Reservoir jogs!

Jonathan shows off his cracking 12lb fish caught a week ago on a flying C from Bridge Pool – the high energy sprint towards the lodge that was required to land it was totally worth it!

And so it begins…

For the past few weeks at Dalguise, apart from a few grilse hooked and lost, the many fish sighted in the pools (particularly Bridge) have been highly unwilling to be tempted by any fly or lure.

With water temperatures as high as 19ºC this was hardly a surprise but with some rain in the hills reducing the ambient temperature to a more bearable 15ºC we finally managed to land this lovely 11lb fish directly in front of the lodge today from the depths of Bridge Pool.

A Black and Orange custom Robert Wilson salmo lure invoked an aggressive response from a prime specimen who was safely returned to fight another day, and with rain both falling and forecast we’re in great spirits to greet our new and regular guests next week!

Uniquely good times had with Uniquely Scotland


Archie Stirling-Aird of Uniquely Scotland, a bespoke tour operator specialising in tailor-made holiday packages for small groups throughout Scotland, brought along Ryan Feller and family along to Dalguise this week, truly living up to their company motto “explore, embrace, learn, live”.  It was a memorable day for sure, as they explored the beat, embraced the delights of good local Scottish produce (apparently our local double cream is the bees knees!), learned to spey-cast with each member of the party receiving a period of one-to-one tuition from Moray, and lived with the ultimate in adrenaline as a fine grilse made an all too brief appearance on the end of a line before shaking free and continuing on.

A great day and an opportunity for us to do what we do best here at Dalguise, providing a hospitable environment for a relaxing introduction to a uniquely Scottish experience.

Contact us for more information on groups, tours or corporate days.


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!

Donald, whaur’s your two-ser?

Donald Cameron, Dalguise regular repeated his previous successes with an 11lb beauty out of Bridge Pool today. It’s been quite a day for Donald so far and it’s not even lunchtime – earlier in the morning he had on a fighter for around ten minutes before it chose the early release option. Well done Donald – you have a whole afternoon left – no pressure!

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…..

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