Monday, 31 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the gauge today showing a lovely spring water height. Only 3 rods on today and one fish hooked (but not landed). The water and conditions were perfect throughout the day.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's a panoramic view of the river today. These are absolutely perfect conditions for spring salmon fishing on Newtyle.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

The river has risen 1 ft overnight to just over the 3ft mark. This is still perfect spring water for Newtyle and I fully expect a few springers to be landed this coming week on the beat. Some rods are still available through Fishtay.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's Raymond Leary playing a very lively Tay springer in the Alder's Pool this afternoon on his fly rod. These springers give a great account of themselves especially when they are hooked on the fly as you can see here in this short video clip. Next week should produce more of these superb springers and there are a few rods still available to let. To book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

8 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle Today

Here's Raymond with his perfect fly caught Tay springer this afternoon. Raymond booked a rod on Newtyle late last night and I'm sure he'll feel his last minute decision to try out Newtyle was well worth it. Very well done Raymond.

A perfect springer.

Jock Monteith

Springer Returned on Newtyle Today

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Here's Colin returning Raymond's perfect Tay springer.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today which is great. We are now starting to see more springer activity each day as runs of these beautiful spring fish come through the beat. This is a great time of the year to fish Newtyle Click here for more information.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 28 March 2008

Kelt Action On Newtyle Today

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I was sure at first that I was into a small springer when I saw the beautiful silver flanks and felt the power of this well mended cock kelt today. It's great to see a kelt at this advanced stage of recovery following the rigours of winter spawning. You can see why it's sometimes very difficult for a new fisher to know the difference between a kelt & a springer when they catch a lovely silver fish like this one. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Cock Kelt In The 'Plain Tree' Pool

This lovely well mended cock kelt took the fly in front of Willie's bench at the 'Plain Tree' pool this afternoon. It was hooked in the very same lie that's already produced a few lovely springers so far this season.

Jock Monteith

Kelt Returned

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This cock kelt soon recovered and swam off.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today. We saw several fish throughout the day and Colin hooked a lovely springer (which got off) in 'The Trap' at 5pm. This was the only springer hooked today although there was only a couple of rods fishing Newtyle today. Things are looking good for tomorrow and next week (fingers crossed !!). To book a rod on Newtyle Click here.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Jock's Fly Warming Up Today

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Here's one of my favourite spring tube flies giving itself a warm up at the side of 'The Trap' just before being swum through the pool this afternoon. Notice the lovely waggle off the tinsel and fox wing. This pattern has a black, orange & yellow wing with a gold body, yellow hackle and plenty flashy stuff through the wing and some nice jungle cock cheeks and a red head. It's all about faith and this hybrid pattern has my vote at this time of year.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Lovely spring water level today and a glorious sunny day too. Some springers moved through the beat at around 4 pm but other than that nothing much to report. This is now the time where we will see more springer activity each day.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level at 3 pm this afternoon. It was exactly 2 ft on the gauge at 9 am so there must have been some hydro generation today to lift the river a few inches. We saw springers pushing through the beat first thing this morning but nothing hooked today (so far).

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

'Selkie' on Gaurd Duty Today

Here's 'Selkie' standing guard over his master's favourite high water fly stream in the Cottar pool on the Newtyle beat. This is the most delightful stream to put a fly through in higher water conditions. Most salmon that come through the Cottar pool when the river is high come up this side of the river and settle in this stream for a breather.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today on our gauge.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 24 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's Allan Rennie buckling in to a big Tay springer on Newtyle this afternoon. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Springer Action on Newtyle Today

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Here's some more footage of Allan Rennie playing his big springer down at 'The Steps' pool this afternoon.

Jock Monteith

22 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle Today

Here's Newtyle fisher Allan Rennie with his perfect 22 lbs sea-liced Tay springer. The fish was caught in 'The Steps' pool around 3.30pm and took a pearly pink tomic lure from the boat. There were also springers moving through the beat just before lunchtime today and one of our bank rods lost a fine fish just above 'The Boil' on the fly. This specimen springer was Allan's best ever and full marks to him for playing this very powerful salmon so well.

