Hotting up!

Last week saw some settled, warm weather and it was great to see things slowly improve across the country – not brilliant but certainly on the way up.

My week was great – three days holiday and what better way to spend my time then fishing  the Dee. The river was gin clear and at a good height on arrival. Fishing the upper Dee I was hoping that recent trends of fish starting to be seen and indeed caught in the upper and middle beats was to be the start of a good few days on the river.

I fished hard with some great people and on my first day lost a decent fish. The salmon jumped out of the river on three occasions and on the last leap, I saw my fly come free from its mouth. “Drat” I said (or something similar). No further action till day two when I connected and landed this time a cracking fish of around 10lb. A good scrap and the smile on my face told the story too as I arrived back at the lodge at lunch time.

No more action after that.  If it wasn’t for missing one and landing another I guess we would have all been wondering if indeed there were fish in the river so far up, as none of us saw the splashing and topping of fish entering pools . A lesson learned, just because you don’t necessarily see the fish moving , if your fly is in the water, you just never know!

Good to see catches on Dee above 100 for the week with fish being caught from Park all the way up to Mar Lodge – which is encouraging news for anglers fishing the river during the next few weeks and hopefully this trend will increase.

The Tay continued to tick away with fish caught the entire length of the river.  The counter at Pitlochry has seen fish move into Loch Faskally in higher numbers. I am sure the Tay will surrender soon a huge May fish on the fly. If you are the lucky angler to capture a fish of lifetime -remember to send us the photo of the fish to add to the FishTay website and enter the FishPal Malloch trophy.

The Spey has continued to fish well, with reports of fish caught again throughout the river. A good head of fish has started to run the river which is keeping local and visiting anglers  busy with middle beats in particular are performing  well.  It is great to see the Spey getting good reports from anglers after some lean times in recent years.

On Tweed, reports are that the fish have moved upstream and are now being caught on Lower & Middle Pavilion and Boleside beats.  The settled weather forecast this week will hopefully see some decent catches for all.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see fish caught from the bottom beats such as Tillmouth to upper beats Boleside,  with only the very top beats not yet seeing running fish.

There are some decent sea trout being caught on the Tweed and as always worth a late cast if your beat allows – fish up to 8 lb have been reported last week, which is a fine specimen fish.

I announced to you all last week that we were taking on the sponsorship of the now “FishPal Malloch Trophy“.  Many thanks for your kind, positive comments we have received throughout last week. It  is a pleasure to be sponsoring such a prestigious trophy. Don’t forget to fill in the entry form if you are lucky enough to have caught a salmon of above 20lb. I will be introducing other prizes to the Malloch Trophy in due course and not necessarily for the largest fish caught so keep those entry coming in.

This week its back to the day to day running of FishPal with more interesting meetings planned to improve our service and products. The team continue to be on the front foot, speaking with customers adding their fishing to our sites and promoting it.

If you have not yet registered for a rod alert for a particular beat or river, this free service  ensures you are notified when new fishing is added – enclosed is the link to allow you to do so.

Tight lines everyone – keep the photos coming of those prized catches – hopefully a FishPal Malloch Trophy contender!

Mark

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