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  • Fishing in Tayside

    Tayside & Perthshire boasts some of the finest lochs and fishing locations in the country.

    Salmon and Sea Trout Angling Seasons in this area
    Earn River System:1 February -
    31 October
    South Esk River System: 16 February -
    31 October
    North Esk River System:16 February -
    31 October
    Tay River System: 15 January -
    15 October

Salmon Fishing, Pitlochry

Salmon fishing is available over a series of locations in the region from 15 January until 31 October. Spring salmon are the earliest running multi sea winter fish. In most rivers the main runs start to arrive in March. April and May are the best times for spring salmon. These fish can be large, most years specimens of thirty or more pounds will be encountered. By June the first of the grilse arrive and continue to run from then until the end of the season, their weight increasing with each passing month. Large salmon are mixed with the grilse to add sporting interest. By autumn some of these fish can reach giant proportions and great catches can be made in any of the major salmon rivers in Tayside.

Pitlochry Anglers Club

The Club waters have a high reputation and include stretches of the River Tummel and River Garry, and Loch Bhac and Loch Kinardochy. The Club’s policy is to provide good fishing at reasonable cost.

Details from Mr.R.Harriman,"Sunnyknowe", Nursing Home Brae, Pitlochry. - 01796 472484

River Earn

Salmon run the Earn system from springtime right through to the closing of the season. The main runs start with the arrival of grilse and continue into the autumn when historically some huge fish weighing over forty pounds have been encountered. September and October tend to be the most prolific salmon fishing months. Fishing is available from bank or boat and fly-fishing, bait and spinning is allowed.

River Ericht

Blairgowrie Angling Club beats below the town provide some good fishing, especially during the springtime. Come the month of May salmon will have penetrated the upper reaches and the tributaries. This is small river fishing and most sport can be enjoyed with a single-handed rod and small flies. After summer floods the Ericht system enjoys really good grilse runs that continue on any rise of water right to the end of the season. The lower reaches at the Grange of Aberbothrie offer the chance of salmon, trout or grayling. This little known river system offers lots of opportunities along its rich and varied length.

River Lyon

Glen Lyon is a particularly beautiful place and through it runs the river of that name like a silver ribbon. Sometimes it runs broken and shallow interspersed by deep pools, other parts open out to form slow loch-like reaches. Further downstream the river tumbles energetically through rocky gorges. The river has some excellent trout fishing throughout its length. There are several good salmon beats on the Lyon. The river fishes best when there is a drop of water in it and since most the flow is controlled by dams, artificial freshets are the favourite time to be on stream because the extra water entices the fish to move upstream and provide sport.

River Tummel

The River Tummel is a large river, noted for its spring salmon, and also with runs of summer salmon and grilse.The 5yr average is around 150 fish. Loch Tummel, a natural loch that was increased 18 feet in depth by the hydro scheme. Below Clunie Dam at the east end of the loch the River Tummel again emerges, to flow in much diminished volume towards Loch Faskally at Pitlochry. This is a dramatic stretch of river, rock worn into amazing sculptures over millions of years by the water and it contains some very interesting trout fishing. Loch Faskally is fed by two rivers the Tummel as mentioned and the Garry that enters from the north. Most of the Garry and its tributaries the Bruar and Errochty are affected by abstraction but the beats up to Blair Atholl where the River Tilt enters offer some good salmon fishing. Practically all of the fish are heading for the Tilt, a tumultuous stream that issues from the dramatic landscape of Glen Tilt. It fishes well on a falling spate. PORTNACRAIG PITLOCHRY BEAT. (Pitlochry Angling Club) extends from a marker post about 100 metres below Pitlochry Dam down to the road bridge at Aldour and is double bank offering fishing for 6 rods per day,3 on either bank with anglers swapping banks at 12.30 each day. The 2009 ticket prices range from £25-£55 per day. Advance booking recommended, particularly for mid March to mid June. Day tickets only cover up to 5 pm, and worm fishing is not allowed at any time . LOWER TUMMEL BEAT). The Lower Tummel Beat extends from Moulinearn to Ballinluig, and can be fished from either bank. It fishes well for spring fish and can offer good sport for grilse throughout the summer. Fly fishing is recommended with spinning restricted to high water conditions.Four anglers per day. The beat is available during January and February and further weeks in the spring and summer will be posted on the Fishtay site. Worm fishing is not allowed at any time.


