Thursday, 31 January 2008

Fishing Hut View (today)

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A wee bit of snow fell at lunchtime today and I see it's started again now at 3.30pm. My fingers are still crossed for tomorrow.
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Jock Monteith

Stormy Skies on Newtyle

Something's brewing !!!!!!!

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View (today)

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With all the heavy rain & snow last night it's not surpising that the river is on the up again. Hopefully not to the same level as last Saturday !!!. Colin & I brought the boats over from they're winter home last night and they're looking braw sitting in the wee bay just upstream of our submerged jetty !!!
It's not looking great for our opening day tomorrow but will keep my fingers crossed it drops back again.
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Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Water Gauge (today)

This is the first time we've seen this for a while !!!! It's still 6ft above low sunmmer level and it is certainly clear enough to fish in (click photograph to enlarge).

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's a video taken earlier today of the hut and the river. The water has dropped and at last the top few inches of the water gauge are visible. Hope it now continues to drop for our opening day on Friday.
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Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's a video of the fishing hut view today in the driving rain. As soon as were open later in the week I'll be taking videos & photographs of how all the different pools look on Newtyle from the boat and hopefully some quality footage showing the capture & release of a few fine specimen springers !!!!! When our season starts I'll be posting that day's footage on this blog around 7pm every evening.
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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

Here's the scene today and still the water gauge is well hidden. With all of today's rain it could well rise again which would give me yet another great opportunity to de-silt the hut !!!!
I've had the coal fire on all day and the hut is drying out nicely and ready for the onslaught of fishers this Friday onwards when we open.
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Jock Monteith

Monday, 28 January 2008

Cottar Bay Newtyle Beat

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Here's the Cottar Bay today in the big water. You can just see the boats to the right of the shed (if you look closely) which have been left stranded high and dry up on the grass after the flood. We open for fishing this Friday coming so I'll slip them into the river in the next day or so.
This is a great time of the year and always a few beautiful springers snooping about to be caught.
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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

Here's the gauge today. Your guess is as good as mine but hopefully tomorrow I'll not have to be Jacques Cousteau to read it !!!!!!


Jock Monteith

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Water Gauge (today)

Here's a picture of the receding flood today.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's the view today and the water is dropping back. The water level was thigh deep inside our fishing hut in the early hours of Saturday morning. Thankfully due to natural subsidence there's a run on the floor inside the hut. 50 or so pales of water thrown against the upstream wall shifts all the flood's silt and muck down to the downstream end of the hut where it's easier to shovel out.


Jock Monteith

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Flood Shots (today)



There's not really a lot I can say about the river today !!!!

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's the latest and it's now waist deep inside the fishing hut. Nothing like it for giving the hut a good wash out !!!

Jock Monteith

Friday, 25 January 2008

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's the latest picture at 4pm today. Thankfully the fishing hut sits in a sheltered back eddy and is not exposed to the sheer destructive power the Tay has when it's huge like this. The river is still rising and more heavy rain is due. Keep watching this space !!!!!

Jock Monteith

High Water Today on the Tay

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The river is now only a few inches away from being inside the fishing hut. You can see in this video the sheer power the Tay's has when it's in full flood like this. It's really an awesome sight.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's a panoramic view taken from the roof of the Newtyle fishing hut this morning. In December 2006 the water level reached shoulder height in the hut so still 6ft to go. Watch this space !!!!!!

Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)


Your guess is as good as mine as to where the water gauge is today !!!!! & it's still rising. These shots were taken at 9 am. There could be some more interesting photographs up on this blog later today

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Water Gauge (today)

You can see how quickly the river is dropping from today's earlier shot of the water gauge.
This shot was taken at 1pm and now showing a level of 4ft 7'.
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Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's how the Tay is looking today (1pm) from the Newtyle Beat fishing hut area.
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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

Here's todays water level at 5ft 10' on the Newtyle Gauge. As you can see the Tay has risen 1ft 10 ' since yesterday. This shot was taken at 9.30am.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Fishing Hut View (today)

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Here's a panoramic view of the 'Tail of the Cottar' pool from the fishing hut area.
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Jock Monteith

Cottar Bay Newtyle Beat

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Here's a look at the Cottar Bay. High clear spring water tells me that they're could easily be a springer or two holding up in the bay today.
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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

Here's the river level today on Newtyle (Click to enlarge photograph). As you can see the Tay's back up again at 4ft.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

My dog Selkie Monteith

My great friend 'Selkie' is such a noble & loyal beast. He follows me about all day & night (I am sure though only out of curiosity !!!). He is solely responsible for the Newtyle Beat having some of the fittest rabbits in Scotland.

