The River Tay is famous all over the world for salmon fishing. The Atlantic salmon has been a valuable catch on the River Tay for many hundreds of years. At Upper Redgorton we can trace our roots back to the days of netting on the River Tay. This was the practice of casting nets across the width of the river to catch salmon by the hundreds. In the present day we only catch salmon for sport and no longer for commercial sale. All salmon that are caught must be returned to the river in order to help sustain the Atlantic salmon population.
The River Tay is split into small sections traditionally referred to as ‘fishing beats’ – the old map depicts almost all fishing beats on the River Tay. Upper Redgorton is situated on the lower part of the River Tay so therefore we enjoy fresh runs of salmon throughout the season.
Normally the salmon fishing season commences on the 15th of January on what is known as ‘Opening Day’. Traditionally, each beat has a celebration to mark the start of a new season – this normally includes a couple of drinks, sharing some fishing tales, a wee cast, and of course, bagpipes! The Scottish salmon season concludes on the 15th of October and no salmon fishing takes place again until the Spring.
For a full in depth description (including interactive map) of what it is like to fish at Upper Redgorton follow the link below.