The Helmsdale river flew into action once again with the usual good show of anglers for the free fishing, unfortunately no fresh run fish were landed on the Friday or Saturday. The river was low running at around 5" and kelts were few and far between, temperatures were also unseasonably high, it was not what you would expect in early January.
The river has risen considerably since opening day and hopes will be much higher for the week ahead. If there are any spring salmon in the area then they will be crusing into the river as we speak.
Martin Grant launched the first cast and was piped in by April Sutherland ( my daughter ) from the Sutherland Schools pipe band. A great day was had by all and business was brisk in the village in general from the amazing seafood platters on offer to the delights of Ice & Fire Gin tasting at Glencoast, there will be a few...Read more
We are running a competition from today (30/12/18). Last season one of our flies really stood out from the rest, if you are first to name it you will win a dozen in a selection of sizes. It's worth the guess as you will catch fish on it next season for sure. Email or answer on our latest facebook post to win. Naked Kinermony wins...Allan Marandola was first and wins 12 & Mark Elder wins 6. you can buy them here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-naked-kinermony-killer.html
Photo by Alan Bithel
In less than 2 weeks (Jan 11th) the stunning river Helmsdale (above) once again opens for business and ex Ghillie Martin Grant will have the honour of casting the first fly. Tickets for the annual free fishing will be available from "Glencoast"...Read more
The close season is flying in and we are only a matter of days before Christmas and just a few weeks before the opening of many salmon rivers.
We have loads of last minute accessories and fly selections for Christmas gifts, grab some of them and you still have plenty time for a Christmas delivery.
Our most popular accessory is the Helmsdale lanyard and retractable hook sharpener (below) and we have fabulous new collection flies in our Christmas fly selections.
You can also call us up and arrange any type of fly selection you want, we make tham up quickly and get them off in the post immediately.
Helmsdale lanyard and hook sharpener
Our big Black Friday deal is on and will run until midnight Cyber Monday. Please put "BOGOF" in the comments section when taking advantage of this great offer. Start shopping for the best flies money can buy right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/
We have everything you need to make a salmon angler happy at Christmas, snap up flies or fly selections in our deals and add an accessory or two like our new Helmsdale lanyard or hook sharpner, both go perfectly together. Gaelforce and Loop lines are the dream combos for casting and if you match them up with the new Loop Q series salmon rods (starting at less than £300) you have a force to be reconed with that will not break the bank.
Of-course, you can order the ultimate salmon Loop Cross or Gaelforce rod to really spoil someone....
Below are some of our most popular new flies to whet your apetite.
RS Blue Ass Willie Gunn - this fly has everything for...Read more
It may be only 10 weeks until Christmas but that means its only 12 weeks before the rivers in the North re-open!!
That famous Christmas quote " I don't know what to get him/her, they have everything" well why don't you grab something they need this christmas for theit fave hobby - fishing! Guys and girls dont have all the gear, there are superslick new salmon lines from Loop & Gaelforce which any angler will be delighted to receive instead of slippers and a selection box! We have PROPER Selection boxes for anglers right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/christmas-special-selection-2018.html
Salmon lines to die for....The new Loop...Read more
Christmas is fast approaching and we have a stunning new range of designer brooches in stock to enthrall the lady in your life. They are all individually hand tied by Ron and mounted in classy gift boxes. Check them out below, you can easily order by clicking this link - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/designer-spey-brooches.html
Spey autumn gold
Spey blue sky
Time for a catchup to keep you in the loop with latest Helmsdale Co operations. The days are shortening so apologies for the extended prose but knowledge is power!
The season closed out on a real high with around 300 fish off in the last week and many in the 20lbs + range. As an outdoor sporting event its as good as it gets and suggests a healthy population in the river. Sadly all good things come to an end and it is now time to leave gravid fish to get on and do what they came to do.
Talking of outdoor sporting events, the golfing spectacular "greatest show on earth" hits fever-pitch today between Europe and the USA. I have the feeling that the famous Ryder Cup trophy will not be heading back West, the European stars look like they are cruising to victory.
The salmon season may be all but over in the North but the Tweed etc in the south are just getting into gear. Anyone fishing late should bag up on some of our deadly autumn fly selections, hand picked and proven flies over the years which also hammered fish on the Helmsdale...Read more
The Helmsdale sprung into life along with most rivers after rain finally arrived. Around 250 were reported off the river last week and many fish were in the high teens and 20+ range, the upper beats scoring heavily and the Association water produced around 70. This week has also started very well with some incredible sport so the season will end on a real high. 28 were caught on just one beat.
I had a day on the Findhorn Association water and was quickly into the fish on the RS SuperSnaelda Red Gold tungsten conehead. The pics below are from the Roadside pool. This water is fishing very well right now and Graham Bell had 4 landed before I even got going! he landed another 2 with the biggest at 19lbs for a personal best day of 6. Big thanks to both Graham Bell and Glyn Phillips for showing me the water and organising the day ticket, Glyn had 3 fish on the day also and I am very much looking forward to going back for a cast.
RS Red/Gold SuperSnaelda - which you can buy...Read more
The weather is set to break this week infact after a night of heavy rain last night many rivers are rising as I write, including the Helmsdale. Salmon will now be on the move at long last and be heading for their spawning grounds at high speed and this is your chance for some great sport and maybe your first action of the season.
Big flies and a selection of sinking tips will do the job wherever you fish so now is the time to grab some of our killers and get out on the water....Copper Tubes and coneheads will be pefect, if you want my perfect autumn pick look no further than out RS SuperSnaelda red/gold tungsten conehead and Rs Red Cascade Pro fished off a sinking tip. If this pair of well proven tubes do not catch you salmon in the autumn then nothing will!
RS Red Cascade Pro - buy here now - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-supersquid-red/gold-tung-conehead.html