As another season on the Helmsdale closes out there is much optimism in the air for spring 2018. The final tally will be knocking on for around 1700 fish, not bad for a river so lightly fished. The trend this season has been on a par with other Northern rivers with bigger fish dominating the run and grilse numbers coming a poor second. Remarkably there have been a handful of superb fish of over 30lbs and dozens over 20 during one of the better seasons in recent years. Rods on the river have always been difficult to access, I think it just got harder!
The Brora recorded a cracking fish of 32 lbs recently also, Mr James Stewart-Richardson being the lucky angler, The Lower Fannich pool was the hot spot, North bank, and the fish was 43 x 23.5". I don't think it would be fantasy to believe we could see a 40lbs monster grassed sometime very soon on the Helmsdale or Brora.
I am planning fly tying lessons in the close season if there is enough interest.
19/9/17 Latest update is around 150 off last week after great water, the total could have been many more if the river was more settled.
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The Helmsdale provided around 65 fish last week as the unsettled autumn conditions moved in. This week is also proving very unsettled and the river is very high indeed. The upper beats should produce as soon as the river starts dropping....Read more
latest news 3/9/17 Around 60 off last week so things are still rolling along but the temps need to start dropping soon if the season is to end with a bang! Don't forget to scroll down and check out our superb and deadly end of season flies, they are exactly what you need! you can either buy them in Baxters of Fochabers on the banks of the Spey or simply shop online right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/
The Helmsdale is easing itself into the final phase of the season, pretty good on the whole so far, but now anglers are getting tested. The last two weeks have been tough going. Fresh fish are still running and you can bump into one anytime but the trend is how best to persuade the residents now. It is always a challenge, good water helps but even this does not guarantee sport nowadays, the days of big killings on the back of big spates are over,...Read more
Catches were fairly good on the Helmsdale last week once again with good numbers of fresh fish still entering the system. Borrobol and Achentoul rods both had over 20 fish and the total was somewhere around 80 off including the Association water.
The big news is that we have just situated one of our large fly towers in Baxters Village Fochabers. With over 125 dozen of our best flies on display this should be a great outlet for anglers fishing the lower Spey and for passing trade heading to one of the many other rivers in the area. The flies are for sale along with tube doubles in the Whisky shop area, just pickup a tub and help yourself with Frances, Monkey, Kinermony killer, Willie Gunn TDs, Baby tds, infact the whole top deck is Monkey tubes of every sort....Drop in if you can and check out the quality on offer. Obviously we have many more patterns available online right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/
The river produced over 100 fish last week for easily the best week of the season. This week may be as good as lots of fish appear to be around the coast. If the weather is kind, catches should once again be very good. The Association water continues to pick away and is well worth a cast at only £25 per rod per day. Read more
The Helmsdale is not firing on all cylinders quite yet but there are plenty of fish around and approx 60 off the river for the week including the Association water. I spent a few hours on the water last week (Sat ) and witnessed a good run of grilse around the tide especially, we had 5 interested between us, 3 hooked & 1 landed. As per usual my fiancee Donna bent the rod first and duly added another classic Helmsdale grilse to her tally. The Alistair UV conehead is always her first choice and it proved its worth yet again. 6 fish were caught on the day, Alistair Jappy had 2 before breakfast but the catch was disappointing considering the abundance of fish. Adam Macdonald started to make a dent in the population earlier in the week with 3 on Monday/Tuesday but the rest of the week was tough.
This seems to be the trend this year, very encouraging numbers of fish around but they are proving quite difficult to catch when in the past a mini bonanza would have been had throughout...Read more
Momentum is growing on the Helmsdale as a mix of salmon and grilse enter the system, lots of fresh fish are being seen but catches are not reflecting this for some reason. Borrobol were top rods with 13, regular Ian Muir had 9 on Kildonan and the other rods had a reasonable picking between them. Things should accelerate soon as the peak of the season approaches. The tagging on the North coast bag nets is not seeing much of a run yet but good marks of grilse have been seen arriving. Next week should see things kicking off.
See our offers in the reports below if you are looking for great rods reels and lines, we also have a superb influx of new flies onboard also so get stuck in and secure your supply before they disappear! By the way, we have the best Frances flies in the world and they are one of our top sellers in red & black especially and on tubes doubles & trebles. You can check them out below and buy them right here - http://www.helmsdalecompany.com/red-frances-copper-tube-pro-favourite.html...Read more
Back in stock along with loads of your favourites, the Blue Elver....have a good look through the site for all the new arrivals. Alistair coneheads, baby tds, tungsten frances, micro SuperSnaelda and many more..
The Helmsdale is still somewhat simmering but catches of grilse are steadily keeping things interesting for those putting in the hours, Kildonan and Suisgill having the best of it last week with 20 and 19. A pink salmon was caught on beat 1 below and interestingly there were pinks caught on the Spey & Dee recently also.
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Last week was quide dour on the Helmsdale, the residents were not too interested and still no real sign of many grilse. 30 - 40 would cover the total catch including the Association water.
On a more exciting note we have made the Megan Shrimp available, the exact tying from the legend herself!, no frills, no flash, just the real thing and its a fly thats caught thousands of salmon. Check it out below and order some for the summer...
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