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

Newsletter No 8 (Feb 2020)

Whilst many rivers have experienced further rainfall, some have still been fishable and anglers have been out fishing!

Billy Strathdee had a day to remember on the Findhorn yesterday. He caught a spring salmon at approx 24lb, which he safely returned.

Currently the majority of river levels on FishPal are steady or falling. Let's hope the rivers Annan and Nith continue to fall so anglers have the chance to enjoy a cast on the first day of their salmon season.

At the weekend, Caledonia Fly Company launched their 2020 online brochure. 96 pages of pure delight featuring 1800 fly patterns for all conditions and species. We love the reassuring sound each page makes as you click onto another page of tried and tested flies. This weeks newsletter sponsor Which Salmon Fly are stockists of their salmon fly range.

Chatting with Ron McCombe from Tweed Guide this morning he said they are seeing a steady flow of customers booking guided fishing on Tweed for Spring and Summer. Guests are from the UK and internationally. Their Salmon School on the River Tweed in May now only has a few places left.

This week we wanted to share the Spey Fishery Board Facebook page. Last Friday they had some very welcome assistance from six Spey ghillies who helped them plant 76,000 eggs on the Knockando Burn. The Spey hatchery has been in operation since the 1960's and this was mitigation stocking. The stocking of 76,000 eggs is small scale relative to natural production on the river. Eyed ova stocking is now a requirement of Marine Scotland policy with the thinking that less time in the hatchery means a more natural product.

During the last 24 hours we've been following Carlisle Angling Association rescue fish trapped at Bitts Park which have been stuck since floods earlier this month. Yesterday 35 fish were rescued and hopefully more will be saved when they net another pool of water today. Well done to everyone involved.

Ryan Pringle fishing Gallery on the North Esk has caught their first spring fish (pictured). He was fishing Stobbs pool, using a skagit with T10 and a Willie Gunn Franc n Snaelda fly.

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

We have added more fishing permits for Summer and Autumn for Scotland and England, ideal for short breaks or a day fishing with the family.

Fishing Permits can be purchased online and at time of purchase you will receive a booking confirmation via email. The fishery will automatically receive an email or SMS to say you are fishing their water.

Enjoy this week's newsletter and keep sending us your feedback.

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25th February 2020

River Tweed

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

Ketch holding one of Mr Carmichael's fish during his trip to Hendersyde last May.

Anglers fishing the river last year caught a total of 6,814 salmon and 2,668 sea-trout. We asked Tom in the FishPal office his thoughts on when to fish Tweed this Spring. He said "Anglers should consider late Spring which has seen an improvement in catches, April, May and into June. There is always a chance of a sea liced fish in March and I certainly will be out fishing. I had a cracking day on Tillmouth in March and caught 2 Springers in one day".

It was lovely to see Bob Harrison out and about at the weekend on a road trip with Ginge Palmer visiting fellow boatmen. He can walk a bit, his speech is still not back but he can still manage that smile. Good luck for continuing recovery Bob.

This weekend communities living along the river Tweed will be out in force for the Great Borders River Clean. The inaugural event last October attracted 304 rubbish collectors who bagged an incredible 1.85 tonnes of discarded wrappers, bottles and other environmentally damaging items. If you would like to join them you can find litter pick details here.

Fish The Hebrides

FishHebrides | Salmon, Sea Trout & Wild Trout Fishing Permits | Tackle Shops | Where To Stay | Guided Fishing | Contact: 01573 470612.

The Outer Hebrides can boast a UK record which was set on the waters of the famous Grimersta Estate. Back in the Summer of 1888 Mr Naylor landed 54 salmon in one day (314lb) and also managed 15 sea trout (72lb) - read more.

Fishing tackle to bring with you to the Outer Hebrides is very similar to what is used for much of today's rainbow trout fisheries. Single handed rods are the order of the day with anything from 9ft up to 11.5ft in length. As a rule there is no need for double-handed rods as rivers are not wide like the east coast rivers of Scotland.

We have everything you need to know about fishing the Hebrides from the best times to come, where to fish and fishing permits. You can also choose from a variety of accommodation available, from castles to cottages.

