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We are letting our latest fly BOGOF run until the end of this week (Sunday) so fill up the coffers when you have the chance, don't forget to put Club Helmsdale BOGOF in the comments section and also please feel free to have a go on our new Helmsdale river Forum. Just sign in with a username, wait for authorisation and off you go!

Last week was a non event on the Helmsdale, probably 30 - 40 fish maximum. The water is still dropping and although there are lots of fish around they are not easily tempted. Anglers who are prepared to chop and change tactics are scoring better than most.

The Association water provided a handful of grilse for William & Alistair Jappy and David Melville landed a nice 8lbs fish. lots of fish around again but treasing them up to the fly is becoming a real challenge hence the lack of information for this latest report. Rain will change everything and we are all still hoping for that big flood to end the season with a bang!

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August

Water running out fast!

Ronald Sutherland

The Helmsdale is running out of water and rain is now desperately required. last week still reported around 60 fish which is good going in the low clear conditions but with only approximately 6 weeks to go we need proper rain to really boost the season. The Association gave up very few but next spate and it will be the place to be so keep a close eye on the forecast.

I am struggling to type this week due to a rupture of my lefy bicep but hopefully things will improve with some rest and tlc, not so much fly-tying for a while but ill be designing plenty for inclusion next season.

Our fly BOGOF is still on with all the flies shown on the last 3 fishing reports and i am pleased to say that there has been excellent take up on joining the new exclusive Club Helmsdale setup. With the offers available to members it really is a no brainer + we have a Helmsdale river Forum which will gather pace as the...

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10

August

Slowing down now.

Ronald Sutherland

Things are slowing down here now after a pretty dour week. Once again the river has missed out on all the rain and has dropped as a result. Compensation water is running out and unless it rains very heavy very soon we are going to struggle on the fishing front. I would estimate between 50 & 60 fish are off including only a handfull off the Association water.

Borrobol Ghillie Glen Macdonald had an early fish on Monday morning from the local beat but Alistair Jappy had the best of it on Thursday catching 2 fresh grilse and rising lots on tiny tubes. Most of the grilse are still depressingly small for the time of year but there are still good numbers of fish around in the estuary and sea, the next spate should give the best week of the season.

We have added some more flies to our exclusive "buy one get one free" fly offer and they are listed below with a few pics. last weeks flies are also still included in the offer. Please state BOGOF FLIES in the comments section...

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4

August

Could be the big week

Ronald Sutherland

The river still gave up over 90 fish last week which was a great effort considering we missed out on all the rain again and could only muster a few mm. Badanloch rods headed by Ian Muir scored best with over 20 which was roughly the score from the Association water. 

Monday was a good day with 4 fish off early doors from the Jappy Twins, Jim Forsyth had the biggest fish of the week, a super 12 pounder with sea-lice from Roaries on a Cascade, John Sweetman and Adam Macdonald also both got in on the act. Tommy bird had 2 one afternoon and Peter Macmillan had his best week of the season with a handful of grilse. This will probably be the peak week unless we get water very soon but we would at least expect the fish to improve in size. last week saw many tiny grilse in the 2 - 3lbs...

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