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March 2021

As we go to press this week in mid March with rivers settling down in recent days it is great to see so many cracking bars of silver starting to be caught across the country by local anglers. The Scottish Govt. update this week confirms we remain in a position where we continue to see only local anglers being allowed to fish, but there was a glimmer of hope in what was said and I quote the first minster -

"We hope to be in a position to relax - at least to some extent - travel restrictions within Scotland in the weeks ahead, but our advice is that it would not be safe to do so just yet."

So hopefully as we head towards the end of month, we might be clearer on any new rules as they affect us in our industry.

George Renwick caught the first salmon of season on the fly on Hoddom beat River Annan.

SEPA River levels

The good news is that we have just managed to restart our full Scottish river level service after a long period when SEPA could not make data available to us due to their ransomware attack. River level alerts will also be restarted this week for those set up to receive them.

We could do without rain in the forecast in the coming days and we will need to watch the levels pages to see just what a difference this makes to those able to get out - it's Spring after all and it does come with heavy showers so I guess we shouldn't really be surprised.

Tight lines to those lucky enough to be getting out for a cast - for most of us, patience is the name of the game for now as we continue to stay at home and stay safe, but there does feel like a glimmer of hope just round the corner with the vaccination programme continuing to go well combined with the national statistics that are always referred too also doing well too so fingers crossed everybody we will be back out in force soon!

Tight lines

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March 10th 2021

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River Tay

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There were some lovely spring salmon caught from the Tay system last week. On the upper river, it was good to see the Upper Bolfracks Beat produce a cracking eighteen pounder on Wednesday. Further downstream it was nice to see Dalguise record their first fish of the season on Saturday. The Dalmarnock Beat enjoyed success when a fourteen pounder was caught from the Glide Pool in the boat on Monday - read more.


It was a bit of a family affair at Stobhall on Monday when four springers were landed. Mr Iain Law caught the first fish of the season from the beat. The fish was caught from the Green Bank, Linn Pool on the fly. Mr Hugh Law (Iain's father) was next on the scoresheet landing the second fish from the beat this time from the Trinks, again from the Linn Pool.
The family hat trick was completed in the afternoon by Mr Roan Law (pictured), aged 11 and son of Iain. Roan caught his fish from the back of the Dyke. What a magical day it was for the family with three generations all landing springers - read more.

Anglers wishing to fish the Tay, availability for 2021 season has now been added. Find Fishing.

Anglers are invited to attend the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 at 7pm via Zoom, where the following matters will be considered: The activities of the Board in the past year. Presentation of the annual report and accounts. The proposed activities of the Board over the next year. Question and Answer Session. This meeting is open to the general public – please contact Inga MacGillivray, Clerk to the Board at [email protected] if you would like to attend. The agenda for the meeting will be available on 16th March 2021 and can be viewed here.


Vision Stillmaniac Giveaway!

Peaks Fly Fishing are offering you the chance to win a brilliant Vision Stillmanaic 10ft #7 fly rod. These rods are absolutely superb still water rods with some serious power, whilst being light enough to cast all day long!

To have a chance of winning, just sign up to the Peaks Fly Fishing weekly hatch report which is packed with the latest news on what's hatching and catching each month - read more.

River Spey

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Five so far on Delagyle and its only Tuesday.

Given that river conditions have been less than favourable since the season opened, I think it's fair to say that our season only got underway last week. The river settled and the weather, for most part, was more spring like – making fishing both possible and enjoyable. The river heights ranged from 1ft5 -2ft, depending on location/gauge - read more.

Craig Chabert landed the first fish of the season from Brae Beat 1. Pete Murray, Ronnie Fraser and Orn Sigurhansson were some of the the other successful anglers. Interesting to note that Ronnie's fish was caught on a full floating line and sink tip – proving that different tactics apply and work depending on the speed, flow and depth of the pool you're fishing - read more.

Availability on FishSpey for March includes Laggan, Gordon Castle, Orton, Wester Elchies, Easter Elchies, Kinermony, Upper Arndilly, Delagyle - find fishing.

Lorne Cottage River Spey

Ideal for anglers, walkers, golfers and cyclists.

A cosy traditional 2 bedroom home over looking the river Spey and ideal for anglers fishing Craigellachie and Aberlour. The cottage has oak floors, log burner, central heating, modern kitchen and shower room. There is a large shed for storage of fishing gear, golf clubs, bikes etc.