Jock Monteith

Springer Released on Newtyle Today

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Here's Allan Rennie returning his beautiful big Tay springer this afternoon. Things are looking good for the rest of the week although there are currently very few rods booked on the beat. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Cottar Bay In The Snow Today

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Here's a short clip of the snow falling in the lovely spring sunlight this afternoon on the Newtyle Beat. Allan Rennie (who you see in the boat) didn't realise that he was a mere 25 minutes away from absolute springer heaven when I was taking this short video.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the gauge today showing a lovely spring water level.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's a panoramic view of the tail of 'The Cottar' pool round to 'The Boil' and beyond in the lovely spring sunshine this morning. Why don't you treat yourself to a good dose of Newtyle Beat 'river therapy' this week with the added bonus of a good chance of a springer !!!!

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

The water level is perfect for spring fishing on Newtyle and I am looking forward to the coming weeks for some more springer action. This is the time of the year where it all starts happening on Newtyle and a fabulous time of the year to be out fishing on the Tay. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 22 March 2008

12 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle Today

Here's this perfect 12 pounder glinting in the sunshine like a new coin just before it's release. This fish took a gold bodied Willie Gunn tube fly in our Ferry Pool around 11.30 this morning and gave (as usual) a great account of itself on the fly rod.

Jock Monteith

Springer Released on Newtyle Today

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Here's this lovely 12 pound springer being released back to the Tay by Colin our ghillie. These really are special creatures and there's a definite buzz in seeing them swim off like this. We are now into the time of year when the springer action should step up a gear or two. Next week is a good bet for seeing more of these beautiful fish on Newtyle and every day there are rods available on the beat. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level at lunchtime today.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 21 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's Iain Marshall playing his powerful 18 lbs springer up in our Dean's Burn pool this afternoon. Although we have seen some good springer action since opening on the 1st of February from now to the end of May should see much more activity on Newtyle from these beautiful Tay springers. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

18 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle Today

Here's Iain Marshall with his perfect 18 pounder which he hooked on a toby in the Dean's Burn pool (in the snow) this afternoon. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Springer Released on Newtyle Today

Here's Iain Marshall returning this fine 18lbs sea liced springer to the Tay this afternoon. Very well done Iain.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle In The Snow !!!

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Here's how things were looking from the boat in the driving snow this afternoon. Little did we know that Iain Marshall was playing an absolute topper of a springer up in the Dean's Burn as we were taking this video. It just goes to show how adverse weather conditions will not put a taking fish off. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

As you can see the water is back up again today and with it has come some very blustery conditions which are mean't to stay for a few days. I am not the type who ever lets poor weather conditions put me off especially at this time of year when there's fresh run springers in the system (who do not read the same fishing books as we do !!!). Having seen salmon caught in all types of weather I'm quietly optimistic for the next few days. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

'The Boil' Pool Today On Newtyle

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Here's Andrew Dennis throwing a lovely line in 'The Boil' pool this morning. Shortly after this video was taken Andrew hooked, landed & returned a perfectly shaped 12 pounder in 'The Steps' pool. Andrew took a great photo of his fish which he'll email me for this blog when he returns home from his fishing trip. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Spey Casting on Newtyle

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Here's Martin Ritchie putting out a lovely line with his 'Monteith Speycaster' rod & line. This rod & line combination has real 'feel factor' about it and therefor makes effortless speycasting very easy. For more information on these superb quality & 100% British built products Click here.

Jock Monteith

Springer Landed on Newtyle Today

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Here's Roger Brown's second springer today being landed. Colin our ghillie was heading up the beat while this fish was being played and swung the boat in to take some pictures of the action.

Jock Monteith

Springer Action Today

Here's Roger Brown with his second springer (8lbs) from the 'Plain Tree' pool today. His first fish was approx 12 lbs and was returned. Roger's party made contact today with a further two springers which came off while being played. The Plain Tree pool came alive with springers later on today and several fish were seen in the pool by Colin our ghillie & the anglers. This was the exact same area I had a big fish on & off yesterday in. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

The water level dropped throughout the day to 2 ft 5" from when this shot was taken this morning. It's great to see the river settling back after all the recent high water.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

As you can see the water level has dropped about a foot overnight. This is good news for the flyfishers as most of our fly water is at a perfect spring height. Nothing caught today on Newtyle however a heavy fish did briefly say hello to me today down at the 'Plain Tree' pool where there was several springers showing this afternoon. Tomorrow is looking good. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 17 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

This shot was taken at lunchtime today and by 5 pm the river had fallen a further 3 inches. We will now benefit from having some of our fly water back after all the high water of recent weeks.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

The water is fallng back perfectly and this week should see a few more springers landed on Newtyle. Once mid March has been reached there are always more springers about to be caught. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 15 March 2008

The 'Birdie Song' On Newtyle Today !!

