The Helmsdale river opens again in 2 weeks (Wed 11th Jan) but the weather forecast looks a little worrying as the wind is set to swing in from the North on new years day. This will obviously herald a cold snap and with high pressure set to dominate, ice could be the presiding factor over fishing conditions. Registration for the Opening 10 free days takes place from both Thyme & Plaice resturant and the Belgrave Arms hotel from the 10th and Thyme & Plaice will also hopefully be dishing out the popular Sponsors dram from Clynelish. As usual, the Sutherland schools pipe band will be there to entertain for the Opening ceremony before the river is officially opened by a local angler.
The Helmsdale Tackle shop remains closed and up for sale but you can stock up on all the killer flies by visiting the online store at www.helmsdalecompany.com where you will see and be able to purchase all your favourites from a large range of copper, tungsten aluminium and conehead tubes. Buy online...Read more
It's almost that time of the year again! The Helmsdale river will re-open in 4 weeks! (can you believe it!). Not sure of the complete procedure this time around but the tackle shop will be open for a couple of days mornings and afternoons. I will be fishing for a change! on Opening day, the shop will be open from 8.30am to around 10,30 and maybe 4pm to 6 with our usual selection of flies and accessories if Clynelish are sponsoring the event again. Cash will be king as the card machine will not be working ( we have relocated to super Speyside as you may have heard ) and there may be some other big Opening day sponsors around too possibly. Not sure on a first fish prize or first fish sweep yet but Thyme & Plaice may well take that on....and I might...Read more