The Murthly Fishings

Beat 2, Week 23, River Tay, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH1 4NP

The Murthly Estate is situated 4 miles to the south of Dunkeld which is knows as "The Gateway to the Highlands". This delightful and ancient cathedral "city" provides an unusually wide range of accommodation from the 4 star Dunkeld House Hotel to numerous small hotels and guest houses. In addition, there is a main line railway station with regular daytime services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Daytime and overnight services to London are available from Perth. The A9, which passes through the estate on the west side, gives fast access to the motorway network and Edinburgh Airport (about 60 minutes at off peak times).

The Tay is Scotland's greatest river in virtually every respect. It is the longest (120 miles) and the widest. It has the greatest catchment area
(in excess of 2,000 square miles), the greatest number of tributaries and the largest volume of flow. Most importantly it has the largest
salmon catch and the largest fish.

The Tay season opens on January 15th and closes on October 15th. The river has a history of large salmon, the most famous being the 64
lb British record fish caught by Miss Ballantine on 7th October 1922 at Glendelvine. The Glendelvine beat is the north bank (left) of the river opposite the Murthly Low Water.

Murthly is a traditional Scottish Estate encompassing farming, forestry and sporting enterprises, which has remained in the ownership of the same family for several centuries. The Murthly beats can be fished
from the banks, by wading and from a boat. They offer marvellous fly fishing and while spinning is permitted, the use of fly only is
encouraged from 1st June to 31st August other than in exceptionally high water. The use of natural baits is forbidden at all times.


The formation of the Murthly Syndicate in 1996 has allowed fishermen to secure prime fishing on the River Tay for specific weeks for a period of up to 60 years. Syndicate members have the exclusive right to fish for salmon and sea trout during their chosen week until 2055. These certificates may be sold or otherwise transferred during the period of the lease, although the proprietors reserve a right of pre-emption entitling them to acquire the certificate from the seller at market value. The Syndicate is managed by a Management
Committee which meets twice a year.

This comprises fishing on 2 separate beats known as Stenton and The Top Water, which are fished by Beat 2 members on alternate days
with up to 3 rods. There are superb fishing huts on both stretches of water and a full-time ghillie/boatman is allocated to Beat 2.

Week 23 is a mid-late June week when the surrounding countryside is looking at its best.

An annual management charge is levied each year to pay for the running costs of the fishings and the charge for 2015 was £217.60p/
fish plus VAT. The charge for week 23 was therefore £1008 + Vat (£217.60p x 5 fish).

In 2016 week 23 commences on 20th June.

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