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…..
 

Multiples for Malcolm

It’s been great to have Dr Malcolm Freeland back for his annual duel with the mighty Tay salmon, and this year has been a productive visit with three fish to his name and a day of fishing left.  He’s pictured here with his second fish, a 7lber out of Otterstone captured on a harled kynoch – and with a full day left and catches high across the Tay system we’ll see what today brings!

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.

#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!

 

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.

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!

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!

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!!!

 

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