Dunkeld you get a very good choice of both
water and scenery. It's mainly spinning
from the bank in Spring, using fairly heavy
tackle; nylon of 15-20lbs bs. and anything
from 18g - 40g lures.
The Hotel water is fished
as two beats, which rotate at lunch time;
i.e.. Upper Beat am and Lower Beat pm. You
should fish from the top of each pool and
move downstream. This gives every angler
a chance to fish every pool. Some pools
can be 70m wide, but at this time of year
almost all the fish are hooked close to
the bank, so you don't need distance casting.
Even the inexperienced angler can master
this kind of fishing and have the chance
in a short time to hook a "Tay Springer"
of 20lbs or more.
Harling is an alternative to bank fishing.
You only find this kind of fishing on the
Tay. It involves fishing from a boat and
this helps the inexperienced a lot, as well
as the elderly or physically handicapped.
At this time of year there are a lot of
Kelts (spent salmon) which are going back
to sea after spawning. Sometimes they will
take a lure aggressively, but by law they
must be carefully unhooked and returned
to the water.
At a pinch you could describe Spring fly
fishing as "demanding"! You usually need
fly rods of 16-20' with fast sinking lines
and heavy tube flies. Not really for the
the snow melts the water temperature starts
to rise. This makes the salmon more active
and prone to chase lures, so you need lighter
tackle and fish your lure more quickly.;
it makes it more attractive to the fish..
Most of the fish caught at this time are
grilse in the 4-7lbs range, but there's
always a good chance of hooking a big summer
fish, so don't fish with nylon lighter than
12lb breaking strain.
Summer time usually heralds the start of
serious fly fishing as the water temperature
climbs above 50 degrees and the "magical
gap" between air and water temperature is
achieved. This usually involves wading the
river and that can be quite dangerous. Be
careful if you try this. We can offer you
some good fishing in low water conditions
with one or two easily fished pools for
the inexperienced angler. This is great
fishing especially in the late evening.
During June and July an ever increasing
head of sea trout enter the beat and can
make for excellent sport in the late evening.
Single handed fly rod and floating line,
with nylon of 6-10lbs would be best.
Alternatively we can arrange salmon fishing
on a nearby loch within the Atholl Estate
from May 1st to September 30th. The loch
contains some excellent land locked salmon
and large rainbow trout, which can be fished
from the bank or the boat.
main autumn run of salmon enters the beat
during early September, eagerly taking fly
and spinner alike. As the water rises, it's
usually best to increase the tackle strength,
using nylon of 15-18lbs. September and October
usually offer the best chance of catching
a Tay Salmon, with some large runs of fish
coming through the beats.
Tuition From June
1st to August 31st you can have any kind
of fly fishing and spinning tuition. Our
Head Ghillie is a qualified SANA Game Fishing
Instructor with many years experience. It
does not matter if you're experienced or
a novice , you can have tuition by the hour
on a one to one basis or in small groups.
There is also a beginners' course which
lasts about three hours. As the demand for
these courses keeps growing, it's best to
book in advance.
Ring the hotel on 01350
728 370 and ask for Fishing Bookings.
Provisional bookings can be made by telephone.
You will need to confirm a definite booking
in writing within 7 days and please send