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!

No pressure?

Ian King inks in his 2018 opening catch.

With the winter weather hopefully on the wane, we wait impatiently for a bit of high pressure in the atmosphere and on the riverbank.

The beat has had its taste of adrenaline for sure, with Ian King’s opening 6lb springer out of Otterstone, and the heartbreaking loss of a far larger fish the same day just the distance of a landing net from his feet, followed at the end of the month by Keith Wight’s capture of a 8lb fish from Guay Pool on the fly in 2 degree water.

With March underway we wait with bated breath for the first catch of the month – with big fish throughout the system the outlook is good, so it’s all down to you, folks, get casting!

Weather variable, outlook bright!

With water levels currently ideal, the river having shrunk back with the recent frosty conditions, there’s a positive outlook for our chances over coming days.  Although the spring run has been making its appearance in fits and starts across the Tay, there have been enough large fish caught across the system to bring good cheer – and plenty of last years model making their presence known, with many well-mended kelts taking the bait and hopefully showing the graduating class how it’s done….

All systems go!

So it’s blank pages no longer at Dalguise for the 2018 season as syndicate stalwart Ian King successfully lands a 7lb bar of silver out of Otterstone on a Yellow Monkey fly. Congratulations Ian – and there’s still some fishing time left….

Opening Day 2018

Monday the 15th started misty and, well, brisk is as good a term as any lest we create any -8 degree flashbacks in our hardy day one survivors! 

Good humour, stoicism, a cheeky nip to start off with, and some hearty soup for lunch were added to the mix, and despite the arctic conditions a memorable day was had by our first guests for the season, most of whom we have welcomed on opening day in the past.  Hopes were raised for the space of a heartbeat as Rory came face to face with an extremely hungry …… grayling under Bridge pool!  A fine mix of old hands and new faces made for a cracking day out, despite the lack of silver.  

It was a very good year …. and now for another one.

May we take a moment to say thank you to guests and friends for your support and company over the last season, and all the best for the next.

Tight lines for 2018, from all at Dalguise Fishings

A blether about the weather

A poll by the Scottish government found that the nation’s favourite word is ‘dreich’.

If you’re from out of the area and want to expand your Highland vocabulary, it means wet, dull, gloomy, dismal, dreary or any combination of these.  

Waders, a stout jacket, and a heart that belongs to fishing will get you through the day, but we think looking at this view from the balcony of the lodge with a hot cup of coffee doesn’t hurt either – and it doesn’t bother the salmon, after all!

Tell them what you want, what you really, really want!

There’s still plenty of time to get those last minute hints in  – a gift voucher from Dalguise Fishings would make a fantastic gift for a fishing buddy – or will give you something to look forward to next season yourself!  Call or email for details of our vouchers, or for information on membership of our spring syndicate.

Tenuous Links Are Us

Well, he was a fisherman after all!  Happy St Andrew’s Day, all – enjoy your ceilidhs, or your cosy night in, and your dram, of course, wherever in the world you are.

The cold never bothers us anyway…

As our little corner of Scotland has its first dash of snow for the winter, its a reminder of what a contrary breed the salmon fisher has to be.  While everyone else shivers we are of good cheer – the more snow in the mountains the better, as far as next season is concerned.  A slow melt release for the spring will add to the extra water from the newly redeemed Garry, encouraging multi sea winter fish on their migration from Greenland up to the tributaries – preferably with a timely pit-stop at Dalguise beat, of course…. Bank up the fire, and let it snow!

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