Jock Monteith

The Rock Pool Newtyle Beat

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Here's how the 'Rock Pool' was looking earlier today. In high water salmon lie in near to the side here and in lower water levels a really lovely fly stream appears all the way through this pool.
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Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Rock Pool to The Boil

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Here's a panoramic video taken earlier today of the 'Rock Pool' right round to 'The Boil' from our right hand bank. In low water this bank can be fly fished & both these pools hold salmon. 'The Boil' is normally only fished off the opposite bank however there's a great low water holding area just above 'The Boil' stone at the tail of the 'Rock Pool' (if you look closely you can just see the wake from this stone in the middle of the river). The fly can be presented much more effectively over this lie from this bank. It is also easier to reach this particular lie from this side and control your fly through the first 1/3rd of it's swim which is the part that counts here. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

Here's the water gauge today showing a drop in the water level overnight of approx 8 inches. This is almost certainly due to the very hard frost last night
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Jock Monteith

Monday, 21 January 2008

Cottar Pool Newtyle Beat

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Here's the middle of the 'Cottar Pool' today in fine order for the fly in off the far bank. When the Tay is running low the most attractive fly stream appears on this side below the camera. I'll take a panoramic video of it to show you whenever the water levels drop later this spring. Only a short 25 yard cast is required to cover it when its fishable and it's a beautiful fly stream to swim your fly through.
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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

The water level on our gauge is sitting at 3ft 11 inches and the Tay is running clear. Click photograph to enlarge it.
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Jock Monteith

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Oil Panting of Newtyle by Alistair Makinson

Here's an outstanding oil paintng recently completed by famous artist Alistair Makinson. This scene shows the view perfectly from 'The Boil' up to the 'Tail of the Cottar' and on to our blue fishing hut.
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Jock Monteith

The Deans Burn Newtyle Beat

Here's the Dean's Burn pool today looking rather inviting in the high water. If you click the picture to enlarge it you can see Dunkeld way upstream in the distance. You can also see where some large oak branches have been removed which is a hint as to where the salmon lies are. From the leaning tree that you can see 100 yards up this bank to this last big oak tree are absolute prime holding & taking areas in this pool. There's a deep channel running up this bank and salmon love to stop here.
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Jock Monteith

St Mary's Stream Newtyle Beat

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Here's how St Mary's Steam was looking earlier today. What a lovely stretch of fly water this is with easy wading too. Salmon love to sit back here even in high water before moving on up through the faster water above. In the lower summer water levels you'd wade out 20 yards here to fish the deep channel that runs down the far bank. Today in the high water wading within half a rod's length of the bank would be the order of the day.
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Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Map

Here's a map (click to enlarge) of the Newtyle Beat showing the named pools.
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Jock Monteith

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Dunkeld House 20 pounder on 18.1.08



Here's a few shots of the 20 pounder (click photos to enlarge) that came off Dunkeld House yesterday. The fish was expertly hooked harling by Iain Kirk (Head Ghillie) in the 'Girnal Pool' and superbly played & landed by Gary Dawkins of Aberdeen. Gary is a very dedicated & enthusiastic Tay fisher and truly deserves such a fine fish for his efforts. The fish took a 4 inch classic pearly pink Tomic lure from the boat and was quickly returned to the river. Very well done Iain & Gary and great to see another big early springer from the Tay.

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Jock Monteith

Brass Plaque On Willie's Bench

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This fish was the one my late friend always talked about the most. It took him well over an hour before he could hand tail it in big spring water conditions. He said it was the most perfect & powerful spring salmon he had ever seen. In the later years of his life (some 60 years after it's capture) he would still talk about the fight it gave him on his father's 18 ft greenheart rod as if it had happened only yesterday !!!!

