UPDATED for 2023

Dalmarnock beat

Dalmarnock beat is the largest on the Tay at just under 3 miles long, with 15 pools and some of the best spinning and fly fishing in Scotland.

The lower limit starts below the A9 crossing of the Tay, north of Dunkeld, and stretches to the upper limit just north of the A9/A923 Junction.

Fishing is double bank and the ghillie will ferry anglers across by boat when necessary.

The ghillie is Colin McFadyen and contact details are Mob: 07981811403 and Email: colin@fish-tay.com

2023 Availability

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from week beginning Monday 16 January 2022 to week ending Saturday 14 October, 2 rods each day, all bookable online via prime beat code

Safety & General Advice

  • All anglers must report to the ghillie before fishing and they should meet at the Fishing Hut beside the car park.
  • Normally, fishing is from 9.00am to 5.00pm. However, during the grilse run in the months of June, July and August, regular tenants often fish late at night and early in the morning. Accordingly, the ghillie may not be available all of the time for tenants wishing to fish during the day. During these times, it is likely he will be away from the beat between lunchtime and 4.30pm. However, the lunch hut will be left open for those wishing to use it.
  • The beat is fished with a maximum of 12 rods. A boat is available at the discretion of the ghillie.
  • Life jackets should be worn at all times, and these will be available in the Fishing Hut. Tenants who do not wear life jackets do so entirely at their own risk. A charge of £20.00 will be made for replacement gas cylinders.
  • Anglers should note that it is an offence under Section 55(1) of the British Transport Commission Act 1949 to trespass upon any railway line. Fines of £1,000 can be incurred by offenders. Accordingly, the railway line is strictly out of bounds to anglers.
  • The beat is fished in rotation. You will be allocated a beat, please learn the boundaries of your beat and only fish within the boundaries. Changeover time 1.00pm.
  • Pools are fished in rotation, starting at the top and gradually moving downstream. Do not enter a pool downstream of fellow Anglers.
  • Rod sharing is permitted for those using the "Buddy System" and for Juniors fishing with parent/guardian.
  • All salmon/sea trout caught must be reported to the ghillie, who maintains fishing records.
  • All foul hooked/unseasonable fish must be safely returned to the river. Rods are particularly requested to return all coloured fish at any time throughout the season. The ghillie’s decision in this matter is final.
  • Lures: any legal method. Shrimp and prawn prohibited at all times.
  • Use of a gaff is forbidden.
  • Be considerate to fellow Anglers.
  • No litter to be discarded. Please bring it back to the Fishing Hut to be disposed of by the ghillie.
  • Follow the Country Code, particularly in relation to dogs, risk of fires and closure of gates.
  • No fixed rods or set lines.
  • The ghillie’s word is final. The proprietors shall not be bound to refund any rents paid in the event of cancellation for whatever reason.
  • RISK ASSESSMENT - It is recommended that all fishermen wear lifejackets, particularly whilst wading.
  • The proprietors will accept no liability whatever for damage, injury or loss to the persons or belongings of the tenant, or those in his party, from whatever cause arising, nor can they be held in any way responsible for adverse weather conditions or acts of God.
  • The tipping of the ghillie is a traditional part of British etiquette and tenants are encouraged to do so.