The source of the river is on the slopes of Beinn Chabhair to the west of Loch Doine and Loch Voil. The River Balvag flows from Loch Voil through the Strathyre Forest to Loch Lubnaig. From the loch the River Leny flows south-eastwards towards Callander where it is joined by the Eas Gobhain. Below this junction the river becomes the Teith which flows past Doune and the Blair Drummond Safari Park in a series of long pools, fast glides and swift runs to join the River Forth at Drip upstream of Stirling.
When to fish
As on the River Forth the Teith has an early run of spring salmon and it is not unusual for fish to be taken on opening day as far upstream as Callander. The spring runs last until May and the sea trout runs are normally from April to August. Runs of summer salmon/grilse begin in June and continue through the summer months. From August to the end of the season in October there are excellent runs of salmon with fish up to and over 20lb featuring in catch returns. In excess of 1000 salmon/grilse with an average weight of 11lb, and over 1000 sea trout are caught annually from the Forth/Teith system. Season 1st February to 31st October.
Where to fish
There are more than a dozen beats on the river and all have good reputations. Unfortunately the better known ones are either let on a weekly basis to regular tenants or syndicated. Among these beats are Cambusmore - with 26 named pools, Lanrick Castle - 3.5 miles of fishing which includes the famous Weir Pool, Deanston Distillery Fishings and Doune Lodge. The lowest beat on the river is the Blue Banks Fishing where the river enters the Forth. Day permit fishing is available on the Town Water at Callander, Blair Drummond Estate - which has the Ardoch, Chapel, Horse Hole and McLaren Pools and the Blue Banks Fishery.
Where to stay
Many fishers stay in lodges or cottages provided with the fishing, but for other alternatives, some of whom can offer fishing packages, please see our list of Firth of Forth accommodation providers.