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Beat Summary

  • Beat Length 1/2 mile
  • Double Bank Fishing
  • Up To 3 Fishers per day
  • Ghillie Present
  • Five Year Average 59 Salmon
  • 6 Fishing Days Per Week
  • Fishing Hut
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Wood Burner
  • WC Facility
  • Kettle
  • Gas Hob
  • Boat Share Possibility

The famous Catholes beat of the River Tay is located close to the village of Stanley which is 7 miles upstream of the Tay’s tidal water at Perth.

This is a highly scenic and famous Spring salmon beat of the Tay with unbelievably huge historic catch records from decades ago. Like its neighbouring Pitlochrie & Benchil beats salmon are forced to stop in the Catholes pools due to ecological changes on the riverbed via rock shelves and fast ascending water channels which form excellent salmon holding pools.

Fishing the Catholes left hand bank is truly like going into a prehistoric world of amazing natural beauty with mainly an easily waded flat sandstone shelved riverbed. This highly attractive lower River Tay salmon beat is 1000 yards in length and offers double bank fishing.

The Catholes Beat in normal water conditions lends itself exceptionally well to fly fishing and in high water levels spin fishing is permitted. Bear in mind when assessing this beat that there’s hardly any former fishing effort applied to this fine salmon beat after April each year so previous Summer & Autumn catches are relatively non existent.

One thing for sure is that running salmon do not catch the train up from Perth and even the hardest running salmon will be forced to stop in the Catholes beat such are its magnificent flows and pool formations. This year another highly experienced River Tay ghillie Gordon Pollock has joined forces with the Head Ghillie Bob White on Catholes which creates a 'dynamic combination' of both technical salmon fishing mastery and decades of fully grounded River Tay salmon fishing experience. 

The Catholes Beat has nine named pools which create fishing options through all varying water levels. It’s elevated timber clad heated fishing bothy is positioned on the right hand bank of the Tay on this beat’s downstream boundary and has a truly commanding position overlooking the Tay.

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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

Catholes is without doubt a fascinating lower River Tay salmon beat with an amazing history of Spring catches. With the benefit of a weir going straight across the Tay at its upstream boundary it is no wonder salmon are forced to hold here in the cold water of early Spring.

If you book a day on this beautiful red sandstone walled lower Tay salmon beat it is likely that the memory of fishing the Catholes Stream or Black Stones Pool to name a few will become a permanent fixture in your mind.

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 Catholes 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

Catholes is another example of the 'chicken & egg' scenerio and has been under rated due to the ridiculous 'Catch Statistics' driven dilemma that has afflicted many perfect Scottish salmon beats that have been virtually unfished for large parts of the salmon fishing season.

Jock Monteith Professional Scottish Salmon Fishing Guide & Provider

Professional Scottish Salmon Fishing Services Provider

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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. Go straight through the crossroads onto King Street and at the end turn right towards Stanley Mill. As the mill comes into sight turn left signposted 'Stanley House Private’. Continue on this track for a few minutes until you pass Stanley House on your left hand side (old ruin in garden). The track soon thereafter forks in two. Take the left hand fork which will bring you straight to the Catholes fishing hut. 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 and into Stanley. At the crossroads in Stanley tun right into King Street and at the end turn right towards Stanley Mill. As the mill comes into sight turn left signposted 'Stanley House Private’. Continue on this track for a few minutes until you pass Stanley House on your left hand side (old ruin in garden). The track soon thereafter forks in two. Take the left hand fork which will bring you straight to the Catholes fishing hut. Click here for more details.