The Finest Cast In Scotland
By Jock Monteith 11th February 2019
Every Scottish salmon pool has its own special kind of magic during certain river conditions if you tune into them properly. From what I've seen though there's very few that compare to swinging a fly over the 2 main salmon lies in the Dunkeld House salmon beat's Cathedral Stream.
The Cathedral Stream On Dunkeld House
The beautiful Cathedral Stream pool to my eye looks like the big man upstairs has transplanted a large chunk of the glorious River Dee riverbed right in at the foot of his Dunkeld home's garden! The amazing visuals of the beautiful sub surface riverbed terrain will capture your imagination and are so breathtakingly apparent when you're standing in the stern of the traditional Tay 'coble' boat while presenting your salmon fly to the 2 main salmon lies that are located in the Cathedral Stream pool.
The Cathedral Stream Pool Salmon Lies
These two main salmon lies that create the magic of this fantastic fly fishing pool are caused by two riverbed depressions that are simply known as the top & bottom pots. A carefully placed anchor by your boatman as he ropes you down the pool will allow even a novice Speycaster to make sure their fly swim is optimised. This is the only approach to this wonderful pool as riverbank fishing isn't possible on this special pool of the Dunkeld House salmon beat.
A Rested & Well Managed Salmon Pool
I think another part of the reason this fantastic salmon pool does so well is because it's often not fished to death like so many popular Tay salmon pools as it's dependent on a boat booking to access it. Sure this is a perfect trap for running Tay salmon where a travelling 'sea-licer' can show up at any moment but when there's resident salmon lying in here the less they see will always make them more responsive!
A True River Tay Salmon Pool Gem
The feeling of 'effective' salmon fly pool coverage is truly immense in the Cathedral Stream and whether it's the mainly forgotten power of the ancient ley line that runs straight through this historic area of Scotland or the amazing view of the commanding 200 year old Telford Bridge there's definitely something very special going on in this salmon pool which truly separates it from anything else I've ever personally witnessed. It doesn't surprise me why something as sensitive as a wild Atlantic salmon's nose feels and appreciates this too!
Recent Dunkeld House Beat News
Now that the 2019 River Tay salmon fishing season is well underway a few of the Tay salmon beats are already off the mark with some perfect fresh run Spring salmon being landed. Last week saw the loss (after a 20 minute battle) of a heavyweight salmon on Dunkeld House estimated to be in the 30 lbs bracket. That was the 2nd definite Spring salmon contact last week and I've a feeling this lovely beat will do well this coming week on the back of Saturday's high water as Dunkeld has always fished well under these water conditions. My money is on a few perfect Spring fish being landed this week at Dunkeld House and hopefully 'jaws' will still be holding in the same salmon lie and in the right frame of mind to have another go!