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

November 2021 - No. 21

Season End

Hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of November and with it the end of the salmon season across the country. Many rivers have of course been closed for some time but there are still many who are looking to have a final days fishing on rivers like the Tweed and Nith to see if there is a chance of a late autumn fish.

What is keeping us incredibly busy right now is not so much the booking of those last few days of this season but rather the number of enquiries coming in asking about availability for next season. If you are reading this note as an owner or agent of a beat then please do try and get your 2022 availability loaded on to the site to help anglers get on with booking their trips for next year.

If you have had a "renewal" note from us regarding Tweed fishing that has been offered to you please can I ask you to either pay for the fishing now or use the decline button if you don't want the same dates for next season. This then allows us to offer the dates to others.

A challenging year at times for so many reasons which for many rivers meant some difficult fishing conditions. It being hot and sunny and no rain for months on end certainly didn't help but as ever, there are those who will reflect on this season as a good season overall with the simple pleasure of being outdoors and on a favourite beat more than enough to make many a good days fishing.

Tight lines to those still out fishing this season and for the rest of us, time to start getting those dates in the diary for next season and getting all our tackle in order ready for the new season.


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Salmon Anglers Almanac

The 2022 Salmon Anglers Almanac follows the salmon fishing year - starting in Spring and ending in Autumn - detailing the conditions, techniques and flies to use for each season. Within are articles from experts on the conditions you are likely to find and how best to tackle them. Detailed images and descriptions of which flies to consider for each of the conditions, include singles, doubles and tubes. There's pages to jot down your notes and your catch return for the 2022 season.

The leather edition is limited to only 100 signed and numbered and is now available for immediate delivery, a perfect gift idea - read more.

Dunkeld House For Sale

One of the premier beats on the Middle River Tay offering about 2 miles of boat and double bank fishing with 16 named pools. 10 year average (to 2020) of 112 salmon/grilse. Fishing for up to 8 rods; 16 named pools existing fishing hut planning permission for new fishing hut/boat house excellent vehicle and pedestrian access- read more.

River Tay

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Biologists broodstock fishing on a Tay tributary last week.

The Tay is the largest river catchment in Scotland and offers anglers fishing for all species. The extensive river system comprises many smaller tributaries which are also excellent salmon fisheries and include the Earn, Isla, Ericht, Tummel, Garry, Dochart, Lyon and Eden - read more.

During the last ten days more beats have adding their 2022 availability onto the FishPal site.

FishPonds offers a variety of fishing along its 2.5 miles. The beat is managed/ghillied by Simon Furniss, who has a wealth of experience looking after customers. Feedback from a recent fishing trip of two elderly gentlemen of 88 and 89. "We were extremely well looked after by Jim and Simon. The trip was made even more memorable as we both caught salmon,

22lb and 25lb. We were both over the moon!

Stobhall regarded as one of the finest beats on the River Tay. In the spring the Linn Pool is one of the best casts on the whole Tay, especially if the river is high and fish are queuing to run the Linn. The beat is ideal for the novice to expert angler.

Lower Bolfracks on the Upper Tay is a hidden gem, it fishes well in all heights of water, and fish can be caught throughout the season. Jim keeps the beat well trimmed, and has done an exceptional amount of work on the banks, access and fishing huts. The beat has some easy wading and some more challenging. This is a well maintained fishery offer great value for money fishing.

If you would like to keep up to date with all Tay availability, please sign up to a rod alert. You will be informed by email when the latest availability is added for the River Tay.

Atlantic Salmon Trust Auction

Paul Little has donated a frame of classic salmon flies to the auction.

From fishing trips and memorable experiences to remarkable shooting trips and unique getaways there's something for everyone in this years AST Annual Auction.

