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

Newsletter No 35

September 2020

If you have watched FishPal's weekly Facebook and Youtube live sessions, you will have seen junior anglers Gordo and Cheyenne Stronach. After four years trying to catch a salmon, they have finally caught their first salmon. This would not have been possible without members of the River Spey Anglers Association, owners and ghillies who generously donate their time and fishing to ensure that young anglers have this opportunity.

Cheyenne Stronach with Spey Guide Dani Morey on Rothes and Aikenway.

Spey guide Dani Morey said "It was my absolute privilege to be coaching Cheyenne Stronach at Rothes today when she hooked her first ever salmon. This was soon followed by a second which sadly was lost, only to then hook a third fish which made it to the net! The future of salmon fishing has never looked brighter! Huge thanks to Robbie Stronach on Rothes for his expertise and great craic too".

Gordo Stronach releasing his first fish caught on Rothes and Aikenway.

We are seeing some big fish caught across our river systems this week - largest salmon. Neil French fishing Cargill beat on the River Tay caught a 26lb salmon yesterday. Monday the Tyne reported a 23lb fish on Bywell beat and the River Wear a 24lb salmon on Bedburn Estate.

We understand that with new restrictions announced this month, your travel plans need to be more flexible than ever. If you are unsure about fishing please visit the Help Centre and check the Coronavirus page, which is updated on a regular basis.

We are regularly asking owners to add their availability 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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30th September 2020

Beat Maps

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Every fishery on the FishPal site has the ability to have an interactive map attached to it's page, listing boundaries, huts, car parks and some include pool names. With over 800 fisheries on the site if you see a map or a page that requires more information please let us know.

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Featured Estate

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An elegant and traditional Scottish country estate, The Yair perches regally on the banks of the River Tweed in the heart of the Scottish Borders, amid ancient woodland and rolling hills.

The beat consists of 3 miles of right bank fishing bordering Peel to the top, approximately 300 yards above Ashiestiel Bridge and Sunderland Hall to the bottom. The beat offers a wide variety of fishing and boasts some spectacular scenery. There are more than 16 named pools - read more.

River Dee

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The week started slowly and got better each day with a final score of one hundred and sixty-nine fish reported to the website. Park perked up with twenty-five in the book. David Jacobs' party had eleven of them, the best of which was 19lb. Lower Crathes had eight and it was a similar story at Crathes Castle which produced seven. John Hickman had four of them to 15lb - read more.

Invery and Tilquhillie had six including a first Dee fish for Tim Davis from Floating Bank. Les Barker (89 years young) caught a 24lbr and was given the rest of the day off by ghillie Colin Simpson.

Fish finally came on the take mid-week with the drop in temperature. Abergeldie had six to 19lb. Evelyn Boscawen had a fine 18lbr from Coynach. The upper beats (above Aboyne Bridge) close today Wednesday 30th, leaving the middle and lower beats with just another fortnight to go. Find Fishing.


River Spey

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Katy Baxter with a cracker of a fish from Castle Water.

Mark Cockburn reports. It was great to be up on the Spey last week for a few days with good friends before the season closes on Wednesday 30th September. Having a trip booked so far in advance that you really never thought the days would arrive, was always going to be good fun when the calendar ticked over and what a great few days we had! The weather at the start of the week was warm and sunny, but by the time we reached the river on Thursday it had cooled significantly with overnight frosts. Exactly the conditions we'd been hoping for - read more.

River Tweed

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Mr Mattioli returning a fish from Junction Tuesday 29th September.

Four hundred and eighty three salmon and eight sea trout for the week with the best fish a 23lb Salmon caught on the Tillmouth beat. Above Kelso one hundred and fifty six fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream two hundred and eight and below Coldstream one hundred and nineteen were reported. The best fishing was on the Lees with fifty salmon, Middle Mertoun forty two, Hendersyde thirty four and Rutherford thirty - read more.

If you are looking to fish the river in October availability is limited. November is starting to become popular with anglers booking days on beats that have not had availability until now. Find Tweed Fishing.


Family Fishing Day

River Spey Anglers Association day on Rothes & Aikenway at the weekend.

The River Spey Anglers Association held a salmon day on Rothes and Aikenway, Saturday 26th September. The anglers attending were a mixture of youngsters and a couple of dads who were learning about salmon fishing and spey casting.

Unusually for the RSAA, 5 salmon were landed and 3 fish lost! This was a brilliant day, and a fantastic experience for all those involved!

Young Gordon Stronach (14) was so excited and concerned to return his fish safely that his life vest touched the water and went off! Good to know that our safety devices are in working order!

Grateful thanks are due to the beat owners and the ghillies, Mike and Robbie for making this a really memorable day for all involved - read more.

Tay Fishing Report

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Neil French with a 26lb fish from Cargill Tuesday 29th September.

As water temperatures dropped catches improved. Two decent sized fish at 16lb and 21lb were caught on the fly on Edradynate and Tomas Kolenski, head ghillie, is seeing a lot of fish.

Lower Kinnaird Beat caught fish and it was also a great start to the week at Dalmarnock with four fish landed on Monday. Mr David Maxwell had a day to remember at Newtyle on Monday landing two fish and losing another. There were happy faces at Kercock on Saturday when four nice fish were landed including a lovely twenty pounder. It was good to see the Meikleour & Upper Islamouth Beat produce some consistent sport during the first half of the week with a fish landed each day. Anglers enjoyed some good rod bending action at Fishponds on most days including four on Tuesday - read more.

We are quickly moving towards the end of another season on the River Tay so book a few days next week and catch a Tay salmon. Perthshire is awash with colour at this time of year and it provides a stunning backdrop to chasing the king of fish! Find Fishing.

Fishing For Schools

On October 4th renowned angler Charles Jardine will run his last marathan (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....and 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.