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

Newsletter No 30

August 2020

The new series of Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing is back on BBC2 and from the feedback we have received you've been enjoying it.

Enjoying a moment on Bemersyde Beat.

"Best show on TV, two pals having a great time." James Flynn.

"Love it, they fish like me and my sons do, fun and laughter, with some thrilling moments and lots of smashing times together." Colin Saunders.

"What a great advert for salmon fishing showing that it is not elitist and can be so much fun. If this does not encourage people to take up the sport nothing will! Steve Robbins.

"I have had several non anglers comment on these programmes and all have been positive remarks about fishing, not to mention the entertainment these guys provide." Barry Mitchell.

In this series, Bob and Paul continue their search for the elusive Atlantic salmon, after losing fish on Meikleour Beat, River Tay last year. This programme sees them travelling to the Scottish Borders, which looked fabulous with a dazzling display of Autumn colours and bright skies. Bob Mortimer said "You're living your life when your fishing!" whilst he watched Paul Whitehouse cast a gentle line across the silky waters of Bemersyde Beat.

Tom caught up with Paul and Bob on Junction Beat.

The programme has certainly captured the imagination of anglers encouraging those who have not been out yet this year to book fishing and people new to the sport wanting to go fishing for salmon. We are most grateful to the riparian owners of these beats who donated the fishing for free enabling the programme to take place.

We've been busy on the FishPal help desk, answering questions on where to go fishing in September, October and November.

Thank you to everyone using the Help Centre to contact us. You can still call us from 1pm to 2pm Monday to Friday but at all other times please use the help centre which is manned by the FishPal team.

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

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27th August

River Dee

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Two sea liced fish to the net for junior angler Isla, fishing the Dee earlier this month with her dad.

The grilse run has slowed and while there were fresh fish coming in, they were very reluctant to take as warm conditions continued to hamper efforts. In total, sixty-one fish made it to the website last week. The water temperature had dropped by the start of play this morning and there have been some early reports of fish landed, so a positive start to the week ahead. - read more.

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

Tay Fishing Report

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David Blades landed a couple of nice fish on Cargill.

Even though there were gale force winds in many parts and it felt like Autumn had arrived the river still reported 218 with the largest caught on Benchil at 21lbs - 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.

River Findhorn

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Altyre 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 Tweed

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One of four fish for Clare Haggas.

There still seems a good mix of grilse and Summer salmon in the river with a good number of fresh fish still being caught on a regular basis. Reports are that there are still a decent head of fish in the bay so fingers crossed the fish will continue to run for the next few months. Two hundred and ten Salmon and twelve Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish being 18lb Salmon caught on the Rutherford and Junction beats - 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 the Borders here.

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

The River Tweed Foundation have published their annual report - read more.

FishPal Live

Fly Culture Magazine.

Every Wednesday evening at 7pm FishPal are live on Facebook and YouTube with angling guests from across the UK. This weeks guest was Pete Tyas editor in chief of the Fly Culture magazine, AAPGAI Casting instructor and podcaster.

Pete chats about fishing his local West Country rivers, the early days of Eat Sleep Fish which progressed to Fly Culture magazine. He said "We don't do reviews, ‘how-to', or ‘why don't you'. You can get all that on the internet - watch again.

His 40th podcast is with Feargal Sharkey. He chats to Feargal about the damage to river systems that we all love so much and the issues of ancient sewage treatment works - listen to podcast.


Angler Donations

Mark with Ross Macdonald River Dee

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation when booking their fishing on FishPal. Mark Cockburn has handed over £21,000 of angler donations to river boards and charities. Below are comments from some of the recipients of angler donation cheques.

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".

Luke Comins, director of the Tweed Forum said "This valuable contribution will go towards Tweed Forum's habitat enhancement work that helps protect and enhance the building blocks of the fishery. Tweed Forum has planted well over 1 million trees, restored miles of river through fencing off livestock and re-meandering important nursery streams. This will help increase resilience against the impacts of flooding and droughts, as well improving water quality and the supply of food that fish feed on.

Mark with Luke Commins Tweed Forum.

Mark Bilsby Atlantic Salmon Trust: "We are hugely grateful for the on-going support from the angling community and our friends at FishPal. Their generous contribution will go towards supporting the Moray Firth Tracking Project, an ambitious and vital programme which will improve the conservation community's understanding of what is happening to our beloved bars of silver on their journey to the sea. It is deeply encouraging to see that this much-needed work is being recognised and we truly appreciate the support of those who also value the health and wellbeing of this iconic species. As always, thank you for putting wild salmon first."