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

July 2021 - No. 16

It's midnight, you can't see where you're placing your line, you're in search of sea trout!

Anglers have enjoyed good conditions for night time sea trout fishing on the lower river Annan. Brown trout fishing has been at its best during the last two hours of light with fish rising into darkness feeding on the spinners and caddis returning to the water - Annan Report.

Glyn Freeman guide and writer says "It's the time of the year when evening time is very special just before dark with activity from all species" Cumbria Report.

On the Nith, some nice brown trout have been caught mainly during the evening rise - Nith Report.

Conditions for evening trout fishing have been exceptional over the past few weeks on the Aberdeenshire Don, report Kemnay Angling Club. The first of this year's grilse have now entered the river - Don Report.

The biggest fish so far on the Esks has been caught on South Esk, at Finavon Castle Water. Richard Corrin whilst night fishing for sea trout caught a 20lb salmon at 2.30am - Esks Report.

If you fancy trying sea trout fishing and would like more information on where to fish please contact the fishing team on 01573 470612. You can find fishing permits for salmon, trout and sea trout here. If you would like to be informed when availability is added onto the site please sign up to a rod/permit email alert.

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8th July 2021

Large Tay Fish

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Mark Allsop at Murthly Fishing.

Islamouth caught fish on most days with seven landed from the beat on Friday including a magnificent 28lber. It's great to see some of these larger fish currently running the Tay system - read more.

There was plenty of fish showing at Cargill through the course of last week, but the hot sunny conditions made fishing difficult. In spite of the tough conditions, Mr Turpin landed a cracking seventeen pounder from the Stobhall beat in bright sunshine and cloudless skies - read more.

The Tay is at a great height for fly fishing on most beats and the weather forecast looks a bit more promising in the days ahead, so, why not book a day's salmon fishing on the famous River Tay next week? It could be the place to provide you with some midsummer magic! - find Tay fishing.

Customer Feedback

Stobhall - "The ghillies are very good on the Stobhall beat and because of this I will be back again this year and next year. Really enjoyed myself."

Dunkeld - "A beautiful beat and a joy to fish. Simon Furniss is a great character and always informative and very helpful."

Fish Action On Deeside

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Mark Paterson LTS Rods fishing Inchmarlo.

Angling action all along the river from the Upper Dee at Crathie right down to Middle Drum on the Lower Dee, with beats reporting seventy one salmon and thirty eight sea trout this week to FishDee. The largest salmon was 12lb from Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo. Park topped the charts with thirteen fish for the week, closely followed by Little Blackhall and Inchmarlo on twelve - read more.

Jamie Urquhart, River Dee, says "This coming week the forecast look set for some long overdue rain. In fact, as I type, the wet stuff is falling up here by Dinnet." Find Dee fishing.

Customer Feedback

Crathie - "Ghillie had excellent knowledge of the beat and was flexible to our timings. He found fishable pools even in the low water conditions. Salmon were present in the pools, but we could not tempt them! A most enjoyable trip."

Birse - "Drew Paterson is outstanding. He was an absolute pleasure to be with. Whilst I have fished on more established beats on the Dee I would not hesitate to return given the opportunity. Great knowledge of the beat and a tailored to experience to the angler."

Bespoke Fishing Nets


The thought behind a good size net is that you can keep the fish in the water without taking it out of its natural environment. The nets are handmade in Scotland, light weight and can be put on your back very easily via the magnetic section - read more.

John Bell designed and created the nets. He is an avid angler and a guide on Loch Lomand. Lomond is not only famous for sea trout but also for the salmon which rest up on the shores awaiting spawning time. So when that big boil appears at your bob fly and all hell breaks loose, just hope that you've enough backing on your reel - read more.

River Tweed Learn To Fish

A family introduced to fishing with TweedGuide.

TweedGuide are hosting their popular one and two day salmon school on Tweedbank, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th September. The course is open to complete beginners and those looking to improve their techniques for salmon and sea trout. Equipment is supplied including rods, waders, wading jackets etc.

Living in Edinburgh, come down on the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank and TweedGuide will pick you up, take you to the fishing and bring you back to Tweedbank for your return journey to Edinburgh.

TweedGuide are a leading guiding company on the river, offering days for trout and salmon for all abilities.

FishPal Instagram


A group photograph of the anglers taking part at the start of the evening.

FishPal joined anglers, supporters and volunteers for the first 24 hour "Fish-a'thon" on the River Dee. Anglers travelled from far and wide to fish the event, including some who had never fished the river before - read more.

Alisdair Watson caught fish using a 65 year old Hardy split cane rod and a fly that was tied 40 years ago - watch video. Dave Wilmott had caught three fish when we chatted to him on Crathes Castle - watch video. Drew Paterson, ghillie on Birse, was one of the many ghillies who joined the volunteers supporting the event. Drew was looking after guests on Sluie - watch video.

Success for father and son team Robert and Joshua Bramman winners of a FishPal gift voucher.

Over £16,000 was raised which will go towards the Trust's habitat restoration projects, salmon research and education. If you would like more information and to take part in the next #FishDee24 please contact Debbie Cooper, Dee Development and Promotions Officer on email at [email protected]

If you would like to donate or fundraise for the River Dee Trust please follow this link.

River Tweed

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Fish for Mr Newton fishing West Learmouth.

Sixty six Salmon and twenty six Sea Trout were landed for the week with the best fish at 18lb Salmon caught on the Tweedhill beat. Above Kelso twenty nine fish were reported - read more.

Between Kelso and Coldstream twenty three fish were reported and below Coldstream twenty one. The best fishing was on Lower Floors and Tillmouth beat's where 10 salmon were landed. Find Tweed fishing.

Customer Feedback

Tweedhill - "Low water and no visible fish make it very tough for any ghillie. Brian tried very hard to make the two days a success and succeeded."

Pedwell - "Our party were completely new to salmon fishing and they raved about the whole day."

Lower Pavilion - "Unfortunately the river was extremely low and warm with bright sunlight. We fished very early in the morning and until late in the evening but nothing showed. It would have been amazing to catch, but as we all know, there's much more to salmon fishing. Saw an otter, kingfisher and had a duckling nursery at my feet. Scott Povey is very much on hand to offer advice if you would like it. He pitches it just right so you can make the best of your day on a very beautiful beat!"


Robson Green On Deeside

Robson Green took his love of extreme fishing to the Dee last week, and left with an angling experience he says he'll never forget. Despite low water and sky splitting sunshine over two days, he caught a salmon, lost another, and played sea trout. His partner Zoila played and lost a fish on the nearby Lower Blackhall and Banchory stretch - read more.

Robson plans to join anglers on next years #FishDee24. If you would like to take part please contact Debbie Cooper, Dee Development and Promotions Office via email at [email protected]

River Tyne Sea Trout

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Salmon at Hexham. Credit Spencer Tolley.

Reports of large numbers of sea trout running the lower river were also made over the last couple of days by local anglers - read more.

Customer Feedback

Styford - First time fishing the Tyne, the beat is really nice. I will definitely fish it again and also book fishing through FishPal.

Speak To The Team

Tom Carter out on the river.

The team have been busy handling calls from customers enquiring about places to fish and booking permits. You can call the office from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday on 01573 470612.

The Help Centre has answers to the most popular questions from anglers and fisheries. If you still need help please message the team.

Tom, Anne, Gail & Mark