Most rivers in England and Scotland are now open which is great news. Anglers in Scotland have stayed local, abiding by government travel guidelines of five miles since fishing commenced again on May 29th - read more.
There are some fisheries that have decided to stay closed for now as they have staff who are at high risk or the beat uses boats and the issues it would create with social distancing. Also, if you do book fishing and you are travelling more than the recommended travel guidelines allow, you may be refused entry to the beat and you are not likely to be refunded.
Last weekend tourist hot spots made the news in various parts of Scotland. This is the reason why travel restriction are in place and unlikely to be relaxed until the governments sees an improvement in the "R" rate.
I appreciate this might be frustrating because we want to go fishing without restrictions. Please remember the core reason why we have been in Lockdown for the last 3 months. We need to stay at home as much as possible and continue to support the NHS.
All accommodation providers in the UK remain closed with no concrete date for UK hotel openings. The Prime Minister stated that he hopes "to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places provided they're safe and enforce social distancing" in phase three of the lockdown exit plan, which would be July at the earliest. The N.Irish, Welsh and Scottish Governments are reaching their phases at different times and could be even later.
During the last 48 hours we've seen a welcome change in the weather as temperatures fall and showers appear in many parts of the country. During lockdown the UK has had one of the driest springs on record and rivers are currently reporting Summer low flows - latest weather.
Our River Reporters are back out and are doing a great job keeping everyone informed with the latest news on who's catching what, photos of anglers and fishing prospects for the week ahead. They also help to keep our social media pages up to date with news from the riverbank.
Congratulations. First rainbow trout caught using a dry fly at Kilgad Fishery for 8 year old Keren.
The forecast for this weekend is changeable and we've read that there may be some sleet and snow above 700 metres in the hills of northern Scotland! With rain forecast and temperatures markedly cooler than recently this should freshen things up.
For those wetting a line this week - tight lines!
Stay safe everyone.
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4th June 2020
28 fish caught on West Learmouth in May and 2 so far June.
Between Kelso and Coldstream 49 fish reported. Below Coldstream 73 fish with the best fishing on Tillmouth where 21 were landed taking their tally to 85 Salmon for May. Low water syndicate beat Waltham and Dritness finished May on 53 and Horncliffe anglers have caught 50 fish since 13th May - read more.
Mr Gary Topham from Seahouses caught the 50th fish for Horncliffe and was presented with a bottle of flavoured Pilgrim gin, kindly donated by R. G. Foreman & son butchers of Norham.
On Sprouston Simon Barr and guest had a good couple of days landing 9 fish for the 2 days. Simon's wife Selena caught her first fly caught salmon on Friday and swiftly followed that up with her second on Saturday.
Gary & Lucinda Ewin fishing Lazonby Beat. She said it is one of the prettiest places she's fished in England.
There are fresh fish movements around the high tide times, these entering fish are disturbing resident fish that have been keeping their heads down in these bright and low water conditions. It is good to see sea trout numbers increasing now with some good fish among them - read more.
Kirkby Stephen & DAA control 13 miles of fishing on the Cumbrian Eden upper reaches for wild brown trout. Lazonby have over thirty named pools across its two beats for salmon and sea trout. Eden Lacy is one of the most attractive beats on the river with permits for salmon, sea trout and wild brown fishing. Find fishing permits for Cumbria.
Finally, after an interminable wait, the beats reopened on Friday and it's great to be back. Conditions weren't ideal, but I don't think anyone cared one iota and we were just thankful to be back on our river.
The river produced thirty-one fish over Friday and Saturday. Most of the action was in the middle and upper beats, which is no surprise at this time of year.
Some local rods were out at midnight to have a go at the sea trout and Banchory proprietor Mike Wilson got one out of the hotel Pool. Russel Crichton also had a sea trout, his from Invery & Tilquhillie. Speaking of sea trout, Neil Stephenson began his nocturnal pursuit this morning, landing five at Lower Blackhall & Banchory.
With a bit of rain, we should be in business. Check out the availability for the week ahead. There is some lovely fishing on offer throughout June.
Fishing Mugs are delighted to make available this brilliant Father's Day offer in partnership with author Peter Owen. Peter's pocket guide to fishing Knots is an absolute must for every angler. This compact reference guide includes clear, step-by-step drawings showing when and how to tie the knots.
The limited edition mug includes a number of Peter's handy knot illustrations. Great when you're on the river and need a quick visual reminder of how a particular knot should look.
The book and mug combo is available for a limited period - read more.
The David Miller collection consists of designs depicting classic salmon flies of a bygone era. Each one is individually hand printed to ensure the colours remain sharp, vibrant and clear. They are microwave and dishwasher friendly.
David and his team are able to offer a bespoke service which includes personalising mugs for larger orders. They are the perfect fishing gift.
Robson Green with a Tyne salmon expertly netted by his partner Zoila.
Adam Brougham landed a salmon on fly from the main river and Teeside based angler Lucinda Ewan had landed a lovely Salmon from Dilston which was followed up this week by local angler Robson Green who landed a fresh salmon of about 13 lbs at Dilston on a Calvin shrimp at the start of the week. This in turn was followed by another salmon reported from Dilston the day after - read more.
Kielder Reservoir will continue to release 3.0 cumecs until Saturday 6th June into the North Tyne. The latest availability for the river Tyne is now available to view online.
Salmon fishing in Iceland is opening soon and Sog river is recognised as one of the finest Atlantic salmon rivers in Iceland. Sog river is only 65 km east from our lovely capital Reykjavik.
The Sog Bildfell's beat is a very productive beat and frequently produces the heaviest salmon each year on Sog river, meaning salmon of 20 pounds or bigger. Some availability has become available for July and August - read more.