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Newsletter No 26

July 2020

Fishing has certainly grabbed the attention of the nation. More people are trying the sport than at anytime before.

Craig Mackay with the help of River Spey Anglers Association, David Mateer and Loop Tackle introduced 30 gentlemen to fishing at the weekend.

Casting demonstration from David Mateer, with social distancing at Kellas Trout Fishery, Saturday.

With the prospect of international travel looking increasingly uncertain, many people are now turning their attention to breaks in the UK. We've seen a surge in online bookings during July and availability is starting to look thin for some weeks during August into September and the rest of Autumn. We have contacted owners to add any additional fishing availability they have to cater for this surge in demand.

Positive news continues across the rivers on the FishPal site. Over 1500 fish have been caught during June and July on the River Tweed, surpassing the five year total - read more.

The grilse run continues on the Rivers Dee and Findhorn.

The river Eden is seeing a lot of fish coming into the system off the tide which are disturbing the resident population. There are some good fish among them - River Eden.

This week the FishPal Focus is on Ali Hutchinson, writer, guide and fly tyer. He's a member of the Partridge of Redditch Pro team and LTS UK Pro Team. A director at International Hunting Scotland and he hosts trips to fishing locations around the world. You can watch it again on Fishpal's Facebook and Youtube pages.

Thank you to everyone using the Help Centre to contact us. We are answering questions and queries via the Help Centre and happy to call you back if required. The phone lines are currently open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 2pm and to contact us at all other times please use the Help Centre.

Please remember when visiting any destination to visit responsibly.

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29th July 2020

Fishing TV

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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. They've barely got out of the car when Charles hooks into a fine Char and he's delighted as it's his first ever!

Alex talks to Eggert whilst tying up some new flies and discusses the fact that the UK nymph patterns for grayling work very well for Char too - read more.

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

Well done Harrison (8) who was determined to catch his first salmon before he reached the age of 9. He fished with Terry Paton, Aboyne Castle, River Dee.

Tay Fishing Report

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Anne Emsens with a summer salmon from Benchil.

81 salmon and 18 sea trout were landed for the week. Fishing is being enjoyed across the Tay system. Notable catches include Lower Kinnaird (8), Dalmarnock (5), Newtyle (5), Kercock (10), Islamouth (22), Cargill (7), Ballathie (5), Stobhall (7), U Scone (8), Fishponds (12), Waulkmill (21) and Almondmouth 31 fish - read more.

There is some excellent fishing available and places to stay throughout August and September on the Tay and its tributaries. Accommodation providers look forward to welcoming you to Perthshire.

New Fishing Maps

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We are pleased to announce the launch of four new maps from Nigel Houldsworth for the Rivers Beauly, Brora, Conon and Ure.

These new maps show the pools from the side they fish best, and also the division of the beat boundaries. There is also much information on monster fish caught in the past, and interesting anecdotes on 'fishy' tales and how pools acquired their unusual names - read more.

Peth Northam, 12, returning her first sea trout caught on the upper Tweed last week. Guided by Tweedguide.

River Dee

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Murray Smith fishing Upper Blackhall caught this cracker on a size 12 cascade.

The grilse run continues and the river recorded one hundred and thirty-one fish in low water conditions. Lower Blackhall and Banchory celebrated breaking the hundred mark for the month.

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

Fishing Cancelled

If you had fishing booked through FishPal that was cancelled during lockdown and you have not organised another date or replied to our emails and phone calls, you now have until 1st August 2020 to do so. We've been contacted by owners to introduce a deadline, 1st August, so any that are outstanding can be finalised.

Please get in touch via the Help Centre to speak with a member of the team.

River Tweed

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Al Collins fishing Tweedmill caught 8 fish to his own rod. He's looking forward to returning in Autumn.

108 Salmon and 26 Sea Trout were reported on the FishTweed site last week. Above Kelso 17 fish and below 95 with the best fishing reported at Tillmouth with 24 fish and Tweedhill 21 fish.

Check River Tweed availability and where to stay for August and 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.

Galloway River System

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Since Monday 22nd June, Newton Stewart Angling Association have landed 80 salmon and grilse up to 17lbs, including a good number between 10 to 14lb. Grilse are in good condition with many fish between the 4 to 5.5lb bracket. Fewer sea trout have been caught so far, but those that have are up to 3lbs.

Linloskin Beat have caught 40 salmon/grilse since the river opened up again with fish up to 17lbs. 4 fin clipped hatchery fish have also been landed in the last 2 weeks, including one from the Minnoch. The River Minnoch is a rare gem in Scotland's forgotten corner and is producing fish in decent numbers.

Visiting rod Colin Fergusson enjoyed a red letter day catching 3 salmon up to 7lbs and grilse up to 5lbs. He had 2 sea trout at 2lbs each. Finlay Rodgers (14) caught his first fish of approx 4.5lbs - latest catches.


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