Here's the Guay Pool at the bottom end of the Lower Kinnaird Beat. This pool accounts for many salmon each season.
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Here's the tail of the 'Ash Trees Pool' swinging round into the most attractive 'New pool' on Lower Kinnaird this morning. The whole lower Kinnaird beat has some of the most lovely fly water on it.
Here's Gordon Pollock putting his Monteith Multi System line and Monteith Speycaster rod through a punishing workout !!! This is the last stage of a long long battle on Norway's River Orkla. You can hear the relief when finally this beautiful big fish finally gets hand tailed.
Here's a great friend of mine and fellow ghillie Gordon Pollock with his fly caught Norwegian 28lbs salmon from the River Orkla from 2 weeks ago. Gordon who ghillies all over the River Tay treated himself to a week in Norway recently with the objective of catching a beast on the fly which he most certainly did. Briliantly done Gordon.
Here's Scottish 'top gun' Ghillie Gordon Pollock teaching the on-looking Norwegian fishers how to make sure that their rivers continue to produce salmon of this size !!! If only we all had been as sensible on the Tay and other Scottish rivers 20/30 years ago. Sadly there are still far too many Tay fishers who would have a heart attack at the thought of treating a specimen fish like this one with the respect it deserves as it heads for the spawning grounds.
Here's Andy Dunne, John Irving & without doubt the finest chef in Scotland Neil McGown (proprietor of the East Haugh House Hotel) sitting down to a mini feast at lunchtime today at the Dalmarnock fishing hut. For more information on my guiding service Click here.
Here's the perfect fly water at the Clachan Taggart stone at the bottom end of the Dalmarnock Beat. This is easy wading all the way down here and with lovely holding water for salmon that screams out for a fly !! For more information on hiring myself for a closer examination of this lovely fly fishing beat. Click here.
Having watched this magnificent bird take a thumper of a trout around 3 lbs from under the noses of three trout fishers today I thought I'd grab a quick shot of it as it conducted it's victory fly-by. Click this photograph to enlarge it & see if you can spot it.
Here's the Gauge Tree Pool this evening on the famous Dunkeld House beat of the River Tay. A lift in the water level occured this afternoon following a night of heavy local rainfall. In this short video lies the secret for unbelievably elegant and powerful Spey casting !! No it's not the fact there's very little alcohol induced wobble in my hands these days !!! so here's the secret: Smoothness and fluency (like this panoramic camera video) are the 'true weapons' of Speycasting (although seldom spoken or even known about by the majority of UK Speycasting instructors). To find out more about the absolute sense I speak on this very simple cast come up for a lesson on a 'no success no fee' basis ! which is another guarantee that truly separates me from the pack. Click here for more information.
This is an absolute 'deadly beastie' if you dare to swim it near Atlantic salmon in the late Summer & Autumn waters. Over the last several years I've had many anglers after more & more of these due to their salmon harrasing abilities !!! This pattern is tied with Arctic fox in the tail & wing and schlappen hackles for movement turning this shrimp fly into a livebait when river water is added !! The above set which I tied this evening comprises of 3 X 7's, 3 X 9's & 3 X 11's (Partridge Salar doubles). These can be added to your armoury for a mere 35 GBP plus postage. Please do not buy and swim these if your looking for a quiet un-interupted day out on the river this fall ! Enough said.
Here's a lively 3 lbs sea trout darting about at the neck of the Fernie Haugh pool later on this evening. This fish smashed into my size 9 copper bodied cascade right in the very tail of the top 'V' which always looked like a natural lie. This natural classic 'V' sits on the outside edge below where the 2 main streams meet and a 35 yard cast with a bit of wading covers it nicely. This could just of easily have been a salmon resting here having battled up through the heavy water below.
Here's a still shot of the fly enticing right bank of this beautiful pool. If you click to enlarge this picture you'll see the big stones that sit out in the river 100 yards downstream. The glide from where I took this shot down to the stone is awesome fly water and a shallow angle cast and a small upstream mend gives your fly a real hovering presence as it swims out of the fast deep channel into the slightly slacker broken shallower water on the right bank. I would put my hat on it that salmon stop here before moving through the very fast neck of the pool. The 25 pounder hooker higher up in the pool last Friday seemed quite content to sit in here for 10 minutes mid fight before moving off downstream again which to my mind is another significant clue. If you look further down the pool you'll just be able to see 2 yellow gorse bushes on the right bank. Several salmon have been showing opposite these bushes just to the right hand side of the main mid stream flow which I suspect is another good salmon lie in this beautiful pool. So far I've spotted 3 good areas in 'Fernie Haugh' that reek of holding salmon and we already know the lie way way up in the neck where the big fish was hooked by Mats Johnson from Sweden last week.
Here's the top end of the Fernie Haugh pool from the right bank of the river. This is the most perfect fly stream I've fished in a long time and our big fish from last Friday stopped here (thankfully !) on his way down the pool on his first long run.
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