The fishing everywhere has been pretty good considering the fact that rivers are still being lightly fished. But, fishing is opening up a little more in July as more restrictions are lifted on travel and accom provision. This means we are seeing a big increase in UK and international orders here which is good news after lockdown.

Anglers are visiting Iceland already and it looks like most top destinations will see some fishing this season for anglers other than locals. Speaking of which, the Helmsdale is still producing the goods despite disease hitting again this season and locals are taking full advantage of the chance for a cast on the private beats. Jordan Marshall was lucky on the upper beats with one or two fish on his own Black & Blue  Td pattern and fish are being caught all over the river now, the Loch is holding a good head of fish also. Sea-trout have arrived and when the tides suit some nice fish are being caught on the Association water.


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Spey on fire

It has been a great post lockdown return to the rivers generally and Scotland has been no exception. The Tweed and Spey seem to be on fire as most rivers report some fine sport.

Red letter days have been reported on the Spey as 2 local experts landed 10 fish to their own rods in one day on Orton and the Brae water. Ronnie Fraser had a grand day with 4 fish on Orton until he had a break, in the next pool he fished he had 6 offers and another six fish landed to round off an incredible days fishing. Then it was the turn of Graham Ritchie on the Brae water who landed 9 salmon and one grilse to mark yet another outstanding day on Speyside.

The lower river seems to be holding a substancial head of fish and with the river at around 6" the fish seem in no hurry to run the system too quickly. having said that I was still confident when I got the call to have a cast up on Wester Elchies opposite Aberlour on Friday. The new Solar Alistair tungsten conehead wes deployed fished off...

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The heatwave has finally abated and the Helmsdale has sprung into action. Lots of fish were landed all over the river last week and a few grilse are now on the go too. The biggest fish reported was a thumping 25 pounder for John Hardy way up in Miss Moulds pool on beat 5 above on one of his home tied Alistair coneheads, its a lovely bright version of the fly tied with dyed yellow squirrel tail and topped off with a sliver cone, John also had a classic 4lbs grilse on beat one along with several other fish for his week.

13 were caught on beat 2 one day and the highlight of the week from the Association water was a first fish for young Aaron Grant also caught on an Alistair conehead tube.

The river is in full spate today ( Sat ) and although it is a washout it is sure to set up some great fishing next week.

As usual, we have all the flies you need to enjoy your fishing from South American sea-trout to hitching in Iceland and everywhere in between, have a good rake...

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