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
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.