two day course on the river Tweed is ideal for people who want to learn to fly fish or improve their techniques for Atlantic Salmon and sea trout. All equipment is provided including rods, reels, lines, flies, waders, wading jackets, wading staffs, fishing permits.

From Edinburgh consider travelling on the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and TweedGuide will pick you up, take you to the fishing and bring you back for your return journey to Edinburgh.

TweedGuide have been guiding and introducing anglers to fishing for over 16 years. The business is based on the River Tweed and owners Ron and Lynn offer full, half day and 3 hour guiding and introduction sessions for salmon, trout, grayling and sea trout.

River Dee

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

One of 26 fish so far this season on the Dee.

The first full week of the season produced fourteen fish. Adding opening days dozen, we have had twenty-six for the first seven days of the season. Graeme Arthur marked his 20th season at Crathes Castle in fine style with an 18lbr on Saturday afternoon. John Fyfe had two, best 16lb, from Lower Blackhall and Banchory. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall have had a good start to the season. Following three opening day fish the beat produced another four last week - read more.

The river rose sharply over the weekend and is falling away at the time of writing this report. The high water will affect the beats in different ways, benefiting some more than others - find fishing. If you would like to speak with a member of the fishing team please call the office on 01573 470612. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

The River Dee Trust has announced plans to plant a million native trees in one of the biggest nature restoration projects in the Cairngorms. The project will recreate areas of landscape that have been lost for 2000 years. The £5.5 million project is being led by the Trust with the support of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board - read more.

Fish The Annan

FishAnnan | Salmon Trout Grayling Sea Trout | Fishing Permits | Guides | Fishing Flies | Contact: 01573 470612.

Grayling are present throughout the main river. A small number of beats offer day permits for winter grayling, which are available until the end of February. From March the permit changes to include salmon. Find Fishing.

Newbie beat feedback 7th February. "Twenty plus grayling. Mostly small, but a few at 12 inches. All returned safely" Mr McEwan.

Extending The Netting Season

The EA has informed us that a consultation is taking place regarding extending the sea trout beach netting season. The link to the consultation document visits a page that contains a link to the report of the trials of the new design of net, designed to safeguard the salmon, as well as the consultation and other associated documents.

Their latest stock assessments indicate the majority of the salmon populations in England exposed to the beach net fishery are probably at risk, emphasising the need to prohibit exploitation of salmon in coastal nets. A number of salmon populations in Scotland contributing to the net fishery are also assessed as requiring management action to reduce exploitation of the stock to zero in 2020. The latest assessments of sea trout stocks contributing to the coastal net fishery also indicate many of these stocks are probably at risk, indicating a precautionary management approach should be adopted.

Following the consultation, a summary of all submissions received will be published, and they will make their recommendations for the future management of the net fishery.

We are encouraging everyone to submit a response. Responses to this consultation may be made online here.

Salmon Recognition

The early part of the season, kelts can be commonly mistaken for a fresh run salmon and this week we've seen some well mended kelts caught on the Tay. Kelts must be returned unharmed to the water as should all salmon of course under the Spring Conservation Measures.

The Atlantic Salmon Trust have produced an anglers guide to salmon recognition - read more.

Clyde - UCAPA Opening Day

Although the season starts today 11th, there are only a few more days until the salmon season opening ceremony.

This is a free family event held on the 15th of February 9am at the Popinjay hotel, please feel free to join us for a celebration of angling. The salmon season will be opened by Loop tackle ambassador Eoin Fairgrieve. Loop have kindly sponsored the event so please come along and test the latest Loop rods and tackle and meet the guys from Loop who are happy to help with any casting tuition required on the day.