Here's the Alders Pool on Newtyle which produced a sea-liced grilse to one of the bank rods earlier today. The Tay is looking awesome just now and hopefully a good run of Autumn salmon will come snooping up and settle here shortly.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Here's a big strong Tay salmon getting closer to the net after a lengthy battle. Note the composure of the cameraman and angler Gordon Pollock (Tay Ghillie) who is well used to capturing great footage for this blog from his sterling efforts on Newtyle over the years.
Here's one of the best salmon fishers I know. Gordon Pollock worked with me on the Newtyle beat for 7 years and now splits his time ghillieing on a few of the middle Tay beats. Gordon assists me with salmon, trout & pike fishing clients and has a wealth of knowledge and a tremendous ability hooking fish. Over the years he time and time again produced salmon for guests on Newtyle when conditions were almost a complete waste of time.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Here's Gavin Long fine tuning his Speycast in Dunkeld this evening. Well done Gavin. I don't just teach the Spey cast but fully program the easy to understand logical basics that make the cast work to a level whereby whoever is on the receiving end can recite the key points to me and demonstrate the cast to me at the end of the lesson. This fully delivers the knowledge necessary to take the cast forward without any further guidance being required.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
This was the result of 3 hours fly fishing on the Newtyle beat. During the closed season months of November & December the Tay is full of big fresh run Autumn salmon, early Springers & coloured Autumn fish. For years I used to help collect broodstock for the TDSFB hatchery program with coloured salmon (ready to spawn) being the main objective. More often than not my fly would be intercepted by big silver sea-liced beauties which in hind sight were part of the Autumn run that naturally don't time their arrival in to the Tay to coincide with our tight schedules and calendar months. In the 70's I remember these fish being present in the Tay in September but also hard frosts starting at that time of year which is now a very rare occurance. Standing back objectively looking at the current situation it's maybe a good thing that the true Autumn run is left largely untampered with as it's highly likely that these prized salmon would be decimated too through exploitation. Thank goodness mother nature has her own way of protecting her valued treasures.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Here's Richard Smith with his first ever salmon (cock grilse of 4 lbs). Richard's fish took a 20 gm copper toby from the tail of the Ferry Pool on Dunkeld House and was returned to the Tay. Well done Richard and haste ye back !
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Look at this for perfect gin clear water from the River Feshie on Speyside. This river holds many Spey salmon & sea trout for spawning each season and it's beautiful to see such attractive deep pools, tantalizing riffles and shallow glides. This would be a braw place to swim in if you were covered in silver scales !!!
Monday, 21 September 2009
Here's the delightful Cara Richardson fine tuning her Speycasting technique at the Kinrara Beat of the River Spey this afternoon. Not the most pleasant day for practise with a strong swirling wind but better to practise in real conditions than not. Cara runs one of the most sought after hunting, shooting, fishing & event catering business's in Scotland and is also a crack shot with both the rifle and shotgun and a very keen fisher too. A proper Scottish country girl no less.
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Sunday, 20 September 2009
Here's 50 to 55 yards of long bellied Speyline being flown across the Lady Pool this morning during a bit of Speycasting practice with a few of the local Tay ghillies. These long lines are achievable with normal 16ft non competition Spey rods however a full day of this (or even a morning) could seriously leave you in need of an osteopath !!!! For more on my Speycasting tuition Click here.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
If you ever fancy an ice cream when you're near Dunkeld then here's the very man to talk to. Scott Davie (new owner) has transformed everything in this very popular fish and chip bar in a very positive manner and as you can see he knows the size of the ghillie's family and makes the appropriate adjustments to his already generous ice cream servings. Scaffold is hired out on a price per hour basis !!!!
Monday, 14 September 2009
Here's the 'Lady Pool' this afternoon at the Dunkeld House Beat of the River Tay. We have lovely falling settled water now following last weeks high water so prospects are good especially at this time of year.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Here's the Tay in her glory today. This water looks perfect and hopefully this week should start seeing more Autumn salmon entering the river. For more information on my salmon fishing guiding service Click here.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Here's a video of the River Orchy from the Bridge of Orchy. The Awe system (well named) used to account for some colosal salmon due to the high water pressure created by the River Awe's short drop from freshwater Loch Awe to saltwater Loch Etive. The Electricity Board created a hydro electric dam at the Brander Pass in the 60's flooding what used to be called the Disputed Pool. This pool was the spawning grounds for the vast majority of River Awe monsters.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Here's the most perfect Scottish predator being played at the most magnificent wee location up in the Spey valley. When the rivers are unfishable it always pays to have a few aces up your sleeve especially at this time of year.
As a 3 years old (41 years ago !!) my mind was firmly engaged on pursuing old essox lucious himself. Old habits die hard and I still get a massive buzz from watching the bow wave of a pike coming for a lure.