The clocks are now forward and we are officially into spring fishing with catches across the country continuing to tick away! It’s always good to see lighter nights kicking in along with anglers catching some fantastic fish.
Of the big four rivers in Scotland, it is great to see the Dee producing some fine fish and hear stories from anglers who have continued to show faith in the river and getting their just rewards!
Fishing is a funny old sport when you just know sometimes that if you keep at it over a sustained period you will have good and bad days, just like in golf, you tend to remember the good shots and days which make you want to come back for more and more.
Mattias Helde, from Sweden a returning Dee angler was blessed with a cracking 23b fish this week at Birse amongst others – great to see the patience in coming back time and time again paying off. We are seeing an increase in calls to the office for fishing on the Dee which is encouraging. There is nothing better than a spring day on the River Dee and a chance of hooking into a Dee springer! Lower Crathes and West Durris have got off to a great start in 2016, their catches are the best for 5 years – just another good example of what’s going on in the Dee.
The Spey too has had a decent start and catches are on the increase as more anglers are out fishing. Fish are being caught from lower beats, Gordon Castle, all the way up to Grantown and upper Spey at Kinchurdy with a couple of real Spey crackers in amongst them. The river height continues to favour anglers looking for a decent day out on the river in April. I can’t wait to get up to the Spey again later this month, it is always a lovely time of year to be on the river.
Tweed catches remain predominately below Kelso, although a recent rise in the river has seen fish caught on Drygrange and Middle Pavillon which is encouraging. The river is in good condition and the current forecast of no more than showery weather, hopes are high that April could be a good month. There are lots of affordable fishing to be had on Tweed right now and if you have ever thought of having a cast on Tweed now is the time to get out there. Give Tom a ring in the office (01573 470612), he will keep you right on which beats to try – details of what is available can be found by following this LINK.
The mighty Tay is having a good old time of it, good numbers caught and many over 20lb. I had the pleasure of fishing Dalmarnock beat on the middle river last week in the fine company of Colin McFadyen who was in good form. This is a great beat to try and plenty of water to go at with just under 3 miles of double bank fishing available. There are some fantastic pools and fly water with good wading to be had. If you prefer fishing from the boat then Colin can oblige, as I say, plenty to go at. Many of the lower and middle beats are enjoying some great sport despite the levels fluctuating a fair bit in recent days which has certainly allowed fish to run the river. Fresh fish are being caught in the Loch so you really do have a chance of a fish the whole length of the river.
The site is growing with more rivers and beats added this season. In the FAR NORTH we have already sold fishing on the Helmsdale and we will be adding further fishing availability on the Beauly, Kyle of Sutherland and Easter Ross. We continue to look to add more rivers in the north this season so stay tuned – any enquiries on fishing in the north then again I would ask you to give Tom a ring in the office (01573 470612).
We have new availability and more beats for the Forth and Teith, very affordable and some cracking water to go at. In 2010, a fantastic year for salmon fishing generally, the Stirling Council water on the Teith was reportedly the beat with the most prolific catches of all rivers in Scotland – not a bad record and definitely worth looking in to if you haven’t fished this river before.
Great to see the first fish of the season caught in Cumbria on the Eden. There have been a few notable catches on English rivers already this season with a fish of around 40lb caught on the Royalty beat of the Hampshire Avon. What a cracker and apparently the lucky angler also had a second fish of around 20lb too. On the Tyne, again a few real crackers have surrendered, not least on Bywell beat with some very happy anglers. The Tyne is a river full of promise and I look forward to a few days fishing here this season. The new fish pass at Hexham is up and running and will surely help migratory fish reach their breeding grounds. Last year 43,189 fish went through the fish pass at Riding Mill.
There is much going on in the fishing world as ever right now with the latest consultation period open for everyone to offer their voice on the most recent proposals by the Scottish Government. If you haven’t yet had your say then you can do so at consult.scotland.gov.uk. Well worth taking the time to share your thoughts on these proposal.
In the office we are already turning our heads to the various shows and Game Fairs that will take place this year – there are so many good shows on offer across the country it quite simply is a case of trying to work our diaries to see just where we can attend. Always popular and always good fun and an excellent opportunity to meet up with many fisherman across the country.
With Easter now done and dusted and lighter nights meaning longer days on the river I can think of nothing better than reel’s screaming, heart’s thumping as a bar of silver heads downstream and holding on for dear life – bring it on!
Let me know your stories and share your photo’s as we start to build the momentum of the season ahead – good luck to all who are out this week, tight lines!!