Wishing you all a Happy New Year and let's hope the year ahead is a better one for the fishing industry.
But first we all must sit tight and adhere to the recent government announcements that have placed us all back in lock down, until the end of January.
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon acknowledged that it is important for physical and mental well being that we can get outdoors for fresh air and exercise as much as possible. Given this, local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise is to be considered an appropriate reason for leaving home in Scotland. Unlike the lockdown last year, the frequency of outdoor exercise is not being limited.
In Scotland angling is permissible provided this is within a single household group, or the group contains no more than 2 people from 2 different households. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number - read more.
Travelling from other parts of the UK to fish in Scotland is not allowed under current rules in Scotland. And for those who reside in Scotland, you must stay as close to home as possible – within your local authority, or no more than 5 miles from the boundary – and stay away from crowded places.
In England the Government have taken the decision that fishing will not be permitted during this national lockdown period - read more.
The opening of the Rivers' Helmsdale and Tay have been affected with fishing having to wait till at least February unless you are lucky enough to be local and can fish. Our only hope is that we see real improvements to the current situation that indeed does allow rivers like the Dee and Tweed to open on the 1st of February beyond just local anglers, but I guess it is still too early to know what might or might not be happening just yet.
FishPal will continue to speak with the Scottish Government and recommend that fishing remains a permitted activity.
Support the work of the River Dee Trust. 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.
During the last few days more 2021 availability has been added for the River Tweed. Whether you are a novice or experienced angler the river Tweed offers fishing for every budget and ability.
Kingsknowes Hotel is the perfect place to stay for Boleside Beat.
Boleside. Spring fish going to the Ettrick and autumn fish heading for the upper Tweed all have to wait at Boleside until there is enough water for them to continue. Hence the beat does well in early summer as well as in the autumn. There is also a very useful run of sea trout in the summer months - read more.
Macdonald Cardrona Hotel on the banks of the Tweed is ideal for Traquair beat.
Traquair. This is one of the most popular upper beats on the river. Much of the water is ideal for first time anglers, but there is plenty to keep the experienced anglers happy too. There are two miles of interesting double bank fishing and another mile of single bank, making three miles in all - read more.
For more places to stay in the Scottish Borders, please visit our where to stay section.
Guests from across the angling community joined Anne and Mark on New Years Day to chat about salmon, wild brown trout and sea trout.
Starting the show off, guests included Paul Procter, Gilly Bate, Pete Tyas, Simon Barnes, Allan Liddle, then it was off to Wales to Steffan Jones to chat all things sea trout - watch again on Facebook.
From the world of salmon fishing they were joined by Ian Gordon, Scott Mackenzie, Allan Liddle, Ali Hutchinson and Dani Morey - watch again on Youtube.
We continue to wait for a further update on just when normal service will resume for our river levels service which has been down since a cyber attack on SEPA’s web site on Christmas Eve. Here is a link to their site giving all the up to date information.
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.
Meikleour Arms hotel and cottages are conveniently placed for Kercock Beat.
Kercock is one of the prolific lower middle Tay fisheries. The beat is suitable for both fly and spinning and can comfortably accommodate the novice and more experienced angler along its two and a quarter miles of predominantly double bank fishing.
Stay in a lodge within the historic Atholl Estates.
Dalmarnock beat near Dunkeld enjoys 3 miles of double bank classic fly water, with easy wading as well as lovely spinning & harling water. The beat is ideal for anglers of all abilities and salmon fishing for beginners is available with all equipment supplied - read more.
For more places to stay in Perthshire, please visit our where to stay section.
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 beats have added 2021 availability during the last few day.
The Boat Inn in Aboyne on the banks of the Dee is perfect for guests fishing Aboyne.
Invery and Tilquhillie is one of the best known beats on the lower section of the River Dee. It is situated at Banchory, around 20 miles from the coast making it a good resting spot for spring fish. In addition, it is just downstream of the junction with the tributary the Water of Feugh which attracts a good run of grilse and sea trout - read more.
For more places to stay in Deeside, please visit our where to stay section.