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

Newsletter No 29

August 2020

It's great to see that fishing is becoming popular with families and young people.

In the USA it's estimated that fishing will see 8 million new anglers this year. The UK is seeing a boom in new rod licence sales and we are speaking with guides who are introducing more people than ever to the sport this year. Angling has literally hooked the nation.

This coming Sunday, the hit show 'Gone Fishing' is back on our screens at 8pm. Mortimer and Whitehouse are still in search of an Atlantic Salmon and this year they are on the River Tweed. They fished two of Tweeds iconic beats, Bemersyde and Junction, and FishPal were delighted to help the producers find fishing again in this series.


The programme benefits every one in our sport and it encourages men to chat about their health. Last year they filmed on the River Tay and tackle shops reported an increase in people who had never fished before as a result of the show.

As providers of fishing we try to ensure that new anglers receive entry level opportunities so they can meet with success and enjoy the sport that we all have for years. At FishPal we continually promote fishing that is 'affordable and available to all'.

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.

If you are out and about this week please keep sending in your photos via our Help Centre or direct message me on Facebook.

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20th August 2020

River Tweed

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One of four fish for John Taylor fishing Junction this week.

361 Salmon and 23 Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish of 19lb Salmon caught on the Birgham Dub beat. Milne Graden had the largest sea trout at 9lb. Weekly Tweed report.

Last week saw some tricky conditions on the Tweed with heavy downpours and even thunder and lighting to contend with. There were good numbers of fish caught on the lower river before the river rose and the the middle beats faired well too as the river settled. The upper Tweed has seen the odd fish caught and fish have been seen in the pools. The story of last week seemed to be that there were fish to be seen but just not in the mood. It always makes you wonder what turns a salmon on and indeed, off! - read more.

The river has settled back down nicely as we turn the clock into this week with some 51 salmon reported on the FishTweed site on Monday, 32 on Tuesday and 15 yesterday. The beats below Kelso all did well but interesting to see Rutherford reporting 6 fish caught on Monday - makes you think that there must be fish now in the pools further up the river and worth having a go at - read more.

Where to stay in the Borders this coming week. The Collingwood Arms near Coldstream is ideal for lower beats and they have released some last minute availability. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel is now open and they recommend you book direct with them to get the best prices. For anglers fishing further up river the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf and Spa is ideally placed. You can find these and more places to stay, including self catering in Borders on FishTweed.

Summer Salmon Flies

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Peaks Fly Fishing work with some of the best anglers & ghillies to create a collection of flies that will cover most fishing situations. Whether you are fishing one of the big Scottish rivers or a small spate river, their selection of Summer salmon patterns will work brilliantly for conditions this month - read more.

The salmon flies are tied by the world-renowned Caledonia Fly Company. They also supply all your tube fly hooks & leaders to make sure you arrive on the bank with everything you need - read more.

FishPal Live

Every Wednesday at 7pm FishPal come live on Facebook and YouTube with angling guests from across the UK.

This week Nigel Houldsworth from Fishing Maps joins Anne in the Scottish Borders and shares his love of salmon fishing and maps - watch again.

Gilly Bate from Hampshire, Director at Fly Odyssey UK, is introducing young and old to fishing. We go to Inverness for our weekly update from junior anglers Gordo and Cheyenne Stronach - watch again.

A break from catching fish and a bit of fun with bugs on the river bank. Gilly Bate.

Next Wednesday at 7pm Anne is joined by Pete Tyjas editor of Fly Culture Magazine, Devon School of fly fishing and AAPGAI casting instructor.

Rod Sales Topped 2 Million

Dee anglers who book their fishing via FishPal have donated £2,368 to the River Dee Trust. The welcome cash boost comes through a donation option when purchasing fishing on the highly successful booking platform. Since coming to the Dee in 2005 FishPal rod sales have topped £2 million and anglers have donated thousands of pounds to the Trust during that time.


FishPal chief executive, Mark Cockburn (pictured left) was on Deeside last week to present the cheques to Ross Macdonald from the River Dee team.

River Dee Trust Chairman, Sandy Bremner, said:

"We were delighted to receive such a generous donation from Dee anglers, who have always been very supportive of the work we do at the Trust. I am also grateful to Mark and the FishPal team for their help in making this happen. This support comes at a particularly welcome time as the Trust has felt the impacts of Covid-19".

Tay Fishing Report

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Liam fishing an Elevation Rod from Guideline for the first time caught a fabulous salmon on Taymount Beat.

What a week of weather it has been across much of Scotland including Perthshire. In spite of the conditions, there were still some cracking salmon caught from the river Tay last week with anglers enjoying some electrifying action. 161 salmon were caught across the system, with the largest at 23lbs from Lochlane & Laggan beat - 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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Fishing Maps have introduced four new maps this month. The new map for the River Ure takes anglers along a 74 mile journey. The main salmon fishing is downstream from Aysgarth Falls to below Ripon where the river becomes slow and sluggish and eventually joins the River Ouse. There are some tremendous fast running pools at the top on the Bolton Hall beats and some wonderful pools on the Swinton Estate beats. The river has been cleaned up over the past few years and there are now improving runs of salmon every year.

Each River Ure map is signed and printed on high quality paper and can be purchased online or at good fishing shops throughout the UK.

River Dee

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We had sixty-seven fish last week, which was disappointing. Conditions were difficult following the midweek spate with the river still dark and water temperature high on Saturday. Park had twelve for the week. Andy Crawford made his usual contribution to the cause with two on Monday. Iain Wood and Mike Hodson had four apiece and Mark McBride had two to 18lb. Pick of the bunch was Kevin Bowes's 19lbr from the Bridge Run - read more.

We will have settled conditions to start this week off, with rain forecast from Friday. Last week's spate has all but gone and the river has dropped back - read more.

The government have extended the lockdown in "Aberdeen City" for another week. Please visit the government website for the latest updates.

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

Fishing From Boats

The physical distancing rule of 2 metres has meant that fishing from boats has not been possible for many anglers due to the inability to observe this safe distance in boat fishing scenarios where ghillies or boatmen are present. Following discussions with Scottish Government, we are now able to confirm that the Transport Scotland advice which allows a reduced physical distance measure of 1 metre under certain circumstances may apply to boats used in angling.

Please note that this is not a blanket exception, but is permitted subject to appropriate mitigation measures having been put in place by owners/operators following a risk assessment.