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January 2018

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April 2018

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May 2018

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June 2018

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July 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 67 Salmon
  • 3 Fishing Days Per Week
  • Fishing Hut
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Wood Burner
  • WC Facility
  • Kettle
  • Gas Hob
  • Boat Share Possibility
  • No Boats During May & June
  • Right Bank Only May & June

The Famous Benchil Beat Of The River Tay Is Located Close To The Village Of Stanley Which Is 5 Miles Upstream Of The Tidal Water At Perth.

 

This is the very first River Tay beat that forces salmon to stop in its pools due to ecological changes on the riverbed via rock shelves and faster ascending water channels which form excellent salmon holding pools. Fishing Benchil is an absolute dream and if you were to design a beat and position it optimally in a river’s valley then this is it.

This highly attractive Tay salmon beat is 1 mile in length and offers double bank fishing. The Benchil Beat lends itself well to fly & spin fishing and the pools are segregated with both fishing methods in mind. This beat will be fished on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays during the 2017 salmon fishing season and has fished very well in recent Spring & Autumn months but seldom is fished through the Summer months which is by no means a reflection of whether salmon are present or not.

Another fact to bear in mind regarding this beat is that alternate days are shared with the Upper Scone beat who in recent years traditionally average 150 salmon of which a good percentage are caught on Benchil.

The Benchil Beat has ten named pools which create fishing options through all varying water levels. It’s Scandinavian style heated fishing bothy is positioned on the right hand bank of Benchil’s famous ‘Long Shot’ pool.

This year another highly experienced River Tay ghillie Gordon Pollock has joined forces with the Head Ghillie Bob White on Benchil which creates a 'dynamic combination' of both technical salmon fishing mastery and decades of fully grounded River Tay salmon fishing experience. 

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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

The narrowing of the Tay in Benchil’s last downstream pool which is named the ‘Little Shot’ has to be the ultimate positioning for a fresh run salmon that’s been forced to stop as its nose meets the faster water in this pool after an easy swim up from the tide at Perth.

Upstream of the 'Little Shot' is just as remarkable all the way up to Benchil’s top boundary. This Tay beat has had nowhere near the fishing attention it deserves in recent years and is a 'sitting duck' for new clientele.

In cold early Spring water conditions salmon stop in the Benchil pools and in the Autumn months this beautiful River Tay beat is absolutely stuffed with salmon. When the river warms during late Spring & the through the Summer months pay particular attention to the 'high tide' times at Perth.

If you're on Benchil 2 hours before and up to 3 hours after 'high tide' you'll most definitely have a chance of catching running sea-liced salmon especially now that all East coast commercial netting has ceased. 

I have no doubt that Benchil will yet again be an excellent prospect for new & returning River Tay salmon fishers during the 2017 season. 

Jock Monteith Professional Scottish Salmon Fishing Guide & Provider

Professional Scottish Salmon Fishing Services Provider

Catch Statistics

Please keep in mind that 'catch statistics' in recent years have unfortunately become the main industry driver but they do not take into account the many relevant fishing pressure factors involved in producing 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

Travelling From The North (Pitlochry & Dunkeld); Stay on the A9 past Dunkeld & Birnam and the dual carriageway section east of Dunkeld. Continue past the left hand A9 exit for Bankfoot and take the next exit off the A9 signposted Stanley. Follow this narrow country road (red arrow on map) into the village of Stanley where you’ll come to a crossroads. Turn right at this junction and follow this road through the 2 tight bends as it leaves Stanley and the entrance to the Benchil Beat will shortly appear your left hand side in the middle of 2 large open fields. Click here for more details.

Travelling From The South (Perth); From the Perth Inveralmond roundabout follow the A9 north for approx 4 minutes and take the first left hand exit signposted Luncarty & Stanley B9099 (red arrow on map). This slip road will take you back over the A9 and through the village of Luncarty.After driving through Luncarty there’s a sharp right hand turn on the road then the road is fairly straight for 1 minute before taking the right hand turn down the track to the Benchil Beat fishing hut. This track entrance is approx 60 yards on the right hand side before the blue roadside parking sign which is indicated on this map. Click here for more details.