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

September 2021 - No. 20

Sometimes life gets in the way and last minute cancellations happen, so don't forget to register for a rod alert and keep an eye on the latest fishing availability. Sometimes those last minute, not to be missed opportunities do come along.

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River Dee

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Harrison fishing with his dad Terry Paton caught his first salmon this season.

You can find all the latest availability here and if you would like to be informed when dates are added to the site, you can sign up to a Dee email alert.

Customer Feedback

Knappach - Plenty of resident fish seen but none showing interest. Limited pools but what there were gave varied and very enjoyable fishing so definitely plan to return. For such a small beat, the hut facility was excellent.

Tilbouries - Nicol provided excellent guidance of where best to fish and showed me the beat in detail. His advice in fly selection and tactics was very helpful. Although the river level was low, there was a lot of fish showing and I'll be back to try again when the river levels are a little higher.

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River Temperatures

Freshwater fisheries and associated expenditure such as salmon angling, accommodation and tourism are worth almost £80 million a year to the Scottish economy. However, the number of adult salmon returning to Scotland is in decline, and 2018 was the lowest recorded rod catch since records began in 1952. It is therefore important that salmon habitats are protected and improved where possible.

River temperature is a critical control on Atlantic salmon populations which are adapted to live in relatively cool water. Salmon tend to prosper when temperatures are in the teens and struggle much above 20°C. Where river temperatures exceed 23°C this can cause thermal stress and behavioural change. At 33°C salmon can no longer survive, even for a few minutes - read more.

Fishing For Sale

Lower and Upper Castle Fishings, River Deveron.

About two miles of both single and double bank fishing on the River Deveron with twenty eight named pools. The water offers a number of deep holding pools as well as fast streamy water with many easily accessible pools and all productive in the right water conditions - read more.

Fully serviced (solar) fishing hut and cabin with wifi. Maintained as mainly a private fishery. Guide price £200,000.
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Autumn Flies

We are nearly at the grand finale of the Salmon season. Autumn fishing can provide some of the best fishing available. Getting the right flies for your trip is essential, and at Peaks Fly Fishing you can get beautifully tied flies for all of the major UK Salmon rivers. Selected by some of the top Ghillies & Anglers in the UK, and tailored to the river you will be fishing - read more.

River Tay

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You can find all the latest availability here and if you would like to be informed when dates are added to the site, you can sign up to a Tay email alert.

Customer Feedback

Dunkeld - Stunning location, with easy access and short walks to the pools. Great advice from Jim re pools and lies and he even gave me a lure as was my first time salmon fishing which I caught both salmon on. Very well equipped hut and hotel is on the river if you wanted to eat there, village of Dunkeld 5 minutes away. Great day out and will definitely be back.

Lower Bolfracks - Very enjoyable weekend. Jim met us 2 days prior to our booking and showed us the parking areas and best locations to fish. Highly recommend this beat.

River Tweed

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Catching salmon using a single handed rod on Junction Beat.

Beats on Tweed reported one hundred and eighteen salmon, the largest at 15lb, which is a significant improvement on last weeks report of thirty six fish. With light rain forecast this coming week, speak with your boatman about fly patterns and equipment to bring.

You can find all the latest availability here and if you would like to be informed when dates are added to the site. you can sign up to a email alert.

Pink Salmon reports are starting to decrease, but all sightings are important. Please report all captures to the River Tweed Commission on 01896 848294 - read more.

The Scottish Borders Partnership Against Rural Crime (SBPARC) has been launched as part of a Borders wide commitment to tackling rural crime across the region. Reporting of rural crime and suspicious activity will be actively encouraged, as will information sharing among partners to support targeted enforcement activity - read more.

Customer Feedback

Ladykirk - Matthias spent a lot of time with us giving great advice and help. We will book this fishery again.