Monday 31 January 2011

Kindallachan Pool Kinnaird Beat River Tay

Here's another great holding pool on the Kinnaird beat of the River Tay. Many salmon are caught here each year and the depth of the middle of the pool coupled with the fast flowing neck create a great lie for salmon in low water levels.
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Sunday 30 January 2011

Cock Salmon Kelt Carcass

Here's the carcass of a heavyweight cock salmon washed up on the riverbank at Kinnaird on the Tay. This fine salmon would have weighed approx 25lbs while in his prime. It's good to see true heavyweight Tay salmon genetics are still at large in the River Tay,

Saturday 29 January 2011

Salmon Fishing Scotland Fly Water

Here the tail of the Ash Trees Pool flowing into the neck of the New Pool on the Lower Kinnaird beat. Spring salmon are already present in these pools after the recent high water.

Friday 28 January 2011

Salmon Released Kinnaird Beat River Tay

Here's Matt's fine 9 lbs Tay salmon regaining her freedom. Very well done Matt. To enquire about a quality guided salmon fishing day out visit my salmon fishing scotland website.

River Tay Salmon Fishing

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Here's Matt Duffy with his first ever salmon on his first day salmon fishing. This perfect salmon was taken an hour ago from the superb Ash Trees pool on the Lower Kinnaird beat of the Tay.

Location:Kinnaird Perthshire

Wednesday 26 January 2011

Rhino Stone River Findhorn

Here's the famous Rhino Stone on the River Findhorn which is a great visual water height marker easily viewable from Dulsie Bridge en route to the various local salmon beats. The River Findhorn is one of Scotland's finest salmon rivers.

Tuesday 25 January 2011

River Tay Salmon Fishing Perthshire

Here's a panoramic video of the Tay this afternoon in all her glory. The river has settled nicely since the recent floods and Spring salmon will soon start appearing in these pools. This is the famous Junction Pool on the Lower Kinnaird beat where the Tummel (top right) meets the Tay (top left). This particular pool comes into a class of it's own from late March onwards each season. For information on booking a quality day's salmon fishing with either myself or one of our professional guides Click here.

Monday 24 January 2011

The Tay Wastern Catchments Project Document

Imagine having the entire 'true' headwaters of the Tay written up in one easy to understand report highlighting issues like water abstraction impact, salmon spawning areas, siltation issues, woodland issues, farming issues, juvenile salmon habitat etc etc etc. Well here it is and this fascinating document is now available which gives great insight into what now needs to be done to rebuild and safeguard our early Spring salmon stocks in the Tay system. Anyone wishing a copy of this masterpiece should contact myself on 07968 145033 or email me on

Sunday 23 January 2011

River Tay

Here's the lovely settled River Tay this morning during a brief flicker of sunlight.

Location:Ferry Cottage Kinnaird

Saturday 22 January 2011

Ash Trees Pool Lower Kinnaird River Tay

Here's the neck of the Ash Trees Pool on Lower Kinnaird. There are lovely beats on the Tay with classic fly pools which are a delight to swing a fly through. Then you get the rare combination of having the above but on 'real' holding water too. In the days when Calum Gillies was the head ghillie on this beat the Lower Kinnaird fishing hut was located on this very pool close to where this shot was taken. Usually fishing huts were located on the most productive pools on a beat. For more information on our guiding services Click here.

Friday 21 January 2011

Lower Kinnaird Beat River Tay

Here's Jim Tritton (Lower Kinnaird Beat Ghillie) at full throttle heading down the Tay today. The river is looking more and more settled after the recent high water and should start seeing a few springers move in the next few weeks.

Thursday 20 January 2011

River Tummel River Tay Junction Pool

This is where the Tummel greets the Tay and a very productive salmon fishing pool this is.
In a few months this pool will be full of Spring salmon. Good to see a more settled river today after the very high water levels of recent weeks.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

The Tay Western Catchment Project

This essential and colossal River Tay headwater evaluation has just been successfully completed. The areas that the survey covered on the Tay system are the areas where many Spring salmon reproduce in and where their offspring must thrive before heading off to sea. This particular run of salmon is not as abundant in the Tay these days and this survey has flagged up many issues that must now be addressed in the headwaters. It is important that people understand that there is a huge difference between good water quality and good salmon reproduction habitats. One is simply of no use without the other. Many people point the fingure at ocean mortality being the main reason for declines in salmon numbers but how on earth can you point the finger at what goes on at sea whithout having your own back yard in good order. My non scientific thoughts would be that to regenerate and multiply a dwindling run of salmon you must assist with their environment for spawning and the growing on of the juvenile fish to simply maximize the smolt output to sea. This is a numbers game we are playing like most things in nature. It also helps if you protect them which to the best of my knowledge is now mainly being done on the Tay. Add time (5 -15 years) and the salmon will do the rest. To view the full document report Click here.

