Low water

The Helmsdale is picking away with around 30 off in the last week, the Association water also produced a few, the low water suits that beat so it is well worth getting a day ticket.

Tactical options are evolving fast as the season progresses and temps rise. Salmon are now being tempted right on the surface hammering into sunray shadow tubes fished fast and square as well as coneheads fished a little deeper. The most successful anglers always carry a wide range of flies tied on different densities to cover any eventuality. Fishing a nice long line with intermediate tip and letting your chosen fly swing steadily all day works! But, always be prepared to quickly change your approach to a full floating setup and smaller fly if the temperature rises and there is surface action. Shorten up your line, raise your rod tip and tease a fast moving plastic Sunray Shadow and prepare for some monumental offers...salmon...

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I mentioned that a good day was had on beat 6 last week for the Torrish rods, here are the happy faces to prove it! The river was at a perfect height for the Little Rock pool which sits below the Kildonan falls section of the Helmsdale river. Springers are being caught practically everywhere now and when temps and water height come together there is always a great chance of some good sport on beat 6 as fish pause to comtemplate the fierce challenge ahead. As you can see, the boys took full advantage!

I don't have much details on the tackle used but copper tubes and coneheads fished off sinking tips is perfect for April if there is good water. Our flies are selling like hot cakes this season as the new collection is being digested by the salmon angling world. Grab some when you have the chance and get on the water....The fishing is gathering pace and the fish are in!

Phil Valori, Little Rock, 11.5lbs

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Fishing well.

Over 40 fish have come off the Helmsdale in the last fortnight and 4 off beat 6 on Saturday past by Torrish rods. Big water washed out a couple of days but the fish are in and it should fish nicely this week as the weather and water settles.

Struggling to keep up with orders right now as everyone seems to be out fishing, hence not so big fishing reports.....Gaelforce tips and lines are flying out the door as are our new collection flies, you can also grab them in the Twisted Thistle, Fochabers so make that trip! they are hammering salmon all over the UK!

A selection of lovely recent fish up to 19lbs

Gavin Perry (right) with Borrobol ghillie Glem Macdonald beat 3

Andrew Thomas with another sparkler.


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There were over 20 fish off the river last week....full report to come tomorrow, and thank you all for taking full advantage of our spring 3 + 1 deal in March.

Inside track - our Solar Monkeys are having some serious success right now on rivers all over the UK, Grab some at Twisted Thistle Fochabers if you need them right now or order online for delivery in a couple of days.

Our display at Twisted Thistle, full of yummy fishy things, especially Monkey tubes!! come and grab some...

RS Solar Monkey

The quality of...

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High water week

It has been another tough week on the Helmsdale as the river has been on the high side and a rise to 3ft on Friday did not help matters but fish were still caught. Beat 3 was the hot spot for some reason but that was not totally surprising as it holds some long quality spring pools which fish in high water, especially the Tail of the Bay and that’s where 3 of 4 from the beat were caught. It also produced the fish of the week, a blistering 24 pounder for Alan Stone who I believe also had an 18 pounder from beat 4. Lower Torrish produced another fish for beat 3 and beat 5 scored again to make it 6. Saturday settled a little and 3 more fish were caught on beats 1, 2 & 4 to take the tally to a respectable hard fought 9 for the week

So we have created a new Monkey fly category for arguably the deadliest spring salmon flies on the planet. Check it out here -

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Unsettled river

Not such a great week on the Helmsdale with only 4 fish reported. The river was unsettled but fish were caught on beat 5 (2) Kilphedir pool beat 2 and the Tail of the Bay beat 3.

We have great new flies back in stock including one of our absolute best sellers, the Rs baby TD (below ) snap these up for the summer when you have the chance as they are real killers! You can buy them right here now -

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The river is simmering away and producing some nice fish. John (Hardy) Sutherland got the week off to a flyer hooking a perfect 14lbs sea licer at 9.05 am. The Whinnie pool beat 1 was the spot, Willie Gunn with green body did the rest! Another 5 were reported. Andy Sutherland struck again with an early morning 12 pounder from Lower Caen (bt 1) Jim Forsyth had his second from the Association water at 10lbs. Graham Nichols grassed a 9 pounder from Kilphedir (bt 2) on an Alistair tube and another fish was reported from beat 5. The best of the week fell to William Jappy who collided with a bruising 20 pounder covered in long tailed sea-lice on Friday, Dempsters pool (bt 4).

Andy with another missile at 12lbs


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Slow going still

There are around 4 off the Helmsdale now. Since the first fish came off there have been 2 superb fish at 20 & 24lbs. Jim Forsyth had the first fish off the Association water, Flat pool on an Alistair tube and a 24 pounder was caught on beat 6 along with another fish there later in the week. Water temps were up to 43/44 during the week so fish will be ascending the Kildonan falls at this rate, unheard of at this time of the year.

We are still running our super successful 3 plus 1 offer on all salmon flies so grab the chance to stock up on your fave flies! Some great tubes are back in stock including Chartreuse and black & yellow Loop bottle tubes and our famous Willie Gunn Specials (yellow) which have been one of our best sellers for years, (pic below) arguably the best fly of all time and invented just down the road on the Brora river.

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We are now running our popular 3 + 1 on salmon flies, every multiple of 3 you buy we will add a free similar fly, its that simple. Our flies are catching superb spring salmon on the many rivers right now as they always have done, so get stuck in while stocks last!

Andy Sutherland has caught the first Helmsdale river fish again, a tide frseh 9 pounder from Caen Streams beat 1. The fish was caught on a Golden Angel tube very similar to his trusty Garry Dog which landed him his biggest ever salmon, A Spey 30lbs from Arndilly many years ago. A simple fly design with no frills but a tried and tested pattern which just keeps on catching.

Our flies and accessories are now also available from the Twisted Thistle gift shop Fochabers, drop in and see all the other superb gifts on display. The shop is very handy and right next to the Gordon Arms car par.

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Get ready for action

Ronald Sutherland

Its pretty quiet on the fishing front right now, not many kelts on the go and no sign of a springer in the Helmsdale river yet, but, heavy rain has lifted the water again and the river is in full spate this weekend. The free public days are over and the river will revert to being lightly fished. Its time to get your fishing gear in order and plan your attack for the rest of the season.

Most of the big rivers are still closed but thats all about to change when the Tweed, Dee Spey and Findhorn all get under way in the next 2 weeks. Tweed and Dee on Feb 1st and Spey and Findhorn on 11th Feb.

Advice? don't go anywhere without a selection of the best selling Gaelforce sinking poly-tips which now come in 4 densities from Intermediate to 7ips. These are density compensated with strong loops at both ends which fish great and turn over off any good floating line. We have the full range right here in 6ft and 10ft so its easy to buy some anytime, click here to purchase 6ft - Read more