Fish the Tay

The river that runs past Crianlarich towards Killin is the headwater of the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river.  

The source of the river is on the slopes of Ben Lui approx. 8 miles to the west of the village.  The Tay river system is internationally renowned for its Atlantic salmon fishing and is one of the best salmon rivers in Europe, attracting anglers from all over the world. 

Britain’s largest ever rod-caught salmon was caught on the Tay by a Miss Georgina Ballantine in 1922, weighing 64 lbs.  The Tay is also home to a significant population of wild brown trout.  Like all upper reaches (ie far upstream), the fishing is heavily dependent on water conditions / volumes.

Fishing permits are available to purchase at reception and are supplied with a map of the permitted fishing areas and the rules governing the use of the permit.  Some key facts are provided below but it is important to rely on the detailed rules provided with the permit if you decide to purchase one. 

Where can I fish?

o   On one bank or other from the railway viaduct on the River Cononish to the entrance to Loch Dochart (approx. 5 miles of river).  Selected access to the south shore of Loch Lubhair.  See the permit and rules /map provided

What does it cost?

o   The cost of a daily permit in 2012 is £5.00. Weekly permit is £20, Season is £40 and concessions are £3.00

What can I fish for?

o   Salmon, trout and other freshwater species.  See permit rules for catch limits, release criteria etc

When can I fish?

o   The brown trout season runs from 15 March-6 October in Scotland.  Salmon and sea trout season for the Tay runs from 15 January - 15 October

Any other key points (refer to permit, rules and map for full details)?

o   Any legal lure permitted,  no camping, no fires, no rod rests, no gaffs, no swim feeders, no fishing in hours of darkness

Who administers the fishing access?

o   Glasgow Telephones & Civil Service Angling Association and the Crianlarich Angling Association

For information on how to Fish the Tay on one of our Short Breaks please Click Here.

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