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Milton Cottage B&B is situated within walking distance from the River Tay with its renowned salmon fishing. Packed lunches can be provided for fishermen, and there is a tackle shop in Pitlochry.
The Dalguise Beat is situated about 2 miles downstream of the confluence of the Tay and the Tummel and extends over 1.25 miles of double bank fishing on the Middle Tay. Dalguise provides excellent salmon fishing for a maximum of 6 rods with one boat and a ghillie and enjoyed an excellent season in 2004. There are 9 main pools on this remarkably consistent beat, and access along the riverside is good. There is also an excellent hut overlooking the middle of the beat. Dalguise will be open from the opening day on 15th January, and thereafter anglers will be able to take advantage of the spring run through to the end of May. Grilse generally enter the Tay towards the end of June, and provide good sport through to the end of August, which usually sees the start of the large autumn influx of salmon. Dalguise will be available on daily or weekly lets for up to 6 rods, with weekly lets being given priority. Single rods always welcome subject to availability. This is an excellent chance to obtain an opportunity to fish on a particularly attractive beat on one of the world's great salmon rivers.
Kinnaird Estate has the fishing on both Lower and Upper Kinnaird, the upper beat lying above the Tay/Tummel junction. Lower Kinnaird is one of the most prestigious and prolific middle Tay beats, ranking alongside Islamouth and Murthly. It extends over 2 miles of double bank fishing from the Tay/Tummel junction to Dalguise, with 13 named pools, and a current 5 year average of approximately 150 fish. Lower Kinnaird is characterized by its open gravelly pools, and provides some of the best fly water on the Tay. The beat has in the past produced a number of fish over 40lbs, and includes two of only 23 fish of 50lbs and over recorded on the whole of the Tay system. 2004 has proved an excellent season with well over 150 fish for the Kinnaird beats for the year.
Trout Fishing close to Aberfeldy and Dunkeld
Kinnaird Estate has three hill lochs where trout fishing is available for rent.
Loch Tummel Trout fishing extends from March 15th till October 6th on Loch Tummel. Feeding picks up dramatically from April as the fish will have had little food over winter and will begin feeding voraciously. In high summer bright sunlight may put the fish down, but early morning and evening fishing can be very productive. Fish run to the typical highland three quarter pounder size, but there are always better specimens mixed in.
Fishing is by any method, but is from the bank only. This makes it an ideal spot for children to learn to fish. Some bank areas are restricted, but in general the south side and the Queen's View end are fishable. In recent years the owners have been trying to improve the fishings. Trout have been stocked for the last 3 years with the 2002 stocking coming from the Pitlochry Angling Club.
Permits at £3 per day or £10 per week or £25 per season are available from The Visitors Centre and the Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre.
The loch is approximately 2 miles in length and narrows to around 800 yards. The loch lies between steep wooded hills, which make it nicely sheltered. Faskally is often a good alternative when large lochs such as Rannoch and Tay become un-fishable in high winds. However these steep banks and cliffs make bank fishing difficult and the use of a boat it highly recommended. Beneath the water the old riverbed and demolished buildings offer good features, but many lie deep down. An echo locator is a valuable tool on this loch.
The water holds good brown trout and the native fish are augmented by a stocking in the 1-5lb range. A 7lber was recorded in 2001.
The Faskally Boating Centre (01796 472919) at the north end of Pitlochry is easily accessible by car and has good parking. It is clearly signposted on the left just as you exit the town boundary. The Centre is located by the loch side in scenic surroundings. There is a very pleasant café offering teas coffees and snacks. 18 boats are available for hire, 14 with outboards, with life jackets supplied. Anglers may also bring their own engines. The Centre will cater for parties and club outings. Fishing tackle is available for sale and for hire. Packed lunches can be arranged at Milton Cottage B&B.