Perthshire River Fishing

River Tay
The River Tay is one of the three classic waters for Perthshire river fishing of Scotland and boasts the UK record fish of 63¼ lb. Tributaries of the Tay rise in the west coast and flow eastwards into the loch. Loch Tay is one of the largest expanses of water in Scotland and extends 14 miles to the village of Kenmore where the Tay proper starts. This picturesque village, is located in the upper catchment where the Tay proper flows out of the loch.

Allan Water
A river of central Scotland, the Allan Water rises in the Ochil Hills to the south of Blackford in Perthshire, after its descent from the hills into Strathallan. It flows south westwards and southwards into Stirling council area where it joins the river forth immediately south of Bridge of Allan. Its total length is 22 miles(35km). Visit the website of the Allan Water Angling Improvement Association.

River Almond
A small to medium sized river known for its salmon sea trout and brown trout. The river joins the main Tay just above Perth.

River Ardle
A tributary of the Ericht/Isla/Shee system offering salmon and trout fishing.

River Blackwater, Glenshee
Bleaton Hallet is a remarkably beautiful double bank beat about one mile long that contains a variety of pools, including a lovely set of waterfalls and places for salmon to rest in all heights of water. The Blackwater is a very prolific salmon river that fishes well given suitable conditions between the middle of May and 15 October. Like most small rivers it fishes best after rain and before the water has dropped back to summer level. Access is generally easy but wading is necessary.

River Braan
A medium sized river flowing into the River Tay at Dunkeld. The river has a set of impassible falls close to the mouth so salmon are not present, but the trout fishing is superb.

River Dochart
A small river flowing into the west end of Loch Tay. Offers reasonable runs of salmon and good trout fishing.

River Earn
Vastly underestimated water. Fishes best late season, but also has great runs of sea trout which can make it interesting in summer.

River Ericht
The Ericht and its tributaries the Rivers Blackwater and Ardle have good runs of salmon and grilse. The Ericht has a series of obstacles that prevent salmon running upstream until the temperature has risen. Some time in May, salmon will have penetrated the upper reaches. This is small river fishing most of the sport on a single-handed rod with small flies. After summer floods the Ericht system enjoys really good grilse runs. The Ericht also maintains a very good trout population. The Shee Water, which is the head waters of the river Ericht and a tributary of the Tay provides exciting, salmon fishing, where sport can be expected to come thick and fast. Fishing on the Finegand Estate.Finegand offers fishing/self catering packages on the River Shee. The fishing begins in June improving as the grisle arrive through the season . The fishing can be prolific and rarely disapoints.Self catering accommodation is comfortable with the estate having four cottages of varying sizes. Aces to the river is easy from the cottages. The river at Finegand is particularly suitable for the elderly or disabled.

River North Esk
This river is well known for the excellent fishing that it can provide for salmon. The river has ample space for travelers, hikers and fishermen to enjoy. It drains almost 290 square miles, rising high in the Grampian Mountains to flow from Glen Esk to the sea near Montrose, a distance of thirty miles. Salmon can be expected at the beginning of the season from the lower river, especially below Morphie Dyke. Once the water temperature rises fish move quickly upstream towards Gannochy but they will not ascend the Loups until the water temperature is around eight degrees C. Although sea trout can be caught anywhere in the system the largest numbers head up the River Westwater rather than the main stem and some good shoals appear after summer spates. This river also enjoys a good run of grilse and salmon but it is truly a spate river and needs water to fish at its best.

River South Esk
This river system rises high in the Grampian Mountains and drains some two hundred and forty five square miles of Angus, from the wilderness areas of Glen Doll to its final destination, the North Sea at Montrose via Montrose Basin. Salmon are present in the lowest reaches of the river when the season opens. The middle reaches usually enjoy their first sport around the middle of March and the second week of April will see the arrival of fresh springers in Glen Clova. May is the best month for spring salmon fishing. Given water, grilse can be expected on summer floods from June onwards and later in the season fresh fish continue to arrive in the lower beats until the close. South Esk is best known for its runs of sea trout. Some years fair numbers of sea trout lie into its pools and provide night fly fishing. Kirriemuir Angling Club offer fishing on several miles of the most beautiful parts of the upper river in Glen Clova and you can e-mail them for details.

River Fillan
A tiny river at the very headwaters of the system close to Crianlarich. Best for trout fishing. In the upper catchment area the Tay is known by several different names. The first stretch of the river is the River Connonish, then it is the Fillan and subsequently the River Dochart in the area before it flows into Loch Tay at Killin.

River Garry
Sadly now subject to heavy hydrofication with much of the waters redirected. However the lower reaches can be well worth a cast at the back end.

River Gaur
Catch:- Wild Brown, Ferrox Trout, Pike and Perch. An Attractive 2 mile strech of river flowing East from Loch Eaigheach towards Loch Rannoch. It produces some fantastic trout throughout the season either from the fly or spinner. With a mixture of shallow white water rapids and deep slow flowing pools the River Gaur is an ideal place for the beginner through to the experienced fisherman.

River Isla
This tributary of the River Tay also offers a productive salmon river with good brown trout and grayling fishing. This picturesque stream rises in Glen Isla and these upper reaches have a good population of brown trout that are moderately sized and usually free taking. This is an excellent place for the beginner to start river fishing. In the valley of Strathmore, the Isla settles down to a series of lovely pools and runs and becomes an excellent trout and grayling river. Below the Ericht the Isla acts as a corridor for salmon and grilse that are heading there. Trout and grayling are present everywhere. Its tributaries the Dean, Kerbet and Melgum are nice, small trout rivers.

River Lochay
A small river subject to hydro dams flowing into the west end of Loch Tay. Around 300 salmon a year run the river, but offers great trout fishing.

River Lyon
Longest glen in Scotland? Certainly one of the prettiest and of vast importance to spring salmon. Great trout fishing for the advanced.

Upper River Tay
From the source on Loch Tay at Kenmore to the confluence with the Tummel at Ballinluig. A medium sized river with excellent salmon and trout fishing. Salmon fishing is easily available at most times. Good grayling.

Middle River Tay
From Ballinluig to the confluence with the Isla. A large river with excellent salmon and trout fishing. Salmon day tickets are often available.

Lower River Tay
From the Isla to Perth. Superb salmon fishing as well as good trout. Salmon fishing is often booked well in advance, so keep an eye on late availability and special offers or book well ahead.

River Tilt
Running through the famous Glen Tilt, the water offers unparalled scenery and an abundance of wildlife. The River is split into four beats but only the middle two are let ( the lower beat being too difficult to access and the upper beat reserved with Forest Lodge ). The headwaters of the Tilt serve as important spawning grounds for the Tay River system and the Tilt normally enjoys a consistent and strong run of salmon from July through to the season close in October. Each beat provides double bank fishing for 3 rods along about 2000 yards of banking. The water forms a series of shallow pools with the occasional deeper holding pool.

River Tummel
This River Tummel starts its life 60 miles to the west of Pitlochry on the windswept Rannoch Moor close to Glencoe. It begins as the River Ba and runs east passing through numerous lochs including Loch Ba, Loch Laidon, Loch Eigheach, Loch Rannoch, Dunalastair Water, Loch Tummel and finally Loch Faskally, until it reaches the main stem of the River Tay at Ballinluig.

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