Helmsdale plugging away

Ronald Sutherland

The Helmsdale keeps plugging away with another 45 fish reported last week. Hopes were high at the start of the week as a double dose of fresh water arrived but it was soon to disappear. The river crept up by only a few inches and by midweek it was almost back to normal, tropical weather hit with temps almost hitting 30 degreees and sport fell away. Ian Muir had a decent week with 12 for his party, 10 of which he caught himself, the best at 19lbs (below) from the Short pool beat 5. A couple of grilse have been spotted and the sea-trout should be arriving very soon.

Surprisingly enough the Association water did not produce many, Alistair Jappy added another couple to his tally using Baby Tds and Jim Forsyth also had one. The bulk of a strong spring/early summer run is in the system now and its a waiting game for the grilse and sea-trout to kick in and join them for the next phase of the season.

Dont forget to check out our deals below on Loop rods, reels & Gaelforce lines, these are some of the best casting combo's out there. If you want to treat yourself this season then contact us as we have exactly what you need! we have some great new fly boxes from Airflo in stock now too which are perfect for all sorts of fly selections at 6" x 3.5" call us to custom a selection for you for any river, destination or occasion & gift.

Premier Dee selections below x 2

Please also note that I will be fishing on the Brora for the week commencing June 12th so no orders will be processed that week, please order in advance to get your order fullfilled in time.



Dream Summer Combo's (latest report)

Ronald Sutherland

21/5/17 The last week saw around 35 fish off the river, Conditions were not great with sunshine and loew water the main feature but the river has risen over the weekend. Heavy rain on Saturday fed the catchement sufficient enough to add just around 4ins which will freshen things up a little, the week ahead should be better.

The Association water would have expected to fish better but only 3 fish were caught and all to the rod of Alistair Jappy on Saturday.

Don't forget to get yourself kitted out with Gaelforce lines if you are looking for real quality, better still, pop one on a Loop rod and you will cover the water like never before...check out our great deals below, call me anytime for advise.

A couple of deadly flies we have available for your summertime box...

The deadly new Icelandic sensation, the Zelda, fish on a dead drift or conventional and wait for the big hammering take!

Our awesome Cascade Pot Bellied Pig in 0.25 & 0.5" 0.75" & 1" in Copper or Tungsten, the quality is second to none. The top one is tied on 0.25" Tungsten and gets right down in front of the fish where it is very often viciously inhaled.


14/5/17 The river produced around 45 fish last week despite the low water, rain may change everything in the week ahead. Very encouraging numbers of fish seen have been reported from all areas of the river.

We have the following dream summer combo's in a very special deal with introductory half price Gaelforce lines, 1 dozen salmon flies, free backing and fitted free on LHW or RHW. (please specify)
Evotec reels come in black, green, blue or orange.

These rods all have a beautiful medium fast action, and when combined with the new superslick Gaelforce lines, you will not want to stop fishing, trust me!

Loop Cross S1 Switch rod 10'7 7wt 4pc,
Loop Evotec reel G4 LW 6-8,
Gaelforce floating short Spey 6/7
Deal Price - 1187.00

Loop Cross S1 Switch Travel 11ft 7wt 5pc
Loop Evotec G4 LW 7-9
Gaelforce floating short Spey 7/8
Deal Price - 1260.00

Loop Cross S1 12ft 7wt 4pc
Loop Evotec G4 LW 7-9
Gaelforce floating short Spey 7/8
Deal Price - 1391.00

Loop Cross S1 13ft 8wt 4pc
Loop Evotec G4 HD 8-10
Gaelforce floating Spey 8/9 54ft or 63ft head
Deal Price - 1456.00

Loop Cross S1 14ft 9wt 4pc
Loop Evotec G4 HD 8-10
Gaelforce floating Spey 9/10 54 or 63ft head
Deal Price 1511.00

Loop Cross S1 15ft 10wt 6pc
Loop Evotec G4 HD 9-13
Gaelforce floating Spey 10/11 54 or 63ft head
Deal price 1541.00

These deals are available via email return only and cannot be purchased online.

We have more similar combo's across the whole Loop range - call me anytime for more info.
Post at cost.

Many thanks for your time.

Treat yourself! you know you want one.....



Get kitted for abroad

Ronald Sutherland

The Northern hemisphere is defrosting abroad...the salmon are gathering and it will soon be time for many anglers to jump on a plane for the destination fishing trip of a lifetime.

Iceland, Russia and Scandinavia are all ready for another explosive season and we have the gear you need including Seaguar or maxima nylon, Sinking tips, The awesome Gaelforce salmon lines & rods and Loop rods & reels plus Loop doubles which are the favourite for strength and hooking power. Fulling Mill also have superb Silver tube doubles also made by Mustad and identical to look at as Loop doubles.