Jock Monteith

Willie's Bench at The Plain Tree Pool

Here's my late friend's memorial bench sitting up on the high bank at our 'Plain Tree Pool'. This was one of his favourite pools and the positioning of the bench gives great elevated views of 1/3rd of the the entire Newtyle Beat. If you click this photograph to enlarge it you'll be able to see the blue fishing hut in the distance. This bench offers a tactical half way point between the hut and the bottom of the beat.
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Jock Monteith

Plain Tree Pool Newtyle Beat

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Here's the absolute perfect height for our 'Plain Tree Pool'. This is a notorious big water, big fish holding pool on Newtyle and often produces a 20 lbs plus salmon in these high water conditions. As you can see from the video there's a perfect flow through here today and around 15ft in depth running down this right hand bank of the river. Salmon tend to snoop up this side in high water and take a breather in this pool before moving on.
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Jock Monteith

The Steps Pool (Tail) Newtyle Beat

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Here's the tail of the 'Steps Pool' today with 5 1/2 ft of water on the gauge. This is a lovely pool to fish from either bank and is fishable in all water heights. 'The Steps' took its name from the series of huge boulders that are spread out right across the riverbed here.

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Jock Monteith

The Steps Newtyle Beat

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Here's a video of the strong flow today at the 3 croys in our 'Steps Pool' . When the water is much lower this is a great area for holding fish. Today I'd be looking for a fish downstream at the tail of the 'Steps Pool' and below that too in the 'Plain Tree Pool' which both offer more sheltered water for a resting fish. Again in this high water your only looking for a short narrow angled cast allowing your fly or lure maximum swim time in the cold water.

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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

The water level has risen overnight to 5 1/2 ft on our gauge today. A glorious sunny spring day all the same and lovely to be on the river.

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Jock Monteith

Friday, 18 January 2008

Water Gauge (today)

Here's the gauge today showing approx 3ft 10' inches over low summer level. A nice height of water for this time of year on Newtyle.
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Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat

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The river is down a couple of inches today on Newtyle and running clear. I wonder what other big fish were in the area yesterday (or still are) along with the 27 pounder caught by Stevie & Harry on Glendelvine.
This is the beauty of the Tay you just never know what's entered the river and big fish can easily navigate the river without ever being noticed unless of course you put a hook in one of their mouths !!!
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Jock Monteith

Perth Bridge River Tay

I wonder how many 40 lbs+ salmon have swum underneath this bridge since 1771

Here's a glimpse back in time

I don't think I'd fancy participating in this one
You'd need to be able to hold your breath to Dundee if the ice broke !!!!

Here's a few of the historic high water marks which are visible if you click to enlarge this photograph.

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Here's a video of the bridge this morning for the Google archives !!!

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 17 January 2008

27lbs Tay Springer landed today on Glendelvine

This 'absolute topper' was landed this afternoon at 3pm on the famous Glendelvine beat of the Tay. It was hooked harling by my great friend & expert ghillie Stevie McIrvine and played & landed by famous Tay fisher Mr Harry Irvine. The fish was hooked up in the Garth Pool at the very top of Glendelvine water just below the boundary with the Stenton beat. It took an original pink Lucky Louie lure and was returned quickly to the water. It was estimated at around the 27 lbs mark. The very same lie produced a springer of 26 lbs 3 years ago and many other big springers before that. What a great start to the season for Harry & Stevie and full marks for setting free this remarkable early Tay 'specimen' springer. Very well done.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat

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Here's a panoramic video of the Tay today from the fishing hut area.
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Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Cottar Pool

Here's the river today (click to enlarge). The water level is just under 4 ft on the gauge and it's been raining heavily all morning. I'll bring the boats over here next week in time for our 1 st of February opening day.
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Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Willie's Croy Alders Pool Newtyle Beat

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Here's Willie's Croy today looking as inviting as always. This is another stream that you could never get fed up swimming a fly in.
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Jock Monteith

The Steps Newtyle Beat

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Here's the upstream end of 'The Steps' pool on Newtyle. Several huge boulders that sit in the deep channel here are what gives this pool it's name and reputation. It's a great taking area in high or low water and just downstream of a right hand bend in the river which provides sheltered water for salmon even in the highest of floods. The wading here is a delight in medium to low water heights.
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Jock Monteith

