Great to have time to spend visiting a few beats on the Tay today and a look too at the Tummel below the dam at Pitlochry as you do.
My first comment is that it is so disappointing to hear that the viewing chamber at the Pitlochry Dam is to be closed, apparently because it is dangerous yet no thought to the thousands of visitors who make a bee-line to the dam in the hop they might see a salmon in the chamber. Apparently down to cost of repairing but really sad to see as I always loved looking to see the count and a quick look in the chamber.
On the Tay at Newtyle, the beat was looking fantastic in the spring sunshine and many an angler out looking to try and connect with a bar of Tay silver. The decent water height made for much anticipation from all out on the river. It was first thing this morning when I was there so not sure if anyone was lucky or not – I’ll need to check the Tay catches tonight to see what was going on!!
Then a visit to the amazing Dalmarnock beat to visit my very good friend John Olav over from Norway with 9 students who are all here to experience Scottish Salmon fishing as part of their fishing education. John runs Tingvol Beat on the Verdal in Norway and I am lucky enough to be able to fish this magnificent river with John and guests in the first week of the their season and for the last 2 years, managing to catch their first salmon!! No pressure then for this June!! If you would like to know more about this amazing fishing then please do give me a ring, happy to chat things through with you. Here is the link to their Facebook page.
With John was Phil Dale who was also helping with the coaching of the students in salmon etiquette and casting. Phil has access to some incredible sea fishing in the fiords of Norway and can arrange some spectacular fishing of a range of different species. You can also fish for salmon with Phil and look out for a feature on what’s on offer here in a future newsletter.
Colin Mcfadyen, head ghille at Dalmarnock is a top ghillie and can’t do enough for his guests. Not just finding the right pool to fish but also helping with instruction and of course, the Scottish banter which the Norwegian students seemed to love.
One of the nicest things about Colin’s beat is that if you want to fish with your under 16 child then the child will fish for free – now that’s a great way of encouraging young people into the sport and it would be great to see other beats follow Colin’s lead on this great initiative.
The Tay is fishing well right now and prices are still reasonable for this time of year so if you would like to fish the Tay then please use our FIND FISHING link to see what we have on offer.
With the sun shining, the birds singing and the air warm a day out fishing right now is top of the list of things to do and I can’t wait for my next outing to join in the fun.
Tight lines everyone.