Castle fishing beat - Kenmore

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River Tay fishing

(fishing beat 55a Both Banks)

Grid ref. NN 782 468 - NN 790 478

The Pools


Go to Castle Pool The Castle Pool as the name suggests lies directly behind Taymouth Castle close to the village of Kenmore. It starts below a set of long and very fast rapids with a considerable fall. On the south side the banks are wide and open and can be fished with both single and double handed rods. On the north side there are several croys and deep holes. Care must be taken when wadding this bank, but it is woth the effort.


Go to Battery Pool The Battery Pool is formed where the river flows up against solid rock. The result is an enourmous swirl which may confuse a running fish and persuade them to pause in their travels. In high water this back eddy is quite spectacular. The pool is deep and offers good shelter to fish. It is best fished from the north bank where an angler's seat offers fine views of the river and castle. The pool holds some good trout.




Ford PoolThe Ford is thought to have once been a Roman crossing point into the Highlands. It has a broad shallow tail which is certainly one of the few places where such a crossing might be possible. The north bank is easy wading and fishes the fly well. There are some interesting high water lies on the south bank and near the tail. The tail itself becomes a fast run which in the summer is good for grilse.


Go to Pony Haugh The Pony Haugh is a pool which was remodelled in 1992. Catch returns fell off for a few years while the pool settled back in. In 1997 the pool again started to produce fish. There are two good croys on the north bank from which the pool is fished. Fish don't seem to be attracted by these features but prefer to lie on the south bank in the shade offered the trees. It is a good pool for a single handed rod as there are no obstructions behind you.




Go to Tommy Price Pool Tommy Price is a pool which has deliberately been left wild. While may other pools on the Kenmore and Castle Beats have been manicured, this offers a nice contrast. From an island at the tail of the Pony Haugh two streams join to form the head of Tommy Price. Beaing at the bottom of the beat the pool is frequently overlooked. It is a deep pool with plenty of bankside coverage and is a place of tranquility.




Map of Beat

Fishery Reports

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Trout and Coarse Fishing

Trout and coarse fishing permits are available from Taymouth AC. Pike and Grayling are not present, but permits will be issued if requested!

Trout and Coarse Permits from:

The Post Office
1 the Square
Tel. 01887 830 200
Open 7 days/week


Winter Grayling and coarse fishing permits for this beat (out of the trout season only) are issued by Aberfeldy AC.

Winter Coarse and Grayling Permits are available from:

Wade News Agents
31 Bank Street
Tel. 01887 820 397
Open 7 Days/week


Salmon Fishing

The Castle Beat is let by day ticket with pools allocated to rods daily.



Hotel Residents

January 15th

£30 to Tay Foundation

£30 to Tay Foundation

Rest of Season

From £25

From £19

15th October

£30 to Tay Foundation

£30 to Tay Foundation


Residents of the Kenmore Hotel are offered prefered rates, if they are using this beat.
A ghillie is available (£40) if booked in adavance.

Salmon permits from:

The Kenmore Hotel
The Square
PH15 2NU
Tel 01887 830 205
Fax 01887 830 262

Visit the Kemore Hotel website.


5 Year Catch Statistics

5 Year Catch Stats
Monthly 5 Year Average

For further information and bookings please contact The Hotel on 01887 830 205


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