The Helmsdale is now closed for business once again. The last two weeks provided good sport for some but generally things started to fizzle out as expected. There was however still fresh run salmon entering the system right up until closing. Local water bailiff Malcolm Bromley had 2 fresh grilse on the last Monday & Tuesday from the Association water and William Jappy had another fresh fish amongst 3 up to 15lbs from beat one below on the last day. Ghillie Donald Sutherland had a sporty late surge on Suisgill rods with 15 fish for the last 3 days on beats 5, 4 & 3.

Water temperatures are now dropping fast and rods fishing for hatchery brood-stock should have a fair chance of good returns as fish should be turning on the aggressive side for spawning.

Overall the season has been disappointing just like last year and it’s the same story in rivers all over the UK . There have been high points and low points and if you were lucky enough to have good timing then you saw the high points! But they were few and far between. We had lots of small underweight grilse but some fine springers.

As for next season? Well let’s hope there will be a marked improvement. Unfortunately until the Scottish Executive realise the priceless value of fresh salmon in abundance in our rivers and that they need free passage at sea and do something about it, then I fear salmon stocks will keep declining no matter how well we manage our rivers.

 Opening day is next! And there will be many rods out for the opening 3 days for sure after our big start this season – it would be advisable to book accom ASAP if you are thinking of fishing at the 2010 opening. The Helmsdale river is closed but the Tweed is getting into full swing and many Scottish rivers are open for a few more weeks. We have lots of great copper/tungsten & aluminium tubes for sunk line fishing this backend. Junction Shrimp, Pot Bellied Pigs, Park Shrimp, Ally’s Tungstens, Willie Gunns, Orange Monkey etc will all do great in the coloured cold autumn water so load up and get stuck in! Or perhaps a new shooting head will help propel your flies way across the river much further than before and with ease - That should help hook a few extra fish! Please call me at the shop for any angling advice required, its all part of the service. 01431821372 

 Keep an eye on this report for all the latest on our up coming Christmas offers and for all the build up to our 2010 opening.