A few of our favourites include: the McFernie challenge on the Balmoral Estate with accommodation at The Fife Arms, a fishing trip with Robson Green and Jim Murray, a super sporting week on the Tweed that includes fishing, shooting, golf, and stalking. A days fishing on the River Tay with world spey casting champion Gary Scott. A three day stay in the iconic Miss Ballantine's cottage with fishing at Murthly on the River Tay for five rods. A frame of nine classic salmon flies tied by celebrity fly dresser Paul Little. The flies can be found in the book, Essential Kelson by Terry Griffiths. For more exciting lots please visit the auction.

This years auction closes on Thursday 18th November at 21.00hrs.


Newtyle Beat For Sale

One of the premier beats on the Middle River Tay offering about 2 miles of boat and double bank fishing with 16 named pools. 10-year average (to 2020) of 111 salmon/grilse. Fishing for up to 8 rods 16 named pools existing fishing hut boat shed excellent vehicle and pedestrian access - read more.

30 Salmon Pools

The eagerly awaited book by Iain Ogden "30 Salmon Pools" is now available to purchase online.

In his third salmon book the author focusses on the very pools where salmon are caught, it features 30 of the most notable salmon pools on four of the most famous salmon rivers in Scotland.

Why do some pools have such novel and intriguing names, are they enduring season after season, and why are they so famous? The origin of pool names is discussed although answers were not always forthcoming, puzzles lost in the mists of time. Do pools endure - read more.

River Dee

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The Dee is renowned as one of the great salmon rivers of the world. Anyone who has ever cast a fly for Atlantic salmon will know the allure of this wonderful river. The following three beats have added their availability for 2022.

Commonty is one of the best little beats of the Middle Dee. It offers 1.5 miles right bank fishing, 12 named pools. Customers who fished the beat this year report the ghillie is very knowledgable of the water and offers advice on lines and flies to use - read more.

Sluie is opposite the lower Ballogie and upper Commonty Fishings. It comfortably fishes two rods across its 1.3 miles with 9 named pool. Customers report that it is a lovely beat with lots of water to fish - read more.

Kincardine has superb fly fishing water which fishes well in a wide range of heights. At normal water levels, much of the fishing is from the bank. There is no ghillie but the leaflet provided gives a great overview of the pools in all water heights - read more.

If you would like to keep up to date with all Dee availability, please sign up to a rod alert. You will be informed by email when the latest availability is added for the River Dee.

Job Vacancy River Dee

Due to retirement, Lower Dess Estate is seeking an experienced fishing ghillie on the River Dee. The beat extends to 2.25 miles of left bank fishing and benefits from two, well-appointed fishing huts, self-catered accommodation and a modern Lodge.

This is a full time, permanent position starting late February, early March. The successful candidate will be an ambassador of Lower Dess Estate and deliver excellent customer service whilst promoting and developing the beat. Applicants should have the knowledge and experience to ensure guests experience a safe and enjoyable day on the river as well as being able to undertake Estate maintenance to an excellent standard - read more.

River Tweed

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Harriet Oldale playing her second fish of the day on Bemersyde.

There are many anglers checking the site for those important final days on the river and as result we've been busy with a flurry of late bookings. from those anticipating that as the river drops, there could well be some good sport to be had up and down the river - read more.

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

Customer Feedback

Rutherford. Michael Farr is very welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and amusing! Whilst no fish were caught it was a great day out for myself and my nephew who is learning to fish.

Yair. Very well maintained banks and paths. Alan's knowledge of the beat is exceptional and knows where the fish lie. Will definitely be looking at booking the Yair again in 2022.

Nest. Colin Bruce the ghillie is first class, one of the very best. I have fished on other sometimes more expensive beats and none can match Colin for his knowledge, kindness, considerate style and encouragement.

Job Vacancy River Tweed

Fishing enthusiast required to deliver excellent customer service and fabulous fishing holidays for guests at Horncliffe Fishings Tweed.

As Head Boatman you will be required to keep the beat well maintained and groomed to the highest possible standard as well as being the foundation for optimising guest experiences. The successful candidate will be personable and a knowledgeable freshwater fly-fishing enthusiast who is a good communicator - read more.