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!

#priorities

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!

Shivery start – warm welcome

Brrr… the mercury on the lodge balcony is struggling to get past 10 this morning, and we’re feeling a bit sorry for the new lambs next door.  The upside for the angler is that the water temperature matches, making conditions ideal for a salmon to take.  We’re delighted to welcome back the Simmons party for their annual endeavour, and hope they warm those numb fingers round a mug of soup at lunchtime over tales of this morning’s catches….!

Kåre Håkonsen braved the rigours of a bitter day of heavy snow at the beat yesterday, and reaped rewards of the freshly minted spring silver variety.  A Cascade fished on floating line through Otterstone Pool proved just the ticket to tempt this lovely 10 pounder.

Bordering on bad behaviour

As far as our canine assistant ghillie Haggis is concerned, every guest is a potential seat cushion. 

Mike Carr, infinitely patient Dalguise resident rod and recipient of Border Terrier sass, recently brought partner Amy along to share in his Saturday on the beat.  It was a day of fishing, rather than catching (we blame the dog, of course), but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless and memorable for all concerned, fishing or not.  If you are joining us at the beat please feel free to contact us if you would like to bring along someone to spectate – but do warn them about the free-range Haggis!

I’m not ready for my close-up, Mr McKellar.

After 13 kelts and two springers that took the early release option, we’ve had our share of adrenaline at the beat so far this season, but nothing for the book until Friday when Jock McKellar brought in the first fish of the season on a zebra Toby out of Bridge pool.

The gloriously silver 16 pounder gave a spirited 20 minute fight and we wish we could share a picture with you.  However, with Jock understandably focussed on the safe return of a beautiful fish and our resident photographer just out of reach on the boat we missed the chance for a photo-op by moments – but even camera shy salmon are welcome!

Multiples for Malcolm

It’s been great to have Dr Malcolm Freeland back for his annual duel with the mighty Tay salmon, and this year has been a productive visit with three fish to his name and a day of fishing left.  He’s pictured here with his second fish, a 7lber out of Otterstone captured on a harled kynoch – and with a full day left and catches high across the Tay system we’ll see what today brings!

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