This is the first FishPal newsletter since I took over from Mark Cockburn at the helm of FishPal. What enormous shoes they are to fill and what an honour it is to join a company that is growing and developing. Great things are planned for 2022, but central to it all is continuing to provide you access to superlative fishing.
While many are chasing grayling or pike at this time of year, it is also time to consider your salmon fishing for next season. We have seen tremendous demand already, showing that those who took up fishing during the pandemic are keen to continue with their new hobby. Keep checking the site each day and sign up for rod alerts for your favourite rivers: new dates are going up the whole time and not lasting long!
10th December 2021
Tweedswood Fishing is offering syndicate rods from April until August 2022.
This renowned and picturesque beat on the middle stretches of the River Tweed, enjoys 1.3 miles of double bank fishing in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders. It is a naturally scenic and peaceful part of the river that stretches upstream from the feet of the iconic Leaderfoot Viaduct. With such a photogenic setting this stretch of the river, meandering through its mix of wooded banks and wide open pasture, has featured in many fishing magazines - read more.
Competitively priced, the available memberships on offer are for nine fortnightly days during the increasingly productive spring and summer season. Tweedswood is a prime middle Tweed beat, and is ideally located being the quickest beat on the river to reach from Edinburgh. For more information and availability please contact the FishPal Help Desk or email Sam Carlisle at [email protected]
Increasing numbers of owners have been adding 2022 availability onto the River Dee site during the last week. If you would like to be one of the first to be informed when availability is live on the site, you can sign up to a river Dee email alert.
Did you catch a large fish this year on the Dee? The winner of this year's trophy will win a two night stay at Tor Na Coille Hotel with fishing. For entry information please email [email protected]. Closing date 31 December 2021.
Awarded annually by Ballogie Estate for the most notable fish, of any species, caught by a angler under 18 at the time of catch, on the Dee Catchment, Cowie, or Carron. For entry information please email [email protected] Closing date 31 December 2021.
The opening of the Tay is less than five weeks away on Saturday 15th January. Anglers looking to fish in Spring will see more availability now on the system. You can find all the latest Tay availability here. If you would like to be one of the first notified when it's added to the site, you can sign up to a Tay email alert.
Meikleour Fishing will host the River Tay opening ceremony on January 15th.
Celebrity anglers Robson Green and Jim Murray are inviting fellow anglers to join them in a 24 hour marathon in June 2022 on the River Dee as part of a new TV series.
Robson said: "You don't have to run 26 miles; you just have to fish for 24 hours. Who wouldn't want to do that? I'm going to do it! I'm going to be there."
The event is organised by the River Dee Trust to support vital habitat restoration work. The 30 sponsored anglers will be competing to raise funds for work to reverse declining salmon numbers and support the entire ecosystem.
The #FishDee24 marathon will be held over June 24 and 25, 2022. Applications are now being invited for the 30 places - read more.
Andy Britton 2020 Winner.
The Malloch Challenge Trophy is Scotland's most prestigious award for salmon fishing.
Atlantic salmon over 20lbs may be contenders for the trophy and all fish to be considered for the award must have been caught on the fly in Scotland and safely returned in order to qualify - read more.
Entries to this years Malloch Challenge Trophy close on 31st December 2021. Please send your entry to [email protected].
Gary Scott sea trout fishing with FishIceland.
With nearly 100 sustainable salmon fishing rivers in Iceland and most of those allowing between 4 and 20 rods to fish privately per day, there is a lot of fishing to be had in Iceland, but without the feeling of ever being cramped for space. A third of the salmon rivers can be reached from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, within a two hours drive - read more.
Iceland is known the world over for the quality of it's salmon fishing, however, it is less well known that there are also outstanding angling opportunities for brown trout fly fishing. Some waters are the perfect habitat for some very large wild trout indeed - read more.
Why go to Argentina when monster sea trout are only three hours away in Iceland? Permits are still very reasonably priced and self-catering accommodation in a fishing lodge is normally included in the price - read more.
It's been a busy eight weeks at FishPal with renewals on Tweed very popular for 2022. Some beats are fully booked during the summer months. We are hoping for more availability to be added during the coming weeks. You can find the latest Tweed availability here. If you would like to be notified when availability is added to the site, we would recommend a email alert.
Harry Brownlow 2020 Winner of the Junior Bemersyde Trophy.
The Bemersyde Trophy is a prestigious annual award that has been running since 2012 given to both a senior and junior angler catching the biggest rod caught salmon on the fly on the River Tweed. Closing date for this years trophy is 31st January 2022. Please send your entry to [email protected].
The Tweed Forum are seeking your views on the Tweed Catchment Management Plan. It will be open until noon on Friday 17th December 2021 and can be accessed here.
Congratulations from all at FishPal to farmer John Tullie from Teviothead, near Hawick, who has been awarded the 2021 Tweed Forum River Champion Award. Well done indeed John.