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Here's the oyster catchers introducing the Cottar Pool to you.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Fishing Hut Area Today

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What a truly glorious sunny spring day. Hardly any fishers on the beat today which is a real shame with water like this and springers around too. Next week things get busier so I am sure Colin & I will be able to find you some more springer action for this blog.
To book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Here's a look at the water level today. This is just perfection for getting springers moving.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 14 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's Newtyle fisher Ivor Beavis playing a lively springer that was clearly orditioning for the next 'Flipper' movie !!! Ivor also landed a sea-liced 14 lbs springer on Tuesday. Hopefully tomorrow will bring him a treble !!! For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

9 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle Today

Here's Ivor's lovely 9 lbs springer which took a gold bodied Willie Gunn tube fly just after lunch today in the Cottar Bay.

Jock Monteith

Springer Released on Newtyle Today

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This lovely springer was off it's mark like a rocket after it's brief encounter today with Ivor & myself. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

We had lovely water conditions today on the beat & it just felt right for a fish which duly appeared just after lunchtime. There are certain times most days when everything just feels right and often these little periods are when the take occurs.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

The water is now settling back nicely. I can't believe we didn't touch a fish today which means in my head that tomorrow we will !!!

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

The river level fell 4 inches from early this morning to 5 oclock this afternoon. A wicked North wind was blowing down river all day today. Hopefully tomorrow will see more settled conditions.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Huge Silver One Landed On Newtyle Today

It's not often in life you get a chance to land something like this !!!

Jock Monteith

Jock & Colin 'Giving It Laldy' On Newtyle Today

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We thought we would just take the opportunity to warm the CIS Insurance Cup up for Sunday !!

Jock Monteith

CIS Insurance Cup On The Newtyle Beat Today

Scotland's most abused champagne tumbler !!!

Jock Monteith

Ian Redford Interviewed by Susan Nicholson Today

Here's Newtyle Beat owner Ian Redford (former Glasgow Rangers & Dundee United player) being interviewed by Susan Nicholson of STV ahead of this weekend's CIS Cup final at Hampden Park.

Jock Monteith

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's this hard fighting springer being played in the Rock Pool on Newtyle this morning. This fish was hooked upstream on the other side of the river in the 'Cottar' but was brought in to the right bank below our fishing hut to be played in this calmer stretch of water. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

14 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle (Today)

Here's this lovely fish on the landing mat seconds before being released.

Jock Monteith

Springer Released on Newtyle (Today)

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Here's this lovely sea liced 14 pounder being returned to the Tay just before lunchtime today. These springers are absolute spankers and hopefully between 5 to 10 years from now we will see a dramatic increase of these prized fish due to the Tay's new Catch & Release policy.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

This water level fluctuated only a few inches throughout today. Although big it's running perectly clear. With us well into March the springer action should now start to heat up. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 10 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's the action from Newtyle today. This lively springer fought well in the high & rising water down at the 'Plain Tree' pool this morning. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

11 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle (Today)

Here's Derek Cargill with his lovely 11 lbs springer caught this morning from our 'Plain Tree' pool on Newtyle. This fish was badly hooked and despite several minutes of trying to revive it we had to dispatch it. This was our 10th springer since opening on the 1st of February but unfortunately the first fish not to be successfully returned to the Tay.

Jock Monteith

Big Lunch Today In The Newtyle Fishing Hut

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What a feed this was !! This is probably the reason the Tay rose a few inches this afternoon after we all got back in the boats !!. This ghillie's life isn't a bad life (unless your a vegetarian).

