Full steam ahead

Flying Scotsman Comes Home

The iconic Flying Scotsman thundered through the beat this afternoon, fresh from its refurbishment, providing the ultimate flashback Friday experience – a wee taste of the Beatrix Potter era and a privileged view of a thing of beauty.  A unique experience on our unique beat.

Keep calm, and Carr-y on fishing

Mike Carr kept it in the family by bringing along Dad Derek for a crack at the spring silver.  It was all go when Derek hooked a cracker of a fish in Bridge pool, which gave an amazing fight right to the other side of the river …. only to make its escape a few rod lengths away from the bank!

Now we’re not saying there’s any kind of father son rivalry or mutterings of a rematch, but Mike’s grin on landing this feisty sea-liced beauty in the lee of Island says it all!  Well done, guys!

Shivery start – warm welcome

Brrr… the mercury on the lodge balcony is struggling to get past 10 this morning, and we’re feeling a bit sorry for the new lambs next door.  The upside for the angler is that the water temperature matches, making conditions ideal for a salmon to take.  We’re delighted to welcome back the Simmons party for their annual endeavour, and hope they warm those numb fingers round a mug of soup at lunchtime over tales of this morning’s catches….!

Kåre Håkonsen braved the rigours of a bitter day of heavy snow at the beat yesterday, and reaped rewards of the freshly minted spring silver variety.  A Cascade fished on floating line through Otterstone Pool proved just the ticket to tempt this lovely 10 pounder.

Bordering on bad behaviour

As far as our canine assistant ghillie Haggis is concerned, every guest is a potential seat cushion. 

Mike Carr, infinitely patient Dalguise resident rod and recipient of Border Terrier sass, recently brought partner Amy along to share in his Saturday on the beat.  It was a day of fishing, rather than catching (we blame the dog, of course), but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless and memorable for all concerned, fishing or not.  If you are joining us at the beat please feel free to contact us if you would like to bring along someone to spectate – but do warn them about the free-range Haggis!

I’m not ready for my close-up, Mr McKellar.

After 13 kelts and two springers that took the early release option, we’ve had our share of adrenaline at the beat so far this season, but nothing for the book until Friday when Jock McKellar brought in the first fish of the season on a zebra Toby out of Bridge pool.

The gloriously silver 16 pounder gave a spirited 20 minute fight and we wish we could share a picture with you.  However, with Jock understandably focussed on the safe return of a beautiful fish and our resident photographer just out of reach on the boat we missed the chance for a photo-op by moments – but even camera shy salmon are welcome!


Ariel Photo With Pools

On this day, the Battle of Britain began in 1940, while in 1985 Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was blown up in Auckland harbour. 

Four years ago on 8th July 2014, it was another World Cup (Brazil lost 1-7 to Germany), the pound was worth $1.71, Duncan Bannantyne quit Dragon’s Den ….. meanwhile,back at Dalguise, the first fish of the month finally arrived in the shape of a 3lb hen grilse hooked, landed and safely returned by John Christison on a Cascade double out of the tail of Island.

What were you doing this time four years ago?  Fishing, we hope!


Flying C’s and flying starts

The origins of the Swashbuckler Trophy initiated by Dalguise regulars the Briggs party are probably best veiled in mystery, much like the rules for the winning of it. The almost casual lifting of this 9lb salmon by Gus Briggs from the slow chilly depths of the prime holding pool at Bridge must have him in the running, we reckon!

FishPal Sea Trout Festival 2018

Golden hour has passed, and we’re moving towards optimum conditions for sea trout. All the best to all participating in the FishPal Sea Trout Festival tonight – we have a few first-timers at Dalguise tonight and I can’t wait to see if they catch the bug.  I cut my teeth on sea trout fishing at the Fortesk beat on the South Esk, and my long apprenticeship yielded a lifetime obsession for night fishing – a truly unique perspective on our sport. Pitting your wits against the wily sea trout in the dark is the Marmite of fishing – you will either love it or hate it and I’m looking forward to the chance to pass on a glimpse of what sea trout fishing has to offer to our guests this evening.

Tight lines folks – this is the best kind of insomnia!   Moray

No flies on them!

Massive hatches of March Brown flies have been luring in the gulls and keeping them busy at the river. It’s a great sign that the river’s eco-system is healthy and robust. With a few fish starting to hold up in Bridge pool and the ladder count at Pitlochry rocketing from 551 fish on the last day of May to 1139 yesterday, hopes are high we will have as much sport as the gulls this week!

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