Many thanks to all who have signed up for the new report, we now have the Club Helmsdale Angling Forum up and running so please feel free to sign in with a username and enjoy the chat and make some posts/comments.
The river fished ok last week but it is getting harder and harder to persuade fish to take in the low warm water. Over 50 fish were caught including 12 from the Association water. Achentoul rods had the best of it with 10 but they were all well earned. There are loads of fish around right through the system and if the rain forecast materialises then we are in for a killing soon.
The Association water provided 10. Adam Macdonald got proceedings off to an early start on Monday morning with a grilse from Roaries followed by 2 from Mr Marsano. Father and son team Orr then took 4 between them, with the highlight being the performance of young Evan Orr (11) who lost far more than he landed but he was delighted to grass 2 nice grilse for his efforts and...Read more
Welcome to the new Club Helmsdale fishing report and blog. As a registered Club Helmsdale member you have now joined an exclusive club of anglers with the best interests of the river Helmsdale at heart. You will now access the best tackle offers we have, you can participate in exclusive members only "buy one get one free" offers on flies and watch some up to date videos and enter chat about the river in the comments section ( new forum coming very soon ). We will be launching hot new fly patterns and if anyone wants to ask questions regarding these please feel free to contact me via the comments section and I will try to get back to you asap. We also hope to have some exclusive "Club Helmsdale" merchandise lined up in the near future with a selection of caps and sweaters available.
You are also now a member of our Club Helmsdale Anglers Club. This is a new concept online Angling Club where anglers will...Read more
last week was a very tough fishing week due to high temperatures and low clear water. Around 35 fish were caught including 7 from the Association water. When these conditions take hold the most successful anglers fish early and late and this was proven to great effect on Monday morning when William Jappy lured and landed 4 salmon on 4 different flies from the Association water.
Midweek was tough as temps kept rising, fish were caught all over the river on a huge range of different patterns from large Sunray Shadow to micro tubes. Sea-trout are still scarce but maybe the best is yet to come. The grilse seemed to hit base properly at the weekend and Alistair Jappy quickly landed 2 more from the Local water but many fish were seemingly uninterested. Roaries pool held many fish but tempting them was almost impossible, reasoning was that the welcome loch compensation water...Read more
Just back from a fabulous day at the Scottish Gamefair Scone Palace Perthshire where I tried out the latest new rod from Scott Mackenzie, the Perflex. I have to say, this rod performed like a rod double the price, I was castiing into a breeze with absolute ease, overhead and Spey. Scott has a real gem of a rod here and at a fabulous price of around £300 - 400. Watch out for it on here when it becomes available very soon.
The Helmsdale rallied with around 50 fish last week which was an excellent effort on low warm water. A few more grilse are arriving and the Badanloch compensation water is keeping things fishable when most other rivers in the North are on bare bones. Small flies and Sunrays seem to keep working well and fishing early and late like the summers of old is proving most productive.
The Association water struggled with only 5 fish, surprising, as low water usually suits this stretch throughout the summer months. Gordon Davidson had a purple patch on Monday...Read more