November Newsletter

Via Michael Koch

FishPal Ltd
Newsletter - November 2013     Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

Dear Angler

The last few weeks have seen records broken for beats, rivers and anglers. With over a million page views and a miriad of UK & international telephone calls and emails, the team at FishPal HQ have been busy, fulfilling anglers fishing requirements and working with owners to add their available fishing, ready for the start of the 2014 season. 

Congratulations to Shamus Jennings fishing Tweed. His 50lb Boleside salmon is the biggest on Tweed and possibly the largest in Scotland since Lady Ward's Tay salmon in 1928. Fairnilee have beaten their beat record, dating back to the 1980's. Upper Caberston angler Mr Ray (82) set a new beat record with a salmon measuring 49in length & girth 28in.

The Tay have enjoyed an outstanding year, smashing their 5 year catch record, including a very big fish to finish the season from Kenny Miller jnr, his fish of a lifetime at 45lb on Kercock. Tay beats Newtyle, Murthly, Dunkeld House, Cargill and many more have surpassed their 5 year catch average. 

Iceland's 2013 salmon season is the fourth highest on record. FishIceland's Jon Sigurdsson continues his 6 part series of places to fish in Iceland during 2014 with the River Sog. 

Whether you are wetting a line or enjoying talking about the 'one that got away' have a great week. Remember we are only a telephone call or email away to help you book your next fishing trip. 

Tight Lines.

Marketing Director

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Avoid the crowds this Christmas and do your shopping from the comfort of your home.

FishPal gift vouchers can be used to buy fishing available online - read more

Vouchers can be used for fishing, tuition and guiding. 

First Salmon For Max

Regular trout anglers Max Vallance (13) and his dad booked their first salmon experience last month with AAPGAI Instructor Brian Towers. They fished the River Ure at Bolton Castle - read more about their day. 

Fishermans Supper

Ayrshire Rivers Trust supper will be held on Friday the 22nd of November at the Horizon Hotel in Ayr. The night will include speakers and a three course meal, raffle and auction of prime fishing lots.

Tickets cost £25 per head or £230 for a table of ten - more information

Annan Grayling Days

Back by popular demand the Annan Rivers Trust Winter Grayling days start on Saturday 7th December - more information.

A fun and enjoyable day, including tuition for anglers who would like to try grayling fishing for the first time from FishPal's qualified instructors - read more .


For the latest fishing news and chat visit the Facebook pages for Tweed, Tay, Ayrshire, Dee and FishPal.

You can also share your fishing photographs on our Facebook pages by following this link

Tay Salmon Course

Beginners to advanced salmon course with AAPGAI Gary Scott, including fishing - read more

FishPal App

To keep up to date with the latest news from FishPal download our new fishing App here - it's so easy to use. 


Top Tip: If you are taking a photograph with your fish, the best shots are typically with the water in the background and holding the fish just above it, hopefully just about to be returned. If you are out of the water, make sure the river is in the background and the fish is held horizontally, not vertically. 

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Abercorn Estate

Chris Tarrant's new fishing programme on Channel 5 this week visits one of the most beautiful estates in the British Isles Abercorn

Lord Hamilton takes time out to talk to them about the problems and joys of running such a massive sporting resource and the ghillies are full of typical Irish blarney - read more

Fly Dressing Work Shop

Wendy Gibson, APGAI instructor, will be holding her successful salmon & trout workshops at Frairs Carse Hotel in Dumfries on Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd November - more information

Latest News

Anglers hit out at salmon netting plans - read more.

50lb Salmon on Tweed

Congratulations to Shamus Jennings, fishing Boleside, catching a 50lb salmon which we believe is the largest on the fly in Scotland since Lady Ward's Tay fish in 1928. The huge fish measured 50in long with a 33in girth. Dr Ronald Campbell (Tweed Biologist) confirmed the weight of the fish to be 50lbs. 

Shamus couldn't believe his eyes when he eventually brought the massive fish to the net: "It's taken me almost 40 years to catch a 25 pounder, (which he caught the day before on the same beat) but this is simply incredible," said Shamus who has fished for salmon all over the world - read more

ITV News interviewed Shamus Jennings, Nigel Fell (pictured) and Tom Carter this week at Boleside, you can see the broadcast here

Boleside only have only 3 rods left until the end of the season, the beat have caught 156 salmon so far this month (November) - availability

Autumn Affordable Favourites

FishPal's Tom Carter suggests rivers worth considering for a visit to cast a line for salmon this month. 

