Prices & Availability

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January 2018

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Prices & Availability

Beat Summary

  • Beat Length 1 mile
  • Double Bank Fishing
  • Up To 6 Fishers per day
  • Ghillie Present
  • Five Year Average 244 Salmon
  • 6 Fishing Days Per Week
  • Fishing Hut
  • Tea & Coffee
  • WC Facility
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Oven
  • 2 Fishing Huts
  • Electrical Heating
  • Dishwasher
  • Plates, Cutlery, Cups & Glasses
  • Gas Hob
  • Upper/Lower Beat Daily Rotation
  • Boat Share
  • 2 Ghillies
  • 2 Boats Available
  • Refridgerator

When It Comes To Thoughts Of Famous River Tay Salmon Fishing Venues There Are Very Few That Will Impact Greater Than The Renowned Ballathie Beat.

 

This famous Tay beat has so much going for it with it's history and legendary Tay ghillies and the capture of huge salmon that have been landed in its 'classic' holding water pools over the decades. Even in recent years more that 100 salmon were caught on this water in one season that exceeded the 20lbs mark.

I was fortunate to meet & fish the Tay with the famous and late Colin Leslie who served on this stretch of the Tay throughout his life and who personally accounted for 5 salmon over 40 lbs and was involved in the capture of many similar Tay heavyweights for guests. These days there's two highly professional Tay ghillies running the show who are also doing a top job in steering clients onto salmon. Garry McErlain & George McInnes are indeed two of the most knowledgeable and expert professional career ghillies on the entire Tay system.

The Ballathie Beat has a superb combination of streamy fly fishing water, deep slower moving spinning water and areas that work well with the traditional River Tay boat approach. When this beat is on song there's few other beats on the Tay that can hold ground with Ballathie and big daily catches are very possible on this famous River Tay salmon beat and especially in the Autumn months when hundreds of salmon take refuge in it classic lower Tay rock shelved salmon pools.

There has been a big investment in the shape of a luxury elevated fishing hut on Ballathie in recent years and Garry & George deploy the boats on a daily basis throughout the season for benefit of all guests in covering the more distant salmon lies. The beat is shared with equally famous Cargill and on Ballathie for season 2017 the Upper beat is fished on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday and the Lower beat on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

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'Fish Of The Month' Prize

Fish Of The Month Prize

Throughout each month of the Scottish salmon fishing season one bottle of malt whisky will be presented to a salmon fishing client of this booking platform who provides the best quality photograph of a specimen salmon that they caught on any of this website's participating salmon beats.

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Jock's Appraisal

If you want to swim your fly or lure over big numbers of salmon then this Tay beat is without doubt one of the very finest. Salmon just love to hang out here and when that happens other hard running fish also stop en-route upstream.

I recall 2 clients I took on this water a few years ago who were both very new to Scottish salmon fishing and were keen to learn. On the Monday morning one of them hooked and landed a 24lbs salmon with his very first cast in 'The Cradle' and from that moment onwards there was no real uninterrupted time for teaching casting or salmon fishing techniques as both clients could not help but hook salmon.

They finished their 3 days with 23 salmon and many of those fish were high teens or over the 20lbs mark. This type of fantastic experience is what this famous lower Tay salmon fishing water is renowned for.

I'm sure fishing season 2017 will be yet another big success on this quality lower Tay beat with both new & returning Ballathie Beat salmon fishers.

Jock Monteith Professional Scottish Salmon Fishing Guide & Provider

Professional Scottish Salmon Fishing Services Provider

Catch Statistics

Please bear in mind that 'catch statistics' in recent years have become an industry driver but they do not take into account the actual 'rod pressure' applied in achieving these figures.

There's much more to Scottish salmon fishing than the inevitable 'end result' of enough fishers being present or being in the right place at the right time.

The riverbank beauty & ambiance, the hypnotic flow of the stream, the hospitality of the ghillie and just enjoying 'the escape' from normal stressful work duties has always been the primary attraction of Scottish salmon fishing where a salmon was always regarded as a bonus.

Beat Directions

Ballathie Upper Beat 2017

(Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday)

Follow the B9099 road leading north from Stanley and after a few hundred yards of leaving Stanley turn right at the sign for Kinclaven Blairgowrie & Ballathie Hotel. After traveling 2.5 miles turn right into the Ballathie House Hotel grounds. Follow the drive until you pass Ballathie House Hotel on your right hand side. After passing the hotel and its adjoining annex building take the first right hand turn down towards the river and turn right along the riverbank to the new Ballathie fishing hut.

Sat nav postcode PH1 4QN

Ballathie Lower Beat 2017

(Monday, Wednesday & Friday)

Follow the B9099 road leading north from Stanley and after a few hundred yards of leaving Stanley turn right at the sign for Kinclaven Blairgowrie & Ballathie Hotel. After traveling 2.5 miles turn right into the Ballathie House Hotel grounds. Follow the drive until you come to the first track leading off to the right (before the hotel) then take an immediate left turn on to a further track which will take you down to the elevated riverbank fishing hut.

Sat nav postcode PH1 4QN