(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:
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.
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.
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
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.