The Trap Newtyle Beat


Here's 'The Trap' today (click to enlarge) in the high water & sunshine. Wait to you see this pool later in the spring when the water has dropped and the pool is stuffed with springers. This is the sort of pool you could never get tired of as every fish that runs the Tay stops right in front of you here.
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Jock Monteith

The Cottar Bay Newtyle Beat

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Here's the Cottar bay showing the lie I was talking about yesterday. Although the water has dropped a foot today this area 35 yards opposite the green point in the bay is a great taking spot in high water on Newtyle.
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Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Newtyle Beat

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Here's a panoramic view of the Tay today from the Newtyle fishing hut area.
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Jock Monteith

Cottar Bay Newtyle Beat

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This is a likely spot today for a fish in the big high clear spring water. There's a bay in front of the hut on the far bank and at the tail of the bay just above where the flow starts to increase again is a great lie at 5 1/2 feet of water. Off the far bank with my 18 ft B&W would allow me to reach the lie and also hang my fly out over this area. At this time of year in the cold water a nice slow presentation is the one to do the business and the longer rod on a big river like the Tay can give you the edge required as it can reduce the speed of the fly on the swing. The books all say deep and slow in the spring but personally I prefer high and slow as often springers sit high in the water column where the warmer thermals are. My late friend (Willie Laird Newtyle Gillie 1934 - 1984) proved his point on the opening day in 1970 to the new fishing party guests of the new beat owners. He was questioned by the fishers for having a floating line with a small lead just to take his tube fly off the surface while harling. By lunch time 4 springers were landed and all on Willie's fly and the deeper swimming lures had touched nothing !!!
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Jock Monteith

Water Gauge (today)

At least the top of the water gauge is visible today (click to enlarge) and reading 5 1/2 feet. It's dropped a couple of feet from yesterday and cleared too. This should give the Tay opening day fishers a chance at least. We won't be opening on Newtyle until 1 February as per last season.
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Jock Monteith

Monday, 14 January 2008

Willie's Croy Alders Pool Newtyle Beat

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Big water down here at Willie's Croy today. The fly rod would be too tricky at this height and I'd favour a spoon working 15 yards from the bank as there's also a bit of colour in the water. The advantage with a spoon in the high cold water is that it can be worked and made to flutter and hover in close to the bank. There's a lovely 'bounce' to the flow coming off the croy here and always a chance of a resting fish on the inside edge. Landing it would be another matter if it turned East as it would be in Perth in 10 minutes at this height !!!!
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Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Otter

Good to see the otter hasn't lost his touch and got a good feed last night !!!!

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat High Water

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Here's a video taken this afternoon from the left bank opposite the fishing hut. At this height the backwater that goes right round the field here floods and becomes a little river of it's own. There's never a dull moment on the Tay and every day brings a different picture.
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Jock Monteith

High Water Today on the Tay

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There's several feet of water on the Tay today due to the mild air temp and rain that's melted alot of the snow in the last 48 hours. Our water gauge is down there somewhere under the trees at the start of this video. Hopefully the January floods will not end up in the fishing hut this year as it did just before Xmas last year. If we get heavy rainfall now that will be the case.
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Jock Monteith

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Hermitage Falls River Braan Perthshire

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Here's the awesome Hermitage Falls in full flight this morning. This is a great spot in lower water to watch salmon jumping from the summer onwards each year. These falls are only 2 minutes from Dunkeld and are always worth a visit if your passing on the A9 motorway.

Jock Monteith

The Hermitage River Braan Tay Tributary

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Here's the big pool below the Hermitage falls in full flow this morning. The River Braan runs into the Tay just upsteam of Dunkeld and is a very picturesque river in it's own right as you can see here. Milder weather creating snowmelt has brought the Braan up to a torrent through the night.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Ferry Pool Newtyle Beat

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Our 'Ferry Pool' starts 50 yards below where I took this video from earlier today. This pool holds fish at all times of the year. The right bank opposite has a great high water spinning area and in low water the neck and tail of the pool are fly fishable. The Inchewan Burn mouth is hidden in the shadows in the right hand side of this video (as featured earlier).
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Jock Monteith