Meikleour and Upper Islamouth Latest Report

Last updated: Friday 7th September

Week Ending Saturday 2nd September 2018

After a fantastic week last week (22 fish) things were a bit more quiet this week with six fish landed. We got off to a great start on the Monday when we had four fish up to 22lbs with Mr Ian Jefferson stealing the show catching three of them and losing another! The water dropped away during the week and things got a bit quieter as the week went on. With the falling water both fly and spinner have been working as some of the fish have sought the sanctuary of the deeper slow water making them difficult to catch on the fly. The water level is currently sitting at 0.25m on the SEPA gauge at Caputh. To give you an idea, we really like the water at 0.35m as a minimum with ideally 0.45m and above....This has been the story of the season so far!

The mornings have been much cooler of late signifying the start of autumn, which seems to be coming a bit earlier than normal. The trees are already changing colour and our resident ospreys are now on their way to their overwintering grounds in North Africa. Our kingfishers have been very active lately and are being seen daily which is always a treat.

If you are a first time visitor to the river please pay close attention to the next section...

For the visiting angler, the River Tay can be a daunting experience but we are always on hand to help you throughout the day. You will probably want to bring both a spinning rod and a fly rod to give yourself the best chance of sport. Spinning reels should be loaded with 30lbs braid or 18lbs nylon at this time of year. A good choice of lures will be Toby Salmo, Flying C and some 110 lures. If this sounds like a foreign language please don't hesitate to phone - we are here to help! For the fly angler you will want to come equipped with a floating line and a variety of polyleaders. The Triple D lines are always popular in the F/H/I If this doesn't mean much to you please don't hesitate to phone for advice. We want to do our best to make sure you have a great days fishing and coming equipped for the conditions will give you the best possible chance of sport.

We offer boat and bank fishing at Meikleour. For the first time visitor it might be an idea to take a boat as you will be accompanied by a ghillie throughout your day who will try their hardest to give you the best chance of a fish and help to keep your spirits up during the day :-) If you prefer bank fishing, you will always be greeted personally by a ghillie on your arrival who will give you help as to the most appropriate tackle/flies/lures and they will suggest where you should fish to give you the best chance. We have rods and reels available to use free of charge and although we don't offer wader hire, we have two fishing shops in Blairgowrie that offer this service and given enough notice we can arrange this for you.

You can find more details about the beat on this site or on

In the meantime if you have any queries about fishing at Meikleour please don't hesitate to contact me on 07870 979 710.

For details of accommodation locally you can speak to Betty in the Estate Office on 01250 883 424

All the very best, Calum

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