The Long Drive North

DSC_0170Last week was a return to one of my favourite rivers. I made the long drive north in the knowledge that the river was in fine fettle, ‘the perfect height’.

I was fishing the River Findhorn, one of the most beautiful rivers we have here in Scotland and the fish were running. If you have not had the pleasure of a cast on the river then all I can say is that you must find time to fish this charming river with pools to ‘die for’. Rock faces descend into deep gorges and stoney gravel banks just ooze with anticipation of a fish taking your fly. The excitement of long hard pull that didn’t connect with my fly, was superseded by a fellow rod catching and releasing a bar of silver of around 18lb.

A short trip of 2 days and a great catch up with many on the river – I will be back. The team in the office have been working with owners adding more availability onto the FishFindhorn site – which must be good for us all. Thank you to the fantastic help and advice from a top angler – Ian Neale – who knows the Findhorn as well as any man. A pleasure to spend some time fishing with him.

Back down the A9 to catch up on a number of new initiatives we are all excited about at FishPal. We have just launched a partnership with one of the most established and recognised international fishing companies in the UK called Sportquest – who enjoy access to some of the very best fishing destinations available in the world. They pride themselves on being able to personalise every trip which is brilliant. If you would like more information please call the team in the office on 01573 470612.

As for other rivers last week, the occasional fish was caught, but with high water and in some places ‘dirty water’ to contend with, catching a spring fish was going to be a challenge. The week aheads forecast sees mild and settled weather – I am sure we will see some good catches. Reading the latest reports the Tay and Dee are worth a cast, fresh fish have being seen and that always gets the adrenalin pumping!

The week ahead sees my diary full of meetings, with more good people to see, who have the same view as myself to increase accessibility of fishing for all and to cater for budgets – however big or small.

Keep your photographs coming in of spring fish being. The feedback from anglers across the globe is that this is what they like to see best – tight lines everybody!



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