Fishing in Tayside (Perthshire and Angus) Scotland

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Tayside (which consists of the counties of Perthshire and Angus) offers some of the most extensive fishing opportunities in the country. It is estimated that there are over 6,000 miles of rivers lochs and streams in the region and many more miles of coastline. The area is a paradise for game, coarse and sea anglers alike. For more information see:

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It is a huge catchment, with tributaries rising but a few miles from the west coast of Scotland, flowing for over 100 miles before discharging into the North Sea on the east coast. The region offers a great variety of scenery and landscapes. In the west and north are the highlands. Here mountains and moorland rise to over 3000 feet, perhaps not high by world standards, but at this latitude a force to be reckoned with. Rivers rising in these areas frequently flow through exposed moors, deep canyons and hidden glens.

  Tayside Fishing

Perhaps the most famous of the rivers is the Tay itself, but there are many more. Some of these are great rivers in their own right. The Earn is a truly large river and the North and South Esk in Angus are famous for their superb game fishing in their own right. The North Esk is one of the most studied rivers in the world when it come to Atlantic salmon.


To the south and east are lowland pastures in broad straths (valleys), characterized by rich mixed agriculture. Here rivers may even manage to meander a little and lochs can be shallow, warm in summer and rich in food. Lochs such as Leven are justifiably famous for their fantastic sporting trout.


Many of our rivers are often overlooked by the visitor - a serious mistake. The Erricht and Islay for example produce vast numbers of salmon, but are usually only fished by locals. Such rivers are a golden opportunity for the rod prepared to explore a little.


Whether old or young, beginner of expert, you will find a warm welcome in the Highlands and whatever your sport, you will find it on these pages.


Ice played a major role in carving out the landscape in eons past. Today the profusion of lochs (lakes) offers the chance to fish at each bend in the valley.


Tayside has a long and happy history of angling, perhaps this is why so many rods come back each year.


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