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
As autumn kicks in we will hopefully get some proper rain and rivers will rise, thats when tactics finally change and bigger flies fished on sinking tips catch the majority of salmon. In the meantime don't forget to grab a set of out stunning micro tubes ( see them in reports below ) which are catching salmon everywhere dispite the low water.
The Helmsdale is just simmering and 30 - 40 fish are coming off weekly, many on micro tubes.
To help you we have set up a new autumn category which offers all the most successful patterns and accessories. Click here to grab superb autumn flies from the past and present - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/rs-autumn-killers.html?page=all
A couple of our best below to get the juices flowing...RS SuperSquid red conehead.
It's tough work finding positives when it comes to fishing reports this season but we are all getting used to it...the river gave up around 30 hard fought fish last week due to the dexterity of some very keen anglers. Low water prevails and the river has finally succumbed to the ravaging lack of rain as compensation water runs out. Longstanding ghillies report that they have never witnessed such a low river in their lifetime, par for the course I guess this season. Next spate will be a bonanza but will it happen soon enough? Light tackle, micro flies and a wiley approach are the tactics.....all part of the craft! We have all the micro flies required (see below ) and our absolute best selection can be purchased right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/deadly-rs-micro-tubes-pro-choice.htmlRead more
We have another superb batch of "New Collection" flies in stock for you to enjoy, the quality is amazing and needs to be seen to be believed....most of the tubes are in 4 sizes and right down to amazing Micro's in 0.25 copper/tungsten and coneheads. Check out our new Ally monkey Micro below to give you an idea. Our new Solar Cascades are in stock, SuperSquid tubes and coneheads, SuperSnaeldas in micro coneheads and many more. See new collection here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/new-rs-collection.html
Some more of our micro tubes - grab the set of 10 for £35. The Allys Monkey at the bottom is teamed up with a Fulling Mill silver tube double size 12.
The river is still producing against all odds, there was a small weedy rise in the water at the weekend but it didn't exactly freshen up the glen. last weeks total was around 40. I am sure there is still better to come if the rainy season arrives before Sept 30th.
Our super popular 3 + 1 deal is still on and we don't care being blitzed! its little wonder as we have the best selection of quality salmon flies online, its that simple...for every 3 flies you buy, we add another killer free from our new collection if your order comes to more than £35. The pic below is a selection of free flies for one of our latest orders from a lucky customer - doesn't get much better as a fly deal, but your order does not need to just contain £35 of flies to qualify, pop in a sinking tip? or a zinger? or maybe a flybox or nylon? whatever comes to £35 or more gets free flies.
The river miraculously produced around 60 salmon last week in the continuing tough conditions. Locally Adam Macdonald, William Jappy and Richard Davidson were all fast out of the blocks with Monday fish on hitch flies and tiny tubes. Sport deteriorated as the week went on and rain is a must now....ofcourse, we have all the flies you need to catch in these testing conditions. Have you tried the Hitch fly? The Sunray Shadow?, the tungsten Frances on varying leader length? Tiny Singles flies, Micro tubes? these are just some of the tactics you need in low water, chucking in a size 10 Cascade aint going to cut it right now unless you are lucky enough to have caught some fresh water....trust me!
There are some great new Loop lines out now with integrated running lines which you can buy online right here in 8, 9 & 10# - Loop have always been at the cutting edge of tackle innovation and these new lines are no different! Hot off the press and super smooth integrated they shoot like...Read more
Perfect timing to snap up our dream summer outfit on a Smash & Grab deal - our fave 13ft Loop Cross S1 combo with matching Loop reel & Gaelforce 8/9 line. Its time to treat yourself with the best, you are worth it! click here to grab it now as there is only 1 http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/loop-summer-smash-grab.html
Meanwhile on the river there were over 70 fish off last week and the Association water continues to fish quite well if you are prepared to get on the water early and fish late. Tiny flies are still the best option and hitch tubes are also catching. We have all the flies and gear you need right here so kit up and also tell your friends where you shop, it would be much appreciated
RS Baby Td tubes are still the outstanding fly across Scotland as far as we can see and we are having trouble keeping up with demand on them, probably because Ron just keeps designing amazing new options....as...Read more
Drought conditions are still plaguing the country and fly fishing continues to be challenging at best with low warm and slimy water facing anglers. However, as per usual the Helmsdale river has a rather unique knack of providing sport for the multitude of angling abilities who fish her. Around 65 salmon were reported for the week of the beats. The Association water is fishing well also as the low water suits it, get small flies and light tackle on and put in the time, you will definitely catch, and all for just £25 per rod per day. Grilse will run so long as their eyes remain sub surface so they will certainly enter rivers in the hours of darkness and under cloud cover during the day. They can then be caught once settled on micro flies of varying styles and colours.
The Helmsdale Company has everything you need to hook wary summer salmon and don't forget the seatrout! I have been fly fishing for over...Read more
The fishing is not great anywhere right now but there are reports of fish "on the coast" at many locations around the UK. Perhaps most salmon are more comfortable wallowing in the cool sea temps rather than running the gauntlet of warm slimy oxygen depleted rivers, I know what I would do if I was a salmon!
So, a chance to top up with some of our great flies on a 3 + 1 deal as the best of the season may yet be about to happen, every season is different. This year was late on all accounts weather wise but, grilse were running early on many rivers, well before mid June when we traditionally start looking for them in earnest.
This special deal is slightly different from the usual in that your +1 free flies will all be selected by Ron from his New Collection, you won't be disappointed! so as usual, please select your flies in multiples of 3 and we will add the freebees so long as your order is for more than £35. You can start shopping right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/
The conditions are getting tougher on the Helmsdale, barring a damaging flash flood and a small recent rise in the water its been a seriously dry summer so far. The sea trout anglers are scoring and the sport will continue so long as the water is low. Grilse and a sprinkling of salmon are being caught too ofcourse and around 50 were reported last week from the beats. The Association water is in prime time right now with seatrout and salmon fishing largely peaking between now and end July.
Here on Speyside water levels are also low but the fishing is also picking up and seatrout fishing is superb with many fish in the 5 - 12lbs range being reported from Pitcroy, Knocando etc
We are selling loads of small flies and tubes right now due to the low water so have a good look around the site and grab some wee doubles in 12s & 14s along with 1.4" tubes in plastic copper and tungsten which are all working in different depths of water and tactics. One surprise...Read more