Twenty’s plenty

This season has been extremely rewarding and exciting so far at Dalguise, with 5 catches so far of 20lb plus MSW springers. This 22lber on Thursday was the most recent, and what a joy to see such powerful determined fish making their way up the system to breed.

Weed ’em and reap

Although a little later this year than usual, we’ve come upon the brief but essentially springtime reign of wild garlic here at the beat.

Whether you’re a budding chef or a keen fishermen weaving your way along the riverbank, the crunch underfoot followed by the subtle aroma of crushed wild garlic is a delight for the senses, as well as a potential free lunch.

As with any foraging expedition, do a little research so as to be certain of what you’re collecting, but the scent really is quite a helpful indicator!  Like fresh spinach, be ready to watch a square foot of the leaves wilt down to an unimaginably tiny portion –  we’re popping some in our mushroom soup today with a spot of nutmeg, but it makes a lovely pesto or salad ingredient as well.  

Ask us when you’re here fishing over the next couple of weeks and we will happily point you in the right direction – downwind…..

That’ll do!

Taken from Guay pool as opposed to the stalwart Bridge pool which has been productive of late, this 16lb beauty, covered in sealice from cheek to tail fell to a harled Calvin punk for Iain Ingledew – after a bit of a drought he’s cracked it!

 

Quick off the Mark!

It’s always a delight to welcome back our old friend Mark Williams, and he’s only gone and gotten his name in the book before the halfway point of his week with us.  A beautiful 13lb salmon was the prize before lunchtime today, caught from, and safely returned to, the tail of Bridge Pool, lured by a Calvin Punk vision 110.  We’re thrilled to bits for you Mark, and in view of the number of fish sighted on the beat today, we’re hopeful this catch is just the first!

No more the bridesmaid!

So chuffed for Dalguise resident Michael Carr – his dedication to learning the pools of the beat every week this season has been rewarded with a 19lb springer out of Bridge Pool!  Well done Michael, we’re thrilled for you, let’s hope this is the first of many!

This cracker is his personal best and another M.S.W. out of the ever productive Bridge pool. Despite the visible bleed it was only lightly hooked and returned safely after a five minute recovery.

Monkeying around on the river bank

One of the great things about Dalguise beat is that people come for the fishing, then realise there’s so much more to investigate.  It’s why we are ideally set up for family groups, corporate bookings, and the entertainment of bored small people with short attention spans.

Most commented on in the stationary wildlife category is our Monkey Puzzle Tree.   Native to the Andes, and so long-lived it’s referred to as a living fossil, it received its name in the 1850’s when a rare specimen of the age provoked the comment “It would puzzle a monkey to climb that!”.

We’re not sure about testing that hypothesis, but we’re grateful for the interesting-looking shade in the summer!

How much adrenaline is too much?!

An epic day for Craig Hood today with a second fish from the tail of Bridge pool, 22lbs of pure fight. It all goes to prove the early bird doesn’t necessarily claim the honours and salmon don’t watch the clock!

A stolen afternoon pays off!

Craig Hood strikes again today, landing this 19lb beauty after long runs and a 25 minute fight from the tail of Bridge pool, caught on a Vision 110 during a cheeky fishing interlude after snow stopped play in his (other) day job. Congratulations Craig, what a memorable catch.

Fishing for all

We are keen here at Dalguise to encourage all and any to take up the vocation, sorry, sport, of salmon fishing.  It is worth remembering that this does not preclude guests who may assume that a wild river environment is not accessible due to their particular needs.  We know there are both ‘newbies’ as well as seasoned and experienced fishers out there, who don’t lack the will but may, in the words of one of our guests “prefer to avoid the mountain goat experience”.

Accessible bank fishing is available throughout Dalguise, as well as gentle access to many easily waded spots on the beat.  These have proven popular with old hands and newbies alike who have the enthusiasm to fish but for whom the steeper, wilder areas of riverbank are not a viable prospect.

This is why we like to promote the fact that we are one of the few Tay beats to offer free use of our boat to all tenants, dependant upon prevailing conditions.  It can make the difference between a hard slog and an enjoyable day’s fishing, and we are happy that we can continue to make that opportunity available for all our guests without an additional premium attached.

Contact us for more information on how we can adapt to your needs and ensure you have a memorable time on the river.

McMarch McCatch? McKay!

What a cracking day it’s been today! Michael Carr, Dalguise regular, had a pull in the morning in Island pool. Keith Scobbie brought a few friends to test the water, and James McKay was amply rewarded after lunch in the same spot tested out by Michael with a beautiful 18lb bar of silver just above Dowally burn. Caught on a blood red/custard devon in a biting upstream wind with flurries of snow, it goes to prove the old-fashioned lures still have a lot to give!

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