Take the family somewhere special this year where you can explore endless beaches, ancient history, wonderful wildlife and fine fresh food. If you were inspired by the BBC 'Call the Midwife' Christmas Special, then come and see the islands for yourself.

River Dee

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

Martin Robson, Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo Fishing writes "Never let the water height put you off fishing, this fish (pictured) was taken with the water sitting at 5ft on our gauge" - read more.

Martin's favourite Spring set up of a Skagit line with T18 tip did the trick for Connor Leslie with his first ever February Springer. Well done.

Fish Spey

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

In last week's newsletter Mark wrote "There are still prizes up for grabs for the lucky angler who finally catches that illusive first Spey fish and I would hope to share the good news, potentially, this week if the weather eases off somewhat!"

That very afternoon the newsletter was sent out we were informed that Mike Murdoch had caught the first Spey springer in the Gas Pool on Laggan Beat. He is the winner of the Spey Anniversary Quaich and will be invited to opening day in 2021 to bless the river by pouring a bottle of single malt whisky from Penny Bridge.

Contact the office for places to fish on the River Spey and Mark directly for fishing predictions and forecasts.

Tay Fishing Report

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

David Kyle with his Spring fish caught on Dalmarnock last month.

Once levels settle and anglers are back on the river, fresh fish will be caught. Landing a big Tay salmon would be a great way to end February - read more.

Anne caught up with the youngest ghillie employed on the river Tay. Dyllan Dunbar works for Cargill Beat and has fished from a young age. Watch the video.

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Hotel of the week

Duchally Country Estate | Multi Award Winning | Hotel & Luxury Lodge Resort | 24 Hour Reception | Monteaths Restaurant | Whisky Ambassadors | Leisure Centre | Spa Treatments | Games Room | Babysitting Service | Free WiFi | Perthshire | Contact 01764 663071.

Duchally Country Estate is a multi award winning hotel and luxurious lodge resort set within 27 acres of spectacular Perthshire countryside. The hotel was built in 1838 by the Monteath family and is considered to be one of Perthshire's finest and most distinguished country house hotels.

The hotel restaurant, Monteaths, takes great pride in the reputation it's established for award winning food. The majority of produce prepared in their kitchens is sourced locally in Perthshire and, wherever possible, is certified as being of organic, traceable and freedom origin.

The leisure centre has a indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, a whirlpool hot tub, sauna and steam room, perfect to relax in after a days fishing or sightseeing.

Within the grounds are award winning lodges, all furnished and equipped to the highest standards of Scottish holiday accommodation and boasting panoramic views of the stunning Perthshire countryside - read more.

Salmon School River Tweed

Tweed Guide | Salmon School | May 11th & 12th | All Fishing Equipment Provided | Fishing Permits Supplied |Contact: 07962 401770.

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 salmon and sea trout. All equipment is provided including rods, reels, lines, flies, waders, wading jackets, wading staffs, fishing permits - read more.

Crabtree & Crabtree Holiday Cottage of The Week

Belvedere | River Tweed, Norham, Northumberland | Sleeps 6 with 2 dogs welcome | Contact 01573 226711

Situated in the village of Norham just a stone's throw from the River Tweed, Belvedere offers country comforts and all the charm of village life. The ruins of Norham Castle form a historic backdrop to the 1.5-mile Pedwell Beat, with Ladykirk, Canny and Gliddeyhaugh beats all nearby and other prime bottom and lower Tweed beats within easy reach of the cottage.

With two reception rooms, a real fire, three bedrooms and three bathrooms plus a delightful fully enclosed lawned garden, this generously proportioned period property has plenty of space to relax and enjoy good company with family or friends. Its location is sure to appeal to the fishing members of your party or those seeking miles of scenic walking trails.

Norham offers good local amenities including a village store, bakery and gunsmith as well as the celebrated Foreman's Butchers where you will find a fantastic selection of quality produce including locally sourced meats, pies, cheeses, fine wines and even fishing tackle! There are two village pubs and if you love the traditional British take-away, the fish and chip van on a Thursday night is not to be missed.