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Newsletter - July 2015

Welcome to the new look FishTay newsletter which can now be viewed with ease on your tablet and mobile phone.

You can find everything you need for a successful trip to the Tay, including where to stay and places to eat. If you need any help arranging fishing on the River Tay then do give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612, he will be able to help you find the perfect beat for you and your family.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com

Season So Far


Guide Gary Scott on Dunkeld Fishing. The beat has caught 218 salmon so far this year.

Late spring catches have been tremendous on the Tay (May 690) and June (634), with fish caught throughout the system in good numbers.

"The last few days the river has endured very heavy rain causing a massive summer spate, which may trigger a good summer run" say's Tay Reporter, Bob White.

Beats that have been able to cast a line so far this week are enjoying some good sport. Roy Frost fishing Cargill on Monday caught a lovely silver 19lb fish and his brother Vic also hooked two on the fly. Meikleour Fishing had a good start to the week with a 17lb'er, a first salmon for the guest, what a start! - latest catches.

The weather is to continue reasonably settled with warmer weather all week and occasional rain. In other words sunshine and showers to cover all the boxes! We have been seeing summer conditions prevail but with more water than usual which may just help sport in the long term for all - read more.

The river is holding a good stock of fish especially in the middle areas. We now await a good summer run of salmon and grilse which will increase catches on lower beats - find fishing.


Another happy angler fishing Cargill beat with David Godfrey.

Meikleour Fishing


Anglers Fishing the beat have caught 112 salmon so far this year.

The picturesque double bank beat of Upper Islamouth and Meikleour within the stunning grounds of Meikleour House was filmed recently for a fishing programme hosted by Rae Borras.

The fishing commences at the junction of the Tay & Isla Rivers and extends for approximately 1.7 miles upstream. It is perhaps for the Islamouth and Castle Pools that they are most famous and to follow the path to these pools is to follow in the footsteps of many angling greats.

The beat welcomes the expert and novice alike and can provide tuition if required. Its resident instructor Tom Brown runs the beats introduction to fishing courses, please contact Betty for dates and more information.


Tom Brown with Head Ghillie Calum McRoberts and FishTay Reporter Bob White on a Bruce and Walker day held on the beat last month.

Fishing Insurance


Thank you to Bob White for this picture of the Tay in flood earlier this week.

If you are planning a trip and have not got round to booking it yet, do remember insurance cover is now available. This unique policy is the market leader, growing in popularity as you would expect, given the wonders of the UK weather!

Customer feedback: "Delighted to receive my cheque from Towergate after being flooded off. The total amount was not refunded however we knew this to be the case in way of the non refundable premium and booking fee. Overall I am very satisfied on how the process went, very simple, and I received the cheque in what could be considered a very timely manner. Thanks for introducing this initiative."

Full policy details can be found on our insurance page or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you need any further assistance.

Miss Ballantine's Cottage

Miss Ballantine's Cottage sits on the banks of the River Tay by Caputh bridge and overlooks the Boat Pool at Glendelvine where Georgina in 1922 caught her record breaking 64lb salmon.

Her former home is now an enchanting fishing lodge, recently refurbished, and sleeps six. The cottage is perfect for anglers fishing Murthly, Kercock and Newtyle beats and exploring Perthshire - read more.

July Tay Guide

After 28 years as a ghillie on the Tay, Stan Pelc has started his own business as a self employed guide - read more.

Catching An Atlantic Salmon


Newtyle rods have caught 151 salmon so far this year.

FishTay reporter Bob White shares his top tips and advice we thought would be helpful to people new to salmon fishing or needing some help to secure that elusive Atlantic salmon.

Everyone says catching one is down to luck, but believe it or not you can increase your chances if you do the right things.

We hope it is of some benefit to you - read more.

If you would like to book an introduction to salmon fishing or a days fishing on the river please contact Tom in the office on 01573 470612 or check the latest availability.


Catches on Tayside for June are above the 5 year average.

Ladies Charity Day


Claire Mercer Nairne with the Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land reform Aileen McLeod presenting a cheque for £1500.

Ladies from across Scotland and England gathered on the Tay for a charity ladies day raising money for Angling For Youth Development. Claire Mercer Nairne hosted the day on her stunning beat at Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House, set within the grounds of Meikleour Estate.

Dr. Aileen McLeod, MSP for South Scotland (SNP), Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Land Reform with responsibilities for Wild Fisheries reform joined the ladies during the morning and was taught how to cast a double handed rod whilst fishing for salmon. She also spent some time chatting to Dr David Summers from the Tay Foundation.

Salmon In The Classroom


Dr David Summers with a salmon made by school children during the project.

FishTay met up with Dr. David Summers of the Tay Foundation earlier this month at the Tay hatchery to find out more on how they are educating the next generation about rivers, their inhabitants and the environment through the Salmon in the Classroom project - read more.

Tay Boat builder


Anne Woodcock with John Ferguson at his boat yard.

From Medieval times boat building has been important to Perthshire with ship yards on the Tay, south of Perth. The last 50 years with the growth of fibreglass, wooden boat building is now a dying art.

Last month we met up with John Ferguson of Stanley, a Tay boat builder since 1956 one of only half a dozen specialist wooden boat builders left in Scotland - read more.


Angler playing a salmon on Pitlochrie beat.

Reverse Psychology


The lighter side of fishing

Film maker Ezio Taranto met fly fishing guide, Iain Kirk on FishPonds beat, River Tay for an interesting and very unusual introductory session to salmon fishing

A man called Fish 'Ezio' is back on the Tay this week with Iain and we look forward to hearing more in the next FishTay newsletter.


Ezio this picture is especially for you. Tight Lines

Plain Perseverance


Dalmarnock rods have caught 70 fish so far this year.

Who'd a thought it......Salmon on the fly – I bet you're thinking you're doing it all wrong? It turns out that when the salmon are there, the fishing is a lot easier than we think. Having the fly in the water and in front of the fish is almost as much as it takes.

"Thank goodness they are showing up in reasonable numbers" says Craig Somerville from Angling Active - read more.

FishTay customers please contact Angling Active of Stirling for special offers during the season - read more.