Dee leading the way!

Last week was a frustrating week for fisherman across the country with some difficult conditions to contend with. Those who were lucky last week were typically reporting that their fish were caught early in the morning and into the evening with pools rested during the day.

The river that faired the best last week was the Dee. A slow start to the week with very few fish caught on both Monday and Tuesday, leaving everyone thinking it was going to be a difficult week ahead. But the catches steadily increased and a really decent end to the week was reported. The final figures for the week were 100 salmon and 115 sea trout. Not a bad at all given recent challenges and with a bit of rain forecast for this week it might just help things given the river is currently running at summer levels.

Smaller flies and fishing at both ends of the clock seem to be the word on the street to get lucky on the Dee if last weeks feedback is anything to go by.

The Tweed and Tay had a pretty tough week of it overall. Tay feedback “seeing few summer salmon runs right now” but there is a expectation that this will change soon. On a positive note, there does seem to be a good run of sea trout, with the grilse run imminent , hopefully the rest of June can still harvest some good fishing.

Tweed, whilst not great at 40 salmon and 32 sea trout on a week that got hotter and hotter and the river lower and lower these numbers were not bad at all. The early morning risers and the late evening anglers again doing best having avoided the hot mid day sun.

The Esks continued to pick away and pick up fish as did the Spey. The sea trout are running in the Hebrides and on the Annan which goes to show that there are good options available to fish, if you keep an eye on the various sites we have – give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612 if you need any help at all.

My week finished up with a day at Royal Highland Show and great to be able to catch up with so many. It certainly wetted my appetite for the forthcoming Scottish Game Fair at Scone which I very much look forward to attending. The game fair always allows you to catch up with so many from the fishing world that I really do look forward to this fantastic event every year.

This year I will be attending the presentation of the 2013 Savills Malloch Trophy at the Scottish Game Fair, and look forward to taking over as the new sponsors of the prestigious trophy.  The FishPal Malloch Trophy will continue to be awarded for the largest fly caught salmon on a Scottish River and of course, released.  I hope to introduce a more categories this year so anglers can be recognised for their achievement.

Keep close to all that is going on by visiting our FishPal Malloch Trophy web for all the latest information.

Tight lines everybody for the week ahead and keep those photos coming!!

Mark Cockburn


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