Tackle Advice

Tackle to bring

The tackle required depends on the time of year and where you are fishing. If fishing on the lower or middle Tay stout tackle will be required in spring or autumn, or even in summer if there happens to be a flood. For flyfishing in the spring or autumn 15-18ft rods will be required coupled with fast sinking lines, but bring the sinktip just in case of a mild dry day. Weight forward or even shooting heads can be worth bringing, as a longer cast may make all the difference on some beats. Your ghillie will advise.

Many anglers opt to spin in high water. A good 10ft spinning rod will be required with a large capacity fixed spool reel or even a multiplier with 15lb line. Popular baits for bank fishing include devon minnows, especially wooden 'floating' devons fished with a lead weight, toby salmos, blair spoons and Flying C's. For harling from the boat many ghillies will supply you with rods and the appropriate plugs.

In summer on the Tay a 15ft fly rod will still be necessary with floating line or sink tip. A decent rod is also required on the Tummel but on other tributaries a 12 or 13ft rod will be more than ample. On some stretches even a single handed rod will suffice.

Most Tay and Tummel beats require wading, so bring chest waders, unless you only fish from the boat. This is an option available to disabled anglers which may be denied to them on many rivers. You are advised to wear an inflatable lifejacket for safety, whether fishing from a boat, the bank or wading. Many beats will supply you with one, but to be safe, bring your own. Please remember it is important to have these serviced regularly. A stout wading stick will also aid safe wading, but ensure it has a rubber cap on the end to minimise disturbance.

Flies to bring

Again fly choice will depend on the time of year. In the spring and autumn weighted tube flies may be required, but if the water is low flies tied on larger doubles or trebles will be sufficient. In summer bring doubles and trebles down to a size 10 or even smaller on some tributaries. On the River Isla for example microtubes with 14 or even size 16 trebles might be all that is required. The most popular patterns nowadays tend to be variations on the shrimp fly theme. A long tail is guaranteed to produce many a longer tale! Your ghillie will advise on the most appropriate patterns.

Hiring/buying tackle

Visiting and local anglers are able to purchase tackle from local tackle shops. Those marked with an asterisk (*) in the following list also hire out equipment.





Your ghillie will be on hand to advise



Tackle supplies & shops
James Crockart & Son
James Crockart & Son,Blairgowrie
Blairgowrie
01250 872056
We stock an extensive range of rods, reels, clothing, flies, lures and accessories for salmon and trout fishing. Our Tackle Hire Service includes all items required to fish for both salmon and trout. Delivery by arrangement. Salmon and trout permits are sold for local rivers. info@jamescrockartandsons.co.uk
Kate Fleming Tackle Shop
Kate Fleming Tackle Shop,Blairgowrie
Blairgowrie
01250 873990
NEW IN SAGE X ROD - Salmon & Trout. We have a huge variety of flies, fishing tackle, fly tying equipment, country clothing and outdoor equipment including Vision, Rio, Snowbee, Sage and Hunter. Tackle hire and delivery service - waders, flies, rods single and double handed. Salmon and trout permits for local Angling Clubs can be purchased from the shop.
Tay Minnows
Tay Minnows,

07590 651 820
Chris Connolly creates his Devon minnows using traditional methods of hand painting and varnishing. The production process involves anything up to eight layers of paint and varnish, which results in a beautiful and durable finish. All popular colours and sizes are available. BUY NOW! Boxed selection of five minnows, all wooden floaters with mounts, £20 plus postage



















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