Water under the bridge

Like the rest of the country, we are glad to see the most prohibitive of the necessary restrictions behind us as we carefully and safely welcome guests from, well, everywhere!  Despite the restrictions June was a wonderful month and July sees the Tay begin to fully open up to fishing across all beats.  The majority of guests who were unable to take up their original bookings are now happily re-booked and we look forward to seeing you all.  With our guests safety paramount we are of course taking all the necessary and recommended precautions, as well as being quietly thankful that the salmon have shown no inclination toward social distancing so far this season !

We get locked down – but we get up again !

While we patiently await guidance on the timescale for the ‘new normal’ which will allow us to safely welcome guests from further afield, we have been busy at the beat since the initial easing of restrictions three weeks ago.

The ongoing circumstances have created a delightful irony – the beat has never been this lightly fished, and yet this is a record breaking June for us with ten fish landed up to 22 pounds!

If you’re counting the hours till your return to the riverbank, we hope the thought of landing a fish like this 16lb beauty, taken directly in front of the lodge last week, whets your appetite !

Celebration time? You Bett it is….

There’s really not much we need to add by way of a caption other than to offer congratulations to Stephen Bett on his 8lb cock fish caught in the same lie as Saturday’s hen fish – enjoy that cigar buddy!

Patience pays off

A well earned smile from Alan Ramsay on the final day of his 2019 residency at Dalguise.
Here he is with his 13lb catch from the boating steps – a beautiful hen fish just about ready to lay down the next generation for a few years hence.

Right in the net

Harry McCombie struck again today with a fish hooked on a Blue Special tube fly.  Shared many seasons ago from Moray’s stash, it was good to see it hold up through a lengthy battle befitting a very healthy 19lb cock fish.

Hooked in Dowally and played and finally netted in the Lee of Island, Harry did the work to bring it home with netting assistance from Ian King – and some encouragement from the cheerleaders!

Brand new catch

David Brand patiently displayed a lifelong angler’s perpetual optimism, labouring happily on in spite of the dour driech weather today. His reward came in the shape of a buckled rod over Guay pool, finally resulting in this 8lb beauty. David’s first salmon in a year and a half, this was a long time coming – but what a fish!

Neil reels in – again!

A glorious fishing effort at the beat today was topped off by regular guest Neil Turner and his late afternoon addition to the catch book. Neil may be a man of few words, but he sounded pretty happy to have maintained his successful record at Dalguise with this 12 lb fighter!


Round about 12 noon, in the rain, thoughts start to turn to lunch. Harry’s done this before though, and went for a final pass over the depths of the pool directly beneath the lodge. Holding the boat in the fast water in front of the Croy gave Harry the opportunity to cast a perfect line and present the fly in a manner not possible from the bank. Swept through the lie by the current, it took very few casts before the fly was taken by one of the salmon that often lurk there undisturbed. A phenomenonal run ensued, taking all the line and most of the backing, with the fisherman’s favourite soundtrack – a Hardy’s Perfect screaming at top pitch. 
After a tense boat chase to gain some line advantage, this beautiful 12 pounder was finally netted beneath the bridge on a Willie Gunn – congratulations Harry, King of the late lunch!

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Full steam ahead

Flying Scotsman Comes Home

The iconic Flying Scotsman thundered through the beat this afternoon, fresh from its refurbishment, providing the ultimate flashback Friday experience – a wee taste of the Beatrix Potter era and a privileged view of a thing of beauty.  A unique experience on our unique beat.

Keep calm, and Carr-y on fishing

Mike Carr kept it in the family by bringing along Dad Derek for a crack at the spring silver.  It was all go when Derek hooked a cracker of a fish in Bridge pool, which gave an amazing fight right to the other side of the river …. only to make its escape a few rod lengths away from the bank!

Now we’re not saying there’s any kind of father son rivalry or mutterings of a rematch, but Mike’s grin on landing this feisty sea-liced beauty in the lee of Island says it all!  Well done, guys!

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