THE FINEST FISHING EXPERIENCE ON THE RIVER TAY
WELCOME TO DALGUISE FISHINGS
Located just five miles north of Dunkeld and immediately to the east of the hamlet of Dalguise, Dalguise Fishings invites you to indulge in an extraordinary salmon fishing experience on the renowned River Tay. Nestled amidst the breathtaking Scottish landscape, our exclusive fishing beat promises an unforgettable adventure for both seasoned anglers and enthusiastic beginners.
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HAPPINESS IS A DAY ON THE TAY
This is a double bank beat on the middle Tay, situated about 2 miles downstream of the confluence of the Rivers Tay and Tummel and extending to approximately 1.5 miles. The beat is set amongst spectacular scenery and boasts a wide array of both plant and wildlife on its riverbanks, including kingfishers and otters seen on a daily basis and ospreys fishing on the river. Dalguise has nine major pools which can be described as a fly-fishers dream and allows for a maximum of seven bank rods with the option of using the boat. The River Tay, known for its majestic beauty and abundant salmon population, offers an unparalleled fishing opportunity. At Dalguise Fishings, we take great pride in providing our guests with access to some of the most sought-after salmon fishing spots on the river. With its pristine waters and diverse fishing pools, this stretch of the River Tay is well known for yielding impressive catches.
CAST AWAY YOUR TROUBLES
Our knowledgeable Ghillie is dedicated to ensuring an exceptional fishing experience for every guest. With his expertise and passion for angling, he will guide you through the intricacies of salmon fishing, sharing valuable insights and techniques that will enhance your chances of a successful catch. At Dalguise Fishings, we prioritise your comfort and enjoyment on the day. Our well-appointed facilities blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, offering a perfect blend of convenience and serenity. Whether you’re preparing for your angling adventure or taking a break between casts, our welcoming fishing lodge provides a warm retreat where you can relax and relish the camaraderie of fellow fishing enthusiasts, not to mention a warming cup of tea or something little stronger at the end of a productive day on the water.
On the 1st of July 2023 the Smellie family took over ownership of the Dalguise fishing beat from the devoted care of Donald Skene who became the owner in 2009. After 14 years of enjoying fishing Dalguise and meeting fishers from all over the world , he decided it was now time for another family to enjoy the beat for years to come. We look forward to meeting guests as they return to Dalguise while also enjoying the magic of fishing for salmon on the River Tay themselves. The breathtaking views and fishing waters of the Dalguise beat offer quality fishing while taking in the stunning Scottish environment. We look forward to meeting new guests enjoying the easy wading waters Dalguise has to offer and seeing them grow into old friends who enjoy the wonders of the beat as we do.
HISTORY OF THE BEAT
The Dalguise fishings originally formed part of the Dalguise Estate. It is understood that the famous author Beatrix Potter, during her summer holidays at Dalguise House, would enjoy walks along the riverbank of the Dalguise fishings and it is widely accepted that is the location for her inspiration for the Tale of Jeremey Fisher. Indeed, both the Tail of Peter Rabbit and the Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle, were also a result of inspiration from her childhood holidays at Dalguise.
THE RIVER TAY
The River Tay is Scotland’s longest and, perhaps, best known salmon river with a catchment of 2,800 sq. miles. It rises from Ben Lui at some 3,708ft running some 117 miles and joined by many contributories on its course downstream including the Lyon, Tummel, Isla and Ericht. It flows through a variety of Highland scenery, rich rolling farmland and down to the City of Perth and on to the North Sea beyond Dundee. The River Tay is renowned for offering some of the most exciting and consistent salmon fishings in Scotland and enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of fish caught with a particularly productive autumn run.
The season runs from 15th January to 15th October. Although it has been established that fresh fish enter the Tay system on a daily basis 365 days per year. Therefore there is always a chance that you might ‘connect’ with a fresh run fish anytime from the opening to the last day of the season. As a general rule, the spring run enters the river during March with ‘genuine springers’ continuing to be caught until late May in a normal season. Prior to this January and February can be sporadic with any fresh fish caught (usually heavy fish) more likely to be termed the ‘winter run’. Of late, the spring season has been increasingly productive and we would recommend an outing for the chance to connect with some legendary Tay spring silver.
June normally heralds the arrival of the Grilse run, although heavy clean ‘summer fish’ can often provide an unexpected bonus during June and into July. The Grilse run tends to build during June and peaks during July and August when excellent sport can be had with both salmon and sea trout on the “flea” rod. The first rains of September will see the start of the prolific autumn, or “back end” runs for which the Tay is famous. Dalguise will be available on daily or weekly lets for up to seven rods with weekly lets being given priority. Salmon fishing, seven rods with boat and a Ghillie.
At Dalguise Fishings, we prioritise your comfort and enjoyment on the day. Our well-appointed facilities blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings, offering a perfect blend of convenience and serenity. Whether you’re preparing for your angling adventure or taking a break between casts, our welcoming fishing cabin provides a warm retreat where you can relax and relish the camaraderie of fellow fishing enthusiasts, not to mention a warming cup of tea or something little stronger at the end of a productive day on the water.
Our cabin is situated right next to the cap park in the middle of the beat at Dalguise and is constructed in a traditional style of pine under a box profile roof. It has recently undergone a significant programme of refurbishment including further strengthening to protect it from high water levels. Enjoying an elevated position above the river, it has a river fronting veranda from where magnificent views of the upper beat, surrounding countryside, hills and the Victorian railway bridge can be fully enjoyed. The cabin has one principal room providing a kitchen area with seating and dining space with a WC immediately off and a rod room/store reached by a separate pedestrian access door lying to the rear.
TIME SPENT FISHING IS TIME WELL SPENT
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Dalguise Fishings, Dalguise, Dunkeld PH8 0JX
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