The Dunkeld Spey Casting Club
By Jock Monteith 4th July 2018
I'm very pleased to announce that the Dunkeld Speycasting Club commences this coming Sunday in front of the Dunkeld House Hotel on the 'Lady Pool' of the Dunkeld House salmon beat. Follow this link to see the exact location of the Dunkeld House beat fishing hut and 'Lady Pool' on the attached Google map.
Fine Tune Your Salmon Fishing Approach
If you're new to this fantastic pursuit or could do with a little bit of assistance with any aspect of your Spey casting or general salmon fishing approach then this is truly a great opportunity. Often with the Spey cast there's a single error that hinders a salmon fisher from optimising their full casting potential. Much of this is caused by the new and largely 'ugly' casting techniques that have drifted away from the traditional 'elegance' of the Spey cast that initially attracted so many of us into this amazing sport.
Professional Salmon Guide Instruction
This Sunday Dunkeld House beat Head Ghillie Gordon Pollock will be heading up the Spey casting tuition. Gordon is indeed one of the very best 'professional' technicians who has 360 degree knowledge and understanding in communicating the Spey cast. As importantly Gordon has vast experience of catching salmon and has served on multiple beats of the River Tay in a 'full time' career capacity. There's some great talent on the Tay from the professionals who run the various salmon beats but Gordon is certainly in the top bracket for sheer technical understanding of all aspects of the game.
Dunkeld House Spey Casting Club Operating Times
The Dunkeld House Speycasting club will commence this Sunday the 8th of July at 12pm through to 3pm and will be open on the 2nd Sunday of each River Tay fishing month on an ongoing basis. There will be no tuition or entry fees for the Spey Casting Club and if you bring the family the beautifully renovated Dunkeld House Hotel has a lovely Sunday lunch menu that's reasonably priced. Bring your own salmon fly rod, wellies or waders and a piece of wool will be issued by Gordon to simulate the weight of a salmon fly. Life jackets are mandatory on the Dunkeld House beat and will be available for anyone who requires a loan of one. Please bring suitable fishing glasses for mandatory eye protection too. There will be a few demonstration Spey rods available for teaching purposes if you wish to travel light.
Fine Tune Your Salmon Fishing Skills
While most people think about salmon fishing tuition to be only about learning how to use a salmon fly rod I can assure you that is only the tip of the iceberg! To be consistently effective in Scottish salmon fishing you need to understand the value of good riverbank movement, be able to read a salmon pool, know how to make a take count by understanding how to set the hook along with having a good idea of the sizes and styles of salmon flies that work throughout the varying water heights and temperatures of the Scottish salmon fishing season. Without a reasonable understanding of the above fishing skills salmon for most fishers can remain highly elusive! Attending the Dunkeld Spey Casting Club will positively impact your salmon fishing success ratio and feel free to bring your family or colleagues. All professional ghillies from the Tay or any Scottish salmon river are very welcome to attend (or assist with teaching) or to represent their own individual salmon beat.