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

Newsletter No 11 (Mar 2020)

It's been quite a week in the UK!

Those of us lucky enough to be on the river bank during the last ten days have seen some big fish caught, including a 35lber on Loch Tay and a 21lber on the North Esk. The River Tyne has caught its first big fish of the year, a 19lber on Monday. The largest sea trout at 10lb has been caught on Tweed.

Pat Leary from Edinburgh enjoyed a red letter day on Junction, River Tweed earlier this week with three salmon to her rod.

Badenoch Angling Association.

The weather was kind at the weekend for the official opening of Badenoch Angling Association water on the Upper Spey. Anglers and their families gathered to see Club President Colin Cameron bless the river with a quaich of single malt, Scotland's cup of friendship - read more.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, business as usual has suddenly turned into anything but. We would like to stress that we are putting the wellbeing of our team, ghillies and customers first. Currently going for a walk and hiking, as long as you are not in a group, is still allowed. Fishing I am sure you would agree is one of those activities that allows anglers to self isolate and social distance. You could say anglers are experts at this, as they have been doing it for many a year!

We know some of you may be unable to go fishing, so I contacted our friends at Fishing TV and have secured for all our customers 7 days unlimited access to Fishing TV - read more.

If you are unable to go fishing, please remember that regular exercise is still important for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

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19th March 2020

River Dee

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

Dinnet and Kinord Estate fish Tuesday 17th March.

The Dee produced eighteen springers last week. Catches remain lower than any of us would like, but there have been some nice fish caught. Conditions look decent again this week (apart from some strong winds) so good luck to everyone who wets a line over the next six days.

Cairnton and Middle Blackhall had the most action with seven fresh fish landed. Lower Woodend landed four salmon for the week and lost a few more too. Dee regular Stefan Mahlau from Germany fishing the first half of the week landed three fish, one a day, ranging from 8lb to 10lb.

A word on Coronavirus. The Dee is very much open for business. Sadly, some of our international guests can't get here, which is a crying shame, but for UK based rods there is advice from the government about Covid19. If you have fishing booked and are concerned, please contact the beat directly or the FishPal office.

Personally, wading knee deep in the Dee is an ideal way of self isolating and social distancing.

Fishing Tackle

We've been speaking to tackle shops this morning and they are all still open.

Ian at Borders Gunroom said "We are seeing more online sales, including rod sales and accessories. There are a lot of flies and nylon going out. The trout season has started and customers are focusing on self isolating on the bankside or a loch. Some reservoirs and lochs have introduced 'Honesty Boxes' for anglers to pay for their fishing".

David at Grahams of Inverness said "Customers are certainly using our online store to purchase items. They are stocking up on items so they can go fishing in the coming weeks."

Contact your local tackle shops and enquire if they will deliver to fisheries and accommodation providers, many already offer this service.

With an increasing number of public places now closed, going fishing is a hobby that complies with the recent government announcement of social distancing.

With more time on our hands many anglers are spending time checking and cleaning their fishing kit and fly box, tying flies and reading the Trout & Salmon magazine.

Spring Salmon Flies

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Tyne Fishing Report

FishTyne | Salmon & Trout | Fishing Permits | Fishing Flies | Where To Stay | Tyne Guides | Contact: 01573 470612.

Obviously the situation can change and everyone's health and well being must be the primary concern but under current Government guidelines and restrictions the river remains open to anglers and angling is certainly a pastime that can be enjoyed in relative isolation as long as you keep your distance from others and have lunch in the car rather than as is tradition in the hut together.

Eugene Burzler (pictured) landed a beauty on the fly, Monday 16th, weighing at 19lbs from the Fish Pass pool at Bywell - read more.

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Free Fishing TV

If you're self-isolating or just too much of a fair-weather angler to head out just yet, video on demand service, Fishing TV could be the solution. It is now available as a monthly subscription with a 7 DAY FREE TRIAL and offers unlimited access to an amazing range of fishing films and TV shows from around the world

The Fly-Fishing Channel is particularly laden with a host of excellent movies and TV shows covering all aspects of the sport with new content frequently added. There's a wide variety of content from tuition and strategy in films like Ian's Gordon's Blue Charm or Catch that Salmon, to adventure films like Only The River Knows and some fascinating documentaries such as the lauded Atlantic Salmon Lost at Sea which is a must watch movie - read more.

You will get Unlimited Access to all their fishing shows for 7 days. Just click the link to start watching Fishing TV.

Tay Fishing Report

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

25lber caught by Mr Shaw.

The Tay lives up to its reputation for producing big salmon as a 35lber is landed.

The curse of high water that has plagued the Tay system for much of the season struck again. River levels were high at the beginning of the week and only gradually dropped as the week progressed. In spite of this, the Tay system continued to produce some top quality hard fighting salmon with a number of fish caught weighing over the magical twenty pounds mark - read more.

Mr Shaw fly fishing from the bank in the Pitlochrie Pool when his line tightened and a terrific battle ensued. After a long fight, Mr Shaw landed a magnificent sea liced twenty-five pounder - read more.

In these unprecedented times we would like to tell anglers that the river is open.

Please give the office a call on 01573 470612 for places to fish on the river Tay and it's tributaries. In these times of change, fishing continues to have benefits to your physical and mental health.

Accommodation & Restaurants

We are in contact with accommodation providers to make sure that you are as protected as possible wherever you decide to stay.

In these unprecedented times accommodation providers would like to tell their guests that they are open and will remain open as long as they are allowed to do so.

Many Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants have implemented common sense measures including changing the layout in their restaurants and public areas to offer as much space as possible between guests. Table only service from the bar. No buffet option. They continue to regularly brief staff on the latest advice from Public Health England/Scotland and that staff are fully aware of the importance of ensuring that best hygiene practices are maintained.

Some restaurants during the last few days are offering a take away only service.

Self catering accommodation have issued guidelines to housekeepers and owners in relation to additional cleaning precautions, including the NHS guidelines on how to prevent the spread of germs.

River Tweed

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

Pat Leary from Edinburgh has caught 3 fish off Junction this week, 17th March.

Thirteen Salmon and one Sea Trout were landed for the week. Tom Davis, Lower Birgham, reported "The river was high at the start of the week and rose again on Thursday and Friday. Saturday the water dropped and in the afternoon we managed a 5lb sea trout off the bank and a fin perfect, fresh as paint spring salmon at 8lb - read more.

The Scottish Borders and the River Tweed are still open to visitors. Please give Tom a call for information on places to fish, including bank rods, on 01573 470612 or visit our fishing permits page.

Fishing For Sale

River Tay | Upper Scone | June Week 21 | Maintenance Charge £52.50 | Contact: 01573 470612.

A June week has become available on a productive beat of the River Tay.

Upper Scone is a productive beat which consists of 23 named pools over two miles. The beat is divided into upper and lower beats Pitlochrie being the upstream beat located at Stanley and Benchil the downstream beat. This beat has been lightly fished by the current owner. This June week is being marketed at offers over £3250 - read more.

Anglers Information

As of 16th March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days.

Every angler should be following NHS and Public Health England/Scotland advice on hand washing and other hygiene measures, as well as how to recognise the symptoms of and what to do if you suspect you have the coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has.

We urge everyone involved to regularly keep up to speed with government advice on the virus here.

River Spey

We have just received the latest March Briefing Report for the River Spey - read more here