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Newsletter - October 2016

Will the Tay yield a fish to win this years FishPal Malloch Trophy or Junior Malloch during its last few days?

The river is famous for big fish and so far this month a 32lber has been caught by a female angler on the fly whilst fishing Islamouth - read more.

Thank you to this months contributors Tom Carter, Malcolm Anderson from Caledonia Fly Company, and Tay reporter Bob White who share with us the latest prospects, flies and news from the river during the final week of the season.

The Tay Ghillies Association are holding a RACE NIGHT on Friday 14th October and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go back to the river which we all enjoy and value - read more.

If you are planning a last minute fishing trip to the Tay this month, let us help reduce the stress of where to go. Give the office a call on 01573 470612 for up to date news and availability.

For the latest fishing available please follow this link.

Have a great October

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock



Fishing Report

Iona Hoare with her 32lbs fly caught fish from Donnits on the Islamouth beat.

Conditions look good this week, with little or no rain forecast in the east. Last week's heavy downpours should have stirred things up and hopefully encourage more fish to run. With good water levels and river clarity, these are ideal autumnal conditions.

The nights are now cooler and temperatures are dropping to around 53.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 12 degrees Celsius, which is encouraging fish to become more aggressive. The lower and lower middle river are performing well in these current conditions read more.

Finally, you are reminded that the Tay's policy to the end of 2016 Season is:

When releasing salmon please try to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to give them every chance to recover prior to release. Releasing fish from boats in the river is not recommended.

Bob White


Spring 2017

18 pound springer from Meikleour Fishing

Availability is now being added for Spring 2017 and we don't expect the latest rods added this week of prime Tay fishing to be online for too long - find fishing.

Earlier this year we chatted with David Summers (Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board TDSFB) who has observed a gradual increase in the size of salmon returning to the Tay with more spring fish and fewer grilse - read more.

If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip in 2017, please give the office a call on 01573 470612.


Hire Equipment

Kate Fleming offer a hire service

If you are looking to book a last minute fishing trip this Autumn and your travel arrangements make it difficult to bring your own tackle, then hiring a rod, reel, line and waders is an obvious solution.

James Crockart & Son and Kate Fleming tackle shops offer a rod hire service with a delivery and collection service from your hotel or beat. Please leave eough time for them to organise the hire, especially if delivery is required - read more.


Newtyle Salmon Course


Anglers have travelled far and wide this week to attend Gary Scott's fishing course on the popular Tay beat, Newtyle. Fish were hooked and lost. Congratulations to Gary Stuart who caught and released an 11lb salmon during the course.

Gary has informed us that he will be hosting a spring course on Newtyle next year. For more information and to book a place please contact Gary Scott.


Annual Auction


The S&TC Annual Online Auction offers anglers up and down the country an absolute feast of fishing days and much more. In all there are over 100 lots covering fishing on rivers, lakes and streams - read more.


Tay Wildlife

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to witness majestic natural sights in Perthshire. From woodland colours of burnt reds and golds to the fleeting flocks of birds heading south for winter in the dusk light, it is a season of breathtaking spectacles.

Sand Martins, swifts and swallows are gathering to migrate to warmer climes along with the Tay Ospreys and as temperatures continue to drop, the river is seeing the arrival of skeins of geese and other over wintering birds.

Pitlochry Dam

Although 'fish watching' might not hold the same appeal as bird watching, the return of the Atlantic salmon is one of the most spectacular displays in the animal kingdom. A visit to the Pitlochry Dam Fish Ladder is well worth a visit this month, as salmon leap up the river to their spawning grounds.


Perthshire Amber Festival

The Royal Dunkeld has been host to the Amber Festival's musicians for the past 5 years. During the festival, which is held annually in late October - early November, the hotel becomes "The Wee Festival Hall". The music flows through the night and the atmosphere here at this time of year is truly magical - read more.


Trip To The Tay

These last few weeks Tom Carter has been taking some time out to get onto rivers in Scotland to meet ghillies and boatmen in order to get a better understanding of their beats, the river and the men who look after you when you come fishing. He was kindly invited to fish Murthly beat last week by the Gilchrist family. He writes...

