Next week's report will be late unfortunately, I will be in Kenya, checking out the Fulling Mill fly tying factory and making sure all salmon flies coming out are absolute world class...

Catching up, the week ending May 18th (wk 11) saw the top score go to Henry Charteris and his team with a well earned total of 24. Henry is no stranger to May fishing on the Helmsdale and he topped off a great week with a super 21 pounder from Black bank beat 3 above. Earlier in the week Martyn Gilbert took just 5 casts in Dalharn to grass an identical 21 pounder and get the week off to a flying start, both fish were 37" and caught withing a few yards of each other, who's to say it wasn't the same fish!

Martyn shows off his thumping 21 pounder.

Martyn 21 pounder

Henry with his 21 pounder...

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Big week, big fish.

Ronald Sutherland

The river started to produce sport like it should last week. Based on what I have heard there were around 85 - 90 fish caught in a typical May week. Achentoul rods had a good one with 22 fish and a monster 27 pounder for David Rand on 3 above. Most other rods got into the teens and it was good to see a nice run of fish. The river rose to over 2ft midweek which spoiled things a little, Achentoul blanked on beat 2 as an example.

The Association water produced another 4, all to visiting anglers. Mr Bell on Monday 13lbs, Martyn Jones 8.5lbs Tueaday and David Allan on an exchange ticket from Inverness...

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Another decent week

Ronald Sutherland

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RS SuperSnaelda set

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Temple Dogs deal
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Over the 40 mark

Ronald Sutherland

We still have a great deal on these superb new RS Tiger & Feeler flies - order now to secure your selection! these are the new flies on the block and they are already proving seriously popular.  Buy now here -

Tigers and Feeler flies

Some more of our deadly new flies below.

Black & Yellow Feeler

On the Fishing front there were over 40 salmon off the river this week, good water spreading fish throughout the system as Achentoul rods proved with fish off beats 5 and 4 above. Alistair Jappy also had his first fish off the season with a 7 Read more