£3,000 Tweed Donation

FishPal Donation 1Another week of mixed weather across the country last week with conditions ‘ferruling every day’ and throwing something different at us.

That said, the Dee had a reasonable week with 71 fish caught with rods fishing Kincardine just above Banchory having some good fun!! The Tay found it difficult all week with high water on all gauges – I hope the colder weather Friday into Saturday might just give those fishing the river this week a really good chance of a springer. The Tweed too found conditions difficult, despite the high water of late beats still reporting a few Kelts yet to make their journey back to sea. Another North East river off the mark last week was the English Tyne and again despite conditions being far from perfect it was good to see a small number of fresh fish up to 20lb caught on the main river.

Another interesting week for myself and the FishPal team. I hinted in last week’s blog that we are working on a number of new initiatives and these moved closer to ‘going live’ after a series of productive meetings. I can’t reveal all at present but stay tuned.

I was also heavily involved in meetings with Tweed owners, including offering suggestions and ideas on how to maximise opportunities that these wonderful beats undoubtably have. There is so much good value Spring fishing on the Tweed currently and if you have the odd day or two free rods are available from £20 per day. That’s good value fishing.

We were were delighted to hand a cheque for just over £3,000 to Nick Yonge, Director at the Tweed Foundation, which is money raised from anglers’ donations when making a booking on the FishTweed site. Equally, the office has been sending cheques to river boards across the country from donations made by anglers fishing their rivers. River Trusts and their boards do a fantastic job supporting their local rivers and at a time when funding is being cut it is great to be able to help out through the FishPal group of sites with angler donations. Thank you to all who continue to donate to your favourite rivers when booking fishing through our sites – much appreciated.

This week my attentions turn to another great river of ours – the magical Spey – with opening day celebrations kicking the season off on Tuesday. I am lucky enough to be attending the ceremony and having an opening day cast myself. Local contacts tell me that the river is running clear and looking good, so anticipation is running high! No matter what, great company and a wonderful part of the world to be “working” in this week. I will let you know how I fare in next weeks blog!

I hope you have received this weeks FishPalNewsletter and enjoyed the various features. A link to the page to find the newsletter is here if you missed it.  It is simple to sign up to receiving these newsletters which cover all sorts of topical matters on rivers around the country. Here is the link to sign up to receive them.  In this month’s newsletter we featured a petition Ian Gordon started to build support to stop the netting of salmon being re-introduced, a practice that has not been in existence for some 14 years. If you have not yet signed the petition I have enclosed a link which can be found here. I hope as many of you as possible will give your support and share with your fellow anglers.

Here’s to a week of more settled weather and an opportunity to get out on to the river bank in the eternal quest of landing that springer of a lifetime. As ever, don’t forget to send us in your photo of that prized catch being released.

Tight lines!
Mark

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