The FishPal team enjoyed a visit to the Dalswinton Estate last week.
Situated 7 miles north of Dumfries it enjoys 2.5 miles of single bank fishing in a particularly attractive stretch of the river. In recent years has benefitted from good sea trout returns in the Spring and late Summer. Continue reading
Sea trout are into nearly all the river systems with good runs as I write and with more to come. Preparation is well worth doing as it will be dark when you are trying to find a replacement fly for the one you have just left up a tree. Leader material to hand and a well sorted out fly box are a must with of course a torch. Continue reading
No lined trousers and skirts yes its summer, but, don’t tell the fish as they still think it’s spring time. I feel we are running a few weeks behind this season with water temperature steady around the late forty’s and low fifty’s on most rivers at the moment and they are surely going to rise slowly with little snow melt to come. Welcome rainfall is Continue reading
The river emerges from the steep Altnahara gorge into the more open vistas of the Daltra Beat, with magnificent scenery and some fine old conifers within the extensive areas of native broadleaves.
This beat offers a very wide variety of fishing from high water levels downwards, perhaps really coming into its best on a falling river to a medium height. From the Daltra Pool to the Sand Pool there is no opposition from the opposite bank. The combination of the Altnahara Beat with the Daltra Beat ensures that so long as the river is in a fishable condition there are always excellent angling opportunities in a number of pools up and down the beats. Vehicle (4WD is best) access is to groups of pools. The Daltra Beat is fished on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Tom Buchanan fishing the Lyon has caught the biggest salmon so far this year on the fly at 35 pound.
A regular rod on the South Chesthill Estate. He is their longest tenant and has fished the water since 1972. Continue reading
Fishing for wild brown trout on the Tees last weekend on a stretch of water only available to guests of Wodencroft Cottages I met up with two ladies from England Ladies Fly Fishing team, Phillippa Hake and Lisa Isles. The weather was not great, bright sunshine and an easterly wind. The Tees is fed by Cow Green so river temperatures don’t tend rise much until the reservoir starts to warm up around June, it was going to be a tough day. Continue reading
Saturday was a cracking day in the Scottish Borders near Hawick. A good day to be out and in my case in the garden mowing, burning leaves and pruning from winter. Before I knew it, it was 6 o’clock! I came in to the house and made myself a cup of tea and turned on the TV and had a flick through the TV guide. I was faced with more football, lots of pearly white teeth on pretty much every channel. PUB I thought!!, Umm beer, taxi, Continue reading