This has got to be one of the very best middle Tay holding pools and one that is absolutely perfect for the fly especially the neck & tail. Come and have a look for yourself & I'd be delighted to show you what I mean. The Lower Kinnaird Beat really is top notch stuff.
Friday, 31 July 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
This is the 'Green Bank' pool on the outstanding Lower Kinnaird beat of the River Tay. Minutes after this video was taken 2 salmon were hooked and lost just in front of the camera not surprisingly given the quality of this perfect fly stream.
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
This was one of my very finest moments on Newtyle having just netted for Jim Fisher this absolute scale-perfect peach of a 20 lbs springer in front of the STV cameras. Click to enlarge this photograph and then look closely near her nose and you'll see the very colour of old Neptune's eyes himself. By God these creatures are special.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
It's truly amazing what's in the Tay during the closed season and just how much action there is to be had with the fly. As a ghillie it was an honour to help with the collecting of broodstock when asked by the bailiffs. These took me 2 hours on the fly in the Cottar pool over a mere 100 yards of water !! This is how the Tay used to be for catching salmon not that many decades ago. This fine bag (2 of which are springers!!) all came to a small fly on a floating line in the middle of December. There was a grayling angler on the beat that day who was amazed at how easy it was to catch salmon and kept watching me re-visit the keepnet. Can you spot the 2 big springers ?
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Here's an effortless double spey cast being performed at the Junction pool on Lower Kinnaird. This is a lovely easy cast to watch when being performed correctly. For more information on my Spey casting tuition which I believe of the very highest standards Click here.
Friday, 24 July 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Here's a brute of a Tay cock salmon that I had the pleasure to meet in 2007. This fish was taken to the Almondbank hatchery and put in his own tank with 2 x big 20 lbs hens . After he was stripped he was released back to the Tay where I'm sure he'll be still thinking about his alien abduction !!
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
This is the 'Green Bank' stream running into the neck of the 'Ash Trees' Pool on the fantastically fly-watered Lower Kinnaird beat of the Tay. The Kinnaird hut used to be situated on the left bank of the 'Ash Trees' pool in the old days when Callum Gillies was the Head Ghillie on Kinnaird. I remember being in the boat harling on Newtyle in the late 70's with Callum and his grandson Tony Black (Murthly Ghillie) and Callum had us both mesmorized by his stories of 50 pounders from the 'Ash Trees' pool that had straightened his gaff over the years !!!
Monday, 20 July 2009
Here's the Cathedral Stream on the Dunkeld House Beat of the Tay today. There are 2 deep pots in 2 areas of this stream where salmon love to lie in after coming up through the heavier flows under Dunkeld bridge. The boat is the only way to properly cover these salmon lies.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Here's a lovely video of Lower Kinnaird's Junction Pool where the River Tummel greets the Tay. This is a prolific Spey casting pool especially during April & early May for Spring salmon. For more on my guiding service Click here.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Here's Neale Taylor having mastered the Double Speycast today in under 10 minutes putting out a lovely controlled line at the tail of the Ash Trees pool on Lower Kinnaird today. Exceptionally well done Neale.
Here Neale Taylor with a lovely wee wild Tay brown trout at the neck of the Fir Trees pool on Lower Kinnaird. The exact spot where this trout grabbed Neale's fly is exactly where 'Old Sam' should have been waiting for us !
Friday, 17 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
Here's James Rae the general manager of the excellent Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld which is one of the nicest hotels in Perthshire and commands an beautiful view of the River Tay and Dunkeld Bridge. Contact James on 01350 727219 for a reservation or to visit the Hotel's website Click here. Any angler booking this lovely hotel while up fishing the Tay will qualify for a complimentary 30 minute Spey casting lesson or fine tuning while here (subject to availability).
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Here's great friend Gordon Pollock putting a new Monteith 15ft rod through it's paces in Dunkeld this morning. Gordon who is a master of the spey cast has been a big promoter of the Monteith range of Spey casting products during the last 5 years.
Saturday, 4 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
I have today received a small delivery of this perfect sunk line multi tip. This is the last batch due this year and demand for this ground breaking sunk line product has been considerable. To order one of these systems Click here.