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

Newsletter No 7 (Feb 2020)

Last week more rivers opened across Scotland with events to celebrate the start of the season. The River Clyde was opened in style by two world fly casting legends. United Clyde Angling Protective Association water (UCCAPA) was opened by Eoin Fairgrieve and Mid Clyde Angling Association water was opened by Gary Scott.

Members of Alness Angling Club were piped down to the Distillery pool where their club chairman, Andrew Easton, gave the river a dram and Terry Leiper took the first cast of the season. On the River Deveron, Marina Gibson opened the river and presented the Morison Trophy to Ronald Ewen who caught a 25lb springer last year.

The River Drowes, Ireland, has caught its first fish of the season estimated at 12lbs on the 14th February. Congratulations to the angler Nash McDaid from Donegal.

One of the Tay's most respected ghillies has criticised Scotland's marine biologists for "researching our rivers to death" while salmon stocks continue to decline. You can read about it on FishPal's Facebook page.

Whilst you're there we've added footage of an angler fishing from a kayak playing a marlin estimated at 500 plus pounds. The fish took him 15 miles out to sea where he was finally rescued!

Keep tagging #fishpal on to your photos on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. We will continue to like and share as many as many of your posts as we can.

We would like to remind you that you have until Friday to respond to the Environment Agency's consultation to extend the season for commercial beach netting of sea trout.

More fishing has been added to the FishPal site during the last seven days with permits online for Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Chile and Iceland. All permits can be purchased online and will automatically receive a booking confirmation at time of purchase..

Enjoy this weeks newsletter and keep sending me your feedback.

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19th February 2020

Fish The River Tay

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

Mr Duncan with Catholes' first Springer of 2020.

It was great to see the famous Islamouth Beat produce spring silver last week. The Taymount Beat has produced fish on most weeks since the beginning of the season.

Mr Duncan, fishing Catholes, braved the cold conditions and whilst his line was swinging around in the Back Dam Pool it tightened. What ensued next was a terrific fight after which Mr Duncan landed a 17 pound fin perfect Tay salmon (pictured) - read more.

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 your looking for guided fishing, recommendations and places to stay.

Fish The River Spey

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

Mark from FishPal was at the opening of the river. He said "Opening day everyone had rods bent, but alas only to last years models. I have to say some of the fights these kelts put up certainly had you wondering and hoping that it was an opening day springer" - read more.


Knockando Estates water (pictured) is on one of the prettiest sections of the river Spey. Their water is divided into three excellent beats offering a variety of water for anglers with varying experience from those who enjoy wading, fishing from the bank and/or boat. All three beats come with experienced ghillies and well equipped fishing huts - read more.

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

Hotel of the Week

Mash Tun | Hotel, Restaurant, Whisky Bar | Dog Friendly | Location Aberlour | Contact 01340 881771

The Mash Tun is in the heart of Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail within the beautiful village of Aberlour overlooking the River Spey.

The owners have a passion for food and whisky, which is reflected in the locally sourced ingredients for their menu and one of the best whisky selections to be found in Scotland.
Guests staying in the hotel can enjoy a dram in The Mash Tun Whisky Bar, where breakfast, lunch and dinner is also available.

Fish The River Tweed

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


There were 6,814 salmon caught on the River Tweed last season and 2,668 sea-trout.

The rods caught 6,382 of those salmon - an improvement on the 5,644 of the 2018 season, when near-drought conditions depressed catches from April through to September.

2,176 sea-trout were caught by the rods (817 in 2018) and the catches during the June to August period increased more than four-fold, with 1,572 being caught by anglers - read more.

We are always happy to recommend places to fish on Tweed in 2020, visit our find fishing permits page or give the office a call on 01573 470612.

Salmon Flies

Peaks Fly Fishing | Salmon Trout Grayling Flies | Tackle Accessories & Books | Fishing Podcast


Get The Right Salmon Flies For Your River.

Peaks Fly Fishing have worked with some of the UK's top salmon anglers and ghillies to create simple, concise selections of salmon flies for the major UK rivers. Tied by the world-class Caledonia Fly Company these flies are available to order here.

Self Catering River Tweed

Boat House | Cottage | Sleeps 7 | Guest Dining Area seats 8-10 | Perfect for lower Tweed beats | Contact Susan 01289 382300.


Boathouse Cottage is nestled on the banks of the Tweed over looking Ladykirk and Boathouse beats on the edge of Norham village. This charming cottage, just half a mile from Norham village can accommodate up to 7 guests, and includes a downstairs bedroom. The dining area is spacious and perfect for entertaining, seating 8 to 10 guests.

This is ideal for anglers and their families wishing to fish the lower river and enjoy days out to the coast and countryside.

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Urgent - Help our Sea Trout


The Environment Agency's consultation is seeking your views on the potential to extend the beach netting season for sea trout in Yorkshire and the North East.

We feel that it is absolutely key that as many anglers and angling clubs as possible respond to this consultation. Please share and spread the word amongst your angling friends and colleagues. Responses to this consultation can be made online here.

Closes this Friday 21st February 2020.

Fish Findhorn

Findhorn & Nairn | Salmon Trout Loch Fishing | Fishing Permits | Tackle Shops | Where To Stay | Guided Fishing | Contact: 01573 470612.


That is the first time in years that a spring fish has been caught on the opening day of the season!

There was a great turn out for the opening of the River Findhorn, despite the freezing wind. George Lily opened the river to the sound of bag pipes. A wee dram and hot stovies was enjoyed by all.

Pete The Feet lost a big fish in the Stoney pool, after struggling for over half an hour before his line went slack. All was not lost as he caught and returned the first Springer on the opening day, an 18lb split fresh with sea lice. To see a photograph of the fish please visit the Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust Facebook page where you will also find information on their auction.

Contact the office on 01573 470612 or visit FishFindhorn for information and news about the river and places to fish.