The rods are out and the river has dropped to a great height, unfortunately the first 3 days have provided no action apart from kelts. Its just a matter of time and you can bet that Andy (Torrish) Sutherland will sniff out a springer befor long!
Don't forget to order your flies right here as we have everything you need to catch & return that priceless spring salmon. We also have a great new range of Gaelforce sinking tips which are now even stronger and come in new 30lbs sizes in 10 & 15ft and up to 8ips. These will get your fly right down to the fish in the cold spring water. Grab them here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/gaelforce-equalizer-sink-tips.htmlRead more
Unfortunately the opening day was a washout. The river started rising very early in the morning and only settled in the afternoon at around 5ft. No fish were reported apart from a few kelts. Hopefully the weather will settle and give anglers a chance from Monday 13th.
Dont forget that the fishing is free and open to the public for the next 2 weeks.
Our best spring fly - the RS Mylar Willie Gunn tube, unbeatable but we only tie them special order.
RS Silver Wilkinson, another one of Rons great designs and you won't be too surprised to hear that it has accounted for many spring salmon from all over the Northern hemisphere, not just UK. Grab some here when you have the chance - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-silver-wilkinson-copper-tube.html
The free fishing at the opening of the Helmsdale salmon season has once again been extended. For the first time, the river will be open to the public for two weeks beginning on Saturday 11th through to Saturday the 26th. The mild weather conditions recently is sure draw in one or two of the fabled early Helmsdale runners so its a great chance to hook up and win the Bridge Hotel trophy. To get on the water you just need to register at Glencoast on the Main St who will also be running...Read more
Salmon anglers love their flies and usually can't have enough of them....especially ours! So we have some perfect double leaf boxed selections made up for him and her especially for Christmas with our best selling patterns.
His two leafs
Her 2 leafs
Last week we emailed our huge customer database and sign ups to our fishing report to inform of our annual fly "bogof" deal. Your email may or may not have been received by you for any number of reasons as some bounce back to us and do not get delivered occasionally. To qualify you must put "bogof" in the comments section when ordering and purchase over £30 worth of flies excluding selections and brooches.
Its fly-tying season and we have some amazing very long Chinese goat in stock along with many other materials you need to create all sorts of deadly new salmon flies. This Goat hair is the closest material you will see to the fabled tapered monkey hair used in many of our favourite long winged flies. This is as good as it gets for Sunray Shadow, Collie and Monkey patterns - its over a foot long! and you can buy it here right now - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/long-chinese-goat-hair.html
The Helmsdale season has closed for another year and in the last week around 40 fish were accounted for in unsettled conditions. Spring was ok, the rest of the season nothing to write home about. Next season? well salmon have a habit of surprising us and keeping us on our toes so who knows what lies ahead. We do know one thing, unless the fly is in the water we will not know if they are there or not in any numbers so anglers will all be out as usual hoping for that magic rod bending moment.
On a more exciting note, I have added another superb new fly to the Helmsdale collection, RS Golden Willie Gunn Krill, check it out and buy it here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-golden-willie-gunn-krill-pro-choice.html
RS Golden Willie Gunn Krill - buy 3 get 1 free in our special introductory offer.
Ok so its time to stock up on deadly autumn flies if you still have fishing on the horizon which many of you will have. The Tweed will produce until end November along with many more destinations in the Uk. We have all the best Autumn killers right here....
The Helmsdale is on its last legs and the penultimate week still produced around 60 fish with pretty stale warm conditions. As per usual it is the anglers who can adapt best to stimulate fish which will catch most. Skating sunrays, deploying the hitch and also depth charging copper and tungsten Frances flies, these tactics will work for the next 2 months unless big water makes it all a little easier. As temps drop flies will increase in size and density, below are some pics of the best. You can grab them all and more on slte.....and from Twisted Thistle Fochabers.
RS Ally Monkey
RS Red/Gold...Read more
Latest - over 100 fish off last week w/c 5th August, best week of the season. Visitor Will Marshall hooked 4 in one day and landed the best of them at 10lbs sea-liced on the Association water...
After an unusually quiet week of around only 20 fish off the whole river 3rd week of July it has picked up but the fishing is far from record breaking. Recent forestry clearance has blackened the water and the fish are not impressed. On a more positive note there seem to be good numbers of fish in the river but they are just a little more difficult to catch. August could be a big month but the peak of the summer run may well be past. The Association water is still well worth a cast as usual as Adam Macdonald proved last week picking up 2 on Monday, there were around 10 off for the week.
We are now offering for the first time an opportunity to order your favourite flies in any size for delivery in 2020. We have some major killers out of stock right now and are in the process...Read more
Things are picking up at long last on the Helmsdale but there are no record numbers. The grilse run has arrived and last week produced around 60 plus one pink salmon on the beats. The Association water had 4 fish one day, it is picking away and well worth a day ticket at this time of the year.
Salmon are being caught in good numbers everywhere now and our huge range of flies are accounting for many of them. below are a couple of our most successful. From our new collection the RS Allys Supersquid has been a revelation. Based on the legendary Allys Shrimp Rons specialist tweaking has taken it to a whole new level and you should grab some for your summer and autumn box, they are simply deadly.
Another superb killer has been our Cascade Monkey silver tungsten conehead which we have in a range of sizes down to a stunning micro tube.