Meikleour and Upper Islamouth

River TAY - Scotland

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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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Sun 20th January

Week Ending Saturday 19th January 2019

Well that's the 'first week of the season been and gone. We can't thank everyone enough for their generosity and support. Over the week we raised almost £2,100 for the charity Angling For Youth Development which is a substantial sum for such a small charity.

The river started the week at 0.70m and finished up at 0.56m which is low for the time of the year. At these heights we fish the tail of the March Pool, Boxwood, House Pool, Islamouth and Castle Pools with great hope but despite our best efforts we could not find our first springer of the season. It was a very quiet week on the river with only two springers caught but these weighed 14lbs and 18lbs so fine big Tay springers. The week past has seen visitors new and old from England, Hawaii, Colorado and Scotland all enjoying their time on the water - even if it was VERY cold on some of the days...

The week ahead is quiet and we have availability every day if you fancy trying your hand at salmon fishing on the mighty Tay.

There are many kelts about after what seems to have been a busy spawning time in the last two or three weeks. Things are still quiet on the nature front although I did see an Oystercatcher flying by the other day which is very early in the year. Lots of mallard and tufted ducks about just now as well. The kingfishers have got through the winter so far and are often seen fishing as the boat passes. Yesterday one of our anglers saw two roe deer crossing the river which is an achievement at this time of year!

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.

You can find more details about the beat on this site or on

In the meantime if you have any queries about fishing at Meikleour please don't hesitate to contact me on 07870 979 710.

For details of accommodation locally you can speak to Betty in the Estate Office on 01250 883 424

All the very best, Calum (Head Ghillie)

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