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Storm Hector failed to produce a spate but it did not affect catches too much as the Helmsdale river produced around 45 fish. Grilse have arrived and hopefully the run will extend well into July. Grilse have also arrived on the Brora and most are in very good condition.
During my Brora week, low water dictated the tackle and small flies were a must, the RS SuperSquid micro, UV Alistairs and Baby TDs were very effective as usual. Loop Cross S1 rods in 10ft and 13 were the rods of choice, they are unrivalled for lightness and presentation, 12ft would have been ideal, I feel another purchase...Read more
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The Helmsdale struggled to produce last week but it was no surprise under the bright and hot conditions. The river was low and anglers fishing early & late did the most damage. I doubt if there were more than 20 off including the Association water as many rods blanked for the week. But, the river was blessed with 2ft of fresh water on Sunday so hopefully a great week ahead....
W/C 21st May - Sport has slowed right down again on the river due to low water and mainly bright overhead conditions. The river may have produced only in the teens to 20 fish for the week with a push. Fish are there but rain is now crucial to get things going again. The Association water would be a good bet right now as fish will be milling around with no great urge to navigate the system. Get up early and also fish late into the evening for best results.
We will be fishing on the Brora for one week beginning June 11th so there will be no orders processed for that week. if you need flies please order well in advance.
We have also uploaded many more "New Collection" flies this week which are absolutely stunning, make sure you look out for them on our homepage category. in the meantime grab Alistairs, coneheads and Sunray Shadow to maximise your chances of hooking a fish.
Our Distribution business is going well but we are still looking out...Read more
The Helmsdale has just come off its best week of the season so far with around 25 fish off and a few off the Association water. Not exactly on fire and its no different anywhere else. Nothing major is happening anywhere and rivers are generally picking away with figures well down on last year.
Our big deal of the week is for the next person who buys one of our superb Loop Cross rods or Loop Evotec reels from Baxters Fochabers, contact me immediately and get £100 worth of free flies! This deal is only on for the month of May so take advantage of this great deal asap. We also have the new Loop Q series salmon rods in stock in 15 & 13'2 from £280 - £310.
I had the pleasure of fishing the Spey on Brae water for 3 days last week thanks to Johnny Gray. Superb water and conditions for the most part but only 4 fish were caught for 11 rods. Mark Johnston landed a sparkling fish covered in long tailed sea-lice in the famous Rock pool beat 2 on one of our SuperSquid...Read more
Nothing outstanding to report this week other than the fishing has been fairly steady with approx another 20 off the river. No word of any over the falls yet but things have only started to warm up slightly. No rivers are really flying yet but I think its about to happen! The forecast is unsettled for the week ahead, good fishing conditions as long as the rivers remain steady in height.
We have the Owner Cutting Point single tube hooks back in stock for those of you who frequent the Oykel etc, these are imported from the States and are the most lethal single hooks you will ever see...excellent in tubes of all sorts especially long wing tubes like Sunray shadow, Collie Dog & Monkey flies, grab some here to try, they take an amazing hold on fish - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/owner-cutting-point-single-tube-hook.html
The water is still cold at around 4/5 degrees but catches are hotting up at long last and around 20 fish were reported including one or two off the Association water. All the usual suspects are catching, Alistairs, Coneheads, Willie Gunn and monkey tubes, if you want a lethal selection drop me an email or simply order on-line from your phone, tablet or pc, its so easy now...We also have a great selection of flies and tackle in Baxters Fochabers so drop in and grab some superb proven killers! and see our New Collection flies.
I also keep saying it and great to see some of you are taking it onboard...There is nothing better in my opinion than a Loop Cross S1 rod combined with a Gaelforce line and there is a combo for everyone. If you enjoy a large graceful D Loop and fish some of the bigger rivers then the Cross S1 15ft with record breaking Gaelforce 80ft head or 63 ft will suit you fine, on the other hand if you fish more medium to small rivers, its the 13 or 14ft teamed...Read more
Tough conditions greeted Helmsdale rods last week again, unsettled conditions with an Easterly wind are never great and one day was lost with a rising river but there are fish running and over a dozen were recorded. I can also report that the first fish came off the Association water the week before last to the rod of Jim Forsyth in the Flat pool at 6lbs
The experience of Welsh regulars Andrew Thomas and Gavin Perry always shows through and this year was no different with 4 lovely springers up to 15lbs fishing Achentoul rods, Gavin taking 2 on a small black & yellow Monkey bottle tube and one on a Classic Willie Gunn 1" copper tube. Andrew took his perfect specimen on a TD in Caen Streams beat 1(pics below ) Pano Constantinedes also had a good week with 3 to his rod on Borrobol rods, the score could have been better as Alan Shannahan of the same party lost one at the net on beat 4 and a 20+ fish on beat 6 in the Manse pool. Fish also came from the Swirl pool beat 6, Ewes...Read more
The Helmsdale recorded 11 fish off last week even with unsettled conditions, looks like spring has finally sprung on the river.
William Jappy got the ball rolling with a fresh fish from Lower Caen beat 1 on one of our Willie Gunn TigerTail coneheads and the fish just kept coming for the rest of the week. Usual suspect Andy Sutherland had a fish from Kilphedir pool and another 2 followed in the next few days for rods fishing the same pool including one from John Mackay Wick on another willie gunn pattern. Astonishingly beat 6 has not produced yet but that will definitely change this week as fish filter through the system.
Remember we are offering a 3 + 1 deal on all salmon flies until the end of the month ( apart from new collection flies ) so grab some when you have the chance of a few freebees! Our new collection flies continue to outsell all others and there are more to come, its the best collection of salmon flies out there so keep an eye on the reports here and also...Read more
It's a real slow start to the season everywhere this year and only 3 fish have been caught on the Helmsdale. Kildonan rods had a fish from beat 4 and Andy Sutherland had his second of the season from Kilphedir pool beat 2 at 8lbs, other than that the fishing has been very poor. It looks like the cold weather has maybe held back the early spring run, lets hope so. Spring will ease in eventually but its not happening anytime soon.
Our new fly collection is selling fantastically well everywhere, looks like people have loads of fishing lined up this year and want to have the best flies available. SuperSquid Cascade silver conehead and Blue Ass Willie Gunn are the outstanding favourites so far, team these up with a black & yellow Monkey or two and our SuperSnaelda Cascade and you have all bases pretty much covered for catching spring salmon.
Our collection of fishing tackle is growing in Baxters Village Clothing shop with a great selection of deadly salmon flies, boxes...Read more
The salmon fishing pause button is still pretty much engaged around the country as winter holds its grip on proceedings. Barring a very few spots, grue and ice is still winning the battle. Archie Richie braved the elements and took a fine 15 pounder off the Ness and Spey expert Graham Ritchie had a sparkling 8 pounder from the icy Rothes & Aitkenway beat.
The North is quiet although the Brora river has reported 5, the Helmsdale is still treading water on 2. The forecast is for more normal March conditions next week so hopefully we witness a thaw and rivers flowing again ice free with springers on the move.
If you have not heard already, we have a new salmon fly collection on the go ( and they are very much on the go!) flying out the door in preperatin for lots of fishing to ahead. They are being snapped up quickly espacially our new Cascade SuperSquid and Blue Ass Willie Gunn, These are set to be huge sellers. The good news is that at the rest of the collection arrives,...Read more