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Cancellation of Open Days 2021

The Helmsdale District Salmon Fishery Board is regretfully obliged to cancel the Open Days due to commence on January 11th. We had all been looking forward to this exit from lockdown, treading the banks of the river undisturbed since September. … Continue reading

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Open Days 2021

The Helmsdale River Board welcomes visiting anglers to its Open Days in 2021. Soundings have been taken by the Board with community bodies and all are in agreement that it would be a great shame not to continue with this … Continue reading

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13th July 2020

The 6 week period of salmon fishing restricted to local anglers which started 29th May ended on 6th July when fishing on the beats became available once more to visitors, and to members of the public on the Lower Helmsdale. … Continue reading

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7 December 2019

The 2019 season on the Helmsdale ended with reasonable catches. From July the fungus, or saprolegnia, which had afflicted the returning salmon in May and June began to fade. This coincided with the water getting warmer. By September nearly all … Continue reading

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21 November 2018

The Helmsdale season ended with a flurry of larger-than-life catches. The long drought which started in May was broken when rain fell heavily in mid-September. Through the long dry summer catches had never altogether ceased but angling had been difficult … Continue reading

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9 July 2018

The River Helmsdale is in the 8th week without rain. Days are mostly in full sunlight, although there has usually been a welcome breeze. Nights are sometimes cool. Up until now the compensatory loch-water retained by the Badanloch Dam has … Continue reading

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30 October 2017

The season has ended with a respectable catch total of 1720 salmon and grilse on the private beats. The Lower Helmsdale too had good catches. The rain continued most of the year but never resulted in enormous spates. River levels … Continue reading

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26 August 2017

The River Helmsdale has fished reasonably well all season. There have been no bumper weeks, but also no weeks without fish swimming up. Weights have been unusually high, in common with some other northern rivers. Three fish have weighed 30 … Continue reading

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15 January 2017

The River opened on January 11th with the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band bravely marching down the High St and soon to be lost in swirling sleet. However, hardy anglers from far and wide as usual turned out in numbers. They … Continue reading

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21 October 2016

The season’s finish coincided with the first severe frost. Cock salmon at last left the lairs they had occupied since early August and became more aggressive. However, late season angling on the Helmsdale in 2016 had consisted of seeing fish … Continue reading

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