Tuesday 30 June 2009

Lower kinnaird Beat Spey Cast

Here's the Guay Pool at the bottom end of the Lower Kinnaird Beat. This pool accounts for many salmon each season.

Monday 29 June 2009

Kinnaird Beat Spey Casting

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.

Sunday 28 June 2009

28 lbs River Orkla Salmon Spey Casting

Here's another great photo of Gordon Pollock with his big silver Norwegian friend !!! What a beautifully shaped specimen fish this is.

Saturday 27 June 2009

Big Norwegian Salmon Fight

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.

Big Norwegian Salmon Landed

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.

Big Salmon Release

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.

Friday 26 June 2009

Fernie Haugh Spey Casting

Here's a panoramic view of the awesome 'Fernie Haugh' pool on the Tay's Dalmarnock Beat. Big Tay Speycaster John Irving is demonstrating a lovely single spey cast off the right bank (mid video).

Thursday 25 June 2009

Spey Casting Dalmarnock Beat River Tay

Here's Andy Dunne mastering the Spey cast today on the Dalmarnock Beat today. Very well done Andy.

Dalmarnock Bank Pool Spey Cast

Here's a panoramic video showing the neck of the Dalmarnock Bank pool of the Dalmarnock Beat. This pool is one of the most productive pools on the beat and not surprisingly so !

Jock Monteith Scottish Salmon Fishing Guide

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.

Fernie Haugh Pool Dalmarnock Beat

Here's the finest green velvet carpet I've ever seen !!! What a lovely throw it is fishing down the right hand bank of the Fernie Haugh Pool.

Inch Pool Dalmarnock Spey Casting

Here's the Inch Pool on the Dalmarnock Beat of the Tay. Salmon have been showing here all day today and one fish was hooked and lost.

Tuesday 23 June 2009

The Haunted Tree On The Dalmarnock Beat

No this is not a scene out of Scooby Doo !!! but it is real and situated at the Oaks Pool on the Dalmarnock Beat of the Tay. The entire tree has been webbed up by thousands of little caterpillars.

Monday 22 June 2009

Spey Cast Dalmarnock Beat River Tay

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.

Sunday 21 June 2009

Cathedral Stream Spey Cast

Look at this for Holy water !!!!

Saturday 20 June 2009

Spot The Osprey (with it's lunch !!)

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.

Dunkeld House Beat Spey Casting

Here's the 'Lady Pool' on the Dunkeld House beat today. This is a beautiful pool to swim a fly through.

Friday 19 June 2009

Spey Cast

Here's Hector Low displaying an effortless and excellent Spey casting technique. Very well done Hector who is away to test his skill in Norway next week.

Thursday 18 June 2009

River Tay Salmon Fishing

Here's how the Tay is looking today from the beautiful grounds of Dunkeld Cathedral.

Wednesday 17 June 2009

Spey Casting Dunkeld House River Tay

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.

Tuesday 16 June 2009

Sowerby Pool Dalmarnock Beat River Tay

The Sowerby Pool is another classic fly stream on the Dalmarnock beat of the Tay. 'Old Sam' loves to sit in here !!!!

Monday 15 June 2009

Dunkeld Spey Casting

Here's Brian Shaw throwing a beautiful line today in Dunkeld.

Sunday 14 June 2009

Spey Casting Dunkeld

Here's the Tay today. There are salmon in the middle Tay beats now and this week should see a few good fish caught.

Saturday 13 June 2009

Spey Casting Newtyle Beat River Tay

Here's a braw scene looking down the 'Cottar Pool' from the tail of 'The Trap' on the Newtyle Beat. For more information on my guiding service Click here.

Friday 12 June 2009

The Original Jock's Shrimp Salmon Fly

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.

Thursday 11 June 2009

Scottish Salmon Guide Dalmarnock River Tay

Here's the top half of the Fernie Haugh pool on the Dalmarnock beat today. Cast your eyes on this for a fly stream !!!

Wednesday 10 June 2009

Sea Trout On The Dalmarnock Beat

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.

Sea Trout Spey Casting

Here's the 3 lbs sea trout just before it's release.

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Spey Casting Dunkeld House River Tay

Here's Neil Dunlop mastering the Spey cast today on the Dunkeld House beat of the Tay. Very well done indeed Neil.

Monday 8 June 2009

The Copper Bodied Cascade Salmon Fly

Here's a 'shoal' of one of my all time favourite salmon fly patterns 'The Copper Bodied Cascade'. These tasty morsels were tied this morning by my own fine hand and are tied on the very finest hooks available (Partridge Salar doubles) and have varnished copper bodies for durability and Arctic fox wings and tails for movement. This set comprises of 3 x size 7's, 3 x size 9's & 3 x size 11's and can be owned for a mere 35 GBP plus postage. Give me a call (07968 145033) if you'd like to add these deadly salmon flies to your armoury. This pattern consistently takes fish at all times of the season as I've personally discovered over the last 8 years.

Sunday 7 June 2009

River Tay Dunkeld

Here's the scene looking up-stream today.

Saturday 6 June 2009

Fernie Haugh Pool Dalmarnock Beat

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.

Friday 5 June 2009

Fernie Haugh Pool Dalmarnock Beat

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.

Dunkeld Spey Casting

Here's the very top of the Ferry Pool today on the Dunkeld & Birnam Angling Club's water. Quite a few salmon have been hooked high up in this very stream in the last few weeks.

Thursday 4 June 2009

The Monteith Ultimate Sunk Line Solution 10/11

Apart from having a major price advantage over an as functional shooting head system this is a proper Speyline intended for Speycasters who appreciate the finer things in life !!! I have a small surplus of these for the next day or two so should anyone want to treat themselves to the finest sunk line solution ever designed then now is the time to strike (if you wait until Autumn it's unlikely i'll have any stock left). These are already like hens teeth so be quick. This line casts and fishes as well (only shorter and deeper) as the highly successful Monteith Multi System. Knowing this system intimately I predict it will be as successful as the floating bellied Multi System. To purchase one Click here.

Wednesday 3 June 2009

The Monteith Multi System Speyline

This is simply a superb & highly versatile Speyline system which has sold strongly over the last 4 years without a marketing budget which speaks volumes about it's performance. It is available in 9/10 & 10/11 line ratings and due to it's 3 length fishing options it will fish well on the vast majority of salmon fly rods. For more information Click here.

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Dunkeld House Beat Cathedral Stream

Here the scene today at the Cathedral Stream. Lovely fishing conditions now after roasting hot bright sunshine all day.

Monday 1 June 2009

Cathedral Stream Dunkeld House

Here's the Cathedral Stream on the Dunkeld House beat of the Tay earlier today. Salmon are in this pool and quite a few fresh fish have been showing.