Thursday, 31 July 2008

Donald Monteith & The R.N.L.I In Portpatrick

Here's a classic shot of my late father Donald Monteith being escorted off the promenade by a member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute in Portpatrick (where he lived) during the storms that hit Scotland in the late 90's. A local photographer grabbed this shot which was then picked up by the 'Sunday Times' and ended up on the front page !!!

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today. No one fishing today but saw a few fresh looking grilse in 'The Boil' at lunchtime.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

7 lbs Salmon Landed Today On Newtyle

Here's top angler Bill Henry with the 1st of 3 salmon landed today on Newtyle. This salmon was caught in our 'Island Pool' on the stroke of lunchtime and quickly released. Bill had a further 2 grilse in 'The Boil' in the afternoon. Very well done Bill on your very first visit to the beat. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Salmon Returned On Newtyle Today

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Here's Bill's fish regaining it's freedom at the Island Pool today.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's today's panoramic video of the Tay.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's our water gauge today reflecting a 2 inch rise due to the heavy rain last night.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Martin Ritchie On Newtyle

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Here's my great friend and former Tay District Salmon Fishery Board hatchery manager Martin Ritchie taking 'Selkie' for a spin in the new boat this afternoon. Martin who used to ghillie on Newtyle currently works for the Tweed board and called in today for a few hours on his way up to the Park Beat of the Dee where he is fishing tomorrow.

Jock Monteith

Cottar Stream From The Island Today

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Here's a panoramic video of the Cottar stream (& Selkie !) taken from the middle of the river. This is another classic low water fly stream on Newtyle and many salmon are taken here opposite the clearing where the shallow stream tapers away into the deeper channel. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 28 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the Newtyle Beat water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Van Staal C-Vex Combo 9/12


In my opinion (having used one now for 3 years) this is the best production salmon fly reel available today. It's clever design gives you 2 sizes of salmon reel for the price of one. These are like hens teeth to get hold of and I was fortunate to take delivery of 2 of them from the States last week. This is absolute quality at it's best. For more information Click here.

Jock Monteith

Tail Of The Cottar Looking Downstream

Here's the wee croy just below our hut at the tail of the Cottar looking downstream to the Boil and beyond (click to enlarge). If you look closer you can see the water displacement that comes off the boulders that sit out in the middle of the river opposite this croy. This lie is a great low water summer hot spot as salmon that run up from the 'Boil' below love to stop here. Several fish were seen in this area yesterday. To the right of this picture you can see Willie 'the ghillie' Laird's wishing well in the garden. The dark water way down in the distance is the 'Steps' pool and the surface disturbance from the huge stones that sit all across this pool are clearly visible.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's today's panoramic video of the Tay in front of the Newtyle fishing hut.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today. A wee grilse of 5 lbs was caught on the fly by Angus McNab in the 'Trap' last night at 8 pm. I think we are about to start seeing some good summer action on Newtyle & plenty rods are available and bookable through Fishtay.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 25 July 2008

Salmon Action Today On The Newtyle Beat

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Having hooked this salmon in the neck of the Trap I walked the fish down to the tail of the pool to play it in safety away for the big boulders where it was hooked. These videos are the tail end of the fight. This salmon took the 'jock's shrimp' fly which is a deadly wee orange & red shrimp pattern.

Jock Monteith

More Salmon Action

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And the battle continues.

Jock Monteith

Salmon Landed On Newtyle Today

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Here's this lively salmon finally being beached after a good tussle in the 'Trap'. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

7 lbs Salmon Landed Today On Newtyle

Here's a shot of the fish seconds before it's safe release back to the Tay.

Jock Monteith

Salmon Released On Newtyle Beat Today

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Here's this wee fish regaining it's freedom.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's a look at the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's a panoramic video of the Tay today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

The Monteith Speycaster Salmon Fly line

This is an absolutely first rate Speyline which I developed myself due to my own personal frustration at being unable to find the perfect salmon fishing line. I have a limited quantity of these fly lines in stock in both 10/11 & 9/10 weights at a mere £40 each. This speyline is durable & flies beautifully. It was designed to turn over polyleaders (if added) where other floating lines struggle. Trust yer ghillie !!! For more information on this fine product Click here.

Jock Monteith

Peter Sandground Photography

Here's one of photographer Peter Sandground's superb pictures (click to enlarge) that was taken recently for the Herald Magazine 'Real Lives' article on 28/06/08. Peter has kindly promised to come back up to Newtyle soon with his camera and expertise to take some more shots of the Newtyle beat. Click here to see more of Peter's outstanding work.

