Fishponds conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions

Weekday Fishing 2015

Fishponds- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Knowesbank- Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Terms & Conditions

*Please note this fishing is being offered on a per rod per day basis for this year only. By booking you are accepting this condition and understand you will not necessarily be offered the fishing in subsequent years.

1. Beat
A reciprocal fishing arrangement is worked with the proprietors of the opposite bank whereby this Estates tenants will fish over the whole breadth of the river for approximately half the length of the beat each day, alternating between the upper and lower beats each day. Waulkmill is split into the upper beat known as Waulkmill and the lower beat known as Goldcastle and Fishponds is split into the upper beat known as Fishponds and the lower beat known as Knowesbank.

2. Sub-letting
A tenant may not sub-let the full beat except through the Estate, but he may advise the Estate to sub-let or arrange for the boatman to fish on his behalf. Tenants will be credited with all rents received by sub-lets, less commission of 10%. Sub-letting at a profit of rod or rods at any time is not permitted.


3. Rods
A maximum of 6 rods are permitted on the beat.

4. Hours of Fishing
The normal hours for fishing are 9.0 am to 5.0 pm, although these times may be extended by arrangement with the ghillie. If parties fish beyond 6 pm, they will share their fishing with up to two bank permit holders, permits being granted separately by the Estate office (these permits will be granted under condition of not infringing the tenants reasonable enjoyment of the water).

The Estate reserves the right to fish one extra rod from the bank at any time.

5. Fishing Methods
The Tenant will ensure that all members of his party fish in a sportsmanlike manner and only with tackle and bait approved by the boatman. The water should be fished by fly in preference to spinning tackle when conditions are suitable. The use of natural prawn or shrimp bait, or any part thereof, is not permitted (by Statute).

Salmon and sea trout parr, all kelts and baggots, and during the months of September and October, any gravid hen fish, must be carefully returned to the water.

6. Catch Returns
All fish caught and retuned must be recorded and a return made to the ghillie before you leave the river. This information is essential for Estate records. All records of catches submitted to prospective tenants are believed to be correct but the Estate does not accept responsibility for their accuracy.


7. Dogs
If any member of the tenants party brings dogs to the river, the tenant must ensure that they are, at all times, kept under control and in particular, do not worry livestock or otherwise cause nuisance to the Estate or occupiers of adjoining land.

8. Car Park/Access
The tenant and any member of his party must exercise care and consideration in driving vehicles over access roads leading to the river, and cars may only be parked in the designated car park areas next to the fishing huts.

9. Fishing Huts
The fishing huts are provided as shelters and lunch huts, and are not to be used as sleeping places.

10. Safety
The Subjects of the Let comprise the rights of fishing only and the Estate does not accept responsibility for the natural hazards and adverse climatic conditions affecting the catching of salmon.

Field sports in general, and rod fishing in particular, automatically expose the participants to risk of injury to themselves and others close by. The tenant must make adequate provision for his or her own safety equipment, such as life jackets and safety glasses, wading sticks, etc, and adequate foul and cold weather clothing. Waders are not provided by the Estate and anyone choosing to wade in water does so entirely at their own risk and with no guarantee from the Estate as to the safety of their actions. Anglers are strongly encouraged to wear buoyancy aids, both in the boats and when wading. Some Estate equipment is available for loan, but no assurance is given as to its safety guarantees.

Anyone coming onto the Estate does so at his or her own risk, and the Estate will accept no responsibility for any loss or injury sustained. The tenant must hold suitable third party liability insurance cover to indemnify his party against any competent claim against any of them arising from the let of this fishing.

11. Boatmen
The tenant may not fish without the boatman in attendance. Any disputes arising between the tenant and boatman must be referred to the Estate Factor without delay. Where a boatman is required to fish on behalf of a tenant, adequate instructions must be given to the Estate regarding the disposal of fish caught by the boatman in the tenants absence.

The tenant is not permitted to hire or engage additional boatmen or boats other than those provided by the proprietor, and the boat(s) provided by the Estate is only to be used under command of the Estate boatman who will be the sole judge on whether the water conditions are safe for the use of such a boat(s).

12. Countryside Code
The Countryside Code shall be observed at all times. No fires shall be lit, and no litter may be left in or around the fishing huts, or on the river banks.

13. Poaching
The tenant will co-operate in the prevention of poaching and is asked to report immediately to the Estate Office, or any Police Officer, or the Superintendent of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (tel 01738 583733), fishing by unauthorised persons on beats rented by them.

14. Conservation Measures

Guests are asked to adopt a catch and release policy and never to kill a fish they do not require. As a minimum guide, the first salmon caught between 15th January and 31st May must be returned and each individual angler may only retain one fish per day thereafter. Anglers should not fish with worms during this period. From 1st June to 15th October all hen fish to be released and the aim should then be to release at least 50% of cock fish weighing over 15lbs. All coloured fish should be released throughout the year. Anglers should not use worms in September or October in any part of the system where highly coloured fish (spring fish or early grilse) are waiting to spawn. Copies of the catch and release code are on display in the fishing huts.




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Tay conditions

1. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised. A copy of the declaration form can be seen here: this page

2. The season is from 15th January to 15th October inclusive on the Tay and all tributaries, except the Earn and Eden which are 1st February to 31st October.

3. There is no fishing allowed on Sundays.

4. It is illegal to intentionally foulhook fish.

5. No prawns or shrimps can be used at any time.

6. The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board who are responsible for the management of the fisheries, requests all anglers to abide by a code for the conservation of salmon, especially spring salmon which have become much scarcer in recent years. Anglers are urged to adopt a catch-and-release culture and never to kill any fish which they do not require.

From the start of the Season to 31st May

All fish are to be released.
Anglers should not fish with worms.

From 1st June to 15th October:
All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds should be released.
All coloured and gravid fish should be released.
No more than one clean fish weighing less than 10 pounds should be retained per angler per day.
Anglers should not fish with worms in September or October.

Sea trout:

All sea trout should be released throughout the entire season.

Further details and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board's conservation recommendations can be viewed at: this page