Pol Dornie 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

1. It is the wish of the River Tay Catchment proprietors to enhance breeding stocks of fish by introducing a voluntary catch and release policy. You are requested, whenever possible, to return caught fish to the river. A video explaining the policy is available from the Estate Office.

2. The fishing may not be sub-let. However, in the event of the rod being unable to fish, he or she may assign the rod to a third party.

3. Please inform the Estate Office by phone of all catch returns, including nil returns, within 48 hours of the end of your fishing. Failure to do so may result in future lets being refused.

Please fill in any comments/remarks in the register in the fishing hut.

4. Fly-fishing only with standard fly tackle is permitted. Prawn, shrimp and worm bait is not permitted.

5. Spinning shall cease in the Pol Dornie and Essangael pools when the water level is below the white painted marks on the respective rocks.

6. Multi hook lures should not be used (i.e. if fishing a Rapala two of the three trebles should be removed).

7. During periods of low water when only the main pools can be fished, if an angler approaches a pool which is already being fished from the opposite bank, he should allow a reasonable period to elapse before fishing that pool and at that point the other angler should move on. When conditions are equal on both sides, that period should be about twenty minutes but the period should vary when bank conditions favour one side as opposed to the other (e.g. at the Essangael pool).

8. You should hold an adequate and valid public liability insurance covering yourself and your guests. All persons fishing Atholl Estates' waters do so at their own risk and the Estate takes no responsibility for any damage, accident or personal injury of whatsoever kind or nature. Wading in rivers can be dangerous. The Estate recommends the use of life jackets and wading staffs. Also be aware that rapid changes in water level may occur on this stretch of river. Please act responsibly.

9. Use phone as directed at the Railway level crossing and keep the gate locked at all times. The combination padlock code is available from the estate office with your permit after payment. Please ensure you and your guests follow the correct procedure.



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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 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.

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