Tuesday 18 January 2011

STV Coverage of Tay Western Catchments Project

Here's Glen Lyon landowner & TDSFB member Alastair J Riddell talking to STV this morning in Glen Lyon. STV were up to cover the successful completion of the survey stage of the Tay Western Catchments Project. This coverage should be televised on tonight's STV news. For more information on the essential & ground breaking 1000 mile project Click here.

Monday 17 January 2011

Corporate Salmon Fishing Events

With corporate salmon fishing events being one of my specialities I have created a new ebrochure for marketing purposes Click here to view the new ebrochure. For more information on my other services and salmon fishing products Click here.

Sunday 16 January 2011

The River Spey Today

Here's the River Spey in big water conditions today after the rain and mild weather which has caused much of the Cairngorm mountain's snow to melt. This most perfect labrador is Kudu of Kinrara. We shortly will be approaching a very exciting time in the season for Scottish salmon fishing. To arrange a guided Scottish salmon fishing day Click here.

Saturday 15 January 2011

River Tay Opening Day Today

Here's a lovely picture of the River Tay taken at Dunkeld in June. With the Tay opening its doors today for the start of the new salmon fishing season I bet a few of the anglers would rather be fishing in weather conditions like the ones shown here.

Friday 14 January 2011

The Monteith Speycaster Full Floating Fly Line

This is a superb Spey line that turns over polyleaders easily and is as tough as nails unlike easily damaged soft PVC fly lines. For more information Click here.

Thursday 13 January 2011

River Tay 2011 Season

With the River Tay opening its salmon fishing season this Saturday this quality of Spring salmon is what all the anglers will be searching for.

Wednesday 12 January 2011

New Monteith Website

I have just made live this new website which incorporates both my Speycasting products and salmon fishing guiding services. While a few adjustments and add ons are still required I would like to thank my designer, webmaster & production team for their fine efforts.

Lower Kinnaird River Tay

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Here's the tail of the Ash Trees pool on the Lower Kinnaird beat of the Tay which is probably one of the best pools for holding salmon on the entire Tay system.

Location:Dunkeld,United Kingdom

Tuesday 11 January 2011

The Monteith Multi System Speyline

For more information on this tried and tested & highy versatile Spey casting line Click here.

Sunday 9 January 2011

River Teith

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Here's the River Teith at Doune today. If you click to enlarge this photo you will see the magnificent Doune Castle in the distance. The Teith is a great Scottish salmon river.


Friday 7 January 2011

The Monteith Speycaster Sunk Line Multi Tip 10/11

For more information on this highly versatile and lovely casting sunk line Click here.

Wednesday 5 January 2011

The Monteith Multi System Spey Line

After 6 years this highly versatile and lovely casting Speyline multi system is just as popular as ever even though the bulk of anglers are being pushed Scandanavian origin shooting head products !!! Next they'll be wanting us to replace our malts with schnapps and kilts with lederhausen. These are Glens not Fjords !!! Say no more.
Ok enough of my brimming views on our Spey casting heritage and artform cast.
This product will serve you well and carries a 5 year line guarantee. If you're treating yourself to a new Speyline for the new season then look no further. For more information Click here.

Monday 3 January 2011

Cawdor Estate

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Here's more lovely fly water on the Daless Beat of the River Findhorn at Cawdor. These Cawdor beats produce several hundred salmon per season without serious fishing pressure.

Location:Drynachan Lodge

Sunday 2 January 2011

River Findhorn Cawdor Estate

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Here's some of the lovely water on the Carnoch Beat of the River Findhorn.


Saturday 1 January 2011

River Findhorn

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Here's the highly productive River Findhorn showing good water levels due to recent snow melt. The Findhorn fished it's socks off last season so not many rods will be available through the normal channels for this coming season.

Location:Drynachan Lodge