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

Newsletter No 10 (Mar 2020)

There are a lot of photographs of Spring salmon in this week's newsletter.

The River Dee have caught fish at 21lb; 22lb and 23lb; North Esk 21lb; Findhorn 24lbs; River Tweed 18lb and River Tay 25lb. - largest salmon.

Sue Wall with her 22lb fish, caught Wednesday 5th March.

Dee have reported fish over 20lb last week including a beautiful fish at 22lb for Sue Wall off Lower Crathes and West Durris. David Craig had a good week on Deeside and caught the first fish of the season for the Upper beats, a 14lbr off Waterside and Ferrar. Later in the week he went on to catch the first fish off Aboyne Castle, at 9lb. 

Jock Miller with a big fish, caught 2nd March.

Jon has just returned from a two day fishing trip to the Helmsdale and sent in a photo of Jock Miller with the fish he caught on Mon 2nd March. Jock was fishing beat one and caught his fish in the Marrel pool using a green Highland tube fly. His ghillie George Sutherland netted the fish and took the photo.

Roger with his fish caught on the River Findhorn on Monday.

Roger Dowlings fishing Forres Angling Association water, river Findhorn caught a cracking fish estimated at around 25lbs in weight and measured at 37".

Ewan Maclachlan with his fish off Dochfour, 7th March. 

Ewen Maclachlan caught the first fish for Dochfour fishing, River Ness, last Saturday. Jonathan Haley fishing Mochrum Park beat on the River Bladnoch, Galloway, has caught their first fish of 2020. He said "it's probably one of the first caught on the West Coast of Scotland". 

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Jamie McCulloch with a 15lb fish off Cairnton River Dee, 12th March.

There are some big fish currently being caught on Scottish rivers. The weather for next week is improving with a high being forecast and this should bring some more settled weather and rivers should start to settle. We are anticipating that March could be an absolute cracking month to go fishing.

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

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12th March 2020

River Tweed

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

Hugh Newton's fish, one of three caught on Upper North Wark, Wednesday 4th March.

The class of fish caught last week was very good. Thirty four salmon up to 18lb including a good few carrying sea lice. Early Spring sea trout have been caught including a super 10lber landed on Lower Birgham. Upper North Wark landed three Springers on the fly, including a fresh baggot and a few kelts that kept the interest up as the week progressed.

Mark Hansen with his fish, 6th March.

Bemersyde have caught their first fish of the year. Mark Hansen fishing Cromwell pool caught the 13lber on a black and yellow tube fly. The beat is syndicated until September, contact Tom at FishPal for more information about availability.

Fish are moving up through the river now, with fish reported in the middle river during the last week at Lower Pavilion, Bemersyde, Upper and Lower Mertoun - find fishing.

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

Marks Blog

It's certainly depressing watching all the drama of a world wide emergency unfolding in the form of the Coronavirus but when I saw our most recent post on our Facebook page, it certainly not only made me smile but actually, it did make me think that this year of all years, is surely the year to be spending more time fishing on some of our beautiful rivers across the country - read more.

The last few days we have been making some changes to the way information is being added to the site. Some of you may have experienced a problem viewing river levels and catches pages and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you. If you are still struggling please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 and he will help you, alternatively please visit our system status page. This wasn't helped by SEPA changing where they store the files we access for showing levels without warning, which meant these pages went off-line with no notice until we could get our IT guys to fix the problem. Again apologies if this caused you problems, but they wouldn't be the same problems as our IT guys faced!

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Featured Estate

Meikleour Estate | Salmon Fishing |  1.7 miles double bank | 2 boats | Meikleour Arms AA Pub of the Year | Award Winning Restaurant | 5 Cottages | 11 bedrooms | Contact 01250 883206.


Meikleour Estate, one of the oldest country estates in Scotland, is a dynamic diversified family business which has been supporting its local community since the 12th century. 

The Estate has its own salmon fishing, Meikleour & Upper Islamouth beat. This picturesque double bank beat commences at the junction of the Tay & Isla Rivers and extends for approximately 1.7 miles upstream. Head Ghillie Calum McRoberts and second ghillie Ian Jones are hugely experienced guides and boatmen. Their passion for the river is second to none and booking a boat with your personal ghillie is an unforgettable experience. 

Ghillie Ian Jones with a fish.

Anglers and guests meet every morning at Ferry Cottage boathouse. It is spacious and extremely well appointed, with a kitchen, a large oak banquet table, stove and WC. If you are new to fishing and would like some tuition the Estate has its own casting instructor, who can be booked subject to availability. If you don't have equipment, rods are available free of charge.

The beat was one of the locations for the Mortimer & Whitehouse Gone Fishing program on BBC2.  


Located at the heart of the conservation village of Meikleour is AA Pub of the Year, Meikleour Arms. This unique boutique hotel and pub in Perthshire has elegant, contemporary bedrooms and cottages with superking or king-sized beds, impressive bathrooms and quirky French furnishings. Their award winning restaurant is proud of its Franco Scottish heritage and serves superb country food incorporating produce from the Estate and the neighbouring land. 

The Meikleour Arms is featured Sawday's Hotel & Inn Guide and also takes the number one spot for Best Dog Friendly Hotel in UK.

Spring Salmon Flies

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Getting The Right Flies For Your Spring Fishing

Peaks Fly Fishing have worked with some of the UK's top Ghillies and Salmon Anglers to develop unique collections of flies for all the major UK Salmon rivers.  Click here to find out more.

Tay Fishing Report

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

Paul Devlin with a fish off Catholes,Tuesday 10th March.

The better weather and more settled water levels appeared to be the catalyst for improved catches on the river. Loch Tay caught the biggest fish last week at 20lbs by Duncan Mackenzie. They landed a couple more and lost a few.  

Edradynate beat had two fish, including a sixteen pounder caught on the fly by Ian Marshall. Taymount finished the week with five fish up to eighteen pound.  Three Spring salmon were landed on Pitlochrie beat and Catholes beat. 

One of two fish up to 16lb off Edradynate beat, 5th March.

The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board's Annual Public meeting is scheduled to take place at 7pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at the Birnam Institute, Birnam. All are welcome to attend and hear about the board's latest work and ask questions.

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 or places to stay.

River Dee

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

John Fyfe landed this 23lb fish from Invery & Tilquhillie yesterday morning, 11th March.

The river had a better week with eighteen fresh fish reported, including a couple of springers over 20lb.

Woodend had a decent return with four fish. Robert McKay started things off on Tuesday. Ewan Maclachlan had one on Wednesday, while Andrew Goodenough had one on Thursday. Murray Smith rounded things off with a fish on Saturday.

Mark Kemp with a 14lber caught on Cairnton & Middle Blackhall, Monday 9th March.

Well done to Will Shropshire who caught an 11lb salmon on Cairnton & Middle Blackhall beat, Monday 9th March. He travelled up from London that morning and didn't start fishing until just before lunch. What a great start to his trip!