September through to November are the prime months for salmon on the Nith.The watchword when autumn fishing on the Nith is to carry both a spinning rod and a fly rod to get the best out of the river. Day permits start from £30 - availability.

The salmon season on the Annan goes on right through to the 30th November. The fishing will often be interrupted by spates but each fresh influx of water will bring fish off the tide. Day permits start from £20 - availability

The two tributaries of bottom Tweed are productive rivers in their own right - Whiteadder and Till. FishPal's Anne Woodcock enjoyed a day on the Till at lightly fished Tiptoe beat last Saturday and caught fish. Day permits start from £45. 

Salmon fishing on The Sog River

Salmon fishing on the Sog, 65km east of Reykjavik, starts from £200 per rod per day and includes accommodation.

Home to many 20-pounders; the river is recognised as one of the finest salmon rivers in Iceland, enjoying a high percentage of multi-sea-wintered salmon. 2010 was a record breaking season with 1,300 salmon. The river offers a total 13 rods across 6 private beats. Bildfells beat is the most productive with 300 to 400 salmon caught annually. The river holds a good head of Arctic char, with fish to 8-9 pounds caught yearly.

The salmon season on Sog runs from June to September. Anglers predominantly use a single or double-handed rod, floating lines and small to medium size flies - read more.

Tackle-up for Autumn with Sportfish

Congratulations to Richard Kingston Managing Director of Farlows Sportfish Group (pictured) fishing Tweed, first day 2 salmon. 

Allan Shephard, AAPGAI Casting Instructor and Marketing Manager at Farlows Sportfish Group, shares with us his top tips, including rods, lines and flies for the Tweed. 

Chasing autumn salmon is an annual pilgrimage for many, not only because the fishing is excellent but also the river looks splendid in its fall colours. Fishing in Scotland can be world class, but are you prepared to make the most of it? read more.

Join Sportfish and the team on Saturday 23rd November 2013 at Winforton for a busy open day event! There's a chance to meet some of the leading fly fishing experts, try the latest tackle, clothing and accessories - read more.

Callum Mackenzie Cup Winner

Congratulations to Oliver Lusby winner of the Callum Mackenzie Cup for the most notable capture by a young angler under 18, in the Dee District. 

Dad, Nigel, promised his son two days salmon fishing on the Dee as reward for his excellent grades in his Highers. A real treat and first for Oliver as he had never spey cast or fished for salmon before - read more

River Dee On-Line Auction

There are close to 40 fabulous auction lots available at the River Dee Trust On-Line Auction 2013 which has just gone live. Quite a number of bids have been received for the wide range of interesting lots, some of which would make an ideal Christmas present read more

Time To Catch the 'Fish of a Lifetime!

The last two weeks on Tweed have witnessed impressive numbers of salmon spread throughout the system, and it is looking like there could be some great fishing to be enjoyed right up to the final day of the season - availability

Tillmouth rods have caught 703 fish so far this year up to 33lb. The beat's 22 main holding pools offer both good high and low water fishing. Each angler has the service of an experienced boatman during their visit - read more.

Fairnilee is above Boleside beat, and starts above the junction of the Ettrick. October and November rods have caught 180 fish so far and anglers say that it is probably the best beat on the Upper Tweed during November - read more.

Sunderland Hall is unique in having fishing on both the Tweed and the River Ettrick down to their junction. There is over a mile of fishing on the South Bank of Tweed down into the famous Meetings Pool - read more.

FishTweed The Anglers Choice

FishTweed's monthly newsletters showcase the latest news from owners, ghillies and anglers - November Newsletter .

It has never been so easy to keep up to date on the river, join in the latest conversation on FishTweed's Twitter andFacebook

Grayling Fishing

In the depths of winter, on the coldest of days, grayling can often be found rising to midges and dark olives and are eminently catchable when all the other game fish are busy spawning and in poor condition. November and early December are the peak months for fly anglers fishing for grayling.

The FishPal team have been working hard behind the scenes to offer customers grayling day permits to purchase online -availability.
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