How much adrenaline is too much?!

An epic day for Craig Hood today with a second fish from the tail of Bridge pool, 22lbs of pure fight. It all goes to prove the early bird doesn’t necessarily claim the honours and salmon don’t watch the clock!

A stolen afternoon pays off!

Craig Hood strikes again today, landing this 19lb beauty after long runs and a 25 minute fight from the tail of Bridge pool, caught on a Vision 110 during a cheeky fishing interlude after snow stopped play in his (other) day job. Congratulations Craig, what a memorable catch.

Fishing for all

We are keen here at Dalguise to encourage all and any to take up the vocation, sorry, sport, of salmon fishing.  It is worth remembering that this does not preclude guests who may assume that a wild river environment is not accessible due to their particular needs.  We know there are both ‘newbies’ as well as seasoned and experienced fishers out there, who don’t lack the will but may, in the words of one of our guests “prefer to avoid the mountain goat experience”.

Accessible bank fishing is available throughout Dalguise, as well as gentle access to many easily waded spots on the beat.  These have proven popular with old hands and newbies alike who have the enthusiasm to fish but for whom the steeper, wilder areas of riverbank are not a viable prospect.

This is why we like to promote the fact that we are one of the few Tay beats to offer free use of our boat to all tenants, dependant upon prevailing conditions.  It can make the difference between a hard slog and an enjoyable day’s fishing, and we are happy that we can continue to make that opportunity available for all our guests without an additional premium attached.

Contact us for more information on how we can adapt to your needs and ensure you have a memorable time on the river.

McMarch McCatch? McKay!

What a cracking day it’s been today! Michael Carr, Dalguise regular, had a pull in the morning in Island pool. Keith Scobbie brought a few friends to test the water, and James McKay was amply rewarded after lunch in the same spot tested out by Michael with a beautiful 18lb bar of silver just above Dowally burn. Caught on a blood red/custard devon in a biting upstream wind with flurries of snow, it goes to prove the old-fashioned lures still have a lot to give!

No pressure?

Ian King inks in his 2018 opening catch.

With the winter weather hopefully on the wane, we wait impatiently for a bit of high pressure in the atmosphere and on the riverbank.

The beat has had its taste of adrenaline for sure, with Ian King’s opening 6lb springer out of Otterstone, and the heartbreaking loss of a far larger fish the same day just the distance of a landing net from his feet, followed at the end of the month by Keith Wight’s capture of a 8lb fish from Guay Pool on the fly in 2 degree water.

With March underway we wait with bated breath for the first catch of the month – with big fish throughout the system the outlook is good, so it’s all down to you, folks, get casting!

Weather variable, outlook bright!

With water levels currently ideal, the river having shrunk back with the recent frosty conditions, there’s a positive outlook for our chances over coming days.  Although the spring run has been making its appearance in fits and starts across the Tay, there have been enough large fish caught across the system to bring good cheer – and plenty of last years model making their presence known, with many well-mended kelts taking the bait and hopefully showing the graduating class how it’s done….

All systems go!

So it’s blank pages no longer at Dalguise for the 2018 season as syndicate stalwart Ian King successfully lands a 7lb bar of silver out of Otterstone on a Yellow Monkey fly. Congratulations Ian – and there’s still some fishing time left….

Opening Day 2018

Monday the 15th started misty and, well, brisk is as good a term as any lest we create any -8 degree flashbacks in our hardy day one survivors! 

Good humour, stoicism, a cheeky nip to start off with, and some hearty soup for lunch were added to the mix, and despite the arctic conditions a memorable day was had by our first guests for the season, most of whom we have welcomed on opening day in the past.  Hopes were raised for the space of a heartbeat as Rory came face to face with an extremely hungry …… grayling under Bridge pool!  A fine mix of old hands and new faces made for a cracking day out, despite the lack of silver.  

It was a very good year …. and now for another one.

May we take a moment to say thank you to guests and friends for your support and company over the last season, and all the best for the next.

Tight lines for 2018, from all at Dalguise Fishings

A blether about the weather

A poll by the Scottish government found that the nation’s favourite word is ‘dreich’.

If you’re from out of the area and want to expand your Highland vocabulary, it means wet, dull, gloomy, dismal, dreary or any combination of these.  

Waders, a stout jacket, and a heart that belongs to fishing will get you through the day, but we think looking at this view from the balcony of the lodge with a hot cup of coffee doesn’t hurt either – and it doesn’t bother the salmon, after all!

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