We have a huge range of great flies with a mix of tradition, innovation and the downright audacious! Check out some of them below and in our last fishing report. We have surface killers, Laerdals, Hitch, Sunrays. We have Tungstens to sniff out the deepest lying fish and everything in between in copper, aluminium, conehead & plastic.

Just remember one of the biggest killers in recent times has been the RS SuperSnaelda in all its deadly forms. We have some great flies tied on salar doubles in stock also like RS Skandi Cascade green butt & Red Butt. Micro trebles, Big Sunrays, just check out the range of doubles and tubes and you will find pretty much exactly what you need.

RS SuperSnaelda - insanely good!

Brora Willie Gunn - as good as it gets at home and abroad, never forget the power of the classic Willie Gunn, these catch salmon for fun!

An RS Special - International SuperSquid.



Best Helmsdale week.

Ronald Sutherland

latest update is a great week for the Association water with around a dozen off last week. William & Alistair Jappy are never far away from the action and had 2 & 3 fish respectively and Jim Forsyth also had a good week picking up 3. The low water is helping the Association water and the usual favourites are all catching, Coneheads, Baby Tds and Alistairs. Further afield our flies are still catching on the Spey, Johnny Gray and his team managed at least a dozen from the Bray & Rothes beats in very tough brigh conditions on Monkeys and Cascades.

Full floating lines are now also becoming the norm as temps slowly rise so its time to grab one of our superslick new Gaelforce Spey lines. Recommendations as a general guide are 8/9wt for 13ft rod, 9/10 for 14s and 10/11 for 15ft. All these lines come in either 54 or 63ft heads and fly out like rockets! especially if you are using in combo with the amazing Loop Cross S1 or SX rods, 4 or 6 piece. There is also a full range of integrated shooting heads. We will soon have more of these rods and the Q series plus Evotec salmon reels for immediate UK delivery.

Dont forget we have the following 6 rods available for demo...Loop Cross S1 15ft 4 pc, Loop Cross S1 13ft 4pc, Loop Cross 15ft 6 pc, Loop SX 14ft 4 pc, Loop Q series 15ft 4 pc, Loop Evotec 14ft 4 pc

Call me especially of you are in the Speyside area and give them a go......and if you want to treat yourself there are deals to be had! Give me a bell on 01343870158 and i'll give you all the advice you need on a personal basis.

Also please checkout some of our superb flies (below) for fishing abroad which is kicking into action very soon, Russia, Iceland, Scandinavia.


The Helmsdale had it's best week last week with around 60 fish off including 7 from the Association water. A rise in the water really kick started things and could be the start of a big month if history is anything to go by. Prepare for some serious MSW fish to arrive in the system! Grab an Association water ticket if you can at only £25 per rod per day it's superb value for money. Fish coneheads, Sunrays, Alistairs and monkey tubes for lethal results, call me for all those patterns, hooks, Maxima nylon and anything else you may need.

Personally I have scored on the River Spey again at Wester Elchies, loosing a few and catching my fair share on the Solar Monkey yet again, I don't think I've fished a better fly in medium to high water anywhere! The website is going mad with online orders and we are selling Loop rods and Gaelforce lines like never before. Anglers are finally realising that there is more to fishing than just turning up and chucking a fly out on a dull old lifeless rod with a cracked line way past it's sell by date! That's not much fun I'm afraid, especially if you have paid for decent fishing and accom. Why waste the experience? Celebrate it! How do you catch a salmon? Yes, you need luck for one but systematically you need to cover as much water as possible as effectively and effortlessly as possible to maximise your chances and to enjoy the day. It ain't going to happen too often using inferior kit! I've seen far too many anglers struggle to get a line out using un balanced combo's with dirty dead lines and old rods with blanks that collapse as soon as they are asked to load and shoot line.

Ron with another solid Spey fish from Wester Elchies

So, what's the answer? Well, you could sit on the bank and watch everyone else having fun or you could grab a piece of the action and see how technology has blown apart and transformed the art of fly casting. High powered rods with flexes to die for now weigh no more than a few ounces, the lines to match are nigh on rocket launchers and can be propelled almost out of sight with consummate ease. Team up with tapered poly leaders and watch your fly turnover perfectly.
We have everything you need so have a raid on our website or call me for assistance on 01343870158. We have Loop rods for demo, call me for a cast if you want to try them out, I can travel anywhere within reason or I can take you to a stretch of water locally.
Tight lines.

RS Global Solar SuperSnaelda, a superb new addition to our International range.

RS Solar Monkey which has fished great on the Spey this season and elsewhere too.

RS International Tungsten Pig - the quality of these is stunning on 0.25" tungsten tubes

RS Monkey Silver Salar double, always a best seller in UK & abroad especially as they are tied on Salar doubles.

RS Laerdal Sunray shadow Scandi Yellow, big and bad! and gets those huge salmon to attack on the surface!