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

March 2021 - No. 6

So far this month fish over 20lb have been caught on the Annan, Tay and Spey and many rivers are now catching fish in the high teens - largest salmon.

First Deveron fish caught by James Ritchie on Upper Netherdale.

Thank you to everyone for your kind messages and feedback about the river levels pages now live on the site and showing in feet and inches. If you are unable to view them or a station is missing, please do get in touch with us after you have checked this page.

With the trout season starting this week we would like to wish those out casting a line tight lines. The Angling Trust have just announced that they have confirmation that all forms of angling including night fishing, charter boat angling and match fishing in England will be able to resume from March 29th under new Covid guidance for the return of outdoor sports and recreation. The FishPal site has adult and junior trout fishing permits in Scotland - find fishing.

In last weeks newsletter Angling For Youth Development had some brand new coarse fishing equipment to donate. They have been overwhelmed with emails from clubs who are encouraging the next generation to try fishing and would like to thank everyone who got in touch.

The latest situation on travel has been updated on the FishPal Coronavirus page. We would like to remind anglers booking a fishing permit to check that you are fishing within the current stay at home rules - read more.

We appreciate that some of you would like to speak to the team instead of contacting them via the Help Desk. The office phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 1pm till 2pm on 01573 470612.

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March 17th 2021

River Tay

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Edradynate 14lber.

We are now moving towards the end of March and as each day passes more hard fighting spring salmon are entering the Tay system. Over the next few weeks, we should be entering the prime spring period on the river and hopefully, there will be some good sport to be had for all. Despite the inclement weather last week, there were some cracking spring salmon landed from the Tay system.

On the upper river, Edradynate got off the mark with a fine fourteen pounder (pictured) on Saturday. It was good to see success on the River Tummel on Monday. Steve Watt landed a superb fly caught salmon at Portnacraig. The fish was caught in the morning from the Pitlochry bank and weighed nineteen pounds and in the afternoon Mr Watt enjoyed more success when he landed a seventeen pounder - read more.

Grant Tigwell had a red letter day on Loch Tay on Tuesday whilst was out trolling when his rod buckled. After a great fight, Mr Tigwell landed a lovely twelve pounder. Shortly afterwards Mr Tigwell had both rods go at the same time and so he had a double hook up on his hands - read more.

Feedback, Stobhall Beat. Ernie and John were first class, brilliant craic also. Covid control were top notch and never hindered the day in any way. Many thanks guys!

Anglers wishing to fish the Tay once "stay local" rules are relaxed, availability for 2021 season has now been added - Find Fishing.

River Spey Fishing For Sale

Upper Arndilly fishing on the river Spey offers superb fly fishing and the majority of fish are so taken. The 10 year average catch for salmon and grilse is 151.6 and sea trout 45.6.

A share in a syndicate owning a 1/3rd pro indiviso title to the Upper Arndilly Fishings is offered for sale giving the right, in-perpetuity, to fish at agreed times for salmon, grilse and sea trout - read more.

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 Tweed

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2 springers caught on Upper North Wark 15th March.

Last week started off quite promising with sixteen springers reported on Monday and a few more caught on Tuesday before the water broke. The only fish landed after Tuesday was a springer at Upper Floors on Friday. Conditions are looking a bit more favourable this coming week so hopefully on the back of these waters there will be a head of fish pushing through - read more.

We are blessed on Tweed with some superb fishing tackle shops that are well worth a visit. The well stocked Borders Gunroom in St Boswells is definitely worth a visit for anglers who enjoy fishing for salmon, sea trout and wild brown trout.

Anglers who are planning trips for summer and autumn on Tweed, this is the most recent availability added to the site. Don't forget to check the travel restrictions before you book however.

River Spey

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Four springers for Veronica in two days.

It's been a typical early March week with changeable weather conditions and fluctuating river levels.

The lift in water levels mid-week brought in some bigger fish. Some were seen running through and one or two were hooked and lost, but on Saturday morning Mark Morrison was in the right place at the right time. While fishing down the Boat Pool on the Kinermony Beat he hooked into a good fish. After 40 minutes of adrenaline-filled excitment he (and ghillie David Brand) managed to land a truly magnificent spring salmon measuring 41 inches - read more.

A little further upstream on the Delagyle Beat, Veronica Sinclair (pictured) celebrated International Women's day in style landing three salmon that day and then went on to land another the following day. Four springers in two days is no mean feat in March, so a big well done to Veronica - read more.

Anglers looking for a fishing trip to the River Spey, after the "stay local" rules are relaxed, this is all the availability currently on FishSpey.

River Dee

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John Young (pictured) had a lovely 11lbr from the Lower Kirks at Park. Just upstream, Lower Crathes picked up two for the week. Andy Goodenough got one and Andrew Miller got the second, another 11lbr, on Saturday.

Lower Woodend caught their first fish of the season last week. Steven Moir landed a cracker at Kincardine. There was also a 14lbr among the three springers landed at Carlogie - read more.

If you are able to fish the Dee within the current travel restrictions the system has some excellent opportunities to fish in March - find Dee fishing.

The Dee has produced many famous flies over the years and names such as the Mar Lodge and Blue Charm are etched into the history of the river. In more recent times modern flies such as the Stoat's Tail, Dee Monkey, Park Shrimp and Franc N Snaelda have also emerged from the Dee and have gone on to enjoy success throughout the salmon fishing world - read more.


River Reports

Thank you to the ghillies, guides and anglers who send their fishing news and photographs to the river reporters.

You can find the latest fishing reports here. If you would like to receive them by email as soon as they have been added please visit the river reports page.

Rural Workers Protest 2021


The Rural Workers Protest 2021, Friday 19th March, is a chance for everyone to find their voice and send an unequivocal message - read more.