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…..
 

#TakemebackTuesday

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!

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!

October’s last guests of the season

Donald Skene took the last 2 days of the season to entertain and thank regular visitors and guests for their custom this year.

As ever, there was great hilarity and a whole lot of fun.  The fishing was mainly spinning to due higher than expected water levels, with the leaves and detritus that come along with it – across the whole Tay very few fish were taken on the last day, however we counted a close call when Scott Connelly had a fish of around 10lb on briefly in the Bridge Pool.

The party enjoyed their haggis, neeps and tatties and a dram and the moothie came out!  The guests were a keen lot this year and wanted to fish, so the moothie went away until next year!!!

 

The image of delight

As Robin Buxton safely returns a 14lb hen fish to the water, thereby ending a 20-year gap between catches, we offer our heartiest congratulations. Not one to let the fun stop there, Robin went on to catch and return another 14lber, thereby earning himself the Swashbuckler Cup (Senior Competition) for 2017. We’re so glad for Robin – and we’re just not going to mention Jonathan’s trousers….

Fish, fish, and more fish…..

The foul weather hasn’t put a dent in the spirits of the Briggs party this week, and no wonder.  Five fish so far, and still two days of fishing left….  this is our starter for ten, Jonathan’s grilse from Monday, and more to come!

The Lincolnshire (non) Poachers …

It was banter set to maximum force last week on the beat with Andy, Richard and Dave fishing with us for the whole week. It was the epitome of a memorable fishing experience for them and us, capped off nicely with this lovely 9lb fish out of Guay, followed by another out of Bridge. See you next year chaps!