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My niece Dawn Cowie is running a big auction for the Archie Foundation for sick children which has supported her and many others through ill health for many years. Public support had been fantastic so far and we are helping out with the auctioning of numerous fishing lots kindly donated.

The list will be growing so keep checking for updates right here and on our facebook page. To place a bid, simply contact us on facebook, or by email or text and we will register the bid on here against the lot No so you can keep up with things. Closing date is Feb 28th at the final Auction night in Helmsdale - Highest bidder by 28th Please leave us a mobile number if you want to be contacted during your chosen item being auctioned.

lot 1 is a stunning Loop/Mackenzie combo which we are donating worth around £1200,...


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A stunning first Helmsdale fish has been landed yet again by that man Andy Sutherland and what a story....

After a sickening loss only an hour earlier, he dug deep and continued on in search of a fish on what he thought was a perfect fishing day. Fishing beat 2 with a river slowly on the rise he had landed a number of kelts until he arrived in Eldrable pool. At 1ft 2 the river was in fine fettle even on the rise, it was still clear and he hooked a fish at the tail end of the pool (in the hot spot). Played out, the fish was a perfectly formed sea-liced springer of around 9lbs but just as he was about grab the fish which was semi beached, the hook came flying out and the chance had gone to claim the first fish!...you just don't get a second chance in January right - wrong! he duly shook off the painful disappointment and headed up...

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January

"Buy 3 flies get 1 free" all spring!

Ronald Sutherland

We have a fantastic longterm offer for you on flies this year, for every 3 flies you buy, we give you 1 free. Simply order multiples of 3 and we will select your free flies based on your order. If you would rather have different free flies, please let me know in the "comments" section when ordering and we will add those for you as instructed. We hope you enjoy this offer and make the most of it as we have some stunning new flies in stock as well as all the usual favourites.

There are still no fish reported off the river but few rods are venturing out due to the cold conditions. The river remains frost free however and just above freezing so there is a decent chance of a January fish when you consider that here are sea-liced fish being caught daily on the Tay which is running at a cool 36 degrees. 

I have just learned from Ghillie...

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January

Tough opening week

Ronald Sutherland

167 keen anglers registered for the free fishing by the end of the week but no fresh fish were reported. The weather was against most of the time barring a calm day Wednesday and the river fluctuated between 5ft and 2ft. The water temperature was probably the biggest problem faced as it hovered close to freezing all week on 34 degrees whilst the sea temp was clocked at a smouldering 42. This will not exactly encourage springers to speed into the river but but one or two may creep up as far as the Flat pool on the Asssociation water or onto beat 1.

We have a "Buy 3 get 1 free" offer on flies right through the spring this year so nobody misses out! excluding Classic flies and Selection...

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15

January

No sign of a springer

Ronald Sutherland

Wednesday saw a major improvement in the weather as you can see from the pics but the water temps slid back to only 34 degrees, thats just 2 degrees above freezing, air temp was 33. Today, (Thursday midday) the river has risen once again up to around 3ft and may keep rising as the rain is hammering down and snow is melting. The forecast is set to stay cold so the lower river will be the place to concentrate on.

Opening week free fishing is going well considering the unstable weather and 140 anglers have signed in so far. I expect another influx of anglers at the weekend so if you have not yet had a chuck, its time to get the fly in the water. Don't forget to take a camera as the first fish must be returned safely to the water after capture and a quick photograph. Good luck and remember we have a "Buy 3 get 1 free" on all flies right through the spring...excluding...

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13

January

The snow has moved in!

Ronald Sutherland

No sign of a fish on our second day of the season here in the frozen North! The snow has well and truly moved in and temps only just hovered above freezing all day. Whiteout conditions pestered anglers at times but hopes were still high as the river remained clear and dropped back to a very accommodating 2ft. Unfortunately only kelts were showing an interest. Tomorrow is another day.

The RS Firetiger tube had the kelts buzzing....

Contemplating a cast on Upper Torrish in between blizzards!

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12

January

Big opening day river

Ronald Sutherland

The Helmsdale river opened today with a height of 4ft 6 on the guage, not the best and bordering on the unfishable. The weather was rough with high winds and wintry squalls and the Sutherland schools pipe band were advised to stay at home by Sir Michael Wigan. Pipe major Lee Bain was therefore sent to pipe us through the the opening ceremony and Alistair Jappy duly opend proceedings in front of a hardcore crowd of around 150...

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January

Opening day preview 2015

Ronald Sutherland

Local fisherman Alistair Jappy will have the honour of casting the first fly of the new season tomorrow. Alistair has been invited to perform the opening cast on numerous occasions but his work at sea has usually rendered him unavailable. The river is looking perfect and today it is running at approx 2ft 6. We have a light dusting of snow on the ground but no ice and a clear running river.

Check out the latest vid here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhzoMbtG-S0

We also have a new fly category up and running with some hot new patterns http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/hot-new-rs-flies.html

And the bigger news is that we will be running a "Buy 3 get 1 free" on all flies apart from classics and selections for the whole...

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January

Opening week preview

Ronald Sutherland

As the big Helmsdale river opening looms, the conditions could not be better. The river is currently running clear and absolutely ice free at about 2ft on the gauge. The forecast for the week ahead offers a mild West to South West airflow with a scattering of low pressure systems which will keep the river well topped up. I would guess at an opening day height of between 2 - 3 feet which will overindulge us on all our classic spring pools and from both banks.

Ron and daughter April Louise warming up some deadly flies for Opening day on our famous Salscraggie pool

Ron and April

Big flies will be the order of the day so get your orders into us for 1.5" and 2" copper and aluminium tubes...


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