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Christmas Gift Guide - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

December 2020 - No. 44

With Christmas less than 2 weeks away we are busy contacting owners to add more availability, so you can organise your fishing trips for 2021.

If you are an owner and have not added your fishing yet, please can you get in touch so we can manage customers expectations.

This weekend the BBC will be airing the Gone Christmas Fishing one hour special on BBC2, (13th December at 20.10). Bob Mortimer returns to his childhood roots in Middlesbrough to fish and reminisce with his dear friend and angling mentor Paul Whitehouse.


Bob and Paul have shared their favourite scenic spots to go fishing in the UK and Bemersyde Beat on the River Tweed is in their top six favourite fishing spots - read more.

Scotland is also the destination for Countryfile regulars Ellie Harrison and Angellica Bell, who travelled there for the first episode of a Very Country Christmas on BBC1.

Thank you for using the Help Desk. We appreciate that some of you would like to speak to us instead of writing a message, the office phone line is open Monday to Friday from 1pm till 2pm on 01573 470612.

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11th December 2020


River Dee


A great Christmas gift which also supports the work of the River Dee Trust.

These highly desirable buffs have been designed by two talented and creative River Dee supporters; traditional fabric designer and weaver, Araminta Campbell Ltd, and River Dee Trustee and artist, Mel Shand. Purchase a River Dee Buff.

By purchasing one of these buffs you are supporting the valuable work of the River Dee Trust. The Trust's work centres around caring for the river, its salmon and the wider environment, which is why they have made sure the environmental impact of these buffs is carefully considered. Purchase a River Dee Buff.

A Very Country Christmas


Ellie Harrison and Angellica Bell travel to Scotland for the first episode of a Very Country Christmas on BBC1.

Cargill beat introduce Ellie to salmon fishing. Under the guidance of David Godfrey she puts out a lovely line across the river, whilst chatting to him about the history of salmon fishing in Scotland and why people come from across the world to fish the River Tay.

She says "There's no better place than the River Tay".

If you would like to fish Cargill Beat please visit the FishTay site to find everything you need for a trip to the river and to purchase a fishing permit.

Fishing Gift Vouchers

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FishPal fishing vouchers are the perfect gift for the angler who has everything!

Their versatility means that the recipient can choose exactly where and when he/she would like to go from the availability on the FishPal site and which species, be it salmon, trout, sea trout, grayling or coarse fishing.

Each voucher is individually prepared in the name of the recipient together with any details of services which we feel may be helpful. You can purchase a voucher online, speak with a member of the team on the Help Desk or call our offices Monday to Friday from 1pm till 2pm on 01573 470612. The voucher will be emailed to you.

Tweed Syndicate Rods

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Traquair is one of the most popular upper beats on the river.

Syndicate rods have become available in 2021 for Traquair Beat, Fairnilee Beat and other beats on the river. A day per week or a day per fortnight are available. Please contact Tom via the Help Centre or telephone between 1-2pm on 01573 470612 for more information.

Traquair has two miles of interesting double bank fishing and another mile of single bank, making three miles in all. Much of the water is ideal for first time anglers, but there is plenty to keep the experienced anglers happy too. A single day per week until 13th September is £80 plus vat.

Fairnilee is set within one of the most attractive sections of the river.

Fairnilee enjoys three and a half miles of single bank fishing and around 20 named pools which offer a wide variety of fishing with easy access to most. There is a part time ghillie provided. A single day per week until 5th September is £195 plus vat.

FishPal Facebook Live

On this weeks lunchtime lives Anne chatted about affordable fishing in Scotland and places to go if you would like to try fishing for the first time.


On Wednesday's live her guest was Debbie Downie who owns the local fishing tackle shop in Dingwall with her husband, Andy.

They chatted about fishing for salmon on the Rivers Beauly, Glass, Alness, Farrar and Ness including loch fishing for trout. Anne also covered where to stay in area. You can watch it again here.

Ross Macdonald from the River Dee Trust and Colin from Somers Fishing Tackle joined Anne on Thursday to talk all things salmon on the River Dee, including sea fishing on the Aberdeenshire coast. They focused on when and where to fish, flies and fishing tackle. Watch again.


Somers Fishing Tackle announced a very special raffle for a Hardy Perfect Limited Edition River Dee reel, number 50, with the reel makers warranty card during the FishPal live. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the River Dee and River Don Fishery Trusts.

They have 100 tickets at £10 per ticket. To buy a ticket you can contact Somers Fishing Tackle on 01224 210008, or Facebook, or pop in to the shop and see the reel if you like!

Anne will be back at noon on Monday 21st December, chatting all things River Tweed with Iain Wilson from Borders Guns & Tackle at 12 noon.

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FishPal Gift Guide


We appreciate that your family and friends may be searching the internet to find you the perfect gift, which can be a daunting task if your a non angler. So this year we've asked anglers young and old for their suggestions, including what they would like this Christmas.

We have created a gift guide for anglers of all ages. There is something for everyone from rods, flies, fisheries to try, books to read, art, fishing TV and much more.