Salmon Fishing in Perthshire Scotland

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Salmon fishing (salmo salar) in Perthshire on the River Tay is world renowned. It is one of the "Classic" rivers, boasts the UK record and is still known for it's big spring fish.

The river is divided up into "beats". A beat is usually a mile or two long and can be either single or double bank.


Beats are usually associated with an estate. Each beat can accommodate a varying number of "rods" (anglers).

Some beats have a resident ghillie, on others it is all up to you. If you want to catch and you are new to the sport, their advice will be invaluable and they will look after your safety.

Loch Tay
Upper Tay Beats
  Middle Tay Beats
Lower Tay Beats
Salmon Grilse   Atlantic salmon

Salmon caught and
photographed by Malcom Goddard


The beats vary greatly, both on the difficulty of casting and the number of Salmon taken. The most obvious thing is that the closer you are to the sea the bigger the river will be, and on the Tay "big" means very big! Even a good caster will not reach even halfway across at Perth!.

Being closer to the sea has one major advantage - more fish will be going past you - so you can reasonably be expected to catch more Salmon. On the other hand good sport can be had in the upper reaches for a reasonable price if you know where and when to go.

Loch Tay is particularly well known for its spring sport, while the upper tributaries have fared particularly well in the last couple of seasons, with fish running hard and fast for the headwaters


A double handed fly rod is the most common weapon. These are used where there is no room for a back cast This method is called a "Spey" cast. In fact it is just a roll cast combined with a correction of the line position. It looks great and is quite easy to learn.

Bait and spinning rods are typically 12 feet in length and are equipped with line of at least 14lb test - often more. Worms are the most popular bait since prawns and shrimps have been banned as a conservation measure. Squid is also being used - an old method for catching Salmon which has been reinvented!

There are some great salmon fishing tackle shops in the area where lots more advice can be found and equipment hired.

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