Meikleour Fishings Terms and Conditions of Fishing

 

Before booking with us please take the time to read our T&Cs and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. This is particularly important if you are not familiar with fishing in Scotland. Please be aware that illegal fishing for wild salmon (time, method…) and sale of rod-caught wild salmon and sea trout is a criminal offence in Scotland.

1-RENT
Rents for the period 15th January to the 15th of October are attached. Each boat carries two rods. There are two boats (and so four rods fishing from boats) and four wading / bank rods. Bookings can be from just one wading / bank rod up to the entire beat.

2- RESERVATION
Bookings and enquiries should be made at the Estate Office. Lettings are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable 50% deposit (subject to a minimum of £200 or the total), due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks in advance of the fishing date. If the booking is made within eight weeks of the fishing date, the total cost is due at the time of booking. We do recommend that tenants take out their own cancellation insurance, in case for any reason they are unable to come. Subletting or rod sharing is not allowed. The tenant in whose name the fishing is booked must be one of the rods and is responsible for his/her party. In the event of the tenant being unable to fish on any day or days booked, he/she is asked to give the Estate Office the name of the nominee who will be responsible for the party. It is important that all members of a party be familiar with these Terms and Conditions. There is a copy in the boathouse and lunch hut, or we are happy to send out additional copies on request.

3-BOUNDARIES
(a) The downstream limit is marked by the line between the two white posts on each bank where the River Isla joins the River Tay.
(b) The upstream limits are marked by a notice board on each bank of the March Pool.
Please see the attached map.

4-GHILLIES, BOATS AND WADING / BANK RODS
There are two ghillies, with up to eight rods fishing at any one time. All rods start at Ferry Cottage (see Access). Depending on conditions, the boats may need to transport the wading / bank rods to the appropriate pool. Similarly, the ghillies may need to assist the wading / bank rods, even when with other customers in the boat. The head ghillie will decide where to place all the rods and boats. He will try to accommodate any specific requests, but may not be able to on all occasions. He will try to ensure that all rods and boats have access to all appropriate parts of the beat over the course of the day.

5-ACCESS
All rods start at Ferry Cottage Boathouse, signed posted Meikleour Fishings. This is just off the main road on the Stanley side of the bridge over the Tay. The postcode is PH1 4QW. There are two car parks, one at Ferry Cottage the other one by the lunch hut, up the river on the left bank. To get there by vehicle, turn down the private road in Meikleour Village, opposite the Market Cross. After ½ mile, turn right towards the Stables, following the signpost. Turn left immediately in front of the Stables and go down the fairly steep road to the river. There is a gravelled parking area there and the hut is 50m downstream. Please note once again that you must meet our ghillies at Ferry Cottage before starting fishing.

6- HOURS OF FISHINGS
The boats will be available from 09.00 until 17.00 and the ghillies will be on duty from 08.30 until 17.30 with one hour off at lunch time. The decision as to where and when the boats may be used rests with the ghillies. Tenants may not take out boats themselves. If you would like to wade or fish from the bank before or after these times, please discuss with the ghillies first.
N.B. Holders of trout fishing permits have permission to fly fish for trout from 8am until 6pm (or sunset, if earlier). They are obliged to give way to salmon anglers, and you should not feel inhibited in asking them to do so.

7- CATCH
The Tay is Category 1 (good ecological order) howev we adhere to the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board whose recommendations are:

- 15 January to 15 October: All fish are to be released safely with minimum handling.

- It is a criminal offence to keep any salmon – including heavily bleeding one- from the 15th of Januray to the 31st of March

- Sea Trout: All sea trout are to be released throughout the entire season.

- Heavy bleeders, diseased fish: if a fish needs to be dispatched it remains the property of Meikleour Estate. The Estate will send all dead fish to the Tay hatcheries for analysis.

- If fishing out with normal hours, particulars of any catch (i.e. weight, lure and pool), including nil returns, should be given to the ghillies at the next normal-hours

8-FISHING METHODS
Baiting with prawn or shrimp is illegal. Worming is only allowed from 1 June to 31 August. Any other legal method of angling is permitted. Advice should always be sought from the ghillies in case of further changes.

9-DOGS
Dogs are welcome on the beat and in the huts. Please ensure they are kept under control (we have pets and children that do roam about the river banks) and clear up after them. They are not allowed in the boats.

10-GENERAL LIABILITY
We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to the property of tenants' or any members of his/her party. Nor do we accept responsibility for any injury to the tenant or any members of his/her party. In the interests of safety, no alcohol may be offered to the ghillies. Although we accept no liability for personal fishing accidents, it is recommended that anglers (whether fishing from the boat, bank or wading) and any other boat passengers should wear life jackets, which are available to borrow if necessary. You should ensure that your own insurance covers your equipment.

11- ILLEGAL FISHING
We would be grateful if tenants would report to the ghillies or to the Estate Office, any poaching or illegal fishing which they may witness.

12- GYRODACTILUS SALARIS
Please help us prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris, which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers. All fishing tackle must not have been used abroad in the prior three months, or have been properly sterilised. If you are in any way uncertain if your equipment is sterile and safe, we will happily lend you some.

13- EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO BORROW/PURCHASE
We have estate rods that tenants are welcome to use. We do not charge a rent, but tenants are required to pay for loss or repairs. Please inform the head ghillie of your requirement beforehand. Flies and lures can be purchased from the head ghillie.

14-CONTACT DETAILS
Estate Office Betty Martin 01250 883424
Head Ghillie Calum McRoberts 07713 565983
Ghillie Ian Jones 07713 565984
Fishery Manager Claire Mercer Nairne 07525901790

To book your fishing and accommodation just give Betty a call our send her an e-mail . The office is open from 8:30am to 4pm.

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