4th September 2015 – Dalmarnock Fishings

A much better start to the day for the Scholler’s, the River is sitting at 1ft 3 inches having dropped slightly through the night, with a light downstream breeze making the casting easier for these novices.  The Scholler’s decided to have a late start this morning, enjoying the Knockandarroch House breakfast before venturing down the Dalmarnock Fishings.

This morning we’re fishing the top of the beat, starting at the Dalmarnock Bank Pool, which in all honesty is looking fantastic, we’ve been here about an hour, haven’t seen a fish, but there is plenty of time.  With an hour or so to go before lunch I decide to take Christof Scholler down to the tail of the Dalmarnock Bank Pool, we quickly see a couple of Grilse and it doesn’t take long before the 28g Black and Gold Tiger Toby has connected with a nice Grilse of between 5 and 6lb’s.  The fish fights well in the current and after a couple of leaps and runs we’re left with a lack line!  Oh well, time to head back to the hut for lunch.

 After lunch to guys headed down to the Fernie Haugh, then onto the Ram’s Horn and The Oak Tree Pool.  We saw a couple, but unfortunately no further excitement.

A great father and son combo, really nice spending a couple of days with them and I hope they come back next year.

Tight Lines Stan

3rd September 2015 – Dalmarnock Fishings

Today (and tomorrow) I’m guiding on behalf of River & Green at Dalmarnock Fishings.  The guests today were a father and son team from Germany, the Scholler’s.

The Scholler’s were great company and fished hard all day, even the strong wind didn’t put them off.  We never managed a fish, but there were reports from downstream of fish moving through the system, so fingers crossed for tomorrow.


Tight Lines Stan


24th August 2015 – Dalmarnock Fishings

Today I was very fortunate to be asked to help out at Dalmarnock Fishings with the ladies that made up the Janet Braisted Party.  A great bunch of girls, that quickly under the watching eye of Colin and myself were soon making some tidy loops across the Tay.

I’m back again tomorrow with them, so hopefully the Tay will be good to them and give up some silver, they certainly deserve it after their hard work today.  Watch this space!

Tight Lines Stan


10th July 2015 – Murthly – River Tay

Today I’m guiding on behalf of Ian Walls from River & Green, we’re at Murthly on the River Tay and my guests are 2 couples from Munich, Germany.  This is their last day in Scotland and they appear to have enjoyed their sporting break, but it’s taken it toll.  Thankfully, it’s not too early a start for me (and not far to travel either) and once I arrive at Ballathie House, I quickly realise that the full Scottish experience was achieved last nightl!  It’s a damp, dreich start to the day, but I’m feeling confident.  I have to be honest, I’d rather this type of weather than the blue clear skies and heat of a normal July day, when I have guests fishing!

Ballathie House

It has to be said that Murthly is probably one of the best beats on the Tay, all the pools and runs are ideal for fishing the fly, at both low and medium flows.  I think FishPal have summed up the beat nicely, so I’ll borrow their passage.  “The beat is set among stunning woodland scenery with impressive stands of mature Douglas Fir and other species giving the whole beat a very grand feel. There is one ghillie on the beat and one boat but much of the river can easily and safely be fished by wading, especially in low water”.

It’s a beat I know well having fished here a number of times through the years.  The beats 5 year average is 246.8 and so far this year they are sitting on 115, with 2 of these fish coming to the net yesterday.  Murthly is fished in rotation, split into the Low Water and the Top Water, it’s a Friday, so we’re fishing the Top Water.

Donald Tritton
Donald Tritton

We arrive at the beat “a little” after 9 and my old friend Donald Tritton is sitting on the balcony waiting for us, Donald has been the Ghillie here since 1985, a hugely experienced Ghillie (I don’t get to say that much these days), who happens to have a few good stories up his sleeves, some that involve me and some that don’t.  It was great seeing Donald, a lovely guy and a relationship which I had failed to maintain for a number of years, thankfully that has been re-established and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with him.  The usual greetings occur and Ian, Donald and I get the rods prepared, none of the guests are experienced anglers, so we set them up with the spinning rods.  The plan is hatched, coffee consumed and we’re off to our first pool.

Team Shot
Team Shot

The first pool we fished was The Girnel, although there was no action at the business end of the rod, the pool was absolutely stuffed with fish.  Lots of action in this pool, as the fish rolled and jumped, (it wasn’t only the fish that rolled and jumped!) you’ve no idea how much I was tempted into having a cast!

Gerrt - The Girnel
Gerrt – The Girnel

We then headed up to The Burn, this has to be my favourite pool on the beat, a fantastic pool to fish with the fly, in fact the only pool on the Tay where you see the fish boil at your fly, then you feel the bump, bump, bump.  Anya did a fantastic job of covering the pool, but again no tugs or pulls!  It was that time so we headed back to the hut for lunch at this point.

Anya - The Burn
Anya – The Burn

When we arrive back at the hut it appears Gerrt had decided to try and get a better look at the salmon in The Girnel …. he was a tad damp to say the least and commented on how cold the river was!  We had a fantastic lunch, a good laugh, but the dunking had taken it’s toll on Gerrt.  The team decided to call it a day and I took them back to Ballathie House.  I would have done the same, they’d had a hard week of sporting activities and with a flight back to Munich later they still had packing etc to do.

A great group of doctors and I look forward to seeing them on the banks of the Tay next year.

Tight Lines Stan

Beat Map – Courtesy of FishPal

Beat Contact Details

Please contact Morag Mill by e-mail or on 01738 630 666.

Beat 1 comprises alternating days on the Top Water (five rods) and Low Water (five rods).

Beat 2 comprises alternating days on Stenton (three rods) and the Top Water (five rods).