Upper Kinnaird Hot Spots
By Jock Monteith 24th September 2019
Here's an booking confirmation email addition I sent to a spin fishing client who booked a day during early September on the Tay's Upper Kinnaird beat. I was informed by the Head Ghillie that he landed 2 salmon!
If you study this map thoroughly so you’ve a good idea of these exact salmon lies on Upper Kinnaird you’ll be in with a very good chance of a fish or two on Saturday;
Main Taking Areas circled in red;
1 Daffodil Lie; There a pile of sub surface stones approx 20 yards off the bank you’ll be fishing from. Salmon lie slightly above the stones but watch you don’t catch your lure on this pile of subsurface stones
2 The Channel; Three quarters of the way down (just past the steeper bank) if you look closely you’ll see some boils appearing on the surface of the river every 20 seconds or so about 20 yards off the riverbank. This is a great bit for a resting salmon although fish can hooked all the way down this pool.
3 The Green Bank; the best taking spot is approx 20 yards a below the mouth of the little stream that trickles over the stones into the pool. The lie is approx three quarters of the way across and in fairly shallow water so a long cast with immediate 'pick up' is required. Occasionally salmon are hooked slightly upstream opposite the Green Bank wooden tree sign or directly off the stones close in on the edge of the current.
4 The Rock Pool; there’s a little run worth fishing down to the rock point and a short cast is all you need as you’ll see shallow water in the middle of the river here. A slightly diagonal upstream cast from the rock point ledge (keep back) is worthwhile too however the most productive cast is from behind the rock point where there’s a large single tall standing stone. Casting from this tall stone right across the river (low trajectory oak tree branches above) to the bottom end of the sand bank (diagonally downstream) is a great area for a fish. Normally they’ll take you 1/4 of the way back (if your lure lands reasonably near to the sand).
5 The March Pool; Where the Tummel flows in you’ll see a calm edge to the main Tummel current. There’s a deep riverbed trough in there and it’s a great salmon lie too. Watch however for your lure coming out of the deep as it shallow very sharply from this deep trough. Too many anglers in lower water conditions wade too far out here and spook resident salmon. In all cases if this area is wadable (1ft on the gauge or under) anglers should be at least 2 fly rod lengths back (or 3 spinning rod lengths).
You could pick a fish up anywhere but these are the main taking 'hotspots' so study their location carefully before you go. Plenty nylon (best with braid) on your spinning reel spool is needed to belt your toby right across to the other side of the river for the best water coverage. A slightly upstream cast and a not too fast (steady) retrieve works best but make sure you know where your lure is as it fishes back across to you so it doesn’t bottom our near the riverbank you're fishing from so speed it up a little at the end (last 5 to 10 yards) of each retrieve.
A silver one side & copper the other side 30 grm Toby Salmo and the black/red/gold and copper equivalent are the only lures you need (see below). Fish one of these lures all the way down from Daffodil lie to the March Pool then change over and fish the other one all the way back up from the March Pool bench (if Head Ghillie agrees assuming no other anglers present to consider). Tactically this is 'psychologically disturbing' for salmon as they’ll not see the upstream different colour version coming especially if you’ve wound them up a bit on the way downstream.
Separate each cast by one rods length (10ft) downstream and up and make sure your clutch is tight enough to set the big Toby hook at range. Most salmon fishers fish with their clutches far too slack and they miss most of their hard earned hooking opportunities or blame the Toby for being a bad hooker! Once you've hooked a fish then loosen the clutch off a little bit to play the fish. You’ve got at least 10 to 15 seconds into contact to do this as at that point the salmon does not know it’s in danger of an alien abduction!
If you’re fishing with a colleague space out approx 50 yards apart and follow that strict 10ft riverbank spacing movement between each cast. This way your water coverage will be immense and you won’t be showing the salmon that will be lying in the beat too much therefore more chance of getting the desired reaction from a fish.
Your booking confirmation email has a travel map on it to the Upper Kinnaird fishing hut meeting place and Martin Edgar’s (Head Ghillie) telephone number is on your booking confirmation email. Best to call Martin tomorrow and confirm you’re coming.
There’s a better Google beat map on this Upper Kinnaird presentation page; https://www.salmon-fish-scotland.com/Upper-Kinnaird-salmon-fishing
Good luck on Saturday and thank you for your booking.