Opening Day 2022

And we’re off!

What a relief to be back on the beat on our first real opening day for a couple of years.

A frosty dark start with perfect clear water slowly dropping heralded a memorable day with old friends and a hearty pot of Cullen Skink to warm those who braved the freezing banks.

Banter, well mended kelts, sea trout and grayling featured throughout the day, and we await our silver tourists eagerly.

Hope everyone had a great opening day!

Just keep winding….

Amid the mixed hailstones and sunshine, braced against the bitter gusts coming downstream from the North, Andy Aitken was thankful for his all-weather jacket while landing this sea-liced 9lb fish on a V110 in Bridge Pool today.

Watching the fish chase his lure with just a few turns left on the reel, the expectation that it would turn away at the end of its run was overturned as it grabbed on hard in the very last seconds of the pursuit – so ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot, but cast a line for a salmon (or troot 😂)

Angling after a good day out?

Today’s glad news that restrictions are starting to be relaxed is very welcome.
It’s as well patience is the cardinal virtue of a fisher – confidence and freedom of movement will grow with time, but for now we’re happy to welcome our local guests for a healthy dose of fresh air on the beat.
Exercise of the casting arm was the order of the day last week for John Stout, rewarded by this 10lb fish out of Otterstone on a V110.
Please get in touch with any enquiries – we’re open throughout the holiday weekend (bar Sunday) and beyond, and can’t wait to welcome you

Opening Day 2021

It’s the strangest opening day we’ve ever experienced – silent and still, missing the good-natured hustle and bustle of a regular January 15th at the lodge.
However, in fishing as in life, optimism is key. With this video we’re choosing to remind ourselves and those of you we are not seeing today that if this was a regular opening day a kilt would be mandatory…..

Water under the bridge

Like the rest of the country, we are glad to see the most prohibitive of the necessary restrictions behind us as we carefully and safely welcome guests from, well, everywhere!  Despite the restrictions June was a wonderful month and July sees the Tay begin to fully open up to fishing across all beats.  The majority of guests who were unable to take up their original bookings are now happily re-booked and we look forward to seeing you all.  With our guests safety paramount we are of course taking all the necessary and recommended precautions, as well as being quietly thankful that the salmon have shown no inclination toward social distancing so far this season !

We get locked down – but we get up again !

While we patiently await guidance on the timescale for the ‘new normal’ which will allow us to safely welcome guests from further afield, we have been busy at the beat since the initial easing of restrictions three weeks ago.

The ongoing circumstances have created a delightful irony – the beat has never been this lightly fished, and yet this is a record breaking June for us with ten fish landed up to 22 pounds!

If you’re counting the hours till your return to the riverbank, we hope the thought of landing a fish like this 16lb beauty, taken directly in front of the lodge last week, whets your appetite !

Celebration time? You Bett it is….

There’s really not much we need to add by way of a caption other than to offer congratulations to Stephen Bett on his 8lb cock fish caught in the same lie as Saturday’s hen fish – enjoy that cigar buddy!

Patience pays off

A well earned smile from Alan Ramsay on the final day of his 2019 residency at Dalguise.
Here he is with his 13lb catch from the boating steps – a beautiful hen fish just about ready to lay down the next generation for a few years hence.

Right in the net

Harry McCombie struck again today with a fish hooked on a Blue Special tube fly.  Shared many seasons ago from Moray’s stash, it was good to see it hold up through a lengthy battle befitting a very healthy 19lb cock fish.

Hooked in Dowally and played and finally netted in the Lee of Island, Harry did the work to bring it home with netting assistance from Ian King – and some encouragement from the cheerleaders!

Brand new catch

David Brand patiently displayed a lifelong angler’s perpetual optimism, labouring happily on in spite of the dour driech weather today. His reward came in the shape of a buckled rod over Guay pool, finally resulting in this 8lb beauty. David’s first salmon in a year and a half, this was a long time coming – but what a fish!

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