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Newsletter No 25

July 2020

Fishing is seeing an unprecedented revival!

Rod licence sales have soared by more than 230% and another 200,000 people are now casting a line. Fishing is the perfect activity for all ages and has built-in social distancing as well as being ideal for mental health!

Anglers out on the river have been enjoying some excellent sport with salmon up to 23lb and sea trout to 15lb caught so far.

On the River Tay, salmon catches this month have exceeded those of July 2019 and numbers will likely well surpass the five year average. While this is an effect of delayed fishing due to lockdown, there are a lot more fish in the system - read more.

The Ness Fishery Board reported "Good numbers of Atlantic salmon arriving back to the River Ness, 22nd July."

Whilst everyone was having lunch Euan caught his first ever salmon on Crathes River Dee.

The Dee has had one of its best ever months recorded in the last five years. A total of 996 fish have been caught across the river this year and the largest of 23lb was caught on Invery and Tilquihillie.

Fish have been reported across all our river systems on FishPal. The Cumbrian Eden is fishing well and so is the River Annan with reports of salmon caught and reported throughout the river and good sized grilse seen.

Now accommodation providers are open, families are adding fishing experiences to their holidays. It's great to see the photographs of anglers fishing for the first time and catching fish, especially the younger generation. As the summer unfolds in front of us, there's no better time than now to start planning a fishing trip. Find Fishing.

The 2020 Safecation Report published today sees Scotland taking the first five places, making it the safest place for staycations.

The weekly FishPal report is now available to watch on Youtube and Facebook with Tom Carter chatting about fishing and prospects. This weeks FishPal Focus is Mark Paterson, a manager in aquaculture and fisheries management and owner of LTS Flyfishing UK & Ireland. You can watch Mark again on Youtube and Facebook.

Mattie Wilkinson with a sea trout caught Monday 20th July on Egton Estate Yorkshire.

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Fishing TV

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Series two of Icelandic Tails sees guests from the UK fishing on some of Iceland's top rivers for Atlantic Salmon and Arctic Char. Actor and fishing presenter, Robson Green kicks off the series in style before joining up with friend and fellow actor, James Murray. Robson has a trip to remember catching his personal best Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout on fly.

Father and son, fly fishing pros, Alex and Charles Jardine travel to a remote area of Iceland and subdue some huge Arctic Char in the rugged and isolated landscape that is the Black Desert - read more.

Marina Gibson fishes with her mother, Joanna, and makes the most of tough, low water conditions to catch some nice Atlantic Salmon including one monster that she'll never forget.

Tiggy Pettifer who works tirelessly for the Atlantic Salmon Trust and 94 year old Illa Black who has been fishing on Big Laxa for the past 33 seasons share their stories. Both are remarkable women with wonderful stories to share - read more.

FishPal customers please use the code 'FISHPAL' to activate a 10% discount.

You can watch Fishing TV on the web, mobile apps, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and many Smart TV apps.

River Findhorn

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What an absolute cracking run of fish coming into the River Findhorn right now, many grilse and some really fantastic big Summer salmon!

We were on Altyre today and hooked and released two cracking Summer salmon of around 12 lb to Leslie Tyson and 15 lbs to David Tisdale. Also another two grilse of around 5 lb and 4lb, all fish just off the last high tide - read more.


River Dee

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Lewis Blair with the first of two fish off Cairnton.

I was concerned at the start of the week that we would be blighted by low water. Sure enough, it did have an effect, but the continued run of grilse helped to offset the worst of it, and we finished on one hundred and twenty-three for the week - read more.

Check out the availability for the week ahead. There is some lovely fishing and superb accommodation available throughout July and August.

River Tweed

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Super start to the week on West Learmouth, Monday 20th July.

222 Salmon and 36 Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish at 20lb caught on Birgham Dub beat. Above Kelso 41 fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream 79 were reported. Below Coldstream 102 were reported. The best fishing enjoyed at Tillmouth where 39 were landed. Birgham Dub had 16 and the Lees also picked away with 14 for the week - read more.

Check River Tweed availability and where to stay for July and August - find fishing.

The Fishing Museum will open 3rd September

The River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum will be officially opened by Her Grace the Duchess of Roxburghe and Sir Gareth Edwards at 6pm on Thursday 3rd September 2020 in the Town Hall, The Square, Kelso.

Brodie (5) with a monster trout off Finsbay Fishing in the Hebrides.

Last Minute Availability

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Some last minute prime salmon fishing on the River Vididalsa has become available for 3 rods.

The river is between Midfjardará and Vatnsdalsá and is the place where actor James Murray caught a 40' salmon early this season.

Price is £1,000 per rod/day which includes fishing and full board lodging. Guiding costs extra. Please contact Jon Sigurdsson, FishIceland, on email [email protected]

Tay Fishing Report

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Mandy Reid with the 49th fish for Meikleour in July.

155 salmon were landed for the week with the best fish at 17lbs caught on Waulkmill beat. Fish are being reported from the upper river down to the lower river at Almondmouth. The best of the fishing was enjoyed on middle to lower beats with the following salmon report on Meikleour and Upper Isalmouth (10), Islamouth (44), Taymount (15), Waulkmill (10) and Almondmouth (17).

Check out the availability for the week ahead.

There is some excellent fishing availability, including places to stay throughout July and August.

Accommodation providers are now open and look forward to welcoming you to a fishing break in Perthshire.


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