Meikleour and Upper Islamouth 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

Rents for the period 15th January to the end of the season are attached. Prices are per boat or per wading / bank rod, with VAT to be added at the prevailing rate (currently 20%).

Each boat carries two rods. There are two boats (and so four rods fishing from boats) and four wading / bank rods. Bookings can be from just one wading / bank rod up to the entire beat.

Bookings and enquiries should be made at the Estate Office. Lettings are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable 50% deposit (subject to a minimum of £200 or the total, if less), due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks in advance of the fishing date. If the booking is made within eight weeks of the fishing date, the total cost is due at the time of booking. We do recommend that tenants take out their own cancellation insurance, in case for any reason they are unable to come. Subletting and rod sharing is not allowed.

The tenant in whose name the fishing is booked must be one of the rods and is responsible for his/her party. In the event of the tenant being unable to fish on any day or days booked, he/she is asked to give the Estate Office the name of the nominee who will be responsible for the party. It is important that all members of a party be familiar with these Terms and Conditions. There is a copy in the boathouse and lunch hut, or we are happy to send out additional copies on request.

(a) The downstream limit is marked by the line between the two white posts on each bank where the River Isla joins the River Tay.

(b) The upstream limits are marked by a notice board on each bank of the March Pool.

Please see the attached map.

There are two ghillies, with up to eight rods fishing at any one time. Depending on conditions, the boats may need to transport the wading / bank rods to the appropriate pool. Similarly, the ghillies may need to assist the wading / bank rods, even when with other customers in the boat.

The head ghillie will decide where to place all the rods and boats. He will try to accommodate any specific requests, but may not be able to on all occasions. He will try to ensure that all rods and boats have access to all appropriate parts of the beat over the course of the day.

All rods start at Ferry Cottage Boathouse. This is just off the main road on the Stanley side of the bridge over the Tay. The postcode is PH1 4QW.

The Meikleour House Fishing Hut is on the other bank and available to all rods. To get there by vehicle, turn down the private road in Meikleour Village, opposite the Market Cross. After ½ mile, turn right towards the Stables, following the signpost. Turn left immediately in front of the Stables and go down the fairly steep road to the river. There is a gravelled parking area there and the hut is 50m downstream. The postcode is PH2 6EA.

Both buildings are marked on the attached map.

The boats will be available from 09.00 until 17.00 and the ghillies will be on duty from 08.30 until 17.30 with one hour off at lunch time. The decision as to where and when the boats may be used rests with the head ghillie. Tenants may not take out boats themselves. If you would like to wade or fish from the bank before or after these times, please discuss with the head ghillie first.

N.B. Holders of trout fishing permits have permission to fly fish for trout from 8am until 6pm (or sunset, if earlier). They are obliged to give way to salmon anglers, and you should not feel inhibited in asking them to do so.

We adhere to the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board recommendations:

15 January to 31 May
All fish are to be released.

1 June to 15 October
All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10 pounds are to be released.
All coloured and gravid fish are to be released.
No more than one clean cock fish of less than 10 pounds may be retained per angler per day.

Sea Trout
All sea trout are to be released throughout the entire season.

Any fish that are permitted to be retained are the property of the tenant. If fishing out with normal hours, particulars of any catch (i.e. weight, lure and pool), including nil returns, should be given to the ghillies at the next normal-hours encounter or, if that is not practical, the tenant responsible is asked to leave a note with the details.

Baiting with prawn or shrimp is illegal. Worming is only allowed from 1 June to 31 August. Any other legal method of angling is permitted. Advice should always be sought from the ghillies in case of further changes.

Dogs are welcome. Please ensure they are kept under control (we have cats that do roam about the river banks) and clear up after them.

We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to the property of tenants' or any members of his/her party. Nor do we accept responsibility for any injury to the tenant or any members of his/her party. In the interests of safety, no alcohol may be offered to the ghillies. Although we accept no liability for personal fishing accidents, it is recommended that anglers (whether fishing from the boat, bank or wading) and any other boat passengers should wear life jackets, which are available to borrow if necessary. You should ensure that your own insurance covers your equipment.

We would be grateful if tenants would report to the ghillies or to the Estate Office, any poaching or illegal fishing which they may witness.

Please help us prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris, which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers. All fishing tackle must not have been used abroad in the prior three months, or have been properly sterilised. If you are in any way uncertain if your equipment is sterile and safe, we will happily lend you some.

We have estate rods that tenants are welcome to use. We do not charge a rent, but tenants are required to pay for any damage. Please inform the head ghillie of your requirement beforehand. Flies and lures can be purchased from the head ghillie.

Estate Office
Betty Martin 01250 883424

Head Ghillie
Calum McRoberts 07713 565983

Second Ghillie
John Ross
07713 565984
Sam Mercer Nairne

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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 fish should be released.

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.