Jock Monteith

New Boat Delivered To Newtyle

This absolute work of art was delivered to the beat this morning by John Ferguson (master boatbuilder). This now gives us 3 boats for our 2 mile double bank beat which is great. I have no doubt that this new addition will see many salmon & clients over the next 30 years. I think I'll name her Gail due to the weather conditions she arrived in !!!!!! To book Gail for a day on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

We had rising water all day today. This was the water level at 5 pm.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

The river had been up a few feet higher last night to what you see today. Still huge water levels and with more rain due tomorrow it doesn't look good for the early part of this coming week.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Very High Water in the Cottar Bay

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Here's a panoramic video of how our Cottar Pool was looking just after lunchtime today in the high water. All the rods left at lunchtime except for 1 chap who put a 28 gm toby through the Cottar Bay for an hour in the early afternoon. Full marks for perseverance and sometimes this type of extra effort in adverse conditions can result in a fish. Both Colin & myself are hoping that things settle down at some point soon although Monday's forecast doesn't look at all great. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Today was a washout after lunchtime as the water rose from 5 1/2ft this morning to well over the 7 ft mark by mid afternoon. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 7 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Here is the water gauge today. Much more stable today than yesterday and hopefully it will stay this way for tomorrow's fishing guests.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's today's hard fighting springer battling in the very high water this morning. The power of these big springers is quite something. If this one had been hooked on the fly rod I think Colin would still be playing it just now !!! For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

16 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle (Today)

Here a photograph of the lovely 16 pounder that was caught on Newtyle this morning. This salmon took a pearly pink tomic lure from the boat in today's high water in our 'Plain Tree' pool.

Jock Monteith

Springer Release

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Here's Colin returning this fine springer back to the Tay this morning. Hopefully we can add a few more to the score sheet before the week is over. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Here's the water level today at 5pm. This was the same level as at 9 am however the water rose rapidly to 6 ft by lunchtime (probably caused by Hydro generation). The rising water this morning didn't deter the 16 lbs springer from having a go !!!!

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Here's the water level from earlier today. We lost a fish following a very strong take on the fly in the 'Dean's Burn' pool just before lunchtime. That was the only contact made today. We have no rods boked on so far for tomorrow or Friday so Colin & I will be out searching the Newtlye beat for another fine springer. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Here's the water level at 3 pm today. This morning it was bang on 5ft so good to see it settling back so quickly now. We lost a springer near the net up at the Ferry Pool earler today other than that there was no other action on the beat today. Prospects are looking good for the rest of the week with a few fish now getting caught down river.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 3 March 2008

Springer Action Today On Newtyle

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Here's a short clip of this lively springer charging about our 'Plain Tree Pool' at lunchtime today. Colin & I had a go ourselves today as there were no rods booked on the beat. March is a great time of year and if you get a fish you always remember them - this hard fighting springer will be no exception in my mind. To book a rod on Newtyle Click here.

Jock Monteith

11 lbs Springer Landed on Newtyle (Today)

Here's a photograph of today's 11 lbs springer taken just before it's release. This fish took a large gold bodied Willie Gunn tube fly from the boat and gave a really good account of itself on the fly rod. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Springer Released on Newtyle (Today)

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Here's a short clip of this lovely springer being released back to the Tay. Today's fish was our 8th springer since opening on the 1st of February and all of these beautiful spring salmon have been released including a most perfect 24 lbs sea-licer which was caught on the 13th of February (see earlier blog post in the February archive). For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Here's the water gauge today showing just under the 5 1/2 ft mark.

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge (Today)

Thank goodness that the water has dropped back to 6ft again after the huge weekend water levels. This fills me with confidence for the coming week now that we're into March which in my mind means better daily opportunities to get in front of a springer. Monday to Friday this week are hardly let at all so both Colin & myself will be out covering the high water spring lies to see if we can photograph another springer or two for this blog. I always feel that there's a good chance of a big springer during this early part of the season & it's just a very special time of the year to be out on the Tay. For more information or to book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Spey Casting Tuition On Newtyle (Today)

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To make the most of today's wash out conditions several of us drove round to the left bank for some spey casting fine tuning. Here's a video of Leonard Clarkson performing a lovely double spey cast in very difficult & blustery conditions - very well done Leonard.
For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith