Blairgowrie (River Ericht)


Beat Rotation Arrangements                                                                                 

 BRDAA operates a beat rotation system with Ericht West Grange Ltd. It is essential that all members and guests respect and strictly adhere to the agreed rules.            

60m downstream of Blairgowrie Bridge, the River Ericht is split into two double bank beats:-

  • Upper (A) - Monday Wednesday and Friday and
  • Lower (B) – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday                                                            

The PDAA permit holder is entitled to fish only the designated beat for that day and cannot fish either bank upstream of Blairgowrie Bridge under any circumstances.

River Rules

Use of buoyancy aids, eye protection and wading sticks are strongly recommended.

Visitor ticket holders under 16 years must be accompanied by a person over 18 years who is responsible for the junior’s safety at all times.

Use of prawns, worms or shrimps and upstream spinning are prohibited.

For trout fishing, maximum leader strength is 6lbs (2.7kg) and maximum hook size is 10. Only small spinners can be used for trout.

Spinning rigs may have only one hook, at the tail of the lure.

Spinning for salmon will only be permitted if, at 0900 on the day of fishing, the water level is above the red markers on the following gauges:

North (right) bank upstream of Blairgowrie Bridge weir.

Cement Dykes Pool

Any angler proven to be participating in illegal practices or in breach of river rules will be barred from future guest ticket purchase.

Committee members have "Power of Search" of all anglers. If assistance is required, telephone Tay District Bailiffs 01738 583733 or River Convener 07411 646192.

No dogs, litter, fires or camping on riverbanks, car parks or adjacent farmland.

All anglers must use access roads and car parks sensibly; closing gates as appropriate, respecting farmland and other property.

Anglers shall fish in order of arrival at any pool or stream and no angler shall cut in front of another unless otherwise agreed by all those already fishing.

Anglers shall progress down a pool with each cast with those fishing upstream giving way to those fishing downstream.

Use of heavy core lines is strictly prohibited.

Catch and Release

  1. For the whole of this season, taking into account the law regarding Spring salmon, the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board Code and agreements with our riparian owners, all salmon, grilse and sea trout will be released.
  2. Failure to comply will result in a ban from purchase of guest tickets and / or criminal proceedings as appropriate.
  3. All trout of less than 10 inches (25.4cm.) in length must be carefully returned.

Daily Salmon / Sea Trout Returns

At the conclusion of fishing, daily catches should be reported by text or telephone to either the West Grange Fishery Manager on 07875 154399 or River Convener on 07411 646192.                                                                                                                                   

Beat map 2021 infosheet

2024 Availability

FISHING DETAILS (No Ghillie) 2 rods per day, Monday - Saturday Jan 15 – Oct 15 all online. In 2024, this permit is valid for both Upper Beat and Lower Beat (see map above) under beat rotation listed above.

Beat rotation:

Upper Beat - Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Lower Beat - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 

NB Saturday fishing for PDAA has now been restored.


Two rods available online


Two rods available online


Two rods available online


Two rods available online


Two rods available online

NB When fishing this water PDAA members must carry ALL of the following:

  • The dated day permit (sent by email when you book online).
  • Your PDAA member's card.

Safety & General Advice

Depending on the month of the season you fish, the river will determine the tackle you need. All stretches of the Ericht controlled by the BRDAA can be fished (with minor exceptions ) using fly fishing tackle.  Generally a 13-15 foot fly rod can be used throughout the season with smaller rods being used for grilse and sea-trout during the summer. As with rods, the time of year will determine the type of fly line but a selection from floating line, intermediate or sink tip and a medium sinker should cover all conditions.

Safety is important. A good wading staff, eye protection and studded felt soled waders are essential. An automatic life jacket should also be considered.

All the usual fly patterns can be tried but for early season a large black and yellow, or a large yellow fly with a silver body fished deep can be best. The Ally’s shrimp family are popular in all their variations. In summer a stoat’s tail or red twist will also do well. When the water temperature rises above 45F, a Haslam or Invicta are still worth a try. The size of fly will vary depending on the height and temperature of the water encountered.

Spinning for salmon is restricted to the water below Blairgowrie bridge. A general spinning rod of 9½ to 11 feet will suffice.  The Devon Minnow in various colours is effective, along with Tobys and flying C’s. If using multi hook spinning rigs  e.g. the Rapala, remove the front and centre hooks to avoid foul hooking or damaging fish which may need to be released (See rule 12 on main permit).