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January

Helmsdale Co looking at going online only.

Ronald Sutherland

Fly BOGOF now suspended due to high volumes of orders.

We are examining the idea of becoming an online company only, Therefore over the next few months we will be having a clearance sale on all stock items in the shop, everything will be slashed by 50% so if you need jackets, rods, reels, etc etc please call in or call the shop on 01431821372. We will however be selling more than just flies and accessories online and will build up a stock again of rods, reels, jackets etc.

We have not taken the decision lightly but it works pretty well for Amazon and others. If you are visiting the Helmsdale river and generally purchase flies on arrival please order online in advance to secure them in future. We have no date set for this new development and it is not imminent so please...

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30

January

Still quiet in the North

Ronald Sutherland

Still not happening in the North yet. We have had decent conditions recently but as far as I know the river Tay is the only river in Scotland producing fresh springers via spinning.

Check out this excellent link to Ezio (Fish) Taranto on his day on the Helmsdale recently -http://www.amancalledfish.com/back-to-helmsdale-2016/?platform=hootsuite

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16

January

Iced out! no fish off

Ronald Sutherland

Update 21/1/16

Please keep the First Fish competition going - we are now on £600 including shop donations for the Archie foundation. You can donate and lodge your guess on the pool right here - https://www.justgiving.com/Ronald-Sutherland/

Still no fish off but conditions have been very icy, all prizes are still up for grabs! The good news is that the weather is changing and we are due a big thaw which is set to last well into next week. The river will be perfect and I would bet the first fish will get caught. The Association water is available for £25 per rod per day and a great chance of an early fish.

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11

January

Helmsdale opening day report

Ronald Sutherland

The river opened today to a promising (but rather high) 3ft 6 on the guage, however, the 116 optimistic anglers who registered on the day could not winkle out the elusive spring salmon they were after. Weather conditions were very favourable but only kelts were the order of the day. Tomorrow the river should loose another foot from the guage and chances will very much improve. Water temps remain unseasonably mild at around 40 degrees so anglers have no excuses and I may be forced to wet a line myself!

The Tackle shop was packed early & late and the annual offering of Clynelish from our longest standing sponsor was very well received as usual. It was great to have Steve Peterson from Simms Europe in shop showing off some of their latest high class gear, a real boost to the event and they have a superb GoreTex Primaloft on offer for the lucky captor of the first fish. Loop tackle have upgraded their sponsorship by donating a new Cross SX rod to add to the prize fund.

If...

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7

January

Latest river conditions

Ronald Sutherland

All the talking is nearly over and the action gets into full swing Monday 11th. A big crowd is expected as the river will be totally ice free after the warmest run up on record, river temp has not dropped below 40 degrees since closing in September so fish will DEFINITELY be in the system! The free fishing extends from Monday 11th right through to Saturday, many thanks again to the Helmsdale River Board for this generous offering to the public.

This year we have the luxury of having one of the biggest global tackle heavyweights on site, Simms flyfishing. As one of our sponsors, Steve Peterson will have a selection the latest gear and accessories on site for Opening day in the tackle shop, A state of the art Simms Primaloft lined GoreTex jacket will be up for grabs if you catch the first fish! Loop tackle also are in on the act with a Cross S1 for the person who guesses the pool where the first fish comes from -...

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