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

April 2021 - No. 8

We are pleased to announce that you can now call the office from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday and at all other times you can still contact the FishPal team via the Help Centre.

With travel restrictions for anglers within Scotland now lifted, many of you including our CEO Mark Cockburn have been wetting a line. We caught up with Mark yesterday on the Tay who said "It's good to be out!". You can read his latest blog post here.

Border Esk
Phil Dixon fishing Burnfoot beat, Border Esk.

This month anglers are again catching fish in the high teens and above 20lb - largest salmon this month.

For the latest availability and over 100,000 fishing permits to choose from, please visit find fishing, alternatively chat with a member of the team on the phone or via our Help Centre.

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April 21st 2021

East Ranga Iceland Prize Draw


The Atlantic Salmon Trust Prize draw to fish on the East Ranga river in Iceland for two rods, fishing six half day sessions over four days, fully guided, 17th – 20th August 2021.

Included in this four day trip is your stay at the Aurora Lodge Hotel, on a full board basis. Rooms are single en-suite. The Aurora Lodge is situated in the South-West corner of Iceland just 80 minutes from the Icelandic capital Reykjavik and has unbroken views of snowy Mt.Hekla and the Eyjarfjallajokull glacier to the East. Flowing past the fishing lodge is the East Ranga River, one of the most productive Atlantic salmon Rivers in the world, with a five year average catch of 4300 salmon, high even by Icelandic standards, and an all-time record of 9070 salmon landed in the 125 days of the 2020 season - read more.

Online tickets can be bought until 16:00hrs on Monday 24th May 2021. This outstanding adventure valued at £12,000 has been generously donated to the Atlantic Salmon Trust by RIPP Sporting Ltd - read more.

For Sale Week 36 Lower Scone

A rare opportunity to purchase a 5-rod lease on the renowned Lower Scone beat of the Tay. This prime mid-September week (week 36) has a 10 year beat average of 271 salmon and 18 sea trout. The 10-year week average is 11 salmon. The beat benefits from an experienced Ghillie, boats and 2 fishing huts along with good access with parking - read more.

River Spey

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Orton Beat
Sea liced fish caught on Orton by the new head ghillie Andy Gunn.

The start of the week was quite slow with only an odd fish caught, but catches picked up over the 2nd half of the week with fresh, sea liced fish making an appearance in the lower beats. The lower river was the place to be last week with 21 fish reported. There are also reports of some big sea trout caught - read more.

With travel restrictions lifted, Scottish anglers wishing to cast a line on the Spey can find permits online starting from £15 - find fishing.

SalmonSizer App


Catch and release is vital to help protect and restore salmon stocks in our rivers. However, it is difficult to accurately weigh a fish which is still alive and in the water, so Pete Owen has developed the SalmonSizer App to calculate the weight, in pounds or kilograms, as accurately as possible. Only two measurements are required, in inches or centimetres, the length and girth of your salmon. If it is not possible to measure the girth the app will approximate it for you based on an average salmon girth - read more.

The SalmonSizer App is quick and easy to use, will assist with catch records and give some credence to all of those great fishing stories!

You can download it on the App Store or get it on Google Play.


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Fish in Cumbria
Guiding on the river Eden with AAPGAI Master & Cumbria River Reporter Glyn Freeman.

The water level is now almost at Summer level and clear. With the dry period, the lower river will start to come into its own soon as fish wait for more water. The Grannom have started to come off the water in more sustained hatches, the slightly warmer air is also giving some sport with the trout at last.

In the last week Warwick Hall beat had a very clean eighteen pound salmon caught on the fly. A thirteen pound fish was reported above Carlisle. Mike Forsyth caught a ten pound fish around Carlisle yesterday, Tuesday 20th April - read more.

For Sale Forss House Fishing

Forss House

A selection of weeks have become available from April until October on The Forss House Fishings Timeshare beats by the River Thurso, Scotland.

The water is divided into four two-rod beats, two below the Forss Falls, which can be fished all season, and two above the Falls, which are only fishable when water temperatures enable fish to ascend the Falls, normally by the end of April. There are twenty-nine named pools, which are capable of producing fish in a variety of water levels. Timeshare prices start from £3,500 per rod - read more.

River Tweed

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Sea lice on the fish Kenny Dumma caught on Monday 19th April at Kelso.

Another week passes and a slight improvement in the catches but nothing to shout home about. With the water levels dropping in towards summer level, the bottom end of the river started to catch fish with 10 landed below Coldstream, which is a bit more encouraging that there are still fish entering the river with a good few of the fish reported last week carrying sea lice read more.

Bill De La Hay returning his fish on Bemersyde.

Above Kelso 7 fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream 24 were reported and below Coldstream 10 was reported. With the best fishing being on the Hendersyde beat where 7 springers were landed. 42 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish a 15lb Salmon caught on the Berwick and District Angling Association Whiteadder beat - read more.

Travel restrictions between Scotland, England and Wales will be lifted on Monday 26 April, however accommodation providers will have restrictions. Anglers wishing to cast a line on Tweed can find permits online starting from £20 - find fishing.

River Dee

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Twelve of the beats reported catches with a total of twenty reported to FishDee and ghillies were saying to me that they had seen fresh fish in the river this week, despite the low water conditions. Crathes Castle beat was the right place for Blaine Lyon (pictured) this week, who caught a fine 17lb spring salmon. Blaine was fishing with a with a medium sized sunray on a Float/GDC line and a long leader when he caught his fish from the Birkenbaud Pool - read more.

Several other beats also reported fish, with catches at Invery & Tilquillie, and then further up at Woodend, Kincardine, Carlogie, Aboyne Water, Dinnet and Headinch & Cambus beats. Find Dee fishing.

There are just five remaining places on this years FishDee 24. If you would like to fish up to seven Dee beats in twenty four hours and in doing so help raise funds for the River Dee Trust - read more.

River Tay

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A cracker caught on Edradynate.

There were some top-quality spring salmon landed last week from the Tay system, which was great to see. On Friday eight-year-old Jake McFarlane had a day to remember. Jake was fishing on Loch Tay with his father Robert when the rod buckled. Jake expertly played the fish under the guidance of his father and went on to land a lovely ten pounder. This was Jake's first ever salmon. A day that will live with him forever.

Mr Simon Furnace landed a cracking nineteen pounder on the harled fly at Dunkeld on Monday. The fish put up a great fight and was caught from the Gauge Pool. On Saturday Mr Greg Howie caught a lovely ten pounder from the Cutty spinning. It was a great end to the week on Saturday at Newtyle. Mr Munro Reid got things started with a sparkling springer caught on the fly from the Cotter Pool. Next was the turn of Mr David Bryce who also struck silver in the Cotter Pool. The twelve pounder gave Mr Bryce a fight to remember. Both fish were caught on the fly - read more.

Long tailed sea lice on Mr Williamson's fish. One of four caught in 40 minutes with Mr Mitchell.

There was some great sport to be had on the Murthy 2 Beat during the first half of the week with a total of five fish caught. On Thursday a cracking twenty three pounder was caught at Meikleour by Mr Steven Gamlen from the Castle Pool - read more.

Anglers eager to cast a line on the Tay, permits start from £8 - find fishing.