Jock Monteith

Tail Of Cottar Pool Today From Left Bank

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Here's a panoramic video of the Cottar Tail taken from the left bank today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

New Assistant Ghillie For Newtyle

Here's Michelle being put through her paces during a Fosters sponsored ghillie training day !!! at Portpatrick last weekend. Michelle should be starting soon on Newtyle and I am sure will make a welcome addition to the team.

Jock Monteith

The Cottar Pool Today

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Here's a shot of the lovely fly stream that runs down the right bank of the Cottar pool in low summer water conditions.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's today's panoramic video of the Tay.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 21 July 2008

Neck Of The Cottar Pool Today

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Here's a video of the beautiful stream at the neck of the Cottar pool taken in the lovely sunshine earlier today. Salmon at this time of year love to lie up in this area of the pool just on the outside edge of the rough water seen here in the foreground. This lie is easily covered by wading onto the little island seen here on the opposite bank. To book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

The Fiddler's Pool

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Here's the top end of the Fiddlers Pool in low water showing the river bed almost all the way across to the far bank. This spot here is a good area for salmon to lie in when the river is running at 3 to 4 ft. In the Winter months much spawning occurs here in the perfect gravel in at the margins along this riverbank.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's today's panoramic view from the fishing hut area.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge this morning.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 19 July 2008

The Boil Pool On Newtyle Today

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Here's a panoramic video of 'The Boil' taken from the right bank today.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut Shot Today

Here's a wee shot (click to enlarge) of the hut taken from left bank at the neck of 'The Boil'.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's a panoramic video of the fishing hut view today. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

The Ash Tree Pool Today

Here's the perfect height for the Ash Tree pool at the bottom of the beat. For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Selkie On The Bow Today

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Here's my trusted friend doing his thing at the bow of the boat today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today showing a slight rise.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 18 July 2008

Tail Of The Trap Today

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Here's a short video of the tail of the Trap taken from the opposite right bank.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's the view of the Tay from the fishing hut area today.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

8 lbs Salmon Landed On Newtyle Today

Here's a lovely wee summer fish that was caught in 'The Boil' this afternoon seconds before it's safe release back to the river.

Jock Monteith

Salmon Returned On Newtyle Today

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Here's this salmon regaining its freedom.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's today's panoramic of the Tay from the fishing hut area.
For more information on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 14 July 2008

Neck Of Cottar Pool Today

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Here's a video of the neck of the Cottar Pool today.

Jock Monteith

The Trap Today

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Here's a panoramic of how the 'Trap' was looking earlier today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

The Cottar Pool Today

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Here's a wee panoramic video of the Cottar Pool today.

Jock Monteith

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's a panoramic video of the Tay today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 11 July 2008

The Neck Of The Cottar Pool Today

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Here's a video of the perfect fly stream & low water salmon lie in the neck of the Cottar Pool today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's a panoramic of the 'Tail of The Cottar Pool' from the hut today. To book a rod on the Newtyle Beat Click here.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today.

Jock Monteith

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

18 lbs Salmon Landed Yesterday On Newtyle

Here's a shot of artist Alistair Makinson's 18 lbs sea-licer that was hooked with his 6th cast at the 'Trap' yesterday morning. This fine specimen was quickly returned to the river after a powerful scrap which took him down through the rough water and into the Cottar pool below. Alistair (one of the Uk's top landscape artists) is helping with a fund raising initiative where his original oil paintings and prints can be purchased with a healthy percentage being donated by him to the Tay Western Catchments Project (1017 mile Tay headwater habitat initiative). Clearly a tussle on the fly with this fine specimen is richly deserved for all Alistair's help. Here's a link to the TWCP Blog which is an outstanding and daily updated blog showing shots & videos of what the surveyors are encountering up in the Tay's headwater rivers Lyon, Lochay & Dochart.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Monday, 7 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's today's panoramic video.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water gauge today.

Jock Monteith

The Boil Pool On Newtyle Today

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Here's a panoramic video of 'The Boil' today at a lovely water height.

Jock Monteith

Friday, 4 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today.

Jock Monteith

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the gauge today.

Jock Monteith

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Fishing Hut View Today

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Here's the view from the fishing hut today.

Jock Monteith

Newtyle Beat Water Gauge Today

Here's the water level today on the gauge.

Jock Monteith