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Boat Fishing ticket: The price is per rod but you have to buy two rods. Depending on the conditions you can enjoy fly-fishing or spinning from the anchored boat or harling if the river is high. You will be guided all day by your ghillie.
Bank Fishing ticket: bank or wading without a personal ghillie. At the start of the day a ghillie will give you a map of the pools and will advise you on the best suited places to fish and tackle depending on the conditions.
Upper Islamouth and Meikleour House is a picturesque double bank beat set in the stunning grounds of Meikleour House. The beat 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 we are most famous and to follow the path to these pools is to follow in the footsteps of many angling greats. We welcome the expert and novice alike and can provide tuition if required.
Our 14 named pools can offer fly fishing and spinning from both bank and boat, as well as harling when conditions allow. Bank fishing is without a personal ghillie, however a ghillie will be available at the start of the day to show you the best places. Boat fishing is for a minimum of two rods.
Pools such as the March Pool, Boxwood Bush, House Pool, Apple Haugh and Islamouth offer great sport in high water levels, while in lower water you can fish the Tunnel Stream, Tunnel Hole, Boxwood Boils, Cormorant Tree and Castle Pools.
We have fly and spinning rods available for guests to use and our head ghillie Calum McRoberts is always happy to advise in advance of your trip on the best tackle for the conditions.
Our newly renovated Ferry Cottage boathouse is spacious and extremely well appointed, with a kitchen, a large oak banquet table, stove and WC. The Meikleour House fishing hut is a little gem that can be booked at no extra cost for private parties.
We can also arrange for accommodation on the estate at our hotel the Meikleour Arms. Entirely renovated and expanded in 2017, the Meikleour Arms offers 11 stylish bedrooms and serves renowned country food. The hotel also has serviced cottages (1, 2 and 3 bedrooms) in the village at in the old Walled Garden. Dogs stay for free
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If you are a first time visitor to the river please pay close attention to the next section...
For the visiting angler, the River Tay can be a daunting experience but we are always on hand to help you throughout the day. You will probably want to bring both a spinning rod and a fly rod to give yourself the best chance of sport. Spinning reels should be loaded with 30lbs braid or 18lbs nylon at this time of year. A good choice of lures will be Toby Salmo, Devon Minnows and some 110 lures. If this sounds like a foreign language please don't hesitate to phone - we are here to help! For the fly angler you will want to come equipped with Triple D lines which are always popular in the F/H/I or F/I/S2 If this doesn't mean much to you please don't hesitate to phone for advice. We want to do our best to make sure you have a great days fishing and coming equipped for the conditions will give you the best possible chance of sport.
We offer boat and bank fishing at Meikleour. For the first time visitor it might be an idea to take a boat as you will be accompanied by a ghillie throughout your day who will try their hardest to give you the best chance of a fish and help to keep your spirits up during the day . If you prefer bank fishing, you will always be greeted personally by a ghillie on your arrival who will give you help as to the most appropriate tackle/flies/lures and they will suggest where you should fish to give you the best chance. We have rods and reels available to use free of charge and although we don't offer wader hire, we have two fishing shops in Blairgowrie that offer this service and given enough notice we can arrange this for you.