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Here's a great group of River Tay guided salmon fishing guests with 2 top professional Tay salmon guides of ours posing for a group shot directly outside the Kinnaird Beat fishing hut which is 15 minutes from Dunkeld.
Here's the first heavyweight salmon for this young fisher seen here in the photograph with his amazed father! A few moments after this 20lbs Tay springer was released he hooked and landed another perfect fish of similar proportions. A truly amazing morning on the River Tay during late March.
This smiling salmon fly fisher still had the adrenalin flowing through his veins after hooking and taming this perfect Summer salmon on his brand new Loop salmon fly rod. This is what fresh run Summer salmon look like on the River Tummel where this perfect fish was caught. The salmon pool in the photograph is called the 'Mike's Run' pool which is the last River Tummel salmon pool before it joins the River Tay.
Here's Willie Logan with an absolute 'topper' of a salmon which nailed his lure at the Rock Pool neck on the Upper Kinnaird Beat. You can see a brand new traditional River Tay salmon boat in the background which was used to hook this fine River Tay salmon.
Here's a really great group of young fishing guests who came up to the River Tay to master the important salmon fishing skills. This photo was taken at the very start of their salmon fishing day outside the Upper Kinnaird fishing hut near Dunkeld
This was a shot of myself with a top UK surgeon who'd just taken up salmon fishing. This is the gravel riverbank at the neck of the Ash Tree Pool at Kinnaird near Dunkeld. Look at the amazing Perthshire hills in the back ground and the fast streamy River Tay salmon water behind us. This lovely shot was taken by top Scottish photographer Louise Bellin.
Jock Monteith was hired by the famous Hollywood actor Michael Keaton to be his personal guide for the day up on the River Tilt near Blair Atholl.
Here's a group of young French tourists being taken out salmon fishing for the day on the River Tay near Dunkeld. This shot was taken during early June and the Tay Valley was looking at its absolute best. I was on boat engine duties that day so had the pleasure of capturing the moment.
Here's Jock Monteith out showing a group of visiting Canadian salmon fishers how we tie on a salmon fly in Scotland. This shot was taken on the left hand bank of the Gean Tree Pool of the River Tay near the village of Murthly.

How To Find Guided Salmon Fishing In Scotland

If you're new to this amazing sport or wish to maximise your chances of success during your Scottish salmon fishing trip then it is advisable to book a professional salmon fishing guide.

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How To Find Guided Salmon Fishing In Scotland


If you're new to Scottish salmon fishing or in need of some tactical fine tuning book a professional salmon guide to make sure you're not only supplied with the correct levels of salmon fishing equipment but are also booked onto a good seasonally appropriate salmon fishing venue. Professional salmon fishing guides with years of professional riverbank experience are available on Scotland's major 4 salmon rivers, The Tay, Dee, Spey & Tweed.


The important salmon fishing skills that a professional salmon fishing guide will teach you are not only about how to Spey cast with a double handed salmon fly rod but as importantly how to space each swing of the fly correctly as you fish your way down through a salmon pool. You'll also be taught how to react effectively to the take from a salmon as this discipline is a polar oppostie to how other species of fish are hooked when they take a fly. Other important topics about salmon fly choice and the depth & speed of the fly will also be taught along with other tactical thoughts a salmon fisher needs to understand.


Picking up the necessary salmon fishing skills is important if you're new to Scottsh salmon fishing and all of these components are important for your overall enjoyment of the fishing day and for your chances of success. Far too many people experience Scottish salmon fishing for the first time via a permit and without a guide to teach them and or the proper equipment. This is false economy and more often than not quickly puts potential new salmon fishers out of the sport before they even get started. A professional guide will not only teach but will enthuse a new salmnon fisher in addition to significantly increasing their chances of catching salmon and staying in the sport. Make the most of your Scottish salmon fishing experience as the skills you'll pick up from a professional salmon guide will stand you in good stead for your salmon fishing future. 

Is A Salmon Fishing Guide necessary in Scotland

Before the birth of the internet and in the preceding 30 years much of Scotland's salmon fishing was sold to one individual fishing party via a full rod compliment of typically between 4 to 6 rods via an annually returning fixed weekly let. These weekly let salmon fishers would have a professional ghillie (guide) dedicated solely to that party for their entire fishing week and would learn how to effectively fish the beat over time. Since the arrival of the internet day rod permit sales are now far more dominant resulting in a significant change-over from the traditional weekly let parties of old. In my opinion this change has put much more strain on what a resident beat ghillie is able to provide as many of these day rod fishers are new to the water and are only present for a single day resulting in little opportunity for a resident beat ghillie to spend sufficient time on explaining how to fish the water properly (or teach other tactical salmon fishing necessities if required). Booking a personal salmon guide ensures top service levels throughout the full fishing day in addition to all of the correct salmon fishing equipment including chest waders & waterproof jackets (if required).

What salmon fishing skills do I need in scotland

Like any rural pursuit there needs to be a basic skill set requiremnent for any guest to gain true value for their day out on the salmon river. Our guided salmon fishing packages take all of the guesswork out of where to fish, what kit to bring and how to fish effectively. Catching salmon can be fairly tough at times so understanding exactly what tactics provide the best chance of success via professional guide instruction is always going to increase your enjoyment and your chances of catching prized Scottish salmon.


If you're new to this amazing sport or wish to maximise your chances of success during your Scottish salmon fishing trip then it's always advisable to book a professional salmon fishing guide. Our professional salmon fishing guide service provides everything that's required including the salmon fishing permits to 'seasonally appropriate' & well managed Scottish salmon fishing venues, all the necessary salmon fishing tactical tuition, astute salmon pool knowledge & all the appropriate salmon fishing equipment including 'proven' salmon flies. Follow this link for information on how to book a professional salmon fishing guide on one of Scotland's famous salmon rivers.

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