Lorne cottage is extremely convenient for all things Speyside: 5 minutes walk to the centre of Aberlour for shops/pubs and 30mins to the Moray Firth coast. The owner lives close by and is extremely helpful! Contact Pru on 07710 520220

Festival of Game Fishing


Explore the hidden rivers of Northern Ireland in a unique live streamed event from noon on Friday 12th March - read more.

The event includes everything you need for a fishing trip to Northern Ireland, including world class salmon fishing, excellent sea trout, brown trout, coarse and pike fishing.

Discussions with leading scientists include: Salmon Survival at Sea; the Lough Neagh Dollaghan Trout; AFBI's Smolt Tagging; Trout Fishing in the Hidden Rivers of Northern Ireland and the Smart Rivers Initiative - read more.

Fish Iceland


Laxa in Leirarsveit is a prolific salmon river with a high average catch per rod making it one of Icelands top 10 salmon rivers.

Jon from FishIceland said "The river is excellent for fly fishing and also very "fisherman friendly" offering good access to most of its 45 pools. Each section has its own charisma with both slow and fast running water and some pools are full of fish throughout the season. The river is considered by some as Iceland´s best fly fish pools" - read more.

Laxa in Leirarsveit is only 30Km from Reykjavik.

Jon Sigurdsson can advise you on places to stay whilst in the capital, including guided trips for sea and river fishing. Contact Jon via email [email protected] or telephone +354 899 4247

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River Tweed

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Steve Robbins caught his fish on a black and yellow tube whilst fishing Lower Floors.

The River Tweed Commission officially published its 2020 Annual Report earlier this month. Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 restrictions the 2020 salmon rod catch of 9,614 was the highest since 2013 (14,853) and a significant increase on the 2018 and 2019 catches (5,644 and 6,382 respectively). The total salmon catch was 10,352 with 738 caught by the nets. The release rate of rod caught salmon during the 2020 season was 89%, the highest release rate on record - read more.

The Sea-trout rod catch of 1,880 was down on 2019 (2,176) but well up on 2018 (817). It was the 9th best recorded total since 1970 though the reduced fishing effort in May will have had an effect on the total. 492 Sea-trout were caught in the nets - read more.

Anglers are planning trips for summer and autumn on Tweed. This is all the availability we currently have on FishTweed.

River Dee

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Catches picked up last week; with much more favourable conditions for anglers, we ended the week with twenty-one fish. Middle Drum got their first of the season on Wednesday, great to see them get off the mark - read more.

Nicol Paton landed Lower Blackhall and Banchory's first of the season from Bohore on Wednesday. The fish took a gold Willie Gunn. Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo also got off the mark when Bryan Garden landed their first springer on Monday. Kincardine got their first two of their season on Wednesday and Thursday. Craigendinnie got the upper beats started when Martin Webster landed a springer from Railend on a Cascade PBP read more.


Would you like to fish up to seven Dee beats in 24 hours and in doing so help raise funds for the River Dee Trust? The event starts Friday 25th June at 22.00 hours on the Dee at Banchory Lodge where you will meet your fellow anglers ready to start fishing at 23.00 hours which will take you into Saturday 26th June - read more.

The following Dee beats Altries, Tilbouries, Middle Drum, Crathes Castle, L. Blackhall & Banchory, Sluie, Commonty are taking part in FishDee24. Read more.

International Women's Day

Ladies attending a charity day hosted by Inverness Angling Club raising money for the Highland Hospice.

Thank you to everyone who encourages and promotes women fishing in the UK and beyond.

During the last 12 months as events have been cancelled we have shared stories of women and hopefully inspired those young and old to try fishing. Indeed during the relaxation of rules in summer, it was good to see so many pictures of "family days out fishing", not only encouraging new lady anglers, but the next generation too.

Thank you to the following ladies who have shared their stories on FishPal lives: Clare Haggas, Phillippa Hake, Cheyenne and Tracy Stronach, Jo Stephenson, Dani Morey, Gilly Bate, Lucinda Ewin, Kate Fleming tackle shop owner Blairgowrie, Tayside and Debbie Downie tackle shop owner at Dingwall, River Conon.

We are proud to announce that women now account for 25% of views on the FishPal site.

Coarse Fishing Equipment

Angling For Youth Development have a selection of new and unused coarse fishing equipment that is of no use to them as they only hold game angling events. If you are a club with juniors or new to coarse fishing please contact [email protected] who will pass on your enquiry to John Cameron, Head Coach at AFYD.