An early start from my home in the borders and two hours later I was sitting with the Gilchrist party enjoying breakfast in Dunkeld at the Atholl Arms.

The Tay is a river I've never fished and have always felt daunted by its size when I've seen it from my car travelling to rivers further up north. My first beat was Murthly 2. The drive through the grounds of Murthly Estate was beautiful. The fishing hut is impressive. I was welcomed with enthusiasm from Donald Tritton and was told to "gear up”.

Well appointed Murthly 2 Fishing Hut

The morning was spent fishing from the left bank down the boat pool which is shared with Glendelvine.

As I cast my line out into the Tay I mentioned to Donald that the river looked massive and how did one fish a stretch of water this big? He said "You don't need to cast to the opposite bank, the fish have lies in this river, rather than pools you find on other rivers."

The wading line I followed was good, and caused no real problems, with no nasty holes or large rocks to stumble over. Armed with a 15 foot rod, I cast my wet cell 3 line across moving fish, my size 10 Copper Raider dancing in the water. The second run down I succumbed to spinning with a Flying C and was still unable to attract a pull.

Lunch at the fishing hut was almost a state dinner. The comfortable fishing hut has plenty of room for six to sit down for lunch. It also comes complete with a separate kitchen and bathroom. Fishing huts like this are rarely seen on the Tweed and non-existant on the Thurso (2 man shelter huts).

Photograph courtesy of Murthly & Strathbraan Estate

After a splendid lunch I fished above the hut in the afternoon. This section of the beat offered easy access into the river, and casting no more the halfway across the river was required. There are some good sized rocks where fish rest and a faster running lie in the middle of the river, this certainly kept me on my toes with anticipation as I waded down the pool.

Sadly my flies didn't connect, but all in all a great days fishing on a fine beat with a knowledgeable ghillie. I wil be returning to the Tay very soon and I now understand the passion my colleagues have for the river. A spring trip is already being planned with my fiancee.

Dunkeld is a cracking spot and has some affordable accommodation, and some good places to enjoy a beer or two - what more do you need?

Tom Carter


Small Flies

Malcolm and Karen Anderson of Caledonia Fly Company

You are fishing for fussy fish this month, they have seen it all, so what's working? Anglers who are picking away with small tubes and doubles are having a better success rate at tempting these stubborn fish.

Fast tips and ½" tubes are the order of the day during these last few days of the season.

Karen and I would like to thank our customers for using our incredible flies and hope they brought you all many successful days this season and many more in seasons to come.

Malcolm Anderson


Autumn Mini Break

Worlds tallest beech hedge near Meikleour Arms

If you are visiting Perthshire to fish, shoot, stalk or simply to get away from it this month, we recommend you take a moment and enjoy the Autumnal colours the region has to offer.

"The Lonely Planet recently voted Scotland as one of the top places in the world to see Autumnal colours"

Leaves are changing colour on the Meikleour beech hedge, the tallest in the world, or take a stroll around the Hermitage at Dunkeld, where the contrast between dediduous and Douglas fir trees are at their greatest during autumn.

You will see a riot of Autumnal colours throughout this month until the wind blows the last leaves off the trees in November making the region the perfect destination for a mini break - where to stay.


Angling Club Support


Clubs wishing to register an interest in how we might help, are being encouraged to complete a registration form on our site, so we can then contact them. The link to this page can be found here.


2016 Entries


Entries close for this years FishPal Malloch Trophy and Junior Competition on Thursday 1st December.

Please enter using our initial online form. If your entry then qualifies, you will be asked to complete a full entry form later. Junior anglers do not need to complete a full entry form. This years winners will be announced in December - read more.



Ballathie Week 36


Ballathie is one of the best known and most productive beats on the Tay. One rod for sale, ownership in perpetuity, on a highly productive mid-September week. Current 5 year average catch of 20.6 salmon. The best catches are normally made in the autumn. Contact CKD Galbraith - read more.



You can now receive daily updates from the river for latest catches and river levels during the day by email - read more.

Brian Lumsden with a 10lb fish from the Tummel.

Don't forget to add your Tay fish to the new Your Photo's page - read more.