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Photo © The Salmon Lodge

THE SALMON FISHING season in eastern Canada got under way in June with the early fishing hampered by high water levels and a delayed run of fish. The spring is about two weeks late and it seems the fish were aware of this.
By mid-month things were back on track and the river was seeing fresh fish running most days. The Salmon Lodge reports some very good fish being landed by visiting anglers from Britain. Sir Edward Dashwood leading the charge with a magnificent fish of 36 lb. He also landed salmon weighing 30 lb, 16 lb and 12 lb.
    The lodge has two rods available later this season during August 20 to 24. This is the time of year when the river levels are settled and provide the perfect conditions for staling fish with dry fly in the crystal clear water. For details go to http://www.salmonlodge.com

Glenn LeGrande also owns Camp Bonaventure where there are a few available rods for this season.  http://www.campbonaventure.com/


Object of desire

With catch-and-release being used as an essential management tool on many of our rivers now, the memory of a salmon caught can be kept as a photo, a wood carving (they’re often just too big for a glass case!), or even in a painting. It has been taken to another level by one of the world’s great figurative sculptors, David Williams-Ellis, with his limited edition solid silver salmon sculpture.


David is based in Cumbria, where he has a large workshop and studio, and also divides his time between London and Wales. Best known for his representations of the human form, David works primarily in clay and casts in bronze, silver and glass. Drawing on classical training in Italy and the romanticism of Rodin and Bourdelle, whilst incorporating a contemporary feel, his sculptures are noted for their balance and poise.

David’s work has earned him international recognition and acclaim. He has worked on a number of prestigious commissions, both private and public, and his work is exhibited and collected worldwide.

The salmon captures the power and beauty of this extraordinary fish and makes a stunning centre-piece for any dining table. It is life-size at approximately 25 inches long and weighs around 8 kg, and each one varies slightly according to the casting. More information about David and his work can be found at the excellent online magazine http://www.thevintagemagazine.com and go to Objects of Desire in the Arts & Culture section.

The magazine’s founder, Robert Jarman, is David’s agent and will be happy to field all enquiries regarding the salmon sculpture and arrange a viewing.

It is hoped that this stunning silver Salmon, will be followed by a series of other limited editions of a Trout, and game birds, including French and English Partridge, a Pheasant, and a Grouse.


Above. Lower Dips. Photo Des Colhoun

Upper Arndilly is a beautiful single bank (right) just below Craigellachie. There is fishing for three rods on a mile of river that contains six pools. The beat is divided into three beats which allows each rod to fish two pools per session. There is one ghillie on the beat. The five year aveage catch is 217 salmon and 45 sea-trout.

Below. Red Craigs. Photo Des Colhoun.



The current availability for this season is as follows:

5 to 7 May – 3 rods @ £175 per rod/day
28 to 30 July – 1 rod @ £225 per day
28 to 2 August – 1 rod @ £225 per day
18 to 23 August – 1 rod @ £250 per day

For further details please contact John Dawson on tel: 07850 884 352  or by e-mail at johnjndawson@hotmail.com


Gordon Castle on the lower Spey has an array of dates available in March, June and early July. This is one of the few quality beats on the river that takes bookings for parties or single rods. Go to their website for the full list:



On the pretty Avon around Tomintoul is some varied fishing for salmon and sea-trout on the waters managed by the River Avon Fishing Association (RAFA). There is a mixture of pools on what is mostly double-bank fishing.


Three or six day slots are available in May, June, July and September. Prices vary between £25 and £53 per rod, per day depending on the time of the season.

Of the most likely time of the season the following weeks are available, commencing:

June 2 – 2 rods; June 16 – 2 rods; 23 June – 2 rods.

July 1 – 2 rods; July 14 – 4 rods; July 21 – 4 rods; 28 July 4 rods.

August 11 – 6 rods

Further details from John Tansley on: Tel. 01807 580238 and mobile is 07889240079.


Some spring fishing has become available on the lower Findhorn on the Darnaway Home Beat. Their first fish came off in February, a 17-pounder, and more are bound to follow in March.

There are currently have 2 weeks vacant on the Spring Home Beat (4 rods) – these are normally on a 5 year lease – however, we can offer these, for a “taster, no obligation” year with the option of maybe taking the remainder of the lease (3 years).
Week commencing 3rd March 2014 – Jimmy MacLean is the Ghillie and his costs are included within the price £1,700 p.a. + VAT for one year plus a portion of the fishing levy which, this year, was £510.
Week commencing 17th March 2014 – Jimmy MacLean is the Ghillie and his costs are included within the price £2,000 p.a. + VAT for one year plus a portion of the fishing levy, which this year was £510.

For details of this fishing and the other syndicate weeks on their various beats throughout the summer, please contact Rory McLeod on:

Tel: 01786 842347   |   Fax: 01786 842571   |   Mob: 07748 635526

There’s no escaping the fact that Christmas is fast approaching. Some houses here have put some lights up already, but when the days don’t get light until around 10.30 am and dark again by 4.30 pm, you can’t blame us.

If you are looking to treat yourself, or have an angler to buy a present for and can’t think what to buy, may I suggest that you take a look at creativecutouts.co.uk where you just might find the answer to your problem.

Nicky Jeram and Bella Lyle are based in Dorset, England, and give life to special memories by producing cutouts from photographs.


Their service is very personal and very efficient, as I can confirm from the way they handled my recent order.

Sizes of cutout vary according to the photo supplied, but are usually between 14 and 20 cm high. Source material can be supplied as original photographs, which are copied and returned or as files downloaded to the order page on their website.

For further details go to their website http://www.creativecutouts.co.uk

Frances Bell paintings

Intake, Brae Beat 4

Frances Bell was commissioned by some of the people who fish at Gordon Castle on the Spey to paint some of their favourite views of the river. Whist she was there she took the opportunity to paint some other pieces of the Brae Water beats. The results are magnificent, as the above view looking up Intake on Brae Beat 4 shows.

Please take time to look at her work in the brochure and on her website: www.francesbellpaintings.co.uk

Frances Bell Spey brochure

Helmsdale 2014

The Helmsdale River Board is pleased to announce that the Open Days in 2014, at which anglers are invited to fish the river at no charge subject only to signing in, are to run from January 11th to January 18th inclusive. This is an experiment to see whether this longer Open Days period will work for all concerned.

Signing in can be done at the Helmsdale Company shop in Dunrobin St., or at Strathullie Crafts on the Harbour.