(RUAN RUARIE BEAT). The River Garry is a medium sized, spate river. The Ruan Ruarie Beat is at the Pass of Killiecrankie. East bank only. Four anglers per day. The 2009 ticket price is £20 per day. Salmon have to ascend the Pitlochry Salmon Ladder at Pitlochry Dam to reach the beat. Generally sufficient have done so by late April to make fishing worthwhile. From then on to the end of the season, the beat can provide excellent fishing for the runs of summer salmon and grilse. Advance booking recommended. Worm fishing is not allowed at any time.

Loch Faskally

Loch Faskally is fed by two rivers the Tummel as mentioned and the Garry that enters from the north. Most of the Garry and its tributaries the Bruar and Errochty are affected by abstraction but the beats up to Blair Atholl where the River Tilt enters offer some good salmon fishing. Practically all of the fish are heading for the Tilt, a tumultuous stream that issues from the dramatic landscape of Glen Tilt. It fishes well on a falling spate.. Salmon, brown trout, pike, perch and grayling are caught in the loch. Below Faskally, the river is known as the Lower Tummel and here at last it assumes its rightful proportions. It is a large fast flowing river, running over a cobbled bed that contains excellent feeding for large numbers of brown trout and grayling. Spring salmon fishing is good here also, April and May being the hot months. Water permitting, good runs of grilse also occur as they head towards the Rivers Garry and Tilt. Dunmore Loch close to Pitlochry offers the coarse angler fishing for a variety of species including tench, roach, perch & pike.

River Tay (Islamouth to Perth)

Now swelled by the waters of the Isla, the Tay becomes a truly mighty and magnificent river. There are a number opportunities to fish famous beats during spring and early summer when the fishing is not usually at its best but given the right conditions great fishing can be picked up at very reasonable prices.

River Tay (Ballinluig to Islamouth)

At the confluence with the River Tummel the Tay becomes a large and powerful river, big enough to use boats for salmon fishing in all but the lowest of levels. Immediately below the junction is Lower Kinnaird a picturesque salmon beat that is characterised by gravel runs and good fly fishing water. From here down there are a number of famous salmon beats including Murthly and Glendelvine.Just upstream of Dunkeld the Tay is joined by the River Braan that flows from Loch Freuchie down Strathbraan and through “The Hermitage” a local beauty spot with it’s fine woods and waterfall. The Braan is well known for excellent traditional brown trout river fishing.

River Tay (Kenmore to Ballinluig)

From its gentle birth below the Kenmore Bridge the infant River Tay flows eastwards picking up the River Lyon en route to Aberfeldy. Continuing in the same direction it meets its main tributary, the River Tummel at Ballinluig, a total distance of around twenty miles as the river flows. There are several interesting salmon beats in the first few miles of its journey, the best pools being around its junction with the River Lyon. Trout fishing in the Upper Tay can be excellent at times. Several of the angling clubs that oversee the fishing have encouraged conservation and catch and release, measures that are obviously paying off handsomely. Dry fly fishing is particularly effective during olive and caddis hatches, at other times nymphs and wet flies are best.

Loch Tay

This is a big loch, some sixteen miles long and a mile in breadth. Parts of it are deep and most of its fishing potential is around its wooded shoreline. The loch acts like a giant reservoir for the River Tay that exits from its eastern end at the village of Kenmore. Salmon fishing on the loch produces a few monsters between twenty and thirty pounds each year. Trolling using Rapala plugs, Kynoch Killers, spoons and minnows is the most effective methods for salmon fishing. In addition to salmon there are goodly numbers of trout, charr, pike and roach. This latter fish appeared in numbers only recently and concentrates with the pike at the Killin end of the loch. Trout can be caught by bait or fly all around the loch. Several operators offer boats for hire for trout and salmon fishing.

River South Esk

Salmon are present in the river when the season opens but they are slow to pass upstream in low temperatures. Once the temperature rises to 6 degrees C and the water levels are suitable fresh fish quickly run upstream. The middle reaches usually enjoy their first sport around the middle of March. In a normal year the second week of April will see the arrival of fresh springers in Glen Clova. May is the best month for spring salmon fishing. Given water, grilse can be expected on summer floods from June onwards and later in the season fresh fish continue to arrive in the lower beats until the close.

Links - Perth and Kinross Angling Code
- terrific information on everything you need to know about fishing in Perthshire - Ally Gowans fly fishing site - daily experiences of a local angler - permits, beats, tackle in Tayside