Lower Kinnaird Salmon Fishing Beat Rules
All anglers are to report to the Head Ghillie at the fishing hut at 8.45am.
Fishing is not permitted before 8.45am daily.
All anglers are to cease fishing at 1pm and return to the fishing hut. Fishing is not permitted through the lunch hour and will not recommence until 2pm.
Spinning or worm fishing will be restricted to certain areas of the beat during suitable fly fishing conditions and is solely at the discretion of the Head Ghillie.
Spinning or worm fishing is not permitted on the beat prior to 2pm (unless pre-authorised by the Head Ghillie due to high water conditions.)
The use of natural prawn or shrimp baits are prohibited.
Fishing ceases at 5pm daily (unless pre-authorised by the Head Ghillie).
Life jackets are to be worn by anglers at all times while fishing (life jackets are available in the fishing hut).
Suitable eye protection is to be worn by all anglers at all times while fly fishing (protective glasses are available in the fishing hut).
All closed gates on the estate must be re-closed after passing through.
Anglers are requested to take photographs of any fish landed and forward them via MMS or email to the Head Ghillie on the same day.
All anglers are to contact our Head Ghillie Martin Edgar by telephone (07748 773999) a minimum of 24 hours prior to their fishing date to confirm participation.
All anglers who do not carry weigh net landing nets are requested to accurately measure the length of any fish landed against their fishing rod for approximate weight identification purposes. A tape measure and length to weigh conversion chart is located in the fishing hut.
No litter or nylon (including cigarette butts) are to be left on the estate and should be brought back to the fishing hut for disposal.
The Head Ghillie's word is final and must be adhered to at all times.
Where appropriate all salmon fishers will be required to comply with instructions to clean tackle which has been used on a fishery where there is a risk of contamination by the Gyrodactylus Salaris parasite and sign a declaration supplied by Kinnaird Estate.
The Tay District Salmon Fishery Board Rules & Recommendations must be adhered to at all times and a copy is displayed in the fishing hut.
Failure by fishing clients to fully comply with any of the above beat rules may result in an immediate termination of their fishing let without refund or compensation.
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.
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