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December 2020 - No. 46

What a year! A year like no other for so many reasons and some somber news regarding loved ones for some of us, which reminds us all to make sure we finish off the year sticking to all the regulations coming into force.

Christmas is a chance to relax and spend time with your loved ones, especially after such an unprecedented year. It's because of this we're letting you know that we will be closed from close of play today through to Tuesday 29th December and on New Years Day too. There will be very limited support answering Help Centre messages, so please, if it is not urgent, then it would be appreciated if you could leave this till we are all back in the new year.

May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tight lines

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23rd December 2021

Last Minute Gift Idea

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FishPal fishing vouchers are the 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, making it the perfect last minute gift this festive season.

Fish The River Tay

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Amid the splendid scenery of Perthshire, one of Scotland's most beautiful and enchanting regions, is one of the best salmon rivers in the United Kingdom. Availability has been added for the following three Tay beats.

Waulkmill Beat on the lower Tay starts at the bottom of the Fishponds beat and extends along the east bank for about 3,000 yards downstream to a point just below Goldcastle. The beat includes 22 pools which offer a wide variety of fishing. The beat caught 308 salmon in 2020 - read more.

Where To Stay. Duchally Country Estate Hotel and luxury lodges.

Murthly Beat 1 on the Middle Tay is one of the best fly fishing waters on the river. Both the Upper and Lower Beats mainly consist of swiftly flowing runs and pools which all have a good draw on them, ideal for the fly. Fly fishing is the preferred method of fishing unless the water is high. These beats fish well throughout the season - read more.

Where To Stay. Erigmore Estate Birnam by Dunkeld.

Weem on the Upper Tay has only been fished privately. There are 6 named pools as well as a succession of runs and streams giving excellent fly water as well as deeper holding pools for the spinner. The pools are easily covered in low to medium water with the fly and can be comfortably fished with the spinner in higher water - read more.

Tweed Syndicate Rods

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Syndicate rods have become available in 2021 for beats on the upper and lower river. A day per week or a day per fortnight are available and prices on some beats start from £80. Please contact Tom via the Help Centre or telephone between 1-2pm on 01573 470612 for more information.

Crabtree & Crabtree


Stay on the riverbank with Crabtree & Crabtree

There's something mesmerising about the life that springs up around a river – its gentle babble and flow. Crabtree & Crabtree's collection of ‘on the riverbank' holiday homes and cottages offer idyllic views, tranquil surroundings, an abundance of wildlife and sought-after direct access to prime fishing beats. As we look ahead to a brighter 2021, now is the time to arrange next season's riverside accommodation - read more.

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Fish The River Dee

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The Dee is renowned as one of the great salmon rivers of the world. Anyone who has ever cast a fly for Atlantic salmon will know the allure of this wonderful river. The following three beats have added 2021 availability during the last few days.

Where To Stay. Maryculter House is ideally positioned for mid to lower Dee.

Altries and Lower Drum is largely double bank fishing on the Lower Dee. If two or more parties are fishing, the beat is split fairly between parties/individuals, and with 16 pools in all there is plenty of space and freedom from interference - read more.

Commonty is a secluded, tranquil and extremely attractive Middles Dee beat. It offers 1.5 miles right bank fishing, 12 named pools and is a productive stretch of water - read more.

Where To Stay. Tanar View is minutes away from Craigendinnie beat.

Craigendinnie provides generous fishing for two rods throughout spring and summer, in wonderful farmland and woodland scenery. The beat has 3.6 kilometres (2.2 miles) of fly-fishing, with 17 named pools on the south side of the Dee. Due to the fast flowing nature of the Upper Dee and the variety of pools, the beat can be fished at all water heights - read more.

If you are new to fishing and would like places to fish that can offer help and tuition please contact the FishPal team via the Help Centre or telephone between 1-2pm on 01573 470612.

Fish The River Tweed

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Tweed has a deserved reputation as one of the world's great salmon fisheries. Since the 17th century, anglers have been sport fishing the river for its famous run of salmon. Availability has been added for the following three beats on the Tweed.

West Learmouth beat on the lower Tweed has been one of the star performers on Tweed in recent years. The beat is fished by two rods and almost all the water is usable, and with deep water on the Learmouth side, most of the fish are quite close in - read more.

Where To Stay. The Collingwood Arms Hotel is perfect for lower beats.

Dryburgh Upper on the middle Tweed enjoys one mile of double bank, highly productive fishing. The beat has seven named pools holding fish through spring, summer and autumn and with a pool to suit all water levels - read more.

Where To Stay. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel nestled on the banks of the Tweed.

Ashiestiel is a popular beat amongst Upper Tweed fishers, who return year after year. It is located opposite Nest and just above Peel, in spectacular countryside with a diverse range of wildlife. The beat consists of two miles of the right bank and there are six named pools - read more.

Which month of the season you fish the river, will directly determine the appropriate tackle you will need to bring. For fishing tackle including hiring equipment contact Borders Gunroom in St Boswells - read more.

BBC Gone Fishing


The Christmas Special of Gone Fishing will be aired again on BBC2 Wednesday 23rd December. Bob Mortimer returned to his childhood roots in Middlesbrough to fish and reminisce with his dear friend and angling mentor Paul Whitehouse. Bob stirs up some Christmas cheer in Paul with a haphazard turkey dinner and a chat with fellow Middlesbrough native Chris Rea, who details his travel plans for getting home on the 25th. Watch again.

Paul and Bob with Mike Howard Chair of Esk Fisheries Association and Oliver Foster owner of Egton Estate .

Paul and Bob travelled to the Yorkshire Esk to fish for sea trout on the Egton Estate. Oliver Foster (pictured) owner of Egton Estate said "The programme captured beautifully what fishing is really about, predominantly nostalgia, good friends, a beautiful setting, with the added bonus of course of landing a fish. The programme achieved all of this and it was thrilling to be part of such a well put together episode."