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

Newsletter No 33

September 2020

There has been no shortage of salmon this year!

The River Annan have seen improved runs of salmon and grilse this summer and more importantly, the runs of fresh fish didn't end as we moved into autumn as they have in previous years. As well as improved runs of fish we have also had no shortage of water giving good fishing conditions throughout the river as well as good conditions for fish to run - read more.

Cumbria, Eden the fish were all fresh which may indicate that the Autumn run maybe underway - read more.

After the heavy rainfall on the Findhorn catchment last week, Altyre and Darnaway beats produced fish. Sam Mutters party fishing Drynachan beat had a total of nine fish including a 23 lb salmon to her rod caught from the bridge pool. This is her biggest fish to date, well done.

Yesterday morning on Gordon Castle.

It was a day of two halves on the Spey yesterday, waterproofs in the morning and shirt sleeves in the afternoon.

The Spey Fishery Board were out and about and said "It didn't look promising on the drive this morning, heavy rain, road spray, we thought we were going to be washed off. But, as forecast, the rain stopped and it became a fine day. The little extra water in the burns didn't hurt! We managed to complete two sites in the Dellifure Burn, a productive middle river burn. One year old salmon parr were scarce (fry numbers were low last year) but there were a few older parr. Salmon and trout fry were present in good numbers, in fact the 2020 salmon fry densities were the highest we have recorded at all three Dellifure Burn sites".

Yesterday afternoon on Gordon Castle.

We understand that your travel plans need to be more flexible than ever. We have asked owners to add availability for the rest of this season and for 2021 and if you can't find what you are looking for please speak with a member of the fishing team on our Help Centre.

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16th September 2020

River Tweed

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Nigel Riley fishing Junction yesterday.

The river is producing 20lb plus salmon on a weekly basis. The combined catch total from our FishTweed site, Tweedbeats and beats that do not report to either site is some Five hundred and fifty eight Salmon and thirty Sea Trout for the week - latest catches.

Tweed continues to fish well after a lift in water. There are reports of good numbers of fish around, but high temperatures of late would appear to be making them difficult to catch. The forecast from today, Wednesday, is for temperatures in the late teens and we really could do with it being colder.

Some good fish are being caught with a cracker on Tillmouth at 28lb, their best in recent times. Fish 20lb plus are regularly being caught, keeping anglers on their toes, with some momentous battles talked about in pubs and restaurants across the borders.

18 fish with the biggest at 22lb for 2 anglers fishing West Learmouth last week.

Autumn coloured fish are certainly around in good numbers and it will be interesting to see what happens when we do start to see temperatures falling, hopefully bringing fish on to the take. Availability on Tweed is starting to dry up due to the huge demand for fishing through September. October is also proving to be pretty popular as anglers try and get a trip booked before the season ends at the end of November. October is the month Mortimer & Whitehouse fished the River Tweed at Junction and Bemersyde for their current series on BBC2 - watch Tweed programme.

Good to see the spread of catches with beats at the bottom catching fish as well as beats on Upper Tweed like Fairnilee.

Prices for a days salmon fishing start from £30 and grayling £10. You can still book a trout permit until the end of September for £7. Find Tweed Fishing.

Fishing For Schools


On October 4th renowned angler Charles Jardine will run his last marathon (26.4 miles) around Rutland Water to raise funds for Fishing for Schools - read more.

Charles says "The reason this marathon will be my last, is simply, I have been struggling with way too many injuries in the lead up and just wear and tear on a 67 year old body..."

"But I am determined to make it count, have fun with it and help the thousands of young people within the Fishing for Schools initiative".

Charles has a JustGiving page where you can show your support.

Fishing Newfoundland

Newfoundland | July 2021 | Guided Fishing For Atlantic Salmon Brook Trout | 8 Nights Accommodation | Fully Inclusive | Current Offers | Contact: 01540 661496.


Ali Hutchens is hosting a fully guided and inclusive fishing excursion to Newfoundland during its prime salmon season in July 2021. This is the first time anyone from the UK will have fished this private water and you will be fishing in areas where Atlantic salmon and Brook trout have not seen a fly cast over them - read more.

Not only is it during the prime salmon season, but it is also the peak season to see the world's largest population of humpback whales return to Newfoundland to feed on capelin, krill, and squid along the coast.

It is a wild and untouched place in one of the most prolific areas on the planet. This truly is a fishing adventure! Read more

Tay Fishing Report

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Gary Perks with a fly caught salmon on Upper Scone.

The river is producing 20lb plus salmon on a weekly basis. Last week Dalguise beat caught the largest fish on the river at 24lbs. Anglers fishing Taymount had twenty two fish, Stobhall fifteen, Isalmouth fourteen, Cargill eighteen - latest catches.

Conditions were decent but in spite of this last week proved to be a frustrating time for anglers. There was no shortage of fish on many beats, especially on the lower river, but they seemed to be playing hard to get. The fish caught last week were mostly a mixture of hard fighting grilse and larger salmon and some were sea liced - read more.

There should be some nice fresh fish entering the river in the coming weeks and anglers wishing to fish the Tay have until 15th October before it closes. Edradynate Fishing on the upper Tay report lots of fish running.

Prices start from £28 for a days salmon fishing and a day trout and grayling from £8. Find fishing.

Whether your looking to stay on a country estate, inn, cottage or steading, the River Tay accommodation section has something for everyone, from hotels, B&B's to self catering accommodation - find a place to stay.

FishPal Live


On this evenings Facebook & Youtube live at 7pm we are chatting about fishing on the Tees, Wear and Tyne in the North East of England. Then off to Scotland to the Deveron and Orkney. International destinations include South Africa, Seychelles, New Zealand.


Anne's guests this Wednesday are Matthew Will, John Trodden Chairman of the River Spey Anglers Association. Marcus Janssen brand director at Schoffel Country, Le Chameau and Field Editor at the Complete Fly Fisherman magazine - watch.

Golden Grove


So far this season ninety salmon and three hundred sea trout have been caught on Golden Grove, River Towy. The fishery comprises some seven beats and extends to over nearly fourteen miles of double bank fishing with good vehicular access, often using the disused railway, and any walking is generally along grass banks and pasture.

The season ends on the 17th October and bookings are now taken through FishPal. Check availability.

River Dee

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Harrison Forbes with one of his fish.

Colin Harvey had another half dozen, including a 16lbr and a 20lbr, at Invery & Tilquhillie. Cairnton and Middle Blackhall finished on nine, including a 21lbr for Andy Ashcroft from Upper Ferroch on a Sunray.

Star turn again was Terry Paton's protege, young Harrison Forbes, who winkled one out of Brown's Corner - read more.

The Dee salmon fishing season closes on 15th October, for beats below Aboyne Bridge. For beats above Aboyne Bridge, the fishing season finishes on the 30th September - latest availability.

There are some superb places to stay available in September and October on the river - find accommodation.

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