River Spey Opening

It was great to once again be able to join the opening day celebrations of the Spey at the Victoria Bridge in Aberlour where once again the event was supported by Aberlour Distillery and Walkers. I know from speaking to Roger Knight and others at the ceremony that their sponsorship is really much appreciated so well done to both for your involvement.

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January

As I sit down to write the first of my blogs for 2018 we have already had the excitement of having a number of rivers now open for business with more to follow this week and next. I don’t know about you but the anticipation of that first day out in the new season is a wonderful feeling. Visits to your tackle room, hut or garage where you store your mountains of kit become a more regular feature and lines, flies, rods all checked for the umpteenth time and then just because you can, a trip to your favourite fishing shop or online site to get that last minute something you believe is definitely needed to make that first trip a success!

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Autumn fishing is here!

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21682541_501519663528945_439399358_oIncredible to think that as we pass the half way point in September that some rivers have only a few weeks of the season to go whilst others have several months of fishing to look forward too. So how has it been across the country and what are the prospects likely to be in the next few weeks and months?

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Autumn fishing is here!

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Tom’s fish caught on the River Awe

The River Awe is not a river I speak much about in my blogs but boy does it rightly get a mention this time. A huge fish of around 40lb was caught just recently and I think this is the largest salmon caught in Scotland this season so far!! What a beast of a fish and just great to be giving the Awe some good news to celebrate at a time when the Awe hasn’t been fishing so well. This years potential winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy? Perhaps! Continue reading

Happy New Year

10923784_765498143529738_1543130060698054304_nHappy New Year to all our readers, I hope you all had a great festive break and there were a few wee surprises under the tree that have already been added to this years must have fishing kit!! As we go to press with our first newsletter of 2017 it really is hard to believe that the Helmsdale is opening as we speak and the Tay opens for business on Monday! I am really Continue reading

Mark Cockburn FishPal

unspecifiedMost of our salmon rivers are now closed with the exception of a few who remain open till the end of November. It seems a long time since I attended the opening ceremony on the Tay at Dunkeld! So how have our rivers faired overall, lets have a look at some individual rivers with my thoughts on their season.

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Mark Cockburn CEO FishPal

Mark Cockburn, CEO FishPal

The season on many rivers ended last weekend with a fizzle and not the big bang many of us had hoped for. The weather since the start of Autumn and even on the final day has been unseasonably high, which are not ideal conditions for anglers and fresh fish to enter the system.

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Update From Mark Cockburn

Mark Cockburn CEO FishPalAs I sit down to write my blog I do so with a big smile on my face! Why I here you ask, its because isn’t it great to be able to reflect on a season so far that indicates our rivers across the country are doing pretty well right now without us necessarily getting too carried away with ourselves.

I guess you always need to put things as a fisherman into perspective and we all know that we have had a pretty tough couple of previous years so to see rivers doing well and anglers happy as a result in the improved catches being reported is perhaps to be expected. That Continue reading