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

May 2021

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8th May 2021

22lb Fish River Tay

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Peter Fitzpatrick fishing the River Tummel.

There was no shortage of top quality spring salmon caught through the course of April. Loch Tay has fished well in recent weeks and it was good to see two more fish caught from the loch on Wednesday. It was a great start on the upper river on Monday with three fish landed. Successful beats included Upper Bolfracks and Upper Kinnaird. Upper Farleyer also produced a magnificent sixteen pounder on the fly - read more.

Last week also saw a twenty two pounder caught from the River Tummel and Dalmarnock Beat and this shows the size and quality of the spring salmon that run up the mighty Tay on a regular basis. This has to be an incentive for those anglers looking to make contact with that fish of a lifetime - read more. Anglers eager to cast a line on the Tay, permits start from a little as £8 for a day fishing - find fishing.

Customer Feedback

Kercock Beat - Had a great day out on kercock at the weekend. Gary the ghillie was very helpful and is a top man.

Dunkeld Beat - Very picturesque beat and easy to access. The ghillies were knowledgable, passing on excellent advice on where and what to fish with and were courteous and professional at all times. FishPal kept us up to date and and emailed us a few days prior to fishing.

Salmon Flies

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86 Salmon River Tweed

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Paul Little fishing Junction.

83 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish 15lb Salmon caught on the Boleside and Birgham Dub beats. Above Kelso 32 fish were reported, Between Kelso and Coldstream 28 were reported and below Coldstream 23 was reported. With the best fishing being on the Makerstoun beat's where 10 springers were landed - read more. Anglers wishing to cast a line on Tweed, permits start from £20 - find fishing.

The River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum in Kelso is now open to visitors - read more.

The position of seasonal ghillie/boatman has become available on the Milne Graden beat on Lower Tweed for the 2021 season. The role will be full time 6 days per week for the season - read more.

Customer Feedback

Horncliffe - 1 fish caught at 12lb. Didn't expect too much at this time of year with the current weather conditions. Caught a lovely fish and had a good day on the banks. Tony is a knowledgeable guy who pointed out exactly where to fish and even helped improve my casting.

Tweedhill - First time back since Covid, all very safe and well managed. No hut or boats which is not a problem. Brian as always very helpful. It was a grand day out on the river.

Isle of Mull family fishing

Looking for a safe family staycation with trout fishing this summer?

Ledmore on the Isle of Mull is a traditional island house in a totally secluded location next to a large wild trout loch - read more.

River Tyne Fish Report

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Angus Oughtred fishing Bywell Beat.

The rain forecast this week will bring with it hope of a few more fish and better conditions once the likely very dirty water falls and clears - read more.

Restoring Wild Salmon Event

The Atlantic Salmon Trust invite you to join the conversation about Restoring Wild Fish Populations on the evening of Monday, 24th of May - register here.

Broadcasting from The Macallan Estate, the evening will feature the premier of a new short film, featuring Robson Green and Jim Murray: Roadtrip to Discovery. Alongside this, there will be a Q&A session with a panel of experts. To close the event the Atlantic Salmon Trust will announce the winner of the prize draw to East Ranga, Iceland.

Run of Fish River Dee

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Kate Mould fishing Balmoral Thursday 6th May.

The opening up of travel and accommodation gave us more rods on the water and this coincided with an evident run of fish all heading strongly to the upper part of the river - read more.

With rain forecast river levels should continue to rise. Raymond from Upper Blackhall always gives me his nature knowledge and he says "Now that we are into May it should start to warm up a bit and the old ghillies (which I am now one) used to say fan the birch buds are as big as moosies lugs that's the time to go on to the floating line. Find Dee fishing.

Congratulations to Kate Mould (pictured) who has caught her first ever fish, which is also the first of the season for Balmoral beat. She caught the fish in the Queens Pool after casting tuition from Gary Scott. She said "The fish put up a lovely fight and brought me to tears on the bank. A moment that will be with me forever"

Customer Feedback

Kincardine - Four fish caught and two lost in four days. Plenty of fishing for 3 rods, mixture of easy to challenging wading. Although the beat is compact it's nearly all fishable, subject to water height obviously. No Ghillie, beat maps in the hut are very informative.

Aboyne Water - Excellent water and facilities. Considering the recent flooding, the pools are all easily accessible and the pathways tidy. Chaz was a very friendly and helpful Ghillie.

Border Esk

Jamie fishing Burnfoot beat.

Reports of fish seen in some of the pools and there's a few fish getting caught on the Border Esk - read more.

18lb Fish River Spey

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Blair Banks wiht a 6lb seatrout.

With travel restrictions finally lifted, the river resumed "normal" service. Most beats were back to welcoming their usual angling parties while the Association waters were delighted to see an uptake in permit sales from visiting anglers. Speyside feels alive again- read more.

From the "snapshot" of catches throughout the river it would be reasonable to say that April was a decent month with well over 100 spring salmon reported. Clearly that figure does not capture those beats that don't report and the fact that some beats were not fishing at all during the COVID travel restrictions. So, all things considered, the early spring fishing shows encouraging signs - Find Fishing.

Customer Feedback

Gordon Castle
Beautiful scenic fishing beat close to the sea, Ghillie was top class, really nice day.

Hatches of Blue Duns River Annan

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After Monday's heavy rain the river has now dropped back in, although the water is very cold following some snow melt. The past couple of days there have been good hatches of blue duns but very few fish rising, probably due to the sudden drop in water temperature- read more.

Customer Feedback

Hoddom - Allan and Bill were brilliant. Allan showed me most of water and how to access it. I'll be back soon.